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2023 Sylvia Whitlock Leadership Award

If you tuned in for Wednesday morning’s Facebook Live for International Women’s Day, hosted by R.I. President Jennifer Jones, you not only got to hear from our own Director Elizabeth Usovicz, but were among the first to learn the name of this year’s recipient of Rotary International’s Sylvia Whitlock Award. May Lu (Chin Mei Lu) from Taiwan, who was recognized for over 30 years of Rotary service. She has helped educate girls in Nepal, immunized children in India, supported girls in Uganda who have learned to sew menstrual belts, and helped people in Taiwan who are blind. Read more about her here. If you missed the Facebook event, you can watch the recording here.

The Sylvia Whitlock Leadership Award honors one Rotary member each year who has actively worked to advance women in Rotary. It is named for the first female Rotary club president, who went on to lead change for women around the world through Rotary. The award was originally established by a group of Rotarians before the Board of Directors voted to make it an official RI award.