District Governor 2023-24
Renee joined the Rotary Club of Fountain Inn in 2005 and later the Rotary Club of Newberry. She was president of the Newberry Rotary Club for 2015-16 and served on the board of directors from 2011-2017. During her time as membership chair, she helped develop the Discover Rotary, Red Badge, and Orientation programs for new members of the club.
Renee was Assistant District Governor, Area 10 from 2016-2019, and is the Rotary Leadership Institute district chair. She is an RLI graduate, faculty member, and helped write the Faculty Training Guide for RLI Faculty, as well as assisted with the RLI online curriculum development. Renee is a member of the Paul Harris Society, a Major Donor, and a Benefactor.
Renee worked in the Greenville County School system for 28 years as a secondary mathematics teacher and Instructional Coach. After retiring, she accepted a faculty position at Newberry College as the Teaching Fellows Director and an Associate Professor of Education, and later, Associate Professor of Mathematics. She has been an invited speaker at local, national, and international conferences on best practices for instruction.
Renee is a member of the Newberry Opera House Guild, served on the board of directors, and chaired several fundraising events. She also serves on the Grace Lutheran Church Preschool school board.
Renee is proud to be the daughter of Warren Cousins who was a Rotarian for 60 years.
District Governor (2024-25)
Rysheeka joined the Rotary Club of Aiken Sunrise in 2010 after returning from a Group Study Exchange to Australia. She served as Club President for two terms; 2017-2018 and 2018-2019. She has served as one of the club’s Interact Liaisons for nearly a decade and currently serves as the chair for Community Service and RYLA.
Rysheeka has served as Assistant Governor for Area 8. She supports the Rotary Foundation, is a Benefactor and multiple Paul Harris Fellow.
She is a graduate of Aiken Technical College where she earned Associate of Arts and Human Services Degrees. She moved on to earn additional dual degrees in Psychology and Sociology from the University of South Carolina- Aiken. She completed her term at U of SC Aiken with a Master of Science Degree in Applied Clinical Psychology. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in South Carolina.
She is employed by Helping Hands, Inc., a residential facility for children in foster care, as Clinical Program Manager.
Rysheeka serves on various volunteer boards in the Aiken area.
District Governor Nominee
District Governor (2025-26)
Dave joined the Rotary Club of Greenville Breakfast in 2013. He served as his club’s president in 2015-16 and again in 2020-21. He is currently serving as an Assistant Governor and RYLA Chair for District 7750. He is a graduate of the Rotary Leadership Institute. Dave supports the Rotary Foundation as a Paul Harris Society member and is a Major Donor.
Dave is a graduate of Westminster College in Pennsylvania with a BS in Physics. He holds an MS degree in Aeronautical Systems from West Florida and an MSBA from Indiana University. He served 7 years in the US Navy as a Naval Aviator. After the Navy, he spent 34 years in the tire business retiring from Michelin in 2011. His career in the tire business included Tire Development, Quality, and Manufacturing. He was the Plant Manager at the Michelin plants in Ft Wayne, Indiana; Tuscaloosa, Alabama; and his final 7 years prior to retirement as Plant Manager of the Ardmore, Oklahoma Plant.
During his career he was always active in the communities in which he worked, serving on numerous committees and boards. He was the Council President of the Arbuckle Area Council, BSA, for 3 years. He is an Eagle Scout and a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award. Dave served as Chairman of the Board of Mercy Hospital in Ardmore, Ok. He also served on the Executive Committee of the Oklahoma Business Roundtable (economic development). He currently serves on the Executive Board of the Blue Ridge Council, BSA.
In his spare time, Dave enjoys golf, fishing, hiking and reading. He and Peggy have been married for 48 years. They have 3 children and 4 grandchildren located in Columbia City, Indiana and Tampa, Florida.
Immediate Past District Governor (2022-23)
Joyce joined the Lancaster Rotary Club in 2011, served as club president 2013 – 2014, and became Assistant Governor for Area 7 in 2018. She is a RLI graduate, multiple Paul Harris Fellow and a Major Donor. Rotarian of the Year 2015 – 2016. Joyce originally joined the Rotary family in 1994 as a charter member of Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary (VT), where she also served as club president.
Joyce holds a B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts. She worked in the insurance industry for 35 years in both company and agency settings. Joyce worked on many community projects and has served on various civic boards through the years.
After being widowed, she moved to South Carolina in 2008 to be closer to family. Joyce acted as Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity for Lancaster County until retirement and now enjoys promoting Rotary ideals, reading, gardening, and sports of all kinds.
She is a member of First United Methodist Church where she currently serves on the Board of Trustees. Joyce lives with her history professor brother Richard and enjoys living within easy driving distance to her son Geoffrey and his wife Heather.