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Current Newsletter Mar 17, 2020
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The Rotary Club of Williamsburg

Williamsburg, VA USA

Club 5848 

Established October 18, 1924

March 17, 2020 Newsletter



Williamsburg Rotary Club

Rotary International

District 7600

Don Murfee, President

Mark Malone, President

Clenise Platt, DG




In an effort to "Social Distance," regular club meetings are cancelled until April 9th.

When we reconvene, we have a very special event planned. Our club will receive a private tour of the newly renovated Williamsburg Art Museum on Nassau Street. Afterwards, we will meet at the Lodge for dinner. Spouses are welcome and encouraged.


Williamsburg Craft Beer Fest

Much like many events, the Williamsburg Craft Beer Festival is postponed unitl September. Dates TBD. 


From the Rotary Foundation Chair:

Fellow Rotarians, please see information below from our Rotary District Headquarters. As you may recall from previous years, the rules on contribution methodology to the Annual Fund on Giving Tuesday are inflexible. While the reasons vary, it is important that we simply do our best to contribute within our means...to the annual fund...online...7 April 2020.


Here are the rules:

  • Contributions must be made to the Annual Fund;
  • Contributions will be matched with recognition points up to an individual contribution of $500;
  • The contribution must be made online on Tuesday, April 7 at ‘My Rotary’ at rotary.org;
  • Additionally, increased contributions over last Rotary year to the Annual Fund will be matched with recognition points two-for-one up to $100 increased dollars (see examples below);

Your ‘My Rotary’ account must be established in advance of April 6 as it takes a day or two for new accounts to become active;  


This is an excellent opportunity to help move our members to the next level of Paul Harris Fellowship and have your contributions count double. We have already achieved the ‘100% Paul Harris Fellow’ Status – a one-time club recognition.


Please contact Michael Harrison Directly if you have any questions.


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.




All Rotary District training events are also cancelled until further notice. Please inquire directly if you were registered for an event to see about re-scheduled events. 



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