District Leadership

Governor Ian Hicks

Ian’s Rotary journey began when invited to join the Oakland Rotary Club, NJ in 1987. A business opportunity led to joining Allergan in Southern California where Ian joined the Rotary Club of Mission Viejo, where he became a Paul Harris Fellow. Owing to business developments, he joined the Rotary Club of Yorba Linda Sunrise in 1992 and rapidly became involved in International Service projects. Working closely with several clubs in District 5320 and the Rotary Club of Benoni Van Ryn in South Africa, a successful matching grant enabled the renovation of a Clinic and Community Center in Bollantlokwe, South Africa. More…

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Governor Elect Lucy Walther


Lucy joined Rotary in 1996 as a member of the Irvine Spectrum Rotary Club and later the Newport Irvine Club.  She held several Board positions over the years for both of the clubs. Lucy returned to the Irvine Club in 2009 and shortly thereafter served as President of the Club in 2012-2013. As such she lead the organization to become Best Large Club and Best Club for the same year. She has since served on the Strategic Planning Committee and as an Assistant Governor for two years. She served as a committee member for the 2014-2015 District Conference and was the Chair in 2015-2016. Lucy is a Paul Harris Fellow, Society Member and Major Donor. More…

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District Rotary Foundation Chair, PDG Kevin Padilla

Kevin Padilla

Kevin became a Rotarian in 2003 when he joined the Rotary Club of Placentia.  Within his first year, he became a member of the Board of Directors, and remained on the board until 2011, and he served as the Club President for the 2009-2010 Rotary Year.  Kevin was instrumental in developing the club’s annual fund raising event, and assisted in the club achieving 100% Paul Harris status. He is currently on the newly formed Finance Committee.  More…

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Immediate Past District Governor Ray Sanford

RSsmRay Sanford joined the Rotary Club of Irvine in 2003, immediately focusing his efforts on International Service projects. He created a joint project with the Rotary Club of Ensenada Calafia, BC, Mexico, to provide free dental and vision care for children in Ensenada elementary schools. The clinics are held twice each year year with a different school selected for each clinic and to date have provided more than $1.2 million in free services to those in need. He went on to create or assist in more than 15 projects in Bolivia and Guatemala.   More…

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