First of all, a DGND is the District Governor Nominee Designate! This is the individual who will serve as District Governor in 2019-20.
Now the news!  The DGND for 2019-20 is Don “Sparky” Leonard, currently serving as AG for Sector 1.

Let us introduce Don, better known as Sparky to those living in our 6380 communities. Sparky is a 20-year Rotarian and a member of the Chatham Club in Ontario.  He served as Club President in 2014-15.  He has recently retired from a long stint as Operations Manager for an automobile dealership. 


Governor Nominating Committee Chair, Jim Gilmore, organized the Governor selection process which this year included an advance review of the candidates’ resumes, multiple discussions regarding the requirements of the District, the creation of a rubric or decision matrix, and the interviews. 


“This year, we invested in more than 100 person-hours in the Governor selection process,” says District Governor Michael Caruso.  “We were thrilled to have three DGND candidates this year, the highest number of applicants in a while.  All of them will make great Governors for us in the future.”


The DGND will not serve as Governor until 2019, so the committee had the difficult task of considering not only the current circumstances of the District, but our future scenario as well.


Nominating Committee members were asked to evaluate the candidates in many areas, including Rotary experience, communication skills, technology skills, and ideas for improving the District.


The Governor Nominating Committee consists of seven D6380 Rotarians serving in staggered two-year terms, plus the Immediate Past District Governor.  These members are, by design, a cross-section of our diverse membership. 


Thanks to the following Rotarians for serving on the committee:  Alternate and sitting President, Susan Brown (Chelsea), Chairperson and Past District Governor, Jim Gilmore (Livingston-Sunrise), Past President, Karen Kerry (Ann Arbor), Past District Governor, Lynn Morgan (Farmington), Past President, Len Stenger (Ann Arbor), and sitting President, Mark Zuccaro (Mount Clemens). 

Sparky will join a long string of successful District 6380 leaders.