Chuck Fitzgerald

Chuck Fitzgerald, Rotary Club of Peoria, AZ USA

Chuck Fitzgerald currently serves as the Sergeant at Arms for the Arizona House of Representatives where his primary task is to “maintain decorum and civility” on the chamber floor. Before this appointment, he served as the Executive Director of Vineyard Community Charities which supports the poor and vulnerable in Phoenix and its surrounding communities.

Chuck previously served as the Director of the Governor’s Office of Faith and Community Partnerships for the State of Arizona where he led the state’s faith initiatives, including ArizonaSERVES, and served as a member of Arizona’s Human Trafficking Council. He is the founder of the Children’s Heart Gallery (www.childrensheartgallery.org) which has found forever adoptive homes for hundreds of children in Arizona’s foster care system, and he is the founder of Arizona Blue Ribbon which honors and celebrates Arizona foster and kinship families. Before working for the state, Chuck spent over twenty years as a sales professional specializing in custom software solutions for large call centers.

When not at work, Chuck can be found in the community helping others. He has facilitated the Arizona Faith Council (www.godenriches.org) for over twelve years and has co-led the West Valley Human Services Alliance (www.wvhsa.org) for fifteen years. He serves as a regional First Things First councilmember, the advisory board Chair for ASU’s Center for Child Wellbeing, a director for Goldensun Peace Ministries, and an executive committee member of the Glendale Strong Family Network. He has previously served on many local nonprofit boards, including Neighborhood Ministries, 2-1-1 Arizona, CityServe Arizona, Communities in Schools, Leadership West, and Shoebox Ministries. 

Chuck is a long-time member of the Peoria Rotary Club, and has served as a Board member of the Rotary Ethics Initiative (now part of the Rotarian Action Group for Peace) and served as a Board Member of the Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery. He is the convener of an Annual Arizona Water Summit which connects funding with water projects throughout the world, and he has served as the Dean of Arizona’s Rotary Leadership Academy. He has sponsored four Rotary Clubs while remaining a member in Peoria. Chuck served as a Rotary International District Governor in 2014-2015 and has received Rotary’s prestigious “Service Above Self” award.

Chuck is the founder of the Peoria Peace Initiative (www.peoriapeaceinitiative.org) which “Creates Space to Explore Peace” within public schools and throughout the community. A recent project provided a “Quiet Room” at the City of Phoenix Police Department’s 911 call center for use by operators who need to reset and refresh following traumatic calls.

Chuck believes peace starts in one’s heart and spreads from there into all personal relationships (family, friends, colleagues, etc.). Chuck also believes every act of service to others creates peace, and he tries to live by Psalm 34:14 which states, “Turn from evil, and do good. Seek peace and pursue it.” Chuck is the founder of the annual Pursuing Peace Conference (www.pursuingpeace.org) which elevates the conversation of peace in government, education, and business organizations. He is a sought-after public speaker on the topics of serving the vulnerable and impoverished, building the capacity of the community, and peace.

Chuck and his wife Susan have lived in Peoria since 1992 and are active members of Vineyard Church North Phoenix. They have three adult children, six grandchildren, and a rescued Maltipoo named Oliver.

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