has been inducted as the ninth president of the
Savage, 49, is a seasoned and accomplished law enforcement investigator with an impressive resume of accomplishments in more than 25 years with the San Jose Police Department. He succeeds Jane Darwin who served as president of the club last year.
He began his formal duties on July 11. “I look forward to leading LGMR’s continued local and global humanitarian projects and strengthening strategic partnerships to further that effort,” said Scott, who works as an assistant chief investigator with the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.
The Morning Rotary group in Los Gatos, chartered in 2003, supports local students through scholarships and programs such as the Rotary Youth Leadership summer camp and Enterprise Leadership Conference, where professionals mentor and teach teens to experience the entrepreneurial process by creating products and business models.
The club also participates in Lighting for Literacy program and the Pathway to Science, Technology, Engineer and Math (STEM) project that engages youth in hands-on workshops to learn how to build and program renewal, sustainable solar lighting systems. LFL systems bring light to homes without electricity. LGMR next generation programs are offered to all students including the county’s underserved population.
Savage said during his visit this spring to Thailand and Cambodia on official Rotary business, he saw firsthand the benefits of Rotary’s 1.2 million members.
He said he was honored to have been chosen by club members, who also go by the nickname of “Cool Cats,” who exemplify Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self” by sharing their unique professional skills, energy and creativity.”
Savage's experience as an undercover officer, police captain and as an investigator with the DA's Office will bring a wealth of knowledge and service to the local club, said Bob Long, a spokesman for the LGMR.
"His professional experience has provided him with a deep understanding of community needs and unique insights into the challenges that are faced when needs are not met," Long said.
Savage has been honored by participating in the FBI’s Executive Fellowship Program and for his innovative investigative efforts by Crime Stoppers International, according to Long.
He has served to enhance the Los Gatos community by chairing the Dad’s Club at the , by coaching youth soccer and baseball, and by serving as a Cub Scout Den Leader, Long noted.
Savage and wife Julianne Sylva have two children.
The LGMR's signature community fundraisers are the "" feed, and the . The club has also donated more than $225,000 to community and international projects, grants and high school scholarships.
The club meets at 7:15 a.m. every Wednesday at the