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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 March

3/1/2021 – Andrew George, Mellisa Giggenback, Jason Lively, “Innocence Project,” introduced by Vic Grigoraci

Andrew George
Andrew is a member of the Board of Directors of the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project as well as an adjunct law professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches a course on wrongful convictions.  By day, Andrew is a lawyer at Baker Botts L.L.P. in Washington, D.C., where he handles civil litigation and white collar criminal cases.  He is a 2008 graduate of the University of Virginia. 

Melissa Giggenbach
Melissa Giggenbach, joined the West Virginia Innocence Project as an adjunct lecturer in Fall 2013.  Originally from Roanoke, West Virginia, she graduated from Sweet Briar College in Virginia in 1996. After earning her J.D. from WVU College of Law in 1999, she practiced law in Morgantown before joining the staff of the Preston County Public Defender Services in Kingwood, WV.  In 2002, she opened her own office with a focus on post-conviction work.  On July 1, 2018, Melissa joined WVIP as program coordinator and staff attorney. On July 1, 2019, she became the full-time program director. Her work at WVIP consists of running the clinic, supervising, and advising third year law students, and appearing in court, with and without students, to fight for the freedom of wrongfully convicted clients.  

Charles“Jason” Lively 
Charles“Jason” Lively was exonerated this past September after spending 15 years in prison for a crime that never happened.  Falsely accused of setting a fatal fire in his hometown of Iaeger, WV, Jason was eventually cleared by state experts who determined that the fire could not have been started by a human being.  Now free, Jason today lives in North Carolina with his lovely fiancée, Billie, and is working hard to get back on his feet.   

3/8/2021 – Kent Ward, “Mountain State Spotlight,” introduced by Ted Armbrecht

3/15/2021 – Amelia Courts, “Education Alliance,” introduced by Dan Foster

3/22/2021 – Generation West Virginia, Natalie Roper, “Generation West Virginia,” introduced by Mary Cook

3/29/2021 – Rainer Hindsberg, “Rotary Exchange and Rotary Day at the UN,” introduced by Reid Brecken

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 Scharf – March 5th

Bryan Cummings – March 8th

Amy Goodwin – March 9th

Matt Kelly – March 10th

Susan Thompson – March 10th


35 Years – Newt Thomas, Jr. – Join Date: March 7, 1986

New Proposed Member:

New Member:


Deceased Member:

Greeter/Prayer for March

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, February 22, 2020
Virtual Meeting Attendance: 
Number of Members attended: Active: 63    Exempt: 20
Number of Guests: 20
Visiting Rotarians: 0
Total Members Attended: 103

Online Make-up: None