John F. Germ is the retired board chair and CEO of Campbell & Associates Inc., consulting engineers. He joined the firm as an engineer in 1965 after four years in the U.S. Air Force. He served on the boards of several organizations, including the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Hospital Authority Board of Trustees, and as board chair of the Public Education Foundation, Orange Grove Center Inc., the Miracle League Chattanooga, and Blood Assurance Inc. He is founder and treasurer of the Chattanooga State Technical Community College Foundation and president of the Tennessee Jaycee Foundation. He is also the founder of Camp Discovery, a camp for intellectually and developmentally disabled individuals.
Germ was awarded the Tennessee Young Man of the Year in 1970; Engineer of the Year in 1976; Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year in 1992 and Tennessee Community Organization’s Volunteer of the Year in 2009. He is recipient of the Boy Scouts Silver Beaver Award and the Arthritis Foundation Circle of Hope Award.
Germ joined Rotary in 1976 and has served RI as president in 2016-17, vice president, director, Foundation trustee and vice chair, aide to the Foundation trustee chair, chair of Rotary’s $200 Million Challenge, RI Board Executive Committee member, chair of numerous committees, area coordinator, and RI training leader. In 2013, the White House recognized him as a Champion of Change.
Germ has received Rotary’s Service Above Self Award and the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service and Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award. He and his wife, Judy, are Foundation Benefactors and members of the Arch Klumph Society.
They have four children and six grandchildren.