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Meet David Hoopes Assistant District Governor

July 1, 2010

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David Hoopes has a long history with Rotary. From his days as a banker with Citibank in Calcutta and New Delhi, India and later with the National Bank of Detroit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where he was Honorary Secretary and Director of International Service to his membership in the Wantastiquet Rotary club. For the past two years, he has been the president of the Wantastiquet Club, as well as serving on the District Nominating Committee (2009), the District Golf Committee (2009) and the Co-chair of the 2010 District Conference Committee.

After he left banking and before he arrived in Vermont, David spent twenty years working in government, first with the State Department and for five years with the Central Intelligence Agency.

When David was in India and Malaysia, his experience with Rotary was primarily social. Although they did have some programs centered around eye care, it was largely a business connection. However, when David came to Vermont, he saw how much could be done through Rotary for health and food programs. The Wantastiquet Club could get three to four thousand dollars of food stuff to distribute to those in need. The club's educational and scholarship programs also engaged him.

David initially moved to Vermont to care for his children after the death of his first wife. Besides looking after his children, he became a ski and golf instructor, working five years at Okemo and twelve years at Stratton. Currently, he and his second wife, Katherine, who is a psychotherapist, are actively involved in the community in a variety of ways.

David's goals as an Assistant Governor are to be a resource, to be a positive guide and to be an advocate and helper, keeping colleagues and the district informed. He would like to encourage more understanding on the part of the public as to what Rotary does for communities. With his many skills and experience, he has much to offer the clubs with which he will be working.

Author: Sally Sugarman (Club Member & Windmill Editor)

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