Bates Bio
Brief Bio - Mary Bates, RI District 5150 Governor 2020-2021
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mary joined Rotary in 2005 through her community program event work alongside of the Rotary Club of Foster City. Mary has served Rotary in numerous leadership positions including Foster City Rotary Club President and Endowment and Foundation Chair, Charter Rotaract Advisor, Foreign Exchange Student Counselor, District Community Services Chair, Assistant Governor, Special Events and Conference Chair.  She is Governor-Elect for District 5150.
 
Mary is a Major Donor and member of the Paul Harris, White Hat and Bequest Societies.
 
Mary has traveled twelve times to Mazatlán Mexico on humanitarian service missions to distribute wheelchairs, build park/playground sites, ‘adopt’ two local orphanages, and help create elementary school site improvements; all along will gathering, and restoring local discarded USA playgrounds. 
 
Born in San Diego, California as a “Navy Junior”, Mary lived and traveled throughout Asia in her formative years.  She attended San Francisco State University, receiving a Recreation Administration degree, with an emphasis in Public Administration. Her professional career includes leadership roles for the cities of Millbrae, South San Francisco, Palo Alto, San Jose and Foster City, CA, promoting collaborative relationships with community residents, groups, and businesses. Mary is currently serving as the “first” Executive Director of the Foster City Village, Inc. since December 2017.
 
Mary’s community volunteer work includes American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter Leadership Council President and Hillbarn Theatre Board President among many others.   She enjoys traveling, water sports, home renovation projects, Rotary Service and spending time with her four daughters and their families.