DISTRICT GOVERNOR MELODY ST. JOHN

Melody St. John has been involved with Rotary throughout her entire life, from her days as the daughter of a Rotarian in South Dakota when women were not accepted as members. Today she utilizes her passion for youth programs and has been involved with Rotary Youth Exchange for over 25 years. She and her husband Paul have hosted over 22 students in their home from around the world.
 
A member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Hollywood, St. John is involved in a number of  Rotary District 5280 initiatives.  Beyond the District, she is the Chairman of the multi-state high school Rotary Youth Exchange program (SCANEX) and works with over 100 students each year, placing them in the best situations here in the U.S. and abroad. She and her husband, Rotarian Paul St. John (LA5), are co-founders of the Rotary USA Train Tour and taken as of this summer over 1,000 exchange students on a month long train tour around the United States.
 
In her professional life, St. John’s founded Video Tape Library, a stock footage image library, in 1984.  The library has over a million images compiled from over 250 cameramen form around the world.  Fun fact:  Her library was used in beta testing for a fledgling website called “YouTube.”
 
 

Melody’s Rotary C.V.

  • 2018-19 Presenter at Rotary International pre-convention for Youth
  • 2012-18 Board member of NAYEN (North America, Canada and Mexico)
  • 2010-19 Counselor at RYLA
  • 2010-16 Co-chair of Angel City Celebration
  • 2016-17 Co-chair for District Humanitarian Trip to Merida Mexico
  • 2016-17 Chair of 321 Go to End Polio
  • 2010-17 Youth Service Chair for Rotary Club of Hollywood
  • 2015-16 SAG Community Service
  • 2014-15 Chief of Staff to District Governor Elsa Gillham
  • 2012-13 District Interact co-Advisor
  • 2010-11 President Rotary Club of Hollywood  
 

DISTRICT GOVERNOR-ELECT BETTE HALL

A member of Calabasas Rotary Club since 2007, Bette Hall has held various positions, both within her Club and District 5280. Positions held include Club Avenues of Service and Events Chair, Board member, Club President, Assistant Governor, District Trainer for several years, and three years as the Senior Assistant Governor, Youth Services for District 5280.  She has also chaired both the 2019 District Club Assembly and District Conference. Her current District position is the Senior Assistant Governor, Education and Training, as well as District Governor Elect.
 
Bette has been very involved in developing and providing training for the Youth Protection Program and if asked to select an area she is most passionate about in Rotary, the answer has to be our Youth Programs. In 2017 Bette was one of two members who received the Rotarian of the Year award for District 5280, the other being none other than our District Governor Melody St. John.  She is very honored to be selected as District 5280 Governor, 2020-21.
 
Originally from London, England, Bette is a long-time resident of the West San Fernando Valley, and retired a few years ago from a long and varied career in Human Resources after holding positions such as Director and Vice President of Human Resources for large, multi-state/International companies, prior to running her own HR consulting company.
 
What Bette enjoys most about retirement is having more time to volunteer with Rotary and an extra bonus – spending more time with her family, and especially the grandchildren.  She feels very fortunate to have them all living within easy driving distance, and being able to go to their activities, including baseball games, to cheer them on.
 
 

DISTRICT GOVERNOR-NOMINEE GUITY JAVID

Guity Javid's experience spans to thirty-eight years in banking, investments, and structured finance.  Javid is the founder and President of Hutton Capital.   She was Senior Managing Director and co-founder of Spring Street Capital.   Prior to that she was a Senior Vice President and manager of the Western U.S. for Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, Senior Vice President and Manager of Western U.S. Corporate Banking for Wells Fargo Bank/First Interstate Bank, Western Region Manager for CIT Business Credit, Managing Director at Chase Manhattan Bank and Vice President at Citicorp.  She is also a mediator with emphasis in business, bankruptcy, cross cultural, and diversity matters since 2006.  She graduated from University of California at Berkeley in Business Administration.
 
Guity has been a proponent of community service throughout her life. She is a member of Rancho Park Rotary Club since January 1991.  She served as the President and numerous other positions in her club and district 5280.  She has been nominated to serve as District Governor during Rotary year 2021-2022. She has served as Assistant Governor, District Disaster Relief Chair, Interact Advisor, Humanitarian Trip Co-Chair, District 5280 Charitable Foundation Board, and chartered a new club in district 5280. 
 
Guity has been an advocate for women causes; served as a mentor in Women Unlimited, a mentoring program for women managers.  She was an investor with an angel organization focused in women owned businesses. Javid co-chaired the first American Cancer Society's "Relay for Life" in Beverly Hills. She has also served on various not-for-profit boards.