Great Season for Our Ballplayers

Congratulations to our Dixie Youth Baseball Team who finished 2nd in their regular season & 2nd in the tournament!

Five players were chosen for the All Star Team and two players were chosen to play with the Dixie Minor League All Star Team!  Next year is looking like a great year for our team as we will only lose three players!

Thank you Coach Sonny Swails (Rotarian) and Tal Swails for your dedication to the players on & off the field!

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Beach Music Festival Fun

We'd like to thank everyone who was able to come out and enjoy the beach music June 8 - 10th!  Festival goers heard entertainment from The Foddrell's, U.B.U. The Band, The Ember's, featuring Craig Woolard, Jim Quick & Coastline, Silk Groove, Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Band. We are grateful for our sponsors Virginia is for Lovers, Patrick County Tourism, Clark Gas & Oil, On the Run, CMP Human Resources, Wayside Park, Stuart Communications, a US Cellular Authorized Agent, and Patrick County Family Practice.  Also a great big thank you to our club members and other community volunteers who made the community event possible!  We are already thinking about 2018!

Beach Music Festival Training

Thanks to SRC Productions and District Governor, Chris Runion for taking our club through a training session to prepare for a fun and successful Hot Fun In The Summertime Beach Music Festival on Monday, June 5th! 

WE'RE EXCITED TO WELCOME OUR FIRST GUESTS! 

Centennial Celebration with Cupcakes

To celebrate The Rotary Foundation's centennial birthday, members of the Stuart Rotary Club set up a table at Stuart Farmers' Market and handed out free cupcakes to the public!  The delicious sweet treats were individually packaged in boxes designed for the event.  The boxes identified The Rotary Foundation's six areas of focus:  Supporting Education, Fighting Disease, Promoting Peace, Saving Mothers and Children, Providing Clean Water, and Growing Local Economies.

Team Building Activity

In place of a regular meeting, Rotary Club of Stuart members met at The Reynolds Homestead for an evening full of fun team and relationship building activities on Monday, May 22nd.  Reynolds Homestead staff members, Sarah Wray and Julie Walters-Steele had planned several activities to challenge the club members to bond and get to know each other better, not to mention working together to accomplish a common goal!

 

Steak Dinner Success

The Rotary Club of Stuart held their annual Steak Dinner Fundraiser on Friday, May 12th.  Even with the cold rainy evening, the members were thrilled to have so much support from the community in attendance.  It was a success! 

What a great night of fellowship, food, and community. We are so grateful for the attendees who dined in or picked up and for all our wonderful help including members of our Interact Club and Dixie Youth Baseball Team. We even had a group from Martinsville Rotary Club who came to support the fundraiser!
— Anna Lester, Club President

Welcome To The Rotary Family Barry!

The Rotary Club of Stuart was excited to induct Barry Taylor into club membership on May 8th.  Barry had already hit the ground running as the newest member having sold the most Steak Dinner Fundraiser tickets and participated in several club service project prior to the induction ceremony!

We are thrilled to have Barry join our Stuart Rotary Family. He’s already involved so I’m excited it is now official and so grateful to his sponsor, Patty, for sharing her love of Rotary with Barry and so many others!
— Anna Lester, Rotary Club of Stuart President

Having Fun On The Kickball Field

Having Fun On The Kickball Field

Members of the Rotary Club of Stuart along with friends and family formed a dynamite kickball team to compete in the Front Porch Fest Annual Kickball Tournament on Saturday, May 6th.  The team joined several others at DeHart Park in Stuart to battle it out for the championship.  The Rotary Team sadly did not walk away with the trophy, but they did have a great time!

Looking Forward to Monday!

We are looking forward to a fantastic Club Program from Plenty! presented by Executive Director, Jonathan Vandergrift on Monday evening!
If you are interested in learning about the many innovative programs offered by this progressive non-profit from Floyd County - Come join us for the program at 6:30PM in the Hooker Building at Rotary Field!

A Special Visit with Mountain Valley Hospice

We were honored tonight to play a special role in a little girl's life - You see, she had been sent on a trip to Disney World last week with Make A Wish Foundation, but due to her illness, she was unable to enjoy it.  

Mountain Valley Hospice wanted to give this little one an enjoyable happy memory and contacted Stuart Rotarian, Mike Gravely with Outdoor Entertainment to see if he had Disney Costumes - Boy did he! Mike happily gifted the use of the costumes and reached out to our club for volunteers. Thank you Kyle, Dee, Janice, Harold, Stanely, Shirley & Courtney for helping with this special task!
 

Patrick County Ag Expo Fun

Check out the fun we had at the Patrick County Ag Expo on Saturday, April 29th at Rotary Field.  It was a great turn out with 68 pre-registered animals and 31 exhibitors.  There were several business displays and many supportive spectators!  What a great day to celebrate agriculture thanks to the participants and Patrick County Farm Bureau, Patrick County Extension Office, Patrick County Tourism Advisory Council & The Rotary Club of Stuart!  

Many thanks to our fellow Rotarian, Wayne Kirkpatrick who worked so hard on recruiting, organizing and hosting the successful event!

Work Detail @ WHEO

Work Detail @ WHEO

We held a work detail on Thursday, April 27th for our local non-profit radio station, WHEO.  Members were able to give the building and grounds a "face lift" by completing some basic maintenance and landscaping projects.  "It's amazing what a coat of paint can do for a place" said Stuart Rotarian, Anna Lester.

Patti Dalton, WHEO station manager, shared "Every single one of you jumped in enthusiastically to help and what a difference it made in just a few short hours!  The Stuart Rotary Club is a blessing to our community and we are thankful to each and every one who came out to help give the radio station a much needed face life!"

http://www.wheoradio.com/

 

Miss Patrick County Agricultural Fair

It was such a treat to have our Miss Patrick County Agricultural Fair, Reagan Hunley with us for our meeting this week.  She presented a delightful program on her activites thus far includinginformation on her platform, Child Life at St. Jude Children's Hospital.  As a brain tumor survivor, Reagan felt passionate about serving young patients.  She's recently participated in the Butterfly Hugs program by Spirit FM and is collecting comforting items such as scarves, hats, headbands, and other cozy items to deliver to cancer patients in January. 
Thank you Reagan for joining us!  Thank you for your kind heart!

Weekend of Super Hero Volunteers & Training

This weekend was a busy one for Stuart Rotary Club.  Club members volunteered on Friday and Saturday to help DeHart Park with their successful Super Hero Day fundraiser.  Members helped in various roles including helping with set up, the obstacle course, Touch A Truck, parking, and clean up.  

If our members weren't volunteering at the park, they could be found at The Hotel Roanoke attending District 7570 Training!  Mike and Harold attended PETS (Presidents Elect Training Seminar) Friday and Saturday while we had Alex, Janice and Anna help in the training.  Then we had Keith, Rick, Paula and Shirley all join the crew for Saturday's Club Team Training!

 

Visit From Our Friends

It was such a blessing having our friends from Blue Ridge Elementary School at our meeting Monday evening! They even brought us a cake to say thank you for our partnership in their weekend backpack program! We are grateful for their dedication and love for our community's youngest members & we are so happy to be a small part of their care!

Club Program - WHEO Going FM?

Stuart Rotarians enjoyed an excellent  program from Lemont Bryant of WHEO on Monday, March 27th.  Bryant educated the attendees on the plan for WHEO to expand its broadcasting to FM in the near future.   

Club Social - Italian Feast

Club Social - Italian Feast

Members enjoyed an evening of fellowship, fun & FOOD on Monday, March 20th with an Italian Feast!  Several good cooks brought an Italian themed dish to share with the crowd.  We had music, props and decorations to set the Italian scene.   

Mock Interviews at Patrick County High School

Mock Interviews at Patrick County High School

Monday, March 20th, several of our members volunteered at Patrick County High School to conduct Mock Interviews with the Business Administration and Accounting class students.  The interviewers used this opportunity to coach the students and encourage them in their future endeavors.  This service project is a favorite for many Stuart Rotarians as it gives a wonderful opportunity to get to know local students and inform them of our scholarships and other youth service programs!   

Interact Students at District Conference

Interact Students at District Conference

Stuart Rotarians were thrilled to share the District Conference experience with 7 Interact students from Patrick County High School!  While present at The Homestead, the Interactors attended the morning general sessions with Rotarians and Interact students, ate lunch, listened to inspiring speakers, heard from the district exchange students, at participated in a Rise Against Hunger project.  The Rise Against Hunger meal packaging project successfully packed 20,000 meals that will delivered to Haiti.

 

Stuart Rotarians had a BIG Time at District 7570 Conference

Stuart Rotarians had a BIG Time at District 7570 Conference

Our members enjoyed a weekend full of inspiration, education, and enthusiasm during District 7570 Conference!  We even brought home awards including District Community Service, Gold Club, and 3rd Place in Club Attendance.  Member, Harold Edwards was awarded Area 7's 110% Award from District Governor, Chris Runion.