About Our Club
Virginia Beach

Service Above Self

We meet In Person & Online
Thursdays at 6:30 PM
P. O. Box 2256
Virginia Beach, VA 23450
United States of America
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June 2023
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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Virginia Beach

Come enjoy dinner with us! Our club is the right size to welcome you personally and at the right time of day to accommodate your busy work schedule. We are the only dinner club in Virginia Beach, making it optimal for after-work, wind-down cocktails, comfortable fellowship with local professionals, and a tasty, hot meal. We regularly host off-site events to learn more about our community and serve local and global needs. We would love to meet you!  Email VirginiaBeachRotary@gmail.com.
Check Out What's Happening in Our Club
Dan Edwards, Past President and Treasurer of the Virginia Beach Rotary Club, spoke to our Club via Zoom meeting on January 7, 2020, and gave everyone (including some fine new member prospects) an overview of The Brickell Scholarship program, as follows:
Last Saturday, November 2nd, we had the honor and pleasure to collect donations for our local Food Bank at the Food Lion grocery on General Booth and Dam Neck Road. It was very successful and we thank all the folks that participated. Seen here is our crew: Patti Phillips, Renee Flinchum, Eva Poole, Jim Flinchum and Ernest Gaie. Not pictured is Barbara Bradley.
 Past District Governor John Padgett conducted the Installation of Officers as follows:
  • President – Eva Poole
  • Presidents – Elect – Linda Griffin and Wayne McCoy
  • Treasurer – Dan Edwards
  • Secretary – Mike Summers
  • Immediate Past President – Hearst Vann
President Hearst Vann, Past President Mike Summers, Past President Barbara Bradley, Ross Loomis and his father all gathered recently at the Virginia Zoo to contribute our efforts to the building of a Nature Play area for visitors to the Zoo. 
Rotarian Patti Phillips gave a brief history of The Dr. Jimmy Williams Service Award which has been awarded by the club since 1980.  She then introduced Emily Labows and her family.   Rotarian Patti then introduced two guests, Ron Williams, City of Virginia Beach Deputy City Manager, and Linwood Branch, former member of the Virginia Beach City Council, who provided kind remarks about Emily and cites the many projects and cultural art events that Emily has been involved in with the City.  Rotarian Patti Phillips, Rotarian Dot Wood and President Hearst Vann then presented a personalized crystal statue to the honoree.  Following a standing ovation, Emily then provided a brief acceptance speech, thanking the Rotary Club for the award and honor and especially thanked everyone who attended in her honor and cited various persons who had helped her through the years in her job.
Keano Rich of Ocean Lakes High School was honored on May 16, 2019, as the recipient of the Brickell Scholarship.  Andrea Pember, First Colonial High School, was announced as winner of the Richard A. Schlimgen Student Leadership Memorial Scholarship by Dr. Aaron Spence, Superintendent, Virginia Beach City Public Schools.  Recognition of the 2019 Jim Spore Community Service Winner was presented to Will Butler, Kellam High School by James K. Spore, Retired City Manager of Virginia Beach
Click here for more photos of the event: https://vbrotary.com/photoalbums/2019-brickell-scholarship/
Curtis Brown, Jr., of Green Run High School was honored on May 18, 2018, as the recipient of the Brickell Scholarship.  Abby Ramsay of Bayside High School was announced as winner of the Richard A. Schlimgen Student Leadership Memorial Scholarship.  Robert Tillman, IV, of Tallwood High School was announced as winner of the Jim Spore Community Service Scholarship.
Click here for more photos of the event:  photoalbums/may-2018-brickell-scholarship-banquet
The Rotary Clubs of Norfolk, Norfolk-Sunrise, Virginia Beach and the Rotary Club of Hampton Roads applied for and received a grant from District 7600 to create a Nature Play area at the Norfolk Zoo, as well as act as ongoing helpers with horticulture education programs.  
In the photo below, the participants from left to right are: Angela Benard, Director of Development of the Virginia Zoo; Hearst Vann of the Virginia Beach Rotary Club; Lorna Cochrane, of the Rotary Club of Norfolk; Michelle Lewis, Education Manager of the Virginia Zoo; Lori Lampert, Operations Manager of the Virginia Zoo; Pamela Tubbs, Rotary Club of Norfolk; Greg Bockheim, Executive Director of the Virginia Zoo. — at The Virginia Zoo.
This is our 9th Annual Corks for Cures event. Great food will be served by The Catering Place and Wine by Mermaid Winery. Funds earned will help Rotary International eliminate Polio from Planet Earth once and for all, as well as several Local well-deserving charities. Come have some fun with us! The art gallery will be open to our guests from 7-8 p.m. There will be a jazz group headed by Jimmy Masters playing throughout the evening and a Silent Auction. Sponsorships are welcome!
Our 2017 Grantees have been announced!
Each year our club raises money through various events and fundraisers to allow us to reinvest in our nonprofit community through our grantmaking program.  Grantees will be awarded checks at our November 30 meeting.  This year, $1,000 has been awarded to each of the following programs (click on the name to learn more about each):
Read about the 2017 Brickell Scholar, Grace Jeffrey - click here.  Scholarships are available for high school students in Virginia Beach going on to post-secondary education.  Each year, the Virginia Beach Rotary Club offers scholarship opportunities to local students going on to higher education, including the E.E. Brickell Scholarship, the Jim Spore Community Service Scholarship, John J. Krueger Memorial Scholarship, Richard J. Schlimgen Memorial Scholarship, and Mike Katsias Rotary Special Needs Scholarship.  Awards range from $500-$6,000.  
The Virginia Beach Rotary Club values all members of our community.  To this end, each year we present the Doors to Opportunity Award to a local business that not only employs people with disabilities, but provides support and encouragement to ensure that each team member is working to their fullest potential.  Additionally, our club presents the Special Achievement Award, which recognizes an employee within that business that has shown impressive growth during his or her time of employment, despite his or her different abilities.