District 7545, formed July 1, 2019, from former West Virginia Rotary Districts 7530 (northern West Virginia) and 7550 (southern West Virginia) encompass 54 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 nearly 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 worldwide into many cultures and occupations.
District 7545 is one of over 500 Rotary districts worldwide in 200+ countries. Rotary districts are organized into Zones and Zones into Zone pairs, each pair having a Zone Director that is a member of the Rotary International Board of Directors. Our Zone, Zone 33, covers the area from northern Pennsylvania through South Carolina. Our Zone pair, Zones 33/34, includes 31 districts and stretches all the way through the countries of the Caribbean.
Rotary International is the world’s first service club organization, with more than 1.4 million members, consisting of 1.2 million Rotarians organized into Rotary clubs and another .2 million Rotaractors organized into Rotaract clubs in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.
The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
Based on the Object of Rotary, the Avenues of Service are Rotary’s philosophical cornerstone and the foundation on which club activity is based:
The test, which has been translated into more than 100 languages, asks the following questions:
Of the things we think, say or do
Rotary International recognizes the value of diversity within individual clubs. Rotary encourages clubs to assess those in their communities who are eligible for membership, under existing membership guidelines, and to endeavor to include the appropriate range of individuals in their clubs. A club that reflects its community with regard to professional and business classification, gender, age, religion, and ethnicity is a club with the key to its future.
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