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District 7750 History

The Rotary Club movement began in 1905 in Chicago, IL when Paul P. Harris, a young attorney, brought a group of business and professional men together to recapture the friendliness and fellowship many had known in the small towns where they grew up. Harris named the group Rotary because its members rotated the meeting location. In November 1908 a second Rotary Club was organized in San Francisco closely followed by Clubs in Oakland and Los Angeles. The New York City Rotary Club was formed in 1909 and in 1911 Rotary became international with the formation of Clubs in Ireland and England.

With this growth Rotary began organizing itself into Districts, first called Divisions (1912). South Carolina’s first clubs, Greenville (1916), Spartanburg (1916), and Anderson (1917) were in District 4, which included the southeastern part of the United States. Then in 1918 the Clubs in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina were grouped to form Division 7. Lewis W. Perrin (Spartanburg) served as District Governor of District 7 in 1920-21.

North Carolina and South Carolina were reorganized into District 38 in 1922 and by 1926 there were sufficient clubs to form District 58, an area that included all of South Carolina and Western North Carolina. Zac Wright (Newberry) was the first District Governor of District 58.

In 1937 District 58 was changed to District 190 and in 1945, when North Carolina split into four Districts, South Carolina became a single District (190). After WWII (1949) the District number was changed to 282 and then five years later (1954) the state was split into two Districts. The eastern portion became District 283 and the western portion remained 282. In 1957 our District number was changed to 775 and finally in 1991 it became District 7750, as it is known today.

There are 53 Clubs in our District and approximately 2700 Rotarians. Our District consists of the 19 western counties plus a portion of Lexington County. Our sister District 7770 includes the 26 eastern counties plus a portion of Lexington County and has 77 Clubs and 4500 Rotarians.

Internationally, Rotary today is made up of more than 34,000 clubs totaling 1.2 million plus Rotarians in more than 162 countries.

District Governor

Lance Young
District Governor 2016-2017

Lance Young has been a Rotarian since 2004 and is currently a member of the Greenville Evening Club. He served as President of the Rotary Club of Clemson in 2010-11.  He is a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow, Benefactor, Bequest Society member and Paul Harris Society member.

Lance retired from teaching at Clemson University in 2014. He taught and advised students in the College of Business and Behavioral Science. He also developed a Creative Inquiry course offering students the opportunities to learn how to record, interview and catalog military veterans' combat and service experiences. With a fellow faculty colleague, Lance also developed a study abroad trip to Normandy which offers students the opportunity to trace the journey of WWII American soldiers in France. Lance is also a member of and serves as the Vice Chairman for the Clemson Corps Board at Clemson University

Lance retired from the U.S. Air Force at the rank of Colonel after serving for over 29 years. His last assignment was at Clemson University, as the Department Chair and Professor of Aerospace Studies and U.S. Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment Commander. Prior to his assignment to Clemson, Lance served as the Commander, 81st Mission Support Group, Keesler AFB in Biloxi, MS, where he commanded 2,000 personnel in providing base support, logistics and service activities for 78,000 military, civilian, dependents and retirees. Other assignments included: U.S. Special Operations Command; U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado; Aide-de-Camp to the Deputy Commander-in-Chief European Command, Stuttgart, Germany; and Air Battle Manager onboard the Airborne Warning and Control (AWACS) E-3 Aircraft.

Lance is married to Dr. Lenna Corley Young, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Greenville Technical College, Greenville, SC.

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District Governor Elect


Ed Irick
District Governor Elect
(District Governor 2017-2018)

Ed joined Rotary in 2003 as a charter member of the Rotary Club of Greenville Evening. He served as Club President in 2006-2007. From 2009 to 2013, Ed served as Assistant Governor for Area 12.  He served as District Membership Chair, the District Early Act First Knight Program Chair and as Chair of the District Foundation Grants. He has also served as a member of the Greenville Metro Membership Committee and an advisor to an Interact Club.

He is a graduate of all three sections of the Rotary Leadership Institute. He is a Rotary Foundation Major Donor, a Paul Harris Society Member and a Bequest Society member.

Ed retired as a Colonel after serving 30 years in the United States Army.   He has a BS Degree from Clemson University and a Masters of Public Administration from Shippensburg University. He is also a graduate of the US Army War College.

Ed is an Elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and currently serves as a member of the Foothills Presbytery's Committee on Ministry. He and his wife Carol are weekly volunteers for Meals on Wheels.

Ed and Carol have been married for 45 years. They have 3 children and 6 grandchildren:
Allison - Married to Chad Van Iddekinge living in Tallahassee, FL with son Aiden and daughter Gretchen.
Caroline - Married to Thomas Lee living in Carrboro, NC with sons Madoc and Jack.
Edward - Married to Ellen living in Greenville, SC with daughter Lorelei and son Evan.

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District Governor Nominee

Carol Burdette
District Governor Nominee
(District Governor 2018-2019)

Carol Burdette joined the Rotary Club of Anderson in 1994 and quickly got involved as the club newsletter editor.  In 1999, Carol was the second woman to become club president.  From 2001 – 2006 Carol served as an Assistant Governor, and during most of that time served on the District RYLA Committee.

Carol served as District Governor in 2008-09.

From 2010 – 2012 Carol was a member of the Electric City Rotary Club where she served as CART chair in 2011.  She rejoined the Rotary Club of Anderson in late 2012.  Carol is a member of The Rotary Foundation Bequest Society, is a Benefactor, Major Donor and a member of the Paul Harris Society, and is serving as the Centennial Chair for her Rotary Club.

She is President & Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Anderson County.

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District Governor Nominee-Designate

Rob Hanley
District Governor Nominee-Designate
(District Governor 2019-2020)

Rob joined the Rotary Club of North Greenville in 1994. He served as Club President in 2000-2001 and will serve as Assistant Governor for Area 5. He has served on the District Youth Exchange Committee and is a graduate of Rotary Leadership Institute.

Rob is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and Sustaining Member.

He graduated cum laude with honors from The Florida State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology, from Duke University with a M.S. degree in Zoology, and from The University of Alabama with a Ph.D. degree in Biology.

He is employed by TRC Environmental Corp. as a Senior Environmental Consultant. His consulting practice includes biological and wetland surveys, and environmental compliance assistance, with an emphasis on Toxic Substances Control Act and mergers and acquisition due diligence.

Rob is a member of First Baptist Church Greenville, where he has served as a Deacon, teaches fifth grade Sunday School, and currently serves on the Faith Formations Committee.

Rob and Lillian have been married for 33 years. They have three children, Maj. Chris Matthew, Erin and Seth, and two grandsons, Sean and Zach.

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