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!

Back2School - Day of Community Sharing

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.

Visit with District Governor Richard Ray

Visit with District Governor Richard Ray

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. 



Officer Installation

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!

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District 7570 Governor Dick Ray's Installation

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! 

Thank you to LaShonda Delivuk of The Rotary Club of Lynchburg Morning for these GREAT pictures!

Thank you to LaShonda Delivuk of The Rotary Club of Lynchburg Morning for these GREAT pictures!

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.

Moments From The International Convention

Wow!  What a powerful experience being with 40K+ other Rotarians from all over the world!  The 2017 Rotary International Convention was held in Atlanta, GA June 11 - 14, but included pre-convention events starting as early as June 7.

Check out some photos from our attending members!

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! 


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!"



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!