It's Our Foundation - Past, Present and Future
Nov 13, 2020 7:00 AM
Chris Knapp - District 600 Past DG
It's Our Foundation - Past, Present and Future

A Rotarian since 1989, Chris was a charter member of the Rotary Club of Iowa City A.M., its treasurer for 8 years and club president 2000-01.  Chris’s Rotary focus has been international in both scope and action. At the club level Chris has been the club’s Youth Exchange Officer and Youth Exchange Counselor and the club’s counselor to four Ambassadorial Scholars and the club’s inbound GSE team liaison.  Both he and Vernette participated in the IowaMOST (Iowa Miles of Smiles – cleft-lip and cleft-palate surgeries Team) to Guatemala.  Vernette, has been a Rotarian since 2013 has been actively engaged in all of these activities since 1990.  To date, these two Rotarians have hosted 8 exchange students. Chris and Vernette are Rotary Foundation Major Donors, Paul Harris Fellows and members of the Paul Harris Society.

In 1991, Chris became a “member for life” of the district’s Youth Exchange Committee.  He has served as District 6000 Treasurer and is currently on the district’s RYLA committee and Iowa RYLA Board. Iowa RYLA is a joint District 5970-6000 one-week RYLA experience. From 2006 to 2014 he led the district’s Youth Exchange Committee.  He also served a year as an Assistant Governor.  Chris was the 2016-2017 District Governor for District 6000.  He has now accepted a three-year appointment as the chair of the District 6000 Foundation Committee 2018–2021.

Outside of District 6000 he became president of South Central Rotary Youth Exchange (SCRYE) 2020-2021.  Chris is the chair of the 2020-2021 NC PETS Executive Committee.  Chris is a member of the board of directors of Rag4Clubfoot.