Elise Hereth
District Governor Elect, District 7150
Merle “Elise” Hereth lives in Sherrill, NY and is a member of the Vernon Verona Sherrill Community Rotary Club. She grew up in southern New Jersey, where her father was a dedicated Rotarian. Elise then attended the University of Florida and earned a B.S degree in Geology. Upon graduation, she was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the USAF. Her second assignment brought her to Griffiss AFB, where she met Chuck Hereth, whom she married. She retired in 2014, at the rank of Colonel having served almost 29 years.
Elise joined Rotary in 2015 and quickly became the Youth Exchange Officer and Counselor. She took on a District role in the YE Committee, while serving as her club’s Vice President and then President for a two- year term. During her second year as President, she became an Assistant Governor. She has enjoyed the three Rotary Leadership Institute courses, and graduate level classes and was a producer for virtual sessions.  She is her club’s Membership Chair and is a Paul Harris Society Fellow and a Polio+ Society Member.
Elise and Chuck have been married for 34 years and they have a son, daughter-in-law, daughter (Rotarian), son-in-law, and grandson. In addition to Rotary, Elise currently works part-time for Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research (NUAIR) Alliance. She serves as a hospital volunteer for the Mohawk Valley Health System and is a past Vice-President of the volunteer board. She has several hobbies including walking, crafts, playing in community bands, and reading.