Posted on Feb 22, 2018

Judy Romann has been a member of the Bainbridge Island club since 2014, but has been a Rotarian since 1998. In addition to her construction management career, Judy continues to find ways to help provide dignified housing solutions to people who would not otherwise have it.

MEMBER CAPITAL: Judy Romann
by Ann Warman

 
Long-time Rotarian, Judy Romann graduated from Interlake High School in Bellevue WA and earned her degree in Civil Engineering from MIT with a concentration in Construction Engineering and Project Management. She spent 26 years of her career in the San Francisco area, and in 1998, joined the Rotary Club of Oakland #3, an organization with over 300 members and a hundred years of service.
 
During the ten years Judy was an Oakland Club member (1998 - 2008), she served on the Board of Directors and headed up various committees, including the House Building Committee which provided vocational education for youth. Her building committee's solid reputation was reinforced by the Rotarians that served it: community established architects, lawyers, builders.
 
During Judy's first year chairing the House Building Committee, an MOU (Memo of Understanding) was confirmed between the City and the Community College District to build homes for those in need through the school's building construction training program. The City provided the land and sold it at $1  per square foot to the Oakland Rotary Club, transferring the title to the Club.
 
Architectural students in a high school program submitted designs to the Rotary House Building committee, and an Architect on the committee selected the winning student design. From this plan, the homes were built.
 
The building instructor at the Community College served as the contractor for the project. Each home construction took the college educational programs 2-3 years to build, with students rotating through the hands-on work as part of their curriculum. The club acted as financial agent, paying for the construction costs.
 
When the homes were complete, each was sold by lottery, priced at 80% of the appraised value, to applicants approved by the City of Oakland's first-time homebuyer program. The proceeds of the sale went back into the Rotary's building fund.
 
Titles to the homes included a 10-year covenant such that if the original owner sold the home, the profits would be returned to the fund. This successful partnership between the city, local educational institutes, and the community's Rotary Club continues to this day, serving as a superb example of a self-sustaining Rotary project helping those in need.
 
In 2008, Judy moved back to Washington to be closer to her aging parents and siblings and joined our Bainbridge Club in 2014.
 
In addition to her construction management career, Judy continues to find ways to help provide dignified housing solutions to people who would not otherwise have it. She is currently working with her church on an initiative to convert church-owned lands into affordable homes. She also works with the Auction Green Team to recycle and limit landfill, and to channel recyclable housewares to those in need.
 
Judy cherishes the friendships and social events that enliven our club. She invites lunch engagements, social events, and outings - do not hesitate to give her a call.