District News and Updates


Inaugural Virtual Rotary Foundation Donor Recognition, Tuesday, August 25 at 5:00 p.m.

Rotary International Director, Stephanie Urchick, kicks off this inaugural event by sharing all the good that The Rotary Foundation is doing throughout the world; then, Zone 33 Rotary Foundation Coordinator, Nancy Barbee, plans to provide an update on PolioPlus and Rotary’s ongoing eradication efforts, as we ramp up for World Polio Day on October 24.

The highlight of the evening, emceed by MGO, Laurie Menzel, and District Rotary Foundation Chair Terry Mathias, will be our opportunity to recognize and honor all of the Rotarians from District 7545 who have either qualified as a Major Donor or become a Bequest Society Member during this past Rotary year.

We’ll introduce and thank all of our qualifying Paul Harris Society members from last year and those newly qualified this year. Finally, we will showcase the work that The Rotary Foundation did this past year through our District Grant program.

You will not want to miss this important event, so please join us using Zoom link

Please reach out to DG Sean or DRFC Terry Mathias if you have any remaining questions.


Justin D. “Dan” McCarthy
Announced as 2022-2023 District Governor Nominee Designate

June 4, 2020 – The District 7545 Nominating Committee has performed its due diligence, including conducting live Zoom interviews of all of the nominees for our District’s new District Governor Nominee Designate (DGND). As a result, we are proud to report that Justin D. “Dan” McCarthy, USN (ret.), current President of the Beckley Club, has been selected, and shall serve as District Governor for District 7545 in 2022-23.

Dan McCarthy completed a 38 year career in the United States Navy on April 1st, 2007 and retired from military service as a Vice Admiral. His final active duty assignment was as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Fleet Readiness and Logistics. In this assignment, he was responsible for Navy-wide policy, programming, and resourcing for Fleet readiness, logistics, strategic sealift, Navy installations and environmental programs.

Dan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Oakland University and is both a distinguished graduate and distinguished alumni of the Naval Postgraduate School, where he earned a Master of Science degree in Management. He is a distinguished graduate of the Naval War College, a graduate of the University of Michigan Executive Education Program and holds a Presidential Honorary Degree from West Virginia University.

Following his retirement from military service, Dan established Silver Eagle Consulting, a firm dedicated to providing business and leadership consulting support to both public and private sector organizations. Dan’s consulting work supported clients such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, IBM and various components of the Department of Defense. In addition, Dan acted as a Visiting Executive Lecturer at the graduate business schools of the University of Virginia, University of North Carolina and the Naval Postgraduate Schools during this period.

A lifelong Scouter leader, Dan became the Group Director of the Boy Scouts of America’s Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in April 2012 where he oversaw the construction and start-up of a 14,000 acre outdoor recreational facility for youth including overseeing the logistics coordination for the first National Scout Jamboree held on the site (an encampment of over 36,000 youth and adults). Dan retired from this position in March of 2017 and has returned to volunteer status with the Boy Scouts.

Dan currently serves as President of the Beckley Rotary Club. He is married to Carol A. McCarthy and together they have three sons, all three of which are Eagle Scouts.


Message from our District Governor

District Governor
Shari Messinger

March 16, 2020 – Every day is a new challenge. Today I need to share with you the news sent out to all media by the CDC asking organizations and businesses to cancel or delay all meetings over 50 people for the next eight weeks.

First, let me thank everyone who has helped organized RYLA, PETS, the All Clubs Golf Outing and the first annual D7545 Conference “Celebrating our Clubs”. In keeping with the CDC request, we must, however, cancel or postpone all District gatherings.

Personally, I am grateful for all our Club Presidents, their chairs and members. Without you being of service to your community, we would not be Rotary.  If you are not currently helping with our hunger issues, let us be their boots on the ground and lend our hands to feed hungry children. We should also consider sending notes and cards to our elderly and shut-ins.

Some of our clubs are going to attend Facebook live and Zoom programs to stay in touch. Keep in mind, also, that we have an E-cub in our District where any club member can attend to make-up a missed meeting. That online meeting area is at: http://msre.org and our Mountain State Rotary E-Club welcomes you to any of their 80+ archived or current meetings.

I hope each of you find a way to be helpful during this trying time.

Our PETS has been rescheduled for Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27, combining with our District Assembly and Grants seminar. Friday evening we will celebrate DGE, Sean Sawyer, as our incoming Governor for July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021.

If you have made hotel reservations for either the cancelled PETS or District Conference, be sure to cancel them. Give us a little time to refund your fee for District Conference, and please, contact me via email with any questions.

Be safe out there.



President-Elect Training Seminar

Days Inn Suites & Conference Center,
Flatwoods, WV

March 17, 2020 – DGE 2020/2021 for District 7545, Sean Jeffrey Sawyer, has announced the change of date for Mountaineer PETS. The 2020 PETS date has changed to June 26-27.

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 Chairs and those who will hold any District office. Any Rotarian who would like to learn more about Rotary is welcome to attend.

 Activities begin 11 a.m. Friday and end Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

Most Clubs have already paid the registration fee in advance for the Presidents-Elect. If your Club has not yet paid, or if the President-Nominee or other Club members would also like to attend, the fee is an affordable $100.00 per person and can be paid either electronically when you register online, or by check at the door on the date of the event.

More specific details regarding meals and reduced-rate lodging will be posted on the DACdb calendar. Any questions you may have in the meantime may be submitted to DGE, Sean Sawyer, at 304.366.2900.

Registration for the new event will be set up in DACdb soon.

Any questions concerning registration should be addressed to District Communications Officer Deb Halsey-Hunter at 304.920.2131.

Directions to Days Inn, Flatwoods.


Map of Zone 33

From District Governor, Shari Messinger:

Dear District 7545 Rotarian,

As Rotarians, please consider giving to our Fellow Rotarians in Zones 33 and 34 for the “Dorian Disaster Relief Fund” as this was a catastrophic storm affecting so many of our Rotarians in coastal towns and islands.  

What you can give is up to you. Perhaps each member in District 7545, which has a 2000+ membership, could give $10 each… and/or perhaps our clubs could give $100 each. Every dollar will help support much-needed relief efforts.

We had a flood in District 7550 two years ago and received over $200,000 from our Zone brothers and sisters. This is a devastating storm and a substantial donation would be a godsend for everyone affected.

If anyone has a suggestion on any other measures our District can take to help with this impending storm, please let me know.  I am counting on each of us to be our best.

Click to download PDF to donate to the “Dorian Disaster Relief Fund”.


Donation Video via Zone 33-34 Regional Public Image Coordinator, Alex Wilkins


Zone 34






District grants fund small-scale, short-term activities that address needs in your community and communities abroad.
Each district chooses which activities it will fund with these grants. With the consolidation of our Rotary Districts 7530 and 7550 into District 7545, the District grant process has changed due to the size of the new district.

District 7545 includes 55 clubs and for easier access to paperwork, the District grants committee decided to put all forms online, to be sent electronically to the District Grants Chair, John Powell.

Downloadable “practice” forms are also available. Fill out your downloaded “practice” form first, then transfer information to your online form. Be sure to fill in all areas, attach all attachments directly to the form before signing. The online form has an online signature area that is legally binding. Upon signing, the form will automatically email to the Grants Chair.

At the required Grants Training Seminar held during District Club Assembly on August 10, the District Grants Chair noted that a signed MOU form must be sent to him via US mail. Attendance of at least one member of the club was required for any District 7545 club to receive a District grant.

District grants are 50 percent reimbursable, capped at $1,000.00 and application deadline is October 15, 2019.

Check here for Grant forms.


July 30-31, 201945,000 Scouts from 165 countries traveled to West Virginia for the 24th World Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jean. District 7545 Rotarians from around the state converged with the Scouts offering volunteer services and taking the opportunity to meet Scout leaders and Rotary International president Mark Daniel Maloney during his visit to the Jamboree on July 31.

Opening show at the World Scout Jamboree. 45,000 excited Scouts from 165 countries traveled to West Virginia for the 24th World Scout Jamboree.

Scouts from all across the world took part in high-adventure expeditions, tried cuisine from other countries while also sharing native dishes of their own, and learned a meaningful lesson — while they are all different, they are all the same. 

“Unity” was a strong message throughout the Jamboree, as Scouts often gathered as a whole, despite their language, dress, and belief differences, to build life-long friendships worldwide.

The Scout message is very similar to Rotary’s Presidential theme this year “#RotaryConnectstheWorld“.

Rotarians met with Maloney during a Tuesday evening dinner at Glade Springs Resort, and then attended a Wednesday event at the Summit Bechtel Reserve.

District 7545 Rotarians were among the nearly 10,000 volunteers that culminated in a successful World Summit. #RotaryDistrict7545

Although the next World Scout Jamboree will take place in South Korea in 2023, the Summit in Glen Jean will be no stranger to the Scouts. In 2021, the National Scout Jamboree will make its way back to West Virginia to home Scouts from all over the U.S. and bring in nearly 30,000 people. 

Mark Kriebel had the privilege of serving as master of ceremonies for the World Scout Jamboree Rotary meeting. Mark Daniel Maloney, Rotary International President, surprised Krievel with the “Silver Wheel” award, the International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians service award.

Just a few Marion County Rotarians, lucky enough to get to spend some quality casual time with RI President Mark Daniel Maloney at the World Scout Jamboree…great to see Fairmont represented!

The future of Rotary International and District 7545. Left to right: David Cooper, DGN; Shari-Tackett Messinger, DG; Sean Jeffrey Sawyer, DGE; and Roger Topping, DGN.













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.


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.


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






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.














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.




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.



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 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.




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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