What do you do when you haven’t been bestowed with musical talent, rhythm, or striking looks by the divine? You retreat to the shadows at the rear of the room, concealed behind an array of expensive equipment, working diligently to enhance the performances of those blessed with God-given abilities. After serving as AV/Production Chair for 3 years, Marshall embarks on a new role at the Zone Summit in 2024, assuming the mantle of Program Chair. In this capacity, he shoulders the responsibility of identifying individuals graced with talent, charged with the task of inspiring and entertaining the summit’s attendees.
Marshall Butler, the 2016-17 District Governor for Rotary 6970, began his Rotary experience as President of the Robert E. Lee High School Interact Club. Marshall became a part of the family of Rotary for the second time on May 29, 2002 when he joined the Rotary Club of West Jacksonville.
During Marshall’s tenure as Governor, Rotary 6970 achieved significant milestones, including hosting its inaugural Million Dollar Dinner, securing the highest net gain in membership across North America, and orchestrating the “100 Acts of Good” public image campaign. Marshall’s personal commitment was exemplified by his participation in the 107-mile Ride to End Polio in Tucson, AZ, which led to Rotary 6970 making the largest District Designated Fund contribution to the End Polio Campaign in the world that year. The year culminated in a district conference, the All Star Conference, attended by over 500 Rotarians who had journeyed from Florida to Atlanta. This conference featured luminaries like RI President John Germ, RI Vice President Jennifer Jones, Rotary General Secretary John Hewko, and the pioneering female President of a Rotary club, Sylvia Whitlock, among others. Subsequently, a week of fellowship ensued at the Rotary International Convention.
Marshall’s commitment to Rotary continued with his role as Rotary Public Image Coordinator for Rotary Zone 34, and he currently serves as the Zone 33-34 Director of Communications. His dedication to the cause has earned him the Citation for Meritorious Service from Rotary International.
Marshall holds a degree in Advertising from the University of Florida School of Journalism. Currently the Director of Marketing for Pragmatic Works, he has harnessed technology and marketing to foster business growth over a career spanning three decades. His hallmark is a ceaseless quest for innovative approaches in every role he undertakes.
Beyond the world of Rotary and marketing, Marshall is an avid athlete, having competed in 20 marathons and numerous triathlons, ranging from sprints to Ironman. Currently, he is in the midst of an ambitious endeavor to run all 14,783 streets in Jacksonville, FL, a project documented at https://every.st. Marshall, alongside his wife Karen, resides in Jacksonville’s Avondale neighborhood. They take pride in their roles as parents to daughters Emily and Maggie and are dedicated members of the Paul Harris Society, PolioPlus Society, and Bequest Society. The Butlers remain active in The Refuge Church, where Marshall humbly occupies the back of the room, using his skills to elevate the performances of those on stage.