Bruce McNeal, 2021–2022 Governor
Rotary International District 6880
Harry Bruce McNeal is a life-long resident of Dothan, Alabama, and has been very active in his community in both professional and volunteer capacities. Bruce retired from the Dothan Fire Department at the rank of Battalion Chief after 20 years of service and retired from Southeast Alabama Medical Center as Director of Safety and Prehospital Outreach after 29 years of service. He holds a B.S. degree in Safety Engineering.
Bruce served as Executive Director of Wiregrass MAST (Military Assistance to Safety and Traffic, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides air transport of sick and injured civilian population by military helicopters) for 30 years. Bruce has previously served as Red Cross Field Service Chair for the Southern half of Alabama; Chairman of Wiregrass Chapter of the American Red Cross for 6 years; Red Cross Disaster Chair and Action Team Member; City of Dothan Planning Commissioner for 2 years; City of Dothan EMS Committee for 4 years; Dothan–Houston County Emergency Management Agency Emergency Operations Center POD Coordinator for 10 years. He has provided support activities for the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine in Dothan. Bruce has been active in his community as a Sunday School teacher, deacon, member of the Church Finance Committee, and RA Teacher, has participated in church medical missions to Jamaica, and has volunteered with the United Way and American Heart Association. In addition, he continues to serve on the board of directors of the Regional EMS Agency (SEAEMS) and as the medical advisor for the Dothan Fire Department. Bruce currently serves on the board of trustees for The Southeast Health Foundation.
Bruce has been a Dothan Rotary Club member since 1998 and served it as president in 2007–2008; he is a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow. He has proudly served his club as historian for six years and New Member Involvement Chair for 3 years; he coordinated Club Group Study Exchange activities for five years, coordinated Dothan Rotary Club’s 501(c)(3) initiative, and is active in the club’s successful initiative in completing a one-million-dollar Miracle Field for handicapped individuals and six hundred-thousand-dollar Miracle Playground initiative.
Bruce is serving as president of Dothan Rotary Miracle Field Foundation for a second time and spearheading $120,000 fund-raising initiatives for repairs of Miracle Field and Playground. He wrote a Water Grant for Panama Water Project, receiving a $20,000 grant from Rotary International; coordinated the club’s matching grant portion ($15,000) for Panama Bridge Project; and served as a board member for Dothan Rotary Children’s Foundation. Bruce was excited to serve on Dothan Rotary’s 100th Anniversary Celebration Committee and was instrumental in developing a historical book for Dothan Rotary’s 100th Anniversary.
Bruce was honored to serve as District 6880 Rotary Foundation Annual Fund Chair for 2 years, District 6880 Disaster Chair for 2 years, and District 6880 Assistant Governor for three years and has served on the District Governor Search Committee. He wrote the Malone Family Foundation Grant for the district-wide Dictionary Project for 5 years ($250,000)and coordinated the project for four years. He also served as PETS faculty for four years and has served as instructor for District Rotary Leadership Institute. Bruce was flattered to be honored as the recipient of District 6880 Harry Hall Meritorious Achievement Award in 2011 and the Doug Barber Award in 2008.
Bruce has served as the District Paul Harris Society Chair and the District Taipei RI Convention Coordinator. Following terms as District Governor Nominee and District Governor Elect for District 6880 in 2019–2020 and 2020–2021, Bruce is humbled and honored to be serving as Rotary District 6880 District Governor for 2021–2022.
Bruce is married to Angela Jones McNeal. They are members of First Baptist Church in Dothan and have 4 children. Michelle is a project manager in Franklin, Tennessee; Jonathan, a neurosurgeon in Dothan; Joseph, Director of Emergency Services at Southeast Health; and Josh works in Volunteer Services at Southeast Health. Rounding out the family are 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.