Update on the Pet Center

Chatham Rotary Club was treated to an update by James McLaughlin, Director of the Pittsylvania County Pet Center at the weekly meeting on Feb. 5th



James McLaughlin was named director of the Pittsylvania Pet Center effective January 1, 2019, when Pittsylvania County assumed operational control of the Center from the Lynchburg Humane Society.  After serving honorably in the US Navy for 20 years, James pursued his passion for working with animals. Mr. McLaughlin was with the  Portsmouth Humane Society for 7 years where he worked my way up from customer service, to the Director of Operations.
He is very excited about the opportunity provided to him by Pittsylvania County, and looks forward to working with the local community to make a difference in animal welfare throughout the county and beyond.



Also at the February 5th  meeting, Rotarian Dick Camp presented Faith Stamps, Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Danville Area, with a check of $1,000 from the Chatham Rotary Club. This is a continuation of our club's ongoing community partnership with BGC Danville, and our vision to assist the youth of our region.
Boys & Girls Clubs provide kids and teens in our community a safe place to develop essential skills, make lasting connections and have fun. As a result, Club kids are more likely to:
  • Graduate from high school
  • Be physically active every day
  • Volunteer in their communities

Preparing today’s generation for tomorrow’s success

Chatham Rotary’s noon meeting on January 29th featured an extremely interesting and informative program presented by Mrs. Jessica Dalton, Principal, Pittsylvania Career and Technical Center for the Pittsylvania County Schools.  Mark Jones, a Chatham Rotarian sponsored the program and introduced Mrs. Dalton who is a Chatham, Virginia resident who has worked in Pittsylvania County Schools the past 12 years as a teacher at Dan River High School, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director at Chatham High School, and currently as the Principal of the Pittsylvania Career and Technical Center.

Mrs. Dalton’s presentation highlighted the program at Pittsylvania Career and Technical Center that offers career training in eighteen program areas. These are one or two year programs that offer high school and college credit through dual enrollment with Danville Community College where students can receive college credit as a high school student.  Students from throughout the county high schools travel to the Career and Technical Center located in Chatham daily to participate in their program and have the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art equipment and explore different career pathways through business partnerships.  Some of the eighteen program areas include Automotive Technology, Cybersecurity Technology Systems, Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement, and Cosmetology, Precision Machine Technology, Nursing and Welding.  Information on the Career and Technical Center and other available programs is available at their website: https://pctc.pcs.k12.va.us/home or by calling the Center at 434-432-9416.  The Center will conduct an Open House on March 7th for interested participants.

Pictured below: Jessica Dalton and Club President, Phil Mauger


Chatham Rotary Club also inducted a new member at the noon meeting.  Nicholas Ferraco, Sartamor Plant Manager in Tightsqueeze became our Clubs newest member.  Nick was introduced to Rotary and sponsored by Walter Sullivan.  Membership Chair Joe Rogers conducted the induction.  Welcome Nick Ferraco!

Pictured both images (L-R) Walter Sullivan, Nicholas Ferraco, Joe Rogers