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Newsletter Archive May 19, 2016
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The Rotary Club of Williamsburg


   Williamsburg, VA USA
         Established October 18, 1924                 
Club No. 5848   District 7600
May 19, 2016
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: Page Hayhurst, Executive Director, Virginia Living Museum


Previous Meeting, May 12, 2016



Sen. Tommy Norment returned for his latest update on the actions of the Virginia General Assembly. He has been in the state senate since 1991 and is now majority leader of that body. He gave a most informative talk, spiced with his customary wit and good humor. In addition to the budget, he spoke about the long-term economic health of Hampton Roads, which is heavily dependent on a large military presence. He also brought up the governor's recent executive order restoring voting rights to convicted felons who had served their term and were now out of prison. Senator Norment praised the principle of this action but lamented that it was being implemented without careful preparation and planning. President Chuck Hobson presented Tommy with a certificate of a children's book donation in his honor to the Williamsburg Regional Library.






New "District Grant" 2016-2017:  Arc Day Support Laundry Project ($16,185)


The Arc of Greater Williamsburg (GW) is a local non-profit organization that serves adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

 - The Arc provides up to ten activities each month in four program areas: Health & Fitness; Arts & Culture; Self-Advocacy & Life Skills; and Social Recreational.

- The Arc is actively seeking a larger location which would serve more clients and be in session during the day. ARC anticipates a move to a new location this summer. The Rotary District Grant will cover the cost of installing a Laundry Facility to the permanent location of the Arc’s Day Support Project (DSP).

- For more detail refer to District 7600 data base/Grants - look for http://www.directory-online.com/Rotary/SecLogin3.cfm.  Use yoru Email address and your RI ID number as a PW to enter the district datbase, then click on the "Grants"  tab. Look for Arc Day Support Laundry Project.


New "Global Grant" for Rwanda #3 Footbridges/Economic Project:  

We are now embarking on a Rwanda #3 with the Newport News RC & the Richmond RC. The project description has been submitted to our District 7600 and if accepted to the Rotary Foundation for their review and approval (estimated approval by the end of May, or early June.


Rwanda #3- Below is the proposal budget for the Rwanda #3 Global Grant:


Grant 3 

Each of the above Rotary Clubs will contribute the above amount in cash donations toward the grant.  This totals $10,100 which is then matched by TRF (The Rotary Foundation) $.50 on every dollar, therefore the match being $5,050.



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



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 May-June 2016


May 26--NO MEETING (Memorial Day weekend)


June 2 - Guest speaker is Congressman R. Wittman,  "Economic Future of VA" - hosted by Sibilla Dengs


June 9 - Jo Jenka is hosting a physician (Kidney specialist) Name TBD


June 16- A Picnic or Happy Hour meeting is under consideration once more. If someone can help please take the ball and talk with Sibilla and her helpers. 


June 23 -  Ms.Wilson, to speak on  "Freedom Bell" at the First Baptist Church hosted by Tom Morris


June 30 - Transfer of Officers and Board of Officers and Board - Chuck Hobson to Carol Beers, et al. 




                    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 Magazine.