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District Governor 

District Governor Jim Roxlo


Jim is a charter member of the Chattanooga Breakfast Rotary Club and served as club President in 2003-04. He has held many positions in his club and at the district level he has served as World Community Service Chair, Planning Chair, Assistant Governor, Grants Chair, and Foundation Chair. While serving as Foundation Chair, he was proud to be part of one of Rotary’s most active districts, both in terms of giving to The Rotary Foundation, and in helping the Foundation spend funds through grants.

His responsibilities included making sure Rotarians were well trained, making sure Rotarians followed Rotary’s rules for the Foundation, and encouraging both giving and spending through the Foundation.

Jim is a Paul Harris Fellow, a member of the Paul Harris Society, a member of the Arch Klumph Society, and he participates in grant activities in his local community and in Haiti.

Jim graduated from MIT with two degrees in Mechanical Engineering, and has had a varied and enjoyable career, visiting over 50 countries, mostly for work.

Jim is married to Rita Heckrotte (41 years!) and retired last year so he can spend more time with her. Rita sings in multiple choral groups and enjoys singing as much as Jim enjoys Rotary. Together, they enjoy travel, opera, wine making, and sailing.



The Governor's Team


DGE Greg Maciolek

Greg is a retired Air Force fighter pilot having served 26 years in the air defense of our nation. He retired as a Colonel and commanded both a fighter group and the Air National Guard’s Professional Education Center. He has flown the F-106A/B, the F-4C/D and the F-16 ADF. He has over 3,000 hours of high performance flying time. Under his command, his NCO Academy staff developed a Non-Commissioned Office (NCO) Distance Learning Academy that received the 1999 Defense Department’s award for best distance learning program. They took a 6 week in-residence NCO academy and converted it into a 12 week, 2 nights a week distance learning academy with two additional weeks in-residence. This resulted in a savings of 60% over the in-residence academy while maintaining or improving on test scores. He also helped to lower the number of weeks that young officers spent at the Air Force Squadron Officer School from 9 weeks to 5 weeks that has saved millions of dollars for the Air Force.

He currently runs two business-to-business training and development companies focusing on pre and post employment and team assessments, leadership development,
project planning and strategic planning with clients local, nationwide, and internationally. Additionally he owns a flag and flagpole company.

Greg joined the Rotary Club of Knoxville Breakfast in 1999 after retiring from the Air Force. He has served as club president three times, has co-produced five fundraising events that include Jeanne Robertson and Uncle Sy & Alan from Duck Dynasty. He has also served as the Assistant Governor Coordinator, as the District’s General Chair of Communications and as District Secretary.He served as Zone 30’s Rotary Public Image Coordinator for the last three years. He is also responsible for video production in the District. Greg is a major donor to The Rotary Foundation, a Paul Harris Society member and a Bequest Society member.

Greg has a BS in Business from Wayne State University and a MS in Human Resources from Troy University in Montgomery AL. He is active in his church as the lector coordinator for the last 24 years. Greg lives in Knoxville, TN and is married to Brissa. Between them they have two daughters, Deanne and Mabelle, one son, David, and five grandsons.


 DGN Ron Appuhn

Ron joined the Rotary Club of Maryville in 2006. He has served as club president and currently serves as the International
Service chair for the club. Ron has served in several capacities in District 6780, including
Chair of the International Service Committee and member of the Group Study Exchange Committee. He has been a spouse/partner facilitator at the International Assembly in San Diego and at several Zone 30-31 He received Rotary International’s Service Above Self award in 2015.

Ron is known in our district and our zones as a lead advocate for the Heart 2 Heart program. The Heart 2 Heart program is a collaborative
partnership between 27 districts in the US and two districts in central Mexico to provide humanitarian service, primarily through
TRF global grants. Ron will be serving as a member of Rotary International’s Finance Committee from 2018-21 and will be the
Vice Chair in 2018-19.

Ron is an early retiree from full time employment. His career was in the education finance field, primarily as the Chief Financial Officer in colleges in three states and at Webb School of Knoxville. He has a BS in accounting from the University of California Berkeley and a MBA from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and he is a Certified Public Accountant. Ron has also served on several local not-for-profit boards.

Ron is married to Past Rotary International Director Karen Wentz. Karen and Ron have a large blended family - Ron has two boys
and Karen has four children, five grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. Maggie the dog rules the house. Ron and Karen enjoy family, Rotary, and travel.

They are strong supporters of Rotary’s peace activities and are members of the Paul Harris Society and the Arch Klumph Society.