District Overview

WELCOME TO ROTARY INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT 7545

District 7545, formed July 1, 2019 from former West Virginia Rotary Districts 7530 (northern West Virginia) and 7550 (southern West Virginia) encompasses 55 clubs in West Virginia.

Former District 7550 covered southern West Virginia (from Huntington and Kenova on the Kentucky border on the west, through Charleston, south to Bluefield on the Virginia border, then east through White Sulfur Springs) with over 1,100+ members and 26 clubs. The District was established in 1915.

District 7530 (northern half of West Virginia (WV)) was one of the smallest Districts in terms of the number of clubs and members in all of Rotary International (RI). The District was comprised of 29 energetic Clubs (including our E-Club) with 1,100+ members. This is a District of small, rural Clubs; 68% of the clubs have less than 41 members. Rotary started in northern West Virginia in 1915, with the chartering of the Wheeling Club.

With the consolidation of our two districts, we are now over 2,000 members strong… working every day through “Service Above Self” to Connect the World of community leaders, not just from our own communities and across West Virginia, but to communities on all continents, spanning world-wide into many cultures and occupations.


 

Explore Our Rotary Clubs

The heart of Rotary is our Clubs — dedicated people who share a passion for community service, networking, and friendship. Clubs now have the flexibility to meet whenever and wherever their members feel may be best suited for their particular club. Some meet for breakfast, some for lunch, some for dinner, and some even meet virtually. You can find our club meeting times in this web site. If you’re looking for clubs in a specific region, use our interactive map.

Develop Leadership Skills

Whether you’re a student, starting your career, mid-career, or even newly retired, there are many ways Rotary can help you become a better leader and a better person through service. We have many programs on the District level that aim to build leadership. There is RYLA, RLI, New Generations Service & Youth Exchange… the options are endless! From college scholarships to our renowned Peace Fellowships, Rotary supports the educational aspirations of thousands of future leaders. Rotary gives you the opportunity to exchange ideas and your world view while exploring the world through our global network. 

We Are People of Action

Help us create lasting change in communities across West Virginia and around the world. We’re committed to taking on some of the world’s most pressing challenges. By helping to change your community by volunteering on a local project, you’ll learn what it takes to be a Rotarian. We partner with groups of all sizes to accomplish what needs to be done.

Are you Ready?

Ready to make history with us? Get involved? Become a member? Contact us to start your Rotary Journey! Contact our Membership Co-Chairs today! We are neighbors, community leaders, and global citizens uniting for the common good.


 

ROTARY’S HISTORY

Our 1.2 million-member organization started with the vision of one man—Paul P. Harris.  The Chicago attorney formed one of the world’s first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, on February 23, 1905, as a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.

Our Ongoing Commitment
Rotarians have not only been present for major events in history—we’ve been a part of them.  From the beginning, three key traits have remained strong throughout Rotary:

  • We’re truly international. Only 16 years after being founded, Rotary had clubs on six continents.  Today we’re working together from around the globe both digitally and in-person to solve some of our world’s most challenging problems.
  • We persevere in tough times. During WWII, Rotary clubs in Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, and Japan were forced to disband.  Despite the risks, many continued to meet informally and following the war’s end, Rotary members joined together to rebuild their clubs and their countries.
  • Our commitment to service is ongoing. We began our fight against polio in 1979 with a project to immunize 6 million children in the Philippines.  By 2015, only two countries remain polio-endemic — down from 125 in 1988.