EASTHAMPTON—Michael J. Roy, vice president and compliance officer at Easthampton Savings Bank, has been named governor of Rotary International District 7890. His term began July 1 and ends June 30, 2015.
Roy is responsible for providing leadership and oversight for the 2,300 members in the 60 clubs in Western Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut that encompass District 7890. He also seeks to raise the visibility of Rotary International and advance the organization’s main goal of eradicating polio globally.
Roy, who is also an attorney, first joined Rotary International in Florida in 1989 and rejoined in 2005 after moving to Massachusetts. He served as president of the Northampton Rotary Club from 2009 to 2010 and also served as chair of the International Committee during that time. In 2010, Roy led a district Group Study Exchange to Japan.
“I got involved with Rotary to make a difference,” said Roy. “By participating in service projects and fundraisers you get a firsthand look at the impact that you’re having on peoples’ lives locally and internationally. Serving as district governor is the next natural step in moving the organization forward.”
Established in 1905, Rotary International is a global service organization that brings together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian services locally and worldwide. As district governor, Roy seeks to ensure that clubs in the district, and their members, remain active and relevant in the community.
“It’s important that our clubs continually assess the needs in their communities, because those needs may be different from four years ago or 75 years ago,” he said. “Are clubs providing members with a mix of opportunities to give back locally and participate in international projects? We want to be mindful of our backyard while staying true to our roots by helping out with projects around the world.”
Rotarians take on projects that range from providing coats for needy children in their own communities to sending members to Nigeria to help immunize children against polio, Roy added.
“It isn’t only about service. It’s about fellowship,” he said. “We want to be an exciting, relevant and welcoming place for anyone looking to effect positive change, whether he or she is an established business leader or someone new to the area.”
Roy has a bachelor’s degree from Palm Beach Atlantic College and a juris doctor degree from Suffolk University Law School. He was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in December 1999. Roy also serves on various compliance and real estate-related boards and committees in Massachusetts.
He is married to Mary Pat Roy, an endocrinologist in private practice. The couple lives in Florence.
To learn more about Rotary District 7890, visit http://rotarydistrict7890.org/