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


   Williamsburg, VA USA
         Established October 18, 1924                
Club No. 5848   District 7600
January 18, 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


Next Meeting: January 18, 2018, Lee Muckey, Western Henrico Rotary Club and District Youth Services Coordinator, with  Zafir Haqqi, Rotary Youth Exchange Student attending Warhill HS from Islamabad, Pakistan. Come hear about the experiences of an exchange student from Pakistan living in our town and about what is going on in youth services. Lee and Zafir are both great speakers and may open some eyes. Guest of Peter Mellette. 



Last Meeting: On January 11 


Marcia Blevins, from Virginia Natural Gas, spoke to us about how VNG chooses a location, what goes into bringing natural gas to your home and business, and some safety tips. According to those who attended and asked lots of questions [like David Kent], Marcia's talk was a GAS! Thanks to Wade Quinn for bringing Marcia to speak.



RI/District News:

Changes in Membership: Our club has sadly lost 4 members in the last month: Vernon Francis, Rennie Howard, and Paul Muse were announced on January 11; now Don Darnton is taking his feather cap elsewhere. All will be missed!


Please invite guests to join us on Thursday evenings: The club board wants to remind members of the 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 Rotaract Club of Williamsburg will celebrate its charter soon. Stay tuned! 


Global Grant update: Our own Frank Ferrante is headed to Africa! The training of emergency responders in Rwanda is proceeding this month with our club's support.


Rotary Young Leaders Award: Three students were nominated to go to the RYLA retreat in February. Thanks to Chris Echols,  Will Hummel and others for leading this effort.


Volunteer Opportunity: The Arc of Williamsburg seeks our help to volunteer at the Learning Lab on Wednesdays from 10-12,  2 volunteers 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.  They may also work with certain clients on how to use the mouse and keyboard.  As for skills needed, the clients will be solving elementary level math problems or reading short passages and answering questions.  Some of them will work with Microsoft Word, so some familiarity with that program would be helpful.  Otherwise, the main skills are patience and a willingness to repeat and reinforce the learning. 


Next District 7600 Convention - September 28-30, 2018, Fort Magruder Conference Center, Williamsburg


Salvation Army Bell Ringing: the Williamsburg Rotary Club received a letter of thanks for donating $195 from the Yankee Swap auction. Thanks to those who participated. Final tally from the kettle for the WRC bellringers to be announced.

Meeting Schedule for January 2018


Jan 18: Lee Muckey & Zafir Haqqi, Rotary Youth Services

Jan 25: Brent Swanson, business financing tools, SBA




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) -

Don Murfee is collecting 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 Don or the club webpage at www.williamsburgrotary.org/WRFGrantApp.cfm for a grant application.



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




QUEEN OF HEARTS: Come make it three in a row!


                    Come join the fun.......... in Queen of Hearts - We start over again this week...



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.