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Meet the District Governor 2018- 2019
Susan Zachensky-Walthall is affectionately known as Susan ZW. A native of Alberta, Virginia, she graduated from Old Dominion University and has worked for over 35 years as an instructor and Women’s Basketball Coach in Virginia at Old Dominion University, Virginia Wesleyan University, Christopher Newport University (where she was also Assistant Athletic Director), and Sonoma State University in California. During this time, she held many NCAA Women’s Basketball Committee positions such as a member of the NCAA Rules Committee and the Converse Coach of the Year Selection Committee. Susan is a Charter Member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.
Susan was a member of the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa California for ten years, serving on the Board of Directors and as chair of numerous committees. She was selected Rotarian of the Year 2000-01. For District 5130, she served as a member of the District Sergeant at Arms Committee and as District Conference Commemorative Program Chair. During the 2004-05 Rotary year, Susan relocated to Virginia and joined the Rotary Club of Lawrenceville where she has been a member for 13 years serving on various committees. In 2007 she was again selected as Rotarian of the Year and was awarded the District Governor’s Award as Outstanding Club President in 2009-10. At the district level, she’s served as Area Governor (3 years), Rotaract Chair (3 years), Conference Co-Chair and then Conference Chair, and Chair of the Awards Committee. She is a graduate of Zone 33 Rotary Leadership Institute, has perfect attendance for 18 years, and is a Paul Harris Fellow +4.
Susan has been a popular speaker at Zone 33 events and four district conferences from Maryland to South Caroline sharing “My Rotary Story”
Susan and Zach, her husband of 31 years, live on Lake Gaston in Valentines, VA. In their free time they enjoy camping, walking, kayaking, gardening, reading, all the comforts of lake life, and spending time with family, and with fellow Rotarians.
Congratulations to Michael Desplaines, 2017-2018 D7600 Rotary Alumni Association President for being selected to receive the 2018-19 Alumni Association of the Year Award. This award recognizes the leadership and service of Michael, his leadership team, and the entire membership of our Alumni Association. Michael was invited to receive the award at the 2019 Rotary International Convention in Hamburg, Germany but will be unable to attend. DGE Clenise Platt will accept the award on his behalf. To read the letter from RI President Barry Rassin and Ron Burton, Chair of Rotary Foundation click Message to winner – Desplaines7600.
The Rotary Zone 33 Training Seminar takes place at the Embassy Suites Greensboro Airport on June 28th and 29th. This seminar is designed for incoming District Foundation, Membership and Public Image Chairs and committee members, governors, governors-elect, governors-nominee, governors-nominate designate, past district governors, assistant governors, trainers and other interested Rotarians. To Register, go to DACdb.
Upcoming District EventsROTARY INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION
June 1st - June 5th 2019
Solar Plunge with Special Olympics
June 8th 2019
Rotary Leadership Institute RLI - Cary NC
June 22nd 2019
Rotary Zone 33 - Training Seminar 2019 Requires Registration
June 28th - June 29th 2019
2nd Annual Pro-Am BBQ
June 30th 2019
DCO (District Communications Officer) quarterly meeting Requires Registration
July 11th 2019
RLI Summer Meeting 2019 - Train the Trainer Requires Registration
July 12th - July 13th 2019
Awards Banquet & Change of Leadership
July 13th 2019
RLI - Clarksburg WV Requires Registration
July 27th 2019
RLI - Rockville MD Requires Registration
August 10th 2019
RLI - Duncan, SC Requires Registration
August 17th 2019
The Five Avenues of Service
Club Service focuses on making clubs strong. A thriving club is anchored by strong relationships and an active membership development plan.
Community Service encourages every Rotarian to find ways to improve the quality of life for people in their communities and to serve the public interest. Learn more in Communities in Action: A Guide to Effective Projects and this Community Service presentation (PPT).
International Service exemplifies our global reach in promoting peace and understanding. We support this service avenue by sponsoring or volunteering on international projects, seeking partners abroad, and more.