Lynchburg Morning Breaks Club Record for Largest Service Project

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This Saturday, Lynchburg Morning Rotarians, family and friends packed over 10,000 meals to be sent to Haiti at the Lynchburg Headquarters of Rise Against Hunger on Timberlake Road. The materials for the packaging project were paid for through funds raised at the 28th Annual Golf Tournament in April of this year. Attendees were instructed by club member Troy Henson and wrapped up just shy of 11 am.

With over 40 people registered for this event the August 26th event has become the largest service project in club history. Well done Rotary Club of Lynchburg Morning!

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Rotary Chapter of Lynchburg-Morning to Donate Over $32,000 to Local Organizations

The Rotary Chapter of Lynchburg-Morning donated over $32,000 to local organizations at its regular weekly meeting on Thursday, July 13, 2017.

Each year, Lynchburg-Morning Rotary conducts a golf tournament raising funds for local organizations which make a discernible and visible impact on our community.

The 2017 beneficiaries include, but not limited to, the YWCA of Central Virginia’s YWLead Program ($6,000), Rise Against Hunger ($3,000), and Vector Space ($1,000) to fund intern scholarships for area high school students.  Remaining proceeds will be will be directed to the Greater Lynchburg Community Trust in order to establish a named fund on behalf of the Lynchburg Morning Rotary club. 

Among the recurring annual beneficiaries were the Lynchburg Morning Rotary Foundation and Polio Plus ($6,000), the Lynchburg Humane Society (2,500), the annual Dictionary Project ($2,000), and the Free Clinic of Central Virginia and MS Bike Tour ($1,000).

 LMR Foundation Chair Chad Mooney accepting the donation to the LMR Foundation

LMR Foundation Chair Chad Mooney accepting the donation to the LMR Foundation

We would like to offer particular thanks to Duke Mann, Jim Hines, Wells Duffy at the Cavalier, PFG, Virginia Eagle Distributing, and Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company for their support and participation in what proved to be a fun and effective fundraising event.  Here's to another year of successful fundraising!

A Transition Ceremony Befitting 30 Years of Community Service

On Thursday July 6, 2017, Rotary Club of Lynchburg-Morning transitioned leadership teams for the 2017-2018 Rotary year.  The members of the newly formed board received a surprise as each board member was pinned by President Aaron Van Allen or President Elect LaShonda Delivuk.  

Returning board members include Treasurer Steve Royer, Foundation Chair Chad Mooney, International Chair Nathan Wittkamp & Membership Chair Mike Lewis (not pictured). New board members include Club Services Chair Stuart Whetshell, Fundraising/Golf Tournament Chair Robert Goodman and charter member Carl Dewitt as our Community Services chair.  

Immediate Past President Paul Rothfuss was honored with a commemorative gavel & pin.  The meeting concluded with the induction of Lynchburg Morning's 64th member Bethany Harrison, sponsored by Chad Mooney.  Bethany is currently serving as the Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney for the City of Lynchburg office.  Lots of smiles, laughter and energy filled the room as the club optimistically looked forward to a year of celebration as the club celebrates its 30th anniversary since its charter in 1987.

District Governor Installation 2017-2018 | Dick Ray

Over 30 clubs were present in Johnson City, TN as District 7570 formally installed District Governor Dick Ray.  Assistant Governors & District Committee Chairs were recognized and DG Dick Ray declared that the 2018 District Conference would be a celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Women in Rotary.  3 new Paul Harris Fellows were welcomed into the Rotary family and the DG banners were exchanged.  We are grateful for the leadership of Chris Runion and we look forward to another impactful year of "service above self" under DG Dick Ray. 

 2017-2018 Assistant Governor Gary Christie & President Elect LaShonda Delivuk of the Rotary Club of Lynchburg Morning & District Governor Dick Ray 

2017-2018 Assistant Governor Gary Christie & President Elect LaShonda Delivuk of the Rotary Club of Lynchburg Morning & District Governor Dick Ray 

District Conference 2017

 Assistant Governor Gary Christie, President Paul Rothfuss, President Nominee LaShonda Delivuk,  & President Elect Aaron Van Allen

Assistant Governor Gary Christie, President Paul Rothfuss, President Nominee LaShonda Delivuk,  & President Elect Aaron Van Allen

We had the pleasure of attending the District 7570 conference this past weekend with other members of Area 5.  The event was jam packed of informative presentations and festive St. Patrick's Day networking.  

 District Governor Chris Runion photobombing Troy Henson, Rotary Club of Forest

District Governor Chris Runion photobombing Troy Henson, Rotary Club of Forest

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On Sunday we received two new patches for Gold Club status and the Multi-Club award for our Area 5 Polio events in 2016-2017.  It was a pleasure to meet other members of our district and we look forward to another year of service under President Elect Aaron Van Allen.

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Rotarty Youth Exchange - The Experience of a Lifetime

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Rotary’s Long-Term Exchange presents you an opportunity to expand your education, become a more interesting person, and contribute to world understanding by living and attending school in a different country. Students live with host families in their adopted land under the sponsorship and supervision of the local Rotary Club. It is our hope that you will be able to see firsthand the problems and accomplishments of other people of different colors, creeds and cultures. Rotary Youth Exchange is the largest in the world. And because arrangements are made by local Rotarians, it is also one of the safest youth exchange programs in the world.

Through many years of experience, we have found the following general qualifications useful:

  • Above average academic standing. Students do not have to be at the top of their class, but we do find that students who are in the upper third of their class have a better exchange experience.
  • Students should have an inquiring mind and be actively interested in their own environment, in the world in general and in world problems.
  • Students should possess well-rounded personalities with an ability to think through the problems and stresses of living in a foreign environment.
  • Students should be active in their community, such as sports, hobbies, youth activities, or church. Successful students invariably are those who lead active lives.
  • Students should be well-adjusted, particularly in their family relationships.
  • Students cannot be older than 18½ when they depart in July or August (19 for Belgium). If you take your sophomore or junior year abroad, you return to your home high school for at least one year before graduating, and can share your experience with friends. Some students take a gap year between high school and college for the exchange. Colleges generally look very favorably on the exchange experience when evaluating applicants. Some have allowed accepted students to defer starting college for a year in order to go on exchange.

Additional Information

The need for a working knowledge or proficiency in the country’s language varies. For example, in India and the Philippines, schools teach in English, whereas in France they teach in French. It is encouraged and sometimes mandatory that you take a crash language course or tutoring.

The program is a member of the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET), a nonprofit organization committed to setting standards for international educational travel and monitoring compliance with those standards. It is also approved by the U.S. Department of State. Your costs include an application fee, airfare and mandatory health insurance. Unlike most other exchange programs, Rotary does not charge thousands of dollars in administrative fees.

Living in a foreign country has a powerful effect on your maturing process. Managing your own finances and making decisions gives you more confidence and independence. You learn to think and converse fluently in another language. You develop more confidence in speaking before groups. You become more tolerant of other people, different cultures and different personalities. And you develop friendships that will last a lifetime and span the globe.

For more information, visit www.exchangestudent.org, or write to rye7570@gmail.com for a formal application.

Area 5 Hosts Rotary Foundation Banquet

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On November 5th, members of District 7570 made the journey to the Craddock Terry Hotel in Historic Downtown Lynchburg to celebrate the Rotary Foundation.  Representatives from each club in Area 5, led by District Foundation Celebration Chair Shannon Watts, orchestrated a fabulous evening complete with Silent Auction & Cocktail Hour.

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Member of Lynchburg Morning Rotary in attendance included: Area 5 Assistant Governor Gary Christie as well as current President Paul Rothfuss & lovely wife Lillian, Foundation Chair Chad Mooney & his wife Amber, Immediate Past President Tracey Dixon & Public Image Chair/President Nominee LaShonda Delivuk.

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Numerous Rotarians were honored for their generous giving in the form of Paul Harris fellows including Mikael Blido who received his first Paul Harris fellow for his creative fundraising efforts in 2016.  Tracey & Mikael raised $6,000 for the foundation through the Ironman competition, Game on Polio & selling cupcakes to the Stuart club.

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District Governor Chris Runion & his wife Jennifer were also recognized as Major Donors to the foundation and received this beautiful keepsake in addition to a few new coveted Rotarian pins.

Our keynote speaker Carol A. Pandak, ED. D., Rotary International Director of Polio Plus updated us on the impact of our donations through her address.  Currently only three countries remain with cases of Polio but if we don't continue our efforts the number of cases could rise as high as 200,000 in 10 years.  

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District Governor Chris Runion had us commemorate this moment by posing for a panorama image of the room holding up our fingers to represent "we are this close". 

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The Silent Auction generated over $700 which will result in over $2,000 with matching funds for the Foundation.  Such a proud moment for Lynchburg to host such a successful event. Looking forward to more opportunities to collaborate, not just on the Area level but the district as well.

Rocking The Wheel at the Genworth 10 Miler

DID YOU KNOW that you can see the Genworth 10 Miler results dating all the way back to 1974 on their website? We had Rotarians all around the start/finish line this weekend. Congrats to Chad Mooney, Billy Flint, James LaPrade, Scott Brabrand & Geoffrey Kershner for all finishing in the top 40 in their respective divisions.

One of our newest members Billy Hansen ran his VERY FIRST 10 Miler this weekend as well! Chad Mooney finished 7th in his division, 50th overall and is officially our "Fastest Lynchburg Morning Rotarian" with a time of 1:08:31! Such a joy to support each other while wearing the wheel around town :)Until next year!
https://www.virginiatenmiler.com/results/

BMS Direct Celebrates Million Dollar Expansion

The BMS Direct family opened its doors to the public on Tuesday, September 20th to celebrate it's newest million dollar expansion.  The solar panel array on their facility is one of the largest in the entire state of VA.  Past President James LaPrade invited the club and there were numerous Rotarians and community leaders present.  

One of the most exciting moments was when James awarded Jeffrey Betterton his longevity bonus for his 23 years of service.  Wonderful example of living out the Rotary way in our community as we seek to lead our co-workers and employees. 

Congrats to the BMS Direct family.  Thanks for inviting the club to share in your special day.