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Newsletter Archive Mar 6, 2008
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              The Rotary Club of Williamsburg Rotary 07_08_Theme


Williamsburg, VA USA

Club No. 5848                                                                        District 7600



March 6, 2008 

Williamsburg Rotary Club                                  Rotary International                                                       District 7600

Jack Mustard, President                              Wilfrid J. Wilkinson, President                                        James Pierce, DG

Victor Holman, Asst DG

www.williamsburgrotary.org                            www.rotary.org                                               www.rotary7600.org


Rotary This Week – March 6, 2008 – Annual Sal’s Italian Dinner – (At Sal’s by Victor)   Spouses and guests are invited.


Dick and JoAnn Smith are hosting the annual Italian Dinner at Sal’s.  Victor always has lots of surprises for us – we’ll have to wait until Thursday to see what’s on the menu.


Check with Dick Smith if you have not signed up.




Rotary Next Week – March 13, 2008 – Karen Kolet – Principal of Warhill High – Back at the Lodge


Michael Kirby is hosting Karen Kolet, principal of the new Warhill High School for an update on their first year of operation.


In the News:


I recently accompanied Tom Bowe and Frank Ferrante to a Rotary Leadership meeting in Norfolk.  Topics included membership, internal club critiques, what makes meetings interesting, the programs of Rotary and the Rotary International Foundation.



Rotary Quiz of the Week:   Who was our first female member – and when did she join?


Answer:     The first was Dr. Gayden Carruth, then Superintendent of WJCC Schools.  She was inducted into our club on the evening of November 8, 1990, as documented by Rotary International and, in a unique way, by Marge and Frank Force.  (You’ll want to ask Frank about this).


Where is Dr. Carruth now?  Read below - in her own words:



Sorry to take several days to respond to your email.  Last week I was in North Carolina visiting with family. 


I became a member of the Rotary Club of Williamsburg in 1990, the year I was hired as the Superintendent for WJCC Schools.  Trist McConnell was the individual who sponsored my membership.  I was the first female member, and I have such fond memories of the Williamsburg Club.  One particular program that I recall vividly was Rennie Howard’s video of a gall bladder surgery!!!


Since leaving Williamsburg in 1994, I served 11 more years as a Superintendent in Park Hill, Missouri (suburban Kansas City).  In 2005, after 32 years in education and 20 years as a Superintendent, I retired from the Park Hill School District.  Ultimately, I have “failed” retirement.  I have been providing leadership training to Superintendents and Principals on a state wide basis for the past 3 years.  And in November, 2007, I became an assistant dean and program director for the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Education/Northland – teaching classes and advising students.


Please give my best regards to your club members.  What a beautiful legacy and location you have for your Club!  If I’m ever in your area on a Thursday night, I will join you.


Gayden Carruth


See you Thursday at Sal’s