Dell Goodwin, 2022–2023 Governor
Rotary International District 6880
Dr. Adell S. (Dell) Goodwin was born and raised in Camden, Alabama, and her family later moved to Dothan, Alabama. Dell received her undergraduate degrees, master’s in Learning Disabilities and Administration, and AA Educational Specialist from Troy University. She received her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Sarasota. In her 39 years with Dothan City Schools, she served as a Special Education teacher, Program Specialist, and Personal Assistant to the Director of Elementary Curriculum, retiring as as Director of Personnel Services. She is currently is the Executive Director of the Alabama Association of School Personnel Administrators and on the board for the National American Association of School Personnel Administrators.
Dell has served on various professional organizations and community boards: American Cancer Society, LifeSouth, United Way, American Heart Association, Dothan Education Foundation Board, Delta Kappa Gamma, and Wiregrass Rehabilitation Center Board. She currently serves on several community boards, including the Dothan Houston County Intellectual Disabilities Board and the Executive Board for the Vaughn-Blumberg Center.
Dell joined the Dothan Rotary Club in September 1996, serving in various areas of responsibility and leadership on club, district, and international levels. On the club level, she was involved in these service projects: White Elephant Sale, Salvation Army Bell Ringers, Senior Citizen Luncheon, Foster Children, Adopt A School, Dictionary Project, Food Bank, Scholarships, 4-H Watches, Habitat for Humanity, PolioPlus, and Rotary Foundation Program. She has served in the following leadership roles: Club Secretary, Vice- President, President Elect, President, and Immediate Past President. She also served on the committee for the construction of the Dothan Rotary Miracle Field and Playground. Dell has written and received several local grants. She served on the Dothan Rotary 100th Anniversary Celebration Committee and coordinated activities for Past Rotary International President John Germ during his visit as keynote speaker.
In District 6880, Dell has served as district secretary and been involved with PETS Training, district midyear and annual meetings, Local District Grant Selection Committee, District Global Grant Committee, District Governor Selection Committee, and District Awards Committee. She attended the Martin Stewart Project “kick-off’ building project in Greensboro. She attended the District ceremonial tree planting on the Capitol grounds with other District 6880 Rotarians and Governor Ivey to fulfill the challenge of RI President for every Rotarian to plant a tree. She served as the Rotary District 6880 Mid-Year Conference Event Coordinator for 2018.
On the international level, the Dothan Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Slough, England have had an ongoing “matching club” partnership since 1964. This “Rotary Friendship Exchange” is an international exchange program for Rotary members and their families that builds relationships that have also led to international projects through the years. Dell attended the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta in 2017 and just recently attended the Rotary International Convention in Houston.
The Dothan Rotary Club received the Presidential Citation and several Rotary District 6880 Awards the year she was president. Dell is a Paul Harris Fellow plus three and was honored to receive the Harry P. Hall Meritorious Achievement Award for 2017–2018, the highest individual award in District 6880. She recently received the individual District Award for Avenues of Service Citation for outstanding efforts in the five avenues of Rotary service for 2021–2022. She has attended the Rotary Summit for Zones 30 & 31 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and also participated in the Emerging Leaders Seminar.
An important aspect of Dell’s life is family, including her husband of 49 years, Tim, whom she met in the dining hall at Troy University, a daughter and son-in-law, a son, and an adorable granddaughter and three grand-doggies. Dell and Tim are members of Covenant United Methodist Church. When she is not working, she loves reading, traveling, the beach, spending time with family, learning, and Rotary! Dell is excited and honored to serve as the District Governor for District 6880.