Hargrave receives recognition

Chatham Rotary President Phil Mauger presented a special recognition plaque to Hargrave Military Academy for their continued support of Chatham Rotary Auction project since 2004 through the donation of a Hargrave Military Academy Summer School slot to be auctioned off nation-wide on-line for each year’s auction.  This donation has been one of the largest fund-raising gifts each year of the auction and has enabled Chatham Rotary to provide over $35,000 in funding for community service and improvement.  

Colonel Mike Brown, the current President of Hargrave and a recent new member of Chatham Rotary Club was joined by Dr. Wheeler Baker, Past President of Hargrave and Chatham Rotary in receiving the plaque for recognition of Hargrave’s contributions to Chatham and Rotary.  Other Hargrave Rotary members Nick Morris, Lee Martin, and Walter Sullivan joined Colonel Brown & Wheeler Baker in accepting the plaque and gratitude of the Chatham Rotary Club.

L-R: Phil Mauger, Col. Mike Brown, Dr. Wheeler Baker, Nick Morris, Lee Martin
(not pictured: Chad Lynn, Walter Sullivan)

Robert David kicks off 2019

Robert David, Youth & Gang Violence Prevention Coordinator for the City of Danville

January 8th, the Chatham Rotary Program hosted Robert David, Youth & Gang Violence Prevention Coordinator, for the City of Danville.  Robert is the Author of Stand Up and Breathe: Four Steps to Recovery from Failure.  He is a motivational speaker, former Natural Mr. Universe and four-time Drug Free Powerlifter World Champion, owner of David Management Youth Intervention Services and Sirbigness Mobile Fitness.

The program, sponsored by Chatham Rotarian Rachel del Campo Gatewood, was well received as Robert embraced the struggle of the at-risk youth for over 20 years by providing outreach programs and individual mentoring.  He serves as the liaison between the community, the youth, and the city to develop and manage programs that address the problems of youth violence.  He shared with the Chatham Rotary Club the success of the City’s first Project Imagine.

L-R, Phil Mauger, Robert David, Rachel Gatewood

Chatham Rotary receives recognition

Featured during the January 8th meeting was Rotary Assistant District Governor Area 7, Barry Richmond, who presented certificates to Chatham Rotary for their outstanding support of Rotary International’s Fight Against Polio.  Chatham Rotary ranked second in contributions from over 85 clubs in District 7570 with over $8,000 in contributions.  Chatham Rotary also was recognized by the District for maintaining over 90% of its membership as Rotary International Sustainers.

Pictured L-R:  Foundation Chair, Robert Adams,  DG Area 7 Barry Richmond, Club President Phil Mauger

Rise Against Hunger

Saturday, January 26th
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Community Center at Chatham
115 S Main Street, Chatham

Be one of 50 volunteers who will package 10,000 meals to be distributed to hungry people around the world. We will gather at 9 AM for setup and begin packing meals at 10 AM. We expect to wrap up between 12:30 – 1:00 PM.  After we adjourn, we’ll head to lunch for an optional “dutch treat” lunch.

Volunteers must sign up in advance at a club meeting or by registering online
or by emailing Inez Rodenburg 

What to Expect
Volunteers set up and take down packaging stations and equipment, fill bins with raw ingredients, scoop ingredients into meal bags, weigh and seal the bags, box and stack them on pallets, and load the pallets and equipment onto a truck. Volunteers should wear comfortable shoes and casual clothes.  Rotarians should wear their Rotary shirt.

Rise Against Hunger gets food and life-saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable people, and works to end global hunger in our lifetime. Established in 1998, we have provided over 225 million meals in 73 countries. We are based in Raleigh, N.C., and operate throughout the U.S. and through affiliates in developing countries.

Guests are Welcome
Prospective members will learn about Rotary. Rotarians will receive a makeup. Family and friends are welcome to sign up with Rotarians. Teens age 14 and up are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Inviting a guest is easy! Just use the share links in this email. 

Virginia International Raceway

Clayton Myers, Driving Club and Range Director from Virginia International Raceway presented a program the the Chatham Rotary Club on Tuesday, December 18, about the programs and amenities offered at the track. VIR is known for racing, but also offers many programs for the community in gun and automobile safety, including Navy SEAL training, law enforcement training, defensive driving, and more. Skeet shooting, a Go-Cart track, meeting facilities for both small and large groups and a wonderful restaurant are just a few of the offerings available to the public. They also offer rehabilitative programs for veterans and juveniles, and opportunities to involve the community.  

Clayton Myers


Officers for the upcoming year

Alisa Davis – President
Mark Moore – President Elect
Phil Mauger – Treasurer and Past President
Lisa Tuite –  Secretary
Walter Sullivan – Sergeant at Arms

Nina Beth Thornton
Alvin Crider
Rachel Gatewood
Chris Lund

L-R  Mark Moore, Alisa Davis, Walter Sullivan, Phil Mauger, Lisa Tuite, Alvin Crider

Holiday Gathering Notes

We had a delightful time at this year’s holiday gathering. Phil Mauger presided, Debbie Sparks and Lisa Tuite were surprised with Paul Harris Fellow awards, and Robert Adams was honored as a Major Donor of the Rotary Foundation. Everyone enjoyed the lovely surroundings and delicious food from Reid Street Gallery. And for those who lingered, there was spirited Christmas carol karoke! Thank you, Walter Sullivan, for the photos.

Dictionaries in more schools!

Lee Martin delivers dictionaries to 3rd grade students at Mt. Airy Elementary.
Rotarian Bill Black donated dictionaries to 3rd grade teacher Tate Leftwich and her class at Heritage Academy.
Walter Sullivan and Mark Moore present dictionaries to Chatham Elementary students.
Walter Sullivan and Mark Moore hand out dictionaries to more 3rd grade students at Chatham Elementary.

Learn about the history of the Rotary Dictionary Project here.

Dictionary Day 2018

A dictionary for you, and a dictionary for you, and… a dictionary for everyone! Dictionary Day at Hurt Elementary School was a hit. Rotarians Dianna Burkholder, Todd Breaux, and Lisa Tuite thank the principal, teachers, and Third Grade students at Hurt Elementary School for their hospitality. Use those dictionaries to achieve great things!

The object of the Rotary Dictionary Project is to provide third grade students a personal dictionary of their very own that will serve them at least through elementary and middle school. Many educators and researchers see this as a key to better reading, speech, and writing. These skills will improve student performance in other subjects as well. Receiving the dictionaries from Rotary members is beneficial to students as well. The young people meet successful adults in their community who care enough about them to purchase these dictionaries and come to their school to present them personally. The brief explanation of Rotary service in the community and around the world gives students a lasting positive impression of Rotary and the ideal of service.

Robert Adams shares history of Rotary Foundation

We were pleased to have Rotarian Robert Adams speak to our club at the Luncheon meeting on November 6th. Below is a summary of the information he provided:

The Rotary Foundation was founded in 1917 with the purpose of “doing good in the world” It has grown to having over $1 billion dollars in assets. The members of the Chatham Rotary Club have been supporters of the foundation since it’s inception. Part of the money that is given is returned in the form of grants for special local projects. Our club has used grants to complete several projects over the years including rehabbing Silas Moore Park in Chatham and constructing the “Dog Park” at the new Pittsylvania County Pet Center. This year’s project will be sprucing up Rotary Park.

Pictured: Marty Brunning and Robert Adams


We recently presented Marty Brunning with her Paul Harris Plus 2 pin, which signifies a milestone in her giving to The Rotary Foundation. Congratulations Marty, from your fellow Rotarians and thank you for your service to Rotary.

What’s Happening Now?

We’ll see you at the Callands Festival!

Don’t be late – we start serving at 11 am.  We sell out every year! Come by our tent and get a bowl or a few quarts – or both!

Cattle Agribusiness in Pittsylvania County

by Becky Roberts
Extension Agent, Pittsylvania County

Becky Roberts with Rotarian Chris Lund

Extension Agent Becky Roberts spoke at the Sept. 25 Rotary meeting about Cattle Agribusiness in Pittsylvania County and its importance to the County’s past, present and future economic development.  The County is ranked 10th overall in the state for Cattles sales – and growing.  In addition, the County is ranked 4th in the state for Dairy Production.  This is a significant amount of farm positive economic impact to the County and which continues to grow.   There is an active cattle association in the County,  the Pittsylvania County Cattlemen’s Association, that serves to support new, growing and established cattle businesses.  There are several important cattle events coming up this fall in the County and into next year which point to a vibrant and growing agribusiness within the County.


Chatham Rotary was also pleased to have Laurie Menzel as a guest of Chatham Rotarian Nina Beth Thornton.  Laurie is the Major Gifts Officer for The Rotary Foundation, Zone 33.

Rotarian Nina Beth Thornton with Laurie Menzel