Meet the President
I joined the Rotary Club of Visalia in January of 2014, after my son was accepted in the Rotary Youth Exchange program. I was voted on to the Board of Directors the same year. Probably because I kept showing up to the board meetings and wanted to know what was going on and how things worked.
I was born in Woodriver, IL, and spent my childhood in Edwardsville, IL. I graduated High School in Saline Michigan. Attended Washtenaw Community College, Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti MI, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, and finally the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO.
After twenty years in retail, I worked my way up from a stock boy to a National buyer for 18 stores across the U.S. in the Mercantile Corporation. Then I went back to my first love... I.T., where I started coding and ended up managing a system support and development division, with a company growth from 20 to 120 employees. I oversaw 3 million accounts and 8.5 billion dollars of assets.
In 2006 I started my own company, ArnoldWebDev L.L.C., with a focus on helping people understand what I.T. can do for their business. At the same time I also started teaching computer courses at two local Community Colleges.
The greatest points in my life has been marrying Dr. Jeanne Arnold and having two children; Zachary, and Madison (a Senior at Redwood).
Finally in 2013 we moved to Visalia where I continue my business and Jeanne works for Adventist in Henderson.
I have taught and promoted thousands of students and Black Belts in Taekwon-Do (martial arts). While teaching for over 40 years I currently have students from age 10 to 80. I was raised under the tenets: Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self Control, and Indomitable Spirit. These meshed perfectly with Rotary's four way test and motto: Service above self.
In addition to my personal and Rotary career, I play the guitar, ski, lift weights, bike, camp, and enjoy traveling nationally and internationally... and Rotary, Rotary, Rotary.
Rotary just fit what I had doing for 40 years.
Douglas Arnold - President