Greg Owen | End Polio Now Zone Coordinator | Email

Gary Owen was Governor of District 5320 under International President Kalyan Banerjee 2011-12 whose theme was Reach within to Embrace Humanity.

Greg and his wife Val have been big supporters of Rotary’s efforts to fulfill the promise to all children to complete the job to eradicate Polio from the world. Through continual donations, public awareness campaigns as displayed through their company 48 foot EndPolioNow freight trailer that travels the highways in the west daily and has been displayed at Rotary events to raise funds for our eradication efforts.

Greg is the past president of the Rotary Club of Long Beach in 1991-92, served as an area representative and/or Assistant Governor, District Co-Executive Director and District Governor in 2011-12.

Greg and Val are extremely active in Rotary Peace Centers and along with former Foundation Trustee and PDG Mike Abdallah and his wife Jean, support a PeaceFund to sponsor future Peace Scholarships.

Greg heads several companies involved in the trucking industry, warehousing and third party logistics. He is active in the American Trucking Associations as a Vice President-at Large and Past President of the California Trucking Association 1993.

Districts: All of Zone 26

Bob Rogers | End Polio Now Zone Coordinator | Email

Bob joined the Rotary Club of Sebastopol, California in 2007 shortly after moving into town. It wasn’t long thereafter, as a polio survivor, he joined the District 5130’s PolioPlus Committee and was soon giving polio talks to clubs in the district.

He earned his club’s “Rookie Rotarian of the Year” award in his first year, and “Rotarian of the Year” award a few years later.

Bob went on to serve as president of his club in 2013-14, as Assistant Governor for two years, and as District Governor in 2017-2018.

While District Governor, he and 13 other riders created a 6 day, 350-mile bike ride called “Pedal 4 Polio”, and raised $140,000 in the process. Rotary clubs along the route supported the riders with potlucks and beds, and in the process, cultivated many new long term friendships in the district.

Bob’s Rotary travels have taken him on multiple visits to Mexico for a club school project, to Uganda for a Global Grant project, to India for a Rotary Friendship Exchange, and recently, for a National Immunization Day in New Delhi.

In 2020-21 he is serving as Chair of District 5130’s PolioPlus Committee and as the End Polio Now Zone Coordinator for Zone 27.

Bob is a member of the Paul Harris Society and with his wife Peggy, also a Sebastopol Rotarian, are major donors and members of the Bequest Society.

Bob retired as an airline pilot from USAirways in 2002…and now claims his second career is Rotary.

Districts: All and Zone 27