Our Governors

Dr Felix Smith, Jr | District Governor 2023-24


The Rotary Club of Perry

206 Airport Road Ext.

Perry, Georgia 31069

(Cell) 478-919-8968


Felix holds a BS in Animal Science and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia. He owned and operated his own clinic and practiced in Perry, for 40 years before retiring in 2021.

 Felix has been a dedicated member of the Perry Rotary Club since joining 2002. He has served as the chair for club membership, programs, and club president in 2009-2010. He was awarded The Rotarian of the Year by his club in 2014 and is a Rotary Foundation PHF +8 and Major Donor. Felix is a Paul Harris Society and a Polio Plus Member.  Felix is also a member of the CART fund’s Roger Ackerman Circle and was selected for the CART fund Changemaker Award in 2023.  Felix served in district leadership as an Assistant Governor from 2018-2021 and has been a host family for the Georgia Rotary Student Program.

 Felix has served as President for both the South Georgia Veterinary Medical Association and the Middle Georgia Veterinary Medical Association.  He has served on the Board of the Perry Area Chamber of Commerce and is currently serving on the City of Perry Public Facility Authority. Felix is an exercise enthusiast and spends much of his free time cycling, swimming, and running. He has travelled all over the world participating in biking events, triathlons, and competitive endurance events. For relaxation he plays pickleball and likes to garden.

TODD FREESEMANN | District Governor Elect (2024-2025)
The Rotary Club of West Chatham-Pooler
5 Lakeshore Court
Savannah, Georgia 31419
(Cell) 912-658-5775

Todd Freesemann graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and continued with a thirty-year military career that spanned both Army and Air Force service. He retired as a Colonel in 2013, and currently serves in law enforcement as Commander, Chatham County Sheriff’s Office.

Todd joined the Rotary Club of West Chatham – Pooler in 2004, serving as its President in 2008-2009 and as an Assistant Governor under six different District Governors. He is an avid supporter of the Rotary Foundation, and is a Paul Harris Fellow +8, Paul Harris Society Member, and a Major Donor.

Todd is a GRSP Trustee, a Will Watt Fellow, and has welcomed many GRSP students to Savannah, serving as a Host family to one and a local “second parent” to many others. He has also been actively engaged in the Group Study Exchange and Friendship Exchange including spending a month in Rotary District 1800, Germany, and welcoming their delegation in their visit to Georgia.

Commander Freesemann is a Georgia Certified Peace Officer. He has completed the Peace Officer Standards and Training Council courses as Jailer and Basic Law Enforcement Officer. He holds an advanced certification as a Police Officer Standards and Training Approved General Instructor. Todd is a Certified Correctional Health Professional, National Commission on Correctional Health Care. He enjoys teaching portions of the Basic Jail Officer Training Course and mental health first aid course for public safety.

Todd was born and raised in South Dakota, leaving for college. His subsequent military career took him all over the world, including Korea, Honduras, Turkey, Germany, Iraq, and Israel.

Todd and his wife Penny reside in Savannah, Georgia. They are members of Trinity Lutheran Church. They have a grown daughter, Katherine, a graduate of Georgia Tech.

WILLIAM T. (Terry) ADKINS, Jr | District Governor Nominee (2025-2026)
Rotary Club of Brunswick
200 Wheeler Street
St. Marys, GA 31558
Cell 912-258-3900

William T. (Terry) Adkins, Jr was born in Jasper, Alabama. Terry was the only child of a military family. His childhood years were filled with life at many U.S. Navy port towns and summers spent in rural Alabama.

Terry’s first encounter with Rotary was as a scholarship recipient while attending High School. After attending the University of Alabama, Terry started his path forward as an entrepreneur in St Marys Georgia. He is the owner of Express Printing with offices in Kingsland and Brunswick Georgia.

In 1986 Rotary officially became a part of Terry’s life when he joined the Rotaract Club of Camden County Georgia. Terry became a member of the Rotary Club of Camden County in 1988 where he served for almost 3 decades.  Terry joined the Rotary Club of Brunswick Georgia in 2017.

Terry has held many Rotary leadership positions at the Club and District levels. He is a Paul Harris and Polio Plus Society Member, Paul Harris Fellow and is a Major Donor of The Rotary Foundation.

Terry serves the Georgia Rotary Student Program as District Director and is a Board Member of its Foundation. For his support of GRSP he has been recognized as Will Watt, Hugh Thomas, Kendall Weisiger and Jake Cheatham Fellow.

Terry has two daughters and 5 Grandchildren. He enjoys fishing, cooking, travel and entertaining friends and family. Terry and his wife, Dr. Lynn Leaphart, have properties in St Marys, Shellman Bluff and Savannah Georgia so they call the entire coast of Georgia home.


Assistant Governor Area 1
Jessica G. Pedigo
Club: Metropolitan Savannah
Area 1 Clubs: Metro Savannah, Savannah, Savannah Sunrise


Assistant Governor Area 2
Michael O'Neal
Club: Savannah West
Area 2 Clubs: Richmond Hill, Savannah East, Savannah South, Savannah West


Assistant Governor Area 3
Abby W. Smith
Club: Effingham County
Area 3 Clubs: Effingham County, West Chatham


Assistant Governor Area 4
Shana Dean Brinson
Club: Millen
Area 4 Clubs: Downtown Statesboro, Metter, Millen, Statesboro


Assistant Governor Area 5
Beverly J. Trainor
Club: St. Simons Island
Area 5 Clubs: Brunswick, Camden County, Golden Isles, Jekyll Island, Kings Bay, St. Simons Island, St. Simons Island After Hours


Assistant Governor Area 6
Jim Seifert
Club: Blackshear
Area 6 Clubs: Blackshear, Douglas, Jesup, Satellite E-Club of Jesup , Waycross


Assistant Governor Area 7
Pam Waters
Club: Glennville
Area 7 Clubs: Claxton, Glennville, Hinesville, Long County


Assistant Governor Area 8
Daniel R Broyles
Club: Valdosta-North
Area 8 Clubs: Nashville-Berrien, Valdosta, Valdosta-North


Assistant Governor Area 9
Charlene Hutchinson
Club: Ocilla
Area 9 Clubs: Ashburn, Fitzgerald, Ocilla, Tifton


Assistant Governor Area 10
Heather Klemm
Club: Byron
Area 10 Clubs: Byron, Centerville, Perry, Warner Robins, Warner Robins - Trinity Vision


Assistant Governor Area 11
Kingman P. Herin III
Club: Vidalia
Area 11 Clubs: Hazlehurst, McRae, Swainsboro, Vidalia


Assistant Governor Area 12
Steven Michael Bell
Club: Downtown Macon
Area 12 Clubs: Downtown Macon, Jones County, Macon, Macon North


Assistant Governor Area 13
Candace Spicer Christian
Club: Dublin
Area 13 Clubs: Cochran, Dublin, Eastman, Hawkinsville, Wrightsville


Assistant Governor Area 14
Taylor Keith Everett
Club: Tennille
Area 14 Clubs: Jefferson County, Milledgeville, Sandersville, Tennille


Assistant Governor Area 15
William F. Franke III
Club: Augusta
Area 15 Clubs: Augusta, Augusta-West, Sylvania, Waynesboro