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Newsletter Archive Apr 24, 2008
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              The Rotary Club of Williamsburg Rotary 07_08_Theme


Williamsburg, VA USA

Club No. 5848                                                                        District 7600



April 24, 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 – April 24 – Bob Tubbs – Hospital Art Project – At the Lodge


Bob Tubbs has a presentation on the upcoming community Paintfest, in which volunteers will paint murals to be presented to local hospitals and clinics.


The effort is coordinated through Hospital Arts Foundation in Atlanta, GA., with a local connection – Howard Busbee of Williams & Mary.  Our club is taking the lead in coordinating this event – and Bob has recruited lots of other folks to help with sponsorships and volunteers.  Scheduled to attend our meeting this week are local luminaries such as Bill O’Donovan from the Gazette, John Reilly from Busch Gardens, Sister Mary Jean from Walsingham, Christine Armistead from Eastern State, Dennis Goya from Riverside and the presidents of the Williamsburg Kiwanis and James City and Historic Triangle Rotary Clubs.


Rotary Next Week – May 1 – Frank Ferrante – Capt. Mike Whetstone – At the Lodge


Navy Captain Whetstone is the Flight Commander, or “Air Boss” on the Norfolk based aircraft carrier Carl Vinson.  He is in command of all planes, pilots, crew and nearly everything that moves on the carrier.  Capt. Whetstone spoke to us a few years ago about flying combat missions over Baghdad – this time he will concentrate on carrier operations and what it takes to get the planes in the air – then to the target and back again.



  News Flash:    It is almost Rotary Picnic Time – here is the scoop on this year’s edition. 
  • Date: Thursday, May 15, 2008 
  • Menu:  North Carolina Barbecue, Fried Chicken, etc.   etc.   and banana pudding 
  • Beverages:  Beer and Wine – soft drinks and iced tea.  And authentic grog prepared by the “Monitor Crew” - costumed re-enactors from the Tidewater Maritime Living History Association.  Their site:  http://tmlha.exis.net/  And they sing and play the squeeze box too. 
  • When is the latest I can arrive?  Cocktail hour begins at 5:00 and the dinner begins at 6:00.  No food or drink is allowed inside the exhibit area, so work your tour in between courses if you need to. 
  • Highlights:  I understand that we will be the first group to hold an event on the deck of the ship.  We will have full access to the entire museum until the normal closing time of 5:00, but the new Monitor Center will be kept open just for us until 8:00 or so.  Docents will be provided at key points.  Those points would be the tanks in which the turret, guns, engine and boiler from the monitor are undergoing conservation processes; full scale models of the turret; the original propeller; the original anchor and the original lantern (last thing to be seen when she sank on New Year’s Eve of 1862).  See a photo of it here:  http://celebrating200years.noaa.gov/monitor/red_lantern.html 

Other News:  Supporting Colonial CASA, Rotarian Millie West is Honorary Chair of the “Blue Elephant Affair” being held this Saturday, April 26, at Walsingham Academy.  Many other Williamsburg Rotarians are involved as well.  Support Millie and CASA by calling 757-229-3306 for tickets or click here for details:  http://colonialcasa.org/blue_elephant/home.htm


Rotary Quiz of the Week:  We have talked about several Rotary programs for young people.  What is RYLA?


Answer:   RYLA stands for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and is a program in which Rotarians provide leadership training and mentorship for high school students who show promise in their communities.  The students are treated to a two or three day group training session with their peers and come away with more confidence in their ability to lead and communicate with others.


Our District RYLA info can be found here:  http://www.rotary7600.org/RYLA.cfm


The RI site is here:



See you Thursday at the Lodge