John Smarge has been a Rotarian and resident of Naples, Florida since 1982. His classification is Moving and Storage. John and his wife Cindy are Major Donors and Bequest Society Members.
John graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a degree in Entrepreneurial Management. At the age of twenty-two, John left his home state of New Jersey, moved to Naples, FL and purchased a year old struggling moving company. His multi-faceted operation handling local, interstate and international moving is now the largest relocation business in SW Florida. Professionally John was named a National Moving and Storage Association Young Executive Fellow. He has served as a Board Member of the Florida Movers and Warehousemen Association, as a Regional Director of the Southern Community Bank. He has three (3) times been recognized as North American Van Lines Top Quality Agent.
John served as President of The Rotary Club of Naples in 1992-93 and as District 6960 Governor in 1995-96. John served as a Member of the Rotary International Board of Directors for 2010-2012 and was selected as the Chairman of the RI Board of Directors Executive Committee.
Internationally, John has twice been a Delegate to the Council on Legislation and twice a Member of both the RI Board of Directors Nominating Committee and the Rotary International President Nominating Committee. Additionally, he has served as both a Rotary International Membership Coordinator and Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator. John served as General Chair for the Zone 33-34 Rotary Institute. He is a regular speaker around the world at PETS, Assemblies, TRF and
Membership Seminars and has regularly represented the President at District Conferences. John has been a keynote speaker at the 2010 and 2018 International Assembly and the 2017 International Convention.
John is currently serving as Aide to the President of Rotary International (2018 – 2019).
John considers the most rewarding aspects of his many years in Rotary to be the opportunity to participate in the PolioPlus National Immunization Days in India, his medical missions to Ternopil, Ukraine and his multiple humanitarian trips to the Caribbean. John continues to initiate, write and assist with Foundation Matching Grants on a yearly basis, including visiting the project sites.
John has received numerous awards for his Rotary Service including the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service, the Distinguished Service Award the Rotary International Service above Self Award and was recognized in 1999 as the District 6960 Rotarian of The Decade. Additionally, Cindy, an Honorary Rotarian, has received the Rotary International Service Above Self Award for Spouses.
John and Cindy have three daughters, Jessica, Stephanie and Amanda and one granddaughter. He has served as Chairman of the Board for the Naples YMCA and as a Board Member for the Boy Scouts of America, Shelter for Abused Women and Naples Girls Sports Foundation.