Don Short

Trustee & Country Director – East Africa


Trustee & Africa projects Director Don Short, now living in Winchester, was born in the Hampshire village of Curdridge and educated at Peter Symonds School, Winchester. On completing five years in Articles, training as an Accountant, he joined the family Construction business, retiring in 1997 to pursue his great interest in the work of Rotary International. He remains in part-time employment as Chairman of a Property Management company. Don and Rosemary were married in 1959 and have two surviving children and four grandchildren. For many years Hon. Treasurer of the YMCA National Centre in Hampshire, Don has been involved as Chairman or Treasurer of many local organisations, sporting and charitable. A keen sportsman, playing Cricket and Squash into his late fifties, Don now enjoys a game of darts, nine pin bowling or even a game of snooker, despite losing sight in one eye. Don is a founder member (1974) and Past President of Hamble Valley Rotary Club. He has served District 1110 as Group Study Exchange Chairman, International Service Chairman, Conference Chairman and Governor. In 1995 he represented District 1110 at the Council on Legislation in Venezuela. In 1998 and again in 1999 he served Rotary International as a Group Discussion Leader at Anaheim, has served on several RI Committees and represented the RI President at District conferences on four occasions. International work has predominated throughout his forty-two years in Rotary, serving on the RIBI International Service committee, 1992/95, and as Inter-country liaison officer for Sub-Saharan Africa. Don’s involvement with the Rotary Jaipur Limb Project began in 1986 and, as a trustee, when it became a registered charity in 1995. He was founder chairman of the Management Committee (1997-2003) and has been Africa Projects Director since 1997, establishing a further 17 permanent workshops. He was also responsible for establishing the workshop, hostel and training centre in Haiti following the devastating earthquake there in 2010.