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.
Elizabeth “Betsy” McDonough Barry joined Rotary Club of Upland in 2005. She served as club president, 2015-2016. She also served District Membership Chair.
Betsy’s husband, Roy is a member Upland Rotary. Roy will serve as president for 2019-2020.
Betsy served on the Upland City Council (1991-1998) and became Mayor Pro Tem (1996-1998). She was President of the Western San Bernardino County Bar Association (2002).
Betsy and Roy and their daughter, Maggie live in Yorba Linda, California. Roy is active in the Knights of Columbus at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church. Betsy is a lector at the parish. Betsy serves as Treasurer for Maggie’s Girl Scout Troop. She is a member of the Kappa Delta Alumnae Chapters for Orange County and San Bernardino County.
Born in San Bernardino, California, she graduated from Upland High School; earned a bachelors degree in Political Science with a minor in Business Administration, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; and a juris doctor from Western State University, College of Law.
Betsy’s best Rotary moments include “Shopping at Target” where 100 under-privileged local children are given $100.00 to buy Christmas presents; and reading and distributing books to Title I school children in grades K through third grade. During Betsy’s year as President, 35 traffic signs were installed near every school in Upland to warn drivers to “Drive Carefully, Protect Our Children.” Betsy is passionate about sharing Rotary so that others may know the wonderful works Rotarians do locally, nationally and worldwide.
District Governor Nominee 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).
Immediate Past 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.