Joyce Gunter, DG 2016-2017
Rotary Club of New Tampa
A second generation native Floridian, Joyce Ann Gunter was born and raised in Sebring, Florida. She is the daughter of Helen and Martin Greer. After graduating from Sebring High School, she moved to Lakeland, Florida where she graduated from Lakeland Business College with an Associate of Arts Degree in Business.
After college, Joyce began a banking career in Haines City, Florida where she started as an entry-level teller. Over her 25 year career, she worked her way through various positions in a small community bank. She was promoted to Senior Vice President, Chief Lending Officer for the bank in December of 2000. In 2006, she was recruited by another small community bank as a Regional President to establish a branch network in the Polk County area.
It was during this time that Joyce was invited to join the Haines City Rotary Club due to her extensive involvement in her community. She had served in numerous leadership positions, including President of the local Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the local Hospital Board of Trustees, Executive Board member of the Central Florida Development Council and a Board member of the Early Learning Coalition of Polk County.
Joyce served as the President of the Haines City Rotary Club during 2007-2008, which she credits as one of her best years in Rotary, earning the District Governor’s “Club of the Year for Small Clubs” and the Presidential Citation from Rotary International. It was that year that Joyce was to meet “the love of her life” on a trip to attend a Project Fair in Costa Rica and she owes it all to Rotary!
Joyce is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, a Benefactor, and sustaining member of the Rotary Foundation. She served as District Secretary for Rotary District 6890 from 2012 to June 2014 and was Club Treasurer for the Rotary Club of New Tampa for 2013-2014.
Joyce lives in the West Meadows community of New Tampa with her husband Gary. Together, they have three children: Benjamin, 28; Jessica, 27; and Sean, 13. She and Gary own and operate an insurance agency in Wesley Chapel and are both members of the Rotary Club of New Tampa, the New Tampa Chamber of Commerce, the Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce, and the Pasco-Hernando Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
The Rotary International Theme for 2016-2017 is “Rotary Serving Humanity.” Rotary’s founder, Paul Harris, believed that serving humanity is “the most worthwhile thing a person can do,” said RI President John F. Germ, adding that being a part of Rotary is a “great opportunity” to make that happen.
Germ unveiled the new presidential theme, Rotary Serving Humanity, to 535 incoming district governors at the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA on January 18th, 2016. He went on to say, “I believe everyone recognizes the opportunity to serve Rotary for what it truly is: not a small opportunity, but a great one; an opportunity of a lifetime to change the world for the better, forever through Rotary’s service to humanity.”