The Madison Rotary Club was honored to welcome Rotary District 7550 District Governor Raymond Pollard who made an official club visit on Sept. 24.
The District Governor brought greetings from Rotary International and urged the local Rotarians to “Share Rotary” which is this year's RI theme.
“John Kenny, the current
president of Rotary International, has asked our clubs and members to continue the vision of Rotary sharing,” DG Pollard said. “Our district's record of service to our local and world community reflects the heart of Rotary International.”
Pollard praised the efforts of the Madison Rotary whose many projects since the club was
incorporated in 1925, have had a great impact on the community, and benefited hundreds of local students in furthering their
Contributions from the club and Madison Rotarians to the Rotary International Foundation have helped Rotary International serve the world community.
“Together, the Rotarians in District 7550 can continue to focus on sharing and serving our local and world communities by implementing our district goals and visions and working within the framework of the District 7550's Strategic Plan,” Pollard said
District Governor Pollard is a West Virginia Native and graduate of Vinson High School in Huntington. He has an extensive educational background including a law degree from the Maryland School of Law. He is also a
graduate from the U. S. Military Academy at West Point.
District Governor Pollard has been a Rotarian since 1984, and currently attends the Ceredo-Kenova Rotary Club where he is a past president. He has 17 years perfect attendance, and is a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow.
The Madison Rotarians also welcomed Kathy Hill, a nurse practitioner, and a member of Madison City Council.
She is the club’s 2009 Citizen of the Year recipient, selected for her outstanding community service and professional
She was presented the RI Paul Harris Fellowship award certificate and pin. The club has donated $1,000 in Kathy's name to the Rotary International Foundation. The contribution will be used to further Rotary's humanitarian and educational projects all over the world.
The club also recognized Rotarian Dr. Mark Music for his contributions to the Rotary International Foundation.
He received congratulations and a special pin for having made his third $1,000 donation to the Foundation, becoming a Paul Harris Fellow for the third time.
District Governor Pollard was accompanied to the meeting by his wife, Peggy, and Larry Nelson, district governor nominee.