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.

From the desk of….Debra Dodson

Many thanks to Debra Dodson, who spoke at our luncheon meeting about the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region.  Stay in touch with The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region to keep up to date with their good work and the Rotary Club of Chatham fund. Sign up for their monthly email newsletter by clicking here.  And follow them on their Facebook page.

Hello, New Rotary Year!

The final Chatham Rotary Club meeting of the Rotary year (which ended on June 30) was dedicated to inducting the incoming Club Officers & Directors for the Club's Rotary Year 2018/2019. Outgoing Club President, Paul Nicholson, took a moment to comment on the past Rotary year and the Club's accomplishments. Phil Mauger was then sworn in as President for the upcoming year. Other officers and Directors were also inducted by President Mauger.

Phil Mauger is sworn in a President 2018/2019

(L) Phil Mauger (R) Paul Nicholson

—————The following is a roster of officers for the Rotary 2018/19 year —————
President....Phil Mauger
President Elect....Alisa Davis
Past President.....Paul Nicholson
Secretary......Lisa Tuite
Treasurer.....Phil Mauger
Sargent-at-Arms.....Walter Sullivan
Rachael Gatewood
Alvin Crider
Robert Adams
Charlie Strauss
Nicholas Morris was inducted and recognized by Joe Rogers,Chatham Rotary Club Membership Chair.  Nick was accompanied by his wife, Amy.  They are new to the Chatham area and Nick will be serving as the Dean of Students/Commandant at Hargrave Military Academy.

Pictured L-R: Joe Rogers, Amy Morris, Nick Morris

Community Workdays

The Chatham Rotary Club has been the recipient of (2) Rotary District Grants this year, which are enabling us to make major improvements to Elba Park in Gretna, as well and installing a dog fence at the new Pet Center in Chatham!

We are looking for some help in general clean-up and landscaping from anyone in the community who would like to show up and lend a hand.  The upcoming work days are as follows:

Saturday, April 21st -- 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., both locations (Elba Park in Gretna and Chatham Pet Center)
Tuesday, April 24th -- 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. -- both locations
Saturday, April 28th -- 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- both locations
Please bring work gloves, shovels/rakes, and a joyful spirit!  Hope to see you there as we all work TOGETHER to make our community a better place.
Paul will be traveling 4/21, so Chris Lund will be "the Captain" that day.

The New Rotary Engage!

Welcome to the new Chatham Rotary communication and information tool - Rotary Engage!  Engage makes it simple to do a few common tasks, like enter your committee meeting attendance or upload news to the blog; it also gives a comprehensive look into the basic operations of our club, for both members and prospective members! Please bookmark the site, look around, and let us know what you think!  Rotary Engage!