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Newsletter Archive Jun 2, 2016
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The Rotary Club of Williamsburg


   Williamsburg, VA USA
         Established October 18, 1924                 
Club No. 5848   District 7600
June 2, 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: Congressman Rob Wittman


Previous Meeting, May 19


The Williamsburg Rotary Club welcomed Page Hayhurst, Executive Director of the Virginia Living Museum, as guest speaker. She noted that this is the 50th Anniversary.of the Museum, which was founded by the Warwick Rotary Club and the Junior League of Hampton Roads in 1966 to connect people to nature through educational experiences. Today the Museum has welcomed more than 8 million visitors and has taken a leadership role to educate them about ways to conserve valuable natural resources. The VLM has introduced visitors to 250 species native to Virginia. It has an extensive natural history collection, a planetarium, and and observatory. President-Elect Carol Beers (left) presented Page with a certificate stating the donation in her honor of a children's book to the Williamsburg Regional Library.




The Rotary Clubs of The Historic Triangle (lead club), James City County, and  Williamsburg were awarded a combined District Grant in the amount of $15,000 ($5,000 for each club) to “buy and install two Rotary Reading Trees to create a unique reading environment at the James City County Library”. The trees have been installed and ribbons cut by children last month after our library director, Genevieve S. Owens, welcomed all and introduced Rotary District Governor Gary Chenault who presented the trees from our rotary clubs for all to enjoy.  


DG Gary talking about the trees that were now in the area set up for parents and children to come and enjoy the atmosphere (left).   Genevieve followed DG Chenault with a reading of a children's book on what trees do for us (Upper right). Visitors loved the trees and one parent helps her child to cut the ribbons.  (see our facebook for more photos.)


Global Grants:  RWANDA PHASE II - This is our 2nd Global Grant award for the Footbridges in Rwanda.   We received on October 1, 2015 that our 2nd global grant for Rwanda was approved by The Rotary Foundation (TRF) Global Grant committee.  The message received follows: 


"Congratulations! Your global grant application for funding to provide three footbridges with agricultural training in Mubuga-Ururumanza, Rutungo, and Cyumba, Muhunga District, Rwanda, submitted by RC Kigali-Gasabo (D-9150) and RC Newport News (D-7600) , has been approved by The Rotary Foundation. The award is in the amount of US$106,100."


We are now considering supporting a 3rd Global Grant for Rwanda.  Our Club's Board agreed to consider the 3rd project at its last meeting with the proviso that our club would agree to commit once we see that our funding support can be found.  If any of our members feel they would like to support the third global grant make contact with Frank Ferrante.  We are looking once more to support this effort with $3,000 from our membership and possibly from the Bangs-Russell foundation if they are willing to continue their support at this pace.




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 June 2016


June 9--Jo Janka is hosting guest speaker Rick Weddle, CEO of Hampton Roads Economic Development (HREDA)


June 16--Club Picnic being held at the VIRGINIA BEER COMPANY, 401 2nd St, Williamsburg, VA for Members and Spouses/Guests starting at 5:30PM


June 23--Tom Morris, hosting a talk on the "Freedom Bell" at First Baptist Church


June 30--Transfer of Officers and Board





                    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.