Spotlight on a Member: Doris Shuman

Spotlight on a Club
Doris Shuman
Abingdon Noon
Submitted by Danielle Starnes

Women weren't always members of Rotary and inclusion of women in Rotary was late in arriving. Inviting women to become Rotarians was sometimes met with resistance by individual clubs and individual Rotari-ans. Each Rotary Club has a trailblazer, that first woman who not only recognized the merits of Rotary as an organization, but was willing to be the first woman in a club of all men. Doris Shuman is that woman in the Rotary Club of Abingdon, Virginia.
Doris Shuman was a perfect candidate for acceptance as a Rotarian as the local girl who made good. Doris grew up in our county, graduated from both a local high school and college, and possessed a very strong professional background, serving first as an auditor for Pittston Coal and Regional Vice President with Signet Bank before opening her own CPA practice in town, Doris C. Shuman, CPA.
Doris joined the Rotary Club of Abingdon as the first woman member in 1986 and was proposed by former Rotarian, Joe Hutton. She became the first woman President of the club in 1994-1995, paving the way for so many future female Rotarians in Abingdon. She was named a Skelton Fellow in 1998, a Paul Harris Fellow in 1999 and she received the Avenues of Service Award in 2009, all of which are stellar achievements. Doris remains as one of our most active club members, helping with our Fundraising committee, our Backpack program, and our Frolics committee. She has served as club treasurer for over 25 years and aids the club with their financial service needs.
Doris has continued to leave a lasting impression on our club through her hard work and community service. In addition to Rotary, she has served on the Town of Abingdon Planning Commission and the Board of Architectural Review. She is a past Co- President of the Virginia Highlands Festival and a past president of the Abingdon Elementary PTA. She has served on numerous Boards of Directors including the William King Arts Center and Glenrochie Country Club. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for People Inc. She is a strong advocate for our children, for our arts, and for the betterment for our area.
She is married to Kenny Shuman, who is also a member of the Rotary Club of Abingdon and they have one daughter, Sidney Shuman who lives in New York City.
Although late in allowing women to join, our organization has benefitted greatly by their presence and the professionalism, dedication and loyalty these trailblazing women contribute to Rotary year, after year.