- 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
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
The Day of Community Sharing, held on Saturday, Aug. 5th, was a big success. Over 315 students were served, with community service representative available to talk with parents. All had a great time enjoying bouncy houses, face painting, balloon animals, ice cream & more. Each registered student received new shoes/socks, a backpack with school supplies, a haircut, and a book. Also thanks to Samaritan's Feet for each pair of shoes a local student received another pair of shoes was provided to a third world child. Incorporating Stuart, Martinsville, Danville and surrounding counties, over 2,200 students were served on the same day. This was conducted in partnership with the Mercy Church and the Patrick County faith based community, the Patrick County Community Coalition and the Patrick County Extension Office.
Monday, July 17, District Governor Richard "Dick" Ray made the trip from TN to Stuart, VA to visit with the club. Stuart Rotarians also enjoyed the company of members from The Rotary Club of Floyd who joined the group to celebrate with the newly installed DG.
The Rotary Club of Stuart celebrated on Monday, June 26th! We celebrated a successful 2016-17 Rotary year and we celebrated the great upcoming 2017-18 year with the installation of new officers! Congratulations to Mike McCutchen, Rotary Club of Stuart's newly installed club president!
It is going to be a great year with great leadership!
Monday, June 26th members from all over District 7570 convened in Johnson City, TN to witness the passing of leadership with the installation ceremony of our new District Governor, Richard "Dick" Ray. What a special ceremony for a special Rotarian! 2017 -18 is going to bea great year under Dick's leadership!
Richard Ray joined the Rotary Club of Johnson City in 1990 and has served as Club President, Secretary and Treasurer. He and his wife Ginger are Major Donors, and he is a Member of the Paul Harris Society, Benefactor, and Skelton Fellow. He previously served as Assistant Governor, and on the District Foundation Grants Committee, and Group Study Exchange Committee.
His passion is Community and Global Service. He has participated in multiple Community Peace projects in Bogota Colombia, Fighting Disease in Kapsowar, Kenya and providing mobility through wheelchair distribu-tion in Central and South America. He led a threefold increase in District Grant funding and introduced the Collaborative District Grant Program to our District. Rotary Service has taken him and his family to four con-tinents including service projects, youth exchange and International Conventions.
Dick Ray also is known to have fun! Having served on multiple District Conference Steering Committees, he understands the need for passionate fun-time! He has donned a horsehead and raced a cardboard stock car at past events and intends to lift a pint and take a pie in the face at our March 2018 District Conference.
He is a graduate of East Tennessee State University (BS Economics) and the University of Tennessee (Masters of Accountancy). Rising to Manager at Price Waterhouse, he then served as Chief Financial Offi-cer of Marley USA, traded on the London Exchange, for 12 years. He now consults in forensic accounting and business restructuring cases, and is certified in business valuation. Dick and his wife Ginger live in Jonesborough Tennessee and have three children and two grandchildren. They enjoy gardening, traveling, reading, scuba and horses.
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!