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Maloney is a principal in the law firm of Blackburn, Maloney, and Schuppert LLC, with a focus on taxation, estate planning, and agricultural law. He represents large farming operations in the Southeastern and Midwestern United States, and has chaired the American Bar Association’s Committee on Agriculture in the section of taxation. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Alabama State Bar Association, and the Alabama Law Institute.

He has been active in Decatur’s religious community, chairing his church’s finance council and a local Catholic school board. He has also served as president of the Community Foundation of Greater Decatur, chair of Morgan County Meals on Wheels, and director of the United Way of Morgan County and the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce.

A Rotarian since 1980, Maloney has served as an RI director; Foundation trustee and vice chair; and aide to 2003-04 RI President Jonathan Majiyagbe. He also has participated in the Council on Legislation as chair, vice chair, parliamentarian, and trainer. He was an adviser to the 2004 Osaka Convention Committee and chaired the 2014 Sydney Convention Committee.

Prior to serving as a district governor, Maloney led a Group Study Exchange to Nigeria.

He also served as Future Vision Committee vice chair; regional Rotary Foundation coordinator; Foundation training institute moderator; Foundation permanent fund national adviser; member of the Peace Centers Committee; and adviser to the Foundation’s Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene in Schools Target Challenge Committee.

Maloney’s wife, Gay, is an attorney in the same law firm, and a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Decatur Daybreak, Alabama, USA. Both Mark and Gay are Paul Harris Fellows, Major Donors, and Bequest Society members.

The members of the 2017-18 Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International are Ann-Britt Åsebol, Rotary Club of Falun-Kopparvågen, Sweden; Örsçelik Balkan, Rotary Club of Istanbul-Karaköy, Turkey; James Anthony Black, Rotary Club of Dunoon, Argyll, Scotland; John T. Blount, Rotary Club of Sebastopol, California, USA; Frank N. Goldberg, Rotary Club of Omaha-Suburban, Nebraska, USA; Antonio Hallage, Rotary Club of Curitiba-Leste, Paraná, Brazil; Jackson S.L. Hsieh, Rotary Club of Taipei Sunrise, Taiwan; Holger Knaack, Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln, Germany; Masahiro Kuroda, Rotary Club of Hachinohe South, Aomori, Japan; Larry A. Lunsford, Rotary Club of Kansas City-Plaza, Missouri, USA; Anne L. Matthews (chair), Rotary Club of Columbia East, South Carolina, USA; P.T. Prabhakar, Rotary Club of Madras Central, Tamil Nadu, India; M.K. Panduranga Setty, Rotary Club of Bangalore, Karnataka, India; Andy Smallwood, Rotary Club of Gulfway-Hobby Airport (Houston), Texas, USA; Norbert Turco, Rotary Club of Ajaccio, Corse, France; Yoshimasa Watanabe, Rotary Club of Kojima, Okayama, Japan; and Sangkoo Yun, Rotary Club of Sae Hanyang, Seoul, Korea.

Mark Daniel Maloney

If I am fortunate enough to be President, I will work tirelessly with other leaders to make Rotary even better.

My principal focus and actions will be dedicated to supporting and strengthening our clubs—the heart of Rotary. Rotary leaders are torn between Rotary being a membership organization that performs service or a service organization with members. The clubs are where Rotary happens! Rotary is, and should continue to be, a membership organization that performs service. Although we must offer multiple club formats, I will be guided by the principle that we should preserve our club-based membership.

I will affirmatively address the varying membership issues. In Britain, Scandinavia, Australia, and North America, Rotary is not growing. As in Japan, leaders are confronting an aging population. In Asia, growth is positive, but some of their own leaders want more emphasis on quality. In Germany and other parts of Europe, the standing of Rotarians is high and growth is stable. A “one size fits all” solution cannot produce the desired result. I believe we must have a permanent structure of Rotarians addressing the particular issues of that region. This structure must reach into the clubs with a formalized committee framework and action plan that is easy for Rotarians to implement.

I will engage Rotary leaders and seek the opinions of grassroots Rotarians to chart Rotary’s future in the post-polio era. With the eradication of polio, recognition for Rotary will be great and the opportunities will be many. This is the time to take advantage of more multi-faceted partnerships. Many organizations will seek to associate with us. Rotary’s visibility will be high, and we have the potential to become the global powerhouse for doing good.
So much for just one year, but it can be done! Working together, I am confident of success.