How timely that Hawaii District 5000 starts the year with a female District Governor on the 30th anniversary of Women in Rotary. It seems hard to believe that it was as recent as May 4, 1987 that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Rotary clubs may not exclude women from membership on the basis of gender.
As we celebrated 100 years of Rotary in Hawaii during PDG Del Green’s year, he hosted Sylvia Whitlock as the Keynote at the District Conference. Sylvia has the distinction of being the very first woman Rotary club president . . . in the world!
Did you know that in 1972 more and more clubs began lobbying for female members as females began to reach higher positions in their professions. In 1977 three separate proposals to admit women into membership were submitted to the Council on Legislation for consideration at the 1977 RI Convention.
Today, not only do we have a female District Governor with Nalani Flinn, but 2017 also has the distinction of being the year that Hawaii is lead by our first Hawaiian District Governor. Imua!