William (Bill) R. Walker, of Columbus, is serving a one-year term as Rotary International District Governor for 2017-18. As Governor, Walker coordinates the community and international service projects of 46 Rotary Clubs and 2,231 Rotarians in the counties between Highway 82 North and Highway 84. Walker will serve through June 30, 2018.
Walker is one of 535 Rotarians worldwide serving as a District Governor this year. A member of the Rotary club of Columbus, Walker is responsible for organizing new Rotary clubs and strengthening existing ones. Rotary governors are required to visit and speak to all clubs in their districts.
District 6820 Rotarians also fund water wells in Africa, sponsor kidney transplants in Mexico, and contribute funds to build a Neonatal Care Center in Guatemala. A growing number of area clubs are partnering with Stop Hunger Now to prepare and send prepackaged, nutritious meals to areas plagued by famine, war and natural disasters. In addition, in 2018 this Rotary District has plans to travel to Mexico to do hands on work with a Rotary District 4170 to administer aid to the rural areas that are in need with the organization Heart 2 Heart.
This trip is available to all Rotarians, their families and anyone interested.
As Vice President of Brickyard Properties, Walker also is a member of the Lowndes County Board of Directors and Board of Global Connections.
Bill Walker became a Rotarian in 1985 with the Columbus Rotary Club. During this time, he has served as the Rotary Coordinator for The Lowndes Young Leaders for over 10 years. He has also served on the Columbus Rotary Club Board, Foundation Chair and Club President in 2014-15.