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Newsletter - Current Apr 16, 2018
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The Rotary Club of Williamsburg


   Williamsburg, VA USA
         Established October 18, 1924                
Club No. 5848   District 7600
April 19, 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's Meeting: Thursday April 19:  Don Murfee will be hosting all of our Williamsburg Rotary Foundation (WRF) Grant Awardees for our local community's charitable/Not-for-profit organizations submitted from our club members. Be here to hear from as many representatives as possible that can tell us some brief objectives of their organization and we expect those to tell us briefly what they are going to use with their grant within this year.



Last Meeting: On Thursday April 12, Amy Yarcich, Executive Director of RxPartnership (RxP), spoke about medication access and the challenges faced by persons in our community and how Rx Partnership is working with Olde Towne Medical Center and other groups to provide prescription drugs to those who need but cannot afford them. Shown are Amy (r) receiving a book donation in her name from club president Peter Mellette.




We have two new Paul Harris Fellows +1 in the club! Doug McLean and Don Pratt are shown receiving their pins from Peter Mellette at the April 5 meeting. 


McLean Pratt 


RI/District News:


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 for April, August, and November. The training is led by Sudha Jayaraman MD MSc FACS Associate Professor of Surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University. Visitors from the Rwandan medical community (Ms. Irene Bagahirwa and Dr. Gavin Mbanjumucyo) attended the March 29 meeting and spoke about Rwandan medical care.  Dr. Sudha Jayaraman will return on May 31, 2018 to give us an update on the grant following a late April visit. Ms. Irene, Dr. Gavin, Peter Mellette and Dr. Sudha are shown in the photo below.


Rwandan visit?



Craft Beer Festival: Our club's major fundraiser to support our activities and those of four other charitable organizations will take place - with your help - on April 29. Signups are under way at http://signup.com/go/wszraHb .


Charles Crone announced that our semi-annual "Adopt a Highway" road pick-up occurred during the first week of April. Charles, Candy Hamilton, Bob Hershberger, Chuck Hobson, BW Marshall, and Tom Morris participated. Thanks to all.


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.

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? 


End Polio Now - and watch baseball at the same time. Watch the Norfolk Tides on Thursday May 3 or 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.


 Meeting Schedule for April 2018:

Apr 19: Don Murfee hosts WRF Grant Awards


Apr 26: Anthony Carter, MD, Joint Pain and Options for Resolution



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 has collected 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. Recipients will be announced at the April 19, our current meeting this week ?.



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 (minimum).






        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.