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The Rotary Club of Williamsburg

meets the First, Second, and Third Thursdays of the month from 6:30 to 8:00pm

at the Williamsburg Lodge 

310 South England Street, Williamsburg, VA

in Historic Colonial Williamsburg.

Please view the meeting schedule for updated meeting information.


The Rotary Club of Williamsburg

   Williamsburg, VA USA
Established October 18, 1924                 
Club No. 5848   District 7600
Williamsburg Rotary Club   Rotary International   District 7600
Don Murfee, President   Mark Maloney, President   Clenise Platt, DG
www.williamsburgrotary.org   www.rotary.org   www.rotary7600.org


Chapter President, Don Murfee, and Victoria Beschel of the Whaling Company wrap up the evening, following Victoria's address to members at the Chapter Meeting on March 12th, 2020. Don presentated to Victoria a certificate of a book to be donated in her honor to the Williamsburg Children's Library.  

Victoria Beschel of the Whaling Company addresses Chapter Members. Victoria spoke on a number of issues that workers in the hospitatlity industry in the area face every year and during the tourist season. She discussed medical, transportation and income issues that area Food, Beverage and Hospitatlity workers, and their employers,  have to contend with

on a year round basis.Victoria was also featured the March 2020 edition of Next Door Neighbors. 




Chapter President, Don Murfee, presents to Williamsburg Landing Adult Day Care 

Director, Debbie Whybra, a copy of the Rotarian Magazine at the conclusion of her presentation.

Debbie spoke to chapter members at the March 5th, 2020 meeting. She discussed the 

facility's growth over the past few years. She also discussed a number of the different programs 

that Williamsburg Landing now offers for on-site residents and adult day care users.



Williamsburg Landing Day Care Director, Debbie Whybra, addresses chapter member's 

questions on the needs of the aging in our community and the many services and programs 

that are provided at Williamsburg Landing's day care facility. Some of the programs include 

transportation and care relief for care givers as well many others.


On February 13th 2020, Chapter Members, spouses and guests enjoyed fellowship and great food at Sal's Italian Restaurant. Thanks to Dick Smith for working so hard to put the 

event together. Pictured below are members Sean Driscoll, George Hudgins, Chris Eckols, Terry Lovvorn with their spouses, guests and family members.




Chapter members, spouses, and Guest seen here enjoying the 3rd course of

their meals. The Chapter Social at Sals Italian Restaurant on February 13th 2020, coincided with Valentine's Day for a great event for all who attended. Pictured Here are  Chapter president Don Murfee. Other members pictured are Chris Eckols, Dr. James Garofalo and Don Pratt among others.


Williamsburg Rotary Chapter President, Don Murfee, Pictured below with our Guest 

Speaker at the February 6th 2020 meeting, Mr. Jeffery Walker. Mr Walker who has authored and done extensive research regarding the causes and the historical ramifications of World War I is being presentted a book that will be donated to the Williamsburg Childrens Library. 


Retired Air Force Officer, Attorney and Award Winning Author,Jeffery Walker, addressed members at the Chapter Members at our February 6th 2020 meeting, Mr. Walker discussed how World War I was a major catalyst for changes throughout the 20th century. As pictured below, Mr. Walker, answered questions from members regarding his books and his presentation.


Mike Sabin, Director and General Manager of American Family Fitness, speaks with 

members about many of the club's new intitatives and programs.Mike spoke with members at the Chapters January 26th,2020 meeting. Additionally, Mike discussed with members and gave broad descriptions,and insight about, how the club and its programs can assist members and area residents with improving their health and fitness goals.


American Family Fitness General Manager Mike Sabin speaks to Chapter Members 

about a number of the new programs the club is offering for many Williamsburg residents

to improve their health and fitness.

York County Board of Supervisor and Estate Attorney Walt Zaremba speaks with 

members at the January 16th, 2020 Chapter Meeting. Walt spoke with members and 

addressed a number of their questions regarding issues and policy concerns not only 

of York County, but the larger Williamsburg area.


Walt Zaremba with the York County Board of Supervisors addresses members questions

during his presentation. Walt addressed a number of questions on issues dealing with Zoning, Education and county growth.


Heritage Humane Society Executive Director, Kimberly Laska, is presented a certification of apppreciation for addressing Chapter members at the Chapter's January 9th 2020 meeting. Kimberly spoke with Chapter members about a number of the issues regarding the Humane Society's programs for placing lost and discarded animals and pets with new homes and owners. 


Heritage Humane Society Executive Director, Kimberly Laska, addresses Chapter members on a number of the issues, policies and programs her orgainzation is assisting with the greater Williamsburg area residents regarding abandon and lost domestic animals and pets.


Former ABC Sports and Special Programming Senior Vice President, Jim Spence, spoke with Chapter Members at our Nov. 21st 2019 meeting. Mr.Spence, seen here with Chapter President Don Murfee, addressed Members about his many years with the network. He discussed, among a number of topics, working with sports broadcasting legends such as  Keith Jackson, Don Meredith and Howard Cossell.


Former ABC Sports and Special Programming Senior Vice President, Jim Spence, seen here addressing the chapter Members discussed his career of more than 30 years with the Network. Among a number of the programs he produced or helped co-produced was Monday Night Football, the Olympic Games and ABC's Wide World Of Sports. 



Colonial Williamsburg Director of the Teacher Development Institute, Tab Broyles, was our Guest Speaker at the Nov. 14th 2019 Chapter Meeting, She is pictured here with Chapter President Don Murfee accepting a certifcate of a book donated in her name to the Williamsburg Childrens Library.

Colonial Williamburg Director of Teacher Development Institute, Tab Broyles, answers members question about the different services provides to School Systems and Teachers through out the United States. Also Pictured is Chapter President Don Murfee, Past President Peter Mellette, Doug McLean, Charles Crone and Don Pratt.


On our October 17th meeting, we had Virginia Staley of Williamsburg/Penisula Habitat For Humanity, address our Chapter Members. Virginia Discusseed a number of the issues and needs that Habitat for Humnaity faces is assisting, many citizens in our area, obtain safe and affordable housing.


Pictured below,Habitat for Humanity's Special Events Director,Virginia Staley, being presentetd a childrens book by, Chapter President, Don Murfee. The book is being donated, in her honor, to the Williamsburg Childrens Library.


Previous meeting on October 10, 2019, W&M Mens Basketball Head Coach Dane Fischer

Hosted by Bob Hershberger!!

Coach Fischer, pictured here with Chapter Pres. Don Murfee, discussed with chapter members 

his feelings on the program and his expectations for the players and the upcoming season.

The Tribe's mens squad first game will be against High Point on Nov. 5th

W&M Mens Head Basketball Coach Dane Fischer


Previous Meeting October 2, 2019, Greg Granger Hosted by Brent!

Greg Granger from WMBG Radio spoke of the history and power of local stations like WMBG. Serving the Williamsburg community, WMBG is in a unique position to deliver content directly impacting or Williamsburg residents. 


Previous Meeting September 19, 2019 President Nominee Will Hummel

Few things are more important to the health and longevity of the Rotary Club than engaged members. Natural attrition, members passing, residence relocations, and a general decline in membership has made us aware that we need a call to action to bring awareness to our Club and attract new members. Engaged members attract new members through service, fellowship, and community action. We need every member to engage as we approach our 100th year of Service above Self.


Previous Meeting September 12, 2019, District Governor Clenise Platt

Clenise Platt is the CEO of The Plattinum Group, a leadership development company and the staff coordinator of the Virginia Beach Library and a our District Governor. A dynamic speaker, Clenise updated our club with this years Rotary slogan and inspired action for clubs throughout the district. Clenise embodies the spirit of being a Rotarian.


Previous Meeting July 18, 2019 Liz Kujala hosted by Brent Baumberger!

Liz is the General Manager of Earth Fare. The location on Monticello has a very unique operating model and has been very generous to the support of the Williamsburg Craft Beer Festival. Read more about the philosophy of Earth Fare HERE!!!


Previous Meeting July 11, 2019 Heather Cordasco, Hosted by Brent!

Last week, we were re-introduced to Heather Cordsasco. She is a philanthopist, state Delegate, and a role model for giving life in the form of organ donation. We are proud to have her as a member of our community. You can follow her Twitter HERE.  Thank you Brent for hosting!


Club Service Update! Beer Fest Proceeds to Local Charities

The partnership between the Williamsburg Community, Aspire and The Williamsburg Rotary Club is evident with the disbursement of the proceeds from the 6th Annual Williamsburg Craft Beer Fest, which was held April 28, 2019. This year, we nearly doubled the proceeds of the event and were able to distribute $42,000 to local charities. Thank you for all that helped and Cheers to the next event. 



Past meeting June 20, 2019: Paul Freiling, Williamsburg Mayor hosted by Will Hummell!

Our club is very appreciative to Will Hummell for inviting our City Mayor to speak to the Club. I have always contended that the best place for understanding your community, is in front of the speaker podium at a Rotary meeting. Mayor Freiling was poised and confident in front of a tough and educated crowd and has my confidence as a Civic Leader. Thank you Will for getting this program.




Past Meeting, June 6, 2019: Andy Westrich, Colonial Beekeepers Association!

Navy Veteran and local businessman Andy Westrich came to talk to us about Bees! He started his beekeeping about 15 years ago after retiring from the Navy. His hobby has grown to include being the official beekeeper for St. George's brewery in Hampton. Check out their Facebook page for more information anbout the Colonial Beekeepers Association. Thank you Will Hummell for hosting. Thank you Andy!



Past meeting, May 16, 2019 - Tom Eason, Colonial Williamsburg Banquet Manager!

We had an impromptu guest as Tom Eason spoke to the club. Funny enough, Tom has been hosting our club and taking care of our meetings for years. This was the first time we took the opportunity to hear of his background and the story that brings him to our meeting, week after week. A true local, Tom is also a commercial fisherman with his own boats and licenses. We are really fortunate to be in his care each week. Thank you Tom!


Previous meeting, April 18, 2019 - Robert Reed, Triathlete and YMCA Membership Director!

Robert shared his insights for Triathlon and life. The parallels for mental toughness and the drivers for successful people are similar in that decisions and drive must be deliberate. Thank you to Don Murfee for hosting.


Previous meeting, March 14, 2019 - Scott Kucinski and Elisa Hernandez, Williamsburg Beer Fest and YEP Merger with Aspire!

Scott and Elisa filled us in two exciting transitions. First, Scott talked about the Williamsburg Craft Beer Festival expansion with Culture Fix. While adding 40% more capacity than previous years, the festival will be part of a broader Scrumptions Weekend. Elisa spoke of the merger of two organizations dedicated to the young professional crowd in the Greater Williamsburg area. You can read more about Aspire HERE. A special thank you to Peter Mellette for arranging our guest speakers. 


Previous meeting, February 28, 2019 - Andrew Trivette, Williamsburg City Manager!

Andrew Trivette is the newly appointed Williamsburg City Manager. Although new to the position, he is not new to the Williamsburg City Government as he served as the Intermin City Manager and Assistant City Manager before. Andrew brings a wealth of experience to the position and to Virginia. You can read more about the City Managers Office HERE. We really appreciate his perspective and ideas for the future of Williamsburg.


Previous meeting, February 21, 2019 - Casey Roberts, New Horizons Learning Centers!

Casey Roberts discussed the training learing options for local HIgh School Students. The skills provided to the students prepar them immediately for gainful employment in high paying sectors. New Horizons operates in the Virginia Peninsula with school budget grants and corporate sponsorships. I highly encourage you to look at the New Horizons Regional Education Center website. Thank you Will for arranging this talk.


Previous meeting, January 24, 2019 - Social Hour at Revolution Golf!

Don Murfee stepped out on a limb and hosted our club at Revolution Golf and Grill. This Social hour, looked like a lot of fun and I am sorry I missed it. I look forward to the next event, will you be the host?



Previous meeting, January 10, 2019 - Jonathan Zur!

Peter Mellette hosted Jonathan Zur of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities. The Center for Unclusive Communities addresses prejudices, in all forms, in order to improve academic achievement, increase workplace productivity, and enhance local trust. Jonathan painted a picture of these prejudices in our community and demonstrated the successful outcomes through the mission of this important organization. You can read more HERE....


Previous meeting, November 29, 2018 - Club President update

Club President Chris Eckols took the opportunity to address the club and to give updates to the various projects, people, and activities of the Williamsburg Rotary Club. Kerry Mellette presented a memento from here Rwanda travels. Pictured are Frank Ferrante, Kerry Mellettem and Charles Crone. Thank you for all the hard work and for putting the grant together that affords training opportunities to the program abroad. 


Previous meeting, November 15, 2018 - Lt Gen Bob Flowers, hosted by Tom Morris!

One of Tom's collegiate brothers, Bob spoke to us about the challenges of disaster response and preparedness efforts taken by various agencies. Especially moving was his recount of the actions at the Pentagon after the 9/11 attacks. Thank you for the perspective.



Previous meeting, November 8, 2018 – Special Event at Sal's by Victor

Chef Victor Minichiello (Victor) and his team honored our club with an exceptional dinner. Always a favorite, his crew delighted us with a varied menu and a private room for all of us to engage in fellowship and a perfect kick-off to the Holiday season. Many thanks to Dick Smith for putting this together!


This week: November 15, 2018 – Lt Gen Bob Flowers, hosted by Tom Morris!


Area Governor Nominations: ADG Ron Lynde needs nominations for Area Governor for the upcoming term. Please submit your nominations to Club President Chris Eckols for forwarding.



La Yaca French Restraunt: Please indicate your attendance now as we need to solidify our reservation for December 6th at 6:00pm.


From Rotary International President: "Our theme in this Rotary year is Be the Inspiration. I chose this theme because, throughout my years in Rotary, I have seen that what truly motivates Rotarians is their work. The Rotarians who have the biggest impact through their service aren’t always the women and men with the greatest resources, the most experience, or the largest networks. They’re the ones who are inspired. Whether it was something they did, something they saw, or someone they met, they’ve all had experiences that lit them on fire—and inspired them to serve."  Rotary International President Barry Rassin


Previous meeting, November 1, 2018 – Michele DeWitt of Williamsburg Economic Development

Will Hummel arranged a great speaker, Michele DeWitt from the Williamsburg EDA. Michele told about many of the strategic initiatives taking place in Williamsburg. The strategic plan is part of a rejuvination of our tourism and travel industry diversification plan. Thank you Will!


A book was donated to the Williamsburg Regional Library in Honor of Michele DeWitt.


Previous meeting, October 18, 2018 – Rick Wasmun, Founder of Copper Fox Distillery

Will Hummel arranged a great speaker, Rick Wasmun of Copper Fox Distillery. This local distiller is producing some exceptional peach and cherry wood aged spirits right here in Williamsburg. Having acquired the old Lord Padget Hotel in 2013, Rick has developed the property into a quaint local beverage stop. Learn about Rick and the distillery here! Thank you Will!


From Rotary International President:

"Our theme in this Rotary year is Be the Inspiration. I chose this theme because, throughout my years in Rotary, I have seen that what truly motivates Rotarians is their work. The Rotarians who have the biggest impact through their service aren’t always the women and men with the greatest resources, the most experience, or the largest networks. They’re the ones who are inspired. Whether it was something they did, something they saw, or someone they met, they’ve all had experiences that lit them on fire—and inspired them to serve."  Rotary International President Barry Rassin

To learn more of Barry's vision for 2018-2019, click HERE:



From Rotary International President:


Previous meeting, November 15, 2018 Lt Gen Bob Flowers, hosted by Tom Morris!