Club History

The Fig Garden Rotary Club of Fresno was sponsored in 1978 by North Fresno Rotary Club. NFR had reached the maximum number of members its meeting place, old Pardini's, could hold. At that time, clubs had assigned to them geographic areas in which their members either lived or worked. NFR had the area north of Shields, west of Blackstone, and thus gave FGR an area north of Barstow and west of Blackstone. Because a club name generally reflected its area, "Fig Garden Rotary" was selected as the name of this new club. NFR retained the right to draw members from the FGR area. Ham Knott of NFR was the main person assigned to the FGR project. He met many times with prospective members to determine interest and get FGR up and running.

New clubs were required to have at least half of the charter members' businesses in the area. At that time, the Fig Garden area was primarily residential, with businesses on Blackstone or Bullard. FGR charter members included 3 car dealers on North Blackstone along with businessmen from Bullard/Palm and Bullard/West, which was then under development. Rotary club areas no longer exist, but the FGR's membership and history were influenced by the original area.

Charter night for 34 members was held in July 1978 at the former Hilton Hotel downtown, and meetings commenced on Fridays at the old Pardini's. Chuck Cornett was selected as charter president by the initial board. The first auction was held in Guy Gardner's Cadillac showroom in late 1978. FGR hosted an exchange student from Australia during the club's second year, and undertook its first community service project: building a par course at Bullard High School. The very first club retreat was held during the third year.

Past Presidents

   
President Elect

2018-19
 
Patty Hixson
2017-18

Ron Johnson

2016-17

Sherry Forath

2015-16
 Michael Graves

2014-15
 

Richard Sakai

2013-14
 
Stacy
Rianda

2012-13
 
Darryl
Booth

2011-12
 
Deborah
Coe-Hood

2010-11
 
Sasan
Rahmatian

2009-10   
 
Tim
Swanson

2008-09
 
Judy
Case

2007-08
 
Bill
Robinson

2006-07



 
Phil   
Setrakian

2005-06

 
 
James
Franklin

2004-05

 
 
Rod
Coburn

2003-04

 
Eric
Fogderude

2002-03

 
John 
Skewes

2001-02

 
Don
Asperger

2000- 01


 
Mary Lou
Gunn

1999-00
 

Patrick
Farzaroli

1998-99


Marty
Dietz

1997-98



 
Jon
Chessum

1996-97


         






 
  Michael Andritch Act With Integrity
1995-1996

John Heberger Be a Friend
1994-1995
 



 
  Norman Fletcher Believe in What You Do
1993-1994

Gregory Baxter Happiness Helping Others
1992-1993
 



 
  Dick Chapman Look Beyond Yourself
1991-1992

Scott 
Smith
  Honor Rotary
1990-1991
 



 
  Bruce Rolph Enjoy Rotary!
1989-1990

Jackson Sakamoto Put Life into Rotary
1988-1989
 



 
  George Zengel United in Service
1987-1988

Robin Baldwin Rotary Brings Hope
1986-1987
 



 
  Robert 
Bell
You Are the Key
1985-1986

Allen Taylor Discover a New World
1984-1985
 



 
  Richard Machado Share Rotary-Serve People
1983-1984

Robert Bergin Mankind is One
1982-1983
 



 
  Marvin Wampler Understanding & Peace
1981-1982

Larry Mathews Take Time to Serve
1980-1981
 



 
  Eugene Egan Service Lights the Way
1979-1980

Charles Cornell Reach Out
1978-1979