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We meet Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
Scope arena meeting room
201 East Brambleton Avenue
Norfolk, VA  23510
United States
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In the News

Fresh off a flight from England, Victoria Melody accompanied by Major Tom, an 84 pound basset hound, delighted Rotarians with tales (or should that be tails?) of being in beauty pageants and dog shows. 

Jerry Frostick explained his love of running paired with the love of his wife, Amy, and Hampton Roads, makes the business of organizing the Shamrock Marathon (among other events) a joy.  He spoke to Rotarians today, April 7, 2015 on the stage at Chrysler Hall.

Kay Kemper and Ross Grogg of Kemper Consulting briefed the members on this year's actions in Richmond, Virginia at the March 31st meeting.  Rotarian Rick Coradi is pictured on left.

Pat Richardson, publisher of The Virginian-Pilot, talked about the rapidly changing world of newspapers and how the Pilot is adapting. Pat is on right and Rotarian Lynne Beg is on left.

Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim (on right) with Rotarian Chip Vogan.  Mayor Fraim delivered his state of the city presentation to a full house on March 17, 2015.



The sold out, inaugural Suds & Buds party raised funds for Norfolk Botanical Garden, Rotary Club of Norfolk and the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia. Nearly 350 guests kicked off spring at Suds & Buds on Friday, March 20, 2015 by enjoying food from area restaurants, craft beer, wine, live music and an evening with friends in our region's most beautiful spot -- Norfolk Botanical Garden.

Thanks go to the sponsors, vendors, volunteers, Norfolk Botanical Garden staff and musicians Skye Zentz and Tyler Warnalis who made this event so successful and so much fun.

Stay tuned for details on the 2016 Suds & Buds party!

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The Rotary Club of Norfolk has awarded $25,250 in grants to 18 area nonprofits to improve live in Norfolk and surrounding cities. Grants were provided by Norfolk Rotary Charities, the club's charitable affiliate. Nearly 60 nonprofits responded to a call for grant proposals. Funding for the 18 organizations awarded grants came from club members' gifts to the Norfolk Rotary Charities endowment and their weekly "congratulations and fines" payments. Grants ranged in size from $1,000 to $2,000.
Grant recipients for 2015 include:
  • Autism Society of Tidewater for workshops for a pilot program to teach first responders and autistic citizens to have positive interactions.
  • Barrett Haven Transitional Home for a computer to help area homeless women and single pregnant women train for employment.
  • Children's Harbor for math and science supplies for four early childhood centers in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Sufolk.
  • Crispus Attucks Cultural Center for dance attire for underserved youth in the RISE arts program.
  • D'Art Center for lighting for a new classroom at the Norfolk visual arts center.
  • Eastern Virginia Medical School for a computer for the HOPES Clinic for uninsured Norfolk residents needing medical care.
  • Edmarc Hospice for supplies for area children in hospice care and their families in support groups.
  • Eggleston Services for benches for disabled workers to use while waiting for rides home from work at the Norfolk center.
  • Friends of Norfolk's Environment for plants and supplies to restore wetlands along Colley Avenue in Norfolk.
  • Governors School for the Arts for a marimba for the instrumental music department for area public school students.
  • Horizons Hampton Roads for cameras for low-income public school students in a summer enrichment program that includes photography studies.
  • William A. Hunton YMCA for tables and chairs for programs for low-income children, adults and senior citizens living in public housing.
  • Gen.  Douglas MacArthur Foundation to refurbish and stock a traveling history footlocker that helps in teaching area students and citizens.
  • Mosaic Steel Orchestra for instruments to train low-income students from Norfolk and area cities to play music.
  • Park Place School for computers and a reading program for low-income Norfolk elementary students who struggle in public school.
  • Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing for fishing equipment for a therapeutic program for area wounded soldiers and military veterans. 
  • Primeplus Norfolk Senior Center for a sink and cabinets in a classroom used for programs for older adults.
  • Virginia Supportive Housing to furnish an efficiency apartment for a formerly homeless Norfolk person moving into Crescent Square in Virginia Beach 

Four Norfolk High School students share winning essays about their day shadowing a Rotary professional.  This was the highlight of the meeting March 10, 2015.

Carolyn McPherson (on right) assisted by President Sigur Whitaker orchestrated a vibrant, thoughtful and energetic session that flourished with ideas and questions in today's meeting. We look forward to seeing what will be sent to Rotary International as a result.



Apr 21, 2015
Virginia Arts Festival
Virginia International Tattoo - Performers
Apr 28, 2015
Virginia Marine Police
Keeping our Waterways Safe
May 05, 2015
Rodger Schoonover, General Dynamics Company
The Middle-East and America's Role
May 12, 2015
Bryan Stephens, Pres.HRCC
Pursuing a regional pro-business environment

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Rotary Video

What would it take to change the world? Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 32,000 clubs worldwide.
Below is a short, wonderful video that captures the essence of Rotary:
Rotarians answer the question, "Why join Rotary?"
A brief introduction to Rotary and a synopsis of Rotary's guiding principles.
Rotary International offers four programs for young people (ages 12-30) that promote leadership, professional development, and service.
Watch as Microsoft founder Bill Gates announces at the International Assembly an increase in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundations challenge grant for polio eradication to Rotary International.
See Rotary Club of Norfolk volunteers in action in October 2010. They are planting 1,500 plants to stop erosion along a pond at the Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Virginia Beach.
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