The Rotary Club of Charlottesville

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 membership chair via email.  

Or you may attend one of our meetings.  The cost for meals is $28.00, however these are waived for prospective members.


Club Directors

Vice President
Immediate Past President
Director--Public Relations
Sergeant of Arms
Director--New Generations/Youth Services
Executive Secretary
April 2014



Welcome to our Club!


Service Above Self

Every 2nd and Fourth Tuesday of the month at 5:30 pm
Omni Charlottesville Hotel
235 West Main Street
PO Box 7302
Charlottesville, VA  22906-7302
United States
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Aryeh Enoch, a senior at the Miller School of Albemarle, competed in the District 7610 finals of the Rotary Speech Contest Saturday, April 5, 2014, after winning the contest sponsored by the Charlottesville Rotary Club.  Addressing the theme “Engage Rotary, Change Lives,” Aryeh spoke to the powerful impact each of us can have on the lives of others through simple yet profound interaction in our daily lives.  Aryeh is a native of Baltimore and is planning to head off to college next fall.

The Rotary Club of Charlottesville helped sponsor the prizes for another Gingerbread Christmas.
The executive Director of Innisfree village shed some light into the wonderful place that is Innisfree.  Carolyn Ohle walked us thru a typical day for the coworkers, volunteer caregivers and staff on the 550 acre working farm at the foothills of the Blue Ridge.  Perhaps the best way to sum up her inspiring talk is to list the statement of principles’ that Innisfree is based on:
Statement of principles
Innisfree shall:
  1. Be a model therapeutic environment with people with intellectual disabilities, emphasizing empowerment, interdependence, and mutual respect of all community members
  2. Evolve with the changing needs of the individuals with intellectual disabilities within the community and beyond
  3. Value work and foster creativity through artistic crafts, stewardship of the land, and daily community life
  4. Promote efforts in the stewardship of the land to acknowledge the reciprocal relationship between human health and the natural environment
  5. Encourage the integration of community members into the larger society through participation in cultural, educational, recreational, religious, and volunteer programs
  6. Rely for its financial resources upon family support, the spirit of volunteerism, and private funding
  7. Support and encourage the talents and individuality of community members from diverse educational, national, ethnic, and social backgrounds

Mr. Wood is remarkable man.  Born and raised in Albemarle he saw at an early age what he wanted.  And then he went out and made it happen.  Responsible for iconic developments on 29 north such as Fashion Square, Hollymeade Shopping Cenetr and NGIC, Mr Wood has left an a mark on our town.
He spoke to the club and not only relateing his story, but also giving some insight into the ever increasing costs of developing projects.  

Seamore Zhu, a rising junior from Western Albemarle High School and Orion Bloom, a rising senior from the Miller School of Albemarle will present their experiences from the 23rd Annual Rotary Chesapeake Bay Conference to the Charlottesville Rotary Club during its regular meeting on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 6:30 pm at the Omni Hotel.
On Tuesday June 25th, Bradley Bodager was awarded the "James R. Peterson Rotarian of the Year Award for 2012 - 2013" by the Rotary Club of Charlottesville in recognition of his volunteer service over the past three years. This is the second annual award presented. Bodager co-chaired the Virginia to Africa fundraising efforts, in collaboration with the UVa Engineering School, that supported two water purification and distribution projects in South Africa, served on the Rotary District Conference Planning Committee, and chaired the Vocational Committee, the Student Leadership recognition program and Chesapeake Bay Conference section of the New Generations Committee.  He was also instrumental in efforts of the Charlottesville club to initiate an Interact Club for high school students. A member of its board and Secretary of the Rotary Club of Charlottesville, Bodager is Vice President of the Miller School of Albemarle, a local independent boarding and day school for girls and boys in grades 8-12. 

The Rotary Club of Charlottesville inducted two new mebers last meeting.  Michael McKee and Kevin Saunders.  Please make sure you introduce yourselves at upcoming meetings.  

Gertrude Frasier gave a fascinating look into happiness.  Driven out of her own curisosity about why people are happy, or in her own words why she has struggled with happiness, Gertrude is widely read on the study of happiness.  Citing works of Jonathan Haidt and Martin Selgman, her talk was rooted in an acedmics, but brought to life from an honest look at her own life.  Again a talk by one of our own club  members proves to be one of the best.
Thanks Gertrude. 


Jon Peterson, John McCauley, and Rich DeMong along with Rotary members from Albemarle, and Blue Ridge, and five Rotaract Club members mulched new and old bushes that we planted a year ago, planted new bushes by Shelter 2 of McIntire Park and helped install two new benches made by Butch Gridley.  The weather was perfect for gardening on Friday, April 12, 2013.



This week our Club was visited by the GSE Team of police officers from Western Australia, Australia.  The four officers are are Sergeant Paul Daly, Constable Aaron Biggs, Constable Jeromy Jones, Sergeant Gerald Murphy, and First Class Constable Taryn Werrett.

They regaled the Club with stories of their personal lives, professional lives, and of Western Australia, which is 22 times bigger than Virginia.

Jim Berry was the team leader for the Piedmont Rotary Council.  Jim Berry and Jim Peterson drove the GSE team down from Northern Virginia and more than halfway to their next Club in Tappahannock.  Tom Dunnells, Duane Snow and Rich DeMong hosted the Australians and took them to and from their many stops during their stay in Charlotteville.  The GSE team spent time with one of the local police departments (UVa, Charlottesville City, or Albemarle) during their Vocations Day.  John Griffin, Michael Semanik, and Jim Peterson escorted and drove the Australians on several of their excursions.  Finally, Jeff Gould talked to part of the GSE team about Drug Court while the others visited with the Executive Director of the Shelter for Emergencies.  

You can follow the GSE Team on Facebook (RotaryGroupStudyExchange2013Virginia).  They have posted some great photos and blog posts.



The Rotary Club of Charlottesville was proud to welcome the newest incarnation of Rotaract at the University of Virginia.  Leon Lin and Narin Limlengart, both members of Rotaract inducted Kevin Lim, Victoria Tran, Shivangi Singh, Yashvardhan Rajgarhia, Jairus Ang, Martin Ying.  There are hopes that under the guidance of Chris Wilcox-Elliot and the hard work of the members the club will be a great success story.



Our own Virginia Cruse regaled us with amazing stories of a life spent in service to our country.  



The Rotary Club of Charlottesville Hosted its Annual Salvation Army Bell Ringing December 11th.    


Holiday Party



Our past president Gary Selmeczi makes sense of long term care planning and shows off a new WCBR wing.


WAHS student and RYLA participant Seymore Zhu played piano for the Rotary Club of Charlottesville.Image



November 27 Virginia Cruse packed the house forImage a very special speaker.


Mike Milnor of the Virginia State Police and a Professional licensed polygraph investigator walks us through 30 years of Law Enforcement.  From chase till you wreck to polygraph.

Mike Milnor 



President Gary Selmeczi, Jim Perkins, Jim Peterson and Joe Cantu

 Tuesday June 19th Rita P. Smith, MS, RD, CDE visited the club with some healthy tips for a long life.  Specifically she reminded us of 5 things:
  • Eat three meals a day 4 to 5 hours apart.  With the last meal 4 to 5 hours before you go to bed
  • Get your fiber up, thru natural sources
  • Get your fluid intake up, mostly thru water  11 - 12 cups a day
  • Eat healthy fats.  Nuts, avocado, fish
  • Avoid processed foods and eating out.

Copies of her handouts can be found in the documents section of the web page.


Cook-out picnic at Linden Lane Farm

SPECIAL Rotary Meeting

Saturday, June 16, 2012

4  -  7   O’clock

Directions: From town, Route 250 East, turn left at Shadwell onto Route 22. Proceed 5 miles to Cismont – country store and Exxon gas station on left.  At this point route 22 forks off to the right and route 231 goes straight ahead. Stay straight on 231 and proceed 2.5 miles to Linden Lane Farm on right.

Guests and family members are most welcome.  Attire – Very Casual

Please bring a dish of food (entrée, vegetable, dessert, etc.) and folding lawn chairs if possible. Also, you may want to bring baseballs, gloves or other sporting equipment for your children.
Please RSVP, with names of guests and expected side dish to

Please RSVP, with names of guests and expected side dish to .


The Rotary Club of Charlottesville is proud to honor Carol King with a presentation of a Paul Harris Award.  Charlie and Carol King have been strong supporters of the Rotary Club since 1974
.Carol King
 The Pin is Presented here by Jeff Gould to Mrs. King



Dr. Varon from the University of Virginia shared her interesting insight into the Civil War.  As we start the celebration the sesquicentennial, it was fascinating to listen to new perspectives on Virginia and her citizen’s role in the war.  Much of her presentation focused on her recent historical work, Southern Lady, Yankee Spy:  The True Story of Elizabeth Van Lew, A Union Agent  in the Heart of the Confederacy (Oxford University Press, 2003)Image



John Rogers CFA, of the Charlottesville Based CFA Institute spoke on Tuesday the 10th of April.  The CFA is moving into the majority of the Old Martha Jefferson Hospital on Locust Avenue.  John gave a brief but fascinating history of the Institute, and it's mission.  To learn more please visit this link.  





Tom Dunnells made a three minute presentation at the District Conference that was so good, we made him do it again.  Tom showed what Rotary is doing for the people of Limpopo.  Native music accompanied lovely photography.  The effort of our Club and others has helped bring clean water and sanitation to Tlhophane School in the Northwest Province of South Africa.




Apr 08, 2014
Stephen Hitchcock, Executive Director The Haven
Community Plan to End Homelessness
Apr 22, 2014
Mike London, UVA Cavaliers football program
Building champions, on and off the field
May 13, 2014
Sue Lieberman, Rotary Grants Committee
Grant Finalist Presentations
May 24, 2014
Special Meeting at Linden Farms
Hosted by Bert & Elizabeth Page
May 27, 2014
James Pierce, Executive Director
Boys and Girls Club of Central Virginia
May 27, 2014
Teresa A. Sullivan, President, UVa
The importance of ensuring access to higher education
Jun 10, 2014
Gina Mancuso, President and CEO of Love That Fit
Strategies of a Serial Entrepreneur
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