Joe Hentges | Assistant Rotary Coordinator | Email
Born and raised in Minnesota, Joe spent 20 years in Illinois before moving to Arizona in 2010. A Rotarian for 35 years, he is currently a member of the Marana-Dove Mountain Rotary Club, AZ. Previously, he was a member of the Cannon Falls, MN, and the Woodstock, IL, Rotary Clubs.
A professional musician and teacher for many years, Joe was also a high school administrator and Superintendent of Schools. Joe earned his Ph. D. in Educational Administration at The Ohio State University. Following retirement, he taught graduate classes for Northern Illinois University and Webster University.
Joe has been a speaker at numerous conferences and institutes, including the American Association of School Administrators. Awards include the Executive Educator 100 (outstanding school executives in North America), Distinguished Leadership Award, and AASA Research Award. He has authored or co-authored two professional books and several articles.
Brigitte and Joe have been married for 54 years, have two children (boys), and four grandchildren. Their favorite pastimes are traveling, Rotary, and spoiling grandchildren.
Prior to serving as District 5500 Governor, 2017-2018, he also served as Assistant Governor, District Membership Chair, Vice Governor, and was club president three times: Woodstock, Il, 1995-1996; and Marana-Dove Mountain, AZ, 2011-2013. Currently, Joe is an Assistant Rotary Coordinator for Zone 26 with expertise in membership, strategic planning, and leadership. He has also served as a facilitator and trainer for Southwest Rotary PETS, Arizona Tri-District PETS, and the District 5495 Club Leadership Assembly. Joe and Brigitte are Rotary Major Donors, Paul Harris Fellows, and Bequest Society members. Joe is also a member of the Paul Harris Society.
Districts: 5495, 5500 and 5520
Areas of expertise: Membership — recruitment, engagement, retention, forming new clubs. Strategic Planning — visioning, annual reviews. Affecting positive change in clubs and districts; Creating vibrant clubs