On June 21, Sugar Land Rotary installed a new slate of officers for 2017-18 that includes Jim Munnell, President; Margie Connelly, President-Elect; Rebecca Deurlein, Vice-President, Lerleen Hawkins, Secretary; Raleigh Bailes, Jr., Treasurer; Sergeant-at-Arms, Tabb Dye, and Rick Smith, Past-President. The newly installed Rotary president, Jim Munnell, thanked all of the club members and especially Rick Smith who served as president the past year. Under Smith's leadership, the club received an award as the No. 1 Medium-sized Club in District 5890.
"Rotary’s theme for this year is 'Making a Difference' and as your new president, I am honored and humbled to stand before you and accept the role of leadership of our fantastic club and to be leading this club as we celebrate 30 years of Women in Rotary," said Munnell.
Others serving on the Rotary leadership team in 2017-19 include: Community Service, Christine Harrigan; Vocational Service, Todd Breton; Club Service, Michelle Royster; International Service, Ward Pendleton; Youth Service, Jay Harris; and Director-Membership, Darla Fanta.
Jim Munnell joined Sugar Land Rotary in 2002, when Jeff Tallas was President, and Past-President David Shaw was his sponsor. Munnell served on the Sugar Land Rotary Foundation Board of Directors, on the Rotary Board, Co-Chaired the organization's annual fundraiser - the Fall Classic, Co-Chaired the website committee, and served as President-Elect before becoming the club's new president
He currently co-owns the BJM Associates, Inc dba Blue Jungle Marketing, and Embroidecor in Stafford, Texas. Formerly, he owned an international consulting business, served as vice president of sales for a technology company, and spent 27 years in the Coca-Cola bottling business as a senior officer and equity partner in Philadelphia, PA. Prior to his beverage career, he was in the hospitality industry with a major US hotel chain.
Munnell is a graduate of Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY and did his post graduate studies at Penn State University. He has been active in Junior Achievement, served as vice-chairman of the Camden County chapter of the American Red Cross, chairman of the Coca-Cola Bottlers’ Association, former management board member of Teamsters local 676. He has also coached youth soccer and baseball is an active Little League Baseball Umpire. Memberships include the First Colony BNI, SGIA (Specialty Graphics and Imaging Association), Advertising Specialties Institute, PPAI, HPPA, Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance.
He and his wife and business partner, Becky Munnell, reside in Sugar Land, Texas. They have two sons, Benjamin and Michael. Leisure time is spent boating, skiing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.