The Rotary Club of Charlottesville

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Club Directors

Past President
Community Service
Vocational Service
Public Relations
Executive Secretary
May 2015



Welcome to our Club!


Service Above Self

Every 2nd and Fourth Tuesday of the month at 5:30 pm
Omni Charlottesville Hotel
235 West Main Street
PO Box 7302
Charlottesville, VA  22906-7302
United States
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Sue Liberman and the grants committee once again diligently combed thru the RFPs, to find 9 worthy local nonprofits.  The Rotary club of Charlottesville awarded over $ 14,000 dollars in grant money to the following organizations:
Stonewall Jackson Area Council for the Boy Scouts Campership Scholarships
Cale Elementary as part of a new Spanish Immersion Library
The Rotary Club of Charlottesville Imagination Library
Mediation Center of Charlottesville for education and Mediation
PVCC KidsCollege for Scholarships
The Sexual Assault Resource Agency to benefit Prevention education
Service Dogs of Virginia to help offset cost of Advanced Training
WAHS Robotics team for the First Tech Robotics Challenge.
Thank you all for making this giving part of our yearly mission, Thanks to Sue for spearheading it, and thank to all the applicants for doing the important work you do.

Andra Watkins
Fellow Rotarian and gifted author Andra Watkins Spoke to our club.  She intertwined a story of a 444 mile walk along the Natchez trace, with the important lesson of living in the moment.  Ms. Watkins reminds us of the value of family, and trying something audacious.  To find more information on her books and speaking tour click Here.

Pamela Sutton Wallace spoke about the challenges and triumphs of running a major medical center.  In her talk entitled “Moving Forward” she reviewed her journey to Charlottesville.   The Rotary Club was fortunate to hear such an inspiring story that started in Baltimore and wound thru Washington University in St Louis, Yale, Pfizer, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Duke University.   Ms. Sutton Wallace served several positions at Duke University culminating at Vice President of Operations.  Coming to U Va in July of 2014 Ms. Sutton Wallace has already made sweeping changes including the raising of nurse wages and hiring more nurses. These new nurses have enabled the hospital to open many needed beds that were previously unavailable. Ms. Sutton Wallace believes “The future of health care is about redesigning ourselves to care for an entire community while honoring the individual patient experience.”   The Rotary Club of Charlottesville welcomes The Sutton Wallace family, which includes two daughters at Monticello High School, and Associate Professor Maurice Wallace of the Carter G Woodson Institute for African American Studies a the University of Virginia.

Ken Karr had asked me to pass on to the club a really good read in Forbes.  It follows well on our last speaker and would encourage you to check it out.

Michellle Braden, CEO MSBCoach spoke to the Rotary Club of Charlottesville Tuesday, January 27, 2014.  Michelle and her team of professionals are located here in Charlottesville.  They train and coach Executives and talented Senior Managers to inspire them to reach their fullest leadership potential.
Michelle gave us an assignment: What do we consider important leadership traits? We came up with quite a varied list, all important to be sure, and it set the groundwork for Michelle’s talk on what traits separate good leaders from great leaders.  Michelle and her team at MSBCoach have been working on this and she shared the their results with us:
Desire and ability to give your power away
Possess a vision that is greater than yourself and inspire others to be a part of the vision
Michelle’s talk inspired an enthusiastic and lengthy Q&A period after she finished.  It was a great topic and we all learned a lot. Thank you Michelle for an interesting and timely topic.


Ken Karr has once again done a magnificent job organizing vocational month.  Here are just a few of the thank you notes we received from students who took advantage of the Dominion Virginia Powers Career day.

“Thank you for this, it helped me find out what I want to do.  I liked the tour of the Plant [bus tour of station grounds].  I am grateful for the people for talking to us about what they do.”  Blaine
“Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to learn about how you guys apply power specifically nuclear power to my everyday life. I liked learning how the facility worked and how it was actually safe.  Before hand I had no idea how nuclear power worked and I always thought it would explode.  I thank you again for this great opportunity.”  Andrew
“I would like to say thank you for the opportunity to see the power plant.  I learned a lot about different types of engineering today.  I am grateful for this because engineering has always interested me but I did not know of all the different types before today.”  Clayton
“Thank you for taking us on that very interesting field trip  I enjoyed learning about the process that takes place to create energy.  I really thought it was cool when we got to look at a thermal camera.  I appreciate you taking time out of your day to teach us.”  Alex
“Thanks for the trip to Dominion.  Since going there it’s opened my mind as to what I might be when I grow up.  And I learned how a power plant works.  Thanks for showing me cool stuff.”  Christian
“Thank you for the tour.  I loved the talk on the radio telescope and super computer.” James
“Yo … thank you very much for teaching me about the power plant and all of its intricacies.  I really did appreciate it.  You seemed like a pretty cool guy[(referring to Eric Hendrixson’s welcome presentation] and I really like how you presented the power plant.  Hope I can do this again in the future.” Lian
“Thank you for providing us with the opportunity to tour the nuclear power plant [bus tour of station grounds] and having the people tell us about each part of the jobs of the power plant.  I learned about how the people turn on and work the power plant.  I really enjoyed the tour.”  Drew

Dr. Shannon, the new Executive Vice President of the University of Virginia Medical Center, spoke to the Rotary Club of Charlottesville on August 26th 2014.  He laid out a very clear and dire picture of the nations health care issue.  Citing Victor Fuchs emeritus professor of Economics from Stanford in saying "If we solve our health care spending, practically all of our fiscal problems go away,”and if don't " “Then almost anything else we do will not solve our fiscal problems.”‚Äč  Dr Shannon brought a solid plan to move forward based on "Pursuing Excellence Quality and Safety as the New Currency".  Witnessing first hand the amazing transformation that was made at Alcoa by Paul O'Neill in the late 1980's, Dr Shannon presented that the case that reining in costs, and particularly those associated with safety, harm and over treatment will save our medical system.
Dr Shannon meets daily with his teams to review every accident, infection and death in the medical center to learn what steps need to be taking to improve  and advance toward the goals of "One UVA Health System":
•To become the safest place to receive care 
•To be the healthiest work environment
•To provide the highest level of clinical care
•To generate biomedical discovery that betters the human condition
•To train the health care workforce of the future in teams

LogoLeigh Middledicth and Terry Cooper explained the importance of revamping Virginia re districting process.  In a fascinating look into what Gerrymandering is, and how it is crippling the legislatures ability to govern, these two gentleman present a path to a better future.
On Tuesday, July 8th 2014, Jennifer L. King was awarded the "James R. Peterson Rotarian of the Year Award for 2013 - 2014" by the Rotary Club of Charlottesville in recognition of her outstanding volunteer service. Jennifer has provided multiple services to this club over many years.  She is a long time Board member, serving as president, past president, vice president, secretary (two terms) and treasurer.                 
Currently her excellent work in New Generations and Youth Services has sustained our club activities .Her work with our Japanese exchange student, with the District 7610 Student Exchange Program, our exchange student in Thailand, her work with the Interact Club at Western Albemarle High School, with the Speech contest, Rotary Youth  Leadership Awards, Chesapeake Bay students, and Rotaract, are some examples of her Service Above Self commitment to the Rotary Club of Charlottesville. A mother of two, Jennifer still has time for her day job as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer & Chief Compliance Officer of the Chase Investment Counsel Corporation of Charlottesville, Virginia.

“It sometimes seems that we live as if we wondered when life was going to begin. It isn’t always clear just what we are looking for, but some of us sometimes persist in waiting so long that life slips by — finding us still waiting for something that has been going on all the time. . . . There is no reason to doubt good intentions — but when in the world are we going to begin to live as if we understood that this is it? This is life? This is our time, our day, our generation . . . our one chance to do something for somebody else. This is the life in which the work of this life is to be done. . . . This is it, whether we are thrilled or disappointed, busy or bored!  Givers or takers. This is life, it is all we’ve got — and it is passing.  What in the world are we waiting for?” 
On June 10th, Gina Mancuso visited the Charlottesville Rotary Club and spoke to members about entrepreneurship in the area. Gina is a self-described “serial entrepreneur” who is running her third successful business at age 32. LoveThatFit is Gina’s current venture. It is a virtual fit and style technology that retailers license so that their shoppers can see actual look, fit and size of clothing when shopping in-store or online after uploading a full body photo. Retailers who license LTF’s ‘Fitting' technology benefit from lower returns, improved inventory control and merchandising while accumulating valuable data including fashion preferences, shopping behaviors and social influence.
Gina said that, when it comes to being an entrepreneur, she got her chops by going out and building successful businesses. As a teenager, Gina traded race horses in the European market and, after graduating from the University of Miami, she opened a successful boutique fitness center. LTF is Gina’s third business and has garnered the attention of angel investors and UVA’s Darden iLab Incubator.
While Charlottesville may not be poised to become the next Paris or Milan of the fashion world, Gina said that this city is ideal for entrepreneurs looking for a robust collaborative environment.

The Rotary Club of Charlottesville  presented to University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan an honorary membership and the Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow Award at their meeting Tuesday, May 27th. The ceremony was held at the Omni Hotel. President Sullivan spoke to the assembled Rotary Club of Charlottesville about the opportunities to become a college student and the significant and important values of being a college graduate.

 Coach London gave an energized and impassioned talk to the Rotary Club of Charlottesville tonight.  Linking wonderful personal stories of fatherhood, his time as a Richmond Police detective and his coaching career to a central theme of service and leadership, coach left no doubt of his belief in faith, family and football.  A couple things were confirmed, he does check on his athletes being in class, Adam Lambert is the 1st string QB, and Virginia will be ready come the end of summer.  Go Hoos.

Paul Harris and the Birth of Rotary (Monthly RGHF Articles)
In 1905, Paul Harris started a movement that today is one of the world’s premiere service organizations. His creation, Rotary International has quite literally touched the lives of hundreds of millions of people in its global quest to make a difference. Yet few people, both inside and outside of Rotary know much about Paul Harris or how his ground-breaking club developed. 
Aryeh Enoch, a senior at the Miller School of Albemarle, competed in the District 7610 finals of the Rotary Speech Contest Saturday, April 5, 2014, after winning the contest sponsored by the Charlottesville Rotary Club.  Addressing the theme “Engage Rotary, Change Lives,” Aryeh spoke to the powerful impact each of us can have on the lives of others through simple yet profound interaction in our daily lives.  Aryeh is a native of Baltimore and is planning to head off to college next fall.

The Rotary Club of Charlottesville helped sponsor the prizes for another Gingerbread Christmas.
The executive Director of Innisfree village shed some light into the wonderful place that is Innisfree.  Carolyn Ohle walked us thru a typical day for the coworkers, volunteer caregivers and staff on the 550 acre working farm at the foothills of the Blue Ridge.  Perhaps the best way to sum up her inspiring talk is to list the statement of principles’ that Innisfree is based on:
Statement of principles
Innisfree shall:
  1. Be a model therapeutic environment with people with intellectual disabilities, emphasizing empowerment, interdependence, and mutual respect of all community members
  2. Evolve with the changing needs of the individuals with intellectual disabilities within the community and beyond
  3. Value work and foster creativity through artistic crafts, stewardship of the land, and daily community life
  4. Promote efforts in the stewardship of the land to acknowledge the reciprocal relationship between human health and the natural environment
  5. Encourage the integration of community members into the larger society through participation in cultural, educational, recreational, religious, and volunteer programs
  6. Rely for its financial resources upon family support, the spirit of volunteerism, and private funding
  7. Support and encourage the talents and individuality of community members from diverse educational, national, ethnic, and social backgrounds

Mr. Wood is remarkable man.  Born and raised in Albemarle he saw at an early age what he wanted.  And then he went out and made it happen.  Responsible for iconic developments on 29 north such as Fashion Square, Hollymeade Shopping Cenetr and NGIC, Mr Wood has left an a mark on our town.
He spoke to the club and not only relateing his story, but also giving some insight into the ever increasing costs of developing projects.  

Seamore Zhu, a rising junior from Western Albemarle High School and Orion Bloom, a rising senior from the Miller School of Albemarle will present their experiences from the 23rd Annual Rotary Chesapeake Bay Conference to the Charlottesville Rotary Club during its regular meeting on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 6:30 pm at the Omni Hotel.
On Tuesday June 25th, Bradley Bodager was awarded the "James R. Peterson Rotarian of the Year Award for 2012 - 2013" by the Rotary Club of Charlottesville in recognition of his volunteer service over the past three years. This is the second annual award presented. Bodager co-chaired the Virginia to Africa fundraising efforts, in collaboration with the UVa Engineering School, that supported two water purification and distribution projects in South Africa, served on the Rotary District Conference Planning Committee, and chaired the Vocational Committee, the Student Leadership recognition program and Chesapeake Bay Conference section of the New Generations Committee.  He was also instrumental in efforts of the Charlottesville club to initiate an Interact Club for high school students. A member of its board and Secretary of the Rotary Club of Charlottesville, Bodager is Vice President of the Miller School of Albemarle, a local independent boarding and day school for girls and boys in grades 8-12. 

The Rotary Club of Charlottesville inducted two new mebers last meeting.  Michael McKee and Kevin Saunders.  Please make sure you introduce yourselves at upcoming meetings.  

Gertrude Frasier gave a fascinating look into happiness.  Driven out of her own curisosity about why people are happy, or in her own words why she has struggled with happiness, Gertrude is widely read on the study of happiness.  Citing works of Jonathan Haidt and Martin Selgman, her talk was rooted in an acedmics, but brought to life from an honest look at her own life.  Again a talk by one of our own club  members proves to be one of the best.
Thanks Gertrude. 


Jon Peterson, John McCauley, and Rich DeMong along with Rotary members from Albemarle, and Blue Ridge, and five Rotaract Club members mulched new and old bushes that we planted a year ago, planted new bushes by Shelter 2 of McIntire Park and helped install two new benches made by Butch Gridley.  The weather was perfect for gardening on Friday, April 12, 2013.



This week our Club was visited by the GSE Team of police officers from Western Australia, Australia.  The four officers are are Sergeant Paul Daly, Constable Aaron Biggs, Constable Jeromy Jones, Sergeant Gerald Murphy, and First Class Constable Taryn Werrett.

They regaled the Club with stories of their personal lives, professional lives, and of Western Australia, which is 22 times bigger than Virginia.

Jim Berry was the team leader for the Piedmont Rotary Council.  Jim Berry and Jim Peterson drove the GSE team down from Northern Virginia and more than halfway to their next Club in Tappahannock.  Tom Dunnells, Duane Snow and Rich DeMong hosted the Australians and took them to and from their many stops during their stay in Charlotteville.  The GSE team spent time with one of the local police departments (UVa, Charlottesville City, or Albemarle) during their Vocations Day.  John Griffin, Michael Semanik, and Jim Peterson escorted and drove the Australians on several of their excursions.  Finally, Jeff Gould talked to part of the GSE team about Drug Court while the others visited with the Executive Director of the Shelter for Emergencies.  

You can follow the GSE Team on Facebook (RotaryGroupStudyExchange2013Virginia).  They have posted some great photos and blog posts.



The Rotary Club of Charlottesville was proud to welcome the newest incarnation of Rotaract at the University of Virginia.  Leon Lin and Narin Limlengart, both members of Rotaract inducted Kevin Lim, Victoria Tran, Shivangi Singh, Yashvardhan Rajgarhia, Jairus Ang, Martin Ying.  There are hopes that under the guidance of Chris Wilcox-Elliot and the hard work of the members the club will be a great success story.




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