Welcome to District 6800!
Robert C. (Bob) Bickley, Governor 2014-2015

    Bob has been a Rotarian since 1998. As a member of the Rotary Club of Longmont, Colorado, Bob was editor of their Rotarian International award-winning newsletter. He and his wife, Susan, served as host family for delegates of the Rotary Russian Leadership Program. He became a member of the Rotary Club of Southaven in 2004 and was elected president for the 2008-2009 year. Bob received the Southaven Rotarian of the Year award on two occasions and was the 2009-2010 Crawfish Countdown chairman, the club's major fund raiser. He served as editor of the Southaven Rotary Wheel newsletter for four years. In April of 2011, Bob served as chairman of the District 6800 Conference in Southaven and was an Assistant District Governor from 2011 to 2013.

   "Rotary on the Radio," District 6800, was developed by Bob with the assistance of Dick Wieland, Public Image Chairman, through a grant from The Rotary Foundation. Bob produced and hosted the new, live weekly show in 2012-2013, featuring District 6800 clubs.

   Bob grew up in Southampton, Pennsylvania and graduated from Bordentown Military Institute prep school. He received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Mississippi Southern College (now University of Southern Mississippi) in Hattiesburg and went on to teach eight years at Hardy Junior High in Jackson, Mississippi, before becoming the Jackson Symphony Orchestra's first general manager, for six years; Jacksonville, Florida (general manager two years) and Honolulu Symphony and Opera (four years as executive director). Bob and Susan then purchased Reed's Hobby Shop in La Mesa, San Diego County, California with Bob operating the business while continuing civic leadership for eight years, while Susan became executive secretary for the June Burnett Institute for Children, Youth and Families at SDSU Foundation. In Denver, Colorado, Bob worked in the publishing business, sales and marketing, for nine years for Golden Bell Press prior to becoming Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Intermountain Railway Company in Longmont, Colorado for six years. At the present time, Bob Owns BobCHobby Distributing and is president/general manager of Mainline Laser, Inc.

   Bob and Susan have been married for 34 years and have three children and five grandchildren. They are members of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Olive Branch, Mississippi, where Bob is president. Bob and Susan are Paul Harris Fellows.

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