Charlene J. Jarest, an Attleboro resident and 29-year member of the Fall River Rotary Club, has been installed as the fifth woman District Governor to head the leadership team for District 7950, the 65 Rotary clubs of Southeast Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Other district officers were also installed at the online ceremony held Friday, June 26. 
Following the district installation, Charlene's home club in Fall River held its installation in the same online gathering. The Fall River club is marking its 100th anniversary this year.
“My mission for the coming year is to move forward from the Covid-19 crisis by helping all our clubs develop new ways to advance Rotary’s mission of Service Above Self,” said Jarest. “I want us to be stronger and more effective in addressing the problems in our communities and around the world, and more appealing to like-minded people who want to effect positive change by becoming Rotarians.”
Jarest was the second woman to serve as president of the Fall River Rotary Club and the first woman to hold that title twice. She has served as an assistant district governor.
She has been very active in the Greater Fall River and New Bedford communities, holding leadership positions in such organizations as the United Way, Greater New Bedford & Fall River Chambers of Commerce, People Inc., Fall River Committee to Employ Persons with disAbilities, Leadership SouthCoast Steering Committee, and UMASS Dartmouth Management Advisory Board. 
Charlene and her husband, Jake, have two daughters and four grandchildren.