Zachary Rotarian Francis Nezianya accepted the nomination to become Rotary’s District 6200 governor for 2016-17 during the district’s annual convention held March 31 to April 1 in Lake Charles.

Nezianya gave an acceptance speech at the conference, presented his budget and outlined his goals for District 6200, though he won’t take office until July along with Vice Gov. Lin Broussard, of Lafayette, who was awarded a key to the city of Zachary by Mayor David Amrhein.

“The key is an honorary way of thanking Rotary for allowing Zachary to be the host city for the 2017 Rotary District 6200 conference,” Amrhein said.

Nezianya said his goal while in office is to reach a total of 3,000 Rotary Club members within the next three years. Currently, District 6200 has 2,600 members, he said.

A promotional three-minute video about Zachary was shown to conference attendees, promoting the community’s assets.

“We have an exciting fun-filled conference awaiting you, including a visit to an authentic blues tavern, an opportunity to play golf at a world class club and a chance to watch water ski performances at one of the top water ski schools in the nation,” said Zachary Rotarian James Castello, the 2017 conference committee chairman.

As Rotary’s district governor, Nezianya is required to visit all 49 clubs during 2016-17, meet with other district governors throughout the year and participate in international exchanges.

He also has had to participate in intense classroom training.

As the home club of the district governor, the Zachary Rotary Club will receive a special banner to display while Nezianya holds office.

“I’m very honored, humbled and excited at the opportunity,” said Nezianya, who holds office as a Zachary city councilman as well.