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Newsletter - Current Sep 1, 2020
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Club of the
Virginia Peninsula

Tuesday September 1, 2020

Club Leaders

Mike S Nelson
Justin Battaile Wynings
Membership Chair
Adam Duncan
Jeff Brittain
iPast President
Youth Services Chair
George W. Blanchard
Diane K. Hagemann
Club Director
John F. Frantz
Projects Chair
Kevin B. Yeargin
Rotary Foundation Chair
Edward G S Spencer
Community Service Chair
Charles D. Edmonson
Club Programs Chair
Raymond F. Spencer
International Service Chair
Danny L. Carroll
Club Communications Officer
William T. Ziglar
Assistant Governor


Glenn A. Morris
August 10th
Robert Shuford Jr.
August 13th
Thomas J. Stodghill
August 14th
Kevin B. Yeargin
August 15th
Michael Good
September 3rd

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September 9th
September 16th
Dr Angela Spranger
Assistant to the President for Equity and Engagement, CNU
September 23rd
Dr. James Carney
Pulp Fiction

September Message: Mike Nelson

By Mike S Nelson on Wednesday, September 2, 2020
September Message: Mike Nelson

It has been so long since we have seen each other in person, I imagine you are all missing that connection just like me. Well, I am excited to share that we will soon be launching a new option to meet in person. This will be in addition to our weekly meeting time. Due to the Coronavirus and the precautions that are in place the "Healthy Meeting team" comprised of John Frantz, Bill Ziglar, and Diane Hagemann are planning a morning meet up that will be held outdoors, more details to follow as for the date and location but expect something the later part of this month.

Even though we are not coming together quite yet, we need to come together in support of the 2020 Tennis Ball! Now is the time to secure those sponsors and auction items. The students and the Achievable Dream are counting on us and with the Tennis Ball being a virtual event this year we need to be more creative than ever. The AD has done some research by polling everyone on their donor list and the positive response that donors are ready to support the program now more than ever is quite encouraging. The AD does know that some small businesses will not necessarily be in a place to give and that is OK, but many others will understand the importance during this trying time and be willing to go the extra mile. We just need to ask, use those relationships, find out how they are doing, show them compassion and then you will earn the privilege to ask them for their support.

This year might possibly be the most challenging year that many of us will face and how we come out of this time is really up to us. Will you accept the challenge to step up our game? Maybe step out and volunteer at the FoodBank with your family? Sign up for the Rotary workday on September 19th? And the Habitat for Humanity House is about to start scheduling workdays! Maybe overcome your objections about joining us for one of our Zoom Meetings? On behalf of the entire board, we really do miss everyone that is staying away right now, your presence makes the whole club richer and I personally want to invite you to join us.

Service Above Self,

Habitat for Humanity builds much more than houses.....

By William T. Ziglar on Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Together with Rotary
We’re helping the Harris family build: Strength - Stability - and Self Reliance.

Constrtuction begins in September!!

Habitat T-Shirt Sale

By William T. Ziglar on Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Habitat T-shirts for Rotary club members to sell, and purchase are now available - $15.00 each.

Shirts were donated by Mike Fox of Fox Screen Print, member of the NN Rotary Club…100% of sales goes to the Rotary House. Before he can print them, we need quantity and sizes from each interested Rotarian.

We need our order no later than Wednesday, September 9th. Please respond to Bill Ziglar with the number of shirts you would like to have in each size: 3X, 2X, XLg, Large, Medium and Small.

Rotary volunteer work day to Support Newport News Public Art Foundation

By Edward G S Spencer on Friday, August 28, 2020
The Virginia Peninsula Rotary club will volunteer to help the Newport News Public Art Foundation on Saturday September 19th at 8:00 a.m. The foundation's newest addition to it's outdoor public art collection is Man and Crocodile by Girolamo Ciulla of Pietrasanta Italy.
Our club will provide labor to apply top soil and sod to put the finishing touches on this sculpture prior to it's formal introduction to the public in October.
Club members will meet at Newport News Park at 8:00a.m.

Ray Spencer receives Rotary award

By Jeff Brittain on Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Congratulations to Ray Spencer for achieving Level 2 of the Paul Harris Fellowship with Rotary International! This pin signifies Ray’s financial donations exceeding twice the required amount, to be used for Rotary’s service locally and around the world. Congrats Ray!

Virginia Peninsula and Warwick at City Center Rotary clubs work together for District Grant

By Edward G S Spencer on Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Thanks to the thoughtful planning of our District Grant leadeship team our club was able to partner with others to apply for Emergency Grants before our current year even bagan. The idea of an early start was to help address acute and timely needs of our communities near the height of the current pandemic. Once again, we have teamed with the Warwick at City Center club and have applied for, received approval for, and begun executing our emergency grant. Also unique to this grant is that we have teamed with the 757 Rotaract club to increase the amount of funding available and to begin to work with them more. We identified the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank as a more than worthy recipient of our service and funding. With more people needing their services and less food being available from their typical sources, the Foodbank is clearly in an emergency situation.

District News

There are many ways clubs in our district help provide for basic education and literacy. From the YMCA's Bright Beginning's Program to direct donations made to specific schools, clubs step up to help in their communities. Read more below in the Club News section.

We are happy to announce that Rotary Leadership Institute better known as RLI is offering RLI I online on October 10 and 11, 2020. You must attend both days. Saturday October 10 is from 9 until 12. Sunday October 11 is from 2 until 5. There is a low fee of $25 compared to the usual $95. Go to DACdb to register.
For more information go HERE.
Please contact PDG Bob Preston for any questions. You can reach him at thecampdoctorinc@comcast.net.
This is a great opportunity to get started on RLI. Clubs, please announce to your members. Thanks for all you do for Rotary!
DG Judy's September Message:
Welcome to September of 2020. What a year! No one would have ever guessed that we would be locked up most of the summer and having so many meetings on Zoom. Yet the good news is that Rotarians are very resilient and are up for the challenge. We have seen many clubs with new members, many clubs with service projects and fundraisers approached in create ways, and most clubs connecting and engaging members.
I have been visiting clubs since the middle of July and have really enjoyed meeting so many members and hearing all the wonderful things the clubs are doing. I have now visited 40 clubs and the interesting thing is that exactly half of the visits so far have been in person. The ones that are in person are carefully following CDC and state guidelines for safety. The one question I have been asked the most is about Virtual Fundraising. If you or your club has any good ideas for Virtual Fundraising please let your Area Governor know. We are going to assemble some good ideas for the clubs to use.
Please remember the RLI Training on Zoom October 10th and 11th. Only $25 and you can sign up on DACdb by the end of September.
Also please sign up for the District Conference, November 6-8, at the brand-new Oceanfront Marriott in Virginia Beach. Rooms are only $129 a night. Sign up on DACdb and there is a link to the hotel. Early Bird Registration saves you money through September 19. There is a virtual component and an Interact/Rotaract Conference as well. Sign up today.
Please remember our new Innovative Advocate Team that can help you with membership or creating Satellite Clubs, Community Based Rotaract Clubs, E-Clubs and much more. Contact Alex Ritchie for details. aritchie@mymail.vcu.edu.
Have a great and safe Labor Day weekend and thanks for all you do for Rotary.
DG Judy Cocherell
Why we are Rotarians

Thanks to Dianne Gordonne for providing some pretty creative graphics to use on the District's Facebook page in recent weeks. She asked folks to take a self portrait, holding a white piece of paper and then she added graphics taken from Dr. Seuss books. If you haven't seen these - check out the District's Facebook page HERE. And, if you "LIKE" the page, you'll see more up-to-date information and ideas for your clubs to use on your Club's Facebook pages.

Tip of the Month

Virtual Fundraising:
In this time of uncertainty, social distancing and cancellations of events, Rotary clubs and other non-profits are struggling to come up with fundraising ideas. Some clubs have done virtual bingo, online auctions and raffles, and have come up with create ways to hold a road race.
Online there's a website called MobileCause which offers suggestions and tips. Downloaded from their site are the following PDFs:
Virtual Event Checklist and Planner
Tech Set-up for Virtual Events
Virtual Event Case Study

And to see an online webinar "Creating Virtual Fundraisers that Entertain and Engage Donors" go >HERE.
Canva for Creativity:
Are you aware of Canva? Canva is a graphic design platform that allows users to create social media graphics, presentations, posters, documents and other visual content. It is available on web and mobile, and integrates millions of images, fonts, templates and illustrations.
To learn some tips and tricks an online Zoom meeting was held by Zone 34's Public Image Chair Marshall Butler. To view the presentation go >HERE.