Rotary District 5470

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About District Governor Clyde Church

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Clyde Church & Paulette 
District Governor 2014-15

Clyde was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and moved to Phoenix, Arizona where he met his wife Paulette at Phoenix College. They attended Arizona State University and Clyde graduated with a BA in Secondary Education and Chemistry. Following graduation, he worked as an engineer in Materials Research and Development, CMOS and the Advanced Wafer pilot line at Motorola Semiconductor. While at Motorola, Clyde was on the Eastman Kodak Technical Paper Review Committee in 1981, and holds two patents through Motorola. Clyde helped found the Motorola Scientific and Technical Society to strengthen internal technical communications between engineers and management.

In 1976, they moved to Minneapolis following Clyde’s career to Sperry Defense Systems which developed into a corporate-wide technology center, renamed the Sperry Semiconductor Division. In 1986, Winnebago Industries in Forest City, Iowa named Clyde Vice President and Chief Engineer of Product Design and Development. He later accepted a position with Iowa State University’s College of Engineering, Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) extension assisting manufacturers in 22 counties to improve their manufacturing methods. In 1998, Clyde was named Chairman of the ISU College of Engineering Advisory Council to CIRAS until leaving to move to Durango.

Clyde was then hired as Engineering Manager by one of his larger clients, Metalcraft, a label printing company. Clyde moved the 50-year-old label company into the RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) business, which he has continued to support from Durango.

Clyde and Paulette have two daughters: Heather, an AIA Architect in the Boston area; and Michelle, a Videographer/Graphic Designer with her own company in the Denver Area.

Clyde and Paulette are members of the Rotary Club of Durango and both are past presidents. They received the club’s 2005 Johnny Mac Award for outstanding service and the Heart of Rotary. Clyde has served as Membership Chairman and Foundation Chair, and has served on the Board since 2002. Clyde was an Assistant District Governor for Area 9 in District 5470 from 2004-2012. As AG he has been actively involved with training incoming PE’s and has trained AGs as a part of the District PETS Training Team lead by Paulette, who is the 5470 District Trainer. As such she has led the District Conference, two District Assemblies each year, and is a member of the 5-District PETS steering committee and coordinates the District specific PETS Training for 5470. Clyde has continued to support and expand the 5-District AG training as a part of the PETS Program. Both Clyde and Paulette serve on the District Executive Committee and are multiple Paul Harris Fellows.