Nickname for PDG Ray Ward
Ray Ward was nicknamed Rotary Ray because when he was speaking to clubs in District of 5180, he wanted an easy email for members to remember so he chose RotaryRay5180@gmail.com. Soon members started to call him Rotary Ray.
Rotary District 5180 Governor 2019-2020
Member of the Rotary Club of Auburn Gold Country
Ray grew up the son of a US Marine which caused him to attend 9 schools by his sophomore year in high school. His dad finally retired from the USMC to Penryn, CA where Ray graduated from Del Oro High School in Loomis. He says that military life was a great environment to grow up since you learn to make friends quickly.
After spending time at Sierra College and CSUS, Ray completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Business at National University.
Ray currently owns an insurance agency that specializes in health insurance and other employee benefits.
In 2007, Ray joined Rotary and became President of the Rotary Club of Rocklin/Loomis Basin during the 2010-2011 Rotary year. Since that time, he has been active at the district level serving on many committees (up to 7 at one time) including being the Chair of the Website Committee, Chair of the Membership Committee, Co-Chair of the 2016 District Conference and an Assistant Governor.
Ray has been married to his wife Gena for over 25 years and they have a wonderful daughter Alyssa who is gradulated from CSUS from the Business Honors Program and currently works for CalPERS. Some of Ray’s greatest joys in Rotary have been some of the opportunities Alyssa has received from being around fellow Rotarians.
In his spare time, Ray enjoys listening to music and is a huge Parrothead (fan of Jimmy Buffett). He has seen Jimmy Buffett so many times he cannot even remember how many but, he knows that he has seen at 11 different locations including Madison Square Garden and the Hollywood Bowl.
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