Preventing Disease:


Every Month is Foundation Month

Most Rotarians think of November as The Rotary Foundation Month.  And it is. But as we prepare to leave November, it is well to remember that every month is an opportunity to share in the good works of The Rotary Foundation, both by giving  and by volunteering.

December is Prevention of Disease and Treatment month.  One key of disease prevention is having access to safe drinking water and sanitation. 

Evert Month is Rotary Foundation Month
Meme by Debbie Vance
As you will read in the December issue of the Spirit of 7600, which will hit your email accounts this weekend, there is an article about a global grant in Ghana in which our District and two of our clubs, Prince George and South Hill, are participating. Shel Douglas, Assistant Governor for Area 6, will actually deploy on one of the trips to Ghana.
This global grant project, being completed in phases, will drill boreholes for safe water, install micro-flush toilets, build schools, and educate local communities on how to maintain their wells and other equipment.

To whet your appetite, here is a 4-minute video to share in this adventure of disease prevention and to see what Shel will be seeing when she has feet on the ground in Ghana.

PDG Edwin M. Betts, Jr.


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It is with sadness that we say goodbye to PDG Ed, who passed away on Thanksgiving Day.

Edwin M. Betts, Jr.

PDG Ed was District Governor during Rotary Year 1991-1992 and over the years served in many capacities at both the District and Petersburg Club level. He was serving as Executive Secretary of his club when he passed.

He was a supporter of The Rotary Foundation and was a Major Donor. He also served as the Team Leader of a Group Study Exchange (GSE) Team in 2007 to Great Britain, which included our District Governor Elect Clenise Platt. He really enjoyed having a GSE team of “all girls”

This retired public education administrator was known for his intense commitment to his community and friends and stepped in often on a temporary basis to act as the Petersburg School System Superintendent when that seat was vacant.

PDG Ed will be truly missed, but his memory will live on in those who knew him.  There will be a memorial service for him Friday, November 30 at 11 a.m. at the Christ and Grace Church, 1545 S. Sycamore St. Petersburg, Virginia.

A special thank you goes out to Past Rotary International Director Joe Mulkerrin and to Past District Governors Robert “Bob” Preston and Bill Pollard for information providing information.

Chuck’s Last Banquet as Foundation Chair – don’t miss it!


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Going out with a bang:

cropped-relaxed-rotarians-in-evanston.jpgChuck’s tenure as the District Rotary Foundation Chair (“DRFC”) ends on June 30, 2019, but our banquet on November 8th will be his last Foundation Awards Banquet as the DRFC.

It is poetic that his last banquet will celebrate the district’s first $1,000,000 year in 2017T1718_EN-2018. Past District Governor ({DG) John D. Padgett and DRFC Chuck Arnason want to celebrate the clubs and devoted Rotarians responsible for this stellar year of generosity. As PDG John’s theme stated “Rotary: Making a Difference.”


Hair today, gone tomorrow:

You may remember that previously to Chuck challenged Rotarians to give, give, give and in exchange he would shave his head. Well, they did and he did.


This year he has made no such challenge, but maybe we could give him a special thanks for his innovation of the recognition points match on “Giving Tuesdays, the special promotion of Benefactor promises, and his strong support of the Paul Harris Society, which he once chaired before becoming District Governor  … oh so long ago.


Every Donation Matters:


He and PDG John are proud also, that this year District 7600 has two generous donors inducted into the e Arch Klumph Society.

But, Chuck & John salute all Rotarians who dipped into their accounts or their estates to support the work of The Rotary Foundation.

So, you have tonight (November 3) and tomorrow (November 4) to register for the banquet.  Because of headcount reporting requirements, there can be NO walkins for the banquet.

Join PDG John and DRFC Chuck Thursday for the Banquet, but register Now on

Need help.  Contact Carol Woodward at Her cell phone number is in  Just search in “Find a Member”.

Banquet Registration Extended!


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Registration extended till November 4th!

If you haven’t registered yet for the District 7600 Foundation Awards Banquet, you still have a few days to sign up on  We want a great turn out to help celebrate the generosity of the D7600 Clubs and member donors.  After all, 2017-18 is our very first M I L L I O N Dollar giving year.


How you can help, dear reader:

First off, register yourself and/ or your spouse/significant other, so you have someone to chat with on the road.

Secondly, if you are reading this on Facebook, “like” it and write a comment about your own Rotary Foundation story. Do this even if you have already registered. Next share it to your own timeline or any Facebook page on which you may post.

Finally, there are fourteen clubs which are on the Awards list which have not had anyone from the club register. If you can put a bug in the right persons’ ears to get those clubs represented, it would be super much appreciated.

Those 14 clubs are:

Bon Air, Brandermill, Emporia, Farmville, Great Bridge, Mechanicsville, Newport News, Norfolk Sunrise, Petersburg, Powhatan, Richmond, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, Virginia Peninsula.

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Carol’s “Madmen” AVI

If you have any questions about the Banquet, please reach out to Carol Dois Woodward at Facebook Messenger, by DM at twitter @caroldwoodward, or by email at  Really just contact her. You can also find her cell phone number on  She would like to help while there is still time to get you registered. Walk-ins will not be allowed so please reach out before November 4.

Foundation Awards Banquet – Zoe


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Another reason to come to the Foundation Banquet:

Zoe Romano, our most recent District Global Scholar, has just returned from her two years of graduate study and volunteer teaching in South America and she will be our Keynoter at the Banquet.


Zoe was nominated to District 7600 as a Global Scholar candidate by the Rotary Club of South Richmond (SRRC to those in the know). She and SRRC had developed a relationship when she ran the Tour de France route to raise money for medical supplies for children as part of an SRRC project.


Because of that relationship the South Richmond club committed to the sometimes frustrating and long-lived application process for Zoe. The District approved her candidacy and allocated funds to her scholarship. Fortunately, The Rotary Foundation supported her application in April 2016, and the entire South Richmond club went on vacation.

We don’t want to share too much more here because we want there to still be some things for you to learn about her on November 8th.  We will tell you that since returning from her studies, she and William Byers have married, honeymooned, and are now free to join us as we honor our clubs and members for their generosity in this first mi$$ion dollar year of giving in District 7600.

Please come and meet Zoe and William on November 8th in Williamsburg. You will also have the chance to talk with some of the SRRC folks if your club has an interest in supporting the candidacy of a global scholar. Register on


Foundation Awards Banquet – yummo


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What does it take to get you to register by October 28th?

Would it be the Colonial Heritage Americana Buffet?

  • warm rolls & sweet butter
  • Mixed Greens Salad with Tomato, Cucumber, Carrots, Onions, Cheese & Croutons
  • Ranch Dressing or Chef’s Vinaigrette
  • Pan Seared Chicken Breast with forest mushrooms
  • Country ham in a chablis buerre blanc
  • Dill crusted salmon with chardonnay cream sauce
  • Roasted vegetable medley (squash, zucchini, & peppers)
  • Wild rice pilaf (without chicken broth so vegetarians can enjoy it)
  • Flourless chocolate cake topped with Vanilla Sauce & Chocolate Ganache
  • Coffee, tea, & water station

Zone Dinner

How many of these usual suspects do you recognize?

A vegan plate with quinoa & vegetable stuffed green pepper is available and can be selected when you register on

A cash bar reception with light appetizers precedes dinner and attendees may purchase wine by the bottle for their tables.


Would it be the music?

Back by popular demand, we have Jeff Paul at the keyboard and this year he will be accompanied by his vocalist  Kathleen Plutz. Showtunes, classics, and some oldie faves are in the repertoire.

Would it be the awards?

Ken Hodge CMS

Ken Hodge-Past Pierce Award Recipient

Forty-Four clubs will receive Foundation recognitions. Ten Rotarians from the district will receive District Service Awards.  The Outstanding Alumni Award and the Pierce Foundation Leadership Award will be bestowed upon two very deserving Rotarians from District 7600. How many of your friends will be among the recipients?

The time is now to register. While you are at it, please register your spouse or significant other, or potential Rotarians, as guests. Wouldn’t suggest registering both your spouse and your significant other.  Just a little joke.











Why wait to register for the Foundation awards banquet?


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Please don’t miss out on the Awards Banquet!

Tuesday, October 30, the headcount for the Foundation Awards Banquet must be made to Colonial Heritage, and this is being written, on, yikes, October 25th! Please register as soon as you read this on


What will happen on the evening of November 8th?  We’ll see the clubs recognized which in 2017-18:

  • achieved $250 + in per capita giving (there are 18 of them)
  • were the top three per capita giving clubs
  • were among the 26 100% Foundation Giving Clubs
  • were among the 25 EREY Clubs
  • were among the 28 clubs with over $1,500 to End Polio Now

There are just a few of the highlights from the evening of celebration the 2017-2018 giving year.

Come and join the celebration of our first Million Dollar Giving Year!

Past District Governor John Padgett and District Rotary Foundation Committee Chair

Bynum & Padgett

PDGs Bynum & Padgett

Chuck Arnason want to thank each and every one of you!

D7600 Foundation Awards Banquet


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2017-2018 Foundation Awards Banquet November 8, Colonial Heritage Club:

T1718_ENThe 2017-18 year was very rewarding for District 7600.  Our members and clubs contributed or bequeathed over one million dollars ($1,000,000) to The Rotary Foundation. It is our first Mi$$ion dollar year. And we have every member and club contributor to thank!

Yes, the theme for Past District Governor John D. Padgett’s year was definitely about Rotary: Making a Difference. 

Join the District at the Rotary Foundation Awards Banquet on November 8, at the Colonial Heritage Golf Club, in Williamsburg and help celebrate the generosity of the Rotary Clubs and Rotarians who will be recognized on that evening.

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Our Keynote Speaker is Zoe Romano, our District Global Scholar. Zoe was endorsed by the Rotary Club of South Richmond for the Global Scholar program and nominated to the District which approved her and endorsed her to Rotary International. She has completed her two years of study in Central and South America, returned to her home in Maine, and married her fiance, William Byers, on the weekend of our District Conference, of all things.

As always, register on Consider bringing your spouse, a newer club member, and/or one of  Rotaractors as guests.  Click HERE to see a full-size flyer of the image above.

More in the next blog about the awards. Hope to see you on November 8th.

Linking Pieces of Peace

District 7610, just north of District 7600, is a Peace Builder District having met the financial and programming requirements to achieve such a designation. The 7610 District Rotary Foundation Chair, Past District Governor Juanita Cawley, invites Rotarians to register and attend this informative and inspiring conference. See her information below.


Linking Pieces of Peace is a conference to connect people, ideas and projects. JOIN US for a day-long, interactive, action-oriented conference, (including lunch) open to Rotarians and others interested in tangible approaches to peacebuilding.

Register today on (7600) or at


  • the conference is on Saturday, October 27, 2018, 9:00am – 4pm
  • Check-In and Day-Of Conference Registration 8:00am–9:00am
  • Location: Riverside Center, 95 Riverside Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA 22406
  • Lunch included Tickets*: $50.00 until Oct. 22 $55.00 after Oct. 22 (Additional online service charges may apply)
  • *Please register just ONE time. If you have already registered on the DACdb District Event Website, there is no need to register again.
  • Feel free to forward and share with Rotary Club members!
  • QUESTIONS: PDG Juanita Cawley, District 7610 Rotary Foundation Chair, 

Every person is a piece of the puzzle when it comes to peacebuilding, and peacebuilding efforts are more effective through the linking of people, ideas and projects. Attendees will come to:

  • Understand key frameworks and foundations of peacebuilding
  • Engage in dialogue, discussion and hands-on experiences with conflict analysis and peacebuilding tools
  • Imagine peace project ideas at the local, national and international level
  • Receive materials and links to sites that will help continue the peacebuilding journey after the conference
  • Make connections and build relationships

This event is a collaboration between Rotary District 7610 and NewGen Peacebuilders SM, a global peace education, training and mentoring program and process.

EEK! Some Club Foundation Goals Missing!


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Has your club entered your Foundation Goals in My Rotary?

Joy Kline, our most excellent District Annual Giving Chair, reports that 15 clubs in District 7600 have not entered their Foundation Giving Goals into My Rotary. These Goals help both The Rotary Foundation and the District 7600 Rotary Foundation Committee fashion strategies to educate members about The Rotary Foundation and to help members find their most comfy giving niches.

What to do? What to do?

Let’s say you are the club president or the club Rotary Foundation chair.  Verify whether the club’s giving goals have been entered at  Six people in the club are eligible to check club goals … the president, the club secretary, the executive secretary (if the club has one), the treasurer, the membership chair, and, you guessed it, the club’s Rotary Foundation chair.

Each of the above persons will have his or her own username and password. Anyone who doesn’t can simply create an account by following the instructions on It is easier than setting up an Amazon account.

So you’ve made it to!

  • click on Manage
  • click on Club Administration
  • click on Rotary Club Central (you’ll be asked to log again … security, you know)
  • click on Goal Center (left menu)
  • Click on  Foundation Giving (your clubs name will be at the top of the page)
    • if the club’s 2018-19 giving goals are there, you are ready for cold Miller Lite
    • if not, click on the edit pencil and enter the club’s goals (this presumes the club has set those goals.)

Still need help?

  • Contact your club president, or
  • Contact your Assistant Governor, or
  • Contact Rudy Lee Garcia, or
  • Contact Joy Kline, or
  • Contact Chuck Arnason


Graphic by Debbie Vance (for the promise of a donation to TRF) she will include your club name and/or District number on the meme.  Contact Carol Woodward for more information.

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Pieces of Peace – Vadim Ostrovsky Reception – Warwick @ City Center


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Reception in honor of District Peace Fellow Alumi:

Davetta Rhinehart*, President of the Rotary Club of Warwick at City Center, Newport News, is thrilled that her club will be honoring Vadim Ostrovsky at a reception on Wednesday, August 29, 2018.  The reception is at 5:30 pm and is followed by a program at 6:15.  The invitation is open to all, though Davetta would appreciate hearing from anyone planning to attend. She just wants to be sure that there will be enough appetizers for Rotarians. The Reception will be at the Virginia Living Museum at 524 J Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News 23601. Learn more information about the club and the reception at the club’s website.

Peace Fellow Program - August 29 2018 (1)

The title of this blog was the title of the 2018-19 Peace Conference at the Duke-UNC Peace Center in May of 2018.  Each year the seven peace centers each has an event to mark the work and research of its graduating Peace Scholars. There are only 100 each year worldwide.  Vadim is one of District 7600’s newest Alumni Members. He resides and works in the greater Richmond area.  We will learn more from him on the 29th about the Peace Fellow program and about his own work and commitment to peace.

For your convenience, you may print this pdf Peace Fellow Program – August 29 2018.

* Davetta is the Human Resources Officer for the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA.




#STARS & National #Mustard Day Scored


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Over 100 attended the Sensational Trio of August Rotary Seminars (#STARS):

It was a day filled with information, suggestions, innovative ideas and just a little bit of fun. We were all there to equip ourselves to “Be the Inspiration”. The Colonial Heritage Country Club in Williamsburg may never be the same. And Rotarians are innovative. Sometimes they switched seminars.  Gotta love these D7600 Rotarians

Public Image or How to share our Rotary stories:

Lead by the District Newsletter Editor and Public Image Chair, JoAnn Meaker, the 25 or so Rotarians in the Seminar, enjoyed intimate surroundings, printed materials, and demonstrations of the EZ Bulletin feature on  LaShonda Delivuk, Public Image Chair from District 7570 also inspired the attendees with her presentation on the interplay between membership and public image.

Membership, It’s the only thing!

MembershipShelDouglas (2)The takeaway, oft repeated in the plenary sessions was “Membership, it’s the only thing.” 35+ Rotarians in the Membership seminar were led capably by District Membership Co-Chairs, Mike Jallo, and Shel Douglas.  LaShonda Delivuk also spoke in this session about the synergy between membership and public image.  No one will know our Rotary stories unless we have members to share their stories and unless our members share them.

The Rotary Foundation: How our good works are funded:

Approximately 42 Rotarians attended this session. Chuck Arnason, Rotary District Foundation Chair, and his team of Rudy Lee Garcia (Development),  Joy Kline (Annual Giving), Bill Billings (Endowment),  Appaiah Ballachanda (Paul Harris Society), Stan Wall (Polio Plus),  SuAnne Hardee Bryant (Grants), and Don Vaught (Grants Auditor). Just when one thinks there is nothing new to learn, Foundation-wise, there arise new requirements.  In this session, SuAnne focused on global grants, and our featured speaker Shel Douglas spoke on the more formal Community or Needs Assessments required of global grant applications.  The materials from The Rotary Foundation Seminar on on The Foundation Workshop Materials 2018 page.  There were no slides or handouts for the Paul Harris Society (PHS) as Appaiah is a walking cheerleader for the PHS.

The learning was not the only fun:

JoAnn Meaker designed the STARS meme and hashtag #STARS to help promote the workshops.  Dana Rieves, JoAnn Meaker, and Prince George Electric Cooperative provided the stellar door prizes.  David Rosenthal made all aware that it was also National Mustard Day. We decided to inspire every registrant to bring a new, unopened container of mustard to donate. Those who forgot often donated cash instead. Neva Lynde and her fellow James City County Satellite Club volunteered to carry the mustard to the FISH Food Bank.

The photos are part of the fun … thank Dianne Gordonn, Bill Billings, Jan Rowley, Chana Amaro and others who took many photos and shared them freely.

National Mustard Day Collection (2)

We are all now ready to “Be the Inspiration”.


Aug 4 – #STARS & #Mustard

There is still a little room left at the Workshops:

You can still go on the calendar and register for one of the Sensational Trio of August Rotary Seminars or #STARS for short.  You can choose between Membership, Foundation, or Public Image.  Having trouble registering.  Contact Carol Dois Woodward via Facebook Messenger.  If you want to call, text, or email her, you will find all of her contact information on where? …, of course!


There are four pages of AGENDA — one overall agenda and a separate agenda for each of the seminars.  This will give you the topics and speakers in advance. By the way, agenda is actually the plural of agendum, which is not really used anymore as the singular version of that noun. Agenda has become the singular usage and agendas is plural. Are you confused yet?

And what is all of this about #Mustard?

August 4th happens to be National Mustard Day.  David Rosenthal (Hampton Roads)

Neva Lynde

Neva Lynde

passed along this factoid along to the blogger.  How did he know? No idea.  Anyway, in honor of mustard, we are asking each attendee of the #STARS to bring a new, unopened container of mustard to the Seminars on Saturday. Neva Lynde (James City County Satellite Rotary) suggested that we donate the mustard to the FISH Food Bank and she is willing to deliver the containers of the precious condiment to FISH.

David Rosenthal

David Rosenthal

This recognition of #mustard has ignited some lively conversations: District Rotary Foundation Chair prefers Amish stone ground mustard and/or mustard with horseradish; Jan Rowley prefers almost any Dijon-style mustard; and, David Rosenthal extols the virtues of stadium mustard. What is your favorite mustard?

So, sign up (for a couple of more days) for #STARS and decide which mustard to bring to Williamsburg.

#STARS and #Million$Year


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#STARS 16 Days & Counting:

Good news.  You have 16 days to register for the District 7600 #Join the STARS (#STARS for short!)

At least 3 members from each club should attend, if not more.  There are three separate seminars and each Rotarian registers for just one of the seminars … either Membership, Public Image, or Foundation. The chairs or at least a member of each club committee in these areas should be present to learn:

  • best practices
    • Foundation led by Chuck Arnason & Team
    • Membership lead by Mike Jallo & Shel Douglas
    • Public Image led by JoAnn Meaker & team
  • latest Rotary International messaging in each seminar
  • requirements in the documentation updates for clubs activities & projects
  • latest grant requirements with a focus on Community Assessments
  • Lashonda Delivuk, D7570 Public Image Vice-Chair, speaking in both the membership & public image seminars

LaShonda in Rotary Magazine (2)

Clubs, a message to all … want to excel in innovative club presence, reporting, and starsvitality … send as many club members as possible to be exposed to and ride the rockets that will send your club to the #STARS.

Register by July 28th on calendar and #JoinTheStars!

When you have registered consider, going on your facebook page and put #STARS into your post and mention that you have registered for one of the seminars.  If you want to tell folks which one use a hashtag, e.g. #foundation or #membership or #publicimage. That will build the buzz for the seminars.


The Rotary Foundation books have closed for the 2017-2018 year.  There will be some adjustments, but it is totally safe to report that in Past District Governor John Padgett’s and District Rotary Foundation Chair, Chuck Arnason’s past year, District 7600’s members donated 1.1 million dollars in total giving. More refined figures will be released soon, but needless to say, this is a B A N N E R year for District 7600. More on the other figures very soon.


Debbie Wall, District Secretary, (seated left) Stan Wall (seated) PDG Bob Preston (seated) & Catherine Garcia. Standing Left  Rudy Lee Garcia, District Development Chair, and Appaiah Ballachanda, (white shirt).  All at RI Convention in Toronto.