The Rotary Club of Williamsburg


   Williamsburg, VA USA
Established October 18, 1924                 
Club No. 5848   District 7600
July 18, 2018
Williamsburg Rotary Club   Rotary International   District 7600
Chris Eckols, President   Barry Rassin, President   Susan Zachenzky-Walthall, DG


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:


Previous meeting, July 11th: Member Forum and Paul Harris Awards, hosted by Club President Chris Eckols 



Club President presents Peter Mellette and David Jolly their +2 and +1 PHF award respectively. Thank you!


This week:

Travis Hall of the Youth Challenge of Hampton Roads will be our presenter, hosted by Will Hummel.



We will be making a concerted effort to teach Rotarians about Rotary! Club President Chris Eckols would like to hear directly from the members as the board forges the path for a successful Rotary year. Look for Quarterly presentations that will highlite your Rotary doing good in the world.


Program Chair Will Hummel is asking for your support!

Wow! We had a lot of great ideas and a lot of laughs last week as we opened up the discussion of guests. Will Hummel is taking your input to shape the programs in the coming weeks. We will continue to ask your help to select inspirational presentations and to make this a fun and dynamic club. Keep an eye on the program calendar for changes and opportunities to host your own guest!  Our programs are only limited by your imagination!


Mark your calendars!

There is an upcoming District seminar Saturday, August 4th which focuses on Foundation, Public Image, and Membership. This seminar is intended for President, President Elect, Club Membership Chair, Club Foundation Chair, Club Grant Chair. Other Rotarians are encouraged to attend.

Location:  Colonial Heritage Clubhouse, 8:30 am - noon, further details HERE:


Also, the District 7600 Convention will be held September 28-30 at the Woodlands. ADG  Ron Lynde will certainly be asking our help to Marshall the event. We will not have a meeting that week, so this is your chance to serve the district in a meaningful way. Information and sign up can be found HERE


The Global Grant:

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. 


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 by clicking HERE.

Remeber, other clubs are kicking off their own events and we are proud to support. Let us know if you hear of another regional club having an event that our club would enjoy.


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: Remember, this is your club! We want you to enjoy the weekly speakers, so we need your help! Let Will Hummel know if you have an idea for an interesting speaker.

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. PLease contact him for time slots and opportunities to contribute.


Other opportunies:

It is never too early to start thinking about where we can help. Either local grants, global grants, or simply offering help to others in our community we are committed to service above self. Let us know where you see a need.


Meeting Schedule


July 19 - Will Hummel will host Travis Hall, Youth Challenge of Hampton Roads

July 26 - Nancy Sullivan, Executive Director of Community Foundation will speak


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 dependant 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:

(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 Queen of Hearts! Bobby Braxton is back dealing the cards.



For a complete list of programs go to  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.


Visit our Facebook site! There you can offer 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.  


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,


Chris Eckols


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4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?