Friday, December 14, 2012

Jenni Armor entertains the Tappahannock Rotary Club!

Jenni Armor, daughter of Jeff and Liz Armor, entertains the Tappahannock Rotary Club this evening December 13th with numbers from her Jazz and Broadway repertoire. Jennifer is an accomplished singer and peforms classical violin, traditional and Celtic fiddle, as well as Jazz, Blues and Broadway vocals. In the center, Jeff, her father is controlling the background music while Ron Geiger is being honored with a special song.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Norman Wood receives his Paul Harris Award

See more of the evening awards at
including Club Awards and other service awards. Norman Wood is pinned by Chuck Davis , the District 5610 Foundation Chair. Tom Saville (see photo gallery) was recognized for his Citizen of Year evening and honoring Joe and Helen Ware. Also assisting in the presentations is Scott Clary (in green jacket) a District 5610 Foundation leader.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Rotary Club Social mid-Atlantic

Only two members, Emerson Hughes and David Broad,  attended this extra special meeting and social hour half way between Africa and the Caribbean.  Due to lack of member attendance, the program was abandoned and the social hour extended another two hours.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Rotary Club Marine Corps Marathon Runner

Bill and Melanie Reavis ran this year's Marine Corps Marathon as a fundraiser for Jacob's Ladder and in Bill's son Andrew memory.  Please  support this effort, there are many underprivileged, hardworking, enthusiastic young students who will benefit greatly!  http ://

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Dr. John Gregory Graduates Again!

This time around Dr. John Gregory graduates from RLI - Rotary Leadership Institute - on November 17th at Germana Community College in preparation for his upcoming Presidency of the Club 2013-2014. Well done John!

Being President of the 50+ member Tappahannock Rotary Club is a highly challenging task and John will need all the leadership tools in his doctor's bag to keep the club on track next year!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Historic Rotary Meeting

Just stumbled across my Rotary attendance make-up certificate for a very special evening in Moscow on August 20th, 1991. We met for the social hour and suddenly the entire Russian Rotary membership of some 25 men excused themselves in mass  "we have some very important business to attend to...." and left us (about 8) foreigners to our meal! That evening was in fact the fateful night in the coup d'etat between Yeltsin in the Russian White House against the traditional communist regime headed by Gorbachev and effectively the day that turned Russia to Perestroika.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Rotary Past-President Bill Reavis weds this weekend to Melanie Kyte Throckmorton

Rotary Announces Citizens of the Year

Tappahannock Rotary Club presents Mr Joe Ware and Mrs Helen Ware of Dunsville, VA our Vocational Award of "Citizen of the Year". John Lewis presented the Rotary Award and Monte Gladding the Mayor of Tappahannock also presented them with a key to the town for all the greatness they have done and continue to do for our great town and county. We could all wish there were more selfless people like the Wares in the world. CONGRATS to them both.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Meanwhile at the bar...

Rotary barmen par excellence... Bob Jump and Gary Youngling mix drinks for the thirsty crowd.... to view the photo album of guests and Rotary click here

Annual Pig Roast Feeds Hundreds!

Tom Saville and Sonny Terry take first shift on the serving line doling out large portions of Roasted Pork Loin, BarBeQue, Beans and Cole Slaw along with the usual chocolate cake dessert and large helpings of good humor and community friendship..... to view the full album of guests enjoying their evening and Rotary members hard at work click here

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Steve Cook, new District 5610 Governor visits TRC

Steve Cook, the new District 5610 Governor for 2012-13 from Springfield, VA, assisted by Kylie Bransford, Assistant District Governor based in Kilmarnock, met with John Lewis, Tappahannock Club President, and John Gregory, President-elect and the rest of the board today at Roma's for an introduction annual meeting where each board member in turn presented their annual goals for the club.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Rotary Mission to Jamaica

John Frazier and Tommy Neuman visited Kingston, Jamaica to spearhead a mission to help improve the literacy rate at Stony Hill school in the foothills of the Blue Mountains. The plan is to install two interactive whiteboards in classrooms of these schools - thereby helping to increase literacy from 40% to 80% in the 6th grade students using the program.  The Jamaica Rotary Club of St. Andrews is helping facilitate the introduction and development of this significant program to help the school children in their vicinity.  Click here to view John Frazier's and Tommy Neuman's Powerpoint presentation. [Caution - large files that may that a few moments to load]

Monday, September 17, 2012

Rotary - Can you Pass the 40 Year Test?

John Gregory was presented with a recognition plaque this evening at our regular club meeting at Roma's Ristorante in Tappahannock..... the plaque reads "CLUB SERVICE ABOVE SELF AWARD, Presented to DR. JOHN GREGORY For 40 years of Outstanding and Dedicated Leadership. ROTARY CLUB OF TAPPAHANNOCK 2012" Congratulations John! Significantly, the plaque was presented by Dr. Tommy Neuman. himself a 40 year veteran of Rotary, however unlike John who served his 40 years with the Tappahannock Club, Tommy's service began in 1971 as a member of the Orangevale Club in Orangevale California, then went on to Foothill-Highlands Club in Sacramento California - (only a few miles between the two!), then in 1987-88 The Rotary Club of Thamesdown in Swindon, England, and finally in December of 2000 to the Tappahannock Rotary Club. Congratulations both of you long timers!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Banner exchange with Banff Club

Bill Croxton visiting Alberta, Canada this week, August 30th, 2012 and presented the new (I think this is the first exchange using our new banner design) Tappahannock Rotary Club banner to Banff Rotary Club President David Stratton....

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Cruise raffle is launched at the Farmers' Market

Great News Rotarians


With little advanced notice John Gregory, David Broad, and Bill Croxton got us a place to set up at the Farmer's Market today complete with tent, table, and chairs.  Of course we had a few hundred Caribbean Cruise tickets, some sellers, and one very good 'work the crowd salesman' to complete the deal.


Bob Jump was working the crowd and seeming having a great time as he passed us numerous times with a great smile on his face.   I do not know how many tickets he sold today but the good news is that between John Gregory...who was a masterpiece in motion, John Frazier and me we sold $520 worth of ticket today.


We saw several familiar Rotary family faces and Michael Faulkner dropped by to pick up 10 more tickets.


Thanks to Vince who opened up his office to get some membership information.  I will expect that Dr. John will induct two new members to our tribe on Thursday.  Well done Ned Garber who is one of the sponsors as well at Tommy N.


Thanks to you all of you who have worked so hard to make this wonderful Rotary club such a great and civic minded group.  We make a difference!!!



Thursday, July 5, 2012

Welcome Kylie - District 7610 Assistant Governor

Kylie Bransford from the Kilmarnock club gave the District Governor and the Rotary International message this evening to the Tappahannock Rotary Club.... "Peace through Service". Kylie was helped by Lindsay Gardner, Rotary area public image coordinator, and Skip Ackerley the area membership coordinator. John Lewis presided over his first meeting for 2012-13 and welcomed our guests...

Monday, July 2, 2012

Vince Donoghue Joins Rotary Board

Welcome to the Tappahannock Rotary Club board... Vince Donoghue, club secretary who managed with lightning speed to publish the board meeting minutes in less than 24 hours! Vince is also Essex County Commonwealth Attorney

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

New Rotary President 2012-13 is sworn in

Thursday, June 21st at Bill Reavis's house on the river.... the annual officers swearing in party, Bill Reavis (left) outgoing president, Bill Croxton (center) reads the proclamation and oath, Bill Lewis (top right) incoming president swears to perform his duties while Gordon Fletcher monitors the changeover (bottom right).

Voted worst Hawaiian tropical shirt of the evening!

Thursday, June 21st at Bill Reavis's house on the river.... as part of the annual officers swearing in party, the final vote for the worst looking Hawaiian shirt of the evening went to Tommy Neuman (right) with Joe Johnston a close runner up! Bill Reavis (top left) outgoing president, Bill Lewis (top center) incoming president and Jim Wawner (right).

Monday, June 18, 2012

Rotary Crab Races at RivahFest

Rotarian John Frazier lines up the young RivahFest crab jockey contestants for the crab race while the contestants practice aiming with their spray bottles to giddy-up the crabs..... all in a good cause!!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Program Speaker Wes Pippenger

Thanks to Brother Jeff Willett who provided us with an excellent program last night featuring local historian and professional genealogist Wes Pippenger. His knowledge and pictures were outstanding.

Our distinguished guests

Our Rotary Club was treated to a trio of distinguished guests last night: Governor Jon Allan (and wife, Mary) District Governor George "Ron" Marion and Assistant Governor Kylie Bransford. Welcome to Tappahannock!

Paul Harris Society Recipients

Congratulations to Paul Harris Fellow recipients Richard Lewis, Bill Croxton and John Lewis along with Governor Jon Allan (top left) Assistant Governor Kylie Bransford and District Governor George "Ron" Marion (bottom left).

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Danny Greene Wins Big Prize for Big Croaker!

Big Croaker winner take home a Big Check. From left to right, Bill Reavis (Tournament chair), Wayne Wessel (door prizes and t-shirts), Joanne Ruffa (registration) and winner Danny Greene of Glover, VA, receives the $1,500 check for the first place biggest croaker - a 1 lb-15.2oz croaker caught near the power lines using shrimp.  A total of 94 boats entered this year's tournament named in honor of Andrew Reavis.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Rotary Pre Meeting with Malachy

Tappahannock Rotary Club's regular social hour pre-meeting was rearranged this week to a new location at All About Wine on Prince Street. Rotary Club member Michael Faulkner, Director of Tappahannock Free Clinic, along with store owner Deborah Stevens hosted a very special reception for the winner of the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show "Malachy". Malachy is a four year old Pekingnese and took the coveted Best in Show award shown here with David Fitzpatrick! Welcome to Tappahannock! [photo courtesy of Bill Croxton]

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Rotary Dessert at Twister'Z

Adjoining Roma's Restaurant -- the club's usual Thursday evening dining venue -- is the newly opened Twister'Z Frozen Yogurt bar. Rotary Club members were invited by Johnny Giambianco to taste the delights from the frozen yogurt wall dispensers -- here Em Hughes and Joanne Ruffa sample cheesecake and cappuccino flavors. A healthy dessert this evening!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Rotary River Cleanup Teams Head Out of June Parker Marina

The Tappahannock, Warsaw and the Rappahannock Rotary Clubs have partnered in a joint venture with Friends of the Rappahannock to do a clean up blitz on both Essex County and Richmond County shores on Saturday, May 5th.

Volunteers gathered in the early morning at the June Parker Marina, bringing with them several boats, canoes, life jackets, garbage bags, gloves, litter getters pick up tools and a determination to improve our town’s riverfront. The area covered runs from Mount Landing Creek to Hoskins Creek on the south side, and from Cat Point Creek to the Wild Life Reserve at Mangoright Point on the north side of the river.

Club members participating included Leigh Angel, David Broad, Bill Croxton, Mac Garrett, Em Hughes, Joe Johnston, Bob Jump, John Lewis, Larry McElroy, Richard Moncure, Tommy Neuman, Bill Reavis, Pete Trible, Wayne Wessels and Norman Wood.

Photo Gallery of the River Cleanup

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Rotary cleanup crew rescue eagle

The wounded eagle was rescued by Rotarians Joe Johnston and Mac Garrett just below the Downing Bridge on the Richmond County side on the Refuge beach. The Fed Warden who appeared on the scene said it was most likely hit by a car while feeding on road side. It will be taken to an expert in Richmond county who will determine the probability of survival with treatment. Pictured with Joe & Mac is Tanner Croxton.

Tappahannock Rotary Club partners with friends of the Rappahannock and boy scouts for trash pickup on the river.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Larry Mcelroy finds a dollar while picking up trash on north rt 17

Keith Hodges state delegate speaks at Tappahannock Rotary club

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Tappahannock Club Welcomes Two New Members

Two new members, Andrew Elliott and Richard Moncure, were inducted into the Tappahannock Rotary Club on Thursday, April 12th. From left, Sonny Terry, sponsor for incoming member Andrew Elliott, Bill Reavis, Club President, and Richard Moncure sponsored by Club Secretary Tommy Neuman. Not shown, John Gregory presided over the ceremony, recalling the origins of the Rotary Club founded in 1905 in Chicago and
highlighting some of the key achievements of Rotary International.

New members Andrew Elliott and Richard Moncure we welcome you.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Guest Speaker: Dorothy Miller

Dorothy Miller's topic was the natural plants in our enviroment and how to take advantage of natural Virginia plants to enhance our gardens rather than use the same old store bought varieties. Bill Reavis, club president, presents her with the traditional Tappahannock Rotary etched glass gift.

Rotary installs its newest member

Welcome Ron Geiger to the club! Ron is introduced by John Gregory (left), Bill Croxton, Ron Geiger and veteran club member Luther Derby.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Tappahannock hosts Korean GSE team and local clubs

Chanseok Park (center) heads up the visiting Korean Rotary District  3710 from Gwangiu, South Korea, and is hosted by Kylie Bransford, Assistant District Governor for the Northern Neck and Bill Reavis,  President of the Tappahannock Club.

Korean Rotary Visitors to Tappahannock Club

Saturday, March 17, 2012

President Elect of Rotary International Sunji Tinaka speaks at PETS 16 Mar 12.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

President Elect John Lewis attends PETS in Greensboro NC 15 March 2012

Friday, March 9, 2012

Chuck Davidson overviews RI activities

Charles "Chuck" Davidson visited Tappahannock Rotary on Thursday March 8th to give a top to bottom report on Rotary International's activities and highlighting the role each member of the club could play in supporting the goals of RI throughout the world. Chuck (center) is flanked by Bill Reavis (right), TRC President 2011-12 and Bill Croxton, program sponsor for the evening. Chuck was District 7610 Governor for 2008-09 and Bill Croxton was Northern Neck Assistant District Governor 2008-11.

Richard Moncure Jr. Presentation

Richard Moncure Jr. visited Tappahannock Rotary to present the work of the Friends of the Rappahannock in our community.  Here he is hosted by John Lewis, President-Elect 2012-13. You can visit Richard's organization website at www.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Big Croaker is Coming!

The 2012 Ninth Annual Rotary Croaker Fishing Tournament is two months away and it's time to get your application in. Download the application form and rules from the website and get your fishing team in readiness for the top prize of $1,500.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Boy Scouts show Leadership!

Tappahannock Rotary welcomes several Boy Scouts to a presentation about their leadership training and experience. From left to right,John Gregory (Rotary member), Mac Garrett (Rotary member and liaison with local Boy Scouts), James Briggs, William Short, Tristan Edwards, Doc Franks (Rotary member and evening program sponsor), and John Magruder (Chairman for Boy Scout Leader Training and Youth Leader Training). The three young Boy Scouts leaders made their presentation to a select group of members at Roma's restaurant on the evening of Thursday, February 9th, 2012.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Tappahannock Rotary Donates $1,500 to the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP)

President Elect John Lewis and Past President Chuck Gilchrist present a $1,500 check to a Representative from the Wounded Warrior Project.