Happy New Year!
The club has approved the July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022 slate of officers. Congratulations and wishes of a successful year!
President Mark Jones                                  President-elect Ryan Blankenship                           Immediate past Monica Marks
Secretary Rainey Niklawski                         Exec Treasurer Richard McCullough                       Sargent at Arms Beth Fitzwater
Director (1 year) Greg Crews                     Director (1 year) Glen Groat                                     Director (2 years) Ward Currin
    Director (2 years) Carmen Williams               Director (3 years) Fred Taylor                              Director (3 years) Rainer Schlichtherle

2021 Sportsman's Raffle

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 By: Rainey Niklawski
Don't forget to get your ticket for our 2021 Sportsman's Raffle! One $50 ticket gets you the opportunity to win one or more of 20 great prizes- you could even win more than one time! Visit for the prize list, rules, and to purchase your ticket(s)! Ticket sales end March 26, so don't miss out.

The proceeds from this raffle are used to fund the club's local charitable initiatives to nonprofits such as Girls on the Run of Greater Richmond, Greater Richmond Fit4Kids, and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond. Thank you for your help providing much needed funding- and good luck!

Midlothian Rotary Club helps the Chesterfield Food Bank!

Monday, March 1, 2021 By: Rainey Niklawski
The Midlothian Rotary Club helped the Chesterfield Food Bank distribute food this past weekend at Chalkley Elementary School. We are always so grateful for an opportunity to support our community and truly provide the service our club has committed to.

Speaker 2/16/21: Nancy Beasley - Polio Survivor, Author and Rotarian

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 By: Rainey Niklawski
A big thank you to fellow Rotarian Nancy Beasley for speaking to our club this morning.  Nancy is a polio survivor who is very involved with PolioPlus- and also a twice published author! It was so interesting to learn more about the history of polio and its vaccine.

Speaker 1/26/21: David Mills and Eric Gowen from Alpha Tango Counseling

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 By: Rainey Niklawski
A big thank you to David Mills and Eric Gowen from Alpha Tango Counseling for speaking to our club this morning about the wonderful counseling services they have available, geared towards military, first responders, and law enforcement but open to everyone, for addiction, trauma, stress and relationships.

Sole4Souls Service Project

Friday, January 22, 2021 By: Rainey Niklawski

We are collecting shoes for Soles4Souls as our January Service Project!  

- All types of shoes are acceptable (kids, Men's, Woman's)
- Shoes do not have to be new, just in good shape and 'Gently Worn'. (Great time to clean out your closet!)
- Please pack shoes in bags with shoe laces tied (for safety).  
- Bring shoes to a rotary member before February 9th.

- You can donate monetarily in honor of the Rotary Club of Midlothian if you would like at

Speaker 1/19/21: Jamie Morgan- Physicians for Peace

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 By: Rainey Niklawski
A big thank you to CEO Jamie Morgan for taking the time to come out and talk to our club about all of the incredible work Physicians for Peace does expanding the medical knowledge and training of healthcare workers in under-resourced communities.

Speaker 12/15/20: Stephanie Hathaway - Soles4Souls

Monday, December 21, 2020 By: Rainey Niklawski
A big thank you to Stephanie Hathaway for speaking to our club this week about Soles4Souls! Our club has volunteered a few times with the organization, but it was wonderful to get a bigger picture of what that volunteer work accomplishes!

Better2gether RVA Service Event & Organization Needs

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 By: Rainey Niklawski
Better2together RVA was born from two mothers experiencing the lack of non-medical services available to families with a child receiving extensive medical treatment.  Our club is helping out with their holiday event this year.

Here's the signup link to volunteer for the event –

Can't make it to volunteer? Donate some things from their needs or wish list!
Need List:
Wish List:

Remembering Ed Burtner, Sr.

Friday, November 27, 2020 By: Rainey Niklawski
It is with sadness we inform the club of the passing of Ed Burtner, Sr.  Ed was such a great asset to the Midlothian Rotary Club during his membership and especially his years as Executive Secretary of the Club. He will be missed dearly.

Speaker 11/24/20: Jon Lugbill- Sports Backers

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 By: Rainey Niklawski
A big thank you to Jon Lugbill from Sports Backers for taking the time to speak to our club this morning about pivots they've made during the time of COVID-19!

Volunteering at Soles4Souls

Thursday, November 19, 2020 By: Rainey Niklawski
Some of our members helped out at the Soles4Souls warehouse today repackaging pallets of shoes. So grateful to be able to make a difference in our community! A big thank you to the members that were able to attend today.

Speaker 11/17/20: Kaicee Robertson- Richmond Animal League

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 By: Rainey Niklawski
Thank you to Kaicee Robertson from Richmond Animal League for taking the time to talk to our club about what their organization does and a few stories of animals they've been able to help in a big way!

Speaker 10/27/20: Carolyn Ferraro- Chesterfield County Back 2 School

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 By: Rainey Niklawski

Thank you Carolyn Ferraro with Chesterfield County Back 2 School for speaking with our club about the path to in-person and hybrid instruction in Chesterfield County.


Speaker 10/20/20- Dan Cohen Chesterfield Community Enhancement

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 By: Rainey Niklawski

A big thank you to Dan Cohen the Director of Chesterfield County Community Enhancement for taking the time to come and give our club updates on what's happening in Chesterfield County!

Speaker 9/22/20- Dave Anderson from the Timmons Group

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 By: Rainey Niklawski
A big thank you to Dave Anderson of the Timmons Group for talking to our club about COVID-19 effects on real estate. It was really neat to get a peek into the shift of choices!

Speaker 9/15/20- Gib Sloan from Chesterfield County Planning Commission

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 By: Rainey Niklawski
A big thank you to Gib Sloan, the Vice Chair of the Chesterfield County Planning Comission, for updating our club on the Chesterfield Mental Health Community and public safety.  We appreciate you taking the time to come out and speak to us!

New Event- Boards and Bags!

Monday, September 14, 2020 By: Rainey Niklawski

We, partnered with the Brandermill and River City Rotary Clubs, are so excited to announce the first-ever Boards and Bags Cornhole Tournament on October 10th from 12-8pm at Atlas 42.

It will be a double elimination tournament with an all-day DJ, plenty of food and drinks, and event t-shirts! Sponsor packages also include custom cornhole boards and bags! 

Visit this link to sign up to play! 

Speaker 9/1/2020- Fielding Douthat from Woods Roger

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 By: Rainey Niklawski
A big thank you to Fielding Douthat, attorney at Woods Rogers, for updating our club this week on VA employment law changes. It was great information, and we were very glad to have you!

Speaker 8/18/20- Zach McCluskey and Ajit Singh - Johnston Willis Hospital

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 By: Rainey Niklawski
We were so grateful to have Zach McCluskey and Ajit Singh from Chippenham & Johnston-Willis Hospitals speak to our club this past week about COVID-19 procedures and practices within the hospital. It was very informative, and we appreciate you both coming out!

Speaker 8/4/2020- Frank Petroski - Midlothian Representative of the Planning Commission

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 By: Rainey Niklawski
A big Midlothian Rotary Club thank you to Frank Petroski, the Midlothian Representative of the Planning Commission, for speaking to our club this morning about various projects in the works and in the future of Chesterfield County.  We are so grateful to him for taking time out of his busy day to share with our club!

Soles4Souls Volunteering

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 By: Rainey Niklawski
On very short notice, three members of our club, Richard, Glen and Wayne, helped Soles4Souls deliver shoes and socks to patients in hospice care.  The teams at Heartland Hospice and Crossover Healthcare were very grateful to receive the donations, and we were very happy to have been able to lend a hand!

Speaker 7/21/20- Peter Kyle Rotary Director for Districts 33 and 34

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 By: Rainey Niklawski
We were pleased to welcome Rotary International Director Peter Kyle to our virtual meeting this morning. A Rotarian since 1976, he has been the recipient of many awards, including the Rotary Foundation Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award.  Thank you, Director Kyle, for making time to talk about Rotary's role in COVID-19 relief, and some of your past accomplishments.  We appreciate your inspirational presentation!

Speaker 7/7/20- Mary Dunne Stewart from Fit4Kids

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 By: Rainey Niklawski
Thank you to Greater Richmond Fit4Kids for talking to our club last week! We were so happy to be able to support their wonderful programs with a grant again this year!

Speaker 6/30/20- Lisa Graves w/ Chesterfield SAFE

Monday, July 6, 2020 By: Rainey Niklawski
The Midlothian Rotary Club donated a grant to Chesterfield SAFE to support their Sticker Shock program for 2020, and we were pleased to have Lisa Graves speak specifically about how the grant will support their efforts. Thank you, Lisa!

Students of the Year for Chesterfield County!

Monday, June 22, 2020 By: Rainey Niklawski
This past Saturday, our club put together award packages for this year's Chesterfield County Students of the Year. Two kids from every elementary, middle, and high school in Chesterfield County are chosen for this honor, and Midlothian Rotary Club feels honored to be able to celebrate these students. Thank you Steam Bell Beer Works for allowing us to utilize your space to package the 120+ awards!

Speaker 6/16/20- Kerry Blumberg of RMHC Richmond

Thursday, June 18, 2020 By: Rainey Niklawski

This week, our speaker was Kerry Blumberg- Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond!  Our club was able to give away a $10,000 COVID-19 relief grant to a nonprofit incurring large expenses because of the virus, and we chose to help RMHC Richmond.  Because of state regulations, families have been housed in hotel rooms at the expense of the organization, and volunteer programs temporarily suspended.  The organization also needed some large safety upgrades in their 100 year old building to meet upgraded sanitation standards for families, volunteers and staff.  Kerry spoke on behalf of the organization, but made it very clear that this was a relief to every staff member- on both the program team, who handles interactions and safety for families, and the development team, whose fundraising efforts had been shaken by the shutdown. 

We look forward to participating in their volunteer programs as soon as we are able, and we are so glad to be making sure that families get the care they need while they have a child receiving medical treatment in Richmond.

Scholarship Award Winner

Friday, June 5, 2020 By: Rainey Niklawski
The Midlothian Rotary Club congratulates Midlothian High School graduate Ashley Manheim who, in acknowledgment of her service to our community as Interact Club President, is the recipient of the club’s $1,000.00 scholarship award. Congratulations Ashley and best wishes for a successful future.

Speaker 5/26/2020- Patricia Green YMCA Richmond

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 By: Rainey Niklawski
A big thank you to Midlothian Rotary club member Patricia Green, from the YMCA of Greater Richmond, for updating members this week with how the organization will be moving forward amid new restrictions and requirements.  The YMCA of Greater Richmond has done a wonderful job pivoting their services to continue to provide for the community, and the Midlothian Rotary Club is proud to have assembled donations for their food drive and supported any way they can!

Curtis Marshall- Sleep in Heavenly Peace

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 By: Rainey Niklawski
Thank you to Curtis Marshall for talking to our club about what Sleep in Heavenly Peace does for the community and families!

Still Meeting, Safely

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 By: Rainey Niklawski
The Midlothian Rotary is still meeting, safely, through Zoom!  It's so nice to see our club members every week,  but we can't wait to see each other in person- hopefully sometime soon!

Week 4 Raffle Winners!

Monday, May 4, 2020 By: Rainey Niklawski

Congratulations to all our winners!

Day                      Winner                                                           Prize
Monday, 4/27       Leigh Rose - Sold by Monica Browning      BPS 12 Ga Shotgun
Tuesday, 4/28       Paul Spraker - Sold by Chuck C. Zeiss        Victory Binoculars
Wednesday, 4/29  Rusty Miller Winchester                               SX4 12 Ga Shotgun
Thursday, 4/30     No Winner - Unsold Ticket
Friday, 5/1            Roddy Davoud - Sold by Bob R. Savage     Valkyrie Bolt Action Rifle

Week 3 Raffle Winners!

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 By: Rainey Niklawski
Day                        Winner                                         Prize
Monday, 4/20         No Winner - Unsold Ticket
Tuesday, 4/21         No Winner - Unsold Ticket
Wednesday, 4/22    Shawn Etz - Sold by Donnie      Ten Point Renegade Crossbow
Thursday, 4/23       No Winner - Unsold Ticket
Friday, 4/24            No Winner - Unsold Ticket

Raffle Winners Week 2

Monday, April 20, 2020 By: Rainey Niklawski
Day                          Winner                                               Prize
Monday, 4/13           Hank Miller - Sold by Robley           Yeti 210 Cooler
Tuesday, 4/14           Danny Ellis - Sold By Ryan B.         Henry 45LC Lever Action Rifle
Wednesday, 4/15      Kim Jones - Sold by Mark                Benelli 12 Ga Pump Shotgun
Thursday, 4/16         Monica Marks                                   Kaku Kahuna Paddle Board
Friday, 4/17              No Winner-Returned Ticket     

Week 1 Raffle Winners!

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 By: Rainey Niklawski
Congratulations to Week 1's Sportsman Raffle Winners!

Day                             Winner                                          Prize
Monday, 4/6             Jim Riley                                         Beretta 12 Ga Semi Auto Shotgun
Tuesday, 4/7             No Winner-Unsold Ticket
Wednesday, 4/8        Kirby Fitzwater - Sold by Beth       Big Green Egg Medium Grill
Thursday, 4/9           Lee Keiger - Sold by Ryan B.          Browning BL22 Lever Action 22LR
Friday, 4/10              No Winner-Unsold Ticket

Working to Mask the Virus

Monday, April 13, 2020 By: Rainey Niklawski

The CDC says we need masks, so Midlothian, Virginia resident, Kim, her mom Bretiss, and friends from Midlothian Rotary Club jumped into action. She has turned her home into the "Corona Covers by Kim" factory, giving sturdy, reusable, cloth-filter masks to friends, healthcare centers, and first responders.

They need funds for fabric, filters, elastic bands, thread, and ziplock baggies used to transport the masks. Kim & Company are volunteering their time and talents. Can we support them by taking care of the costs?

YES, we can!

Let's see how many masks we can make and provide to those who need them! $5 might help us make 5 masks! FUND MASKS HERE.

Any excess funds will be given to the non-profit Midlothian Rotary Club for our charity fund!

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Our Leadership

Jones, Mark
Club Director
Blankenship, Ryan M
Membership Chair
McCullough, Richard C. Jr.
Executive Treasurer
Fitzwater, Elizabeth J.
Crews, Gregory W
Club Director
Currin, Edward Paul
Club Director
Groat, Glen A
Club Director
Taylor, William F.
Attendance Secretary
Club Director
Schlichtherle, Rainer M.
Rotary Foundation Chair
Riley, James L.
CCO-Club Comm. Offcr
Woodcock, George Wayne
Club Executive Secretary