Our next District Governor is Shafi Parekh

Born in India to a father who was a businessman and Charter member of the Rotary Club, migrated to Pakistan with his family in 1947, schooled in England, came back and joined his family dairy and foods manufacturing company and joined Rotary in 1972. His wife, their son, and he moved West, in 1974 after running two milk plants for the US Navy, one in Cuba and Puerto Rico. They had another son and moved to Michigan working for General Mills making Yoplait Yogurt. Joined a Rotary Club in Michigan. From there to Dallas, Texas and another Rotary Club where he was President in 1990, board member and president of a local theater as well as serving on the boards of University of Texas Center for Translation Studies, and Center for Sower Learners. Here they were very involved in Youth Exchange and Group Study Exchange

He took an early retirement in 2003 and moved back to Pakistan where he and his wife Marjan lived for 5 years. Shafi joined another club in Karachi and served as president, district trainer, and district secretary. During his 5 years, his club was involved in over 20 Matching Grants, mostly as Host Club, digging tube wells, rebuilding a village of 126 homes destroyed by an earthquake, providing solar lamps for village homes, providing oncology diagnostics equipment for pediatric oncology hospital, went to Italy for fundraising for a Global Grant to buy brain surgery equipment for the same hospital.

Shafi and Marjan moved to Raleigh in 2008 after their son, Murtaza, joined a group gastroenterology practice, and their daughter-in-law, Donna Edwards, joined Wake Med as a Hospitalist.

Their younger son is an attorney with a firm in San Diego, California.

His passion is to serve and support the membership and the clubs. His focus during his tenure as District Governor is poverty alleviation through enhancing literacy, mainly female literacy which, he says, will be critical to sustaining the advances in Polio eradication, especially in Pakistan so as to prevent resurgence of Polio. He would like to support RI President Ian Riseley in his 1.2 million tree planting initiative worldwide to offset Carbon Emission as service to our future generations and our planet.

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