District 5750 Governor 2020-21
As a member of the Ponca City Rotary Club since 2011, Angela has had the privilege to serve on the board of directors for the past 6 years and was the Programs Chair for 2 years, Membership Chair for 2 years, Jr. Rotarian Chair, and Partner in Education Chair where she helped oversee a district grant project in which the club installed an accessible playground at a local elementary school. Angela is a sustaining member and Paul Harris Fellow +1 and was Rotarian of the Year in 2015-2016. During her presidency in 2016-17 the club was recognized with a Silver level District Governor’s Citation. She has also served as the weekly bulletin editor, website administrator, as well as coordinator for a new satellite club – Ponca City Rotary Downtown.
At the district level, Angela was a participant in the Rotary Leadership Institute, and during the 2017- 2018 year she began serving as the District Co – Director of Membership and is very passionate about this role and getting the opportunity to exchange ideas with so many great clubs and Rotarians.
Professionally, Angela is a Director of Strategic Client Management and U.S. Work at Home Operations with SYKES Enterprises, a customer service and technical support global outsourcer. Angela has been with SYKES since 1996 and has enjoyed a successful career that has taken her across the country and world leading projects and implementations.
Angela has been married to her husband, Charles since 2002 and is mom to Dayton and Gavin. As a family they enjoy games of all kinds, going to the movies, rollercoasters, travel, and are always looking for a new adventure.
District 6110 Governor 2020-21
Dr. Jay Craig, District Governor Elect, District 6110, was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and grew up, in North Little Rock, Arkansas. He was very active in Sports, as well as music. He played drums with the likes of Conway Twitty, Chuck Berry, and B.J. Thomas, and also worked in Las Vegas for years as a musician, singer, and comedian.
Jay had a distinguished career as a U.S. Marine. He was both a Reconnaissance Marine, and an Air Traffic Control Officer. For his action in combat in Vietnam he was awarded The Silver Star Medal, The Bronze Star Medal, The Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, and numerous other awards. Upon retiring, as a Major, after twenty years of active service, he was awarded The Distinguished Service Medal.
Jay attended Parker University College of Chiropractic, and became a Doctor of Chiropractic in 1993. He practiced in Tulsa, prior to his retirement there. He was voted Tulsa’s “Best Chiropractic Physician”!
He is a martial artist, a former boxer, and has logged 2,033 freefall parachute jumps.
He is a 32nd Degree Mason, a Shriner, and is Past Master of the Bristow Masonic Lodge.
He is a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow, a Major Donor, a member of the Paul Harris Society, a Sustaining Member, Past President of the Rotary Club of Bristow, and a graduate of the Rotary District Leadership Academy. He has been a Facilitator and Evaluator at Mid America PETS.
Jay was named the 2016, District 6110 Assistant Governor of the Year, and is now serving as the District Governor Elect. He will be serving as the District Governor in 2020-2021.
He is very proud of his Native American heritage, and of being an official Warrior of the Comanche Nation. He performs his Native American Program for clubs all over our district, as well as other districts.
His interests, now that he is retired, are Rotary Service, his lovely bride Francine, golf, tennis, OU Football, golf, his horses, his dog, and golf.
District 6150 Governor 2020-21
Mike Bennage joined Rotary as a member of the West Memphis Rotary club in 1996. He later joined the Hughes Rotary club in 2003. He has served as President of the Hughes club multiple times as well as serving as an Assistant Governor for six years. Mike is a Paul Harris recipient and is committed to working with the Rotary Foundation to advance the charitable efforts worldwide.
Mike has been community minded by serving on the Chamber of Commerce board in both West Memphis and Hughes as well as serving on the board of Steudlein Learning Center for many years. Mike has had a special relationship with children with developmental disabilities all of his life. His sister, Pam, had Downs Syndrome and lived a long and loving life as part of his family.
Mike is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. He has worked in the freight industry, water and plastics industry, and recently in the automobile industry. Mike and his wife Jane have been married for over 30 years. They have one son, Carlson, who attends Christian Brothers University in Memphis.
District 6170 Governor 2020-21
Jamie Higgins has been a member of the Rotary Club of Morrilton since 2011. He was nominated and elected to the club’s Board of Directors six months after joining and became the club’s President in 2014/15. He has been active in many Rotary International District 6170 activities serving four years on the district’s RYLA committee, with three of those years as chair. In addition he has served on the district’s Youth Exchange Committee in the positions of Inbound Coordinator, district Youth Exchange Officer and Chair. He served as an Assistant Governor from 2015-2018 and is currently a visioning facilitator for the district.
His first encounter with Rotary was as a High School student being selected by the Rotary Club of Heber Springs as one of their scholarship recipients. He grew up in Heber Springs and attended school at Heber Springs Public Schools K-12th grade. Their investment help Higgins earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations from Harding University in 2005.
Since graduation from college, he has been involved with non-profit work having worked at the Arkansas Foodbank Network, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Pulaski Technical College Foundation and currently is the Director of Development for Community Service, Inc. (CSI). CSI provides mental health treatment and other youth development programs from more than 1,400 youth each year without ever asking for out of pocket payment from families.