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Welcome to Virginia Beach Rotary Club

Next Meeting: Thursday, July 26, 2012
Todd Walker - Judeo Christian Outreach Center

Upcoming Speakers/Events   

Aug. 2

Lt. Col. Scarbrough - Post Commander,

Camp Pendleton

Aug. 9

Robert Mathieson - U.S. Marshal,

Eastern District of VA


Save The Date

Fri, Aug. 3, 2012

2nd Annual Kegs For Cures Beer Tasting

Join us for a fun, entertaining, delicious and thirst-quenching fundraiser at O'leary's Bar & Grill in Virginia Beach. There's no better way to raise money for local and international charities that Rotary supports.
Click here for more details.
Click here to view our Sponsors and opportunities.

Click here to view our Kegs I photo gallery.


Meet Our Members

See who makes up this outstanding Rotary Club here.

Understand Our Passion

Video Bill Gates helps Rotary eradicate polio
Brochure Rotary Basics
Letter What it means to be a Rotarian


Our 2011 Financial Support To Local Charities

Each year the Virginia Beach Rotary Club donates thousands of dollars to international humanitarian aid projects as well as local nonprofit organizations. In 2011, we donated more than $12,000 to the following local organizations so they could continue to do great things:
Catholic Charities
Youth Crisis Center
National Institute For Learning Development
Wright VMI Scholarship Fund
Judeo-Christian Outreach Center
St. Mary’s Home
Together We Can Foundation
Khedive Shrine Transportation
Meals on Wheels
Triple R Ranch
Virginia Beach Crime Solvers
Virginia Beach Education Foundation
Virginia Beach SPCA

New Announcements

Not your ordinary night for Rotarians or teens

“It is hard to believe people would dedicate time to us that don’t have to,” said one teen at the Virginia Beach Youth Crisis Home. “I want to make changes in my life so I can help somebody like me. I had a lot fun."

Virginia Beach Rotary Club members have volunteered time at the home once a quarter for years to provide friendship, fun, pizza and Bingo.  Read more here.

Rotary Foundation Message From Patti Phillips

The global reach of Rotary International and how we as Rotarians contribute to lives in our local community and in communities around the world is phenominal.  Without the Rotary Foundation, RI would not be able to establish such wonderful programs as the eradication of polio, the ambassadorial scholarship programs and humanitarian and health programs just to name a few. The Rotary Foundation is what sets Rotary and YOU apart from all other service organizations. Read more here.

Past Announcements

Jan. 20, 2012

Corks For Cures Wine Tasting

View event details and our Sponsors here.

Enjoy a variety of Virginia wines, live music, delicious foods, silent auction and more at our club's 3rd Annual Corks For Cures Wine Tasting at the Princess Anne Country Club.  This event is open to the public and will raise money for local and international charities that Rotary supports.  For tickets call Jim Dyche at
(757) 306-7205.

View the 2011 event here.

June 4, 2011

Our next Paint Your Heart Out project is June 4 at the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The center is located on Virginia Beach Blvd.  This is a joint project with the Princess Anne Rotary Club.

May 11 - A Night at Harbor Park with the Rotary Family

Our next family event will be held Wednesday, May 11, 2011, when we enjoy a pre-game picnic and Tides' ballgame.  This is a joint club event with the Princess Anne, Courthouse and Cape Henry clubs. Details here.

Paint Your Heart Out project a success

Our Paint Your Heart Out project on Saturday Nov. 13 was a great success. Thank you to Mike Cardoza for coordinating this fine project where our Rotarians painted rooms, entrance ways, and doors at the new Catholic Charities Support Center.

View photos here.

Spouses Night - Oct. 14
Our next Spouses Night is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 14. Here are the details:  5:30 - 6:10 p.m. Drinks at the Lucky Star restaurant (lobby of the Westin, Town Center); 6:10 p.m.
Proceed to the Residents’ Lounge (your drink may be taken with you) to view the sunset and see the beach and downtown Norfolk. Tour a few apartments.; 7:00 p.m. Dinner at the Lucky Star, $25.00 per spouse.

PEARL SMITH MUST HAVE EVERYONE’S RESERVATION BY SEPT 30 as plans have to be made by the Weston and Luck Star for staffing. Please RSVP to Pearl Smith at and state full name of member and spouse’s name.

Youth Crisis Home - Oct. 15

Want to have a good time? Want to look younger? Come out to the Virginia Beach Youth Crisis Home on Friday, Oct. 15, 2010, 5:30 p.m. for pizza and games. The Virginia Beach Rotary Club is committed to this worthy cause because it is beneficial for the kids and it provides a direct connect between Rotarians and the youth in our city. The location is: 811 13th St., Virginia Beach, 23451. Call Dick Olenych at 473-9977 if you'd like to volunteer. Details from last visit here.

Kegs For Cures Beer Tasting a big success

Our August 2010 Kegs For Cures Beer Tasting fundraiser at the O'leary's Bar & Grill in Virginia Beach was a great success and raised money for local and international charities that Rotary supports. View photo gallery here.

Magazine features Virginia Beach Rotary Club
Executive Lifestyle Magazine's winter issue featured an excellent article on Rotary Clubs in Hampton Roads, including community projects by the Virginia Beach Rotary Club and a photo on page 24 of our on-going Paint Your Heart Out project. Read more here.

One less worried home owner in Virginia Beach

A once worried 75-year-old Virginia Beach woman is now sitting comfortably in her home. Gone are the threats of eviction from her trailer park landlord due to lack of maintenance.  Rotarians Jim Flinchum and Cliff Bateman learned of the situation through Catholic Charities. They immediately decided that the twice-widowed woman who lives on $500 a month and suffers severe respiratory problems would not be removed.  Read more here.

Volunteer's track success earns her top recognition

The Dec. 21 issue of The Virginian-Pilot's Beacon featured a story on Julie Voliva and Bill Hushin, our club's "2008 School and City Volunteers of the Year".  Read more here.

Spouses Night at the Virginia Aquarium

We will enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the Virginia Aquarium's new exhibits as well as a special dinner. RSVP by Sept. 28 to David Rourk at (757) 478-0150.

Club presents Special Achievement Awards
The Sept. 21 issue of The Virginian-Pilot's Beacon featured a story on Reggie Cray and Alsco Textile Services for their selections as the club's 2008 Special Achievment Award Winner and Doors to Opportunity Award winner, respectively.  Read more here.

Rotary receives $350 Million Donation
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded The Rotary Foundation a challenge grant of $350 million to support Rotary International's PolioPlus program. Rotary will attempt to match the grant dollar for dollar over the next three years. This is the largest, single grant ever given to a volunteer organization and represents a tremendous validation of the approach and success of PolioPlus, one of Rotary's flagship programs since 1985. Rotarians have donated time, effort and $633 million to eradicate polio from the world. The program's success has wiped the disease off the planet, except in four countries. Let's work to see that this challenge grant accomplishes our goal -- 100% eradication of polio worldwide.

Area Clubs For Make-Up Meetings
Cape Henry Wed. 7:30 a.m. Virginia Beach Resort Hotel
Chesapeake Wed. 1:00 p.m. Chesapeake Conference Ctr
Churchland Tues. 7:30 a.m. American Legion Hall
Great Bridge Mon. 7:30 a.m. Greenbrier Country Club
Hampton Roads Fri. 7:30 a.m. Holiday Inn - Executive Ctr.
Norfolk Tues. 12:15 p.m. Norfolk Scope
Norfolk Sunrise Tues. 7:30 a.m. Town Point Club
Northside Norfolk Tues. 7:15 a.m. Airport Hilton
Portsmouth Thurs. 12:30 p.m. Holiday Inn - Waterfront
Princess Anne Wed. 12:30 p.m. McCormick & Schmicks, Town Center
Virginia Beach Thurs. 6:00 p.m. Doubletree Hotel, Oceanfront
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Rotary Spotlight

Corks For Cures Wine Tasting

In January 2012, the Virginia Beach Rotary Club raised more than $11,000 for local charities during its annual Corks For Cures Wine Tasting at the Princess Anne Country Club. More than 250 celebrants, including Mayor William Sessoms (front right) and event sponsor Tom Barton, Jr. of Beach Ford (front left) enjoyed great wines and foods, as well as live music by the Walter Noona Trio.

View event photos here.

        Rotary - JCOC Project
Virginia Beach Rotary Club President Bob Scott (C), Princess Anne Rotary Club’s Bob Gerling (L), and Princess Anne Rotary Club President Bill Evans present club checks to Ashley Applewhite of the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center. The clubs refurbished the Men’s Dormitory which included installing new bunk beds, and provided a donation for further upgrades.

Club Food Drive

Our food drive coordinator, Jamie Pearson (L), collected more than 160 pounds of food during the club's four-week drive to help restock the Foodbank of South- eastern Virginia. Mike Barrett (R) was one of our many Rotarians who contributed each week.

           Councilman Visit
City Councilman John Uhrin shares a laugh with Rotarians during his visit to update the club on light-rail in Virginia Beach.

               Adopt A Park
Rotarians pitched in to beautify the city park behind Cox High School.

Valued Supporters

Rotary Foundation Update

We salute the following Virginia Beach Rotary Club members who've already contributed this year to the Rotary Foundation. 

The untimate goal is to have all 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide donate $100 to the Rotary Foundation, which enables Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. Every dollar contributed to The Rotary Foundation is spent in support of humanitarian, educational, and cultural programs and their operations.

2011 - 2012 Contributors

Every Rotarian Every Year

- Mac McNamara

- Jim Flinchum
- Richard Guy
- Jamie Pearson

- Are you next??

Virginia Beach Rotary Club, P.O. Box 2256, Virginia Beach, VA 23450, Ph: (757) 822-7122
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