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Newsletter Archive Feb 18, 2019
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The Rotary Club of Williamsburg

Williamsburg, VA USA

Club 5848 

Established October 18, 1924

February 18, 2019 Newsletter

 This week, Casey Roberts of New Horizons!!


Williamsburg Rotary Club

Rotary International

District 7600

Chris Eckols, President

Barry Rassin, President

Susan Zachenzky-Walthall, DG




Previous meeting, February 7, 2019 - Michael Harrison, Classification Talk!

Michael Harrison stepped out on a limb and presented our club with his truly diverse background. One of our newest Rotarians, he gave us an insight to his lifelong service as an Army Officer and beyond. We are greatful for his service to our country and to his membership at our club. We look forward to him speaking again in the near future. Thank you Michael.



Club Business:

Tom Morris presented the Nominating Committees proposed slate of next year's board and committee chairs. For your consideration for 2019-2020. 

President - Don Murfee

President Elect - Will Hummel

Program Chair (PN) - Brent Baumberger

Treasurer - Mike D'Alessandro

Secretary - Vic Pope

Membership - Scarlett Huang

RI Foundation - Candy Hamilton

Immed Past President and Publicity Chair - Chris Eckols


Rotary Board: Scarlett Huang, Bringier McConnell, Tom Morris, Larry Sarmiere

Foundation Board: Tom Morris, Dick Smith, Johm Hewitt, Bill Skinner, Bringier McConnell, Kerry Mellette


Please reach out to Tom Morris if you have concerns or comments.We will vote on this panel as part of the Club's business this Thursday.


Meeting schedule: Important Changes ahead!

Rotary International has encouraged clubs to experiment with alternative meeting schedules to meet the needs of individual clubs. In our case, flexible meeting options are key to controlling costs, offering variety, and promoting Rotary in the community. With this in mind, the Board has voted to go to a 3-1-1 meeting schedule. This means we will meet at the Lodge on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Thursday of the month. On the 4th Thursday, we will have a social event that will be coordinated by a Club Member. If there is a 5th Thurday, we will either not have a meeting or a special event. Comunication will be the key to the success of this change. Take a look at our schedule which is updated on our website.


Please reach out to Will Hummel directly if you have a program, speaker, or social event that you wish to host. We need to fill 3 Social Events and would like volunteers to help put these together. Contact Will directly to get on the list.


This week: February 21, 2019 – Will Hummel hosts Casey Roberts from New Horizons Educational Center. Submit your attendance Doodle HERE!!!


Next Week: February 28, 2019 - Andrew Trivette, Williamsburg City Manager


March 7, 2019 - Kerry Mellette will talk about her Rwanda experience and the Rotary Grant.


Upcoming District Events!!!!


ROTARACT and 3 Club Happy Hour / Social and fund raiser March 28, 2019!

Wheels for Malak is the GoFundMe to raise money for a wheelchair accessible van to transport Malak to treatments of a rare genetic disorder. You can read the story here. The Rotaract Club is partnering with Virginia Beer and all other local clubs for this worthy cause. Our last event at VBC was a great success, we hope you will pan to attend.

2019 Rotary District 7600 Golf Outing, Tuesday April 9, 2019  at The Club at Kingsmill Resort River Course. Special price of $86, Details HERE!!!

Williamsburg Craft Beer Festival, April 28, 2019.

This is our remier fund raiser and takes all hands to ensure a smooth event. This year we will be expanding from 1,200 tickets to 2,000! Stay tuned for event updates. Tickets Pre-sale discount TODAY ONLY

Rotary District Marshalling on Hole 15 at LPGA MAy 23-26.

Volunteers needed at the LPGA. This is a great deal on a fun event. Details HERE!!


PETS: Training for the next term of leaders is coming up soon. President Elect Training Seminar is directly geared for the President Elect and Chair-elect. Get this on your calendar and get ready to suit-up, train and plan your upcoming Rotary 2019-20 year.  Dates are February 28th - March 2, 2019.




Image result for queen of heartsIt’s been a while as the Queen has been elusive, her coffers are expanding to what amounts to some real treasure. When will she present? Come join the fun as Bobby Deals the magic hand….




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


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:


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 dependent 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:


Williamsburg Rotary Foundation (WRF) – 

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).


This year's awards totaled $12,850 for 11 grants.


Thanks to all of our "club member sponsors" for preparing grant requests to WRF for the local charities that were awarded from WRF. 


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.  \We encourage donations of amounts no less than $25 per quarter (minimum) to help us meet our club's projected goal. 


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. Tell your friends and neighbors about the site and be sure to invite them to view photos and offer their comments as well.  


Thank you,                                                     


Chris Eckols

Proud President of the Williamsburg Rotary Club