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Programs for May 2018: 

May 17   Future of the Muscarelle Museum, Aaron DeGroft [End Polio Now- Flying Squirrels Baseball]

May 24   Memorial Day Weekend - NO MEETING

May 31   Global Grant Work in Rwanda, Sudha Jayaraman MD


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 May 17,   Aaron DeGroft will be speaking on the future of the Muscarelle Museum and the renovations that will be taking place shortly. David Kent will host.


Last Week's Meeting - Thursday May 10, Williamsburg Rotary Club member Dave Masterson spoke on Heart Safe Williamsburg, a collaborative effort to train the public on how to perform CPR and save lives, along with how to find and use AEDs distributed throughout the Williamsburg community. Bob Tubbs, former Williamsburg Rotary club president, also attended, as did Rhonda Fingar, who gave a CPR demonstration to interested club members. Shown in the photo is Dave Masterson and Rhonda Fingar after receiving a book donation in their name from club president Peter Mellette (r).

 Masterson Fingar

 And here's Rhonda demonstrating how to start CPR to the group:

 Rhonda F1

And Rhonda demonstrating how to use an AED... 

 Rhonda F1

New Member Alert

Two weeks ago, Sean Krajewski, a sleep lab techician and budding entrepreneur, joined Rotary. Photo to follow. Please welcome Sean.








 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:

Williamsburg Rotary Foundation scholarship grant: Will Hummel announced that we had over 18 scholarship applicants from multiple schools. The winner, Lehman Montgomery, will receive the scholarship at a meeting to be scheduled soon.   


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 now for the second trip to Rwanda from April 28 to May 4 to address medical emergencies that focus on how to provide immediate care for strokes, diabetic emergencies, heart attacks, seizures and so on to expand certified  capability of pre-hospital medical services.  Two additional trips are being planned to accur in August followed by a fourth November training.  It is may consider children special handling when needing emergency pre-hospital medical care followed by assuring of certifiable transfer Rwandan to be continued training verification in November, as appropriate.

   In the photo below two Rwandan of their medical community, (l-r) Ms. Irene Bagahirwa and Dr. Gavin Mbanjumucyo, attended a VCU symposium on March 29 and spoke about Rwandan medical care.  Dr. Sudha Jayaraman (to the left of Club President Peter Mellette) agreed to  present to our Rotary Club on May 31, 2018 to update us on the medical training sector of our grant. 




   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 was sold out and a great success. More on the results soon. A photo archive is available here: https://coreymillerphoto.pixieset.com/guestlogin/2018williamsburgcraftbeerfestival/?return=/2018williamsburgcraftbeerfestival/ ?


The Rotaract Club of Williamsburg was recognized by District 7600 for leadership and for its February 26 "stuffraiser" at Virginia Beer Company. Avalon and FISH were the beneficiaries.  Congratulations to Seyda and all the Rotaracts for their good work.


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 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.