Mark Pillar

I am delighted and honored to be the team leader for District 6580’s GSE visit to District 9570 in Australia.  Our thoughts and prayers have been with you since your recent disasters.

My wife, Linda, and I have lived in Columbus, Indiana since 1991. I entered the U.S. Air Force in 1971 after graduating from the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana.  Linda and I met there but never dated each other. We were married in 1974. I stayed on active duty in the Air Force till 1978. At that time I entered the Air Force Reserve from which I retired in 2008 after 37 total years of service. Over that time period I commanded a flying squadron, operations group and was vice-commander of two wings and a numbered Air Force. My last assignment was working in Air Force Acquisitions in the Pentagon. I retired as a Major General.

Also in 1978, I was hired by Delta Air Lines. I continued both careers until 2005 when I retired from Delta as an International Boeing 767-ER Captain. I have flown all over the world (except for Australia) in various types of aircraft and have nearly 23,000 hours of flying time.

Linda and I have 2 grown children: Matt, 29, and Lacey, 26. Matt works locally and lives at home. Lacey married a year and a half ago and lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her husband. Linda and I have traveled extensively and hopefully she will join me when our GSE duties are done. She enjoys quilting, scrapbooking, reading, antique hunting and, of course, antique buying.

I have been a Rotarian for only 4 years because both of my jobs took me out of town. I have been membership chairman for 2 years and also involved with GSE for 2 years. I am an American Red Cross Disaster Volunteer and serve on the local BOD as the Philanthropy Chair. I also serve on the BOD of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and am Vice President of the University of Evansville Alumni BOD. I am also a 32nd Degree Mason.

My hobbies include golf, racquetball, reading, travel and music.

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