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President Sigur Whitaker
President Elect Sally Hartman
Vice President - Programs Bryce Burton
Secretary / Treasurer Gary Boswick
Sergeant at Arms Sharon Laderberg
Fellowship Director Mark Johnson
Public Relations Director Ben Miles
Membership Director F. Alan Nelson
Fundraising Director Dean Thomasson
Community Service Director Joey Rothgery
International Director Al Carmichael
Vocational Director John Lynn
Rotary Foundation Chair David Brandt
Past President Susan B. Donn
Executive Secretary Jane Dembert
Parliamentarian D. Lindsay Russell
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Posted by Sally Hartman on Jul 24, 2014

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Bobette Nelson, Cultural Resources manager for the City of Norfolk, visits with Rotarian Anthony Radd of Wolcott Rivers Gates after her July 22 Rotary talk about Norfolk’s historic cemeteries and efforts to give them new life.

Posted by Sally Hartman on Jul 16, 2014

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Naro Expanded Cinema owners Tench Phillips (left) and Thom Vourlas (right) gave a fascinating talk about the movie business to our club on July 15. They were introduced by Rotarian Jennifer Palestrant, a movie fan who heads the D’Art Center.

Posted by Sally Hartman on Jul 09, 2014

Life Enrichment Center presentation

Rev. Kevin Turpin (left), who heads the Life Enrichment Center, was happy to receive a $10,000 check from Rotary Club President Sigur Whitaker (center) and board member Mark Johnson. The club's donation will help the center put computer labs in Title I elementary schools in Norfolk to help students learn to be better readers and lifelong learners. The club donation was given as part of its Centennial Celebration. 

Posted by Sally Hartman on Jul 09, 2014

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Political blogger and columnist Vivian Paige talks with Rotarians Ted Baker (left) and Colllins Gooch after her July 8 Rotary speech about "Why All Politics Is Local."

Posted by Sally Hartman on Jul 03, 2014

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Rotarian Harry McCoy (right) installed new club president Sigur Whitaker (center) on July 1. Outgoing president Susan Donn received a clock made especially for her by Rotarian Bob Latimer.

Posted by Sally Hartman on Jun 25, 2014

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Yes, Rotarian Lisa Sands was a good sport. And, she got to interact with comedians Sean Devereux (right) and Brad McMurran of The Pushers pictured with Michael Khandelwal (left) of The Muse Writers Center. Sean and Brad, who teach at the Muse, led a fun program on improvisational comedy at our June 24 luncheon. 

Posted by Sally Hartman on Jun 18, 2014

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Rotarian Shep Miller of Kitco Fiber Optics gave a great introduction for award-winning poet Dr. Luisa Igloria, whose latest book of poetry was released on June 17 -- the day she spoke to the Rotary Club of Norfolk. Luisa, head of Old Dominion University's master of fine arts program, shared some of her newer poems during the luncheon.

Posted by Sally Hartman on Jun 11, 2014

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Rotarian Linwood Beckner gives former U.S. Rep. G. William Whitehurst a blast from the past after Whitehurst's talk about the Middle East and Ukraine situations.

Posted by Jane Dembert on Jun 10, 2014

CTBD 2014

Last Saturday 23 Rotarians and guests helped Clean the Bay.  Bill Clendenin and Diane Wallach are dressed for the assignment.  The weather cooperated.  Join them next year for the fun.

Posted by Sally Hartman on Jun 03, 2014

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Rotarians Glenn Scott (left) and Gregg Sutton visit with Terry and Sue Bond after the June 3 Rotary Club of Norfolk meeting. The Bonds shared a program on the 1914 Model T in honor of our club's centennial celebration. Terry is past president of the Antique Automobile Club of America. He and Sue have won national awards for their restored 1914 Model T automobile.

Posted by Sally Hartman on May 28, 2014

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Rotarian Lois Kercher (right) greets fellow nurse Valeria Mitchell, who spoke to our Rotary Club on May 27 about the Free Foundation, which provides wheelchairs, walkers and other devices for people who need them but can’t afford them. Lois and Valeria worked together at Sentara Norfolk General where Valeria manages the trauma unit.

Posted by Sally Hartman on May 29, 2014

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Salvation Army Capt. Brett Meredith greets fellow Rotarian Joanne Batson, head of the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia, after his May 20 talk about the Kroc Center and the importance of being excellent at everything you do. We will miss Brett when he moves to Baton Rouge in June.

Posted by Sally Hartman on May 15, 2014

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Rotarian Mal Branch greets Virginia Johnson, artistic director of the Dance Theatre of Harlem. She spoke to the Rotary Club on May 13 about the dance theatre's new three-year relationship with the Virginia Arts Festival.

Posted by Sally Hartman on May 09, 2014

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Speakers Amy and Michael Drewry (third and fourth from left) visit with Rotarians Bob Powell (left), Bill Gough and John McLemore. The Drewrys were featured speakers on May 8 talking about their 400-year-old family farm in Wakefield.
Bill was the lucky winner of two baskets of fresh-picked strawberries donated by the Drewrys.


Posted by Sally Hartman on Apr 30, 2014

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Wes Cheney, founder of Bike Norfolk, (center) shared his joy of bike riding with our club on April 29 and explained why he wears a kilt for work. After his talk he visited with Rotarians Joe New (left) and Ed Lilly.

Posted by Sally Hartman on Apr 22, 2014


Vice Adm. Bruce Grooms (right) spoke to our club on April 22 about the link between Norfolk and NATO and highlighted the upcoming Norfolk NATO Festival. He was introduced by Admiral Rear Admiral John T. Kavanaugh, USN, (Ret.), a member of our Rotary club.

Posted by Sally Hartman on Apr 22, 2014


A visiting bagpiper gave a warm greeting to Rotarians Harry McCoy (Left) and Cynthia Carter-West on April 22. The bagpiper was taking a break from preparations for the Virginia International Tattoo shows this week sponsored by Virginia Arts Festival. 

Posted by Sally Hartman on Apr 16, 2014

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Our Rotary Club was treated to excellent music from The Juilliard School on April 14 courtesy of the Virginia Arts Festival. Pianist James Kennerley (left) with vocalists Raquel Gonzalez and Elliott Hines warmed up with us at lunch in preparation for their Norfolk concert that night.

Posted by Sally Hartman on Apr 09, 2014

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Rotary President Susan Donn (center) was a lucky winner of a ticket to the May 1 Norfolk Home & Garden Tour presented by tour co-chairs Cindy Wilson (left) and Debbie Bonnewell. Debbie, the featured speaker at the Rotary Club's April 8 meeting, highlighted the 81-year-old Virginia Historic Garden week.

Posted by Kellie Dickerson

In the Rotary year ending June 30th, 2014, the Board has committed all funds raised to Rotary Smiles, support of Norfolk Public Schools' computer labs and the Boys and Girls Club of Hampton Roads. No other grants will be made.
Posted by Sally Hartman on Apr 02, 2014

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Rotarian Mark Shaw (left) visits with Ross Grogg and Rotarian Kay Kemper on April 1 after Ross and Kay presented an update on the latest Virginia General Assembly Session. Ross and Kay work with Kemper Consulting, a government relations firm based in Norfolk.

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