The following are summaries of weekly club meeting programs in the month of July, 2013. Thank you to participants and contributors!

July 2, 2013: Program – Club Assembly

Wayne Woodcock reported that we were just $464 short of our goal to reach $400,000 in total giving to the RI Foundation.  We were 1of 16 clubs that averaged above $200 per member and 1of 3 ERER clubs (Every Rotarian Every Year). Wayne had Paul Harris Fellowships to present (all everyone list not at the meeting):

  • 1st Year – Fred Taylor and Jimmy Hyman
  • Plus One  – Chuck Catlett, Chris Rains, Evans Drake Richard Adams and Brian Bortell
  • Plus Two – Everett Darby, Ben Pomeroy and Bill Manson
  • Plus Three – Mike Watkins, Dick Watson, Chris Seward, Tom Yeager, David Helfrich, Ed Rice, Joe Crockett, Dave Dickerson, Bob Roop and Rainer Schlichtherle
  • Plus Four – Gene Autry and Chris Zitzow

He also recognized Judith Daniel as a new Benefactor for placing Rotary International in her estate planning.

Immediate Past President Robbin had gifts to present to members for Exemplary Service and Outstanding Service this past year. In addition she presented the following Awards:

  • The Service Above Self Award – shared by Chris Rains and Jimmy Hyman
  • The Young Rotarian of the Year Award – Beth Fitzwater
  • The Rotarian of the Year – Maureen Patterson
  • The E-Bulletin Pulitzer Prize Award (one time) – Jim Riley

President Chris talked about new RI President Ron Burton and his theme for the new Rotary year “Engage Rotary – Change Lives”. He talked about the fact that he personally would not be a Rotarian unless someone asked him to join and what being an engaged Rotarian has meant to him.

July 9, 2013: Program – Danny Rocco – U of R Head Football Coach

Joe Owen introduced Danny Rocco, who is beginning his second season as the head football coach at U of R. Danny grew up in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, the son of a high school football coach who eventually worked for Joe Patterno for 17 years. Danny played safety and was a team captain at Wake Forrest. His college, coaching career included:

  • Wake Forrest
  • The University of Colorado
  • The University of Tulsa
  • Boston College
  • The University of Texas
  • The University of Maryland
  • The University of Virginia (Associate Head Coach under Al Groh)
  •  Liberty University (Head Coach)

Coach Rocco gave an inspiring talk about the importance of mentoring young men in college coaching (as opposed to high school where parents are still responsible for actions and pro football where the players are responsible for their actions).  He shared his vision for leadership. He feels that outstanding leaders “begin with the end in mind” and “leave nothing to chance”. In the off-season, coach Rocco teaches a Winning with Character Program.

July 16, 2013: Program – Jasmonn Coleman – Robins Center Renovation

Joe Owen introduced Jasmonn Coleman who grew up in Richmond and attended Henrico HS before getting a scholarship to play defensive tackle at the University of Richmond.  He worked for 7 years for Blue Cross/ Blue Shield and in 2005 he followed Ray Tate as the color commentator for the radio broadcasts for football. He was the President of the U of R Alumni Association when President Ed Ayers asked Jasmonn to become the Assistant AD for Development in 2008.

He reported that the Robins Center that was opened in 1973 is ready for an upgrade. He is heading a $25M fund raising effort for the two-phase project that will reduce the seating from 9300 to 7300 individual seats and put in suites and hospitality venues. Major technology improvements will be made to include four state of the art video boards, capable of providing replays.

July 23, 2013 Program – Teresa McBean – Minister of the Northstar Community and the Executive Director for the National Association of Christian Recovery.

Joe Owen introduced his good friend Teresa McBean.  She is a graduate of Midlothian HS and UVA and is the Minister of the Northstar Community. In February 1999, she and her husband started a pilot faith based recovery program at Bon Air Baptist Church, which has grown in the past 14 years to a nationally recognized program. She led a stirring and thought provoking talk/discussion on addiction.

The largest groups with increasing addictions are women and individuals over age 60. It is estimated that addiction cost employers and the government $564 Billion per year, out pacing heart disease, cancer, unemployment and diabetes. Women are at risk of becoming addicted to alcohol if they have more than one glasses of wine per day and men more than two per day

She advised seeking counseling before you think you have a problem and using your leverage with family members to get them to seek help. You should never let an addict run your life.

July 30, 2013:  Program – Melanie Meadows – Director of the Chesterfield/Colonial Heights Drug Court

“Drug court is a voluntary, court-based program designed to assist drug-addicted individuals in changing their criminal lifestyle and becoming free from alcohol and other drugs.  Defendants who are arrested in Chesterfield in Chesterfield County or the City of Colonial Heights and meet all of the eligibility criteria may choose to enter the drug court program instead of proceeding through he traditional court process.  While in drug court, participants are required to complete an intensive treatment program under the direction of a team of professionals from the court, treatment, policy department and local probation.” []

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