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Linda is a member of the Richland Rotary Club in Richland, Washington.  She and Jim joined the club in 2009.  She served as President in 2014-15, was on the Board of Directors the preceding three years, and was an active Richland Rotarian.  She has served as Area 10 Assistant Governor since 2017, and is in her final year in this position.  She is serving as District Governor's Chief of Staff for 2019-20.
 
Linda and Jim are Triple Crown donors - Major Donor, Paul Harris Society Donor, and Bequest Society members.  Their generous giving reflect a belief that they can't solve the world problems individually, but through the might of the Rotary Foundation they are making a huge difference in the world.
 
A native of Lima, Ohio, Linda received Bachelors degrees in Education and Geology from Indiana University, and a Masters in Geology from Southern Illinois University.  She started her career in Grand Junction, CO doing a National Uranium Resource Evaluation with Bendix Field Engineering Corp.  In 1981 she began her 20 year career with the U.S. Department of Energy.  Her assignments included finding and characterizing a site for the storage of high level nuclear waste from commercial reactors, and managing environmental cleanup efforts at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina.  In the mid-90's she received a senior executive appointment to oversee the environmental cleanup at the Hanford site in SE Washington.  She retired in 2001 to the good life of travel, golf, grandkids, and volunteer work.
 
Linda and Jim met when she accepted the Senior Executive position at Hanford.  They were married in 1996 and formed a blended family with five kids in middle school and high school.  Those five have now expanded the family to include eight grandchildren, all of whom are the most talented and smartest kids in the universe.  The Bauers are avid travelers and relish their home stays through three travel clubs, including Rotary's International Travel and Hosting Fellowship.  They golf around the world.  Linda also is a proficient quilter and loves disappearing into her Mom cave.
 
Their December days are filled with Santa and Mrs. Claus visits.  They appear around the community for a donation to charity, and last Christmas raised $8.000 for their local non-profits.  They serve on the Board of Rebuilding Mid-Columbia, a group that provides home repairs and wheelchair rams for their needy neighbors.  Both sing with the marvelous Mid-Columbia MasterSingers symphonic choir and the Shalom UCC choir.  Linda was on the Board of Habitat for Humanity Tri Cities for seven years, serving a term as President.  She led numerous Habitat teams around the world, as well as hurricane relief teams to the Gulf Coast through their church.