The Weston Rotary met their new District Governor, Dave Whelan at last week’s meeting of the club.
Whelan started his Rotarian career with the Martinsburg club, which he was a member of 10 year. The club had 200 members, which left Whelan only holding one office in his time with that club.
He then joined the Weirton Heights club and later began on the road that led him to become District Governor.
“It has been very humbling,” said Whelan.
Whelan went on to say that the city of Weston, and Lewis County would be entirely different if there were no Rotary club.
“It is kind of multi-layer what you all do,” he said to the club.
Whelan said that he has ideas and plans to make changes within the district, the first of which is to make sure that no rotary clubs stop functioning.
Secondly, he wants the different Rotarians to pass on the feeling of being a Rotarian to others.
Whelan is planning to hire an executive secretary, which will work with the clubs in the district on paperwork, media relations and more.
He is also planning to start webinars which will allow clubs to apply for grants instead of having to physically go to the conferences and meetings.
He is also working to gather a master email of all club presidents and will allow the different presidents to bounce ideas off each other.
In other news, the club had a total of 189 participant in the fall blood drive.
“Our numbers were a little down, although the participants filed in steadily,” said Rotarian Kevin Stalnaker.
The Weston Rotary and Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital partner twice yearly, to give affordable blood screenings to citizens in Lewis County and surrounding areas.