Posted by Wes Brooks on Jul 23, 2018
District Governor Ken Thompson has been a Rotarian since 2000, serving as President of Rotary Club of Slidell in 2008-2009. He was chairman of the Slidell Heritage Festival for three years, a joint venture between the Rotary Clubs of Slidell and Slidell Northshore.  He has participated in ten Matching and Global Grants and traveled five times to Mexico to immunize children against polio.
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He has served as Global Grants Chair, Deputy Governor, LA Territories, and District International Service Director. He served for four years as District Newsletter Editor and District Website Manager and has participated in the last six President Elect Training Seminars. He is a ShelterBox Ambassador and serves on staff at the annual training in Texas for new Ambassadors. He is a Major Donor, a Bequest Society member, a Paul Harris Society member, and a Benefactor.
 In May 2015, he returned from a US—Russia Friendship Exchange program in western Russia and spoke on his experiences at an international conference in Houston. He also participated in Friendship Exchanges to New England in September 2015, and to New Zealand (North Island) in April 2018. He has hosted four Rotary Youth Exchange Students and is active in Kairos Prison Ministries.
Ken spent most of his working career as a Petroleum Engineer and Engineering Supervisor, working along the Gulf Coast in Texas and Louisiana, and offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. He has also worked as a financial representative and stockbroker.His wife Paula and he have one daughter, Kathryn, who lives in Arizona.