Jayne Lowe

Jayne Lowe

District 6110 Governor 2018-19

Jayne Lowe began her journey as a Rotarian in October, 1992 in Ankeny, Iowa (D6000) where she was the pianist for the singing.  After a transfer to Plymouth, Minnesota, she joined the Rotary Club of Plymouth (D5950) where she served as President in 2003-04.  Another job transfer found Jayne and Gary in Bella Vista, AR where she joined the Rotary Club of Bentonville (D6110), and was honored to be named Rotarian of the Year in 2011.  Jayne served the club as President in 2012-13.   Little known fact….she and Paul Harris share the same birthday – April 19th!!

During her year as President, she was instrumental in getting the club’s 4 Way Test Speech contest in to the local schools and continues to chair that program; started a new service project – Adopt a Street, and began the practice of “Happy Bucks” for the club’s efforts to the End Polio campaign.  The Rotary Club of Bentonville was recognized as the District’s large club of the year and received the Presidential Citation during her presidency.  In 2013, she organized the club’s 90th birthday celebration and also facilitated getting General Secretary John Hewko to an event in Bentonville.

Jayne is a 2012 graduate of the District Leadership Academy.  She served the District as Assistant Governor from 2008 – 2011.  In the fall of 2011, she started the District’s Club Visioning program and served as Chair until July 2017.  In 2015, she was awarded the RI Club Builder award.  Jayne is the Chair of Women in Rotary and Vice Chair of the District 4 Way Test speech contest and served on the District Personnel Committee. She is also a member of the Rotary Wine Appreciation Fellowship and Rotary Musicians Fellowship. Jayne was blessed to be a participant on the American Wheelchair Mission trip to La Paz, Mexico in 2017.  She is a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow and member of the Paul Harris Society.  She and her husband, Gary, are members of the Bequest Society and Level 1 Major Donors.

Jayne and Gary are native Iowans but have lived in NW Arkansas since 2004.  Jayne has had many vocations, including owning and managing 2 small businesses, Director of Tourism of the Santa Cruz, CA Visitors Bureau, District Director of Sales for a major airline, Financial Advisor for Principal Financial Group and Director of Sales for 3 different hotels in NW Arkansas. She recently retired from the Greater Bentonville Chamber of Commerce as VP of Membership and Development.  Gary is the Sales Director for Pharmavite, maker of Nature Made vitamins and supplements and sells to Sam’s Club.   Jayne is a music major from the University of Northern Iowa and plays the organ at St. Theodore’s Episcopal Church.  She sits on the board of the Bella Vista Foundation, the Bella Vista Business Association and the I’ll Fly Away Foundation.  Gary and Jayne love to go out on their boat, play golf and travel…especially to Cabo!

John C. Deacon

John C. Deacon

District 6150 Governor 2018-19

John Deacon’s Rotary membership began in 2000 where he’s served on the Board and chaired numerous committees including the Foundation and Membership committees.  He was the Coordinator of RI’s “Flexible and Innovative Pilot Project” of which Jonesboro was one of only 5 clubs in Zone 30/31 selected.  Many of the Jonesboro Club’s initiatives on membership types and attendance were adopted by RI in the 2016 COL.

John is a past president and multiple Paul Harris Fellow, as well as being a recipient of the James F. Gramling award…..a special designation for “Service above Self” in the Jonesboro club.

His Rotary heritage runs very deep having the distinct honor that both his grandfather (1926) AND his father (1966) served as past presidents of the Jonesboro Rotary club, while his father also served as DG in 1973.  John is humbled with the opportunity to follow his family’s “Rotary tradition”.

John grew up in Jonesboro, AR and co-owns Deacon Capital Partners, a Commercial Mortgage Brokerage firm with his son located in Little Rock.  He was previously an SVP at both Regions Bank and Union Planters National Banks and has been a banker/entrepreneur/real estate/finance professional throughout his career while serving on many non-profit Boards and Chamber committees.

John is married to his wife Myra and between them; they have seven adult children and to-date, eight grandchildren with opportunities to add to the “grand” total.  He enjoys ALL grandchildren activities, golfing, guitar and most all music.

Dennis Cooper

Dennis Cooper

District 6170 Governor 2018-19

Dennis Cooper is originally from Broseley, MO and has lived in Arkansas since 1996.  He has an Associate Degrees in Instructor Technology and Environmental Medicine from the Community College of the Air Force. He has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, TX and a Master’s Degree in Vocation-Educational Administration from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AR.

Cooper has been a Rotary member since 1998 and served as President of the Paragould, AR Rotary Club in  2012-2013. Cooper moved from Paragould to Magnolia in August of 2013 and served as Assistant Governor for District 6170 for two years. While in the Paragould Rotary Club, Cooper served on the District 6150 Leadership Academy Board of Directors and as a Facilitator. Cooper is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, a member of the Paul Harris Society, and a Sustaining Member.

Cooper had the honor of participating, February 2017, in a National Polio Immunization Day in Caborca, Sonora, Mexico. It is the highlight of his years as a Rotarian.

Cooper is a 23-year veteran of the United States Air Force. In addition to assignments in the U.S., he served in Guam, England, South Korea and Germany. Some of his Air Force highlights include being the Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year for the USAF Hospital, Kirtland AFB, NM and Educator of the Year for the School of Aerospace Medicine in San Antonio, TX. He is a graduate of Leadership Paragould and the Northeast Arkansas Regional Leaders Programs.

Cooper has been involved in a number of local, state and national organizations. He is Past President of the Greene County Training Consortium, Northeast Arkansas Society for Human Resource Management; Arkansas Healthcare Human Resources Association, and Arkansas Chapter of the World Health Organization. Some of the Awards he has received include: Paragould Regional Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year, Paragould Rotary Club Citizen of the Year, Rotary District 6150 Governor’s Award and Service Above Self Award, and in 2012 the Arkansas Society of Human Recourse Management Human Resource’s Professional of the Year.

Dennis and his wife Shawnee like to travel and they enjoy the outdoors.

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