August 15, 2017

Chatham Rotary Club’s program this week at the Community Center featured Kimberly Baldridge, Executive Director of the Danville-Pittsylvania Cancer Association (DPC.)  Rotarian Carol Motley introduced Kim, who provided an interesting and informative program to raise awareness of this important organization.

“Working to Unravel the Effects of Cancer”

DPC is a non-profit organization located in Danville, but with a mission of serving Cancer Patients in Danville and the county.  Kim introduced the organization that many members of Rotary were not aware of, and discussed their mission and support in the Danville and Pittsylvania County area.

Kim emphasized that DPC focuses on assisting area residents defray many of the expensive services involved in active cancer treatment.  Eligible expenses include Cancer-Related prescriptions, treatment supplies, transportation to medical appointments and treatments, medical equipment, nutritional supplements, prosthesis and special needs, and other necessities of life relating to cancer.  Kim emphasized that DPC does not charge clients for any services.  DPC is community funded through local grants and are also funded by many local fundraisers such as Bridge to Bridge, which next year will be the eighth one and is scheduled for April 14, 2018.  Another local fundraiser is the Return to the Coke Plant, which will take place on October 7, 2017 and also the 8th Annual Dean Ferris Memorial Ride, which will take place this weekend on August 19, 2017.  Many other local fund raisers take place and information is available on their website.

Emotional help for cancer patients is also included in their mission and DPC hosts a Cancer Support Group each month.  Topics vary and several recent topics included Communicating With Your DoctorSocial Security Disability, and Understanding Your Medications.  Over four-hundred local residents are currently on the service list for DPC.  Applications for participation are available by contacting

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Paul Nicholson, Club President, and Robert Wickboldt, Membership Committee Chairman for the Club, brought members up-to-date on the next week’s Membership Social to be held at Reid Street Gallery, August 22nd, at 6:30 pm with both club members and guests who are potential members of Chatham Rotary attending.

The social meeting will feature an overview of the Chatham Rotary Club and the mission of Rotary to support both local activities and organizations and International Rotary contributions.  Members are encouraged to invite any potential members and their spouses to this informative and enjoyable evening.  Refreshments and food will be provided for all.  The normal weekly noon meeting will be replaced by this social.

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August 1, 2017

Robert [Bob] Wickboldt (pictured above) is a Chatham Rotarian and Chair of the Club’s Membership Committee. Bob presented the Club’s Program on August 1st.

August is Membership Month for Rotary and Bob’s presentation began by discussing some of the challenges that face all service clubs in today’s fast-paced environment.  Service clubs include a variety of types of organizations, each with a primary focus; Rotary is just one of many available for service to our community and internationally.  Bob noted that many clubs have been faced with declining membership in recent years as the potential pool for members has grown.

He provided some statistics that highlighted the trends in service clubs.  In the 50’s and 60’s service clubs were open exclusively to men and local business and civic leaders were the majority of their members. Clubs began to find that opening to clubs to women proved to be a positive step. Clubs featured mandatory membership, but as time progressed many found their work schedules and demands on their time often prevented their participation.  Adjustments in these standards by clubs really opened the doors to those who wanted to serve.

One of the challenges for clubs is getting the word out about who they are and what service and fellowship they provide the community.  The Chatham Rotary Club has remained a stable, thriving club in the local community featuring many service projects and opportunities for fellowship for members.  For a club to thrive there needs to be a positive mix of ages, backgrounds, and interests of the Club members. Bob talked with members about what we can do as a club to keep the interest in Chatham Rotary at a high level.

Membership month for Rotary gives us a chance to communicate our mission and service to the community and give others the opportunity to serve and experience the fellowship that our Club knows.  Club members suggested ways to meet this goal and set August 22nd as a Club meeting dedicated to inviting potential members to join us and learn the focus of the Club and how they too can become part of the service community in Chatham.


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New Year…New Officers…New Vision

The first Chatham Rotary Club meeting of the new year was highlighted by a presentation by Paul Nicholson, incoming President for Rotary 2017-2018.

Paul Nicholson, President 2017-2018

Paul began his program by announcing that Chatham Rotary Club had been awarded two Matching Grants by District 7570 for projects to be completed by our club working in conjunction with other District 7570 clubs from Danville.

One grant is to support the Pittsylvania County Pet Center which just opened in Chatham this month. The other Matching Grant is for improvements on Elba Park in Gretna.  Both grants involve Chatham Partnering with Danville Rotary Clubs in completing the projects.

Paul then introduced himself to the club members with some of his background, strengths, and weaknesses.  He then went on to stress his emphasis on two significant factors:  Be Authentic and Tell it Like it is!  He followed this introduction with a summary of his objectives for the coming year for the Club.

The vision he has for the club in 2017/2018 include:

  • Implement the ‘Rotary 4 Way Test’ by all
  • Grow membership and invest in the new members
  • Look out for each other and have interest in others’ passions for the community
  • Last Tuesday of each month will be a community service project
  • Commit to using email – confirm email address with Walter Sullivan
  • Review of officers and chairpersons for 2017/2018

As Chatham Rotary began the new Rotary Year on July 1, new officers include the following:

  • President, Paul Nicholson
  • President Elect and Treasurer, Phil Mauger
  • Secretary, Bill Black
  • Fred Mitchell, Past President
  • Sergeant at Arms, Walter Sullivan
  • Directors: Rachel Gatewood, Alvin Crider, Robert Adams and Will Scott.

Key Committee Chairs:

  • Administration, Charlie Strauss
  • Public Relations, Donna Yeattts
  • Membership, Bob Wickboldt
  • Projects, Alisa Davis
  • Rotary Foundation, Robert Adams


Paul also announced the upcoming program, Real Life for Southside Virginia. It is a program for disadvantaged youth in the county; he encouraged members to volunteer and support the Community efforts in this program.  Read more…

The meeting ended with the drawing for the Queens Pot with Phil Mauger winning the Kitty but no luck on the Queens Pot.  Twenty five Cards remain for next week.

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June 13 – 30 Meetings and Fun

Chatham Rotary Club has had a busy few weeks during June as we approached the end of the Rotary Year.  A variety of programs and events have highlighted the month.  Points of interest for the period include award of Paul Harris Fellow pins for several club members who have achieved multiple levels of giving to the Rotary Foundation. Ted Bruning received his PHF Plus 2 pin, followed by Donna Yeatts for PHF Plus 4 and Robert Adams for PHF Plus 5.  Congratulations to each and thanks for Service Above Self.

Rotary Programs have included a very interesting legislative review by Chatham Rotary Club Member Les Adams highlighting the actions and accomplishments of the Virginia Legislature during this past session.

That was followed by an outstanding program by Faith Stamps, Executive Director of the Danville Area Boys and Girls Club.  Faith highlighted the activities of the Club since their move to their current location in the former Woodlawn school building in Tight Squeeze.  She brought the Rotary Club members up to date on the new model for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America which shifts the emphasis from just having a place for our youth to hang out and play basketball and ping pong in the afternoon to a program that has a focus on quality in Leadership, STEM, and Academics.








Faith Stamps is presented a $1,000 check in support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Danville Area by Club President Paul Nicholson.


As Chatham Rotary begins the new Rotary Year on July 1, new officers include the following:
  • President..Paul Nicholson
  • President Elect and Treasurer..Phil Mauger
  • Secretary..Bill Black
  • Sergeant at Arms..Walter Sullivan
  • Directors..Rachel del Gatewood, Alvin Crider, and Will Scott.
Key Committee Chairs:
  • Administration, Charlie Strauss
  • Public Relations, Donna Yeattts
  • Membership, Bob Wickboldt
  • Projects, Alisa Davis
  • Rotary Foundation, Robert Adams

June included lots of fun events for the club as well with our annual summer picnic being hosted by Paul and Kim Nicholson at their home.  The highlight of the event: setting a record with thirteen Rotarians on a pool float at one time……what fun!

Rotarians Walter Sullivan, Robert Wickboldt and Coleman Yeatts enjoyed a very productive stripper fishing trip on Smith Mountain Lake as well.

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June 6 2017 Meeting

At the noon meeting on June 6, the Chatham Rotary Club 2017 hosted Janice Wilkins, a fellow Rotarian from the Stuart, Virginia Rotary Club.  Her husband Alex Wilkins, also a fellow Rotarian and prior District Governor for Rotary District 7570 joined her.

Janice Rotary District 7570 Director for the District CART Project, presented a very informative and important program on CARTCoins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust.  CART is a Project of the Rotary Clubs of North America promoting research for the cure of Alzheimer’s Disease.

In October 1995 the Rotary Club of Sumter South Carolina initiated a pilot CART effort by conducting an eight month testing program of collecting coins for Alzheimer’s Research.  CART began by asking Rotarians to give the coins in their pockets at the Rotary meetings.

Today, Cart has been adopted as a project by fifteen Rotary Districts in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Florida.  As of May 2016, CART has awarded $5.8 million in research grants.  At the June 6th meeting, the Chatham Rotary Club presented a check for $2000 to Janice for CART.  The funds awarded by Chatham Rotary were raised at our recent Casino Night Auction here in Chatham.  Chatham Rotarian Hy Cook, also added a check for $500 that was given to Janice for CART.

Another Highlight of the program was the presentation to Donna Yeatts of her Paul Harris Plus Four Award Pin.  Donna is a past President of the Chatham Rotary Club and is very active in all the Club activities.

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May 30, 2017 Meeting

The May 30th meeting featured a visit from our Rotary District Governor Chris Runion and his wife Jennifer from Bridgewater, Virginia.

Pictured l-r: Charlie Strauss, Nina Beth Thornton (District Assistant Governors) and Chris Runion, District Governor.









Chris addressed the club and presented three Paul Harris Fellow recognitions to Club members.  Present at the meeting to receive his Paul Harris Plus Two Pin was Ted Bruning.  Also reviving pins were Donna Yeatts; her Paul Harris Plus Four, and Robert Adams; his Paul Harris Plus Five Award.

Pictured l-r: Fred Mitchell – Chatham Club President with Ted Bruning, Chris Runion, Jennifer Runion

David Smitherman

Also, on the 30th, our club welcomed David Smitherman, Pittsylvania County’s new County Administrator to our luncheon. He presented a program on Pittsylvania County:
Past, Present, and Future

David identified some of the concerns that have been building over the past years that the County faces today and is developing strategies to meet the challenges that affect every member of the County.  The county landfill, the court house, the jail, the school system debt , land-use, and taxation are all challenges facing the current administration.  David highlighted some actions that are in currently in progress to meet these needs including:

  • refinancing and restructuring existing debt
  • adjustments to increase incoming revenue
  • expansion of the County Recreation Department Program
  • solutions to Court House and Jail overcrowding

David also stressed the implementation of a team concept in management including implementation of a Leadership Team and a Communication Team that will focus on taking the long view of problem solving.  Improvements in Economic Development are a high priority and include more viable Fire and Emergency Management Services.

David’s comments were well received by the Club Members and his initiatives and leadership are appreciated as the County faces the challenges of moving forward today.

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May 23, 2017 Meeting

Deanna Ferguson





May 23, 2017 Chatham Rotary Club members were pleased to welcome guests from the New Century Hospice in Martinsville, VA to our noon lunch meeting; we enjoyed an informative program presented by Deanna Ferguson.

Deanna was joined by New Century Associates Laura DiGennaro, Colleen Aquino, and Matt Lawing who were available to answer questions with members following the program.  Deanna’s program covered general guidelines for hospice care, covered services, and how the service is paid for in her presentation.  Colleen Aquino also discussed how we can Become a Hospice Volunteer.  New Century Hospice can be contacted at 276-632-2231 and interested volunteers can contact Colleen at

Pictured above, l-r: Lauren DiGennaro, Matt Lawing, Deanna Ferguson, and Colleen Aquino













Also joining us were the winners of Chatham Rotary Club Scholarship Program.  Our Club was proud to present four separate $1000 scholarships to the winners of our annual essay competition.  Our two winners from Gretna High School were Jalil Johnson and Haley Hodges and out two Chatham High School winners were Sam Nicholson and Casey Crews. Congratulations!

Pictured above l-r: Sam Nicholson, Jalil Johnson, Haley Hodges – not pictured: Casey Crews

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