District Governor 2019-20
Michael H. Darragh
Rotary Club of South Jacksonville
Michael H. Darragh retired from CSX Transportation after 32 years in the railroad industry. He joined CSX as an Operations Supervisor, then progressed through a variety of positions in Operations, Finance, and Asset Management. He spent the last 15 years of his work life in Sales & Marketing, heading teams in a variety of markets from wines and beers, to rocks and cement, using out-of-the-box thinking to significantly grow each market. Mike has also served as a consultant in the transportation industry, as well as an expert witness.
Mike has been involved in a variety of community activities, including President of Theatre Jacksonville, mentor for Take Stock in Children / Big Brothers, and Right2Work (for disabled and challenged workers). He has served as soloist for his church choir and is utilizing his retirement to get more involved in playing piano for churches and other organizations, including his Rotary club.
The Darraghs have a long tradition of Rotary involvement. His grandfather joined the Rotary Club of St. Louis in the 1920’s, and his father joined the same club in the 1950’s. Mike joined the Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach in 1985, then moved to Michigan where he joined the Rotary Club of Plymouth three years later. He has been a member of the Rotary Club of South Jacksonville since retuning to Florida in 1992.
Mike has served in a variety of roles for his Rotary Club and became President of South Jacksonville in 1999. Since 2000 Mike served as Club Membership Chair for several years and has served the District as Assistant Governor starting in 2012, District Trainer (2013), Membership Co-Chair (2015), and Discussion Leader for Rotary Leadership Institute (2016). In 2015, he was instrumental in establishing a satellite club for 30-45-year old leaders, the Rotary Satellite Club of South Jacksonville.
He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Grinnell College, and completed his MBA at Stanford University School of Business. Mike’s work in the membership field, includes research, surveys, and focus groups, and has helped numerous clubs improve the value offered to members.
Nancy and Mike have hosted five Rotary Youth Exchanges, and their son was a RYE student in Turkey. They are Bequest Society members, Paul Harris Society members, and Major Donors. They are especially proud of their two sons, Adam and Rev. Both are married and participate with enthusiasm in the communities where they reside.
District Governor Elect 2020-2021
Rotary Club of St. Augustine Beach
Rich Turnbull lives and works in St. Augustine Beach and has been a resident of St. Johns County for 28 years. He is happily married to Marie, also a Rotarian. They have five children; Travis, Ryan, John, Chris and Amanda. The family worships at Anastasia Baptist Church in St. Augustine, FL.
Rich is a charter member of the Rotary Club of Coastal St. Johns County, Florida, which meets at the St. Augustine Yacht Club in St. Augustine. Rich and Marie are members of the Paul Harris Society, The Bequest Society (Level 4) and Major Donors (Level 3) to the Foundation.
Rich has been a leader in the District serving as an Assistant and Area Governor, on the Funds and Procedure Committee, the Paul Harris Society Chair and the End Polio Chair. Rich was also honored with the Brent Williams Spirit of Rotary Award in 2017.
Rich and Marie are passionate about eradicating polio in the world. They are dedicated supporters of Rotary’s PolioPlus campaign in large part due to Marie’s mother being a polio survivor. Rich and Marie are also active in D6970 Youth Exchange (YE) Programs, having hosted two students, as well as supporting the St. Augustine YE weekend by hosting students and providing their home and dinner for the entire group on Saturday night. Rich currently serves on the Finance Committee for RYE-Florida as District 6970 representative. Both Rich and Marie are active and dedicated volunteers for RC of St. Augustine Sunrise’s Rhythm and Ribs Festival, and Coastal Club Fundraisers, including FLGA Raffle and Tropical Tennis Tournament. During the past 10 years, Rich has provided key leadership for club fundraising activities and has been instrumental in raising over $175,000 for PolioPlus, the Annual Program Fund, and community service projects locally and internationally.
District Governor Nominee 2021-2022
Richard Cooper II
Rotary Club of Ormond Beach
Richard Cooper, a member of the Rotary Club of Ormond Beach since January 2002. served as club president during the 2012 – 2013 Rotary Year. He’s currently employed as the Executive Vice President of Halifax Insurance Partners. He is also currently serving as District CART Chair for 6070, as well as Treasurer for the District. Rich previously served as District Sergeant-at-Arms, Area Governor and Assistant Governor for area 13. He served on the District Election Committee in 2013 and served on the By-laws committee in 2017. He’s a graduate of the Rotary Leadership Institute. Rich previously received recognition as a Paul Harris Fellow, Benefactor and as a Major Donor.
Listing some current and former Civic contributions: Served on the Board of Directors for The Ormond Beach Mainstreet association, serving as President from 2013 to 2016. Served on the Board of Directors for the Ormond Beach Chamber of Commerce since 2013 and will serve as Chairman for the 2019 Year. Served on the committee that launched the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Flagler County and then helped launch the program in Volusia. Professionally, Rich excelled in two careers. The first began in 1992 shortly after high school, when he became a Professional Fire Fighter and Paramedic. He served in the Fire Service for 10 years and held several positions, including Fire Marshal and Lieutenant. In 2002, he left the fire service to join the family’s business, a local independent Insurance Agency. Rich ultimately began running the company in 2009, when his father retired. During that time the company was a very strong community supporter, including Rotary.