Rich Tatara is an active member and President of the Rotary Club of Naperville, a worldwide network of people in action triumphing over community issues through leadership and community building. He is an experienced global leader in telecommunications and IT and a retiree at Tellabs, where he worked for 22 years. Throughout his Tellabs career, Rich held several senior leadership positions, including Vice President of Global Marketing, Vice President of North American Sales, and General Manager of the Global Services Business Unit. Rich spends much of his time giving back to communities. He’s an active member of the Three Fires Council and Boy Scouts of America, Chairman of the Voters Assembly at Bethany Lutheran Church and School, and a Tax Aide for the AARP Foundation.
Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:
- Rich Tatara discusses his career trajectory and passion for volunteerism
- What is the Rotary Club and its mission?
- The Rotary Club’s contribution to the eradication of polio
- The challenges of leading organizations like the Rotary Club
- How Rotary Club members can benefit from the organization and volunteering
- Rich shares his leadership style
In this episode…
The Rotary Club has a long history in Chicagoland, particularly in Naperville. However, despite having four locations, its leadership still faces challenges in recruiting new members and spreading its mission. So, what is the Rotary Club, and what are the benefits of joining?
Rotary clubs are known for being the world’s oldest and most prestigious service club. They connect a network of people of action to provide humanitarian services, promote goodwill, and encourage high ethical standards. Rich Tatara, an active organization member, explains Rotary offers various committees for individuals with diverse talents, including finance, membership, public relations, youth service, and fundraising committees. In addition to making a difference in their communities, Rotarians of the Naperville chapter can sharpen their leadership skills via its leadership program, which hosts several annual events.
In this episode of the Mission Matters Podcast, Paul Feith welcomes Rich Tatara, President of the Rotary Club of Naperville, to discuss the organization and its mission. Rich also shares the Rotary Club’s contributions to society, the challenges of leading Rotary, and how people can benefit as members of the organization.
Resources Mentioned in this episode
- Paul Feith on LinkedIn
- Paul Gregory Media (PGM)
- Rich Tatara on LinkedIn
- Rotary Club of Naperville
- Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce (NACC)
Sponsor for this episode…
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