ROTARIAN OF THE WEEK

Judy Neveau, Club Member since 1991

Judy is 100% Hungarian, born in Budapest. Because of postwar issues in Europe, she lived most of her younger years in Stockholm, Sweden, until she moved to California with her widowed mother and younger brother.

Judy attended LA High School, then completed her undergraduate education at UC Riverside, followed by her Master’s at UCLA in Counseling Psychology.

After graduate school Judy worked with Native American youth and families in the Southwest and in Fairbanks, Alaska. She then returned to UCLA a few years later to complete a professional program in Interior Design, and then headed her own design firm for two decades.

In 1997 because of her many community involvements, Judy was asked by Santa Monica College’s president to be the Director of Community Relations for the college. She retired from that position in 2014 though she is a big proponent of community college education.

Judy joined the Rotary Club of Santa Monica in 1991. She has served the club in many capacities, including being president in 2012-13. She currently co-chairs the Quarter Century Club Committee and serves as the Secretary to the SM Rotary Club Foundation Board. Judy is a Paul Harris Fellow times 9 as well as a District 5280 Triple All Star (a major donor, a Bequest Society member, and a member of the Paul Harris Society). She is the co-chair of the District’s Paul Harris Society and has been on the District’s Foundation committee since 2018. She was previously the District 5280 co-chair for Polio Plus.

A little-known fact: during one salmon season in Alaska she pulled in over a hundred salmon in Sawmill Bay outside Valdez – and even though her arms got badly sunburned, salmon is still one of her favorite foods!