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Newsletter Archive Sep 17, 2015
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The Rotary Club of Williamsburg


   Williamsburg, VA USA
         Established October 18, 1924                 
Club No. 5848   District 7600
September 17, 2015
Williamsburg Rotary Club   Rotary International   District 7600
Charles f. Hobson, President   K.R. Ravindran, President   Gary W. Chenault, DG
www.williamsburgrotary.org   www.rotary.org   www.rotary7600.org


This week:Sibilla Dengs, sponsor, Classification Talks, Jim Lesnick and Rennie Howard


Previous Week's Meeting - September 10:





Tom Morris hosted Carl Hobbs, professor emeritus at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Hobbs spoke about sea-level change on a variety of time scales including the several hundred thousand year cycles associated with the ice ages and the hours of storm-driven high tides.  He also addressed the current rise in sea-level discussing some of its causes and likely consequences and a few the ways coastal residents are attempting to mitigate them. Hobbs is shown at left receiving his book donation certificate from Club President Chuck Hobson.





Congratulations!  The Rotary Clubs of The Historic Triangle (lead club), James City County, and Williamsburg have been awarded a District Grant in the amount of $15,000 for your service project to “install Rotary Reading Trees to create a unique reading environment at the James City County Library”. 



Global Grants:  RWANDA PHASE II - Our Club's Board last year approved our club's support withNewport News Rotary Club (NNRC) to apply for a second Rotary Global Grant that will support the building of an additional three more foot bridges for Rwanda, Africa in addition to last year's project, which has now been completed.  Our club's funding in support of this new project supporting Rwanda's "Bridges to Prosperity" program received $3,000 from a few of our club's friends and members and an additional $15,000 from the Bang-Russell Foundation.  The Bang-Russell foundation supported us in this project last year as well as this 2nd Global Grant that is anticipated by RI to be approved with matching grants from RI and our Rotary District within the coming month.  The global grant signed by Candy Hamilton for Williamsburg RC and chaired by Roma Frye from NNRC is now awaiting signature from The Rotary Foundation Global Grant Evaluation Panel.  Funding is ready and we expect final approval shortly.





From Doug McLean, Club Treasurer: New practice of sending out quarterly dues notices by email began.  You should have received yours by now.  If you have not received it or would like to change your email address, please email Doug at doug@laneysjewelry.com


From Carol Beers, President-Elect:  Grant applications to the Williamsburg Rotary Foundation (WRF) for the 2015-2016 cycle are now available on our website and are due November 20. Please encourage  organizations that you think would be good candidates to apply.  Applications can be mailed directly to Carol Beers at beersc@cox.net.   


From Chris Eckols: Volunteers are needed to serve at the Rotary District Convention, Saturday, October 3. See the sign-up sheet recently sent to all members and notify Chris (chriseckols881@gmail.com)  of your availability. Sign-up sheets will also be circulated at the September 17 and 24 meetings.


Foundations Supported by Club Members Annually:

(1)  Williamsburg Rotary Foundation (WRF) - The WRF is building an Endowment that will deliver 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 club invoice ($100 annual) or more as possible.  In general, grants ranging from $500 to $1,500 or more, are voted on by the club's board and confirmed by the WRF's Board based on the total available funds to be distributed.  The amount offered this year from WRF for distribution is anticipated to be around $12,000.


2) The Rotary Foundation(TRF)

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, support of education, and the alleviation of poverty through the use of District, Global, and Packaged Grants using funds accumulated from donations to TRF that are returned to our district after three years of building equity.  Our club can apply for District, Global, and Packaged grants from this Foundation to invest in projects both locally and internationally.  In addition to grant awards addressing products to be provided to charities, scholarships and training requests can be met through the use of the grants submitted by each club annually. The Rotary Foundation also leads the charge on worldwide Rotary campaigns such as the eradication of Polio world wide.   Rotarians and friends of Rotary support the Foundation’s work through voluntary contributions. 




Meeting Schedule for September 2015:


Sep 17, 2015 - Classification talks, Jim Lesnick and Rennie Howard


Sep 24, 2015 - Sibilla Dengs Hosting - - Kyle Allen MD





                    Come join the fun.......... in Queen of Hearts



For a complete list of programs go to www.williamsburgrotary.org/

Click on 2015-2016 Program in the left hand column. Also, when you are on-line, don't forget we have an active Faebook web page that you can visit for more information as well as many more photos.

Go to: FACEBOOK  We have many more photos


While on Facebook you can offer your comments such as how you feel we can improve our club, our site, our activities in general, or whatever.  Try it out 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. 


If you go to our Club Web Page you will be able to access everything you would want to know about Williamsburg Rotary and its members. Please do visit our site and our Facebook.  Addresses and personal contact information on members are  limited to member access using their ID number PW or if they want more protection they can reassign their personal PA.  Lists of member names are available on our web site if needed.  


Thank you,


Chuck Hobson


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?

"Be a gift to the world"
 "We have only one chance at our lives.  And we will have only one chanceat this new Rotary year.  This is our time.  Let us Be a Gift to the World."  Rotary International President Ravi in July Rotarian