Thursday, September 25, 2014

Andrew Denn Presentation on YoungLife - 9/25/2014 - Guest of Bill Reavis

The guest of Bill Reavis, Andrew Denn, Area Director for YoungLife, presented to the TRC this evening on the work YL has begun in the community. Andrew encouraged folks to get involved in the organization which is focused on making a diff...erence for young people. YoungLife is an American evangelical Christian ministry based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The ministry was started in Dallas, Texas in 1941 by Presbyterian minister Jim Rayburn. Young Life operates globally as several different organizations with different focuses.

Checks Awarded to Local Organizations 18 September 2014

In keeping with its long tradition of supporting the Tappahannock community, TRC awarded nearly $3,500 to five local organizations at its September 19th meeting.  The recipients were:  Essex High School Physics Club ($400); Essex High School Drama Club ($571); Tappahannock Boy Scouts Troup 304 ($500); Tappahannock Riverside Hospital ($1,000); Tappahannock Regional Free Clinic ($1,000).
Front row ( L-R) Robert LaFollette (EHS Physics), Vicki Favazzi (EHS Drama), Madeline Lawson (TFC), John Gregory (TRC President)
Second Row (L-R) Dr.Richard Lewis (TFC), Michael Faulkner (TFC), John Peterman (Tappk. Riverside Hospital) John Magruder (Scout Master, Troop 304), Connor Jorgensen (Troop Leader), Carl Hayden (Troop Leader)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Joanne Ruffa and Jacob's Ladder 11Sep2014

Members of TRC were treated to an inspiring presentation on Jacob's Ladder by Joanne Ruffa, Past President TRC, who is a long-time leader with JL and who recently completed guiding this year's summer program at St. Margaret's School, Tappah...annock. Ms. Ruffa acknowledged Rotary's continuing important support of the organization. "Created in 1991, Jacob's Ladder is a proactive enrichment program for intellectually gifted children who face obstacles to success. These young people – Climbers – have an extraordinary ability to excel academically. But unless someone steps in, they will most likely fail to realize their potential." Joanne's passion for both Rotary and Jacob's Ladder are well known in our community. What might be less known is the story she told last evening of how when preparing to retire from 30 years teaching in the Essex County Public Schools, she was encouraged to "retire into something that you love"...and for Joanne, that was Jacob's Ladder. A longtime tennis instructor, Joanne also said that she has carried two basic concept from her sport into her work with JL: "Serve and Love". The annual cost of supporting one Jacob's Ladder Climber is approximately $2,500.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Post - Arborist

An Active August Included Area's Accomplished Arborist...James Earhart of Arbor Care, a local tree service, presented to TRC about the world of timed, complex tree climbing competitions among amazingly agile arborists.  The International Society of Arbor Culture is the governing organization for such competitions.
Mr. Earhard grew up working on tree pruning and crane operations and has only gotten into tree climbing competitions since 2001.  His tree service has worked in numerous locations around Essex County and is available for pruning and removal of trees.  The best part is the company removes all debris when they are finished.  Mr. Earhard was the guest of Mac Garrett.

Blog Posting

Adding to the August excitement for TRC was a return visit of Jeremy Jones, fellow Rotarian from Australia.  Jonesy is a Police Officer who was one of the 2013 exchange group from Western Australia to District 7610.  This followed an exchange group from our District to Australia in February 2013 which included our own Billy Croxton.  Jonesy is currently in the U.S. with his fiancee Anna on vacation and is presently an official umpire at the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament in New York City.  The Croxtons were their hosts while in our area.  Pictured:  Billy Croxton, Jeremy Jones, Tommy Neuman, and President John Gregory.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Blog Post - General Strock

Lieutenant General Carl A. Strock (U.S. Army, Retired), sharing a lighthearted moment with TRC President, Dr. John Gregory, at our August 21st meeting.  General Strock shared his first-hand experiences in Washington, D.C. and at the Pentagon on 9/11 at which time he was Commanding General, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  He spoke of the value of showing up in person when there is a need, knowing that there is always something one can do to make a difference for others.  General Strock was the guest of his VMI roommate and TRC member, Bill Meredith

Post - Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to Essex County High School graduates, Laura Ellis and Zachary Coyne, recipients of scholarships from TRC!  This autumn Ms. Ellis will attend Randolph Macon College, and Mr. Coyne will attend Rappahannock Community College.  We wish much success to both of them.

Blog Post - August 14th, 2014

Delegate Margaret Ransone was a guest speaker in August.  She is a mother, wife, successful businesswoman, a lifelong resident of Westmoreland County, and a citizen legislator who represents the 99th District in the Virginia House of Delegates.
Margaret works full time at her family's oyster company, Bevans Oyster Company.  Del. Ransone was invited by John Lewis who is also pictured here with TRC President, Dr. John Gregory.

Blog Post - August 14, 2014

Dr. Tyler C. Wind, was guest speaker at our August 14th meeting. A Tappahannock native and 1997 graduate of Essex High School, Dr. Wind has returned home to open the Riverside Northern Neck Bone & Joint Center. Pictured are Dr. John Gregory, TRC President, Dr. Wind, and Dr. Richard Lewis who invited Dr. Wind

New Inductees for Tappahannock Rotary Club - August 28, 2014

On August 28th, we welcomed our three newest members. Pictured are: Alessa Leming (and sponsor Harry T. Gladding), Madline Lawson (and sponsor General Norm Wood), Dr. Frank Nuar (and sponsor Michael Faulkner), and Tappahannock Rotary Club President, Dr. John Gregory.