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Programs for April 2018: 


Apr 19 Williamsburg Rotary Foundation Grant Awards


Apr 26 Anthony Carter, MD, Joint Pain and Options for Resolution

The Rotary Club of Williamsburg number 5848, Area 11 within district 7600 and zone 33, and chartered on October 18, 1924. 

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This Week's Meeting: Thursday April 19:  Don Murfee will be hosting all of our Williamsburg Rotary Foundation (WRF) Grant Awardees for our local community's charitable/Not-for-profit organizations submitted from our club members. Be here to hear from as many representatives as possible that can tell us some brief objectives of their organization and we expect those to tell us briefly what they are going to use with their grant within this year.



Last Weeks Meeting: On Thursday April 12, Amy Yarcich, Executive Director of RxPartnership (RxP), spoke about medication access and the challenges faced by persons in our community and how Rx Partnership is working with Olde Towne Medical Center and other groups to provide prescription drugs to those who need but cannot afford them. Shown are Amy (r) receiving a book donation in her name from club president Peter Mellette.





Visitors from the Rwandan medical community (Ms. Irene Bagahirwa and Dr. Gavin Mbanjumucyo) benefitting from our global grant attended the March 29 meeting and spoke about Rwandan medical care.  Sudha Jayaraman, MD, an Associate Professor of Trauma Surgery at VCU Medical Center and principal faculty for the Rotary Club of Williamsburg global grant project to train EMTs in Rwanda, accompanied the Rwandan medical team and will return on May 31, 2018 to give us an update on the grant following a late April visit. Ms. Irene, Dr. Gavin, Dr. Sudha and Peter Mellette are shown in the photo below.    

Rwandan visit     


 Welcome all to our Williamsburg Rotary Club's web site. If you have questions concerning Rotary, please don't hesitate to contact me using our "contact us" menu item. 

We would be happy to answer any questions you might have.  Come visit us at an upcoming meeting and find service above self.


Peter Mellette

President, The Rotary Club of Williamsburg









RI/District/Local Club News:

More on the Global Grant : The training class in Kigali Rwanda! The training of emergency responders in Rwanda occurred in January with our club's support and is scheduled for April, August, and November. The training is led by Sudha Jayaraman MD MSc FACS Associate Professor of Surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University. Let Frank or Peter know if you are interested in participating in the Global Grant by traveling to Rwanda.


 Here is a photo of the first training class (and the tutors for the next class):


Kigali class Jan 2018


Craft Beer Festival: Our club's major fundraiser to support our activities and those of four other charitable organizations will take place - with your help - on April 29. Signups are under way at http://signup.com/go/wszraHb .


Charles Crone announced that our semi-annual "Adopt a Highway" road pick-up occurred during the first week of April. Charles, Candy Hamilton, Bob Hershberger, Chuck Hobson, BW Marshall, and Tom Morris participated. Thanks to all.


The Rotaract Club of Williamsburg had its first charity event, a February 26 "stuffraiser" at Virginia Beer Company attended by 2-4 Rotarians from each of the three area clubs, Assistant District Governor Ron Lynde, and about 2 dozen others. Avalon and FISH were the beneficiaries.  


Meeting schedule: The meeting speaker calendar is now full through June.  (Thanks Wade). Let Will Hummel know if you have a good speaker for July or later.


RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) weekend in Wakefield: Chris Eckols took several students (1 from each of four area high schools participated with our help) on February 17-18 to learn about leadership. According to Chris, it was a great success. Here are the four students (Brittny Marrow, Zafir Haqqi, Zane Eckols, and Henry Matthews) with Chris on the way to the retreat:

RYLA 2018


Guests are welcome to join us on Thursday evenings: Thanks for sharing the service opportunity of Rotary with others.


The Arc of Williamsburg seeks our help to volunteer at the Learning Lab on Wednesdays from 10-12,  1 volunteer at a time.  We supported the Learning Lab as one of three area Rotary Clubs supporting the District grant. The volunteers will work one-on-one with our clients using math, reading, and word processing programs. Chuck Hobson has stepped up and spoke glowingly about his experience. Who's next? 


End Polio Now - and watch baseball at the same time. Watch the Norfolk Tides on Thursday May 3 or the Richmond Flying Squirrels on Thursday May 17. T-shirts are available for purchase, with a $1 contribution to the Polio Plus effort with each $10 shirt. See Frank Ferrante for details.


Next District 7600 Convention - September 28-30, 2018, Fort Magruder Conference Center, Williamsburg


Next RI Convention - June 23-27, Toronto, Ontario CANADA. Let Peter know if you want to be a club delegate.