New Rotary International District Governor to be Installed and New District 7545 Announced

BARBOURSVILLE – A new Rotary International district governor will be installed on Thursday, the first chief executive for a new unified district in West Virginia that will include Wood County.

Shari Messinger, of Barboursville, will be the first district governor of the new District 7545, which is a unification of Districts 7530 and 7550 in West Virginia. Consisting of 55 clubs (including an online e-club), District 7545 will cover most of the state, excluding the Eastern Panhandle.

The Parkersburg and Wood County Rotary Clubs are in District 7530.

District 7545 will be established July 1, the day Messinger officially takes office.

“One of my main goals is to strengthen our club members and build great leaders. We have many opportunities to make a difference in our state and the world in which we have the privilege to live,” Messinger said. “Rotary has experienced business people who are willing to mentor young professionals and willing to learn from our young professionals as well. I want to see more diversity in our membership that reflects our communities.”

Messinger will be installed during a ceremony 7 p.m. Thursday at Edgewood Country Club in Charleston.

She recently returned from the Rotary International 110th Annual Convention in Hamburg, Germany.

“The convention, which had over 26,000 Rotarians from 170 countries, was a great reminder that Rotary truly is a global network. This is an exciting time for our new district because right away we will welcome Rotary International President Mark Maloney to the World Scout Jamboree being held at The Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jean, W.Va.,” Messinger said.

Maloney’s theme this year is Rotary Connects the World “and what better place to make that connection than in our beautiful state when it is hosting close to 45,000 scouts, leaders, and international staff from around the globe,” Messinger said.

Messinger is the owner and president of Resolutions2, a women’s center developed to address the needs of all women, particularly those with the needs women have after undergoing significant changes to their bodies due to birth defects and surgery.

A member of the Rotary Club of Barboursville for more than 15 years, Messinger is a Paul Harris Fellow, past president of the Barboursville Club and a Rotary Leadership Institute graduate. She led a group study exchange team to South Korea and participated in National Immunization Day in India in 2018.