Saturday, June 11, 2011

Warwick Rotary Moves to the Virginia Living Museum

May has been a very busy month for the Warwick Rotarians. The club focused on moving to a new location; participated in charitable activities like Run for the Dream 8K and Half Marathon in Williamsburg; inducted a new member; hosted several speakers and worked on developing upcoming programs for this year.

June, 6th- The club moved to the Virginia Living Museum located at 524 J Clyde Morris Boulevard Newport News, VA 23601. 

Jim, Dave, Iza, and Baljit did a tremendous job coordinating the move. Thank you!!

The Board had the first meeting on Monday prior to the main program. We held the meeting outside on VLM's beautiful terrace. As you might already know, the Board has been discussing the option of moving the regular meeting time 30 minutes ahead to run from 6PM to 7PM every Monday. The decision is up to a majority vote of the membership. Please vote by sending Brad an email at
 a) approve the change to 6:00pm b) prefer to meet at old time 6:30pm or c) abstain (either one is fine with me).

Welcome Pjerin!
On May 23rd, we had the opportunity to induct Pjerin Luli into the world's leading service organization of business professionals. Pjerin is a graduate of the MBA Program at the College of William and Mary and currently works as a Product Marketing Manager in the Medical Devices industry. I've known Pjerin for about four years. He has a great sense of humor, very captivating; always willing to help, always expressing an interesting opinion.
The WRC is pleased to have you, Pjerin!

Run for the Dream, May 21st, Williamsburg, VA
WRC has been actively involved in inaugurating Run for the Dream 8K and Half Marathon, an event that benefited An Achievable Dream and The Wounded Warriors Project.
Jim, Dave, Pjerin and Brad served up about 800 beers over 3 hours on Saturday morning for "a group of crazy health nuts" - if you ask Brad.
I ran the 8K, which wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. I confess that the medal and the three scoops of ice-cream after the race helped ease the pain. 

Guest Speakers
May 2nd, 2011 
Col. Michael Dwyer spoke to us on his work as a military weatherman, its impact on readiness, and the cooperative efforts that may take place between military and local agencies in case of severe weather conditions.

May 9th, 2011
Nearly 100 years strong- an update on Riverside
Bill Downey CEO of the Riverside Health System honored us with his presence and spoke about how by providing a diversity of services and achieving strong outcomes that continue to improve, Riverside is well positioned for the new Healthcare Reform.
Riverside is focused on:
- Integration - to make information flow more efficient
- Growth - 100 providers, opening a new facility of approximately 100,000 sq feet in Williamsburg, and adding three more PACE programs
- Quality and Safety 

June 6th, 2011
Dave Niebhur - Executive Producer / Managing Director at Man and the Sea Project / Watermen's Museum in Yorktown, VA
Dave entertained us with the Brave Yankee Boys, a Post Colonial song. He spoke about some of Watermen's many challenges (hurricane Isabel), but focused on the interesting programs that they offer such as "Catch of the Day", Special Needs Educational Program, Boat Building, Summer Camp and others. To learn more check out their website

Birthdays in June:
Happy Birthday, Jerry! Jerry Brink- 6/25 

The raffle has not been won in months. Keep playing!!

Have a great weekend and see you all on Monday at 6:30PM at the VLM!

Posted by Cristina.