Sep 23, 2021 12:30 PM
PDG Sylvia Whitlock
“Women in Rotary”, a history of the fight of women to join Rotary International.

Biography for Rotary
District Governor, 2012-2013

Born in New York City
Educated through High School in Kingston, Jamaica
·      International baccalaureate from Cambridge University, England
·      B.A. Psychology – Hunter College of the City University of New York
·      M.A. – Education, Cal Poly, Pomona
·      PH. D. Education – Claremont Graduate School
·      M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy – Azusa Pacific University
·      California State Teaching and Administrative Credentials
·      Licensed in Marriage and Family Therapy by Board of Behavioral Sciences, California
·      Licensed Supervisor – Marriage and Family Therapy
Joined Ex-Rotary Club of Duarte in 1982
·      Held every office at club level
·      First Woman President worldwide, in Rotary International
·      Made up at clubs in England, Scotland, the Caribbean, Australia, South
·      Africa, India
·      Chaired Four-Way Test Speech competition for 6 years
·      Chaired Ambassadorial Scholarship Committee for 6 years
·      Served on District Finance Committee
·      Chaired Simplified Grant Program
·      Served as Assistant Governor
·      Recipient of Rotary Foundation District Service Award
·      Recipient of Sylvia Whitlock award, established and presented at the 2017 International  Convention
·      Participated in NIDS, established AIDS clinic in Jamaica, supported orphanage in Mexico, sank wells in Nigeria, raised almost $90,000. for Education for Girls in India
·      Is multiple  Paul Harris Fellow, Benefactor and Member of the Bequest Society
·      District Governor 2012-2013
·      Has spoken at more than 100 District Conferences, numerous clubs in the United States and overseas, Institutes and Zone events
·      Addressed all 530 incoming governors at 2013 International Assembly
·      Honorary Member of Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan, Chicago One,
·      Duarte Rotary
Other community activities and awards (past and present)
·      Member of the Rotary Club of Claremont, CA
·      Member of the Board of Spanish Trails Girl Scout Council
·      Recorder for Blind and Dyslexic
·      Commission Member at Tri-City Mental Health Authority
·      Trainer in Mental Health First Aid
·      Volunteer at Pomona Valley Hospital
·      Chair of Pastor Parish Relations Council at Trinity U.M. church
·      Member and Past President of Beta Mu Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International
·      AFRAM GLOBAL Villager Award, 2019
·      UNA Global Citizen Award 2013
Academic Activities
·      Chair of Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accreditation Teams
·      Member of California State Committee on Credentials at California State Department of Education (2004-2010)
·      Distinguished Alumna at Cal Poly, Pomona
·       NAACP Woman of the Year
·      Hall of Fame, Hunter College, CUNY. 2021
Sylvia had three adult children, one of whom is Human Resources Assistant at University of California, Berkeley. She considers raising her children the most satisfying and enjoyable job she has ever had, almost comparable to enjoying her first grandson, and now a new granddaughter and another grandson.  Likes tennis, the Stanford Cardinals Football Team, the Seahawks, the Golden state Warriors, especially Steph Curry, and the Los Angeles  Angels.  She is also a world traveler.