Monday, November 25, 2013

Merry Christmas From Aaron Biggs - GSE Australia

From Aaron Biggs was one of the Aussies who was on the GSE Exchange earlier year.....

Seasons greetings to you as the new year approaches. I hope that you are enjoying the change of the seasons and the coming cold weather. Its very hard for me to imagine what your Christmas will be like, as right now we have the air conditioning going day and night. I am not sure if card giving at Christmas is an American tradition, however it is very much an Aussie one so I have attached an electronic copy of one my wife made this year, showing off my little girl and our warm weather. I hope that it brings a bit of warmth into your life as the snow starts to fall. Please pass on my greetings to your wonderful Rotary Club, I still to this day smile when I think of the great time we had visiting you guys. May you have a wonderful Christmas full of family and fun and hopefully some sun. I know that it will be strictly a Traditional  Christmas this year for us ( A BBQ on the beach, with beers and cricket )......

Much love from Down Under, Aaron, Amber & Ariana. Biggs -  Aaron BIGGS | Constable 14261 | Broome Police Station | Western Australia Police

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Labadie visitors from Vero Beach, Florida

Tappahannock Rotary welcomes Larry & Maureen Labadie based in Vero Beach Florida.  Strangely enough they both belong to separate clubs - Larry is a member of the Vero Beach Sunrise Rotary Club and Maurine is a member of the Vero Beach Oceanside Club.

Friday, November 22, 2013

New District ADG Appointed

Rotary District 7610 called John Lewis and asked him to become the Assistant District Governor for the Middle Peninsula / Northern Neck area taking over from Bill Croxton. This area includes 9 clubs including Tappahannock, Warsaw, Kilmarnock, Northern Neck, Matthews, Gloucester, Gloucester Point, West Point, and Middlesex. John's appointment starts July 2014 and lasts for 3 years. Congratulations John!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Delegate Keith Hodges visits Tappahannock Rotary

Keith Hodges, delegate to the Virginia House of Delegates for the 98th district visited Tappahannock Rotary and expounded on his views on education and Medicaid. Alivly questions and answers followed.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Tommy Neuman at the Veterans Day Ceremony

Banner Exchange with Tulum Rotary, Mexico

Joanne Ruffa returns to Tappahannock Rotary Club and presents Norman Wood, Club President, with the exchange banner from the Tulum Rotary Club, District 4200 in Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Mexico.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Paul Harris Fellows Awards to TEN Tappahannock Rotarians!

Thursday November 14th saw the most numerous Paul Harris Fellow awards to members of the Tappahannock Rotary Club - actually 10 awards to 9 Rotarians plus one very deserving spouse of a Rotarian - Carole Croxton - for all the Rotary volunteer work she has generously given over her many years associated with Rotary. Awards were presented by Bill Croxton,  Assistant District Governor and Tommy Neuman.

 Bill Meredith
 Joe Wolfinger
 Ron Geiger
 David Broad
 Carole Croxton
 John Frazier
 Bob Coleman
 Vic Brugh
Louise Velletri

Ten Tappahannock Rotarians Become Paul Harris Fellows

The ten recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow awards proudly hold their certificates after the awards ceremony.... Front row, left to right: Bob Coleman, Ron Geiger, Carole Croxton, Louise Velletri, Bob Jump. Back row, left to right: David Broad, Vic Brugh, Bill Meredith, Award presenters Bill Croxton & Tommy Neuman, Joe Wolfinger and John Frazier. The Paul Harris Foundation is named after the founder of Rotary International and has a mission to eradicate polio throughout the world. Paul Harris Fellows are honored for their contributions of $1,000 or more to the Foundation.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Rotary Meets at Roma's

This Thursday evening over 36 members sit down to conversation and good company over a plate of Johnny 's spaghetti and meatballs ! Tappahannock Rotary Club now has a club record with over 60 members!

Bob Jump Replays Paul Harris 1933 Radio Speech

Bob Jump Replays Paul Harris 1933 Radio Speech
Twenty-eight years ago the first Rotary Club was started in Chicago by a lawyer who though born in the Middle-West, was brought up in New England. It was his idea to a group of men of every line of business and profession who should in the spirit of the "Golden Rule" - practice friendship and cooperation. From that club has grown the world's movement of Rotary. For the full speech please visit

Friday, November 8, 2013

Jason Smith presents Boy Scout Program

Mac Garrett, a dedicated Boy Scout, and father of two Eagle Scouts, introduced our speaker Jason Smith.  Jason is from Richmond and is married to an educational researcher. Together they have three children. Jason holds a BA degree from Vanderbilt and an MA from Averill University.  In the Tappahannock area we have two Cub Scout and two Boy Scout troops. Jason asked how many in attendance were former Scouts and a high percentage of hands were raised. This area has produced a number of Eagle Scouts as well. Read more about the presentation


Friday, November 1, 2013

District Governor Annual Visit

Juanita Cawley, Rotary District 7610 Governor for 2013-2014 visits the Tappahannock Rotary Club, an annual tradition for all newly elected governors. In the photo Juanita is flanked by Bill Croxton, Assistant District Governor [left] and C. Norman Wood, Tappahannock Rotary Club President [right].

Juanita began her career in Hampton, VA as a teacher of children with hearing impairments and quickly became Coordinator of Special Education and later the Director. In 1999, she became Director of Special Programs for the West Point, VA school division. Inducted into the Rotary Club of West Point in 1998, Juanita has served her club as Foundation chair, Public Image chair, Secretary and was Club President twice. In 2006-2007, in her second term as President, she was named Club Rotarian of the Year and her club was named “Best Small Club” in the district.

Juanita has served District 7610 well since joining Rotary. She has received Foundation training in Evanston, IL, been a presenter and facilitator at district conferences and seminars, serviced as Public Image chair, chaired the Foundation Permanent Fund, served on the Strategic Planning committee, and served as Assistant Governor. Juanita is a graduate of the Rotary Leadership Institute and qualified to serve as faculty for RLI. Juanita and her Rotarian husband Bill are both Paul Harris Fellows, both members of the Paul Harris Society, Benefactors, and Bequest Society members. They live in a wonderful old 1884 Victorian home in West Point, VA.