Rotary International

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.

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.