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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

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Film industry training program planned for this weekend

The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), in partnership with the Virginia Film Office, will offer "Get Your Start in the Film Industry," a two-day seminar designed to prepare workers for film, television and commercial projects in Virginia. The course will be held Oct. 4-5 at the Workforce Development and Conference Center, 1651 Parham Road in Henrico, on the campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

The training will be taught by Gary Romolo Fiorelli, an accomplished assistant director for film and television projects, which include the television series Sons of Anarchy and ABC’s current drama Mistresses. > Read more.

The Boathouse to open at Short Pump Town Center

The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.

“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”

The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.

Getting a ‘mouf’-ful

Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.

Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?

Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.

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