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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 Jane Dembert on Dec 10, 2014

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Tuesday Dec. 9, Susan Mercer, Public Services Manager - Norfolk Public Library, gave an illuminating presentation on the advances and capabilities of the Slover Library due to open mid January.  Rotarian Norm Maas, retired Director of the Norfolk Public Library enjoyed the chance to introduce her.


Posted by Jane Dembert on Dec 03, 2014

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ODU Women's Basketball Coach Karen Barefoot, (on right) had the members engaged and clapping at Tuesday's meeting.  Rotarian Lois Kercher was trying to get a ticket to the sold out game.


Posted by Jane Dembert on Nov 25, 2014

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Today John Davidson (center) Actor/Singer/TV Host/Song Writer entertained Rotarians and Kiwanians and guests with song, jokes, and his pitchfork career (multi-talented).  Rotarians Mal Branch (right) and Bryce Burton (on left, VP Programs) hosted John.  We look forward to seeing him as the Wizard in the musical "Wicked" at Chrysler Hall.



Posted by Jane Dembert on Nov 19, 2014

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At Tuesday's meeting Norfolk SPCA Director, Rob Blizard (second from left), explained how this shelter strives to a goal of 90% adoption. Rotarian and Past District Governor, Deb Walters (far right) from Maine spoke about her mission to kayak from Maine to Guatemala to raise support for schooling for the children living in the garbage dump.  Rotarians Ann Sullivan (left) and Lois Kercher (second from right) introduced our speakers.  


Posted by Jane Dembert on Nov 12, 2014

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Past Rotary District Governor, Bill Pollard (left) and Rotarian Harry McCoy (right) spoke to the club members and guests about the various ways Rotarians can give to local, national and international endeavors.  President Sigur Whitaker (center) introduced these honored speakers at Tuesday's meeting.



Posted by Jane Dembert on Oct 28, 2014

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Today David Sullivan, CIO City of Norfolk, presented a profile of both the Court Complex and the Slover Library at the Norfolk Rotary Club meeting.

Posted by Jane Dembert on Oct 22, 2014

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Dr. James Koch, ODU economic professor, presented his report of the area for the 25th year in a row.  Pictured with him is Pres. Elect Sally Hartman and on the right Rotarian Lynne Berg.

Posted by Sally Hartman on Oct 03, 2014


        Morgan Trimyer, 1943-2014  

We are deeply saddened by the loss of our good friend and fellow Rotarian Morgan N. Trimyer Jr. on October 1, 2014. Morgan served as our club's president in 2000-2001. Click here to read Morgan's obituary.

We greatly appreciate Morgan's family designating his club for memorial gifts to honor Morgan. To make a tax-deductible donation to support the Rotary Club of Norfolk's endowment in memory of Morgan you can:

  • Click here to make a gift online through our secure system.
  • Write a check to Norfolk Rotary Charities, the Rotary Club of Norfolk's 501 ( c) 3 affiliate, and earmark it for the club endowment in memory of Morgan. Please mail your check to Rotary Club of Norfolk at 414 W. Bute Street, Norfolk, Virginia 23510.

Your tax-deductible gift will help Morgan's club forever support good causes and charities in his home region. We will let his family know you have made a gift in memory of Morgan.

Posted by Jane Dembert on Oct 14, 2014

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Wade Watson, Project manager for SKW, explained how they build a tunnel under the Elizabeth River. Pictured is Wade with Rotarian George Compo of Compo Construction.

Posted by Jane Dembert on Oct 07, 2014

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Royce Curtin, FBI Norfolk, presented  an update and fielded questions regarding the FBI's priorities in Norfolk at today's Rotary meeting.  His assistant is pictured on his left and President Sigur Whitaker is on his right. .

Posted by Jane Dembert on Sep 30, 2014

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President Sigur Whitaker shared her Sydney Australia Rotary International Convention experiences and pictures. Pictured with her is Nelson Beale a legacy. He is the great grandson of William McC. Paxton, Norfolk Rotary Club President 1933-1934, Grandson of Martha and Guy Beale, nephew of Peggy Beale and son of Jimmy and Vickie Beale. His dad is a Rotarian.

Posted by Jane Dembert on Sep 27, 2014

Rotary Day picture
Rotarians: Ann Sullivan, Dean Thomasson (and truck), Will King (and several Norfolk Collegiate students), Pres. Sigur Whitaker, Joey Rothgery and several others not pictured, spent a beautiful day in front of Ward's Corner Farm Fresh encouraging donations of food or money for the SEVA FoodBank.  We delivered 580 lbs. of food and $816.81 in cash/checks.  A special shout out to one of the students who went above and beyond, whom we named the "closer".

Posted by Jane Dembert on Sep 23, 2014

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Today Executive Director, Lynn Clements, of the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center showed Rotarians Bryce Burton and Michael Desplaines just how far the Aquarium has grown and how much fun it is to climb in the adventure park.

Posted by Jane Dembert on Sep 17, 2014

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Tuesday, September 16, the Virginia Opera sent President & CEO Russell Allen and three performers to brighten the meeting with music from Sweeny Todd (first presentation for VOA) and La Traviata.  Rotarians and opera enthusiasts Ed Lilly and Mark Shaw are pictured with the performers.

Posted by Sigur Whitaker

Ross Wood, Rotary Peace Fellow sponsored by the Rotary Club of Norfolk, talked with Cathy Lewis today on HearSay on WHRV.  Ross leaves for England shortly to pursue his conflict resolution studies.  Here is the link to listen to the interview.  He tells some additional stories from what we heard at the Rotary meeting.


Posted by Jane Dembert on Sep 10, 2014

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Tuesday, Sept. 9, Christy Everett, Director of Chesapeake Bay Foundation, enthralled our members with her update of activities and the immanent opening of the new Brock Environmental Center. Community Service Chair, Diane Wallach presented her to the club.

Posted by Jane Dembert on Sep 02, 2014

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Rear Admiral Brian Cutchen, U.S. Navy Reserve, was accompanied by his wife, Sissy, friends, Barbara and Chip Vogan, Rotarian. The admiral spoke to the club members about the Citizen-Sailors, their future mission and what it means for their civilian employers.

Posted by Jane Dembert on Aug 26, 2014

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Ross Wood, Norfolk Rotary Club's first Rotary Peace Fellow, spoke to the club members about his trip to South Sudan refugee camps. Inspired by the lack of furniture in the camp, one man designed and produced tables from just 6 cooking oil cans.  Each family received one can of oil each month (see picture).  This situation helped the citizens to collaborate and create community.  

Posted by Jane Dembert on Aug 19, 2014

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Award winning photographer, Glen McClure, narrated his tale of capturing people and landscapes throughout the world at the August 19 meeting.  His pictures, both color and black & white, showed his passion and skill

Posted by Jane Dembert on Aug 13, 2014

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Rotary District 7600 Governor Stephen Beer was well received at his annual visit on August 12.

Posted by Jane Dembert on Aug 06, 2014

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Tuesday these four local seniors shared stories of their visit to Tiel, Netherlands this July.  Brother Mason, Harley Robertson, Davis Evans and Mark Albert.  Norfolk Rotary Club sent this young adults to Tiel for a cultural exchange which has been going on for decades.

Posted by Sally Hartman on Jul 31, 2014

Rotary Smiles

One of the first Rotary Smiles denture recipients Sharon Howard (left) celebrates at a July 2014 Rotary meeting the debut of a Rotary Smiles video about her. She is pictured with videographer Andrea Bear (second from left) of Bear in Mind Strategies, Candie Driskell of Access Partnership and Jennifer Goodwin of the Park Place Dental Clinic. Access Partnership is helping coordinate the Rotary Smiles project funded by the Rotary Club of Norfolk. The dental clinic is among the providers helping people in the Norfolk area get the dental care and dentures they need. Andrea’s company created the video you can watch here: http://bit.ly/1lfOGYR


Posted by Sally Hartman on Jul 31, 2014

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Rotarian Edna Baehre-Kolovani (left,), president of Tidewater Community College, talks with Lisa Suhay, founder of Norfolk Initiative for Chess Excellence, about the positive impact playing chess has on people. Lisa was the featured speaker at the July 29 Rotary meeting.

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

Speaker 6-17-14
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

Speaker 6-10-14
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

Speaker 6-3-14

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 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.

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