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Current Newsletter Nov 21, 2019
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The Rotary Club of Williamsburg

Williamsburg, VA USA

Club 5848 

Established October 18, 1924

November 21, 2019 Newsletter

 This Week: Frmr VP of ABC Sports Jim Spence!


Williamsburg Rotary Club

Rotary International

District 7600

Don Murfee, President

Mark Malone, President

Clenise Platt, DG




This Week!!! Former SVP of ABC Sports, Jim Spence

An icon in sports, Jim Spence will be here as a guest of Don Murfee



Salvation Army Bellringing is coming around the corner!

Our Club will be responsible for 40 slots of bellringing from noon-6pm Friday through Tuesday, beginning December 2. The Sign-up is Live!!!! CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT!


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.



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. 


Bringier McConnell has taken over as the Membership Chair, replacing Scarlett Huang. We are excited and thankful for a Past President to take the charge of this critical function.


LaYaca Holiday Dinner on December 5, 2019. Your participation in the Doodle survey will be critical to the planning of this event.



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. DOODLE HERE THIS THURSDAY!!!


Program Speakers schedule: 

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:

There are some members that are significantly past due for their membership dues. Please make arrangements if you are behind. timely payment of dues falls squarely in the 4-way test. If you have not receivd your billing statement or would like to change your email address, please email Mike as soon as possible. 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