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Current Newsletter Oct 16, 2018
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The Rotary Club of Williamsburg
   Williamsburg, VA USA

Club 5848 

Established October 18, 1924

October 16, 2018 Newsletter

 This week, Rick Wasmun from Copper fox Distillery!!


Williamsburg Rotary Club

Rotary International

District 7600

Chris Eckols, President

Barry Rassin, President

Susan Zachenzky-Walthall, DG





Previous meeting, October 11, 2018 – Brandie Weiler of Housing Parnership, Inc. 

An enlightening conversation about the state of disrepair and modern amenities that some Williamsburg and James City County residences live. Between these 2 area, over 125 homes have no running water. Housing Partnership partners with organizations to rebuild, refit, and renovate homes to modern living standards. Thank you to Brandie for her hard work and Mike D'Alesandro for being on Housing Partnerships BOD and for introducing us.


A book was donated on Brandie's behalf to the Williamsburg Regional Library


This week: October 16, 2018 – Rick Wasmun from Copper Fox Distillery.

Hosted by Will Hummel, Rick has done a tremendous job renovating a nearby hotel into a modern distillery. Learn about the distillery here!


We have 2 new members!

Michael Harrison and Bridget Golob were inducted to our Club.

We can't wait to hear their stories and to get to know them better. Remember, your club is shaped by the guests that you invite to the club. We welcome your guests! 

Do you Doodle? Please click the Doodle Survey and let us know if you will be attending this week. Consider this a critical part of your Rotary activities, as predictive attendance has a direct impact to our budget. Doodlers may have a chance at a special reward for answering the weekly survey..... 


Community Service Chair: We are looking for a volunteer to help identify opportunities to serve in the community. The idea is that there are always events happening that require volunteers to support. A community service chair would help find those events and inform the club of the opportunity. What a great way to serve and have fun! Please let Club President Chris Eckols know if you are interested.  

Meeting schedule: Remember, this is your club! We want you to enjoy the weekly speakers, so we need your help! Will Hummel has put together some really cool guest programs, but he needs our help to find interesting speakers.



Rotary Leadership Institute: The purpose of the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is to strengthen your club and strengthen your life. Rotary provides an opportunity for all of us to provide service to our community and throughout the world. Learn more HERE! 


District 7600 RYLA Committee is working hard to plan yet another fantastic RYLA weekend.  RYLA will be held February 16th - 18th at the 4-H Conference Center in Wakefield again this year. Information can be found HERE!

Rx Partnership Invitation: You may remeber a presentation by Rx Partnership, an innovative, public-private partnership that increases access to free prescription medications for low-income, uninsured Virginians receiving care at 26 clinics across the Commonwealth.? You are invited to attend a presentation highliting their work in Williamsburg and surrounding areas. 



Image result for queen of heartsMichael wasn't able to pull the Queen his first week in the club, too bad. It’s been a while though as the Queen has been elusive. When will she present? Come join the fun as Bobby Deals the magic hand….





Meeting Schedule

October 18 – Rick Wasmund, Founder of Copper Fox Distillery in Williamsburg


For a complete list of programs go to http://www.williamsburgrotary.org


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:


Note from the Treasurer:

Quarterly dues notification have been sent via email.  If you have not received it or would like to change your email address, please email Mike as soon as possible. Our budget is dependent on timely payment of quarterly dues.  Please pay your invoice as soon as possible. Payments are due within 30 days of the invoice.  Thank you. 



Foundations Supported Annually by Club Members:


Williamsburg Rotary Foundation (WRF) – 

The WRF is building an endowment that will deliver an annual funding for our club's local grants that our members request in support of local charities.  Club members are encouraged to voluntarily donate at least $25 (minimum) each quarter with their dues invoice ($100 a year).


This year's awards totaled $12,850 for 11 grants.


Thanks to all of our "club member sponsors" for preparing grant requests to WRF for the local charities that were awarded from WRF. 


(2) The Rotary Foundation (TRF) -

The mission of TRF is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, support of education, and alleviation of poverty through District, Global, and packaged grants.  \We encourage donations of amounts no less than $25 per quarter (minimum) to help us meet our club's projected goal. 


Visit our Facebook site! There you can offer comments about a variety of issues such as how we can improve our club, our site, or our activities in general. Tell your friends and neighbors about the site and be sure to invite them to view photos and offer their comments as well.  


Thank you,                                                     


Chris Eckols

Proud President

Williamsburg Rotary Club