ALGONQUIN – Donald Brewer said he always has “bled Rotary blue,” but now the former Algonquin village president has taken his Rotary service to a higher level.
Brewer took over July 1 as the new district governor for Rotary International’s 70 clubs and 2,500 members in Chicago’s north, northwest and west suburbs. His term will last a year.
Brewer, who served as Algonquin village president from 1989 to 1992, also was a McHenry County Board member for
14 years. He joined the Rotary as a charter member of the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills club in 1992 and has held several club positions, including club president and assistant district governor.
Rotary is a humanitarian service organization with more than 1 million members worldwide that aims to bring people together “to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad,” according to Rotary’s website.
“I’ve believed in what Rotary does as an organization, both locally and around the world,” Brewer said.
Brewer said he began training for the position in September 2014 and spent more than 2½ years learning about Rotary budgets, grants, training and recruiting and various other aspects of his Rotary district.
He said his primary objective as district governor is to raise awareness about Rotary in communities that are home to Rotary clubs, Brewer said.
“I want every community to know and be aware of what Rotary is and who Rotary is in their community,” Brewer said. “I want them to look at the lapel or shirt collar of every person, and when they see a Rotary pin, they know what Rotary is – a humanitarian service organization.”
Brewer is a patent, trademark and copyright attorney licensed in Illinois, federal courts and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has a solo law practice in Crystal Lake.
Brewer also is a licensed pilot and a member of the International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians.