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Upcoming Events
Rotary Meeting June 24th (NO LUNCH MEETING) In-Person Closing 2021 Event at the Griffin Museum 5:30 PM
Jun 24, 2021
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Rotary Lunch Meeting July 1st In-Person Lunch at Sons of Italy!
Jul 01, 2021
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Rotary Board Meeting July 7th at 5 PM Winchester Savings Bank!
Jul 07, 2021
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Rotary Lunch Meeting July 8th NO MEETING Holiday week!
Jul 08, 2021
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Rotary Lunch Meeting July 15th at 12:15 PM Guest Speaker Sons of Italy
Jul 15, 2021
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Rotary Lunch Meeting July 22nd at 12:15 PM Guest Speaker Tegan Kurzynowski Friends Forever! Sons of Italy
Jul 22, 2021
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Rotary Lunch Meeting July 29th at 12:15 PM Guest Speaker Sons of Italy!
Jul 29, 2021
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Winchester Rotary Board Meeting at 5:00pm at Winchester Savings Bank
Aug 04, 2021
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Rotary Lunch Meeting August 5th at 12 noon Guest Speaker
Aug 05, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Rotary Lunch Meeting August 12th at 12 noon District Gov. visit Terry Curran
Aug 12, 2021
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
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Welcome to the Winchester Rotary Newsletter.
Here you will find club announcements, updates and sign-ups for service projects and upcoming events. 
We hope you find this helpful and informative.
No Weekly Zoom Lunch this Thursday!
5:30 PM In-Person Closing 2021 Event at the Griffin Museum instead!
Join us!


Winchester Rotary Clubs across the World!
Four are in the USA (Kentucky, Massachusetts, Tennessee and Virginia) and one is in the UK
Statements from Presidents for 2020/21:
I am Richard Spalding, President of Winchester UK Rotary, home of Alfred the Great, King of England 886-899. Chartered in 1927 and with 60 members, we normally meet on the 2nd and 4th Monday evenings of the month in the Royal Hotel and for breakfasts on the 3rd Wednesday, though all currently on zoom. This year, we have done our best to focus on supporting 2 homeless charities Trinity Winchester and Winchester Churches Nightshelter, financially and collecting and passing on donations, as we have for food banks, care homes and the local prison. Supporting many overseas projects, it is our turn to lead on a tripartite project with twinned Clubs of Oberhausen, Germany and Le Havre, France, this year being for harvesting water in Gujarat, India. With 2 polio survivors in the Club, we actively support Polio Plus and we have also started an online stroke club. For fundraising, we organized the 25th Clarendon Marathon, are selling A Cat Called Smokey (written by one of our members) and initiated a city-wide lottery; we also held the 3rd annual Pancake Race, though done online this year.
I am Richard (Dick) Kent, President of the Rotary Club of Winchester, Virginia which is poised to celebrate its 100th year anniversary this September. Winchester Virginia is geographically located at the top of the Shenandoah Valley and 75 miles from Washington DC. Our club currently has 167 members, which is most helpful when it comes to supporting the many activities and fundraising events our club is engaged in each year. The following are some of the annual fundraising events that take place each year: Apple Harvest Festival, Kaleidoscope Gala, Rotary Golf Tournament, Rummage Sale, International Affair of Food and Wine, Healing Field of Honor. We are also proud of our record of community involvement having supported through volunteer hours or financial contributions literally dozens of civic outreach programs; here are a few: Special Love - assists children with cancer; Directory Project - ensures school age children have dictionaries; Student Loans - financial assists to qualified students; Youth Exchange Programs - facilitates High School age students to study abroad and come to America to study.    
I am Jeffrey Wheeler, President of the Rotary Club of Winchester, Massachusetts, for 2020/21 and President-Elect in 2021/22. With approximately 60 members, we normally meet every Thursday at noon at the local Episcopal Church, though we meet on zoom right now and get anywhere from 15 to 30 participants. We also have a Service club that meets once month with 17 or so members who are also using zoom for now. Our focus for this year has been on our community, keeping all members engaged and working on as many small projects as we can. Many of our projects have been connected to food drives. We have 3-4 major events in a normal year: Golf tournament, Pancake breakfast, Chili Festival and Polar Plunge; then a number of smaller projects: Meals on Wheels and Mission of Deeds. We have been lucky this year to have a very active High School Interact group lead by 5 great students and they have been participating in everything.
I am Tim Janes, initial President of the Winchester, Kentucky Rotary Club for the first part of the year. Winchester, KY is the home of the Ale-8-One soft drink. Our club has 30 members and we normally meet at Woody's Sports Bar and Grill every Friday at Noon for a lunch meeting and speaker. Meetings have been conducted via zoom this past year. In addition to donating to several local non-profits and charities, the club offers a scholarship program to students at George Rogers Clark High School. The club is currently focused on increasing membership with a letter-writing campaign. In addition, we work to secure interesting speakers that will attract new members.
I am Crystal Elam, Interim President for Winchester, Kentucky Rotary Club since fall 2020.  We have gone back to hybrid meetings and have begun lunch at Woody’s Sports Bar and Grill every Friday at Noon.  We have continued our letter-writing campaign and have 4 new members to date.  We also worked on a local project with one of our members family as they prepare for an overseas adoption.  We participated in Both Hands which helps and orphan and a widow locally in your community. The Bridgewater family will welcome their son, Griffin in November of 2021 and our local widow has a renewed excitement about life as we served her in completing tasks that were very important to her family.
I am Kristie Bell, President of the Winchester Noon Rotary Club, Tennessee. Our club was chartered on March 27,1947. We currently have 42 active members. Prior to the pandemic, our club would meet on Tuesday at noon for lunch, meeting at our local Franklin County Country Club. Since March of 2020, we have been meeting primarily by zoom with a few in-person meetings held outside in a local park. Our club was the first Rotary Club to receive the Star Award in 2004-2005 and has continued to receive the award every year. Our major fundraisers consist of a Low Country Boil Dinner, the Benefit Dinner & Reverse Raffle and a Ham Breakfast at Christmas for Operation Noel. We support local causes such as Habitat for Humanity, youth soccer (Rotary Soccer Park), Operation Noel, scholarships to local high school graduates and various other smaller local causes. We help sponsor the Huntland Interact Club which is very active in our community; they have participated/helped in over 100 different events this school year and always receive top honors at the Rotary Interact Conference.
Guidance on Rotary Mentorship,
sponsored by the Membership Director
The role of a Rotary Mentor involves providing support and guidance to a new member of Rotary, to help them become comfortable, engaged, integrated and effective as quickly as possible.
This is a two-way process but inevitably needs the mentor to take the proactive lead. A good mentorship can have a positive effect on effectiveness and retention; a bad mentorship can have a detrimental effect. Consideration should be given to holding semi-formal chats fairly frequently initially, reducing over time as the new member becomes more comfortable and involved. One particular issue, unless the new member says it is not necessary, is to ensure that the new member is met before a Club meeting (by you or a designated colleague) and does not have to walk into the meeting room alone and is going to sit with people to whom they have been introduced.
Some of the key areas to cover, especially in the first few months, though some areas may continue for much longer, include:
  • Understanding the Club’s organization and structure, and that of District 1110, RIBI and RI
  • Clarifying Club rules and procedures
  • Familiarization with all aspects of the website, especially the events pages, directory and blog
  • Meeting protocols, attendance and duties
  • Ways to contribute, especially volunteering for major events
  • Committees appropriate to join and other roles to fill
  • Meeting other members
  • Any other questions or issues
Further information can be found on The RI website, including: Introducing New Members to Rotary: An Orientation Guide

Rotary works with Keurig and Council for Social Concern to deliver apple juice!

Pictured from left to right is James Michael Martin, and our own Gail LaRocca and Bob Garrity!


Winchester is CRUSHING COVID!

 Exciting news that 85% of eligible residents have 

at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.  

Vaccines are available right in town:

Details at 


Protect yourself, protect your family,

protect our community!


The picture was taken at the last WHS Interact Club Meeting, Send-Off and Thank you with
our Senior InterAct officers!
The Senior InterAct officers appreciate all of the Rotarians’ mentoring and support this year. We, in turn, thanked them with a small gift for all they did for our Rotary Group. We are so proud of all of the members! They went above and beyond during the pandemic. It will be a year to remember.
Thank you Interactors!!