June 30, 2019

Your 2019-2020 Governor

Jun 30, 2019 | Uncategorized

Your 2019-2020 Governor

by Jun 30, 2019Uncategorized

DG Scott McLaughlin

Growing up in an Air Force family, Scott was the first of four children to Raymond and Mary Jane McLaughlin.  Born in Georgia, Scott’s three sisters were born in Mississippi, Michigan, and Nebraska.  Life as a “military brat” meant constant travel and learning to adapt to new surroundings, school and friends.  His favorite duty station was Clark AFB, Philippines. It was in the Philippines that Scott realized just how privileged Americans really were.  Poverty was everywhere, the lack of clean water and sanitation was deplorable. Helping the local families with food, clothing, and water was most likely Scott’s first foray into community service, and most likely formed his core beliefs for Rotary.

Moving to Bellevue, NE in April 1973 was his final military move.  After graduation in 1976 from Bellevue High School, Scott attended the University of Nebraska Omaha.  Before finishing his undergraduate studies, Scott left school to pursue a nearly 20-year career in the Omaha retail industry.

Scott moved to Kearney in 1994 to assist his father with his business.  The original plan was to learn and work the bowling business, eventually allowing dad to retire.  After 5 years into his “internship” program, Scott made the decision to return to school to complete his previously unfinished degree.  After more than 20 years away from the classroom, being a full-time student was very intimidating.

Scott graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in 2001 from the University of Nebraska Kearney after only 5 consecutive semesters.  After a short stint working for someone else, Scott founded Heartland Hosting, LLC in late 2001.  Since founding his business, Scott has assisted hundreds of businesses with their Internet technology.

Scott joined the Kearney Dawn Rotary club in 2003 and has served as the Club Secretary, Club President (2005-06, 2023-2024), Technology chair, Rotary Foundation chair, and as a board member. Scott has also served as the District Public Relations Chair (2006-07), Assistant District Governor (2011-14), District Technology Chair (2013-14) and District Rotary Foundation Chair (2014-17, 2020-2021) and currently as the Zone 29 Assistant Public Image Chair (2021-2024).  Scott has served as a training facilitator for High Country PETS (17 years) and Rotary Leadership Institute.  Scott was honored as the District 5630 Rotarian of the Year in 2012-2013.  Scott is a Major Donor, multiple Paul Harris Fellow, Paul Harris Society Member, and Bequest Society Member.

DG Scott McLaughlin
DG Scott McLaughlin

Scott and his wife Tracie were married in 1980.  Tracie works at the Kearney Regional Medical Center in the Medical-Surgical ward.  They have three adult children, a daughter (Lindsay) who lives and works in Kearney. A daughter (Lauren) and son-in-law (Joel), both teachers who live in Greeley, CO.  Lauren and Joel have an adopted adult daughter and a second foster daughter.

Their youngest, (Adam) and daughter-in-law (Darryn) live in Lincoln, NE.  Scott and Tracie became Grandparents on July 31, 2020 when Jame Henry McLaughlin was born to Adam and Darryn in Lincoln, NE.  A second grandson, Rhys Anthony was born on October 25, 2022 in Lincoln.

DG Scott McLaughlin

Outside Rotary, Scott has been a TeamMates mentor and volunteers his professional talents to many local service organizations and numerous Rotary clubs and organizations.  Scott worked for the Athletics Department at the University of Nebraska Kearney (2002-2020) where you would find him running the video message boards for any number of the men’s and women’s sports. Scott currently enjoys teaching as an adjunct lecturer at his alma mater.  Scott and Tracie are avid garage sale shoppers, looking for treasures and bargains weekly during the spring and summer months.  When they are not treasure hunting, they enjoy traveling and visiting their kids and grandkids.

By PDG Scott McLaughlin

District Governor 2019-2020
PDG Scott is currently serving as an Assistant Rotary Public Image Coordinator for Zone 29 (Region 36). Scott is a member of the Paul Harris Society and Major Donor.Scott is a Rotarian in the Kearney Dawn Rotary Club of Kearney, NE

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