NAME: CHUCK HATTEN
HOME CLUB: Port Angeles Noon
AG AREA / CLUB NAMES: Area 8 • Sequim Noon • Port Angeles (Norwester) • Port Townsend • Sequim Sunrise • East Jefferson County • Port Angeles Noon • Port Townsend Sunrise
YEAR JOINED ROTARY: 2005
- Why did you join Rotary? What did you expect from your Rotary membership?
I joined Rotary at the request of my work supervisor at the time. I’m not sure of what I expected other than communications and networking with other people in my community. After a short time, I realize all the good and positive things Rotarians were doing and was happy to be a part of it.
- Has Rotary lived up to your expectations – how?
Rotary as an organization and all the members have gone far beyond what I expected it to be. From “small” local projects to international ones like Polio Plus and Shelter box I am proud to be a Rotarian.
- We know Rotary is a big part of your life, but what do you like to do for fun? Hobbies?
As a young man I was involved in many sport activities. Now I get great pleasure watching others excel at various athletes either in person or on television. I have grown in my recent years to enjoy competing at chess and card games. I recently completed writing a book based on my life experiences and those of my family and friends.
- What inspired you to become involved at the club level? Then at the district level?
I believe that giving back to one’s community is more than an expression. This means serving that community in a leadership role if possible. Therefore, I was grateful for the opportunity to be President of my local club and to serve as Assistant Governor of my area. I am inspired to support past, present, and future club presidents in their growth and execution to lead their club forward. Because of the Covid situation, the challenges presented to each one has expanded their thoughts outside the traditional box to a new level.
- Best experience so far as Assistant Governor?
Interacting with club presidents and PE’s to help them with the challenges of being a club President. The opportunity to help organize clubs in assisting with the annual Mary Bridge Courage bike event to help prevent child abuse has been a real privilege.
- When will we see you as the District Governor?
I am not inspired, at this time in my life, to seek the position of District Governor because of my age and health concerns. However, I will continue to support my club, the area, the district, and Rotary International in whatever means possible