2017 Rotary Golf Tournament at Lakeview Golf Club in Harrisonburg, VA benefitting the Ronald McDonald House of Charlottesville

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Friday, September 22, 2017.

Registration begins at 11 am; boxed lunch provided. Tee off at 12:30 pm; Closing Meal and Awards Program. 4 Person Captain’s Choice Format We hope all our golfing Rotarians will join in supporting our friends at The Rockingham County Rotary Club and the Waynesboro-East Augusta Rotary Club.

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$10,000 Awarded! 2017 Scholarship Awards

Every year we select local students to receive a $1,000 scholarship towards college or university. We are pleased to announce this year's ten recipients:

  1. Kathryn SchneiderWilson HS-2017attending BRCC-nursing
  2. Jonathan Wangler   Wilson HS 2017attending Va Tech, member of Core of Cadets, National Security and Foreign Affairs
  3. Taylor Bauer     Longwood CollegeElem. and Sp. Ed
  4. Carly EdwardsVa. Tech, Biological Systems Engineering
  5. Rebecca PerelesWHS-2017, attending Vanderbilt Univ., Biomedical Engineering
  6. Micalah MorrisonWHS-2017,  Widener Univ. Biomedical Engineering, minor Mechanical Engineering
  7. Isabelle LeeRandolph Macon College,  History and Classical Ed., minor-Secondary Ed  
  8. Julia WatsonJMUMath and Secondary Ed.
  9. Mikayla RushWilson HS-2017UVA, Human Biology leading to pre-med
  10. Stephanie BrooksBridgewater, English with Am. Studies Concentration pursing secondary teaching career

All of the recipients had GPAs higher than 3.7. These students belong to an average of 3-5 organizations, many holding officer positions, and represent thousands of hours in community service.

We're not in Kansas anymore.... our 2017 Rotary District 7570 Conference

This year's conference had a different vibe! The nuts and bolts information about our District was simplified and reduced and the focus was on inspiring content and speakers. Locations of the awards meals and the plenary sessions were swapped, and as you can see from the image above, the morning sessions were filled with light, and this seemed to create more energy in the room and the audience. 

Highlights of the conference include: Karaoke featuring Rotarians, TED Talk star Dan Pallotta on The Power of Purpose, Mark Fernandes. Chief Executive Officer of Capitalism 2.0 and hearing the 2016 4-Way Test Speech winner. 

It was evident that our district has no shortage of love for our District Governor, Chris Runion. Chris had the courage to take some risks changing up longstanding conference traditions and his team created a truly memorable experience. 

Waynesboro Woodstock 2016

Get your 2016 Waynesboro Woodstock ticket today! Your generous support helps us fund our local programs including: College Scholarships for Area Youth • Augusta Free Clinic Support • Valley Pastoral Council on Aging AND so many more local groups! Your $125 ticket gets you and your date dinner, drinks and immeasurable fun! Plus: a chance to win $5000!

Friday, November 18th, 2016. Waynesboro Best Western Conference Center • 6 pm - ??? 

Please email sarah@hivecreativegroup.com for to get your ticket!

Together, We Accomplish Great Things.

 Dr. Dave Burgess, a local Waynesborian, is presenting a plaque to president Karin Safjani of the Limbe Rotary Club in Malawi, Africa. The plaque will be presented to Executive Director Rob Brown who will place it in the lobby of the hospital.  It reads:  Our Gift to the Citizens of Malawi, Africa: Hospital Equipment to Beit CURE International Hospital. From, Waynesboro Rotary Club - International Partner - District 7570, Limbe Rotary Club - Host Partner - District 9210, Rotary International - Global Grant 26257, IMEC America

Dr. Dave Burgess, a local Waynesborian, is presenting a plaque to president Karin Safjani of the Limbe Rotary Club in Malawi, Africa. The plaque will be presented to Executive Director Rob Brown who will place it in the lobby of the hospital.

It reads: Our Gift to the Citizens of Malawi, Africa: Hospital Equipment to Beit CURE International Hospital. From, Waynesboro Rotary Club - International Partner - District 7570, Limbe Rotary Club - Host Partner - District 9210, Rotary International - Global Grant 26257, IMEC America

Why this Project Was Selected

  1. Malawi is one of the poorest countries in Africa
  2. The majority of the population live without electricity, running water and good sanitation
  3. 1 in 5 children do not reach their 5th birthday
  4. Incidence of club foot deformity is double the rate in the US
  5. Children with disabilities and deformities often ostracized and regarded as “cursed”

Project goals:

  1. To assist the dedicated doctors and nurses at the BEIT CURE International Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi provide the best care for children and adults
  2. To provide medical equipment and supplies to support orthopedic surgery and care
  3. To provide equipment and supplies to train Malawian surgeons, medical students and nurses
  4. To support a sustainable structure of orthopedic training and care in Malawi

Equipment and Supplies provided by Rotary

Together, with the Limbe Rotary Club, Rotary District 7570, Rotary District 9210, and IMEC America, we were able to donate 15 Medical Suites to help countless people living near the Beit Cure International Hospital.

  • 1 Orthopedic suite:Fracture table, cable system, C-Arm image intensifier, surgical tools
  • 3 Physical Therapy Suites: PT tables, wheelchairs, weights, mobility medical equipment
  • 3 Classroom and e-learning Suites: LCD TV, video equipment, software – allowing for remote teaching video station, and conference tables, chairs, computers, desks
  • 2 Critical Care Suites: EKG machine, monitors, blood pressure units, crash cart, defibrillator, critical care supplies
  • 1 Infection Control Suite: Autoclave, sterilizer tray, infection control supplies
  • 3 Special Care and Special Procedure Suites: Oxygen regulator, suction pump, oto-ophthalmoscope, instrument kit for minor surgical procedures, walkers, stretchers, IV poles, crutches etc
  • 2 Suites of Medical Supplies

Let's Stuff a Truck and Help Feed the Hungry!

Today, Michael McKee, the CEO of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, spoke to our club and gave us some staggering statistics about hunger in our area. Here are some key takeaways:

  1. The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank serves 118,600 people per month

  2. The area they serve is 12,500 square miles and covers 25 counties and 8 cities on either side of the Blue Ridge through distribution centers in Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Winchester and their Verona headquarters 

  3. The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank distributes over 25 million pounds of food a year (20.6 million meals)

  4. Volunteers contributed over 24,000 hours of labor in 2015

  5. Serving 7,530 children each month through after school programs

  6. 11.9% of Virginians struggle with hunger. 146,770, or 10%, live in the Blue Ridge area 

  7. 1 out of every 6 children—or 53,690 children in our service area—struggles with hunger. In Virginia, 16.8% of children are food insecure

Figures like these can seem daunting, but we have an opportunity to help!

Help them Stuff A Truck!

The Food Bank will be collecting donations of food and other items for food-insecure neighbors on Friday, September 16, from 7a.m. to 7p.m.

The one-day food drive will be held at four grocery stores — Martin’s in Harrisonburg, Staunton and Waynesboro, and Giant Foods in Charlottesville. The annual event is held in partnership with WHSV, iHeart Radio, Monticello Media and the Charlottesville Newsplex.

Check out their Most-Needed-Items list for recommendations on what to donate.

What is a Blog? Why should our Rotary club have one?

There are several great reasons for our club to blog:

  1. Blogging allows our club to share with the entire world on a frequent basis. We can blog about a recent program, a hands-on project, or upcoming events that we are excited to announce.
  2. Blogging helps with our online footprint. Search engines are constantly scouring websites for keywords to help internet users find businesses and organizations. Regularly updating our blog content offers new opportunities for people across the internet to find us.
  3. Rotary is often called a "best kept secret." By letting our audience know who we are and what we are up to, we will be able to attract new members who are excited to be a part of our vibrant club.

If you are interested in contributing to our blog, please contact me (Sarah@hivecreativegroup.com) and I'll give you some tips on blog content and we will get you published!