District Governor George Eamer 2017-2018
DG George Eamer with wife Jan
Born in Bristol, George moved to Torquay as a child of about five years of age. His main education was at Homelands Technical High School, Torquay. On leaving school he joined the Hydrographic Department MOD (Navy) in London and was involved in the preparation and production of nautical charts, returning to the South West after nine months when the Department was re-located to Taunton. Whilst there he served on the Management Committee of the Trident Youth Centre and became Chair of Taunton Judo Club where the emphasis was not only on teaching young people the sport but also on building confidence and character.George took the opportunity to change occupation by moving to the then Nature Conservancy Council in the cartographic and surveying section. This gave him the opportunity to travel to many beautiful parts of the UK, meeting and working with a variety of people. However, in his mind, the South West cannot be beaten. He was invited to join the management structure of the cartography and surveying section and later moved on, initially to Exmoor National Park and then Dartmoor National Park managing their cartographic and design departments. Whilst with Dartmoor National Park he became involved in Staff welfare issues and changed role to become Health, Safety and Wellbeing advisor. It was in this capacity that he took retirement in 2008 after eighteen years with the DNP.
In 2010 George was awarded a BSc (Hons) in Psychology by the Open University and was also invited to join the Rotary Club of Exmouth Raleigh where he served on various committees but predominantly Community and Youth. He became Club President from 2012 – 2014. In 2014 he took the District lead on Club Visioning and became Assistant District Governor for East Devon
George married Jan, also a Rotarian, in 2011 and they now have a combined family of five children and nine grandchildren. The family are scattered across the globe living in the USA, Scotland, England and with connections to Japan.
Apart from Rotary George's interests include Exmouth Twinning Association through classical music, the theatre, cooking, current affairs, walking and sport but only as a sport observer these days.
As District Governor he considers that he has been given the opportunity to see the wider world of Rotary and to meet Rotarians from all over the Globe. Dwindling Membership remains the burning issue in the western world but it is his belief that this can be improved if we grasp the opportunities now available to us to adapt and change to re-inforce the relevance of Rotary in today's Society.