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Current Newsletter Sep 18, 2018
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The Rotary Club of Williamsburg


   Williamsburg, VA USA
Established October 18, 1924                      
Club No. 5848   District 7600
September 18, 2018
 This week, Mary Anna Hartley from Jamestown Rediscovered!!
Williamsburg Rotary Club   Rotary International   District 7600
Chris Eckols, President   Barry Rassin, President   Susan Zachenzky-Walthall, DG
www.williamsburgrotary.org   www.rotary.org   www.rotary7600.org

Top of the Agenda!! Mark your calendars!

The District 7600 Convention will be held September 28-30 at the Woodlands. Keynote Speaker, Sylvia Whitlock, will tell her amazing story and the story of women in Rotary. She has the distinction of being the first female club president in the world. Information and sign up can be found HERE:


This is an event that requires our Active involvement to be successful! ADG Ron Lynde has asked our help along with The Historic Triangle Club to Marshall the event Friday the 28th. Chris Eckols will be bringing the sign-up sheet each week. Volunteer positions are HERE: If you are available Saturday also or alternatively, please EMAIL Chris with Slots that you can fill.

Previous meeting, September 14th, 2018 - OLD CITY BBQ!  Charles Crone put together an awesome gathering for the club at Old City BBQ. If you have not experienced Old City, then you missed great food and fellowship. Thank you Charles! 



This week: September 20, 2018 - Mary Anna Hartley - Senior Archaeologist at Jamestown Rediscovered


Welcome Our Newest Member:

James Garafalo has changed his guest status to our newest Rotarian. Congratulations James, we can't wait to get to know you.

Volunteer Hours: Did you do something this week simply for the sake of helping others? We would like to capture this as a way to show the relevance and impact of Rotarians helping and inspiring others. This does not have to be specific to Rotary, any volunteer activity should be included. Look for the index cards of the tables and scribble something down!


Do you Doodle? Please click the Doodle Survey and let us know if you will be attending this week.We would like to better predict our attendance at our weekly meetings. Each week, we are required to guarantee a minimum reservation to the Lodge. Unfilled spots below the guarantee is simply a drain of our account. We recognize that we won't ever be 100% accurate, but a reduction of 4 empty slots equals $100 per meeting that we can save for better purposes (that's a lot of $ over a year!)


Community Service Chair: We are looking for a volunteer to help identify opportunities to serve in the community. The idea is that there are always events happening that require volunteers to support. A cummunity service chair would help find those events and inform the club of the opportunity. What a great way to serve and have fun! Please let Club President Chris Eckols know if you are interested.  


Rotaract Club of Williamsburg news: Seyda Celci is kicking off a new year with her Rotaract Club. Several of her members graduated in May and she is working hard to attract new members. 

Meeting schedule: Remember, this is your club! We want you to enjoy the weekly speakers, so we need your help! Will Hummel has put together some really cool guest programs, but he needs our help to find interesting speakers.

Invite guests to join us on Thursday evenings: The club board wants to remind members of the service opportunity that is Rotary. Please invite others in the community to join us as our guest. Sharing our club is the best way to encourage new members. Let us know if you plan to bring a guest and thank you for sharing Rotary with others. 


Support the ARC: We supported the Learning Lab as one of three area Rotary Clubs supporting the District grant. Chuck Hobson has stepped up and spoke glowingly about his experience. Please contact him for time slots and opportunities to contribute.


Other opportunies:  It is never too early to start thinking about where we can help. Either local grants, global grants, or simply offering help to others in our community we are committed to service above self. Let us know where you see a need.


Meeting Schedule

September 20, 2018 - Mary Anna Hartley - Senior Archaeologist at Jamestown Rediscovered

September 27, NO MEETING---- Volunteer and attendance at the District conference


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 dependant 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:

(1) Williamsburg Rotary Foundation (WRF) - 

Don Murfee (r) hosted four of our 11 Williamsburg Rotary Foundation (WRF) grant awardees this year to hear brief project descriptions from each that were new to our club members. The WRF distributes checks annually from its foundation equity. This year's donations totaled $12,850 for the 11 grant awardees. Our WRF Grants are in the process of sending checks to WYBL, Camp Kesem*, CDR, The Arc, Literacy for Life, Greater Williamsburg Outreach Mission(GWOM)*, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Hospice House, Volunteer Fire (Med Equipment), Colonial Behavior Health (defibrillaters)*, and Early Childhood Music*. Thanks to all of our "club member sponsors" for preparing grant requests to WRF for the local charities that were awarded from WRF. 


 For your Information:  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).


(2) 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.  TRF awards grants from funds that have accumulated from donations.  The funds are returned to our district after three years to support annual grant requests, whether local or global (e.g., Local District Grants to support our Williamsburg Arc project with two other clubs and our club's Rwandan project was supported boith by ou rdistrict as well as Rotary International's foundation world fund to match financial supporters to reach our project budget that was approved.  We encourage donations annually to donate individually so that our annual club donations will be satisfied from each member to Candance's TRF of amounts no less than $25 per quarter (minimum).to help us meet our club's projected goal. 






        Come join the fun......in Queen of Hearts! Bobby Braxton is back dealing the cards.



For a complete list of programs go to http://www.williamsburgrotary.org.  While you are on-line, don't forget we have an active Facebook page that you can visit for more information as well as many more photos.


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.  Try to visit the site and help us improve our club so that we all can benefit. Tell your friends and neighbors about the site and be sure to invite them to view photos and offer their comments as well.  


When you go to our Club Web Page you can access important information about Williamsburg Rotary and its members. Please do visit both our site and our Facebook.  Addresses and personal contact information are  limited to members only. 


Thank you,


Chris Eckols


Test of the things we think, say, or do:

1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?

4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?