Last Friday, February 11th, past Director Governor Peter Scott announced to our club that our very own Andy Eads is now the new District 5790 Governor for the 2024/2025 Rotary year! We are so proud of Andy for this achievement and know he will do an outstanding job as District Governor. Congratulations Andy from your friends, fellow Rotarians, and supporters. We can’t wait to keep doing good things in great ways with you by our side.
As a brand new Rotarian twenty years ago at the Flower Mound Rotary Club, Eads was appointed Community Service Chair, a position he held for many years giving him a quick and solid foundation in how Rotary can serve our local communities. He later served as President of the Flower Mound Rotary Club 2007/08, leading new initiatives such as establishing a donor-advised account with RI, rewriting the by-laws, growing membership, and increasing club engagement.
In 2015 he gathered a group of community leaders to be Founders of the new Cross Timbers Rotary Club where he served as Charter President. The Club was an early success chartering 62 members and quickly grew to over 100 members strong. The club’s growth and accomplishments drew the attention of Rotary International and The Rotarian magazine featured the Club in an 8-page article in July 2017.
“Part of what I am most pleased with our Cross Timbers Club is the culture we established from the beginning of the Club. It still remains today. Our culture of care and nurturing of our members and stressing the importance of lasting relationships has helped us maintain our high retention rate and attracted new members annually,” Eads said.
While extremely active in his home Club, giving back to District 5790 has been important to Eads, and he has been called upon by District leadership to serve in many functions where retaining members and increasing the vibrancy of Clubs were areas of focus. As an accredited/trained Visioning Facilitator, Eads traveled across Texas leading “Visioning Workshops” to help Rotary Clubs grow and succeed.
PDG Mary Ann McDuff appointed Eads as Assistant District Governor for new clubs to help McDuff fulfill her vision to increase more clubs in their home county of Denton. PDG Gerald Robinson continued the initiative and Eads assisted in establishing new Clubs such as Little Elm, 380, Champions, Trophy Club, Denton Evening. The newly formed Pilot Knob Rotary Club was a satellite club of the Cross Timbers.
Eads believes in the importance of training and curriculum and PETS having served as a PETS facilitator for many years and also taught several classes at PETS for new presidents and how to create a vibrant club as well as numerous District training events on Club Culture and Vibrant Clubs.
RI President Mark Maloney selected Eads as one of 20 in North America to be New Club Innovation Advocates in January 2020 where he traveled to RI headquarters and attended workshops to then train Districts on how to innovate new clubs in the new club models.
He has assisted District Governors PDG Peter Scott and PDG Roger Paschal with Club Culture and membership-related tasks. Eads has attended three International Conventions in Salt Lake City 2007, Atlanta 2017, Hamburg, Germany 2019 to learn more about Rotary and its importance in addressing issues around the world.
On a professional note, Eads has served on the Denton County Commissioners Court since 2007, becoming the Denton County Judge in January 2019 where he is focused on cutting taxes while addressing the increasing demands of one of the fastest-growing counties in Texas. As County Judge, Eads led emergency response efforts related to Covid.
“I am proud of the role our Rotarians played in staffing one of the largest and most successful vaccination clinics in America. Denton County led the world in the number of vaccines daily administered. Hundreds of thousands of people from 45 states came to Denton County Public Health to get their vaccination in a timely manner. We could not have done it without the volunteers Denton County Rotary Clubs brought to the clinics,” Eads said. The North Central Texas Council of Governments awarded Denton County the Regional Partnership Award for their vaccination clinics because of their example in bringing so many partners together.
Eads is a native Texan and fifth-generation resident of Denton County and received his BBA from Howard Payne University and Master of Public Administration from the University of North Texas.
“I am excited about the potential opportunity to put my twenty years of Rotary experience to good use as a future District Governor of District 5790. We will all work together to make District 5790 the best District in all of RI!” Eads said.
Eads is married to Ginger, a fellow Rotarian who is a third-generation Rotarian. She is the past President of Cross Timbers Rotary Club and she has also served as District 5790 Treasurer. The Eads have three kids Everett, Addison, and Caroline. Both boys attended RYLA and Everett returned as a mentor his second year. They reside in Flower Mound.