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Suzi Howe graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Elementary Education. She recently retired this fall, after operating South Shore Montessori, where she was named Frisbee Queen at her Montessori School. Suzi and her husband Bill have been married for 44 years and live in Friendswood, Texas. When asked how he would support Suzi in her role as District Governor, he said, “I will go wherever she sends me - to play golf!” Suzy has received a host of prestigious awards including: The Rotary Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award, the Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service. Mrs. Howe also received the Dome City Award on behalf of all Houston-area Rotarians after Hurricane Katrina.
She is a member of the Rotary Club of Space Center is currently the Rotary International Director Nominee for Zones 25 and 29, from Michigan to Colombia, South America and has served as Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator and Rotary District Governor 2006-2007. Her passion for training has led her to serve as an International Assembly Training Leader, Presenter at International Convention breakout sessions and a Lead trainer for the Rotary Leadership Institute. She is a Major Donor and Bequest Society Member and spends her abundant free time growing heirloom tomatoes and squashing Tomato Hornworms.
Sylvia Whitlock, PhD
Past District Governor,
Sylvia Whitlock was born in New York City, but educated through high school in Kingston, Jamaica. She earned an international baccalaureate from Cambridge University in England and a bachelor’s of psychology from Hunter College of the City University of New York. She holds master’s degrees in education (Cal Poly, Pomona) and marriage and family therapy (Azusa Pacific University). She earned her PhD in education from Claremont Graduate School. Whitlock holds California State teaching and administrative credentials and is licensed in marriage and family therapy in California.
Dr. Whitlock joined the Ex-Rotary Club of Duarte, California, in 1982. At that time, women were not allowed membership in Rotary, and Duarte had been removed as an official Rotary club because it had admitted women as members. Dr. Whitlock became the club’s president in 1987, the year the US Supreme Court ruled that the Duarte club be reinstated, thus making her the first female club president in Rotary history. She served as District 5330’s District governor in 2012-2013.
Dr. Whitlock is a recipient of the Rotary Foundation District Service Award. She was honored with the Sylvia Whitlock Leadership Award, established and presented at the 2017 International Convention to recognize individuals who have contributed to the success of women in Rotary. She has participated in Rotary’s National Immunization Days and established an AIDS clinic in Jamaica. She has supported an orphanage in Mexico, sank wells in Nigeria and raised almost $90,000 to educate girls in India. She has spoken at more than 75 district conferences and numerous clubs, institutes and Zone events. She addressed all 530 incoming DGs at the 2013 International Assembly.
Currently a member of the Rotary Club of Claremont, California, Dr. Whitlock has been the NAACP Woman of the Year and a Distinguished Alumna at Cal Poly I Pomona. She received the Global Citizen Award from the United Nations Association in October 2013.
Evan Burrell is a past president and member of the Rotary Club of Turramurra in District 9685 in Sydney, Australia. He works as a digital media consultant and is also a professional public speaker, promotional marketer and social medial specialist.
In Rotary, Evan gets around. At the 2014 Rotary convention in Sydney, Australia, you may have seen him walking around holding a long stick with his phone attached, taking hundreds of “Service Above Selfies” with Rotaractors, Rotarians, and convention entertainers. Or you may have run into him immunizing children against polio in India, or mingling with Rotary leaders in Evanston as a member of the Rotaract and Interact Committee, or teaching 2013-14 RI President Ron Burton how to dance to Korean singer Psy’s “Gangnam Style” at a Rotary Foundation dinner. In whatever way Evan proves that Rotary isn’t all business, his message is “Let’s have fun in Rotary,” and with that message he is engaged in telling Rotary’s digital story.
LaShonda Delivuk is currently serving as the President of the Rotary Club of Lynchburg-Morning at just 28 years old. She is a member of the Paul Harris Society and has achieved her PHF+2. In 2018, she received the 110% Award, the Douglas A. Newton Excellence in Communications Award and helped her club achieve a first place Governor’s Award for Public Image which later accompanied the club’s first Rotary Citation. On the district level she serves as District 7570 Public Image Vice Chair. In June 2018, she delivered a keynote at Zone 33 training in North Carolina about “Building a Diverse and Thriving Membership” and in August, her insights on membership were featured in The Rotarian, Rotary’s magazine.