Zone 34 Public Image Team
Susan Courter is a 17-year Rotarian and Past President of the Rotary Club of West Plains Sunrise, Missouri and Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch, Florida. At the District level she has served as Assistant Governor and Public Image Chair, and as a member of multiple other committees with a focus on enhancing their marketing and communication strategies.
Susan was appointed Zone 34 Rotary Public Image Coordinator (2023-26) after serving as Zone 34 Assistant Rotary Public Image Coordinator for three years. She was in the 2019-20 Emerging Leaders class, and has been recognized by District 6960 and both her current and former clubs as Rotarian of the Year. She is the recipient of the District Rising Star award, District Distinguished Service Above Self award, and the Stephen Garber and Norma Garber awards.
As avid supporter of clean water and sanitation projects, Susan chairs her club’s annual Suncoast Walk for Water which has brought in over $100,000 for global grant projects in Peru. She is a Paul Harris Fellow+8, member of the Paul Harris Society and member of the PolioPlus Society.
Susan is Director of Business Development for R.E. Crawford Construction, where her key role is to establish and maintain partnerships with national retail and restaurant clients. Susan has been married to her husband, Adam, for 17 years and together they have a daughter, Autumn (9), and son, Alex (7). Some of her hobbies include paddle boarding, cooking, gardening, clay shooting, and spending time on Florida’s beautiful beaches. Susan is a third-generation graduate of the University of Florida where she earned a bachelors degree in advertising.
Amanda Groover is a woman filled to the brim with energy. With a quick smile, she says she has a “very unhealthy obsession” with her Peloton bike and reading. In fact, she has completed more than 300 rides on her bike this year and is on track to read 100+ books by the end of 2023. Sometimes she does both at the same time!
This same energy level, combined with a desire to give back, led to her joining the South Hall Rotary Club in 2016. She reached out to the club as she searched for a way to enlarge her professional network and serve her community.
Just seven years later, after successful stints as her club’s Public Image chair, President-elect and President, and the District’s Public Image committee chair, Groover was named the District 6910 Rotarian of the Year by District Governor Gerry Taylor. With this award, Taylor recognized that Groover strategically streamlined communications for the District.
With a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from the Mike Cottrell College of Business at the University of North Georgia and a Master of Business Administration with a focus in marketing from the University of Arizona, Groover is well qualified to lead Rotary’s public image area.
She currently works as the Business Development Manager for Croft and Associates, an award-winning architectural and engineering firm based in Lawrenceville. Her work motto aptly applies to her Rotary work – “Efficiency is the result of clearing out what drains us of time and energy.”
Born and raised in Habersham County, Groover is married to Matt and she helps to parent Matt’s children, Brittany and Tyler. Hershey and Kia, their two dogs, round out their Flowery Branch household. (more…)
As a little girl, Caroline Blochlinger was very intrigued by a paper weight in the shape of the Rotary wheel that rested on the desk in her grand-grandfather’s study in Switzerland. Years later she and her family immigrated to the United States where she found herself in Miami, Florida. There she attended Miami Dade Community College (MDCC) and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in language from Florida International University (FIU).
Caroline’s passion is to be on top of her game. Her first job in Miami was with the airlines and later she worked as a German Instructor at MDCC. After graduating FIU, she and her business partner founded a dental supply house serving dentists throughout the Nation. Most of the business was conducted via telemarketing and direct mail. After 12 years she left the business and moved to Amelia Island, FL where she started her advertising company which focuses on photography, graphic design, and online marketing. As a techie she is passionate about solving problems and helping others to find simple solutions in a sometimes-complicated world. She believes that if the proper tools are applied every business can and should look its best.
Caroline loves helping non-profit organizations and works with organizations like the Amelia Island Jazz Festival, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, Nassau County Council on Aging, Barnabas, Take Stock in Children, just to mention a few.
Caroline joined Rotary in January 2010. She quickly became the Public Image Chair and Webmaster of the Rotary Club of Amelia Sunrise. She is a Paul Harris Fellow as well as a member of the PolioPlus Society. She is looking forward to working as the Zone 34 ARPIC with Districts 6970 and 6940.
Michael Walstrom has been a Rotarian since 2014 and is a member of the Rotary Club Boca Raton Downtown. He is a Paul Harris Fellow, Paul Harris Society member, Polio Plus Society member, Benefactor, and Major Donor.
Michael served as President of his Rotary Club in 2018-2019 and as District 6930 Governor in 2021-2022. During his years of service, he has been named Rotarian of the Year, and received both Club of the Year and the Governor’s Citation for his club.
Michael takes pride in having led his club to 100% Paul Harris recognition, creating an endowment at his club to fund Global Grants each year, and creating a Young Professional Membership Development program that was featured in both Rotary Voices and Rotary Leader.
During his year as Governor Michael walked the entire length of his District, 185 miles, to raise funds for the Youth & Peace in Action initiative. The Walk for Peace was able to raise the needed funds and engage both Rotarians and non-Rotarians alike. This led Michael to realize the impact public image activities can have on Rotary efforts.
Michael joined the Zone 34 Public Image team as an ARPIC in 2022. He will also serve on the Emerging Leaders training team for the 2022 Zone 33/34 Leadership Summit in Baltimore.
Professionally, Michael is a co-founder of Aequus Partners, an independent financial planning and investment management firm based in Boca Raton, Florida. He lives in Boynton Beach, Florida with his wife, Laura, and their two children, Henry and Daphne.
By trade, Sean Paddy is a consultant…By definition, he is a problem-solver and creator of opportunity.
With a diversified professional background, Sean worked across the USA, UK, Europe and Caribbean for many years building his experience and expertise in developing, managing and delivering milestone programs, projects, products, services and recognition for many of the world’s top governmental and non-governmental organizations.
Taking much of what he has learnt from his experiences at home and around the world, Sean has also committed himself to building better communities and developing new opportunities, not only in his native Trinidad & Tobago, but in as many areas as possible. To this end, Sean has spearheaded many unique entrepreneurial and program ventures over the years across a wide spectrum of fields and forums. Through his leadership and involvement, Sean continues to help generate enhanced arenas and provided new ground for persons to explore and exploit previously unavailable prospects and experiences and to elevate themselves, their skills and their profession to new heights.
As a second-generation Rotarian, Sean was involved in Rotary from an early age and officially became am official member of the Rotary Club of Port of Spain in Trinidad in 2010. He has served and led his club in multiple capacities and has elevated and enhanced many club practices and achievements. Sean has also served on and led several committees within District 7030 since 2015 and is the current District Communications Officer and District Public Image Chair. Within Zone 34, Sean presently serves on several committees and task forces, including Empowering Girls and Rotary Works. He was also appointed Assistant Regional Public Image Coordinator in Zone 34 for 2021 thru 2025.
Sean is committed to supporting Rotary’s #EndPolioNow and PolioPlus Fund efforts and has spearheaded several awareness campaigns and fundraising initiatives in District 7030 such as World’s Greatest Meal and newly chartered PolioPlus Society. He is also an avid advocate for youth training and development and is committed to supporting and enhancing Youth Services in Rotary wherever possible.
Marshall M. Butler
Marshall Butler, the 2016-17 District Governor for Rotary 6970, began his Rotary experience as President of the Robert E. Lee High School Interact Club. Marshall became a part of the family of Rotary for the second time on May 29, 2002 when he joined the Rotary Club of West Jacksonville.
During Marshall’s term as Governor, Rotary 6970 hosted its first Million Dollar Dinner, had the highest membership net gain in North America, and orchestrated the successful “100 Acts of Good” public image campaign. Marshall participated in the 107-mile Ride to End Polio in Tucson, AZ, which led to Rotary 6970 making the largest District Designated Fund contribution to the End Polio Campaign in the world that year. Rotary 6970 capped the year with over 500 Rotarians traveling from Florida to Atlanta to attend the district conference, dubbed the All Star Conference, featuring RI President John Germ, RI Vice President Jennifer Jones, Rotary General Secretary John Hewko, the first female President of a Rotary club Sylvia Whitlock, plus many others. The All Star Conference was immediately followed by a week of fellowship at the Rotary International Convention.
Marshall is a recipient of the Citation for Meritorious Service from Rotary International. He is also a recipient of the Brent Williams “Spirit of Rotary” Award presented by Rotary District 6970.
Marshall served three years as an Assistant Rotary Public Image Coordinator and began his term as Rotary Public Image Coordinator for Rotary Zone 34 on July 1, 2020.
A graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in advertising, Marshall has used technology and marketing to help businesses grow over his 30 year career. He consistently looks for new and different ways to inject innovation into every role he has held.
Marshall and his wife Karen are Major Donors, members of the Paul Harris Society, PolioPlus Society and Bequest Society. They live in Jacksonville, FL and have two daughters, Emily and Maggie.