Blount Bio
John T Blount, DDS
Rotary Club of Sebastopol, California, USA
John T. Blount is recently retired after 42 years as a dentist in a private practice in Sebastopol, California.  He has been a member of Sebastopol’s Palm Drive Hospital staff, a director in the local chamber of commerce, a director for the regional Redwood Empire Dental Association, and a trustee for the Sonoma County Community Foundation.  He worked as an advisor to the President for the Seoul RI Convention, and, as a member of the 2018 Toronto RI Convention Committee focused on the program design.  He recently completed a three year term as the Chairman of the 2019 Hamburg RI Convention committee.
John joined the Rotary Club of Sebastopol in 1977, served as President in 1982-83, and in 1990 became the youngest Governor in the history of District 5130 in Northwestern California. 
John served on several world-organization committees for Rotary, many that deal with Rotary’s future, including “New Models of Rotary Clubs”, “Rotary Action Groups Development Committee”, seven RI President nominating committees, and Vice Chair of the 2008 International Institute.
Dr. Blount was a member of the RI Board of Directors in 2009-2011.  He was chair of the board’s Executive Committee and the General Secretary Search Committee in 2010.  In 2011-2013 he chaired RI’s Communications Committee.  In 2015 he was the Moderator and Vice Chair of Rotary’s global training program, the International Assembly.  He has just completed a three year assignment on Rotary’s Peace Centers Committee. 
He became a teacher, a trainer, and a motivator for Rotary shortly after serving as a club president in 1982, in District Assemblies, conferences, and institutes. He was an RI Training Leader in 1993 and 1994. 
He began teaching incoming Governors in 1992 at GETS in the western United States and Canada and was the RI “Zone Trainer” for that region in 1996.  From 2003 to 2007 John chaired the instruction and curriculum for that GETS.  He led Rotary’s entire western United States Education Division in 2007-2008.   
John has instructed club president-elects each year at the 9-district Far West PETS since 1986.  He was chair of the Instructors and Curriculum from 1995 to 1997 and was the General Chair in 2003. 
John and his wife Patti are Paul Harris Fellows, Major Donors, and Bequest Society members.  Their daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Shannon Thorn, are both physicians and the proud parents of Sofia Katelyn and Spencer John.