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Current Newsletter Feb 18, 2020
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The Rotary Club of Williamsburg

Williamsburg, VA USA

Club 5848 

Established October 18, 1924

February 18, 2020 Newsletter

 This Week: Our own Michael T Harrison!


Williamsburg Rotary Club

Rotary International

District 7600

Don Murfee, President

Mark Malone, President

Clenise Platt, DG




This Weeks Guest Speaker is MIchael Harrison, our Rotary Foundation Chair!

We are fortunate to have Michael leading this important function of Rotary. Please make sure you come out and support!


There will be no meeting or social event February 27th. 


Last Week!!! Sal's by Victor

THANK YOU DICK SMITH! Sal's is always a great feast and a fun time for Rotarians and guests to connect. 


Passing of Millie West

Millie West passed away last Saturday morning. She and her husband Marvin were both multiple Paul Harris Fellows and noted citizens of Williamsburg. Our club had the honor of being her guest at the tennis center a couple of times. She was accredited with initiating the concept and raising of funds for the McCormick Nagel indoor tennis center at the College of William and Mary. She will be missed.


From the President:

Few things are more important to the health and longevity of the Rotary Club than engaged members. Natural attrition, members passing, residence relocations, and a general decline in membership has made us aware that we need a call to action to bring awareness to our Club and attract new members. Engaged members attract new members through service, fellowship, and community action. We need every member to engage as we approach our 100th year of Service above Self:

  • Assist the Program Chair in finding dynamic speakers
  • Commit to bring 3 people to a meeting this year.
  • Engage in our service projects from planning to execution

New members are the key to a sustainable future. We need to break some of the misconceptions about Rotary.

Are we only white-collar workers? No, professionals in trades are absolutely encouraged.

Are only business owners allowed? No, we have business owners as well as retirees in our club.

Are women encouraged? Absolutely! Women are encouraged and admitted under the same guidelines as men. 


Consider the impact you have by encouraging professionals in your circle to experience Rotary. 


Rotary Unites more than a million people.

Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change - across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.


Upcoming Events:

Aloha Rotarians.... Do I have your attention? Click this link to get information on this years Rotary Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii.  The 2020 Rotary International Convention is June 6-10 in Honolulu, Hawaii.




Michael Harrison has accepted the challenge and duty of the Rotary Fund responsibilities from Candy Hamilton! Please support Michael as he takes on this important club duty. Thank you, Michael, for stepping up. 



We have cut back the number of weekly seats at the lodge to 24. Brent needs your Doodle input! Your weekly attention to this will ensure there are enough seats for those of you who expect to attend. I would rather over-obligate than to not have enough seats. 

Program Speakers schedule: WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!

As already stated, engaging speakers are the key to motivating and attracting new members. Inviting speakers is as easy as asking people you already know or those in the community that you'd like to know more about. Think about the monthly 



Please contact Brent Baumberger directly if you have any program ideas. 


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



From Rotary International President:

RI President Mark Daniel Maloney’s theme for 2019-20, Rotary Connects the World, asks Rotarians to strengthen the many ways that Rotary Connects the World, building the connections that allow talented, thoughtful, and generous people to unite and take meaningful action through Rotary service.


Note from the Treasurer:

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). 


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.  Michael Harrison is leading the drive this year to reach our club annual 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,

Don Murfee

Club President