Rusine Sinclair of Raleigh will be next Rotary District Governor
Rusine Mitchell Sinclair, of Raleigh, will be appointed to the volunteer post of Rotary International district governor for 2016-17. Her installation ceremony and dinner will be held on Wednesday, June 22, 6 p.m. at North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh.
As district governor, Sinclair will coordinate community and international service projects for the 45 Rotary clubs located throughout the greater Triangle area. Her responsibilities will include strengthening existing Rotary clubs through membership growth, member engagement and organizing new clubs. She will also encourage support for The Rotary Foundation as it celebrates its 100 th Anniversary of Doing Good in the World and its final push to eradicate polio.
The outgoing governor for the 2015-16 term is Newman Aguiar, founder and managing partner of an information technology consultancy in Durham and past president of the Durham Rotary Club.
“It’s an honor to serve as district governor during The Rotary Foundation’s 100th anniversary. I’m inspired and hopeful that this will be the year polio is eradicated from the world forever,” Sinclair said. “Rotarians serve humanity in their communities and around the world through projects that demonstrate Service Above Self. I have a wonderful opportunity to increase awareness of Rotary’s contributions during this historical year.”
Sinclair worked 25 years as an executive with the IBM Corporation and made IBM company history in 2005 when she became the first female North Carolina senior state executive, a position through which she represented the company to elected officials, business leaders and the community. After her retirement in August 2007, she served as the chief executive officer of Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines.
Sinclair was the 2013-2014 president of the Rotary Club of Raleigh on the eve of its 100 th anniversary that was celebrated by a large gift to establish the Rotary Club of Raleigh Dental Clinic, operated by Wake Smiles in the Judy D. Zelnak Center of Hope Salvation Army of Wake County.
Her other community leadership service includes chair of the Wake Education Partnership Board of Trustees, a member of the WakeMed Foundation Board of Trustees and on the executive committee for North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry. She has also served on the Pines of Carolina Girl Scout Council Board of Directors, North Carolina School of Math and Science Foundation Board, Meredith College Business Advisory Board, and University of North Carolina Student Affairs Advisory Board. She is the past chair of the Regional Transportation Alliance and the North Carolina Technology Association. For her service, she received The Order of the Long Leaf Pine from the State of North Carolina.