He was vice president of the Last Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America and received the Silver Beaver Award.
A Rotarian since 1979, he has served as RI director, Rotary Foundation trustee vice chair, International Assembly moderator, committee chair, Permanent Fund national adviser, regional Rotary Foundation coordinator and as aide to the 2006-07 RI President William B. Boyd. In 2011 Ron was chair of the New Orleans Convention committee.
Ron has received the RI Service Above Self Award and the Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award and International Service Award for a Polio-Free World.
He and his wife, Jetta also a Rotarian, have two children and three grandchildren.
"This is an exciting time to be a Rotarian," Burton says. "I believe we are well poised to capitalize on our strengths as we embrace the RI Strategic Plan and the Future Vision Plan. My vision is to have every Rotarian appreciate what it means to be a Rotarian. With these two tools, we can make that happen."
Burton believes that Rotary's promotion of high ethical standards is one of the qualities that sets it apart from other organizations. "It assures those dealing with us that we can be trusted," he says. "Most of us are in a business or profession that already has a code of ethics. Vocational service in Rotary just adds to that responsibility. We have an obligation to go above and beyond to make sure that all our actions are above reproach."
Ron and Jetta attended the District 9970 Conference in Nelson in 2008, where Ron served as R.I. President Wilf Wilkinson’s Personal Representative.
District 9970 Inc.
With all proceeds to the Rotary Foundation Wednesday 10 October 2012 6.00pm for 6.30pm start
Venue: Hotel Ashburton, Racecourse Road, Ashburton
Hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Ashburton and Ashburton Plains
Cost $50.00 per head
Registration essential by Wednesday 26 September 2012 to
David Henson, Rotary Club of Ashburton (03 3078970)
Payment required with RSVP By Direct Credit: With reference Surname and Rotary Club to the -
Rotary Club of Ashburton
Account No 03-1903-0033553-10
Or by Cheque: With reference Surname and Rotary Club with cheques payable to the- Rotary Club of Ashburton
C/- David Henson