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Rotary Club of Innsbrook installs new president, leadership team

Kay King
The Rotary Club of Innsbrook recently welcomed its new leadership team for 2010-2011.

Kay Lambert King, retired YMCA senior executive, is the organization's new president. Other officers include: president-elect – Ann Rohde Payes; secretary – Jay Steele; treasurer – Art O’Donnell; sergeant-at-arms – Doug Nickerson; past president – Gerard Shaia.

King graduated from the University of Richmond and retired as a senior VP from the YMCA after 33 years, including 18 locally. She has been a member of Rotary since 1993. She and her husband, Dennis, have hosted four youth exchange students, and she has actively participated in Rotary service projects.

"Through Rotary I have become friends with business colleagues I feel fortunate to know and trust, a purpose that is based on ethics and service, and a call to serve that is fun and meaningful," she said. "What a privilege."

Last month, the club honored Beth Noakes as Rotarian of the Year for her time and dedication to various Rotary projects related to international efforts. Noakes is the Innsbrook Rotary liaison for Healing Hearts, which supports live-saving heart surgeries of children in the Eastern Caribbean islands. She also coordinates the Group Study Exchange, an international Rotary program that facilitates the exchange of adult professionals between countries, designed to help promote goodwill and understanding.

Outgoing Innsbrook Rotary President Gerard Shaia presented the award, noting that “Beth truly demonstrates service above self,” which is the Rotary International motto.

Rotary International is a service organization, and through their fundraising projects, the Rotary Club of Innsbrook supports international as well as local efforts. The club recently distributed its annual gifts and grants, donating more than $50,000 to numerous local charities, including the YMCA Bright Beginnings program, FeedMore, the Coal Pit Learning Center, the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls, the World Pediatric Project and adult literacy programs at the Read Center, among many others. This year, the Rotary Club of Innsbrook designated Connor’s Heroes as its signature charity, donating $10,000 to this local nonprofit supporting families of children with pediatric cancer.

The Rotary Club of Innsbrook has more than 100 active members and is one of 63 clubs in Rotary District 7600.

Rotary meetings include speakers and opportunities for fellowship, education, recognition and service. The Rotary Club of Innsbrook meets at The Place in Innsbrook Thursdays at 7:30 a.m., and visitors are welcome. For details, contact King at 282-6020 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or visit innsbrookrotary.org.


Community

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

Equestrian clinic planned July 7-8 in Henrico

Henrico equestrians interested in deepening the bond between themselves and their horses have the opportunity to attend a two day clinic, held at Steppin’ High Stables on July 7-8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The clinic, “Become Partners with your Horse,” will be taught by multiple world champion equestrienne Terry Preiser and will focus on how riders and horses can work together to achieve more. > Read more.

Henrico school bus driver honored

The Henrico-based Hephaestus Society recently awarded its first annual community heroes award (the Hephaestus Award) to Hicham Elgharouch (pictured, center) for what it termed his "selfless acts of caring" in his duties as a Henrico County Public Schools bus driver. Henrico County Director of Pupil Transportation Josh Davis, joined Hephaestus Society President Travis Gardner, in presenting the award and an accompanying $1,500 check to Elgharouch last month.

Elgharouch was selected for his clear and demonstrated patience and for his infectious positive attitude, according to the society. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Don’t party too hard on the Fourth because a whole weekend of fun events await! Enjoy a classy date night without the kids at James River Cellars Winery’s second annual Smoke and Vine Festival. Another date night option is at the Richmond Funny Bone, where comedian April Macie will perform all weekend. The kids have their own options this weekend as well. Choose from storytime at Tuckahoe and Twin Hickory libraries or family-oriented karaoke at Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House – I hear they have hits from Disney’s “Frozen.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


This weekend has something for everyone in your family – whether it’s improv comedy with ComedySportz or West End Comedy, or an inspirational concert from the Ezibu Muntu African Dance Company! Families will also enjoy music, games and crafts at Hidden Creek Park or reading to a therapy dog at Glen Allen Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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