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Newsletter - Current Jun 20, 2018
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The Rotary Club of Williamsburg


   Williamsburg, VA USA
         Established October 18, 1924                
Club No. 5848   District 7600
June 20, 2018
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

This week: CLUB PICNIC AT BILLSBURG (Jamestown Marina) - 5:30-7:30 pm - food by Prost, beer by Dave Baum & Billsburg:

Rotary Picnic

Last Week's meeting: Dr. Marlene Capps, Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital's Medical Director and a TPMG physician, spoke about the evolution of electronic medical records and how e-communications improve outcomes. Wade Quinn was the host. Dr. Capps is shown receiving a book certificate from Club President Peter Mellette.

Marlene Capps 

ALSO:  Zafir Haqqi, our Rotary Exchange student from Pakistan (pictured on the right below) said farewell to Virginia as he heads back home before returning this fall for college at Davis and Elkins in West Virginia.

Zafir returns

Lehman Montgomery, our Williamsburg Rotary Foundation scholarship recipient for 2018-19, also attended and is shown receiving a check from Will Hummel, incoming Program Chair. Lehman is a Jamestown High School graduate headed to Princeton University in the fall.

Lehman Montgomery

And, last but not least, Candy Hamilton is shown after receiving her Paul Harris Fellow award. Thanks Candy for a job well done in RI Foundation fundraising this year!


Candy H

RI/District News:


More on the Global Grant : The training class in Kigali Rwanda

The training of emergency responders in Rwanda occurred in January and in April with our club's support. The training given by VCU Associate Professor Sudha Jayaraman, MD addressed medical emergencies and focused on how to provide immediate care for strokes, diabetic emergencies, heart attacks, and seizures, to expand certified  capability of pre-hospital medical services.  An additional trip is being planned to occur in August on prehospital OB care followed by a fourth November training on prehospital pediatric care.  Sudha and the Rwandan nationals who visited this past year are pictured below:

Sudha & Rwandans


Craft Beer Festival: Our club's major fundraiser was sold out and a great success. Chris Eckols reported preliminary results of over $27,000 raised to contribute to Avalon, Literacy for Life, and two others. A photo archive is available here:



Rotaract Club of Williamsburg news: The Rotaract club we founded was recognized by District 7600 for leadership and for its "stuffraiser" fundraiser benefitting Avalon and FISH. Congratulations to Seyda and all the Rotaracts.


Meeting schedule: Let Will Hummel know if you have a good speaker for July or later.

Please invite guests to join us on Thursday evenings: The club board wants to remind members of the service opportunity that is Rotary and that we should all invite others in the community to join us as our guest and then as an involved member of our club.Thanks for sharing 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? 


Other opportunies: The Historic Triangle Rotary club (July 1 BBQ) and James City Rotary club(Kimball Theater concert series) are seeking our attendance at their fundraisers.


Next District 7600 Convention - September 28-30, 2018, Williamsburg Lodge, Williamsburg


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


 Meeting Schedule

June 21  Club picnic at Billsburg Brewery, Bringier McConnell

June 28  Installation of Club officers



Mike D'Alessandro, 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) -

Don Murfee (r) hosted four of our 11 Williamsburg Rotary Foundation (WRF) grant awardees this year to hear brief project descriptions from each that were new to our club members. The WRF distributes checks annually from its foundation equity. This year's donations totaled $12,850 for the 11 grant awardees. Our WRF Grants are in the process of sending checks to WYBL, Camp Kesem*, CDR, The Arc, Literacy for Life, Greater Williamsburg Outreach Mission(GWOM)*, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Hospice House, Volunteer Fire (Med Equipment), Colonial Behavior Health (defibrillaters)*, and Early Childhood Music*. [*New WRF grant requests and Awards)  Thanks to all of our "club member sponsors" for preparing grant requests to WRF for the local charities that were awarded from WRF. 


 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 (e.g., Local District Grants to support our Williamsburg Arc project with two other clubs and our club's Rwandan project was supported boith by ou rdistrict as well as Rotary International's foundation world fund to match financial supporters to reach our project budget that was approved.  We encourage donations annually to donate individually so that our annual club donations will be satisfied from each member to Candance's TRF of amounts no less than $25 per quarter (minimum).to help us meet our club's projected goal. 






        Come join the fun......in Queen of Hearts! Bobby Braxton is back dealing the cards.



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.