Pictured here, President-elect Karen Hutchings met Dr. Sylvia Whitlock at the PETS Conference.
Dr. Whitlock has been in Rotary for over 25 years, but when she first joined her club in California the club's charter was revoked because they had admitted a woman. At the time, women were not permitted to be members of Rotary International. She and her club sued Rotary International and changed the face of Rotary forever.  She went on to be the first woman Rotary President and served as District Governor for District 5300 in 2012-13.