Rotary Club of Innsbrook installs new president, leadership team
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.
The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.
Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.
The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.
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.
‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.
But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.
That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.
An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.
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