In Memoriam: RI Past President and Birmingham Rotarian Glenn Estess, Sr.

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Glenn E. Estess Sr., who served as 2004-05 RI President during Rotary’s centennial year, died on February 7. He was 84.


In 1993, Estess retired as chief executive officer of Glenn Estess Associates Inc., a sales and marketing personnel consulting firm, to devote himself full-time to Rotary.


Estess joined Rotary in 1960 and was a member of the Rotary Club of Shades Valley. In addition to his term as RI president, he served in numerous capacities, including Rotary Foundation trustee chair, RI vice president and director, president’s aide, PolioPlus national coordinator, and district governor.


He was a recipient of the RI Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award. He was a Foundation Major Donor, a Paul Harris Fellow, and benefactor.


Through the RI theme Celebrate Rotary , Estess encouraged clubs to implement a Rotary centennial community project, form twin club relationships, and support the Every Rotarian, Every Year effort, which aims to achieve an annual US$100 per capita contribution level for the Foundation’s Annual Fund.


He is survived by his wife, Mary; son Glenn Estess Jr.; and daughters Elizabeth Wilson and Nancy Martin. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Glenn E. Estess Sr. Endowed Scholarship Fund at The Rotary Foundation, either online or through an RI international office. Contributions may also be directed to the Glenn E. Estess Sr. Endowed Scholarship Fund, under the Foundation’s Permanent Fund.

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