Barry Cavan, 2016–2017 Governor
Rotary International District 6880
Barry began his Rotary relationship in the mid-1970s when he joined the Montgomery Rotary Club. In 1995 he helped charter the Montgomery Sunrise Rotary Club. Over his many years in Rotary, Barry has served both his club and the district. He has served on all the club’s committees and was president of the club in 2007–2008. As chairman of the fundraising committee, he created the Commitment to Service Roast and Recognition Event. This event is now in its tenth year. He was a charter member of the Montgomery Sunrise Foundation and served as its first chairman. He was named the District 6880 Outstanding Club President in 2007–2008.
On a district level, Barry has served as Assistant Governor and Governor’s Aide. He has worked district-wide with Interact Clubs. He has chaired the District Simplified Grants Committee and served as District Grants Subcommittee chair. He has attended Rotary Leadership Institute, PETS, Training the Trainers, and the Emerging Rotary Leaders Training Seminar at the Rotary Institute 2013 Zone 30 & 31. Barry is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow.
A native Floridian, Barry moved to Alabama in 1966. Barry began his first career with Easter Seals Alabama in 1973. He retired after 31 years. His second career began in 2006 as the Director of Catholic Social Services Montgomery.
Barry is an active member of St. Bede the Venerable Catholic Church He has served his parish on the Pastoral Council including as its chairman. He has chaired the Catholic Charities Drive for his parish and speaks annually at various parishes for this appeal. He has also served on the St. Bede School Board. He is a Eucharistic minister. Barry married the former Joan Walker of Montgomery. They have three daughters: Kathleen, an audiologist working with school systems in Georgia; Kristin, Project Manager—Implementations with CareFusion; and Kelly, Senior Marketing Manager for TechTronic Industries. They have two granddaughters, Emma and Anna, and three grandsons, Cavan, Luke, and Jack (John Bradford)
Barry serves on the Seton Haven Management Board and Catholic Housing Authority of Montgomery, having previously served as chairman. He serves on the FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter Program Local Board and the Montgomery Area Food Bank Board. He is also a Board member with the Mid Alabama Coalition for the Homeless. He serves on the Alabama Association for Non Profits Board.