Our Nominating Committee has selected Penny Hamel from the Rotary Club of Westford as our District Governor for the Rotary year 2026 - 2027. Penny has been a Rotarian since 1989, has served as Club President, Assistant Governor, co-chair of Bandy Hefler, District Trustee, Chair of District Friendship exchange, District Secretary and is a Paul Harris Fellow. 
Professionally, Penny works in the financial industry and brings more than 20 years of experience to her role as Vice President and Mortgage Loan Officer at U.S. Bank. Penny received her Bachelors of Science degree from Merrimack College, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Throughout her career, she has received many accolades and awards including Massachusetts Housing Originator of the Year in 2013 and 2015, and Northeast Realtor Association Business Partner of the Year in 2007, 2015 & 2022.
Penny volunteers at the Daybreak Shelter in Lawrence, is president of the board of the Psychological Center, serves on the board of the American Lebanese Awareness Association and on the board of the Merrimack Valley Food Bank. She is a member of 100 Women Who Care, and of Polkadot Powerhouse. She also serves as the Eastern MA Rep for the Australian Shepard Rescue. 
Penny brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our leadership team, and we look forward to working with her to grow Rotary and Create Hope in the World