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Rotary District 7545

Stories From Our District

Help Honor an Extraordinary American and Rotarian, Woody Williams

By: Dan McCarthy
We lost an extraordinary American and patriot on June 29, 2022 with the passing of the last surviving World War II Medal of Honor recipient, CWO4 Hershel “Woody” Williams. What you may not know is that Woody was a D7545 Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Milton.

Woody’s final wish was that his lifelong efforts to support Gold Star families be continued. In honoring that wish and in recognition of Woody’s legacy of service our district has undertaken to build a Gold Star Families Memorial Monument in Elkins, WV. You can read the story of Woody’s legacy and the monument at this link: https://rotarydistrict7545.org/gold-star-memorial/.

Please consider being a part of this effort to recognize a truly extraordinary American and Rotarian by contributing to this project at the above link. Any amount will help. Our objective is to have as many Rotarians as possible included as supporters to show our appreciation for Woody’s life of Service Above Self!

J. Dan McCarthy
D7545 District Governor


Night at the Races

Hot off the presses! We now have tickets for the Rotary Club of Fairmont’s Night at the Races for March 2, 2024. While only 100 horse tickets can be sold, spectator tickets and table sponsor packages are available. Silent Auction and Gift Basket Items may also be donated! Take advantage of any or all of these opportunities before they are all gone!

Need tickets??  Feel free to contact Julie Sawyer: cell – (304) 777-9595; or email – [email protected]
Please share with all your friends and family.

Service Project Reporting Change

Tuesday, September 26, 2023 By: Jane Blanton Stout
There is a new process of entering service projects online. Project data can now only be entered in Rotary Showcase, a tool that will become a hub for all things related to the service of Rotary.  Projects can no longer be entered in Rotary Club Central. Your club leadership has been informed of this. They have instructions on the new procedures and on how to move reported projects that had already been entered into Club Central.

Reporting Service projects online is important for a number of reasons. The first is that unless a project is reported, Rotary cannot include the results of your hard work in the annual report. If it does not get reported, it did not happen as far as Rotary International is concerned. In addition, project stories are a source for features in Rotary International magazines and newsletters. Reporting is also important to document the achievement of goals that your club has set. 

Stories posted on Showcase can serve as an inspiration and a model for other Rotary and Rotaract clubs. Anyone can browse Rotary Showcase and read the project stories posted there. For members, you will find Rotary Showcase in My Rotary under the PARTICIPATE tab. You will see it under the PROJECTS heading. Perhaps this is where you will get the inspiration for your next project. 

(Hint: when browsing projects in Rotary Showase, uncheck the filter on the second page that says “Show projects with photos only.”)

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