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Newsletter - Current Sep 21, 2017
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The Rotary Club of Williamsburg


   Williamsburg, VA USA
         Established October 18, 1924                 
Club No. 5848   District 7600
September 21, 2017
Williamsburg Rotary Club   Rotary International   District 7600
Peter Mellette, President   IAN H.S.Riseley, President   John D. Padgett, DG
www.williamsburgrotary.org   www.rotary.org   www.rotary7600.org



September 21 (Thursday):  Dr. Olwen Herron, WJCC Superintendent


Our Global Grant in Rwanda has been APPROVED [see details under "TRF" info below).



  Thanks Karl (Jo) Janka, President of Liebherr Mining Newport News Co. for entering at the last minute as a replacement speaker at this evenings dinner meeting to show his flat steel to huge mining trucks used in the Panama canal jungle and mountainous areas to rapidly obtain coal sources.  Janka's constructions of these trucks were shown as they are built from scratch here in Newport News. Janka showed need unique solutions to find ways to be taken along our roads to large ships that then can be used to build roads to arrive at their operation.  Shown are President Peter Mellette telling Janka that a book will be donated in his name in our Williamsburg Regional library


Meeting Schedule for September 2017

Sep 21:   Carol Beers:Dr. Olwen Herron, WJCC Superintendent

Sep 28:   Tom Morris: TBD-Williamsburg Faith in Action Services for the elderly




Attention -- Change in officersThe President of our Williamsburg Rotary Club, Sibilla Dengs, had to resign her presidency due to an illness.  A motion was made and passed to accept Peter Mellette would serve as President for the remainder of the term (June 30, 2018). Our current role as President-Elect at this time has not been replaced until further review has been made.  Wade Quinn (program chair), Mike D'Allesandro (treasurer), and David Kent (secretary) have not changed.  Frank Ferrante was appointed by the board on Aug 28 to the position of Executive Secretary to assist the club operations as requred.  . New on the Board will be Will Hummel and Don Murfee, who will be replacing Roger Jones and Frank Ferrante, whose terms end this year.  All other positions will remain as listed on our web site. 



Mike D'Alesandro, our  Club Treasurer, has indicated that email quarterly dues notification have been sent.  If you have not received it or would like to change your email address, please email Mike.  Please pay dues as soon as possible so our cash flow is balanced.  Dues are due within 30 days of the invoice sent.  Thank you. 


Foundations Supported Annually by Club Members:

(1) Williamsburg Rotary Foundation (WRF) -

President Peter Mellette and Don Murfee are requesting grant applications from club members on behalf of qualified nonprofit organizations. The Williamsburg Rotary Foundation will fund grant requests from club members as sponsors that are received by November 15, 2017. Please see Peter or the club webpage at www.williamsburgrotary.org/WRFGrantApp.cfm for a grant application.



September-November club member activity is critical during this time period to have your charity considered (read the following): You must have your application form if your charity is to be considered.  As noted above, forms that can be printed can be obtained by going to www.williamsburgrotary.org/WRFGrantApp.cfm .   We will be printing some forms during our meetings.  However if you missed receiving a form in that manner, contact Don Murfee or Frank Ferrante will help as needed .  You or your charity, which must be a 501c3 non-profit, are responsible for filling out the form and submitting it to the Don Murfee no later than November 15th..  This may be done in person, fax, or as an email attachment.  Be sure to maintain hard copies of all applications.  Only applications with a club member as a sponsor will be considered. If a club member submits an application on behalf of a non-profit, that club member must notify the agency.. 


For your Information:  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).


(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.  TRF awards grants from funds that have accumulated from donations.  The funds are returned to our district after three years to support annual grant requests, whether local or global.  We also encourage donations annually to TRF of amounts no less than $25 per quarter (mini


***Message on Global Grant [Vocational Training] has been approved***      (9/7/2017) 

(Global Grant # GG1749568, Title “National Emergency Medical Services Training Program for Rwanda.”)

  This vocational training/global grant document is now APPROVED by The Rotary Foundation review panel.  Our clubs and VCU will be ready to move forward.  Funding to date is sufficient given matches from D7600 and World Fund backing will approved.  However, if it determines that we should use The Rotary Foundation Banking Center a 5% charge is imposed.  

As calculated the balance of the 5% needed is approximately $907. If you feel you can offer some donations to help this come together (even in small sections) do contact Frank Ferrante to be a backer to this terrific huminaritian function. 


Contact is Frank Ferrante if you have questions!  


FYI - The Rotary Clubs of Williamsburg [International} and Kigali-Gasabo [Host} in Rwanda applied for a Vocational Training Global Grant from The Rotary Foundation (TRF) that would officially establish training for first-responders to learn how to medically apply immediate emergency medical treatment to patients on the way to a hospital.  In addition, those that excel will be chosen to be certified trainers to expand and continue training throughout Rwanda.  






                    Come join the fun.......... in Queen of Hearts



For a complete list of programs go to http://www.williamsburgrotary.org.  While you are on-line, don't forget we have an active Facebook page that you can visit for more information as well as many more photos.


If you visit our Facebook site,  you can offer your comments about a variety of issues, such as how we can improve our club, our site, or our activities in general.  Try to visit the site and help us improve our club so that we all can benefit. Tell your friends and neighbors about the site and be sure to invite them to view photos and offer their comments as well.  This may help us in expanding our membership. 


When you go to our Club Web Page you can access important information about Williamsburg Rotary and its members. Please do visit both our site and our Facebook.  Addresses and personal contact information are  limited to members only. 


Thank you,


Peter Mellette


Test of the things we think, say, or do:

1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

"Rotary Serving Humanity"
 "In this new Rotary year, we all have a new chance to change the world for the better, through Rotary Serving Humanity."  Rotary International President Ian H.S.Riseley in July's Rotarian Magazine.