Ruzhdi Bakalli, of Warren, will assume the post of Rotary International District 7280 Governor for 2014-15 on July 1 2014.
As governor, Bakalli will coordinate the community and international service projects of the fourty-two clubs in the northwest Pennsylvania area. He will serve in that capacity through June 30, 2015.
Ruzhdi will begin his official duties as the Chairman of the President Elect Training Seminar (PETS) on March 8 and 9 at the Sheriton 4-Points Hotel in Cranberry.
Mr. and Mrs. Ruzhdi Bakalli
He is the second District Governor to be selected from the Warren Rotary Club. Bill Yeager, a life long resident of Warren County, preceeded him as District Governor in 1975-1976. Yeager passed away in 2009.
Bakalli is one of 532 Rotarians worldwide that will be serving as a district governor next year.
A member of the Rotary club of Warren for eight years and a member and founder of the Rotary Club of Gjakova, in Kosova, for ten years, he will also be responsible for organizing new Rotary clubs and strengthening existing ones.
His main goals for the coming year are to increase district membership by 10 percent, increase the Rotary Foundation Donations to help local communities and the Polio Eradication Campaign. He also said that he will encourage the district's clubs to do community service projects in their communities and abroad and that he will do everything he can to strengthen District 7280.
"As local leaders and volunteers, Rotarians can help find community solutions to local needs," he said.
Area Rotary clubs are involved in many local and international service activities. The Rotary Club of Warren, for example, supports the Salvation Army, the Chief Cornplanter Council of BSA, the Warren County 4-H Clubs, Free Books for Kids and provides two $2,000 scholarships per year to Warren County high school seniors.
An economic developer, Bakalli contributes to the community in many ways. He developed the shopping plaza and industrial park located on the old Struthers Wells site, rehabilitated the Deluxe Metals site, now Targetted Pet Treats, and his most recent development is Warren West Industrial Park on the site of the old G. G. Greene plant at Pennsylvania Avenue and Pine Street.
The main objective of Rotary International is service, in the community and throughout the world. With more than 1.2 million members in 34,000 clubs worldwide, Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.