Peace Fellow Alumni Update


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Peace Fellow Graduates are Alumni!

The first peace fellow graduating class was in 2004. There are 1235 living alumni from the peace fellow programs through 2019 (excluding the 2018-19 class at Bradford University. Almost all of the graduates have provided employment information to Rotary International at least once. Here are some employment tidbits from those updates.

Bill Rintz, Alumni Relations Specialist for Rotary Peace Fellows, provided an update on peace fellow graduates via Mark Zober on the Rotary International Federation of Rotarian Editors and Publishers (Rotary IFREP) Facebook Group recently.

  • 38% work for NGOs or other peace-related organizations
  • 14% work for governments or the military 
  • 10% are teachers or professors
  • 7% work in research or other academic positions
  • 5% are in advanced degree programs
  • 5% work for UN agencies
  • 3% are lawyers
  • 3% are in law enforcement
  • 1% work for the World Bank
  • 7% do not fit into easily described categories
  • 5% are in an employment search mode.

Do any of these figures surprise you? Have any ideas about how these peace fellows are distributed around the world?

Vadim Ostrovsky (3rd from right), Peace Fellow Alumni, honored at the Warwick at City Center Newport News Club in 2918. Vadim works in the Richmond area.

The featured image of the Rotary Peace Doves is by Debbie Vance and the photo of the Rotarians and Vadim Ostrovsky is by Carol Woodward.

D7600 TRF – a great year!


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Acronyms & #s … What Fun!

To ensure that District Foundation Endowment Chair, Bill Billings, doesn’t report this blog to the Acronym Police … TRF stands for The Rotary Foundation. The editor will add this cryptic character, a “#”, which in “digispeak” is called a hashtag. So here’s to #TRF.

Another salute goes to the District Rotary Foundation Committee or #DRFC. In common argot, DRFC can also stand for the District Rotary Foundation Chair. Sorry, Bill. Acronyms can have more that one reference. In our case, our DRFC is Chuck Arnason.

So now, thank you, Rotarians of District 7600. Our DRFC year has been successful and fun, so far with more to come as we transition toward the 2019-2020 Rotary year.

We had our first $1,000,000 giving year, held our first celebration of National, Mustard Day thanks to David Rosenthal and Neva Lynde, and have seen the most creative Christmas Sweater every worn by a #DRFC.

So thanks to all District 7600 Rotarians. You are the tops. Oh, if you don’t know why a hashtag matters, ask your 12 year old children or grandchildren.

D7600 & Global Water Grants


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Clean water, toilets, & schools, oh my …

Rotary District 7600,  clubs in the district, as well as districts and clubs throughout the US and in Ghana, have committed funds and volunteers to a series of water and sanitation global grant projects in Ghana.

These grants, spearheaded by Walter Hughes of District 7570 and greatly aided by grant writer, Shel Douglas, Past President of the Prince George Club and Assistant Governor of Area 6, will also include basic school buildings complete with libraries filled with books.  There will be volunteer work trips, one of which is coming up in late January and three of the volunteers on that trip will be Walter, Shel, and Past District Governor Stephen Beer.

Walter visited the Rotary Club of Prince George County on December 12 and provided the club with information about the water & hygiene grants in particular, but also about the Rotary Water & Hygiene Area of Focus (or Cause, if you will).  On hand were PDG Stephen, PDG & current District Rotary Foundation Chair, Chuck Arnason, District Polio Plus Chair, Colleen Bonadonna, and non-Rotarian visitors and guests interested in health, education, clean water, and sanitation.

Walther Hughes addressing Prince George Rotary

The presentation is provided here as a video and runs about 20 minutes. Watch it if you can, but if not, know that the gist of Walter’s message is that access to sustainable potable water, hygienic sanitation, education, and maintenance training,  not only fights disease but also provides economic development opportunities for isolated areas. These opportunities build the ability of communities to continue improving their own facilities, resources, and futures.

Shel Douglas & Walter Hughes

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
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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

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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.