Ernie Montagne | End Polio Now Zone Coordinator | Email
Ernie served as District Governor for District 5500 (Southern Arizona) in 2010-11. He served as Future Vision Transition Coordinator for the district from 2011 to 2013 and as District Rotary Foundation Committee Chair for 2013-16. He is currently Chair of the Fundraising Subcommittee on the DRFC, overseeing efforts to promote giving to the Annual Fund and Endowment Fund. He received The Citation for Meritorious Service in 2011. He will serve as 2017-18 End Polio Now Coordinator for Zone 26.
As a member of the Rotary team, Ernie participates in the annual Ride to End Polio / El Tour de Tucson, cycling distances up to 104 miles and helping to raise millions of dollars for PolioPlus. Ernie and his wife Sally participated in a Polio National Immunization Day in West Africa in 2005. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Tucson Sunrise.
Enthusiastic supporters of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, Ernie and Sally are members of the Arch Klumph Society, Bequest Society Members, multiple Paul Harris Fellows, and members of the Paul Harris Society.
Ernie and Sally developed many Rotary projects in West Africa. These projects have provided clean water, sanitation, health care, education support, and income generation for thousands of needy people in 50 communities in Togo and Niger. Aside from matching grants provided by The Rotary Foundation, these projects received support from 88 clubs and 12 Rotary Districts in 7 countries, as well as over 500 individual Rotarians.
Ernie served in the US Army from 1959 to 1981, serving in Germany, Greenland, Vietnam, and Korea, as well as numerous posts in the United States. He subsequently retired from a second career as a defense analyst responsible for test and evaluation of military weapon systems.
Sally, a member of the Rotary Club of Tucson, is also a Past District Governor (2014-15) and is a recipient of Rotary’s highest award, the Service Above Self Award. She is currently Global Grants Chair for D5500 and served as Grants Chair for several years. She is a retired criminal defense attorney, having practiced for many years with the Public Defender Service in Washington, DC.
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