John T. Blount, D.D.S.
Rotary International Director, 2009-2011
John has served on several organizational committees that deal with Rotary's future, including "New Models of Rotary Clubs", "Rotary Action Groups", three RI President nominating committees, and Vice Chair of the 2008 International Institute. He has been a membership coordinator and a member of several RI task forces on public relations, new generations, and membership.
John has a long history of training Rotary leaders. He was a Group Discussion Leader at the 1993 and 1994 International Assemblies. He has taught incoming District Governors at Zone 23/24's GETS fourteen times since he was a Governor and was the "Zone Trainer" for 23 districts in 1996. For four years Dr. Blount chaired the instruction and curriculum for GETS and developed the curriculum presently used to train incoming Governors on the west coast of the United States. He Chaired the Education Division for incoming Rotary leaders in the Western United States and Canada in 2007-08.
He first instructed President-Elects at the Northern California-Nevada-Hawaii P.E.T.S. in 1986 and continued as an instructor for 19 years. John was Chairman of the Instructors and Curriculum from 1995 to 1997. He was the General Chair for Far West PETS in 2003.
John is a thirty-two year member and past president of the Sebastopol Rotary Club. He was Governor of District 513 in 1990-1991. He has the distinction of being the youngest to hold that office in District 5130's history. As Governor, John motivated clubs to center local as well as international projects around the theme of improving the education and literacy of youth, through the "4 R's"- Reading, wRiting, aRithmetic, and Rotary.
He has served District 5130 on various Rotary Foundation committees; administrative committees, and the Membership Development committee. He developed, and for many years chaired the district's high school Communication Contest. He represented District 5130 as a delegate to the Council on Legislation in India in 1998.
Dr. Blount has truly been a part of his community since arriving in Sebastopol in 1976. Among other activities he has chaired a 33,000 square foot church building project, served as a trustee on the Sonoma County Community Foundation, been a six-term director for the Redwood Empire Dental Society, and served multiple years as a board member of the Sebastopol Chamber of Commerce.
John is a partner in a working group that produces motivational, historical, informational and promotional videos, including "Presenting Cliff Dochterman", a video-biography; the motivational video, "Its All About Leadership"; and "Reflections of the Future", a feature presentation illustrating the ongoing legacy of Rotary.
John and Patti have one daughter, Dr. Jennifer Thorn, a Pathology resident at the University of Arizona; a son-in-law, Dr. Shannon Thorn, an infectious disease specialist; and a two year old granddaughter, Sofia.