District Governor, 2022-23
Suzanne Bragdon is a retired city manager, aspiring screenwriter, and proud Rotarian. For her, being a Rotarian is about the stories.

Consider impoverished students who turn the Rotary gift of a mentor, transportation, food, computer, and tuition/books to a two-year community college into a career in banking, the military or, after a few more years, graduation from U.C. Davis. Trajectories changed and futures never imagined.

Or when 22 Rotarians, family and friends serve 300 patients over four days on the opening day of a Rotary-funded Medical Clinic in Haiti; a clinic that’s still serving villagers after six years. Or a trip to Guatemala to experience the power of a multi-Rotary District effort to empower Mayan woman to break the cycle of poverty and domestic abuse.

After being a Rotarian since 2003, Suzanne has served in multiple positions including club president, assistant district governor and membership ambassador. Like others, she has grown from the Rotary experience in ways she never imagined.

Her favorite role (so far) has been serving as Club President – an adventure-on-steroids that gave her the opportunity to feel and live the power of Rotary locally, regionally and around the world. As District Governor in 2022-23, Suzanne’s hope is to give all 74 District 5160 Club Presidents the same adrenalin-charged WOW experience.

Kirk, her artist-husband of 42 years, will be sharing the journey, while their daughter Stephanie, who is traveling through South America and Europe for 12 months, will be cheering them on from abroad.

She looks forward to hearing all the stories from all the clubs up and down our District – from San Ramon and Berkeley in the south, through Solano County and up I-5 and the surrounding communities, both east and west, up to Weed. Afterall, that’s The Power of Rotary. Our story. Our way.