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Sam Adams - District Governor Elect 2017-18

SamAdamsMy name is Samuel Adams (yes, just like the beer). I was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 1955, while my father was serving at the Air Force Academy. After a six year stay in Arlington Virginia, we moved to Alabama. After graduating from Troy's Charles Henderson School serving as class president, I spent a year of study in England at Harrow School (alumni include Sir Winston Churchill and Lord Byron) before entering the University of Alabama on an ROTC scholarship. I received my undergraduate and law school degrees and saw two football college national championship seasons. While at University, I served as Editor of the Corolla, the University yearbook, and President of the Trial Advocacy Association. I joined Delta Kappa Epsilon social fraternity and was inducted into ODK leadership Society. I completed coursework at Harvard. Upon graduation I served as law clerk to Chief Justice Bo Torbert before entering active duty as an officer in the Judge Advocate General Corps. Subsequently, I was appointed by the Governor as a Circuit Judge for the 12th Judicial Circuit in Enterprise, Alabama, where I met my lovely wife of almost 30 years, the former Mary Virginia Martin, an Auburn graduate. My military record includes service on active duty (airborne qualified) and the Alabama National Guard where I served as HQ Commander, 31st Spt Bn and S-2 for the 31st AR BDE in Tuscaloosa attaining the rank of Major before resigning to take care of aging parents. My employment includes working for the law firm Steiner, Crum and Baker and President and CEO of Adams Family Enterprises, LLC. As real estate developers, we have purchased century old structures.

Over the last twenty years we renovated and repurposed these old buildings to help revitalize downtown Montgomery, providing residential and commercial opportunities for hundreds of citizens. I am a member of the Alabama State Bar and recently retired as general counsel for Troy University. The Bar recently recognized me for my pro bono service to the community. I served as CEO of Adams Life Insurance Company for 25 years until it was purchased by a Tennessee corporation. My past community envolvement includes a number local, state and national boards to include: the former Wells Fargo Advisory Board, Montgomery, Alabama; Montgomery Area Food Bank with a coverage area of 35 counties distributing over 20 million pounds of food a year; the Boy Scouts of America (recipient of the NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award of 2015); University of Alabama Planned Giving Advisory Board; The Diabetes Trust Foundation, which led to the creation of the Comprehensive Diabetes Center at the University of Alabama, Birmingham; Chairman of the Alabama Council on Economic Education committed to improving the financial literacy of school aged children and promoting entrepreneurship for over 60 years; Chairman of Lyman Ward Military Academy, the only military boarding school in Alabama for over 100 years; member of the Bradley Society of the USMA, which helped form the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. As Director and Manager of the Adams Foundation, we have supported hundreds of philanthropic efforts from sponsoring Southern Writers at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival to being the catalyst for securing body cameras for the Montgomery Police Department to providing much needed improvements to the Alabama Governor's Mansion, to name just a few. I joined the Enterprise Rotary Club in 1985 because my father was a Rotarian and I saw how much he enjoyed his club. I transferred my membership when I moved to Montgomery. I served in most all of the leadership positions of the club to include the Interact Chairman, Membership Chairman, and Ball Chairman, our largest annual fundraising effort. I served as President in 1997-98 where we reached record membership levels. We were able to obtain International grants and to host an International Night for officers from over thirty countries attending school at Maxwell Air Force Base. Our Club received the Presidential Citation and had great fun doing it. I attended the 1998 Rotary International Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. After my term concluded, I served on our Orientation Committee for new members and as a board member on the Montgomery Rotary Foundation, distinct from the International Foundation. I provided the lead gift for many years for the local foundation for projects around the Montgomery community. A few years ago, our club boldly established an endowment fund for the Club called the 1913 (the year our Club was established) Society which will provide a mechanism to insure our future financial security. I provided the lead gift to encourage the project which has made great strides over the last few years. One of my most memorable experiences with Rotary was when I was a part of a trek with a dozen or so hikers that made the summit to Mt. Kilimanjaro, in Africa. Not only was I able to exchange banners with the local club in Moshi, Tanzania, I made the climb a fundraising effort which generated $5,000 for Rotary to go to the Katrina ravaged Mississippi Gulf Coast.I have been involved with a number of worthy organizations, but Rotary is the best. I am a multiple Paul Harris Fellow; a member of the Paul Harris Society; a Benefactor; a Major Donor; EREY, Major Gift Officer for District 6880;   Assistant Governor, Area 2 (with eight clubs in the Area); and Bequest Society, Level 2; Participant and Trainer for PETS. In my capacity as DGN this year, I will serve as the District Foundation Chairman and Major Gift Officer. We have four children, two graduated from Alabama and two are currently are enrolled at Auburn. We are members of Trinity Presbyterian Church, PCA and I served as Chairman of the Diaconate. I enjoy working on our farm, riding horses, golfing, traveling, attending sports events of all kinds, reading and was the State Rook Champion for 2014.

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