On June 16, 2018, Isaac Owolabi was installed as District Governor of Rotary International for Western North Carolina District 7670. As Governor, Isaac will be responsible for the management and direction of the 48 regional Rotary Clubs with approximately 2200 members for Fiscal Year 2018-19. Isaac is from Rotary Club of Asheville-Biltmore, a resident of Asheville, and a Professor of Business/Marketing at Montreat College. He came to the USA from Omu-Aran, Kwara State, Nigeria at the age of 25, where he had taught High School Math and Physics.
He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Continuing his graduate studies, Isaac earned his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1988. Isaac has 12 years of academic administration experience and has taught a wide range of undergraduate and graduate marketing courses for 30 years.
He has been a Rotarian for 28 years. He has been a member of many organizations, including Chamber of Commerce, Toastmaster International, Marketing Education Association, and many others during his career. He is an ordained minister. He is married to Abigail M. Owolabi and both are blessed with 4 grown children, as well as a grandchild. Abigail is a licensed Social worker with over 25 years of work experience. Abigail and Isaac’s lives exemplify service.
Rotary International is a community of 1.2 million men and women from all continents, cultures, professions and experiences who connect through 35,000 global clubs. Internationally, Rotary has been leading the fight to eradicate Polio – last year there were 22 cases of Polio globally, with fewer so far this year. Rotary Clubs in Western North Carolina have worked with MANNA Food Bank, local area schools, and many other charities to address problems locally as well as internationally.
As a district, our number one opportunity this year is membership. Our district will use multidimensional approaches to increase membership. This will be shared as DG Isaac visits the clubs in the district. I call our challenges opportunity, because our challenges are surmountable with all hands on deck. I welcome you, all to the New Rotary Year 2018/2019, where we will all “Be The Inspiration” to our clubs and communities.