Temecula Sunrise Rotary Club will welcome Joe Ramos to speak about NASA, June 16

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Joe Ramos, a past district governor of Rotary Club District 5330, will speak at Temecula Sunrise Rotary, June 16, about his experience working at NASA for 34 years. Valley News/Courtesy photo

TEMECULA – The Temecula Sunrise Rotary Club will welcome as its featured speaker, Joe Ramos, a past district governor of Rotary District 5330, at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 16. The club is currently meeting online via Zoom, and guests are welcome. Ramos worked at NASA for 34 years. Anyone who is interested in hearing his story should request the link to the meeting that morning by contacting Marti Treckman at martimusician@verizon.net.

Ramos was born in Manila, Philippines, to American parents with Spanish heritage in January 1946. His parents moved to San Francisco on his fifth birthday in January 1951. He grew up in San Francisco, leaving after graduating from the University of San Francisco, and he married Jeanne Nelson Sawaya, his college sweetheart of four years, in August 1968.

Ramos retired in 2001 as associate center director of the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center in California. This was a federal senior executive service position managing the research, development, test and evaluation of next generation aerospace technology. He retired after 34 years of engineering and scientific research and management for NASA, the Pentagon’s Office of the Secretary of Defense in Washington and the U.S. Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base.

During this period, he also served 10 years as an adjunct professor for several California universities teaching engineering and business management courses. He graduated from the University of San Francisco in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in physics, and in 1973 he earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering at the University of Southern California. In 1982, Ramos graduated from Stanford University as a SLOAN Fellow, with a master’s degree in management.

Ramos has been married for 45 years. Jeanne Ramos retired in 1996 after 30 years in banking. Her last position was vice president of special assets at First American Bank of Virginia. They have two children and six grandchildren. The Ramoses moved to Lake Arrowhead in 2003 and said they wanted to give back to the community after retirement, so they joined Rotary in 2004, along with several other local volunteer organizations. Joe Ramos became club president of the Rotary Club of Lake Arrowhead in 2007-2008 and was awarded “Best Club in the District.”

He immediately began his many district level positions as assistant governor of the mountain clubs in 2008-2010, chair of the 2009 District Conference in San Diego, chair of the Presidents’ Advance/PrePETS in 2010, chair of the district administration from 2009-2010, executive assistant governor in 2011-2012 and has been a member of many other district committees, both before serving as district governor and since.

Submitted by Temecula Sunrise Rotary Club.