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

October Dates to Remember


Oct. 4 District Gov. Official Visit, Fountain Danville, VA

Oct. 5 Stew Preparation, County Recreation Center

Oct. 6 Callands Festival, Rotary Stew

Oct. 13 Ducks on the Dan Danville, Va

Oct. 13-14 INTERACT Conference, Smith Mt. Lake



Altavista Tuesday 12:00 pm Applebee’s

Danville-Riverview Thursday 7:30 am Stratford Inn

Danville Tuesday 1:00 pm Stratford Inn

Martinsville Thursday 4:30 pm VA Museum

Martinsville Tuesday 6:15 pm VA Museum

South Boston Tuesday 6:30 pm Ernie’s Restaurant

Danville-After Hrs. Tuesday 5:30 pm

Don’t miss the opportunity!

The Chatham Rotary Club invites you to join us Oct. 4th for our Major Membership Networking Event!

You’re invited to join the four Rotary Clubs of Chatham & Danville for an evening of casual networking.  Live music by Matt Crowder.  Beer, wine & food available.  If you are a Rotarian – or just want to learn more about Rotary – join us for a enjoyable and entertaining evening…and don’t forget to bring your business cards!

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM at Main Street Plaza

(RSVP to Facebook Event “Rotarians on the Dan“)

The Health Collaborative

Luncheon Meeting Speaker - August 21, 2018:  Rachel Silber, an AmeriCorps Volunteer in Service to America working through the Health Collaborative in the Dan River Region, spoke to the Chatham Rotary Club about her work to develop and bolster our local food system.  Focusing primarily on Caswell County, Danville, and Pittsylvania County, Rachel will endeavor over the next year to close gaps in the local food system that have been identified by previous Health Collaborative studies.  To do so, she will bring together key constituents--community activists, thought leaders, producers, officials, Extension agents, and consumers--to develop and begin to execute Action Plans that purport to facilitate local food commerce, educate citizens about the economic and health benefits of local food, and increase access to healthy, local foods across all socio-economic segments of our local population.

Rachel's presentation was coordinated by Chatham Rotarian Amy Davis.

Paul Harris Fellow

August 7, 2018

Rotary International recognizes Rotarians for their monetary contributions by awarding a Paul Harris Fellow Pin for each $1000 given.  Phil Mauger, President of Chatham Rotary presented Chatham Rotarian Eddie Herndon with his second Paul Harris Fellow Pin at Tuesday’s Club meeting.

Learn more about the Paul Harris Society here.

Gretna High School Beta Team takes 1st

Pictured above: Gretna HS Beta Club team members Xander Birchfield, Eden Ilconich, Brendan Myers and Kailey Wertz are shown with Rotarians Stacey Moreau and Charles Strauss.

Gretna High School Beta Club members Xander Birchfield, Eden Ilconich, Brendan Myers and Kailey Wertz attended the noon meeting and presented the program.  These rising Gretna 10th graders had earned their membership in the National Beta Club Honor Society through excellent grades and community service.  The four also formed the Beta Build Team for Gretna and after placing first in the state competition in Hampton this past February went on to compete in the national tournament winning 3rd place.  Their presentation reflected the spirit of cooperation, ingenuity, and creativeness that went into their winning projects.

Chatham Rotary Park

(Pictured above: Lisa Tuite)

Chatham Rotarians met on a hot, muggy and rainy afternoon at Chatham Rotary Park to spruce up the park and clear out overgrown bushes, shrubs and grassy areas. Phil Mauger, Bill Black, Alisa Davis, Chris Lund and his daughter, Molly Holmes, Ted and Marty Brunning, Joe Rogers, Lisa Tuite and Walter Sullivan worked hard until the rain drove the crew inside Reid Street Gallery for great snacks and munchies provided by Gentleman's Ridge.  Even with all the hard work, a great time was had by all and Rotarians are looking forward to a more extensive remodel and upgrade to the Chatham Rotary Park in the near future. (Pictured below: The Cleanup Crew, Chris Lund & Joe Rogers)


Check Presentation

Pictured: Alisa Davis (l) Lisa Tuite (r)

Chatham Rotary President Elect Alisa Davis presented Chatham Rotarian and Director of the Pittsylvania County Library, Lisa Tuite, a check for $200 in support of the Friends of the Library Program.  The donation from fellow Rotarians was in response to a presentation about summer reading programs at the library. The Friends of the Library support the library with advocacy and financial support for the many programs offered by the library, including summer reading programs, crafts and other events for children and adults. Thanks to the support from our Friends and the generosity of groups like the Chatham Rotary Club and its individual members, most programs at the library are free or very low cost, reducing or eliminating and barriers to participation by all citizens.