Bill has been a member of the Exchange Club of Rome, GA, since 2014. He served on the Americanism Committee, 2014 – 2016, and then served as the Americanism Committee Chairman, 2016 – 2018, during which time the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Replica received the National Award for Americanism at the 2017 National Convention in Jacksonville, FL.
He has been the Project Manager for the tours of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Replica since its inception in 2016. He is also an Associate Member of the Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
He has been selected Exchange Club Member of the Year for the Rome, Georgia Club and the Georgia District for Large Clubs in 2016 and 2019, and has just accepted chairmanship of the Community Service Committee for our Exchange Club. In true form, Bill has already led the club in completion of its first service project of the year, assisting the Floyd County Police Department in the critically needed renovation of the home of a cancer patient.
Bill is a 23-year veteran of both the U.S. Navy, serving for three years with the U.S. Navy Show Band as Bass Trombonist and then with the 530th Air Force Band of the Georgia Air National Guard first as Bass Trombonist for a year and a half, then as Commander/Conductor for the next 18 and one half years, retiring in 1996 at the rank of Major.
He also taught in both public and private schools in Georgia for 37 years as a band director in elementary, middle, and high schools. Bill and his wife have two children, a son, Patrick who is a graduate of the Air Force Academy and has been in the Air Force for 13 years, and a daughter, Kim, who graduated from the University of Georgia and is the director of the Northwest Georgia Sexual Assault Center, as well as a grandson and a granddaughter.