Spirit of 7600 September 2013

North Suffolk Rotary

A Message From Our Chair

My Fellow Rotarians:

Wow! We’ve had a busy August.  We received our District Grant funds from The Rotary Foundation and approved grants to 18 Rotary Cubs across the District for a total of $89,000.  Three of these grants were for multiple club projects.  Most of the grant checks have been presented this month to the clubs at their meetings which often included the recipient organizations.  Clubs are following up with news releases to local  media, touting the events and creating awareness that Rotary is “doing good in the local community.”

More than 170 Rotarians participated in a very successful Membership and Foundation Workshop on the 17th in Williamsburg.  The attendees worked on the basics of Membershp, the reasons for fiving to the Foundation, and what Rotarians need to do to design a sustainable grant.  We accompished a lot on that morning and challenged our Rotary Clubs to Membership and the Foundation their priorities in 2012-2014.

All in all, I believe that we have gotten a good start on District Governor Chuck’s Engage Rotary-Change Lives year.

Above right James “Probs” Probsdorfer, District Rotary Foundation Committee Chair after a long day working on making the Membership/Foundation Workshops a success.


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Sustainability–A Study in Partnerships

by Cleon Long (Warwick)

Career Pathways Breakfast Grew From A Club District Grant to a Community Institution

Sustainability was a hot topic at the recent District Foundation “Design A Grant” session and is a key feature of any Rotary grant.  Perhaps the experience of the Rotary Club of Warwick may help demystify the concept of sustainability. READ MORE

Thanks to James Probsdorfer for the photos accompanying this article.

Rotary_at_LibraryThe Rotary Club of Powhatan A District Grant Recipient

Lummie Jones (iPast President) and Brenda Fulcher

n late August the Rotary Club of Powhatan was presented a District Grant by PDG Jim Bynum.  The grant was for $5,000 and will be used to assist the club in planning and constructing a 1,060 square foot patio in the community area of the Powhatan County Public Library.  This area is used by community groups, organizations and individuals for events, meetings and presentations. The patio will replace an uneven grassy area that is rarely used.  This grant will be part of a total project of $10,800 with the remainder of the cost being provided by partners such as various suppliers, the Friends of the Powhatan Library and by the County of Powhatan.  Construction will begin around October 15 with an expected completion date by December 31, 2013.

This and other district grants to be awarded this year are possible because of the giving of District 7600 Rotarians 3 years ago.

In 2012-2013 the Rotary Club of Powhatan donated $4000 to Polio Plus another $9,000 to the Rotary Foundation.  These contributions will help contribute to the funds available for district grants 3 years from now.  Pay it forward.

Alumni Reunion at District Conference

Clenise Platt (Alumni Chair)

In this colorful announcement Clenise Platt (Hampton Roads) updates plans for the Alumni Panel and Reception at the District Conference on October at the Hampton Embassy Suites Hotel.  There is a role to be played by both district alumni and by their sponsoring clubs.  READ MORE

Chuck_pins_FJRowleyFirst Paul Harris Society Member of the 2013-2014 Year

Photo by Jan Rowley (Prince George)

Among the highlights at the 2013 Membership and Foundation Workshops was the pinning of the first 7600 Paul Harris Society (PHS) member of the Rotary year.

District Governor Chuck welcomed Floyd M. Brown, Jr. (“FJ”) if the Rotary Club of Prince George into the PHS in front of the 170+ Rotarians from District 7600.  Three special Rotarians were in attendance.  FJ’s parents Floyd M. Brown, Sr. and Erma Brown and FJ’s wife, Robin, beamed proudly as their son and husband was pinned. Floyd, Sr. and Erma are both past presidents of the Prince George Club.

To become a member of the PHS a Rotarian commits to donating $1000 per year to the Rotary Foundation.  The Society’s goal is to assist Rotarians in becoming Major Donors ($10,000 or more) over a period of time by making this annual doantion.

The Rotary Club of Prince George County now boasts two Paul Harris Society members.  Welcome to the Society, FJ!

DonationPDG Ted Kirby First New Major Donor 2013-2014

Photo by Bill Billings (Franklin)

Bon Air Rotarian, Ted Kirby, earned the distinction of being the first newly minted Major Donor of the 2013-2014 year in District 7600.  Ted is an exemplar of dedicated service to Rotary and to the Foundation.  He is a Past District Governor, a member of the Rotary Leadership Institute Faculty, a Paul Harris Fellow and a Sustaining Member of the Rotary Foundation.  Ted has also served as a strategic planner for his club and has been one of the chairs of Club Extension for the district.

DG Chuck was delighted and honored to bestow the Major Donor pin on PDG Ted in front of Rotarians from across the district.  Ted later received a standing ovation from the attendees in honor of his achievement.

Bill Billings Photorama from the August District Workshops

Want to relive some of the spectacular moments from the 2013 Membership and Foundation Workshops? Here is your opportunity courtesy of Bill Billings.  SEE MORE