Aug 15, 2019

NEW W&M Football Coach

Mike London

Hosted by Charles Crone

 

Aug 22, 2019

MEMBERS SOCIAL

At the Hounds Tale BARKery

Hosted by Don Pratt


 

 

Our club meets most Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.

at the Williamsburg Lodge 

310 South England Street, Williamsburg, VA

in Historic Colonial Williamsburg.

Please view the meeting schedule for updated meeting information.

 

The Rotary Club of Williamsburg



   Williamsburg, VA USA
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Established October 18, 1924                 
 
Club No. 5848   District 7600
 
 
Williamsburg Rotary Club   Rotary International   District 7600
Don Murfee, President   Mark Maloney, President   Clenise Platt, DG
www.williamsburgrotary.org   www.rotary.org   www.rotary7600.org

Previous Meeting - Liz Kujala hosted by Brent Baumberger!

Liz is the General Manager of Earth Fare. The location on Monticello has a very unique operating model and has been very generous to the support of the Williamsburg Craft Beer Festival. Read more about the philosophy of Earth Fare HERE!!!

 

Previous Meeting: Heather Cordasco!

Last week, we were re-introduced to Heather Cordsasco. She is a philanthopist, state Delegate, and a role model for giving life in the form of organ donation. We are proud to have her as a member of our community. You can follow her Twitter HERE.  Thank you Brent for hosting!

 

?Club Service Update! Beer Fest Proceeds to Local Charities

The partnership between the Williamsburg Community, Aspire and The Williamsburg Rotary Club is evident with the disbursement of the proceeds from the 6th Annual Williamsburg Craft Beer Fest, which was held April 28, 2019. This year, we nearly doubled the proceeds of the event and were able to distribute $42,000 to local charities. Thank you for all that helped and Cheers to the next event. 

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Past meeting June 20, 2019: Paul Freiling, Williamsburg Mayor hosted by Will Hummell!

Our club is very appreciative to Will Hummell for inviting our City Mayor to speak to the Club. I have always contended that the best place for understanding your community, is in front of the speaker podium at a Rotary meeting. Mayor Freiling was poised and confident in front of a tough and educated crowd and has my confidence as a Civic Leader. Thank you Will for getting this program.

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Past Meeting, June 6, 2019: Andy Westrich, Colonial Beekeepers Association!

Navy Veteran and local businessman Andy Westrich came to talk to us about Bees! He started his beekeeping about 15 years ago after retiring from the Navy. His hobby has grown to include being the official beekeeper for St. George's brewery in Hampton. Check out their Facebook page for more information anbout the Colonial Beekeepers Association. Thank you Will Hummell for hosting. Thank you Andy!


 

 

Past meeting, May 16, 2019 - Tom Eason, Colonial Williamsburg Banquet Manager!

We had an impromptu guest as Tom Eason spoke to the club. Funny enough, Tom has been hosting our club and taking care of our meetings for years. This was the first time we took the opportunity to hear of his background and the story that brings him to our meeting, week after week. A true local, Tom is also a commercial fisherman with his own boats and licenses. We are really fortunate to be in his care each week. Thank you Tom!

Previous meeting, April 18, 2019 - Robert Reed, Triathlete and YMCA Membership Director!

Robert shared his insights for Triathlon and life. The parallels for mental toughness and the drivers for successful people are similar in that decisions and drive must be deliberate. Thank you to Don Murfee for hosting.

 

Previous meeting, March 14, 2019 - Scott Kucinski and Elisa Hernandez, Williamsburg Beer Fest and YEP Merger with Aspire!

Scott and Elisa filled us in two exciting transitions. First, Scott talked about the Williamsburg Craft Beer Festival expansion with Culture Fix. While adding 40% more capacity than previous years, the festival will be part of a broader Scrumptions Weekend. Elisa spoke of the merger of two organizations dedicated to the young professional crowd in the Greater Williamsburg area. You can read more about Aspire HERE. A special thank you to Peter Mellette for arranging our guest speakers. 

 

Previous meeting, February 28, 2019 - Andrew Trivette, Williamsburg City Manager!

Andrew Trivette is the newly appointed Williamsburg City Manager. Although new to the position, he is not new to the Williamsburg City Government as he served as the Intermin City Manager and Assistant City Manager before. Andrew brings a wealth of experience to the position and to Virginia. You can read more about the City Managers Office HERE. We really appreciate his perspective and ideas for the future of Williamsburg.

 

Previous meeting, February 21, 2019 - Casey Roberts, New Horizons Learning Centers!

Casey Roberts discussed the training learing options for local HIgh School Students. The skills provided to the students prepar them immediately for gainful employment in high paying sectors. New Horizons operates in the Virginia Peninsula with school budget grants and corporate sponsorships. I highly encourage you to look at the New Horizons Regional Education Center website. Thank you Will for arranging this talk.

 

Previous meeting, January 24, 2019 - Social Hour at Revolution Golf!

Don Murfee stepped out on a limb and hosted our club at Revolution Golf and Grill. This Social hour, looked like a lot of fun and I am sorry I missed it. I look forward to the next event, will you be the host?

 

 

Previous meeting, January 10, 2019 - Jonathan Zur!

Peter Mellette hosted Jonathan Zur of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities. The Center for Unclusive Communities addresses prejudices, in all forms, in order to improve academic achievement, increase workplace productivity, and enhance local trust. Jonathan painted a picture of these prejudices in our community and demonstrated the successful outcomes through the mission of this important organization. You can read more HERE....

 

Previous meeting, November 29, 2018 - Club President update

Club President Chris Eckols took the opportunity to address the club and to give updates to the various projects, people, and activities of the Williamsburg Rotary Club. Kerry Mellette presented a memento from here Rwanda travels. Pictured are Frank Ferrante, Kerry Mellettem and Charles Crone. Thank you for all the hard work and for putting the grant together that affords training opportunities to the program abroad. 

 

Previous meeting, November 15, 2018 - Lt Gen Bob Flowers, hosted by Tom Morris!

One of Tom's collegiate brothers, Bob spoke to us about the challenges of disaster response and preparedness efforts taken by various agencies. Especially moving was his recount of the actions at the Pentagon after the 9/11 attacks. Thank you for the perspective.

 

 

Previous meeting, November 8, 2018 – Special Event at Sal's by Victor

Chef Victor Minichiello (Victor) and his team honored our club with an exceptional dinner. Always a favorite, his crew delighted us with a varied menu and a private room for all of us to engage in fellowship and a perfect kick-off to the Holiday season. Many thanks to Dick Smith for putting this together!

 

This week: November 15, 2018 – Lt Gen Bob Flowers, hosted by Tom Morris!

 

Area Governor Nominations: ADG Ron Lynde needs nominations for Area Governor for the upcoming term. Please submit your nominations to Club President Chris Eckols for forwarding.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

La Yaca French Restraunt: Please indicate your attendance now as we need to solidify our reservation for December 6th at 6:00pm.

 

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

 

Previous meeting, November 1, 2018 – Michele DeWitt of Williamsburg Economic Development

Will Hummel arranged a great speaker, Michele DeWitt from the Williamsburg EDA. Michele told about many of the strategic initiatives taking place in Williamsburg. The strategic plan is part of a rejuvination of our tourism and travel industry diversification plan. Thank you Will!

 

A book was donated to the Williamsburg Regional Library in Honor of Michele DeWitt.

 

Previous meeting, October 18, 2018 – Rick Wasmun, Founder of Copper Fox Distillery

Will Hummel arranged a great speaker, Rick Wasmun of Copper Fox Distillery. This local distiller is producing some exceptional peach and cherry wood aged spirits right here in Williamsburg. Having acquired the old Lord Padget Hotel in 2013, Rick has developed the property into a quaint local beverage stop. Learn about Rick and the distillery here! Thank you Will!

 

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:

 

 

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Previous meeting, November 15, 2018 Lt Gen Bob Flowers, hosted by Tom Morris!