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. 
Michael J. Guarino (and Jeannie)
The Rotary Club of Galveston
 
Mike Guarino was introduced to Rotary by a dear friend in 1981.  V.J. Tramonte, a past president of the Club suggested that Mike join Rotary for a variety of reasons:  1) meet some wonderful new people, 2) enjoy great weekly meals, 3) listen to informative guest speakers, and 4) contribute back to the community through the Club initiatives and projects that make our community a better place to live, work, and play.  Rotary complemented the values his family had instilled in him: volunteerism and service to his community and nation.
 
At the time, Mike was 31 years old.  He was one of the younger members of the Club.  He was also about to launch his campaign to become Galveston County’s next District Attorney.  Being a Rotarian would be a feather in his cap.  He was very fortunate to win that election and four additional terms as DA.
 
Mike has been an active member of the Rotary Club of Galveston. He has served multiple times on the Club and Club Foundation Boards, chaired the Toys for Tots, Memorial Day/Salute to Veterans initiatives, rang the bell for the Red Kettle Drive, and served as Club President during 2020-2021.  He regularly participates in the two annual fund raisers, the Chili supper in the Fall and the Crawfish Boil in the Spring. 
 
The spirit of Rotary has long been part of Mike’s DNA. He loves the lunch-meetings, guest speakers, socials and community projects. It helps keep him intellectually and emotionally stimulated and invested. Being a Rotarian has truly been good for his soul and a feather in his cap!  He marvels at the good the Club Foundation, that was founded in 1990, does in awarding grants to worthy organizations and charities in the Galveston community.  He says, “…these groups all do magnificent work filling gaps and meeting important needs in the social fabric of our community.”  He sees this as an example of the good work of Rotary to help build a more peaceful and caring world.
 
“…the 4-Way Test as a great blueprint for how all of us should conduct our personal and professional lives.” Mike has found it to be a good fit with the multitude of decisions he has made during his 28 years as a prosecutor and almost 20 years in the private practice of law
 
He admires the long tradition of his Club’s strong support of RYLA.  “There are a  multitude of  students that have benefitted through their exposure to RYLA…” and Mike appreciates the great work of a handful of Club members whose unwavering commitment have continued its success.
 
When reflecting upon his 40 years as a Rotarian, he states, “I am so happy that I have been blessed with many priceless friendships as well as the opportunity to participate in community service, not just locally but globally. It is said that being a Rotarian makes you "part of the greatest humanitarian network in the world." I couldn't agree more!”
 
Mike would like to remind everyone, “…that when Rotary was founded over 100 years ago, it was based upon the principals of FELLOWSHIP and FRIENDSHIP. Upon that foundation, we are able to do much good in the service of mankind, while being faithful to our motto of "Service Above Self."