Saturday, December 14, 2019

Friday, December 13, 2019

Michael Lombardo at Rotary

Michael Lombardo, Rotarian & County Administrator, gave us a briefing on the County's ongoing effort to update its outdated zoning and subdivision ordinances. He presented slides that had been shown at a public meeting on December 9th. Suffice it to say that this is a much-needed process that will lead to our county having a much clearer and workable ordinance, and its concepts will be used in about 12 months to update the County's Comprehensive Plan. This process is designed to involve citizens in deciding how development should occur and to address numerous issues like solar farms, breweries, wineries, etc. that are likely to be active topics as certain development occurs. Anyone wishing to give input to the County should contact Michael. 

Friday, August 2, 2019

Rob Wittman visits Tappahannock Rotary

Rep. Rob Wittman is introduced by Chuck Gilchrist, program chair and thanked by Fred Woodard, Club President. Rep. Wittman is a six term Congressman. He spoke about three big themes: 1) Budget, 2) Rural Broadband Access, and 3) Education. 1) His focus on current budget situation and his proposed legislation "No Budget, No Pay Act". He wants to end Continuing Resolutions that among other consequences are producing illogical and inefficient government shutdowns. He discussed the defense budget and his work to keep it strong. 2) Education - His focus is to shift toward measurement of success based on metrics other than standardized tests; his view [is] that not every child needs a four-year college degree; 60% of future jobs won't require a four-year degree; more focus [should be] on development of needed trades and skills. 3) Much of his time was spent discussing and then answering questions about his support of and work on the "Rural Access Broadband Act" and the need for public/private partnerships in this important area. The meeting ended informally after a period of Q&A."

Friday, July 19, 2019

RCC President Dr. Shannon Kennedy visits Tappahannock Rotary Club

New RCC President Dr. Shannon Kennedy is visiting the seven Rotary Clubs across the service region. Tonight the Tappahannock club welcomed Dr Kennedy, a long-time Rotarian herself and Paul Harris Fellow. From left: Bill Croxton, Monte Gladding, Dr. Shannon Kennedy and Carl Strock.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Flags for Heroes

Rotary's Flags for Heroes on Memorial Day and the week that followed flew flags to honor these heroes....

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Dana Wells speaks on Dementia

John Harvey (right) had the program, and asked his relative and fellow Rotarian, Dana Wells, to speak to us on dementia, a subject that was clearly of great interest to the audience based on their rapt attention and heavy questioning of Dana after her remarks. Joining the photo Club President Emerson Hughes (left).

Friday, June 7, 2019

Delegate Hodges update on Prescription Drugs

Mac Garrett had the program responsibility and with last minute help from Bud Smith we heard once again from our Delegate, Keith Hodges. As we all know, Keith is a successful druggist and has been a close friend and business partner of Bud's for decades. Hodges, who not surprisingly is an expert on medical drugs, gave an informative, albeit somewhat depressing and angering, talk on generic drug pricing.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Passing the Rotary gavel....

Celebrating the changing of the guard at Strathbrae on the Rivah... Emerson Hughes outgoing Tappahannock Rotary President, and incoming on July 1, Fred Woodard, President 2019-2020.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Flags for Heroes Memorial Day

Sponsor your HERO!
Tappahannock Rotary will fly a hundred US Flags on Memorial Day on Tappahannock Boulevard to honor Military, Veterans, Law Enforcement, Fire fighters, EMT, EMS and other personal heroes. You can sponsor a hero for $50 at

Big Croaker Tournament

On Saturday, May 18, 90 boats competed in the Tappahannock Rotary Club's annual Andrew Reavis Memorial Big Croaker Fishing Tournament. David Vance of Fort Loudon, PA, won $2,000 in cash prizes for his croaker of .65 pounds (approximately 10.4 ounces). James Fields of Milford, VA, won $1,000 for the second place croaker and Rod Ashley of Lovingston, VA, won $500 for third place. Youth Division winners were Ryan Pack ($300 first place), Cole Heineman, ($200 second place) and Dan Kurdziel ($100 third place). Although May is usually a good month for croaker fishing on the Rappahannock, croakers were scarce this year. Fishermen enjoyed a nice day on the river with the good weather and reported catching a few small croakers, catfish, perch, several spot, mud toads, rockfish, and a sea mullet. PHOTO: Jim Wawner, Tappahannock Rotary Club presents $2,000 check to David Vance, winner of the Annual Andrew Reavis Memorial Big Croaker Fishing Tournament.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Harmony to the Heart

A Tappahannock Rotary Club Foundation Event that supports local charities and organization mc'ed by Club President Emerson Hughes - Photo by Michael Rawlings

Friday, February 8, 2019

Harmony to the Heart

Coming soon... Saturday February 16th..... Reserve your Harmony to the Heart Sponsorship or individual tickets online

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Salvation Army Bell Ringing

A number of other Rotarians and I did 2 hour shifts "ringing the bell" for the Salvation Army at our Tappahannock Walmart yesterday. Once again, it proved to be a meaningful experience and one that helps me appreciate the goodness in so many was moving to see so many people in our rural, economically struggling county donate to help also reminded me of how exciting to children at this time of year....

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Croaker Art Contest Winner

This "thank you" letter from Amanda Hudgins needs to be shared with everyone in the club and connected to the Big Croaker Tournament. It is obvious that our little Croaker Art Contest was very special to Amanda.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Memorial Day Rotarians

Over fifty veterans lined up receive lapel pins with over half coming from Essex County including some our Rotarians… .Retired Air Force General C Norman Wood was presented his Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin.  Tommy Neuman also a member of USMC Detachment 1062 places the Marine Corps League wreath at the Essex County War Memorial.

Big Croaker T-shirt Art Contest

As part of the Tappahannock Rotary Big Croaker annual tournament, the club seeks participation in the design of the t-shirts that are handed out to each tournament contestant. Beth Rohne (right) is the Youth Services Specialist at the Library and kicked off the contest with a fish printing workshop, A total of 13 school students attended, representing 4 different Essex County schools. Beth took the lead role in this first ever partnership between Tappahannock Rotary and Essex County Library headed by Dana Smook (2nd left). Entries had to pertain to the Rappahannock River and croakers. There were 12 total entries judged by a committee of several Rotarians. Amanda Hudgins (3rd left) won $25 for the age group and an additional $50 for being grand prize winner. Verna Zhuo, a 5th grader at EIS, won in her age group. Check was presented by JoAnne Ruffa (right), Youth Services with Tappahannock Rotary Club.  The Big Croaker art is currently on display in the Essex Public Library.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Rotary Big Croaker Big Fun Raiser!

Tappahannock Rotary Big Croaker Tournament $2,000 check for first prize is presented by (from left to right) Carl Strock - Tappahannock Rotary President, Hong Nguyen, Ba's son Khang Nguyen who won second prize of $200 in the youth division, Ba Nguyen (center), My Ho and Loc Truong  of Springfield VA with his family and (right) Jim Wawner Tournament Weigh-Master. Not pictured Jay Brimmer, Tournament Chair. The biggest croaker this year was 1.05 lbs!

Friday, May 18, 2018

The Amazing Life of Michael Faulkner!

I'm just bowled over with the skill and talent of Michael Faulkner who presented his program about dog show judging and dog breeding. Since the age of nine Michael has been a breeder and graduated to show judging including Westminster and developed his judging skills for many breeds and show categories! And at the same time being director of the Ledwith Lewis Free Clinic! What a stellar series of accomplishments and amazing life! To read more about Michael, visit his impressive dog show page at With Michael is Carl Strock, Rotary Club President and Emerson Hughes, Program Chair. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Richard Lewis Talks Polio

Richard Lewis, chatted with us about Polio and Rotary's campaign to eliminate that awful disease. When Polio Plus was begun in 1985 there were about 1000 cases of polio every DAY in our world. Today, there are just 3 countries where polio is still around...Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Nigeria has been polio free before but refugees from Syria brought the disease back. In the last 3 years there have been less that 10 new cases of polio in our world. How did this project begin? In 1979 Rotary brought out a new division of RI, the 3H Program...grants were available for Health, Hunger, and Humanities. One of the first large 3 H grants was to help eliminate polio in the Phillipines. That 5 year program was successful and so were the ones in Haiti, Morocco, Bolivia, Sierra Leone, and Cambodia. Men who were to serve a RI presidents, Matt Capras and Carlos Conseco spearheaded the elimination of polio campaign which began during Conseco's year as RI president. Dr. Albert Sabin was a special consultant to the committee. By 2005, polio had been reduced by 99%. Amazing. Rotary's original goal was to raise $120 million...Rotary raised $240 million and through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, we have added countless dollars more. We now stand on the threshold of adding polio AND small pox at a major disease that is seen no more. What will Rotary do after polio is wiped off the face of our earth? It is anybodys guess.... Great program Dr. Lewis…