District News and Updates

 

D7545 WELCOMES NEW DISTRICT GOVERNOR

June 20, 2019Shari Messinger, of the Rotary Club of Barboursville, was installed as Rotary International district governor for 2019-20 during a ceremony at Edgewood Country Club on Thursday, June 20.

Messinger will be the first governor of the new District 7545, a unification of Districts 7530 and 7550 in the state of West Virginia. Consisting of 55 clubs (including an online e-club), District 7545 will cover most of the state, excluding the Eastern Panhandle. District 7545 was established as of July 1, the same date Messinger officially took office.

Shari Messinger

“One of my main goals is to strengthen our club members and build great leaders. We have many opportunities to make a difference in our State and the world in which we have the privilege to live. Rotary has experienced business people who are willing to mentor young professionals and willing to learn from our young professionals as well. I want to see more diversity in our membership that reflects our communities.” stated Messinger.

Messinger recently returned from attending Rotary International’s 110th annual convention in Hamburg, Germany.

“The convention, which had over 26,000 Rotarians from 170 countries was a great reminder that Rotary truly is a global network. This is an exciting time for our new district because right away we will welcome Rotary International President Mark Maloney to the World Scout Jamboree being held at The Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jean, West Virginia. President Maloney’s theme for his upcoming year is ‘Rotary Connects the World,’ and what better place to make that connection than in our beautiful state when it is hosting close to 45,000 Scouts, leaders and international staff from around the globe?” Messinger said.

Rotary International’s motto is “Service Above Self” and area Rotary clubs are involved in many service activities at both the local and international levels. The Rotary Club of Barboursville, for example, provides dictionaries to area third-graders and scholarships to seniors and recently made Easter baskets for children in need and helped on a Habitat for Humanity House. They also support the Polio Plus effort to eradicate polio, clean water for Ghana, and educational support for Nicaraguan youth.

Nancy Barbee, RRFC, inducts Shari Messinger as the first District Governor of the new D7545.

Messinger is the owner and president of Resolutions2, a multifaceted women’s center developed to address the needs of all women, particularly those with the very special requirements women have after undergoing significant changes to their bodies due to birth defects and surgery.

A member of the Rotary Club of Barboursville for more than 15 years, Messinger brings a wealth of experience to the role of district governor. She is a Paul Harris Fellow, past president of the Barboursville Club and a Rotary Leadership Institute graduate. She led a Group Study Exchange team to South Korea and participated in a National Immunization Day in India in 2018.

D7545 CLUB ASSEMBLY & GRANT SEMINAR SATURDAY, AUGUST 10

May 3, 2019 – The District Club Assembly will be conducted on Saturday, August 10 at the Days Inn, Flatwoods, WV. The purpose of the district assembly is to train club officers and committee chairs to be more effective in their roles.

Who should attend?
1.     Club Presidents – there are breakout sessions just for you, including interaction with past presidents, zone trainers, and your assistant governors.
2.     Club Foundation Chairs – breakout sessions include understanding the basics of the Foundation and utilizing the Foundation to impact in your community.
3.     Club Membership Chairs – breakout sessions on best practices, membership attraction and engagement.
4.     Club Public Image Chairs – breakout sessions include marketing best practices along with the basics of social media.
5.     Club Secretaries – everything you need to know about DACdb.
6.     Club officers and members – choose from a variety of learning opportunities so that you can better serve your club and community.

The annual District Grant Seminar will be held during the Assembly. More information and agenda will be made available as the date draws nearer.


2019-2020 RI PRESIDENT TO VISIT WV JULY 31

Mark Daniel Maloney, 2019-2020 Rotary International president.

April 10, 2019 – As we look to the new Rotary year beginning, July 1, 2019, it’s time to mark calendars, too! 2019-20 RI President Mark Daniel Maloney will be attending the 24th World Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Mount Hope, WV.

Mark Daniel Maloney, a member of the Rotary Club of Decatur, Alabama, USA, was selected as President of Rotary International for 2019-2020. His presidential theme, logo downloads and Citation brochure may be found here.

“The clubs are where Rotary happens,” says Maloney, an attorney. He aims to support and strengthen clubs at the community level, preserve Rotary’s culture as a service-oriented membership organization, and test new regional approaches for growth.

The 2019 World Scout Jamboree will be held July 22 through August 2, 2019, in the beautiful southern mountains of West Virginia, near Mt. Hope.

Scouts have the opportunity to make lifelong friendships and memories with young people from more than 160 national Scout organizations representing more than 200 nations and territories. Unlike any other youth event, a world Scout Jamboree is a gathering of cultures from around the world for 12 unforgettable days.

Interacters, Rotaractors and Rotarians interested in attending the July 31 event must purchase a World Scout Jamboree visitor pass. Please see https://2019wsj.org/attend/day-visitors/ for more information.

Don’t want to pay the day-use visitor fee? Earn a free pass to the Jamboree by serving as a Jamboree greeter for four hours! Contact Carol McCarthy at designsbycarol@gmail.com for details.

While the Interact gathering will be a no charge event, The Rotaract/Rotary gathering will have a fee to help defray the cost of the event. Cost is $10 to cover light refreshments and a souvenir.

Register for the Rotaractor/Rotarian International Gathering on DACdb / the District 7545 Calendar. https://www.dacdb.com/index.cfm?EventID=77431192

 

 


 

NEW DISTRICT PIN DEBUTS FOR D 7545

 

March 15, 2019 – DGN Sean Jeffrey Sawyer announced today a preliminary sketch of the new District 7545 pin design. District 7545 is the  consolidation of Districts 7530 and 7550, and will come to fruition July 1, 2019.

District leadership from both former districts will approve the design later this year. Approval will be reached by July 1.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A SUCCESSFUL D7545 PETS

March 15, 2019 – President-Elects from around the state convened at Days Inn Suites & Conference Center in Flatwoods, WV for the 2019 Mountaineer PETS  (President-Elect Training Seminar) this weekend.

Over 70 Rotarians from 55 clubs comprising Rotary District 7545 in West Virginia attended the event.

The Presidents-Elect Training Seminar (PETS) is Rotary International’s training program for club Presidents-elect and Assistant Governors. The goal of PETS is to prepare Presidents-elect and Assistant Governors for their upcoming roles in the coming Rotary year.

Through provocative plenary speakers, in-depth breakout sessions, discussions with peers from various clubs, and informal fellowship and networking with other Rotarians, new club leaders learn basic leadership skills to use throughout the new Rotary year that begins July 1.

In November 2018, Rotary International made the decision to combine District 7530 (northern West Virginia) and District 7550 (southern West Virginia), bringing over 2,200 Rotarians under one District – D7545. This year’s PETS was a collaborative effort of the new Rotary District 7545 which now includes 55 clubs from 47 West Virginia counties.

D7545 Governor chain (left to right): David Cooper, DGN 2021-22, DGE 2019-2020 Shari Messinger, RI Director/Zone 33 David Stovall, speaker Kim Waters and DGN 2020-2021 Sean Sawyer.

Rotary International Director (RID) David Stovall traveled to Flatwoods from the Rotary Club of Hall County, Georgia to open the two-day event, speaking to the group on the importance of working together to connect the two districts into one larger and more effective Rotary district to help West Virginia communities.

“A new district brings new opportunities,” Stovall said. “Larger numbers can impact the projects you create on a community and global level. This is the perfect time to think outside of the box… to partner, be creative, to do more good in the world.”

Speaker PDG Kim Waters, accompanying Stovall, stressed that it is vital for all club presidents to serve their club members first.

“A happy club is a healthy club. Without members, you have no club,” she emphasized. “Survey your members. Ask them what they want to do, acknowledge their service, satiate their appetites and know what their passion is in Rotary.”

The afternoon session included an overview of the 2019-2020 Rotary International Presidential Citation and a unique networking activity guided by PDG and District Trainer Terry Mathias from the Rotary Club of Chaleston Vandalia developed to introduce Rotarians from different clubs to each other and find out how their service projects affect their communities.

In his opening comments Mathias told the group, “This is the first time that a Rotary International Director has visited our state,” Mathias said. “This is a great opportunity for new incoming club presidents to network with an RI Director.”

The day session ended with Zone 33 Regional Coordinator, Patrick Eakes, offering to the group applicable membership strategies to improve clubs and service within the community.

After cocktail hour and music by Elkins-based Seth Maynard, a member of the West Virginia Jazz Society, the group gathered for dinner to listen to a compelling and passionate story about the global effectiveness of Rotary and how thinking globally can change a life anywhere in the world, whether it be in this country or abroad.

Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator (RRFC), Nancy Barbee.

Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator (RRFC), Nancy Barbee from District 7730 in North Carolina led the group through her life of learning about Rotary and how she learned about The Rotary Foundation, the funding arm of Rotary that fuels humanitarian projects throughout the world, including the eradication of Polio worldwide.

Since 1985 Rotary members have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio. As of June 2018, Rotary had spent more than $1.8 billion toward global polio eradication, seeking to eliminate the virus in the last three countries where it remains endemic and to ensure that it does not return elsewhere.

Saturday training convened with three breakout sessions covering important Rotary topics:  The Rotary Foundation, Membership Strategies and Public Image.

The Saturday schedule culminated with a parting speech by District Governor-Elect, Shari Messinger of the Rotary Club of Barboursville, who will begin her governorship on July 1, 2019. A graduation ceremony closed out the weekend event with the distribution to each candidate a flag signifying the coming new Rotary year.

District 7545 will be one of the 529 districts worldwide that make up Rotary International, a humanitarian, service-oriented organization that encompasses nearly 1.2 million members. Rotarians provide service to others, promote integrity and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through fellowship of business, professional and community leaders.

For more information on the new Rotary district, visit Facebook at Rotary District 7545. A new district website,  RotaryDistrict7545.org, will launch on July 1, 2019.

For more PETS information, see our followup PETS Newsletter. The 2020 PETS is scheduled for March 27 and 28, 2020 in Flatwoods.

 


 

PETS ANNOUNCED FOR DISTRICT 7545

President-Elect Training Seminar

Days Inn Suites & Conference Center, Flatwoods, WV

February 27, 2019 – DGE 2019/2020 for the new District 7545, Shari Messinger, has announced a new date and location for Mountaineer PETS. The new date is March 15 and 16, 2016.

The Mountaineer PETS will be held at the Days Inn Suites & Conference Center in Flatwoods, WV.

Those who need to attend are President Elects, Assistant Governors, Committee Chair and those who will hold any District office. Any Rotarian who would like to learn more about Rotary is welcome to attend.

This will be a combined PETS for both Districts 7530 and 7550. More info will be shared at a later date.

Directions to Days Inn, Flatwoods.

For more detailed information, here is the PETS 2019 Newsletter emailed March 4, 2019 which includes registration information and the agenda.

 



JANUARY 2019 MEMBERSHIP TRAINING SEMINAR A SUCCESS

Rotarians from two West Virginia districts came together for the first time to discuss Membership growth options.

January 5, 2019 – Over 60 Rotarians, representing 28 clubs from two West Virginia districts gathered at the Fairmont State University Gaston Caperton Center in Clarksburg, WV on January 5, 2019 to discuss options for district membership growth.

Rebecca Hunn

District Membership Chair and organizer, Rebecca Hunn, noted that the seminar was the first event to bring together leadership and Rotarians from two West Virginia Rotary districts that will consolidate into one district on July 1, 2019.

“We are stepping into the future with this seminar,” she said. “District 7530 and 7550 will merge into one statewide district, D7545. We are preparing to move ahead, to work as one District to bring awareness to the good Rotary does in the world and in our communities.”

Jordan Feathers and Lindsay Williams of the Rotary Club of Cheat Lake.

Presentations included innovations in recruitment, alternative membership plans, alternative meeting schedules, public image, and ramping up the fun and excitement in Rotary club meetings. 

Jordan Feathers, president of the Rotary Club of Cheat Lake, and Lindsay Williams, current Membership Chair and incoming 2019-20 president, spoke to the group explaining how clubs can become a ‘vibrant club’ and offered ways to entice younger members.

Sharon Welsch

Sharon Welsch of the Rotary Club of Moundsville offered suggestions on how to increase corporate members. Corporate members make up over 25% of the Moundsville club.

The afternoon session concluded with panel discussions and a Q&A audience participation session.

A workbook is available for download offering ideas, plans, details, reference materials and links to important Rotary resources.

 

 


 

DISTRICT 7530 AND DISTRICT 7550 TO MERGE INTO ONE NEW DISTRICT

District leadership announced Friday, November 2 that District 7530 (Northern West Virginia) will be merged with the southern West Virginia District 7550 over the next eight months. On July 1, 2019, a new district will emerge – D7545.

West Virginia economics, loss of jobs and the continuous population drain have been factors that brought officials at Rotary International to request the merger.

Both districts have Governor-Elects and Governor-Nominees in the wings, and all will become DG’s, but at a slower pace.

Both districts will sit down together and coordinate the merger process. Rotary International will be available as an advisory body only. The organization noted that Rotarians living in both districts best understand the people, economy and issues of those areas.

 


 

2020 RI CONVENTION TO BE HELD IN HONOLULU, HI JUNE 6-10


Mark your calendar for the 2020 Rotary International Convention to be held in Honolulu, Hawaii, June 6 -10, 2020. Keep your eye open by visiting riconvention.org.
An International Convention will be a highlight of your years in Rotary! You’ll learn about new ideas, hear different perspectives, and gain new skills through engaging speakers, breakout sessions, and exhibits in the House of Friendship.

 


 

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