2017 Paul Netzel

Rotary Foundation

Paul Netzel is a member of the Rotary Club of Los Angeles USA, and served as Chair of The Rotary Foundation Trustees in 2017-18. Paul is chairman/CEO of natural associates and management consulting firm specialising in work with not-for-profit organisations and institutions. Paul was mayor of Culver city. California for two terms served as president of the Culver, Culver city board of education and held leadership positions on the board of the Boy Scouts Goodwill industries, United Way, YMCA and the automobile Club of Southern California, the founding chair and now special advisor to the host organisation committee for the 2008 REI convention in Los Angeles. Paul has been an RI training leader, Council on legislation representative and zone institute co- convenor. He has served as a zone coordinator on four RI zone task forces, and as a Rotary Foundation permanent fund national advisor. He is a recipient of the Rotary Foundation citation for Meritorious service.  Paul and his wife, Diane, are Paul Harris, Fellows, Paul, Harrison Society members, Major Donors, and charter members of the Arch C. Klumph Society 

Paul has a distinguished record of community service and leadership. He served as mayor of Culver City, CA, for two terms while a city council member (1980-88). Previously, he served as a member and president of the Culver City board of education. He has held leadership positions on the boards of Boy Scouts, Goodwill Industries of Southern California, United Way, YMCA, and the California Youth and Government program. He has served on the advisory boards of the Auto Club of Southern California, APEX (Asian Professional Exchange) and Habitat for Humanity.

During 2017-2018 Paul served as Chair of The Rotary Foundation (TRF) Trustees – the first year of TRF’s second century of service. With assets exceeding $1.25 billion, TRF enables Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. TRF helps fund humanitarian activities, from local service projects to global initiatives including Rotary's 30+ year initiative to eradicate polio from the face of the earth.

Netzel was one of 17 members of the board of directors of Rotary International (R.I.) in 2007-09, also serving as chair of the R.I. Board's Executive Committee. In 2012 he served as moderator of Rotary’s International Assembly, responsible for the training of 535 incoming district governors worldwide.

Previously he served as governor of R.I. District 5280 (1997-98), and as president of the Rotary Club of Los Angeles. Paul chaired the Bid Committee to secure the 2008 R.I. Convention for Los Angeles, subsequently becoming chair of the LA2008 Host Organization Committee and, following his election to the R.I. Board of Directors, he served as special advisor to the committee.

His awards and honors include The Rotary Foundation's Distinguished Service Award, TRF's Citation for Meritorious Service, Rotary District 5280 Hall of Fame, Rotary Club of Los Angeles Rotarian of the Year, YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles Golden Book of Distinguished Service, Co-Grand Marshal Los Angeles Korean Festival Parade, Culver City Citizen of the Year, Jaycees Distinguished Service Award and PTA Council Honorary Life Service Award.

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