Sept 26: Rotary District Governor, Bala Murthy
  • Born in Mysore, India and can speak many of the Indian languages. 
  • As a Mechanical Engineer, Bala worked at Tata Motors for a couple of years and eventually at General Motors for 27 years.
  • Bala was part of an Indo-Canadian youth exchange team for 4 months in Victoria, BC, Canada  and continued with the same exchange group in India for another four months where he focused on youth development and peace initiatives
  • Bala was a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar and came to the University of Pittsburgh to complete his MBA where he also met his classmate and wife Roma and have been happily married for 37 years! 
  • Shortly after marriage, Bala moved to Grand Blanc, MI where he started working for General Motors and also became President of the Grand Blanc Rotary. Simultaneously, he completed his MS degree from Carnegie Mellon specializing in software development from the Software Engineering Institute. 
  • In 1999, Bala’s family relocated to Troy where he transferred to the Detroit Rotary club. In 2010, his business took him to Washington DC and he transferred his Rotary membership to the Washington DC Rotary where he was on the Board and was part of the International Services, Rotary Foundation and Embassy Relations and Sister cities committees.
  • Bala & Roma’s son Arjun and his family live nearby. Their grandson, Jackson is 2-1/2 years old and is the apple of their eyes.
  • In 2018, he moved his business from Washington, DC to Troy and once again transferred his Rotary membership to Troy and became President of the Troy Rotary Club in 2020-2021.
  • In 1993, after a devastating earthquake in India, Bala led and coordinated a global grant to rebuild fallen Indian cities. He led a 3-H grant approval to provide low-cost housing shelter in Western India. He has led many, many grants for supporting schools in both India and Cancun, Mexico to get desk, chairs and blackboards and water related projects.
  • He believes strongly in Rotary Fellowships and started the Yoga and Meditation Fellowship which is now in its 4th year. He is also the President of the Rotary Travel and Hosting fellowship. He is a member of the RI Alumni Relations Committee
  • Humbly, Bala received the D6330 Rotary Foundation District Service Award in 1993-1994 for leading the low-cost housing shelters for earthquake survivors.
Oct 3: Kristin Danko
Oct 10: Jeff and Mary Lichty
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