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.