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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 February – March

2/22/2021– John Chambers, “Fireside Chat,” introduced by Lyle Sattes

John T. Chambers
Founder & CEO, JC2 Ventures Former
Chairman & CEO, Cisco

John Chambers is founder and CEO of JC2 Ventures, where he focuses on helping startups from around the world build and scale. He invests in companies that are leading market transitions, such as ASAPP, Aspire Food Group, Balbix, Bloom Energy,Cloudleaf, Dedrone, IoTium, Lucideus, OpenGov, Pensando, Pindrop, Privoro, Quantum Metric, Rubrik, Spark Cognition,Sprinklr, and Uniphore. He serves on the Board of Directors for Bloom Energy, OpenGov, Pindrop, Sprinklr, and Uniphore.

Prior to founding JC2 Ventures in 2018, Chambers spent 25+ years with Cisco,serving as CEO, Chairman and Executive Chairman. He currently holds the title of Chairman Emeritus of Cisco.

Chambers is the author of Connecting the Dots: Lessons for Leadership in a Startup World, where he shares lessons for lasting success in the Digital Age.

Chambers is the Chairman of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) and the Global Ambassador of the French Tech under French President Emmanuel Macron.

Award winning journalist, Beth Vorhees

West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB) news anchor and journalist Beth Vorhees is an icon in her field. Her career boasts three decades of excellence covering West Virginia public affairs. Beth founded or shaped the programs that have come to define West Virginia Public Broadcasting:The Legislature Today, Inside Appalachia, and West Virginia Morning.

She also leaves her mark as a mentor to dozens of journalists.

Throughout her career Beth received numerous awards on the national, regional, and local level for her work on radio and television. Beth was inducted into the West Virginia Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2015. 

For her retirement, WVPB members raised $12,000 in gifts to West Virginia Public Broadcasting in honor of Beth’s career. That speaks volumes about Beth Vorhees.

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

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:

Brett Staples – February 27th

Gary Swingle – March 1st


60 Years – Ike Smith, Jr. – Join Date: March 3, 1961

5 Years – Harold Holstein – Join Date: February 29, 2016

5 Years – Lyle Smith – Join Date: February 29, 2016

New Proposed Member:

New Member:


Deceased Member:

Greeter/Prayer for February – 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 15, 2020
No Meeting Held: 

Online Make-up: None