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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