Rotary District 6920 is recently announced the election of Dr. Hamsa Thota of the St. Simons Island Rotary Club as the new District Governor for 2017-2018. Thota will oversee 63 clubs in the central, south-central, southeast and coastal Georgia areas.

Thota has been a member of the St. Simons Island Rotary Club since 1978 and served as the club’s president in 1983-1984. In 1985, Dr. Thota received the Rotary International District 6920 Governor’s New Club Builder Award after he started the Rotary Clubs of Jekyll Island and Camden County.

As the District Governor, Thota will voluntarily strive to engage and inspire 3200 Rotary members and promote Rotary values in local communities throughout District 6920. The theme for the 2017-2018 Rotary year is “Making a Difference.”

Dr. Thota is determined to do just that, noting “We have a team of Rotarian volunteers who are committed to humanitarian service and have tremendous plans for District 6920. This is going to be a year of dedicated efforts to strengthen our clubs, make significant local impacts and improve awareness of the real impact Rotarians make every day in each of the 63 communities they live in. We will work together to do good and make a difference both locally and globally.”

Dr. Thota currently serves as the president of Innovation Business Development, Inc. (IBD), an innovation management training and consulting company. His company helps client organizations to sustain growth with new products and services.

Prior to his election as District Governor, Dr. Thota worked for Rich Products Corporation R&D for 25 years and practiced consulting and training on new product development and innovation performance management for 17 years. Dr. Thotareceived his Ph.D. in Food Science and Dairy Manufacturing from the University of Georgia.

Dr. Thota encourages everyone in District 6920 to consider becoming involved with his or her local Rotary club. For more information on Dr. Thota and Rotary District 6920, please visit http://www.rotarydistrict6920.net/