Alan Merry, Rotary District 5030 Governor, “Rotary District 5030 Goals for 2018-2019”
Alan Merry was born in Seattle and grew up in what is now Kenmore. He graduated with a BA in Political Science from the University of Washington and is currently a Health Care Data Analyst for Kaiser Permanente Washington, a local Health Care Organization, serving the State of Washington and portions of Idaho and Oregon. His forte is in creating Work Management Systems and complex step‑saving macros.
Merry has had three distinct careers: politics, marketing/public relations, and computers and data gathering. Although the latter has always been a means of survival for him — “I enjoy most putting together databases work process databases” — his source of pride and purpose comes through community service.
Merry first worked with TeenHope, an Emergency Shelter for 13- to 17‑year‑olds, helping with the Auction Tracker software, then moving up to Treasurer, and then serving as President of the Board for two years. One of TeenHope’s other Board Members was Edmonds Daybreakers Rotarian Ron Keimer. It seemed that any time TeenHope needed money or support, Rotary was there. When Merry bought a house in Lake Forest Park and wanted to give to the community, he asked friend Ed Sterner if he could introduce him to Rotary.
For the first 5 to 7 years, Merry felt like a Rotarian in Name Only. Then he was asked to chair the Community Services Committee for two years, and in 2007, then-President Greg Swint asked if he would be President for the 2009‑10 Rotary Year. The year was a resounding success, and it launched Merry’s District Leadership journey: Assistant Governor 2010‑13, District Stewardship Chair 2013‑16, District Trainer 2014‑15, and now solidly riding the District Governor Train. “I believe that, at some point, we humans are seeking our passions and our legacy. I’m fortunate to say that Rotary is mine.”
An avid baseball junkie, Merry perennially hopes that this will be the year for the Seattle Mariners. As a graduate of the University of Washington, Merry is also a devotee of all things “Husky.”