WEIRTON Rotary Club members in District 7530 gathered at the Waterfront Hotel in Morgantown for the annual conference last weekend.
According to District Governor Ed Powell, a member of the Rotary Club of Weirton Heights, the conference had a small, intimate crowd that made the event a success. He said the conference featured guest speakers such as Dr. Jim Withers, a doctor from Pittsburgh who administers to the needy and the homeless, and Oliver Luck, athletic director of West Virginia University.
Powell congratulated both the Weirton Heights Club on a job well done, as well as the Weirton Club for its assistance in making the conference a success. He said Dave Whalen, event chair, did a great job in planning and organizing the event.
Powell said Withers, who spoke on the first day of the conference, did an excellent job speaking on Friday about his experiences treating the homeless and needy in Pittsburgh. He said Withers also has medical school students from Morgantown come with him and assist with the treatment.
"He is truly a man of compassion," he said of Withers.
In addition, he said Luck, who spoke Saturday, also did well. He said he appreciated both speakers taking the time on a busy weekend to speak to them. He said the events over the weekend were a success that helped increase communication and fellowship with other members throughout the district.
Now, Powell said, that the district conference is over it is time to refocus on membership. He said there is still a major push because the district is in danger of having to join with West Virginia's southern Rotary district.
"We are going to need to continue to talk to people about who we are and what we do ," Powell said, noting all new members would have to be registered and on the books by May 15.
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