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July 23, 2018

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 Newsletter Information for July 23, 2018

The Program Committee: meets each Monday following the general meeting. If you are interested in joining a committee, please consider joining the Program Committee. The objective of our committee is to secure dynamic speakers who are experts in their field & we are interested in your ideas for speakers and/or topics. If you’re unable to drop by our table, please contact me at
Community Investment Committee: Is sponsoring a Toiletries Drive in July to benefit the Davis Child shelter.  We encourage you to bring items like toothpaste, antiperspirant, lotion, shampoo, and soap to our July meetings.  Pick up is also available from downtown Charleston locations.  Michelle Foster is the contact person for this drive.  She can be reached at 304-346-3620 or
Charles-Ten policy update: You can now make a Charles-Ten announcement in the newsletter! Just get your $10 to Deb Coffman or the president before you want your announcement to appear in the weekly newsletter. Your $10 donation to the Rotary foundation gets you one announcement in a weekly newsletter. Use this as a chance to make announcements about your community events or congratulating your friends, family members, or fellow Rotarians.
Charleston Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship Drive Announced: Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation. The Charleston Rotary Club is starting a Paul Harris Fellow drive to increase the number of Paul Harris Fellows in our club. If Rotarians want to accelerate their progress to attaining the recognition, starting July 1, 2018, the club will match the points you need to earn a fellowship or to get you to the next level. For example, if you have given $400 to the foundation already, you need another $600 credit to earn the recognition. In this example, if you give $300 the club will match your contribution with points and that will push you over the recognition amount to become a Paul Harris Fellow. Additionally, as an incentive to bring in new members, the club will donate points toward your next Paul Harris level for recruiting new members. Please see Casey Sacks ( for further information.
Rotary District Assembly: August 11, 2018, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (tentatively) BridgeValley CTC.
New Memberships: We have two new membership structures. Please consider inviting a friend, colleague, or family member who might be interested in one of these two structures to our next meeting.
Corporate Membership: Semi-annual dues and meals are $253.00 every (6) months. Invoices are due December 1 and May 1 and are mailed at least 30 days in advance. New members joining in the second half of an invoice period will pay for their meals at the door until the following invoice period. Three employees from your Company will represent the Company in its membership.  This will include 2 employees and the CEO, President, Owner of the Company, Managing Member, or Managing Partner ("the Head"). If a Head is already a Rotarian or if no Head works in the Charleston area, the third employee does not have to be a CEO, President, Owner of the Company, Managing Member or Managing Partner. The Head will be invited (but not required) to speak to the club once within 24 months of activating the membership.  The Company pays the same dues and meal costs as is paid for individual memberships. If more than one of the three individuals would like to come to a meeting they will have to pay for any additional meals. The Company will collectively have the same attendance requirements as an individual member, which can be met by any one of the three individuals attending.
Young Professional: Semi-annual dues and meals are $190.10 every (6) months. Invoices are due December 1 and May 1 and are mailed at least 30 days in advance. New members joining in the second half of an invoice period will pay for their meals at the door until the following invoice period. This classification applies to individuals 39 and under at the time dues and meals are billed. Young Professionals are required to only meet half of the attendance requirements (must attend 25% of the meetings a year) but can attend as many as they like if they want to attend more.
Vandalia Reciprocity: We now have reciprocity with the Vandalia Club! Please feel free to visit the Vandalia Club at the Embassy Suites in the Athletic Club on Wednesday’s at 7:30 a.m. for their weekly meetings, free of charge.

Monday, July 23, 2018: This week’s meeting will be held at the Charleston Civic Center – Conference Rooms

Speaker information provided by the Program Committee:

Corleen Patterson


July 23rd - 
Tom Smith, “Roads to Prosperity Program,” introduced by Eric Nelson

Thomas Smith
Cabinet Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT)
Smith was appointed Cabinet Secretary of the WVDOT and Commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Highways in January 2017 by Governor Jim Justice. Prior to his appointment, he served as FHWA’s Division Administrator for the West Virginia Division for over 16 years. In this position, Smith oversaw the administration of roadways such as U.S. Route 35 and Appalachian Corridors D and H. He also served as Senior Transportation Advisor for the Appalachian Regional Commission in Washington, DC.
While at FHWA, Smith’s honors included the Heartland Award, the Richard D. Morgan Leadership Award, and two separate Administrator’s Superior Achievement Awards.
Currently, Smith is leading West Virginia’s landmark investment in roads and bridges. Under Smith’s leadership at WVDOT, the “Roads to Prosperity” program has injected over $1B in infrastructure investment in the first 15 months, and it is spurring immediate economic recovery and development throughout the state.
Smith is a 1980 graduate of North Carolina State University, with a (B.S.) in civil
Engineering and completed additional graduate work at the University of
California at Berkeley.


July 30th - CAA, “2017-18 Accomplishments,” introduced by Gail Carter 


 David Clayman
July 19th
 Brian Moore
July 24th



Please contact Mike Fidler at (304-546-8156) or

July 23rd         Paul White
July 30th          Willie Lively






Program Committee meets each Monday, at the Charleston Civic Center 1st Floor after the regular scheduled meeting. Parking is free just let the parking attendant know you are with the Rotary Club of Charleston.

Putnam Rotary Club
Meeting beginnings 12:00 noon at the First State Bank Community Room
3754 Teays Valley Road
Hurricane, WV 25526

Vandalia Club meets at the Embassy Suites in the Athletic Club at 7:30 a.m. 

Meeting begins 12:00 noon St. Albans Rotary Club at Their new meeting location is the BB&T Building (second floor) on 6th Avenue in St. Albans, WV 25177. For more information call Walter Hall (304) 757-5477, (304) 552-6547

Other Ways to Make-up a Meeting:

1. The board unanimously approved another avenue to get additional credit for attendance. In addition to attending a committee meeting, doing an online make-up, or visiting another Rotary Club you can now get one meeting credit for every new member prospect/guest you bring to a regular Monday meeting. The credit will apply during the same quarter in which you bring the potential member/guest. This is a great way to both make up attendance and recruit new members into our club. Contact Katie Capito with questions at

2. To do a make-up meeting on-line, click the link below: Rotary Club Online make-up location: on-line system is set up to provide a written confirmation of the make-up to the person who actually did the make-up. The Member is then responsible for providing the confirmation to their Rotary Club Administrator. Please forward a copy of your confirmation letter to me to receive proper credit, also check the weekly newsletter to see if I have listed 
your make up and name, if not this indicates that I did not receive your make-up notice.

Attendance Monday, July 16, 2018
Number of Members attended: Active: 60    Exempt: 21
Number of Guests: 0
Visiting Rotarian: 0 
Total Members Attended: 81


Online Make-up: Janet Clayman