Member Spotlight
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Member Spotlights
Member Spotlight
 
Welcome to our Member Spotlight Page where you
can get to know some of our many members
from clubs all over District 5910. 
 
 
 
James LeDuc
The Rotary Club of Galveston
 
 
James LeDuc is a member of the Rotary Club of Galveston and is a first generation Rotarian.  He was nominated for membership in 1995.  Jim had been aware of the good work of Rotary for many years and as you read further you will see how becoming a Rotarian was always in his plan.
 
When he was at the World Health Organization (WHO) and later at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), he was heavily involved with understanding the important role infectious diseases play in the health and wellbeing of people around the world.  When he became director of the division of viral and rickettsial diseases, his responsibilities included laboratory support aspects of the polio eradication program.  This involved a network of laboratories around the world that monitored polio virus transmission, characterized the strains being transmitted and determined if they were vaccine associated or wild type viruses.  During that period, the program was able to document eradication of one of the three strains of polio and to make significant progress in controlling the remaining two wild type viruses still in circulation.  His team was constantly reminded of the tremendous impact that Rotary International was having on advancing towards global eradication of polio.  He admits to being a bit jealous of the team members and their clear mission and the very important work that they were doing, both personally and also a part of a tremendous global effort.  The importance of Rotary in supporting this important goal resonated with him and planted the seed to one day become a member.
 
While at the CDC, he often spoke with good friends and colleagues from the Dengue laboratory in Puerto Rico where the director of the lab was very active in the San Juan Rotary club and spoke often about the important work his club was doing locally to address dengue, a mosquito-borne virus disease, and other important health issues.  These conversations furthered his appreciation of the good work done by Rotary around the world.
 
Jim and his wife, MaryEllen, moved to Galveston so he could become the director of the Galveston National Laboratory (GNL) which is located on the campus of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.  Shortly after Hurricane Ike, it became apparent to him that he needed to become more active in the local community, if for no other reason than to be a source of accurate information about the work underway in the GNL.  Joining Rotary was an obvious step to both meet new friends and also put a face with the GNL.  Jim feels that becoming a member has been tremendously rewarding on a personal level as the club has provided a wonderful venue to meet Galveston’s leaders who share similar values of service and integrity.  It has also allowed him the opportunity to demystify the GNL and share some of the exciting work that is done there while addressing real-world problems that affect us both here at home and around the world.
 
Jim has been a valued resource for his club in understanding the ramifications about the current Covid-19 pandemic.  His recommendations, insights, and input about continuing to meet virtually have been shared across District 5910.   
 
Jim values the friendships he has made through Rotary and the important mission(s) of Rotary International.  He says, “Every time I see the latest update on the march to the eradicate polio, I take great pride in the critical role that Rotary International is playing in accomplishing this historic goal.  It really is amazing what a group of like-minded, hardworking folks can accomplish when they set their minds to it!” 
 
Jim feels that the Rotary 4-way test is a good blueprint to build on every day. The Rotary Club of Galveston and District 5910 are proud to announce Dr. James Le Duc as the District nominee for Rotary International's prestigious People of Action-Champions of Health Award