Posted on Jul 01, 2019
John D. Mitchell
District Governor 
Rotary Club of Fort Lee
John Mitchell is a member of the Rotary Club of Fort Lee since 2013. He served as President from 2014-2015, 2016-2017 and finally during 2017-2018.  Under John’s leadership, Club membership grew a whopping 33 percent and the Club has positively touched all segments of our society. 
 John expended much time and effort with his membership and has successfully reinvigorated their Interact Club at Fort Lee High School.  The Fort Lee Club has also been very generous in hosting many Gift of Life children over the years that has indeed saved many lives but has also spotlighted the wonderful Rotary brand. 
Active Military, their families and Veterans have been his Club’s priority along with feeding the homeless, supporting the Center for Food Action and helping abused women and their children. 
It is John’s belief that in order for Rotary to grow and thrive, special emphasis must be placed on delivering the message of Rotary at every level and by modern means. John firmly believes in the Rotary MESSAGE of “Service Above Self” and has worked diligently at the Club, District and International levels to bolster the MESSAGING component of Rotary along with acting as a vocal MESSENGER to reach as many potential Rotarians and financial supporters as possible.  John welcomes the opportunity of selling a “top down” and “bottom up” branding initiative to make Rotary a household name, as it should be! 
 John has been an Assistant Governor under two District Governors.  He is an (ex-officio) Trustee on the Walter D. Head Foundation, is on the financial committee, and was Secretary, fundraising chair and liaison to the Military Family Assistance Council (MFAC).
John is the former Bergen County Freeholder Chairman and served two years as finance chairman. He is the former Board Chairman at Care Plus NJ and is now a Trustee for Care Plus Bergen (New Bridge Medical Center or the former Bergen Regional Medical Center).  
Con Edison employed John for 39 years, starting as a meter reader and retiring as a Vice President with their affiliate, Con Edison Solutions.  He holds a degree in business from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
John has received a long list of awards and other forms of recognition over the years including Humanitarian of the Year from the Lisker Congregation Synagogue and Man of the Year from the Community Resource Center. However, John is most proud of being a Paul Harris Fellow.  
 John is a family man first and foremost with his loving wife, Kristine, and has five grown children and three grandchildren (so far).