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 5230. 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.
Rauden (Rod) Coburn III
District Governor 2019-20
Rauden Howell Coburn III is a Fresno native having grown up in the Old Fig Garden Neighborhood where he attended Bullard Elementary, Bullard High and Fresno State. Intending to follow in his physician father’s footsteps, Rod started college as a Pre-Med student but later switched to Pre-Dental when he determined that a career in dentistry would give him more time to spend with his future family than would a career in medicine. It was during his time at Fresno State that he met his wife of nearly 60 years, Shelly.
After graduating from Fresno State in 1964, Rod earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from UC San Francisco and then served as a dental Surgeon in the U.S. Army. After military service, Rod began a very successful private practice in restorative dentistry while also serving as a dental consultant, a teacher and a volunteer with a multitude of organizations, including Rotary.
Rod joined Fig Garden Rotary in January of 1983 and over the years has served as Club President, District Youth Exchange Chair, Assistant District Governor, District Lieutenant Governor, District Governor-Elect, and now District Governor. He is also a 7-time Paul Harris Fellow.
Rod says that it is their passion for the “Family of Rotary” that continues to excite both Rod and Shelly as they strive to live the concept of Service Above Self.
Joy Gonzales Anderson
District Governor Elect 2020-21
A native of Carmel, California, Joy joined Rotary in 2012 as a Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Monterey Cannery Row where she has served as Secretary, Public Relations Chair and Club President in 2014-2015. Joy served as District Membership Director in 2017-2018. She is a Paul Harris +2 and has sponsored 2 new members.
Joy served on the Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau and on the Board of Directors for the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce where she held the position of Chairman of the Board in 2011. She has served on the Board of Directors of Leadership Monterey Peninsula where she was a graduate of the Class of 1986 and has also worked with the YWCA of Monterey County. Joy also serves on the Advisory Council for Gathering for Women and Community Builders for Monterey County.
Joy was honored in 2014 with the prestigious Robert C. Littlefield Lifetime Achievement Award by the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and in 2017 with the Monterey County Commission on the Status of Women Outstanding Woman of Monterey County.
In her longtime career in hospitality, Joy has held positions as Director of Catering/Conference Services, Rooms Director, Director of Human Resources, General Manager and Regional Director for various hotel brands. She also held positions as Corporate Trainer for Best Western International and National Account Manager for Signature Worldwide Training. She has owned and operated her own business and continues to freelance in Marketing and Public Relations with a few select clients.
Now retired, she resides in Seaside, CA with her husband, Jim and their little dog, Luigi.
District Governor Nominee 2019-20
Bruce was born on November 7, 1948 at Ft. Totten, New York. His father, Harold Mackey, from Hanford, was in the Army and stationed there at the time.
Growing up, Bruce’s family lived in Germany, Switzerland, Massachusetts, Iowa, Taiwan and then again in New York. Bruce’s father retired from the Army and moved back to his hometown where Bruce attended Hanford High, graduating in 1966. He was inducted into the Hanford High Hall of Fame in 2003, joining his father who was inducted in 1996.
Bruce graduated from the University of California at Berkeley receiving a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and was then commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army, Infantry Branch. He was married to Linda Huddleston of Hanford in June 1971 and deployed to the Republic of Viet Nam in October 1971.
In 1995, Bruce retired from the Army with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and moved to Nevada in 1998 where he worked as the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Officer in the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety. In 2006 he was selected as National Educator of the Year by the League of American Bicyclists. While in Nevada, he was invited to join Rotary and was a member of the Carson City Noon Rotary Club for six years where he served on the Centennial Project Committee.
In 2005 Bruce and Linda moved to Hanford to be close to their parents and in October 2010 Bruce joined the Rotary Club of Hanford where he became active immediately. He was the Chair of the 50/50 raffle and silent/live auction for the Crab Feed in 2011. In June 2011 he was named Rookie of the year for RCH and he was the Club Foundation Chair from 2011 to 2019. He has participated in the Club humanitarian mission to Guatemala five times, three times as team leader, and has ridden the “Ride to End Polio” in Tucson three times. He is also a Major Donor to the Rotary Foundation. Bruce was Club President 2014-15, named Rotarian of the Year for 2015-16 and awarded the Global Excellence Award for 2016-17. He was Assistant District Governor twice and has been selected to be the District Governor for 2021-22.
Bruce and Linda have three children, a daughter Heather, and twin sons, Matthew and Robert. In addition they are blessed with nine grandchildren. They spend as much time as possible traveling or enjoying their San Simeon vacation home. Both are avid cyclists and belong to the Kings County Velo Club. Bruce is a Life Member of the Disabled American Veterans and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Linda has volunteered as a hospice worker and is currently active in the Kings County Grand Jury. Both are active in their church.