During the Rotary meeting at Sorella Ristorante on Wednesday, July 2, Christy Sizemore was recognized for two Rotarian achievements by the new Ripley Rotary Club president Steve Westfall.

Sizemore, who has been a Rotarian through the Ripley Rotary Club since 2010, was chosen by the District Nominating Committee to be the District Governor Nominee Designate. She has graciously accepted the invitation to serve and has already begun her training as a member of the DG Track.

“It is an honor to even be considered, yet alone selected,” Sizemore said.

Sizemore has served as the Ripley Rotary Club President-Elect and President. She currently serves as the Fundraising Committee Chair as well as facilitating and administering the Adopt-A-Family program. This was a task handed down to Sizemore by her Rotarian sponsor, Marci Weyer who was the first female Ripley Rotarian as well as the first female Rotarian in the state of West Virginia.

Weyer ran the Adopt-A-Family program for decades before entrusting Sizemore with the important and very demanding position. She felt Sizemore’s passion and commitment were a perfect fit to continue the success of the program for years to come.

Sizemore also wears the hat of director of the Jackson County Community Foundation. Through the JCCF she is involved with over 100 different non-profit organizations in Jackson County. Sizemore is on every board or has a committee with each charity under the JCCF umbrella.

She has been instrumental in the Jackson General Hospital Capital Campaign and is a great president and leader of the Hospital Foundation Board. Sizemore is also the campaign manager of the $10.5 million dollar new hospital project.

As Branch Manager and Loan Officer, Sizemore has received the most rewards given to date from Premier Bank. She received the District All-Star Award from Rotary International twice, she was elected twice as Generation Next’s 40 under 40 for West Virginia Executives, and she was featured on the cover of West Virginia Executive with an educational article on community foundations. Along with these achievements, she has previously been named Main Street Ripley’s Community Leader of Year.

Following Sizemore’s three-year DG Track, she will then become the youngest female District Governor to ever hold the title. She has nominated her brother Matt Sizemore to be a president-elect of the Ripley Rotary and he will become the Rotary president at the same time she assumes her title of District Governor, making them the first siblings to hold both a district and regional title at the same time.

The second achievement Sizemore was recognized for was becoming a Paul Harris Fellow Society member. The main goal of the Paul Harris program through Rotary International is to eliminate polio.

Sizemore is excited about the recognition she has received and wants to make Ripley Rotary’s involvement in the community known to Rotary International.

Other items discussed:

• Ripley Rotary will be having their first evening meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31 at Sorella Ristorante for anyone interested in becoming a Rotarian or learning more about the club.

• Ripley Rotary Club president Steve Westfall is setting a goal of recruiting at least 10 new Rotary Club members during his term in office.

• Rotary will also be collecting items for the West Virginia flood victims in Harman. A list of requested items and drop off locations can be found on the Ripley Rotary page on Facebook.