Our District Governor
Our District Governor is Russell Bertrand.  He is supported by his wonderful wife Karen.  Together they make a terrific team.  Russell can be reached at 401-789-2473.
 
See his biography below:
 
Russell Bertrand District Governor 2016-2017
Rotary District 7950
150 Silver Lake Avenue
Wakefield, Rhode Island 02879
 
Russell grew up in Grafton Massachusetts. His mother was a nurse and his father was a local businessman.  He graduated from Grafton High School and then New England Institute of Technology in the field of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning, and Heating Technology.
 
Russell is happily married to former Karen Mahoney, also from Grafton. They were married and moved to Southern Rhode Island in 1977. They have 2 children, Chad and Jacquelyn, along with granddaughter Kayla.
 
Russell was a HVAC/ Refrigeration contractor for 18 years. He has been consulting and project managing in the field for the last 15 years. Russell and Karen own and operate Silver Springs Properties, LLC and several rental properties. Karen is the proprietor of Checks & Balances Bookkeeping Service. Russell has served on the Technical Advisory Board at NEIT for 25 years, past president of the Ocean State Chapter of Refrigeration Service Engineers. Russell has participated in several other professional organizations pertaining to the HVAC industry. He is also a past board member of the South Kingstown Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include British sports cars and Harley Davidson motorcycles.
 
Russell joined the Wakefield Rotary Club in 1999; Richard Pike from Wakefield was his sponsor. He became involved with the South County Hot Air Balloon Festival operating the RV Camping field. Russell also designed, built and operates the Catch and Release Fish Pond. He went through the various chairs of the Wakefield Rotary Club and became president in 2005/2006, the 100th year of Rotary.  He has served on several committees with District 7950, including the Pure Water Committee, Foundation Dinner, District Governors Installations and District Conference committees, etc. He has attended two Rotary International Conventions, Chicago and Montreal.
 
Russell was asked to be the Assistant District Governor in 2010, serving Area 11 of District 7950 which included the Rotary Clubs of East Greenwich, North Kingstown, Chariho, Westerly, and his home club of Wakefield, Rhode Island. He is proud to be the District Governor 2016-2017 for Rotary District 7950.