District Governor Milton Wheeler Born in Mobile, Alabama, Milton Wheeler moved to District 6840 in 1957 to attend William Carey University, where he earned a B.A. degree and a national Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, underwriting full expenses to any graduate school in America.He chose to stay in the district and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. at Tulane University.He
returned to his
alma mater where he
has taught forty-three years on the Hattiesburg, Gulfport and New Orleans campuses.
Rotary came into Milton's life in 1971.He was a member of the district's original Group Study Exchange Team to Australia.He
fell in love with Roary.On returning home he
discovered that his
classification (higher education) was full in the Hattiesburg club.In fact,there was a waiting list, what with two colleges in town.Not to be detered, a new club was formed in 1971, Petal, to accomodate a thousand classifications.A charter member of the Rotary Club of Petal, Milton has maintained a perfect attendance for thirty-five years.
On the district level, Milton
served for fourteen years as Group Study Exchange Chariman.In this capacity he
second GSE tour, this time to India as the Rotarian leader.In 2002 he
taught for four months in Russia, in eleven universities in eight cities, as a Rotary University Teacher Grantee.During Rotary's Centennial year he was Zone Coordinator for Rotary Literacy Projects.For the last seven years he has served as director of orienation for outgoing ambassadorial scholars.His high water mark in Rotary came in 1989-90 when he served as district governor.
The international theme that year was the simple and easy, "Enjoy Rotary!".And enjoy Rotary he
and the district did, setting records for conference attendance, 100% at PETS, 100% at District Assembly and 100% of clubs at district conference.Milton
wife, Donna, who are in their fifth decade of marriage, have seven Paul Harris fellowhsips.He
is a benefactor to The Rotary Foundation
.An avid traveler and student of international affairs, Milton
has led 82 tours to Europe, 14 to Israel and Egypt, 10 to Australia and New Zealand and too many to count to the U.S., Canada, and Latin America.He
is a devotee of baseball and has a baseball park named for him at William Carey University
has a weekly television program on Hattiesburg's Cable Six that has featured historic backgrounds for 31 years.For 20 years he served on the executive board of the Mississippi Historical Society.With the passing of his dear friend,Governor-elect Ray Hymel of Belle Chasse, Milton accepted the district's challenge to be governor for a rare second time.
has dedicated the year as a memorial to Ray and has offered the distict a challenge.