Every successful Rotary district is comprised of strong people that are part of the district leadership team and it is no different in Rotary District 5300. This team includes the district governor, governor elect, and district governor nominee. These leaders along with past and future leaders that include assistant governors, district committee chairs, and past governors help our district thrive.
District Governor 2020-21, Greg Jones
Greg grew up in Southern Illinois and met his wife, Brenda, in high school. Both graduated from the University of Illinois with Greg earning a BS in accountancy and Brenda a BS in elementary education. They moved to Southern California in 1985 and to Pasadena in 1991.
Greg was a partner in a national accounting firm for 29 years. Along the way he earned an MS in taxation and an MS in financial planning. In 2010 he started his own CPA and Wealth Management practices in Pasadena. Greg is a CPA, CFP, CLU (Certified Life Underwriter), PFS (Personal Financial Specialist) and ChFC (Charter Financial Consultant). Brenda is a librarian at Glendale Community College where she just finished her 26th year; she has an MS in library science and an MA in theology.
Greg has been very involved in the Pasadena community. He has a total of 22 years of service on City of Pasadena commissions. During that time he was a member of the Recreation and Parks Commission, the Hahamongna Operating Company, the Library Commission, the Rose Bowl Operating Company, the Planning Commission, and the Board of Zoning Appeals. He helped found the Hastings Associates, a support group for the Hastings Branch Library in Pasadena. He has been a board member of Hastings Associates, the Friends of Pasadena Public Library, the Pasadena Recreation and Parks Foundation, and Pasadena Beautiful. In addition, Greg has served on many task forces and committees in the Pasadena community. Greg became a member of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses in 1998 and has served on many of its committees, including five years as a committee vice-chair.
Greg joined the Rotary Club of Pasadena Sunrise in 1997. He has served as club president twice and has held almost all club officer positions over the past 20 years. The club changed to evening meetings several years ago and is now the Rotary Club of Pasadena After Hours. Greg began his District 5300 service on the PRLS committee in 2005 and was chair of that committee in 2006-07. He served as an assistant governor for two years. He was the District Foundation Committee chair for 4 years and has served on several District Foundation subcommittees. He has been awarded the District Foundation Service award two times. He participated in the Corazon Superbuild project, traveled to India twice to participate in NIDs, to Mexico as part of a Wheelchair Foundation wheelchair distribution and to Liberia and Peru on Rotaplast missions. Greg and Brenda are Foundation Major donors and Legacy Society members. Greg also served as District Treasurer for 3 years.
Greg is dedicated to the ideal of Service Above Self. He sees service as a means to make connections to others in our communities and around the world. He views the eradication of polio as an important milestone in the history of humanity and the advancement of world understanding as an important mission for Rotarians. Greg looks forward to serving District 5300 as its district governor for 2020-21.
District Governor Nominee Elect 2023-24, Michael Soden
Michael first joined Rotary in 2003 and is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Green Valley, Henderson Nevada, He is a two time President. The first time was in Central Virginia, District 7600, Brandermill (Midlothian), 2008-2009. The second time was for his current club Green Valley, District 5300, 2013-2014. During his year as President of Green Valley, the club was named the #1 medium size club in District 5300, received the RI Presidential Citation with Distinction and the club became a 100% Paul Harris Fellow club. Michael was honored in receiving Rotarian of the year by his respective clubs on three separate occasions.
Michael currently serves as District Communications Officer (DCO) for District 7600 and District 5300. Is the District 5300 Grants chair 2017-2021. He has been serving on the SWR PETS committee since 2015 as a committee chair for the Website/Social Media/USummit. Additionally, Michael is a Paul Harris Fellow +8.
Michael is the owner/founder of Harcalf Agency. A web development firm since 2001. He lives with his wife Sylvia in Henderson, Nevada. They have one daughter (Alycia) and two grandsons (Aden and Alejandro).
District Governor 2019-20, Luanne “Lu” Arredondo
A fourth-generation Rotarian, Luanne “Lu” Arredondo was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, raised on the family ranch in Corrales, New Mexico, and grew up the youngest daughter of 11 children. Paul Harris was often the focus of conversation at the dinner table – also a place where many of her life lessons about service to others originated. Luanne relocated to Southern California in 1989 where she would eventually meet and marry hubby Moises (aka “Moe”).
Luanne graduated summa cum laude with a double Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and biology from the University of New Mexico. She went on to graduate magna cum laude with a double masters in finance and business administration from California State University, Los Angeles, specializing in change management. After 15 years of working at the executive level with Fortune 50 organizations, Luanne opened LA Business Consultants, LLC in 2005, growing it from a small one person office into an international film, finance, and change management organization.
Luanne believes that we honor our blessings by giving of ourselves to those who need us most. She belongs to several organizations in her local community, including service as a former commissioner on the Community and Senior Services Commission for West Covina. She completed her term in October, 2018.
Luanne joined Rotary in March 2010 to continue the legacy of Rotary service in her family. Serving as a two-term president, Luanne and the Rotary Club of West Covina Sunrise earned the coveted Governors Bell Award, and she received Rotary International’s recognition as Rotarian of the Year. Luanne has served in several posts at the club level including public relations, website administrator, co-treasurer, club secretary, Interact liaison, and member of the board of directors. At the District level Luanne has served as PR chair, international projects co-chair, district conference chair, assistant governor, community outreach chair, peace conference administrator, and trainer.
When not busy at work or in service to others, Luanne and Moises enjoy spending time with their three children, Josh (age 33), Zack (age 30), and Bryan (age 19). Their grandkids are Joy (20 months) and Josh, Jr. (born August 2019). They enjoy camping, fishing, back-yard BBQ, softball, and board games. For Luanne and Moe Rotary is more than just a passion for humanitarianism and doing good in the world. It is an organization that recognizes the value of family and the impact we have when we work together.
Luanne’s greatest inspiration comes from the work and efforts of fellow Rotarians and their families. She believes that our successes toward eradicating polio, creating peace in the world, eliminating inequities, and developing a better world for our youth begin with the sincere goodness in our hearts and simple random acts of kindness. Luanne looks forward to proudly and humbly serving as your District Governor in 2019-2020.
District Governor 2018-19, John Chase
John and his wife, Elizabeth, were born and raised in the Midwest. They each graduated with an Associate Degree from Iowa Lakes Community College. Relocating to the Las Vegas area in 1990, Elizabeth began her career in the airline industry, and John started working as a police officer.
John continued his education graduating from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management and later with a Master of Business Administration. John and Elizabeth opened Amerisent Insurance – Boulder City, an independent insurance brokerage office, in 2011. John retired from the Boulder City Police Department in 2014 at the rank of Deputy Chief.
John and Elizabeth have two children, Ashley and Meghan, whom attend the University of Nevada, Reno. Both John and Elizabeth are active volunteers with many organizations such as Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada, for whom John was the Troop “Cookie Mom” for several years. John also served as president and charter member of the Friends of Boulder City Police Department; he is currently Board President of the Nevada Community Prevention Coalition and a past board member of the Las Vegas Boys and Girls Club to name a few.
John joined Rotary in 2001 as an opportunity to serve his community and found many years of unwavering support for him and his family. He is a two-‐time president of the Rotary Club of Boulder City, established in 1937. John has been Rotarian of Year four times, Executive Assistant Governor once, Assistant Governor three times, and RYLA Chair three times. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the District’s first Satellite Club.
John’s most memorable Rotary moments involve service to others with his children. Ashley, who was working on her Girl Scout Gold Award, went with John to India for a NID. Meghan, while working on her Girl Scout Gold Award, went with John to Xpujil, Mexico where they built water cisterns. Both trips were amazing opportunities for John and his girls to experience Rotary on an international scale while having a meaningful impact on the lives of others.
John has witnessed first-‐hand the importance of the family of Rotary and will strive to make that an important component of the 2018 – 2019 Rotary year, when he will honorably serve as your district governor.