Thursday, September 3, 2015

Working in harmony

Rotarians building a better Goochland for twenty years

The twentieth anniversary of the Goochland Rotary Club was marked by congratulatory resolution at the September 1 Board of Supervisors’ meeting.
Rotary is an organization whose motto “service above self” unites members around the world in endeavors to better society. Far more than social group, Rotarians hold themselves to high ethical standards in all their actions.

Goochland Rotarians support a wide range of local non-profits—donating more than 4,000 hours of service annually—including: The Christmas Mother; Habitat for Humanity; Bright Beginnings; Rassawek Spring Jubilee; mentoring programs; STEM Camp; Robotics; road clean-up; and holiday meal delivery.

These very busy people also raise money to support a wide range of worldwide and local causes, including the Goochland Free Clinic and Family Services; Elk Hill; Goochland Animal Protection; and the Goochland Education Foundation.

One of Goochland Rotary’s major fundraisers is the annual visit of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra to Goochland High School. This year’s event is scheduled for November 15. (See the events tab at for more information.) The concert not only raises money for local non-profits, it provides an opportunity to enjoy music close to home.

Rotarians enrich Goochland in another, more subtle, manner; in addition to their work with Rotary, their jobs, and avocations, many organizations benefit from the presence of Rotarians in their membership and leadership.

Rotarians including: Sheriff Jim Agnew; County Administrator Rebecca Dickson; Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Lane; District 5 School Board Member John Wright; District 5 Palnning Commissioner Tom Rockecharlie; and Goochland Historical Society President Wayne Dementi build relationships that also strengthen the community.

Tom Winfree, Goochland Rotary President thanked the Board for recognizing the contribution made by Rotary during the past two decades. “We are proud to have (county administrator) Becky Dickson among us,” he said.

If something good is going on in Goochland, a Rotarian is probably involved.

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