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We meet Tuesdays at 7:30 AM
American Legion Hall - Churchland
3107 American Legion Rd.
Chesapeake, VA  23321
United States
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Board of Directors 2016 - 2018
Board of Directors 2017 - 2019
Board of Directors 2017 - 2019
Board of Directors 2017 - 2019
Board of Directors 2016 - 2018
Board of Directors 2017 - 2019
Board of Directors 2016 - 2018
Board of Directors 2016 - 2018
Rotarian of the Year 2017 - 2018
Renae McConnell
June 2018
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Jim Rhodes
    June 24
  • Ed Eaton
    June 28
  • Dan Matthews
    June 7
  • Shannon Glover
    June 8
  • Blaine Lamonea
    June 9
  • David Stephenson
    June 13
  • Duraid Alnaif
    June 20
  • Byron Perkins
    June 26
Join Date:
  • Karl Quinn
    June 4, 2002
    16 years
  • Justin Sorensen
    June 19, 2012
    6 years
  • Charles Owens
    June 20, 2017
    1 year
  • Bill Barrera
    June 30, 1997
    21 years
  • Byron Perkins
    June 30, 2000
    18 years
Marshall Bolton
Jun 19, 2018
Club Forum
Dennis Price
Jun 26, 2018
Young Audiences of Virginia
No Meeting
Jul 03, 2018
Happy Birthday America!
Richard Green, guest of Charles Owens
Jul 10, 2018
The Golden Fold
April Greeter
Charles Owens
Raleigh Martin
Member Responsibilities
Meals on Wheels - 3rd Thursday
June 21, 2018
Owens, Charles
July 19, 2018
Stephenson, David
Meals On Wheels - 4th Wednesday
June 27, 2018
Triplett, Rod
July 25, 2018
Pollard, Bill
August 22, 2018
Skrobiszewski, John
Meeting Openers
June 12, 2018
Smith, Wanda
June 19, 2018
Sweeden, Lupe
June 26, 2018
Triplett, Rod
Rotary Theme
2017 - 2018

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People of Action
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A Look At Some Churchland Rotary Projects
Special thanks to Rotarian Ashton Page for the production of these videos
The Churchland and Great Bridge Rotary Clubs held a great golf outing on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at Top Golf in Virginia Beach. There were over 180 participants at the event taking up the entire lower level of the facility.
There were six players to a bay and each team played three "rounds of golf". Several prizes were given away at the end of the tournament. The  food was very good, as was the fellowship and fun. Everyone had a great time and are looking forward to the event again next year. (More pictures can be seen in the Photo Album page on our website)


Renae McConnell is the Rotary Club of Churchland's Rotarian of the Year for 2017 - 2018. She has served in many capacities within our club. She has served on our Board of Directors, Chaired the Scholarship Committee, chaired the Youth Service Avenue of Service, served as the club coordinator for RYLA, has served as the club's liaison to the Western Branch High School Interact Club, as Co-Chair for the Spring Spectacular, has been a bell ringer for the Salvation Army, and has helped in the feeding of homeless individuals. In the coming year Renae will serve as the Club Secretary.


Renae's involvement in Rotary has spilled over into her family. Both her son, Jackson, and her daughter, Jordan, have been involved in the Interact at Western Branch High School. Jordan is currently serving as Fundraising Chair.


Renae and her husband, Dan, are the owners of a popular local eatery here in Portsmouth - JoJack's Espresso Bar & Café.


In addition to running a business and her work with Rotary, Renae is very involved in other community activities. One such event is a fundraising event she and Dan have sponsored for the last nine years to raise money for the Angels Among Us Foundation for brain cancer research at Duke University Hospital. The event is held during a community Christmas light display where they offer hot chocolate, cookies, and s'mores for you to make over a fire pit. All of this plus a DJ playing music for the crowds enjoyment.


Renae exemplifies the Rotary theme for 2018 - 2019 - "Be An Inspiration."


Congratulations Renae!


The 33rd Annual Charter Night Celebration was held on Thursday night, January 25, at Elizabeth Manor Country Club in Portsmouth. There were 55 in attendance. President Marshall Bolton served as MC for the evening.
The first order of business was to induct a new member into the club. Kristin Macan was inducted under the classification of Master Chef.  Connie Ketten is Kristin's sponsor and mentor.
Bill Pollard made a special Paul Harris presentation to Past President Bob Brewer. Bob is now a Paul Harris Fellow + 4.
Mr. Van Rose of Rose and Womble Realty was the speaker of the evening. He presented an outstanding speech dealing with three life directing times in his life that led to his success in life. The first was when he determines what was most important to him to achieve and focus on that. The second, to take the crappiest jobs and make yourself indispensable, and third, to help people get what they want and in return you will get the things you want.
District Governor John Padgett inducted the new officers and directors for the 2018 -2019 Rotary Year. John talked about the importance of the officers, board of directors, AND members to "have the President's back" to make it a successful Rotary year.
The grand finale to the celebration each year is the revealing of the Rotarian selected as the Rotarian of the Year. The selection was announced by the immediate past Rotarian of the Year, Karl Quinn. This year's Rotarian of the year is Rotarian Renae McConnell. Congratulations Renae!
Our thanks to Charter Night chairman Byron Perkins and to Nancy Quell, Raleigh Martin, Bill Pollard, and Ed Eaton for their work to make this a most enjoyable evening.


Photo of the Churchland Rotarians packing ready bags for Roc Solid Foundation. A $5,000 district grant from Rotary District 7600 was used to help fund the project. These bags will be provided to Portsmouth Naval hospital and CHKD in Norfolk to provide to families.

From the Roc Solid Foundation website: "Roc Solid Ready Bags are given to families on the worst day of their lives… the day they find out their child has cancer. Their battle often starts that day, with their... child being admitted to start treatment, and everything else comes to a screeching halt. Ready Bags include everything a family might need for their unexpected hospital stay – toiletries, a blanket, a prepaid debit card, a journal, a tablet and more. These essentials are helpful, but we hope they also send a message to each family that they are not alone as they begin this journey."

-Bill Pollard

Saturday was the day for us to clean the lake and surrounding area at Peachtree. We had a total of twenty-four people who worked on the project. We had nine Churchland Rotarians, one Rotarian from the Great Bridge club, six from the Sherriff's Department, and seven from the Peachtree Community Association. We went to work and cleaned 35 large plastic bags of garbage out of and surrounding the lake and approximately 200 pounds of wood.
The Sherriff's Department was kind enough to supply the large bags and a trailer with which they carried away all of the trash. This was a very significant project for the Peachtree Association. In talking with the president of the association, Mr. Brown, he shared the fact that if the lake was not cleaned up by Saturday, the city was going to fine the association $3500 and call in a contractor to do the job. Needless to say, they were very appreciative of our help. Thanks to all who participated!


  Assistant Governor Ed Eaton introduced John Padgett, our District Governor for 2017-2018 Rotary year, and a member of the Norfolk Rotary Club.  John presented Marshall with this year’s banner, Rotary: Making a Difference.  He also delivered a check in the amount of $5,000, representing the district grant to be used for the benefit of Roc Solid Ready Bag Program, which will be a hands-on project.  John pointed out that the hands-on aspect helped us stand out in the application review process.

   John oversees 62 clubs in the district.  He spoke of the updated 7600 website; he announced the dates and location of the District Conference, September 22-24, sharing a glimpse of the festivities and special events, and promising new topics for break-out sessions.  

   John emphasized the importance of membership – growth and retention – and suggested we need to be strategic in our growth planning.  We are competing with life, not other organizations, and so we need to find ways to weave Rotary into peoples’ lives, find ways to be flexible, and talk to people about Rotary with passion.  We will learn best practices, how to be intentional in our growing and plan focused membership events. 

   In project planning, John suggested collaborating with other organizations to draw from multiple support groups.  He mentioned changes in dues structure, offering alternatives to younger members who are more interested in community service than breakfast, and roll in new concepts to traditions.

   After the regular club meeting, John stayed to address the Board, hearing from committee chairs on membership, club status with Foundation giving, fundraising and community involvement.  Public image and social media was also discussed as the way to reach the younger prospects.

Five Churchland Rotarians and four spouses descended on Atlanta, along with approximately 36,000 other attendees. Those in attendance from our club were Bob and Cindy Brewer, Marshall and Brenda Bolton, Ed Eaton, Nancy Quell and Roger Bryant, and David and Rebecca Stephenson.
Bill Gates announced that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will extend its commitment to Rotary and will expand its match agreement with Rotary. Contributions to Rotary for polio eradication will now be matched 2-1 up to $50 million per year through the next three years. Between Rotary, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and donations pledged by governments throughout the world, $1.2 billion has been pledged over the next three years.
One of the ticketed events was a block party. Tickets allowed you to enter four separate restaurant venues and partake of a buffet line in each. Featured were American foods, Italian foods, German foods and Italian foods. Foods were very good, crowd was tremendous, and seating was nonexistent.
Rotary President for 2017 - 2018 is Ian H.S. Riseley from Victoria, Australia
Plenty of food and fellowship was enjoyed by all who attended. Our group met on several occasions for meals. This picture was taken at Pitty Pat's Porch.
The recipients of this years Rotary scholarships attended our May 30th meeting to accept their scholarships, to meet the club members, share their goals for college and their future career ambitions
Hayley Lawrence, Churchland High School Rotary Scholarship ($2,000.00), Old Dominion University
Lindsey Sloan, Western Branch High School Rotary Scholarship ($2,000.00), James Madison University
Ammon Ward, Mike Moreland Memorial Scholarship ($2,500.00), Virginia Tech University
Sherine Villegas, Ben Forsythe Memorial Scholarship ($2,000.00), Tidewater Community College
Rotarians Vicki Brett, Jim Seagraves, Helena Bates, Ed Eaton, Brennan O'Connor, Justin Sorensen, Lupe Sweeden, Saundra Imel, Ashton Page, and David Stephenson, along with TCC Rotaract members Lisan Bowser-Wharton and Alexis Spencer joined forces to clean up 0.3 mile of waterfront in Port Norfolk along Bayview Blvd. We started at 9:00 AM with grabbers and plastic garbage bags and picked up all kinds of trash and wood.
When we concluded our efforts around 12 noon, we had collected 43 garbage bags of litter (plastic bags, bottles, and beer cans primarily) weighing approximately 645 lbs, and wood weighing approximately 100 lbs.
Thanks to everyone who participated!
Rotary Leadership Institute was held at Virginia Wesleyan College on Saturday with two of Churchland's members in attendance. Jim Seagrave attended Part I and David Stephenson attended Part III.
RLI is a great opportunity to network with other Rotarians and to hear what their clubs are doing and how they carry on business. It is also a great opportunity to learn more about Rotary from some of the most knowledgeable people. Each Rotarian should avail themselves to this program in order to make themselves better informed, but also to enable them to better serve their club and in turn their communities.
Pictured is David Stephenson receiving his Certificate of Graduation. This session of RLI had the largest graduating class thus far.
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