Visiting GSE Team from India Comes to Patrick County

Visiting GSE Team from India Comes to Patrick County

The Rotary Club of Stuart enjoyed hosting the visiting GSE Team from India D3060 in Patrick County from Friday, March 30th evening to Monday April 2nd morning.  Some of the fun activities included an Area 15 Meet & Greet at The Simmons House B&B in Martinsville,  golf clinic and ATV riding at Primland Resort, Potluck dinner at B. & Coates Clark's, Easter Sunday church service, and a hike at Buffalo Mountain!

Many thanks to the club for extending such a warm welcome to our guests!  A special thanks to the host families who added an extra family member for a few days!  What an incredible experience for us all!

District Conference 2018!

District Conference 2018!

Stuart Rotarians headed to The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia for the 103rd Annual District 7570 Conference, March 16th - 18th.  Attendees enjoyed a weekend full of fun, fellowship, and education through inspirational speakers and programs, the House of Friendship, receptions, music, breakout sessions, casino night, awards, and so much more!

The Rotary Club of Stuart brought home awards including the District Community Service Award, Gold Club Award, 2nd Place in Club Attendance, and 2nd Place in Conference Attendance! 

Patrick County Tourism Director Shares With Club

Patrick County Tourism Director Shares With Club

Members of the Rotary Club of Stuart enjoyed an engaging program by Sandra Belcher, Patrick County Tourism Director, on Monday, March 5th.  Sandra shared with the club the current & upcoming tourism focuses including Philpott Lake's 65th  anniversary and Fish Virginia First initiative.  Requesting crowd participation, Sandra asked the club what would be an attractive itinerary for bus tours from outside our area.  This led to many interesting suggestions from attendees.

Valentine's Celebration

Valentine's Celebration

The Rotary Club of Stuart celebrated Valentine's Day during their club social on Monday, February 12.  The club enjoyed dinner provided by The Landmark Center Catering that benefited Caring Hearts Free Clinic.  Club treasurer, Sam Harrod, presented Christie Fain, Caring Hearts Free Clinic Director, with a check for this fundraiser.

Special guests, District Governor, Dick Ray and Area 15 Foundation Advocate, Dennis Reeves were in attendance to present eleven Paul Harris Fellowship Awards to members, one PHF+4 to Marcus Brinks, and two PHF Society to Paula Drady & Shirley Williams!  Many thanks to these generous members who are committed to providing for this community and others around the world through their donations to the Rotary Foundation. 

Patrick County Economic Development Update

Patrick County Economic Development Update

On Monday, February 5th, club members enjoyed an update from Patrick County Economic Development Director, Debbie Foley.  Debbie shared current county projects as well as the current state of the hospital situation.

RYLA Students Make Us Proud

RYLA Students Make Us Proud

The Rotary Club of Stuart enjoyed hosting their two RYLA participants from Patrick County High School, Madison Wright and Burke Gonzalez and their families on Monday, January 22.  The students provided the club with a program on their RYLA experience from Dec. 1-3, 2017 at the Inn at Virginia Tech! 
Highlights from their leadership weekend included hearing from NewGen Peacebuilders students, Skelton Scholar athlete, Elizabeth Bose, Miss Virginia, Cecili Weber, and etiquette expert, Kathleen Harshberger. The 140 students especially loved the Rise Against Hunger meal packaging project & team building activities lead by Reynolds Homestead staff!

Special Visit To Spread The Christmas Spirit

Special Visit To Spread The Christmas Spirit

Rotary Club of Stuart members enjoyed sharing some Christmas spirit with the residents at The Landmark Center on Monday, December 11th.  The group sang carols and visited with residents and employees.  

Meet Our Newest Member - Brad Lawless

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  • GREW UP IN PATRICK COUNTY
  • HAS FOUR GIRLS AGES 9, 8, 3, 11 MONTHS
  • VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER SINCE 1994
  • ENJOYS FISHING & COACHING SOFTBALL
  • LAWLESS TURF & LANDSCAPING BUSINESS OWNER
I wanted to help out and make a difference in my community and I liked that Rotary offered a variety of worthwhile volunteer opportunities
— Brad Lawless

Burning Of The Bank Note

Burning Of The Bank Note

Sonny Swails, President of the Patrick County Agricultural Fair, Inc, announced to the club that we have successfully paid off the bank loan that was taken out to pay for improvements to the Memorial Building years ago!  The fair board voted to pay off the loan following the 2017's event.  The club enjoyed celebrating the success by burning the bank note!  

Thank you to our members for ALL your hard work on running a successful fair so that we were able to pay this off and focus on new opportunities to best serve the community!

Area 15 Pints For Polio

Several Stuart Rotarians joined other Area 15 Rotarians, friends, and family on Nov. 4th at Mountain Valley Brewing for a Pints For Polio event.  This party with a purpose raised $1531 and after the 2 for 1 match by the Gates Foundation, the event raise $4,593 to eradicate polio worldwide!

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Help With A Dose Of Reality

Help With A Dose Of Reality

Club members had fun working with the Patrick County High School students during the Reality Store on Nov. 17th!  The simulation taught money management and decision making through the Patrick County Extension Office's event.

New Tools For Local Students

New Tools For Local Students

One of the Rotary Club of Stuart's focuses, in line with Rotary International's Causes, is to support Basic Education and Literacy.

To assist the educators in our local elementary schools, our club provided dictionaries to every 3rd grader and atlases to every 4th grader.  Club members enjoyed personalizing, organizing and forming teams to visit the elementary classrooms during this service project!

The extra books were donated to the Patrick County Adult Education program, Leigh Ann Hazelwood, Coordinator planned to put the books to use in their current adult education classes in the jail.  She was thrilled to accept these tools!

Spooktacular On Main Street Was A Hit!

Spooktacular On Main Street Was A Hit!

It was a spooky good time for all ages at the 3rd Annual Stuart Spooktacular!  The Rotary Club of Stuart enjoyed collaborating with the Patrick County Chamber of Commerce, Patrick County Young Professionals, Mattie B's, Abiding Grace Worship Center, and Patrick County Tourism to provide a fun and safe Halloween event on Main Street in Stuart on Oct. 31st.  Event attendees enjoyed trick or treating, costume contests, a lip sync battle, karaoke, games & prizes, and a giant movie screen playing Halloween cartoons. 

Club Enjoyed CART Program with Janice

Club Enjoyed CART Program with Janice

Janice Wilkins presented a touching and informative program on Rotary's Coins for Alzheimer's Research Trust (CART) Program to club members on Monday, October 23rd.  Following the program, Janice passed out CART buckets to interested members to collect lose change for Alzheimer's research.  Janice challenged the club to strive to donate $10 each by the end of December.

New Foundation Benefactor - Marcus Brinks

Arch Klumph, founder of The Rotary Foundation, once said, "No one can tell us what Rotary will be tomorrow, but one thing is certain: What Rotary will be tomorrow depends upon what we Rotarians do today."

We thank Marcus Brinks for his commitment to the future! Marcus has chosen to make a generous gift of lasting value & is now among the ranks of Foundation Benefactors!

Marcus understands that we live in a world where millions suffer from war, disease, poverty, poor medical resources, and inadequate educational opportunities. He understands that if we are to save & change lives, we must continue to seek ways to bring the world closer to peace and understanding.
Thank you Marcus for your commitment to the Foundation's endowment, a legacy that will provide an income stream to meet these urgent human needs well into the future!

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Club Fair Celebration!

Club Fair Celebration!

Stuart Rotary Club members celebraded a successful 65th Annual Patrick County Fair with food, fellowship, and a view, Monday, Oct. 16th.  Members gathered together at B & Coates Clark's house on the mountain to enjoy steaks off the grill and time to relax just as they have been doing since sometime in the 1960's!  This has been a long standing tradition of our club to celebrate and unwind after the busy month of September! 

Packing & Delivering Food to Local Students

Packing & Delivering Food to Local Students

The Rotary Club of Stuart met prior to the normal Monday night meeting to pack 140 weekend food packs for Blue Ridge Elementary School students in need.  Members were excited to have young volunteers show up to assist with the project! 

We'll be partnering with the local elementary school for the academic year, packing approximately once a month.

The 2017 Fair Book

Thank you to all our advertisers & sponsors who play a major role in making the Patrick County Agricultural Fair possible!  Check out this year's book!

65th Annual Patrick County Agricultural Fair In The Books

The Rotary Club of Stuart would like to extent a heartfelt thank you to the countless volunteers, generous sponsors, vendors and advertisers for making the 65th Annual Patrick County Agricultural Fair a success!  The weather was great, the community came out to enjoy the scene, the children were laughing - It was a success!

The Rotary Club of Stuart will devote any & all proceeds to go right back into the Patrick County community.  The funds go toward the upkeep & development of Stuart Rotary Field and countless service projects conducted in the area.

Paddle For Polio

Stuart Rotarians participated in the Area 15 Paddle For Polio event on Sunday, August 6th.  Representatives from the four clubs, along with friends and family enjoyed an afternoon paddling along the Smith River to raise funds & awareness for polio eradication.  The activity brought fun and fellowship and raised $860 for Polio Plus.  Traci Blido, District 7570 Polio Plus Chairperson was present to cheer on the group and thank the participants for their support!