District Governor Elect Abbas Rajabi 2017-2018
Abbas Rajabi, an America by choice, grew up in Hamadan, Iran in a large family. His passion for education brought him to the United States where he pursued a degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas in Arlington, TX. After working at several large companies Abbas decided that his entrepreneurial spirit was too strong to deny. He began several small businesses in Texas, South Carolina and then Colorado while also building a family. His current company specializes in commercial real estate, development and technology.
Abbas has a great passion for service. As tragedies erupted around the world, Abbas channeled the power of his Rotary family to help those in need. His passion for education inspired him to create “Pencils for Peace” - a program that gave school supplies to Afghan children. He was involved in remodeling numerous orphanages in Mexico and making a trip to Thailand to help victims of the 2004 Tsunami. After the 9/11 Abbas arranged a fundraiser for the benefit of the brave NYFD firefighters and took a check to the New York City Rotary club. At the height of the housing crisis, Abbas coordinated the efforts to help families in east Colfax area motels buy much needed food and gifts during the holiday season. When Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy and the tornados in Joplin, Missouri happened, Abbas was quick to organize his club and the Rotary District to help those in need. Most recently Abbas served on the District’s Flood Relief Committee, fundraising for victims of the 2013 Boulder flood. In 2002-2003 he was named District 5450’s Rotarian of the Year, and remains a committed Rotarian after over 25 years.
Abbas is married to Sami Rajabi who he met in Iran while in high school; their first big adventure together was having Sami join Abbas in the United States over 42 years ago. She keeps their business running with her financial acumen and passion for a successful family business. Sami and Abbas are also Paul Harris Fellows. Together they have four children and two grandchildren, and love spending time traveling, reading, boating, watching films, grilling on the back deck and hosting their friends for fun, food and fellowship!