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Current Newsletter Mar 19, 2019
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The Rotary Club of Williamsburg

Williamsburg, VA USA

Club 5848 

Established October 18, 1924

March 19, 2019 Newsletter

 This week, Michael Harrison!


Williamsburg Rotary Club

Rotary International

District 7600

Chris Eckols, President

Barry Rassin, President

Susan Zachenzky-Walthall, DG




Previous meeting, March 14, 2019 - Scott Kucinski and Elisa Hernandez, Williamsburg Beer Fest and YEP Merger with Aspire!

Scott and Elisa filled us in two exciting transitions. First, Scott talked about the Williamsburg Craft Beer Festival expansion with Culture Fix. While adding 40% more capacity than previous years, the festival will be part of a broader Scrumptions Weekend. Elisa spoke of the merger of two organizations dedicated to the young professional crowd in the Greater Williamsburg area. You can read more about Aspire HERE. A special thank you to Peter Mellette for arranging our guest speakers. 

A book was donated in Scott's honor to the Williamsburg Regional Library


NEW!!!! Club Calendar

We have added a club calendar with events from District and other clubs that may be ofinterest. Check it out via the home page, or CLICK HERE!


Club Events and Volunteer Opportunities:

WIlliamsburg Craft Beer Volunteers have been set and we have exceeded required expectations. Many thanks to everyone who volunteered. Please keep in mind that the Craft Beer Festival is merely the vehicle for the charities to get funding, the money behind it is directly correlated to the donors and sponsors who contribute to the event. We Need You. Sponsorships start at $250, please consider sponsoring or contacting your network to add to the cause. We cannot support the charities without direct sponsorship of the fest. Thank you!


Ironman Triathlon! May 4th - 5th

We have been asked to help marshall the parking for the event on May 4th and 5th at Chickahominy Riverfront Park. A Doodle has been sent for sign ups. This is truly an event not to be missed and puts Williamsburg as a Athletic Tourism spotlight. Ironman will contribute to our club both monetarily and in the form of recognition on social media.


Meeting schedule: 

We will meet at the Lodge on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Thursday of the month. On the 4th Thursday, we will have a social event that will be coordinated by a Club Member. If there is a 5th Thurday, we will either not have a meeting or a special event. Comunication will be the key to the success of this change. Take a look at our schedule which is updated on our website.


Please reach out to Will Hummel directly if you have a program, speaker, or social event that you wish to host. We need to fill 3 Social Events and would like volunteers to help put these together. Contact Will directly to get on the list.


This week: March 21th, 2019 - Michael Harrison, the Disaster Trifecta



Upcoming District Events!!!!


ROTARACT and 3 Club Happy Hour / Social and fund raiser March 28, 2019!

Wheels for Malak is the GoFundMe to raise money for a wheelchair accessible van to transport Malak to treatments of a rare genetic disorder. You can read the story hereThe Rotaract Club is partnering with Virginia Beer and all other local clubs for this worthy cause. Our last event at VBC was a great success, we hope you will pan to attend. Event Flyer HERE

2019 Rotary District 7600 Golf Outing, Tuesday April 9, 2019  at The Club at Kingsmill Resort River Course. Special price of $86, Details HERE!!!

Williamsburg Craft Beer Festival, April 28, 2019.

This is our premier fund raiser and takes all hands to ensure a smooth event. This year we will be expanding from 1,200 tickets to 2,000! Stay tuned for event updates. 

Rotary District Marshalling on Hole 15 at LPGA MAy 23-26.

Volunteers needed at the LPGA. This is a great deal on a fun event. Details HERE!!




Image result for queen of heartsIt’s been a while as the Queen has been elusive, her coffers are expanding to what amounts to some real treasure. When will she present? Come join the fun as Bobby Deals the magic hand….




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). 


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.  Candy Hamilton is leading the drive this year to reach our club annual goal. Please see her directly to give your annual contribution or take advantage of Giving Tuesday, see here:


Giving Tuesday is coming up April 2, 2019. The rules are:

  • Contributions must be to the Annual Fund.
  • Contributions matched with recognition points up to an individual contribution of $500.
  • The contribution must be made online, on April 2, 2019, at “My Rotary” at rotary.org.
  • Your “My Rotary” account must be set up in advance of April 2 as it takes a day or two for the account to be activated.
  • Paul Harris Fellows +8 are ineligible for the recognition points as such points don’t count toward Major Donor status.

Contact Candy if you would like to know your current balance if you are interested in your next PHF award.


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Thank you,                                                     


Chris Eckols

Proud President of the Williamsburg Rotary Club