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A Message from President Welty – Return to live meeting strategy

Please note that your invoice this cycle includes the reinstatement of the meal charge. This is a result of our April Board of Directors meeting and below you’ll find an explanation of our forthcoming“return to live meeting” strategy.

Hybrid Monday meetings targeted to begin July 1, 2021 – The Board is working with the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center (the Center) to resume live meetings. All Center and other mandated COVID protocols,will be observed. Your club leadership will work with the Center to provide meal service in a safe manner, with members and guests socially distanced.Please note, that while our intention is to resume Monday meetings beginning July 1, the first hybrid meeting will be Monday, July 12 due to Independence Day Holiday.

What is a “Hybrid” meeting?  A hybrid meeting will allow members and guests the option of attending in person at the Center or virtually (current format). This hybrid strategy will allow us to slowly transition to an in-person format over time. While most of our speakers will continue to present virtually, our members who wish to attend in–person can enjoy the fellowship and interaction we have all missed.

Why is the meal/operations charge being assessed now? In order for the club to engage with the Center and prepare for a July 1 launch, we must build up our meal/operations account. If we should be unable to launch by July 1 for any reason, this money will be held aside in the club account for such time that we can return to a live format.  Remember that regardless of whether you intend to attend in person, you are required to pay the meal/operations charge as usual.  The club must use these funds to not only pay for meals, but also facilities, technology charges for on site meetings, etc. This is not a change in policy.

Vaccines are encouraged! The Board of Directors is in full support of the Governor’s, as well as the Health Department’s, efforts to vaccinate the citizens of our great State and County. We encourage all members to support this effort and get vaccinated. If you are still in need of avaccine, please go to and locate a vaccine site near you. You can even make an appointment there. If you do not use the internet, you can also call the WV Covid Vaccine Hotline at 1-833-734-0965 and they will help you schedule an appointment.

Thank you for your patience and support during this unprecedented time.

Bob Welty


Our fellow Rotarian, Craig Glover, CEO of the Family HealthCare Centers, recently suggested that our club might assist in the vaccination effort by soliciting volunteers to work at area vaccination clinics.  The board heartily endorsed this suggestion.

Our volunteers would assist in “non-clinical” duties such as escorting people or directing them to the correct location in the building, disinfecting tables and chairs, and otherwise guiding people around the facility. You can choose to work from 8AM-4PM, or a shorter shift from 8AM-12PM or 12PM-4PM.

You can sign up for a volunteer position at the following website:


There you will find a listing of all upcoming vaccination clinics.  You should look for entries titled “Volunteers.”  You will see how many available volunteer slots there are, and you can click the button on that entry to sign up for that clinic.  You can sign up for a clinic in Kanawha County or surrounding counties.

On arrival at your clinic you should ask for the Family Health Care Centers coordinator, who will guide you to the proper work area.

If you encounter problems signing up, you can contact Timothy Nunnery at the Family Health Care Centers (304-760-6320) for further assistance.

Thanks for volunteering and helping serve our greater community!

Mike Fidler, on behalf of the Fellowship Committee

Message from President Welty, process for inviting guests to our virtual meetings.

To :  Rotary Club of Charleston members:
Subject:  Process for inviting guests to our virtual meetings

Dear members,

Thanks for the positive feedback and comments on our meetings! If you are attending, please continue and if not we encourage you to log on and enjoy!

I also want to ask that you continue to invite guests to benefit from the great speakers the Program Committee is lining up for us. Here is the simple process to follow when inviting guests:

  • Forward the log on information to your guest and ask them to register.
  • Send an email to with a cc to letting us know who your guest is.
  • The email is essential because we want to a) warmly greet guests and b) we must record guests for Rotary and for our virtual system.

We appreciate your participation and look forward to welcoming your guests and, when appropriate, inviting them to become members!

Bob Welty

Speaker Information for May

05/17/2021 – Eric Nelson & Moore Capito, “Legislative Wrap Up,” introduced by Mary Cook

Eric is President of Nelson Enterprises, Inc., a diversified investment company focusing on real estate,natural resources, money management, and entrepreneurial activity in the Appalachian region. 

Previously, Nelson was a co-founding General Partner of Mountaineer Capital, LP; a venture capital/private equity fund;Treasurer of City Holding Company; and was a Director in the Investment Banking Division of SunTrust Bank (Truist) in Richmond, Virginia.

Mr. Nelson obtained a BS in Business Administration and Accounting from Washington and Lee University in 1983 and is a member of the Board of Directors of Wesbanco Bank, Inc, the Clay Center, and the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center, and the West Virginia Economic Development Authority. 

Mr. Nelson has represented a majority of Kanawha County in the WV House of Delegates from 2011 – 2020 and was elected to the WV Senate in 2021.  He is a member of the finance, energy, banking & insurance, economic development,government organization, flood, and workforce committees and chairs the Senate Pension Committee.  He served as chairman of House Finance Committee from 2015-2018.

Moore Capito was raised in Charleston, WV, an all-state athlete and product of the Kanawha County Schools system.  Moore went on to receive his BA from Duke University in 2005.  After graduating college, Moore moved to Washington,D.C. to begin his career in public service.

He began his professional career working in the Office of the Majority Whip in the U.S.House of Representatives.   In 2006, Moore served as a member of The White House advance team traveling in support of the President.  A year later, he joined the staff of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon where he traveled extensively throughout the world.

He decided to continue his education in law, and in 2011, Moore graduated from Washington and Lee University School of Law.  After graduation, Moore returned to Charleston to work as Corporate Counsel for a regional energy company. Currently, he is in private practice as a Shareholder with Babst, Calland,Clements and Zomnir, P.C.

In 2016, Moore had the honor of being elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates, then reelected 2018 and 2020. He currently serves as Chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary. In addition, Moore is the Chairman of the West Virginia Republican Legislative Committee. 

Moore is also an active member of the community where he has participated in many organizations,such as the Rotary Club of Charleston, College Summit, and the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE).  In his spare time, Moore enjoys reading history and remaining active, and most importantly, spending time with his children and family.

05/24/2021 – Rod Blackstone, “West Virginia Power Update,” introduced by Allison Francis

5/31-2021 – NO MEETING – Memorial Holiday

Survey Monkey:

The Charleston Rotary Program Committee would to hear from you!  Please click on the link below and tell us how we are doing!

Birthday Greetings:

Bill Mullett – May 23rd

Sharon Hall – May 26th


45 Years – Bob Simpson, Jr. – Join Date: May 21, 1976

New Proposed Member:

New Member:


Bryle Henderson Hatch with regrets

Deceased Member:

Greeter/Prayer for May

Please contact Mike Fidler at 304-546-8156 or

No Greeters at this time. 


The Program Committee, they meet weekly at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center, directly 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 begins at 12:00 noon at the First State Bank Community Room
3754 Teays Valley Road
Hurricane, WV 25526   

Vandalia Club meets at Edgewood Country Club. Wednesdays from 7:30-8:30 – last Wednesday of month is a social or service project.

Meeting begins 12:00 noon St. Albans Rotary Club at their new meeting location is City National Bank 560 4th Street  Saint Albans, WV 25177

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 Paul White with questions.

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, May 10, 2020
Virtual Meeting Attendance: 
Number of Members attended: Active: 48  Exempt: 15
Number of Guests: 1
Visiting Rotarians: 0
Total Members Attended: 64

Online Make-up: None