Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Caponka Buoys Ready to Launch

A set of three WRECK marker buoys acquired jointly by the Tappahannock and Warsaw Rotary Clubs have been prepared ready to launch this spring. They will be placed downstream, upstream and between the wreck and the main channel. Caponka ran aground in a storm back in the late 1920's in it's current position and caught fire in 1949. Since then the 272 foot long twin screw wooden steamer has been a hazard as the remains of the hull and extremely dangerous steel bolts are visible only at low water. A number of navigation incidents over the years has accentuated the desire to mark the wreck which the marine authorities have neglected to take action on.

Incoming and Outgoing Assistant District 7610 Governors

Bill Croxton outgoing area 3 assistant district governor and John Lewis incoming area 3 assistant governor and John Mullens president of the Northern Neck Rotary Club in Kilmarnock exchange banners between the Tappahannock and Northern Neck Club on the 30th of April 2014

Monday, April 28, 2014

Rotary Gatsby 1920's District Reunion

Bill and Carole Croxton done up to the nines for the Great Gatsby 1920's Rotary District Conference Reunion at the Virginia Crossings, Friday, April 25th.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Tappahannock Polio Plus check presentation at District Reunion

Rotary Polio Plus members contributions check for $2,000 presented to Rotary International at the District 7610 Annual Reunion - left to right: Ron Geiger - Tappahannock Rotary Club Treasurer, Bill Croxton - District 7610 Assistant District Governor, Colleen Bonadonna - District 7610 Polio Plus Chair, Penny Geiger, C Norman Wood - President of the Tappahannock Rotary Club, and Chuck Davidson - Past District Governor.


Saturday, April 26, 2014

Friday, April 25, 2014

Obamacare with Phil Stinchcomb from Riverland Insurance

Phil did a masterful job speaking on the pros and cons of the Affordable Care Act. What could have a political firestorm inside Roma's last night, was anything but. Phil was calm and composed, taking no sides on what was good or bad with Obamacare. In short, he came prepared with factual information that would let our group make up their own minds about the various benefits this law provides. He covered mandated coverages, subsidies, underwriting aspects which are none except for smokers, the open enrollment periods and the penalties for non ACA individuals: $95 or 1% of taxable income in 2014, $325 or 2% in 2015 and $695 or 2.5% in 2016.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Rotary Induction Ceremony

Finally we have captured an induction ceremony for posterity. Here is President-Elect Dr. John Gregory as he inducts Dr. Scott Burckbuchler, Superintendent of the Essex County Public Schools and Reverend Don McLean, minister of the Tappahannock Presbyterian Church. Watch the video  Also participating are Emerson Hughes, sponsor for Rev. McLean and Bill Croxton sponsor for Scott Burckbuchler snd Rotary Club President C. Norman Wood.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Rotary GSE Experiences!

Bill Croxton (right) and Tommy Neuman (2nd from left) recounted their Group Study Exchange experiences and the impact on their lives leading groups of younger folks on exchanges to Australia, for Tommy's trip for seven weeks and Bill for four weeks. Michael Rawlings (2nd from right) remembered how his Rotary experience as a young student in Belgium allied him to learn languages and enable him to take on high responsibility with JAG corps in NATO at an early age in his career thanks to specific Rotary opportunities. C Norman Wood congratulates the team at the conclusion of the evening.

Jerry Duvall gets PHF pinned!

C Norman Wood, Club President, pins the Paul Harris Foundation medallion to Jerry Duvall's shirt, followed by Tommy Neuman awarding the PHF sash. The club is at 100% PHF membership which by any standards is a pretty amazing achievement! A special all club celebration dinner is scheduled for May 5th at Roma's

Friday, April 11, 2014

Tappahannock Rotary Announces "Citizen of the Year

More than 40 people packed Roma’s Italian Restaurant in Tappahannock on April 10 as the Tappahannock Rotary Club recognized State Trooper J.D. Stamper as the organization's “Citizen of the Year.”  J.D. Stamper, with 25 years of service with the State Police,  was presented with a plaque by Rotary Club nominating committee member Sony Terry for living Rotary’s motto of “Service above self in the community of Essex County, Virginia.”
“I want to thank the Rotary Club and everyone for coming out tonight,” said J D Stamper. “Very much appreciate the award and the support you have given me”.  JD's wife Chris and his "proud of his Dad" son Matthew were honored guests for the presentation dinner and award.

During the ceremony, State Police colleague First Sergeant Mike Sweet and former state trooper and now Town of Tappahannock Police Chief James Ashworth, Jr.  both paid tributes to J D Stamper.  JD was severely injured in an accident involving an out of control vehicle in Tappahannock and his quick selfless action saved two utility workers from a catastrophic life threatening situation.   Sonny Terry, Vince Donoghue and Joe Wolfinger nominated Stamper for the award in a Rotary Club committee led by Tom Saville.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

We toasted the Athens Greece Rotary Club

Dear Mr. Varotsos,

In order to remind our members that Rotary is an international organization, our club, the Tappahannock, Virginia, Rotary Club, of District # 7610, USA, begins its weekly meetings with a toast of a club in another country. At our meeting on April 3, 2014 (the day the Modern Olympics was began), we saluted your club. The attached certificate documents our toast. Sincerely, Joe Wolfinger, International Chair, Tappahannock, VA, Rotary Club

...and here is their reply in the Attiki Club newsletter:

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

100% Paul Harris Fellow status

DG Juanita,
As of today, April 8, 2014, the Rotary Club of Tappahannock, VA, USA (5838) has achieved 100% Paul Harris Fellow status!  Request you advise The Rotary Foundation of this outstanding milestone and ask for them to send the banner that signifies this.
Chuck Davidson
D7610 DRFC