Posted by Al Anile

Guest Speaker Rotary District 6440 Governor Suzanne Gibson (fourth from left) and Club President Ralph Klein.
Above is our district governor Suzanne Gibson with some Skokie Valley club members and club president Ralph and president elect Dave inside the governor's car.
September 10 was our district governor Suzanne Gibson Annual Visit to our club. Before our weekly luncheon meeting we had a one-our board meeting with the governor where club's goals, district's and club's expectations, plus much more, were discussed. 
District Governor Suzanne Gibson has been a member of the Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club since 2008 where she has served as President (2012-2013) International Chair and Membership Chair. She has led a Vocational Training Teams to Guatemala to introduce the health benefits of soy products and microenterprise skills to women in Sumpango, Sacatepequez, Guatemala. Recently, she and her husband Mark, also a member of BBRC, participated in a Friendship Exchange to South Africa where they met our District 6440 Global Grant partners and can vouch for the great stewards they are of our funds.
Suzanne received the Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club’s President’s Citation for Outstanding Service and Dedication Award (2015- 2016) and the District 6440 Shining Light Award in recognition of humanitarian service (2015).
She was Rotarian of the Year (2011) and during her presidency the club received the Presidential Citation.
In District leadership Suzanne has been an Assistant Governor serving Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg AM and Lake Zurich clubs and is currently the district Community Services Advisory Chair.
Suzanne is a member of the Paul Harris Society and both she and her husband are multiple Paul Harris Fellows.
Suzanne is a graduate of Valparaiso University (BA), the University of Illinois, Jane Addams Graduate School of Social Work (MSW) and Greenwich University, PhD. Professionally Suzanne is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker recently retired from private practice with a focus on mental health issues. Suzanne was a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) and a Diplomate in Clinical Social Work which represents the highest level of expertise and excellence for clinical social workers.
For the past 9 years, Suzanne has coordinated a mentoring program at Holy Family School in the Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago where she recruits, trains and young adult professionals to be mentors to 8th grade students to assist them in the high school application process, and build social capital.
In her pre Rotary life, Suzanne served on the Board of Directors of the Barrington Area Refugee Fund where she assisted unaccompanied minors from south east Asia in transitioning to their new life in the the United States and served on the Board of Directors of the Barrington Youth and Family Services.
Suzanne enjoys traveling (the seven continents) running, walking, golfing, bicycling, reading and genealogy research.
Suzanne and Mark have been members of the Lutheran Church of the Atonement in Barrington since 1984.
Suzanne and Mark have been married since 1968, and after moving around the country for Mark’s medical training, have lived in Barrington since 1984. Mark and Suzanne are parents of three children. Jonathan who departed this life in 2005 at age 33; Kristin Kirk and Robert (Talia) and one granddaughter, Eliana.