District News and Updates


District 7530 Grants Training Seminars will be held  March 2 and March 30, 2019. Clubs need to attend just one to qualify for district grant funds.

The Saturday, March 2 GTS will be held in Parkersburg at the Blennerhasset Hotel. Nancy Barbee, highly renowned Rotarian from Zone 33, will lead the training in Parkersburg.

The second GTS will be held Saturday, March 30 at Crosley’s Banquet Center in Morgantown. The District 7530 committee will handle the Morgantown training.

Both seminars will start at 10 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided at both. There is no cost to attend. Groups from the same club are encouraged.

Please email Dave Raese the name(s) of club members attending to provide a head count for the lunches.

This training is mandatory for any Club hoping to receive a District Grant during the 2019-2020 Rotary year.
At least one Club member must attend this training for a Club to become qualified to receive a District Grant.


Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) will be held on Saturday, March 2, at BridgeValley Community and Technical College in South Charleston.

The cost is $95 per person. Many Clubs pay the registration fee for their members to attend. If a club sends four members, the fourth member is free. This is a wonderful opportunity for you and your Club to learn more about Rotary.  All incoming Club Presidents are encouraged to attend along with Club Officers. This is a wonderful opportunity for new Rotarians to learn about Rotary.

Each Part takes a day to complete and the Parts must be taken in order. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the sessions beginning at 9:00 a.m. concluding at 4:30pm. Lunch is provided with refreshments for the breaks.

To register go to: www.rli33.org. Click on Event Registration then scroll down to South Charleston and select the appropriate Part. Some of you have completed Part I and should register for Part II. Others have completed Part II and should register for Part III. If this is your first RLI, you must register for Part I.

We would like to receive all registrations by February 26 to adequately plan for lunch and prepare the materials.

For more information:  Harry Faulk, PDG, District 7550, 304-894-4838

President-Elect Training Seminar

Days Inn Suites & Conference Center, Flatwoods, WV

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.



RI President Barry Rassin and wife, Esther

The Rotary Club of  Buckhannon recently announced Rotary International President Barry Rassin, and his lovely wife Esther, from Nassau, Bahamas, will be visiting the area to help celebrate their club’s 100th Birthday.

He’ll also be recognizing the 100th birthday of fellow clubs in the area including Weston, Elkins, Fairmont, Moundsville and Parkersburg. The Rassins will be visiting area service projects and bestowing some Rotary Foundation awards.

This is truly an honor for area clubs (and District) as this is the first time a current Rotary International President has visited this area.

The Rassins will be here March 29, 2019 for an evening of Rotarian fellowship at the Bridgeport Conference Center, Bridgeport, WV. More information concerning reservations and times will be made available as plans are finalized.

All Rotarians are encouraged to put that weekend on your calendar for a rare opportunity to meet RI President Barry Rassin!






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

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.


Members of District Leadership from two West Virginia Districts: 7530 and 7550, met in Clarksburg in early January to discuss membership growth in a new consolidated Rotary district: 7545.



District 7530 Governor Mike Davidson and newly forming District 7545 Governor Elect Shari Messinger

District Governor Micheal Davidson 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.







Oglebay Lodge

The 2019 District Conference will be held May 3-5, 2019 at Oglebay Resort & Park in Wheeling, West Virginia.
According to DG Mike Davidson, Oglebay is a very family-friendly resort and park that is ideal for family outings. Plan on making this conference a mini-family vacation.

Preliminary schedule includes:
May 2: Council of Governor’s Meeting/Dinner
May 3: Ellis Vest Golf Tournament
May 3-5: 2019 District 7530 Conference

Information on the Resort and Park





The 2019 Rotary International Convention will be held in Hamburg, Germany June 1 – 5.
To take advantage of early registration savings, be sure to register before December 15 at riconvention.org.
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. Don’t miss out on the most inspiring convention yet!



Good evening District 7530 Rotarians. The death and destruction from Hurricane/Tropical Storm Florence has started. Our Zone 33/34 Director, David Stovall, has asked that the Zone 33/34 Rotarians consider donating to the relief effort. Here’s his message:

Hurricane/Tropical Storm Florence

Dear (Governor) Mike,
I just posted on the Rotary Zones 33 & 34 Facebook page the announcement of our collaborative action to raise contributions for Hurricane Relief in Zone 33.  If you have Facebook, please go there, like it, and share it to everyone in your individual district.  Place it on your personal Facebook page.  And, yes, please make a contribution.
On the contribution form at the link above, enter the information below:
Account Name:  District 7680 Donor Advised Fund for Disaster Relief, DAF # 574
Account Number:  574
A printed form can be downloaded here, which you can share, if desired.
Please share this information immediately around your district. Be The Inspiration for the Rotarians and their communities in RI Zone 33.
David D. Stovall, Rotary International Board of Directors, 2018-2020

Thank you so much for considering this opportunity to help others in need.

You ARE my inspiration!
Your Governor,
Mike Davidson








Rotary Days Brochure

In an effort to increase membership and highlight Rotary’s inspiring work, RI President Barry Rassin is urging clubs and districts to organize fun, informal community events called Rotary Days.

“Rotary Days events will offer you the chance to have an impact in your community, build long-term partnerships, increase interest in membership, and improve Rotary’s image,” Rassin said.

Any club, big or small, can host a Rotary Day. Neighboring clubs can pool their resources and co-host an event, and entire districts can come together for a large-scale Rotary Day.

Tips for planning a Rotary Day:

  • Consider including a hands-on service project as part of the event to let visitors see for themselves how Rotary benefits the community.
  • Feature guests that appeal to a non-Rotary audience. Consider young leaders, inspirational speakers, celebrities, musicians, or other public figures.
  • If the event will offer food, keep it simple — for example, a self-service buffet rather than a formal, sit-down meal.
  • Advocate on local issues related to Rotary’s areas of focus by calling attention to challenges that affect people in your area.
  • If you charge admission, keep prices low. Ask local businesses to sponsor your event.
  • Welcome families and make the event enjoyable for them.
  • Present Rotary as an appealing opportunity for potential members to make new friends, exchange ideas, and take action to improve their community and the world. Avoid using Rotary jargon or referring to club traditions.
  • Highlight the work of local Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, Rotary Community Corps members, and other community members who do extraordinary humanitarian work.
  • Recognize non-Rotary community members who demonstrate Rotary’s service ideals.
  • Sponsor an event with a partner organization to show that, by working together, we make a deeper and more lasting impact on communities.
  • Ask local news media to cover the event.
  • Collect participants’ contact information, and invite them to future club events.
  • Partner with local civic groups, service organizations or local businesses.

During and after your event, post photos and videos with the hashtag #RotaryDay to social media. We’ll collect photos of Rotary Day events around the world and show them at the 2019 Rotary International Convention in Hamburg, Germany. Some may also appear in Rotary media throughout the year.

“Imagine the collective impact we can have if all 35,000 Rotary, 10,000 Rotaract, and 22,000 Interact clubs engage their neighbors, friends, young people, and organizations,” Rassin said.



District 7530 Youth Exchange students.
Front Row: Wrenna Dorrer, Aodhan Minney, Katie Spears, Ester Beruilini Frige, Kenette Shreve, Dennis Shreve
Back Row: Rodrigo Kagueama, Colin Derudder.
Photo taken at the 2018 District Conference in Weirton, WV.


Dennis Shreve, Youth Programs Coordinator and member of the Rotary Club of Harrison County, will be keeping us updated on the District’s Youth Exchange program.
According to Shreve, July is a big month of transitions for Rotary Youth Exchange as we say “See You Later” to our 2017-18 inbound students, help our 2018-19 outbound student prepare for his year abroad and work feverishly to finalize paperwork, meet with Host Families, Youth Exchange Officers, Counselors and Host Clubs to prepare for the incoming exchange students for 2018-19.
Check back often to keep “in the know” with our international youth program.
Click to download July newsletter (pdf).





The District 7530 Training Assembly is intended for club Presidents, Secretaries, Treasurers, Committee Chairs, club leadership team and anyone else who wants a better understanding of strategies to make your club better. Agenda includes:

  • DG Mike Davidson’s goals for the coming year
  • Meet District Governor Elect, Coop Cooper; District Governor Nominee, Sean Sawyer; District Trainer Mary Dean, Treasurer and Youth Programs Chair Dennis Shreve; Membership Chair Becky Hunn; Public Image Chair, Donna Tennant and our Assistant Governors (AG)
  • Secretary and Treasurer report requirements
  • Proven membership growth strategies
  • Improving your public image within the community
  • Youth Services programs (RYLA, Youth Exchange, Interact and Rotaract) and how you can help
  • The Rotary Foundation and PolioPlus update
  • International and local grant opportunities
  • District and Club database (DACdb) and how it integrates with Rotary International’s member database
  • Club awards for the year 2018-2019
  • Meet, interact and share fellowship with those who’ve been in your position before
  • Ideas for bringing FUN into your clubs
    Location: Gaston Caperton Center, 501 W. Main Street, Clarksburg WV (parking behind the building)

    Time: 9:30 Registration; 10:00 – 3:30 Assembly. Please register by June 29.
    Cost: Each attendee asked to pay $10 at door to cover the cost of lunch. Cash or check only, made payable to Rotary District 7530.
    Bring: Please bring a laptop or tablet that can operate within DACdb.
    Questions? Please contact District Trainer Mary Dean at madbuhs66@aol.com . You can register on DACdb under the CALENDAR tab.



Renee Reiling, RI Regional Grants officer and Nancy Barbee, Zone 33 Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator (left).

District 7530 team leaders hosted a Grant Seminar on Saturday, April 14 at the Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgeport.

The seminar was facilitated by Renee Reiling, Regional Grants officer from Rotary International headquarters in Evanston, IL. and Nancy Barbee, Zone 33 Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator, who traveled from North Carolina. The all-day seminar involved several sessions outlining the process to apply for Global grants and then, settled into details on upcoming District grants requirements and deadlines.

The seminar was attended by members representing 21 clubs throughout the District. Since attendance to the Grant Seminar is a requirement for grant funds expenditures of approved

grants for the 2018-2019 year, those clubs that could not attend will have the opportunity to participate in the seminar hosted by


2018 Grant Seminar for District 7530 clubs.District 7550 in August. Representatives from those clubs should contact Dave Raese, 2017-18 Foundation Chair, for more information on the District 7550 event.

Raese also announced during the seminar that the deadline for new 2018-2019 grant submissions has been moved up to June 14, 2018 and the deadline for Final Reports for 2017-2018 grants is June 30, 2018.









In an effort to streamline grant approvals with the beginning of the new Rotary year, District 7530 team leaders announced at the recent District 7530 Grant Seminar held Saturday, April 14 that the deadline for 2018-2019 District Grants has been moved up to June 14, 2018.
Dave Raese, 2017-18 Foundation Chair, said the new grant forms are available on the new District web site (rotarydistrict7530.org) and the deadline has been moved up from September to June to coordinate approval of grants with expenditure of those grant funds within the funding year. All grant forms for 2018-2019 can be found here.



Deadline for the FINAL REPORT for all 2017-2018 District Grants is June 30, 2018. As discussed at the recent District Grants seminar hosted by district team leaders, Dave Raese, 2017-18 Foundation Chair and Jim Culberson, Grants Chair, it is imperative that all Final Reports by to Jim Culberson by the end of June. More information, Culberson’s contact info and all grant forms can be found here.



For more than 100 years, The Rotary Foundation has been supporting Rotarians’ work to create sustainable solutions to our world’s most pressing needs. But there is still much to do, and we need your help.

Rotary gives in countless ways, focusing our service efforts in six areas: promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies. We’re also working hard to end polio once and for all.
Give the gift of Rotary today and be a part of the positive change Rotarians are making in your community and around the world. Every gift makes a difference. GIVE THE GIFT!


The Congress of Governors annual dinner was held in Morgantown recently at the Crab Shack Caribba. The evening of fellowship included dinner, and a District 7530 meeting including presentations and a short photo opportunity. District Governor David Whalen presided over the meeting and outlined his agenda for the year.

Past District 7530 Governors (left to right): Dennis Shreve, (Harrison County – 1997-1998), ‘Jack’ Porter, (Morgantown –1999-2000), Mary Dean, (Buckhannon – 2000-2001), Dr. Subramoniam Jayakumar, (Weirton – 2005-2006), Michael Ellington, (Morgantown – 2014-2015), Mike Kirkpatrick, (Cheat Lake – 2015-2016), and Dave Raese, (Morgantown – 2016-2017).

District 7530 Governor Elect Mike Davidson presented Immediate Past District Governor (IPDG) Dave Raese with two Rotary Foundation certificates. These certificates commended District 7530 and then-Governor Raese for donating over 20% of the District Designated Funds to the PolioPlus campaign during 2016-2017. Established in 1985, PolioPlus is Rotary’s first initiative to tackle global polio eradication through the mass vaccination of children. Rotary has contributed more than $1.7 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. IPDG Raese is a member of the Rotary Club of Morgantown.
Present were past District 7530 Governors (left to right): Dennis Shreve, Rotary Club of Harrison County – 1997-1998), ‘Jack’ Porter, Rotary Club of Morgantown –1999-2000, Mary Dean, Rotary Club of Buckhannon – 2000-2001, Dr. Subramoniam Jayakumar, Rotary Club of Weirton – 2005-2006, Michael Ellington, Rotary Club of Morgantown – 2014-2015, Mike Kirkpatrick, Rotary Club of Cheat Lake – 2015-2016, and Dave Raese, Rotary Club of Morgantown – 2016-2017.





It’s time to start planning for your club’s World Polio Day event. My Rotary has lots of information to help you get started.  Go to My Rotary to find resources and a toolkit for planning. Find more resources at the End Polio Now web site. There are all kinds of different ideas. It’s a great opportunity to raise money for Polio Plus as well as build Rotary’s public image and attract prospective members.

Rotary clubs along the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana, USA, are collecting emergency relief funds to help flood victims of Hurricane Harvey, which slammed into southeast Texas over the weekend. More information can be found here.

Deadline for District Grants for the 2017-2018 Rotary year has been extended to September 15, 2017. Remember to review the 2017-2018 District 7530 Terms and Conditions and submit a 2017-2018 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), signed by your Club’s current President and President-Elect. Send all paperwork to District Foundation Chair, David Raese. If using snail mail, email David Raese for mailing informaton. More information and all grant forms can be found here.

If your Club is interested in applying for District Grants for the 2017-2018 Rotary year, review the 2017-2018 District 7530 Terms and Conditions, submit a 2017-2018 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), signed by your Club’s current President and President-Elect, and send to District Foundation Chair, David Raese. More information and all grant forms can be found here.

August is Membership and New Club Development Month, which means it’s time to celebrate your Rotary club, its members, and the good you do in your community and around the world. Discover new ideas to help spread the word about Rotary.

Here’s an opportunity to either begin your Rotary Leadership Institute training with RLI Part I, or strengthen that training with Part II or Part III.
An RLI is scheduled for Saturday, August 26 in Morgantown at the Mountainlair Student Union of West Virginia University. The Mountainlair is located at 1550 University Avenue in Morgantown, WV 26506.
Payment of $95 must be made at time of registration for registration to be confirmed. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and Sessions start at 9:00 a.m. Lunch and Breaks are included and Sessions conclude at 4:30 p.m.
Online reservations  end 8/20/2017.
Registration: Day and Place of Seminar begins 8:30 a.m.
Sessions begin at 9 a.m.

Twenty-five members from District 7530 attended the International Conference in Atlanta, June 10-14, 2017. Let’s send more than 25 to Toronto! Please check out the 2018 Rotary International Convention.

Some disturbing facts from The Rotarian. It is estimated that 422 million adults worldwide had diabetes in 2014, nearly quadruple the amount who had it in 1980. This will be a hard problem to solve since it can’t be stopped with a simple vaccination. It will take education and changes in diet to curb the disease. Making it even tougher is the fact that the food industry must change as well, to not make it so easy to acquire foods and drinks that lead to the disease.

New cases of polio reported in 2016 was 26.
That’s 14 in Pakistan, 9 in Afghanistan, and the 3 that were reported in Nigeria, bumping it off the polio-free list. Last year, there were 74 new cases, so it still looks like we’re bringing that number down closer and closer to the Big Zero. Don’t forget, World Polio Day is Tuesday, Oct. 24 and clubs are encouraged to thump the tubs to raise awareness about Rotary’s mission to end polio. Remember, many young people are unaware of polio. So it is important that we get the word out. For ideas, go to https://www.endpolio.org.