Speaker for January 23, 2019

Dr. Donna Schmidt

District Governor 2013-14

Donna retired as Superintendent of Schools from the Monroe Jefferson district.  She served as a teacher and administrator for 36 years in both general education and special education at the K-12 and university level.  Donna holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction and is a certified national curriculum management auditor.

During her professional career, Donna was named Teacher of the Year, Distinguished Administrator, Woman of Achievement - Wayne County and was the recipient of the David D. Henry Leadership and Scholarship award from Wayne State University.

 Upon her retirement, Donna began one of her lifelong goals involving international volunteer work.  Donna has traveled to Nicaragua, El Salvador, Haiti, India and Ethiopia.  She has worked to provide food for the Children of the Dump, has delivered layette packages to pregnant women, administered polio drops to children under 5 years old and worked as a surgical assistant with pediatric patients. 

 Donna has participated in projects involving the installation of solar-powered water purification systems, providing loans and mental health counseling to individuals affected by disasters, the development of educational programs and schools as well as health care initiatives including the construction of a junior hospital that will serve more than 30,000 villagers in Ethiopia. 

 Donna became a member of the Rotary Club of Allen Park in 1991 and served twice as president.  At the District level, Donna has served in many capacities including District Governor, Assistant Governor, Vice Governor, Rotary Foundation Chair, Lead Trainer for Great Lakes Rotary PETS and Lead Trainer for The Rotary Foundation committee chairs at the 2019 Zone Institute in Niagara Falls.  Donna has also been invited to speak at the Rotary International convention in Hamburg, Germany in 2019.


Donna has been recognized as Rotarian of the Year, COG recipient and TRF District Service Award recipient.  She is also the recipient of the Ambassador of Goodwill award, the Citation for Meritorious Service award and the Service Above Self award which is Rotary International’s highest honor.


Donna is currently a member of the Board of Regents of Baker College of Allen Park in addition to the City of Allen Park Public Employees Pension and Health Care Trust Board.  She is an ordained elder at her church and a past moderator of the women’s association as well as the Board of Stewards.   A graduate of the Southern Wayne County Chamber of Commerce Leadership 21 program, Donna has worked with numerous community youth and education groups in the Downriver area.  

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