Past Governors
John & Janelle Dodd


John Dodd (Janelle)

District Governor 2012-13
Rotary Club of Ryde
BH: 9980 5448
AH: 9980 7337
Fax: 9980 5448
Mobile: 0418 464 413

John was introduced to Rotary as a teenager through joining Ryde Rotaract and was Rotaract 968 District President in 1979-80.  He was invited to join Ryde Rotary in 1985 and has been Director of International, Youth (twice), Vocational and Club (twice) Service, Rotaract Chairman, Red Shield Area Director (three years) and Youth Exchange Chairman (three years).  He has served twice as President in 1992-93 and 2001-02.  John's Rotary service has been acknowledged twice by his Club with a PHF and sapphire pin.

John and Janelle have been heavily involved in Rotary Youth Exchange with Janelle being an outbound student to Japan sponsored by Epping Club.  They have hosted sixteen inbound students and their three children have participated in the program.

At District level, John has served as the Administration Adviser for two years (2008-10) and as Insurance Officer for three years (2007-10).  In 2010-11, John will serve as Assistant Governor for the Northern District Zone and keep on the role as Insurance Officer.  John has spoken at many District Training events and conducted Ethics "Hypotheticals" at many Clubs.

John has degrees in Economics and Law from the University of Sydney where he was involved in student politics as a Director of the University of Sydney Union and member of the Economics Faculty and Academic Board.  He was admitted as a Solicitor in 1979 and to the Bar in 1984.

He began his legal career as a Judge's Associate in the District Court while still studying and after admission was employed by Hunt and Hunt Solicitors for four years.  He has practised continuously at the Bar since 1984 specialising in personal injury cases, insurance and commercial law.  Outside the law, John and Janelle have been owner/operators of Childcare Centres since 1988 and recently became involved in LPG conversion of cars.

John and Janelle were active participants in parent committees when their daughters were attending PLC Sydney with John serving three years as Chairman of the PLC Foundation.  Janelle is a Chartered Accountant who has directed those talents over the last 22 years to her local Uniting Church.  She has a great interest in craft and sewing and has also been recognised for her community work with a PHF from Ryde Rotary.

After 30 years of marriage, John and Janelle have two daughters completing their university degrees and a son presently on Youth Exchange in Brazil.  John enjoys tennis and relaxing on his part owned yacht as well as good music.  Their home is filled with audio-visual equipment and craft material.

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District Governor, John Dodd announced at the district changeover that Janelle will be asking clubs to donate to the Polio Eradication cause rather than present flowers in an endeavour to End Polio Now and reduce the gap depicted in the 'This Close' promotions.