Stafford Rotary Board of Directors President Debra Schleef President-Elect Nelda Mohr

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Stafford Rotary Board of Directors

Debra Schleef

Nelda Mohr
Immediate Past President

Mary Rose

Lamont Brown

George Franklin
Club Services

Linda Knecht
Service Projects

Jack Broome

Phyllis & Craig McBride
Youth Services

David Honadle
Rotary Foundation

Mike Catell
Public Image

Julie Franklin

Carol Foley/ Anne Overington
Wings & Wheels Kathryn Barry

Rotary Grace
O Lord and Giver of all good,

We thank Thee for our daily food.

May Rotary friends and Rotary ways

Help us to serve Thee all our days.

Stafford Rotary Highlighter

September 4, 2013

September Is New Generations Month

Upcoming Programs
September 4 - Pam Simms, Oberle School Principal

September 11-Juanita Cawley-District Visit

September 18- Dictionary label-meet at England Run Library

October 9- Club Assembly-Wings and Wheels Final Details

October 30- Fifth Wednesday

November 6- Invitation to Wings and Wheels Sponsors-Thank you meeting

November 13- Club Assembly
August 28 Meeting
President Debra presided and welcomed visiting Rotarians: AG Dave Varrelman from the North Stafford Rotary, Don Mohr from the Fredericksburg Rotary, AG James Hicks from the Woodbridge Rotary, Janet Brown from the Rappahannock Rotary and Honrary Stafford Rotarian Carole Green.

Kathryn reminded everyone to sell raffle tickets and turn in your money and ticket stubs to Carol Foley.

George said “Ditto!”.
President Debra reminded us that the September 18 meeting will be held at England Run Library.

AG Dave Varrelman gave a presentation of the district priorities for 2013-14. The annual theme chosen by RI President Ron Burton is “Engage Rotary, Change Lives” is the basis for the district priorities:

  1. Clubs need to formulate both short and long-term goals to ensure continuity in leadership.

  2. Inspire and engage club members.

  3. Increase club membership. Our goal is 150 new members for the district and a 95% retention rate. The district plans to add two new clubs this year. DG Juanita’s article in the August district newsletter explains the urgent need to grow membership.

  4. Support the Rotary Foundation’s Annual Fund, continue to work to End Polio Now; and support Rotary peace efforts. The new grant model is in effect this year. The district per capita TRF annual fund giving goal this year is $250; the total annual fund giving goal is $550,000. The district also hopes to add 50 new Paul Harris Society members, 52 new Bequest Society members, and 85 new major donors.

Each club is encouraged to post a “We’re This Close to Ending Polio” picture on our Facebook page – so we did.
The District Conference will be held April 25-27 at Virginia Commons in Glen Allen.

We’re This Close to Ending Polio

Lafley subbed for Trevor – which was a shock for Ralph.

Randy was happy for nice weather.
AG James was happy he visited.
Kathryn was happy Randy was at the Wings and Wheels meeting, answering many questions.
Jake is happy that Lafley was there to keep us all in line.
Phyllis paid a no pin fine. She let us know that her elderly mother had died, but it was a blessed release for her.
AG Dave had a great vacation, first in Minnesota and then in the Virgin Islands.

Carole passed her nursing boards and got her license.

Don announced that he and Nelda were ringing the National Anthem at Nationals Park on August 29 with 540 other handbell ringers. (You can see us on youtube - )
Linda was just happy.
Janet brought a banner from the Rappahannock club so she could get one of our banners. She loves our banner.
Debra gave us a report on her husband’s health crises. PDG Sandy and Donald took care of Abby for a couple of days. David is at VCU Medical Center, a fabulous hospital. He will need a lot of rehabilitation, but he has improved, and his prognosis is good.

New Member Corner

Leadership is an essential aspect of Rotary—and we offer both clubs and programs to help emerging leaders develop their skills. Through these groups, participants strengthen their leadership skills, serve their communities, increase their world understanding, build friendships, and more.


Rotaract brings together people ages 18-30 in universities and communities worldwide to organize service activities, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun. Rotary clubs sponsor them, but Rotaract members manage and fund their clubs independently. Rotaract members work closely with their local Rotary club, and may join after their Rotaract membership ends.


Interact is a club for youth ages 12-18 who want to connect with others in their community or school. Interact club members have fun while carrying out service projects and learning about the world. Interact clubs organize at least two service projects a year: one that benefits their community and one that encourages international understanding. While Interact clubs receive guidance from individual Rotary clubs, they govern and support themselves.


Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership development program run by Rotary. While participants can be any age, most events focus on secondary school students, university students, or young professionals. RYLA events are typically 3–10 days long and include presentations, activities, and workshops that cover a variety of topics, including:

  • Leadership fundamentals and ethics

  • Communication skills

  • Problem solving and conflict management

  • Community and global citizenship

Building Peace in Northern Ireland

Posted on August 26, 2013

Enda Young, right, with members of the Belfast West Rotary Club and 2012-13 RI President Sakuji Tanaka, second from left, during the peace conference in Derry-Londonderry.

By Enda Young, a Rotary Peace Fellow and member of the E-Club of District 1100

On stage, the women shared their stories — the suffering and pain of losing loved ones or being caught up in the conflict in Northern Ireland.

As I watched, I couldn’t help notice that most of the audience was in tears. The Theatre of Witnessperformance was a highlight of thethree-day Rotary peace conference in Derry-Londonderry in May, and the effects of the women sharing their real stories through word, music, movement, and cinematic imagery was powerful.

As a Rotary Peace Fellow, I was excited to take part in the conference, and lead a class on peacebuilding. I completed my studies at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok in 2012, and now work as a training manager and mediator for TIDES Training & Consultancy. It was a thrill to look up during our class and see 2012-13 RI President Sakuji Tanaka attending our workshop. During Tanaka’s year of Peace Through Service, he encouraged Rotary club members all over the world to hold peace forums such as ours. I also enjoyed discussing my work with members of the Belfast West Rotary Club who sponsored my peace fellowship.

Derry-Londonderry served as an appropriate setting for the peace conference, as a city once torn by civil unrest and violence, but now thriving with culture and a popular destination. Yet even today, there is ongoing dispute over the city’s name, Derry or Londonderry, between nationalists and unionists. This serves to remind us that the work of peace is never done.

The conference brought business, community, political, and educational leaders and peace activists from around the world together to explore making, building, and embedding peace, both locally and internationally. It was an outstanding conference which I believe truly showcased Rotary’s contributions to world peace.

In the words of Irish poet, playwright, and Nobel Prize recipient Seamus Heaney:

Now is the time to come and witness
our journey from conflict, through
reconciliation towards Peace.
So hope for a great sea change
On the far side of revenge.
Believe that a farther shore
Is reachable from here.
Believe in miracles
And cures and healing wells. 

Adapted with permission from Enda Young’s blog, Practical Peace. 

Other Dates to Remember

September 28 Rotary Foundation Seminar

October 19 Wings and Wheels Festival

November 23 District Foundation Banquet

February 22 Pre-PETS

March 1 – Chesapeake PETS

April 25-27 District Conference Virginia Crossings

June 1-4 Rotary International Convention Sydney, Australia
Room Setup and Take down Schedule
The Truth Team is responsible for Room Setup in September

Mike Torosian, Captain

Trevor O’Toole Randy Burdette Debra Schleef
Each member of the team should arrive early enough to assist fellow team mates in the set up and remain to assist with the take down. In that way, your team can make these assignments a fellowship opportunity.
SETUP involves hanging the welcome banner, the Four Way Test banner, the club banner, the Paul Harris Fellows banners and as many of the banners from other clubs as possible; bringing out the podium; bringing out the badge box and other materials for the Sergeant at Arms. All of the items are in the cabinet.
TAKE DOWN involves putting all of these items away.

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