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Speaker: Sylvia V. Whitlock
District Governor (2012-2013)

"The Edge of Tomorrow"

  • August 18 @ 12:30 PM
  • Julia Beren-Sosnick

About Sylvia V. Whitlock:

Born in New York City

Educated through High School in Kingston, Jamaica

• International Baccalaureate from Cambridge University, England
• B.A. Psychology – Hunter College of the City University of New York
• M.A. – Education, Cal Poly, Pomona
• PH. D. Education – Claremont Graduate School
• M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy – Azusa Pacific University
• California State Teaching and Administrative Credentials
• Licensed in Marriage and Family Therapy by Board of Behavioral Sciences, California
• Licensed Supervisor – Marriage and Family Therapy

Joined Ex-Rotary Club of Duarte in 1982
• Held every office at club level
• First Woman President worldwide, in Rotary International
• Made up at clubs in England, Scotland, the Caribbean, Australia, South Africa, India
• Chaired Four-Way Test Speech competition for 6 years
• Chaired Ambassadorial Scholarship Committee for 6 years
• Served on District Finance Committee
• Chaired Simplified Grant Program
• Served as Assistant Governor
• Recipient of Rotary Foundation District Service Award
• Recipient of Sylvia Whitlock award, established and presented at the 2017 International Convention
• Participated in NIDS, established AIDS clinic in Jamaica, supported orphanage in Mexico, sank wells in Nigeria, raised almost $90,000. for Education for Girls in India
• Is multiple Paul Harris Fellow, Benefactor and Member of the Bequest Society
• District Governor 2012-2013
• Has spoken at more than 100 District Conferences, numerous clubs in the United States and overseas, Institutes and Zone events
• Addressed all 530 incoming governors at 2013 International Assembly
• Honorary Member of Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan, Chicago One, Duarte Rotary

Other community activities and awards (past and present)
• Member of the Rotary Club of Claremont, CA
• Member of the Board of Spanish Trails Girl Scout Council
• Recorder for Blind and Dyslexic
• Commission Member at Tri-City Mental Health Authority
• Trainer in Mental Health First Aid
• Volunteer at Pomona Valley Hospital
• Chair of Pastor Parish Relations Council at Trinity U.M. Church
• Member and Past President of Beta Mu Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International
• AFRAM GLOBAL Villager Award, 2019
• UNA Global Citizen Award 2013

Academic Activities
• Chair of Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accreditation Teams
• Member of California State Committee on Credentials at California State Department of Education (2004-2010)
• Distinguished Alumna at Cal Poly, Pomona
• NAACP Woman of the Year
• Hall of Fame, Hunter College, CUNY. 2021

Sylvia had three adult children, one of whom is Human Resources Assistant at University of California, Berkeley. She considers raising her children the most satisfying and enjoyable job she has ever had, almost comparable to enjoying her first grandson, and now a new granddaughter and another grandson. Likes tennis, the Stanford Cardinals Football Team, the Seahawks, the Golden state Warriors, especially Steph Curry, and the Los Angeles Angels. She is also a world traveler.

Birthdays & Celebrations:

  • August 1: Birthday - Georgia
  • August 18: Anniversary - Rosemary & Gil
  • August 20: Birthday - "Meg" Mary Moon
  • August 22: Birthday - "Webmaster" Gregg Vollman
  • August 29: Birthday - Shantell Haynes Cruz-Leon

  • Congratulations to the following Rotarians that joined our club in August!
    We appreciate your continued, "Service Above Self"
  • Gail S. Tavares - 11 August 2017
  • "Bill" William C. Webb Jr. - 12 August 2017
  • Upcoming Events & Activities:

    Rotary Party with a Purpose Social at Jaxson's Ice Cream
    POSTPONED TO A FUTURE DATE - Jaxson's Ice Cream Parlor & Restaurant
    (LAST CHANCE) The Village of Allapattah YMCA Family Center Raffle

    The Village of Allapattah YMCA Family Center is holding a raffle with some amazing prizes, including a 7 night Royal Caribbean cruise for 2+$700, $2000 & $1000 cash. The raffle winners will be announced on August 12th, live on the Village of #Allapattah YMCA Facebook page from the Y building. Entry bundles begin at $10 and you can buy as many entries as you wish. 100% of the donations will go to serve the community, please consider donating.

    Just go to this link:
    Other prizes are a set of 4 tires from Balado National Tires valued at $500, 2 Miami Heat tickets valued at $150, tickets to the SuperBlue and Rubell museums valued at $144, and a liquor basket valued at $70.

    Please share this with family, friends, colleagues, . . . anyone!

    Support Your Village of Allapattah YMCA and Donate Today!

    KITE FESTIVAL with PAL (Police Athletics League)

    Come join us for a fun family event. We are sponsors for this event and our Rotary logo will be in the kites handed out to the attendees.

    PAL Hallandale Beach Family Fun Day
    Thursday, September 9th to Sunday, September 12th - District 6990 Conference.
    Conference will be held at the Naples Grande Beach Resort.

    Address: 475 Seagate Drive Naples, Florida 34103
    Phone: (239) 207-0634
    Naples Grande Beach Resort

    Room rates at $159.00 per night is available but you must book your room before August 19th. The link is on the dacdb calendar for the conference and the hotel.

    Conference registration fee: $350.00 per person. If you book the hotel directly on their website: put in the group code: GROTA921

    You can also call their 800 number which is: (844) 489-9663 and give the group code (listed above) or ask for "Rotary 6990".

    PAST EVENT (Celebrated on July 21, 2021)
    Largest Rotary Club Meeting Ever
    The recording is available at:

    The Y (YMCA) 2021 Swim Suit Drive / Donate Swimsuits / Drowning Prevention
    YMCA 2021 Swim Suit Drive YMCA 2021 Swim Suit Drive

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