The Rotary Club of Williamsburg

Williamsburg, VA USA

Club 5848 

Established October 18, 1924

April 24, 2019 Newsletter

 This week, Social Hour at La Tienda!


Williamsburg Rotary Club

Rotary International

District 7600

Chris Eckols, President

Barry Rassin, President

Susan Zachenzky-Walthall, DG

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

A book was donated in Roberts's honor to the Williamsburg Regional Library


Paul Harris Awards

Club President was pleased to award the Paul Harris +4 to John Hummel, +2 to Kerry Mellette, and the Paul Harris Fellow to Michael Harrison. Congratulations and thank you for making the impact to Rotary.


NEW!!!! Club Calendar

We have added a club calendar with events from District and other clubs that may be ofinterest. Check it out via the home page, or CLICK HERE!


Club Events and Volunteer Opportunities:

The Craft Beer Festival is right around the corner! April 28th at the Williamsburg Community Center. Please be on-time for your volunteer shift. The weather looks great and ticket sales have been robust. Cheers!


Ironman Triathlon! May 4th - 5th

We have been asked to help marshall the parking for the event on May 4th and 5th at Chickahominy Riverfront Park. This is truly an event not to be missed and puts Williamsburg as a Athletic Tourism spotlight. Ironman will contribute to our club both monetarily and in the form of recognition on social media.Please sign up HERE with your availibility. We only need 4 people each shift on Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon.


Meeting schedule: 

We will meet at the Lodge on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Thursday of the month. On the 4th Thursday, we will have a social event that will be coordinated by a Club Member. If there is a 5th Thurday, we will either not have a meeting or a special event. Comunication will be the key to the success of this change. Take a look at our schedule which is updated on our website.


Please reach out to Will Hummel directly if you have a program, speaker, or social event that you wish to host. We need to fill 1 Social Event for May. 


This week: April 23, 2019 Social Hour at La Tienda on Jamestown Road from 6pm - 7:30. 

Next week: Richard Long: W&M Alumni house expansion and history, hosted by BW Marshall



Upcoming District Events!!!!


Williamsburg Craft Beer Festival, April 28, 2019.

This is our premier fund raiser and takes all hands to ensure a smooth event. This year we will be expanding from 1,200 tickets to 2,000! Stay tuned for event updates. 


Rotary Night at the Diamond

Gates open at 5:30pm, Games starts at 6:35pm. Terrace Level Seating only $10. $2 of each ticket goes to RI End Polio Now Foundation. Details HERE

Rotary District Marshalling on Hole 15 at LPGA May 23-26.

Volunteers needed at the LPGA. This is a great deal on a fun event. Details HERE!!




Image result for queen of heartsIt’s been a 1 year since the Queen has shown her face. The odds are increasing, will it be you? When will she present? Come join the fun as Bobby Deals the magic hand….




For a complete list of programs go to


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 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.  Candy Hamilton 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,                                                     


Chris Eckols

Club President