District Governor George "Ron" Marion visited the Rotary Club of Ashburn on Thursday, Septebemer 23, 2010.  A New York City native, District Governor Ron has been elected to serve as District 7610 Governor during Rotary Year 2010-2011.

Ron completed his undergraduate studies in immunology, biochemistry, and parasitology at Queens College of Rutgers University and his graduate studies in biological sciences at Rutgers University.
 
Ron served 22 years as an Army officer in Armor and Cavalry, attending numerous military schools and colleges. He served at all staff and command levels up to the field corps and the Army Staff, retiring in 1989 from the office of the Chief of Staff, Army. He was awarded numerous U.S. and foreign decorations throughout his military career. 
 
Ron’s civilian service included six years as Senior Strategic Planner in the Army’s Office of Plans and Assessments, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans. He received the Meritorious Civilian Service Award and Commander’s Award for service as technical advisor to principal members of the Army Staff and Secretariat and for representing Army Staff to NATO and Department of Energy.
 

 

Ron entered industry in 2001 as Vice President for Technology Applications at V.F. Warner & Associates, Inc. He performed “pro bono” work for the Army, Joint and Defense Department staffs, retiring again in 2007.
 
Ron is a member of the Crystal City–Pentagon club, where he has remained a member since 2000, serving as Treasurer (2001-2003) and President (2003-2004) and receiving the club’s Rotarian of the Year award in 2001-2002. He was instrumental in instituting and funding the club’s Van B. Cunningham Memorial Scholarship.
 
Ron has served District 7610 as Foundation Training and Seminar Chair (2003-2007) and Paul Harris Society Chair (2005-2008). As Rotarians with Disabilities Chair (2006-2008) he helped create Braille translations of key training documents, a first for Rotary International. Ron has served as Assistant Governor since 2005 and as Aide to the RI President’s Representative to District Conference. A recipient of the Four Avenues of Service Citation for Individual Rotarians (2007), the Award for Continuing Dedication to All Aspects of Rotary (2007), and the Rotary Foundation District Service Award (2006-2007), Ron is a Paul Harris Fellow, charter member of the District Paul Harris Society, Major Donor, Benefactor, and Bequest Society member.
 
Ron and his wife, Rosanne, also a Paul Harris Fellow, live in Fairfax Station and have one daughter and two granddaughters.