Posted by Chris Anderson on Sep 09, 2019
President Cheri Krull hands a $1000 check to Distrtict Governor Bob Artis for the Rotary Foundation
Bob Artis, District 7090 Governor, was introduced by Michele Starwalt, Assistant District Governor. 
Bob is a caring, passionate, and deeply spiritual person and as such, he has dedicated his life to helping and mentoring others.
Bob currently works in Buffalo, NY as a consultant with Sinai Consulting, LLC, a global hi-tech staffing and consulting group that provides advice and counsel to help globally competitive companies attract top talent in the field of Robotics.
Bob grew up in (the boot hill) southeast Missouri, USA and is a distinguished veteran of the Army, as well as a former civilian defense contractor with assignments in Thailand and Germany.  Bob also has experience working in an academic environment and corporate management.
One of Bob’s main passions with Rotary involves building relationships and connecting people globally for the greater good.  Because of some of those connections, Bob and his Rotarian colleagues have accomplished countless community service projects including an impressive water and sanitation Global Grant project for a village in Thailand, in 2017.
Bob has been known to frequent Rotary International Conventions (thirteen thus far) and several Rotary and United Nations Peace Conferences.  He is a past president of the Rotary Club of Clarence and has served in numerous district level positions: Assistant Governor (twice), Gift of Life Committee, Ambassadorial Scholars Committee, as well as Rotary Group Study Exchange Team Leader to Thailand.
Because of his deep belief in the good works done in the name of Rotary, Bob is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, Sustaining Member, Benefactor, and Bequest Society member of The Rotary Foundation.
Bob is also an ordained Deacon, has served with American Red Cross disaster relief and as a Board Chair for NY/PA regional blood services.
He and his wife, Corine, (of 55 years) have four sons; Lamonte, Ian (deceased), Tony (deceased), and Keith; 10 grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.
Bob has enjoyed being an active member of the Rotary Club of Clarence since 1987.   He and Corine have also graciously hosted Youth Exchange Students from five countries and GSE Teams from three countries.
During his time spent in Rotary, there have been some extraordinary personal experiences, and he has many stories to share.
Bob truly represents Rotary’s theme: “ROTARY CONNECTS THE  WORLD!”
As part of his speech to the club, Bob talked about Ana, our exchange student, from Brazil. He took time to meet her at the airport when she arrived in the states.  Bob also took time to give our exchange student Paul, from France, a District pin from 7090.  He also gave Bob Clarke, from the East Chapel Hill Rotary Club a pin to take home to NC.  And, yet, he was not done.  Bob also gave Lindsey Alday and Justin Hanft stickers for being new members.  
DG Bob does truly represent “Rotary Connects the World!”  Bob asked President Cheri to make a connection to an international Rotarian Bob met at the Rotary Convention in Hamburg, Germany. This will connect Jamestown to the international community.
DG Bob also asked Rotary Club members to order a pair of happy socks.   He even showed off his own calves and socks!  Each pair of socks that is purchased, District 7090 gets $2.50 back to go towards District Designated Funds.  Order yours here today ===> Bob presented Cheri with two pairs of these socks.  
Serving as District Governor is a big responsibility.  Bob wanted to deliver a message that will resonate with the club.  Our District has a prized possession.  A wooden gavel.  The gavel was custom made.  The wood is derived from giant sequoias in California and the gavel handle is made up of wood from other countries – there are four slivers of wood in handle. 
Each made from the following items:
  • Wood from Paul Harris’ original board room table
  • Wood from Independence Hall in Philadelphia
  • Wood from North Church in Boston (Paul Revere fame!)
  • Wood from the oldest living pine tree in the world
Bob also talked about the key chain he gave everyone when they arrived.  Per Bob’s request, please place the name of an individual on there that you would like to become a member of this organization.  We all know people in our sphere of influence.  
Our own Misty Johnson also told a story about connections that truly resonated with DG Bob.  We often pass people on the street like they are invisible.  Bob was truly moved by Misty’s story about a homeless man and woman who lost her job.
Rotary Truly Connects the World.  And, DG Bob Artis is living proof.