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Welcome the newly elected Rotary Board Members:
The following Rotarians have been selected to serve on the Rotary Board for a 3 year term, beginning July 1, 2021:

Dr. Michelle Foster

Allison Francis

Craig Glover

Rotary Club of Charleston continues to adapt to the COVID crisis!
Thanks to a great team effort from our Program Committee, IT experts, board, other volunteers, and most importantly, you, the participant members,we have made the absolute most of our virtual meetings!

As of January 25, 2021, we have had:

  • 45 virtual meetings.
  • 2,430 registrants.
  • 1,650 attendees.
  • A 68% attendance rate once registered!

A special thanks to our “virtual CEO”,  Immediate Past President Cyndi Persily, for this uplifting data! Where would we be without Cyndi and Brian Sloan, our “executive producer”!

Let’s keep the momentum going until we can return to a live format! Remember, inviting a guest is as easy as forwarding the weekly invitation to them. Please invite others to hear our great speakers!

Thanks to everyone,

President Welty

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

2/1/2021 – Elise Yanders, “Increasing Diversity in Financial Services/Story of an early Black financial advisor,”introduced by Reid Bracken

Elise Roby Yanders is a Senior Vice President, Wealth Management Advisor, Designated Portfolio Manager and lead Financial Advisor for the Yanders Group at Merrill-Bank of America.

Elise and her team focus on managing the financial resources of their clients by creating plans and strategies designed to enhance wealth and cash flow for retirement,education, charitable giving, and other goals important to their clients while controlling for risk. 

Although each situation is different, Elise believes that a consistent process provides the framework for the commitment that is needed to achieve the desired goals and dreams. Investment resources offered via Merrill’s Managed Solutions group, as well as those available via Bank of America & its affiliates, allow Elise to access investment, banking, business, personal and mortgage lending, and Trust services where appropriate to assist each client.

Elise is a Certified Financial Planner, Certified Investment Manager Analyst – a designation earned at the Wharton School of Business and a Retirement Accredited Financial Advisor.

Elise holds a B.S. in Business from the University of Tennessee and a M.B.A. from the University of Illinois. 

Elise is a charter member of Bank of America-Merrill’s Black/African Leadership Council where she works with the firm’s president and senior leadership to champion diversity and inclusion.

A firm believer in giving back to the community, Elise’s past and present board service includes: CCAC Foundation, Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation Investment Board, The Pittsburgh Project, FISA Foundation, Pittsburgh YWCA,Allegheny YMCA, The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh, Women’s Sports Foundation,Three Rivers Youth and The Urban League.

The Governor of PA and the Business Times selected Elise as one of the 50 Best Businesswomen in the state. Her honors include: Most Powerful & Influential Women in Pennsylvania Awarded by the PA. Diversity Council, The New Pittsburgh Courier Woman of Excellence Award and Women and Girls Foundation Award for contributions in sports.  Elise was a collegiate track athlete who remains an avid sports enthusiast.  She enjoys salsa dancing, and baking pies in her spare time.  Elise is married to Charles Yanders. They have 4 children and 2 awesome grandchildren. 

2/8/2021– Dr. Nicole Pride, “130th Anniversary of University Founding,” introduced by Pat Schumann

2/15/2021– Holiday – No Meeting

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

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:

Mike Chaney – February 4th

Steve Grimm – February 4th

Jason Pizatella – February 8th

Hunter Smith – February 9th

Pete Jefferds, III  February 10th


35 Years – Ted Teodoro – Join Date: February 7, 1986

New Proposed Member:

New Member:


Deceased Member:

Greeter/Prayer for February

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, January 25, 2020
Virtual Meeting Attendance: 
Number of Members attended: Active: 46   Exempt: 14
Number of Guests: 4
Visiting Rotarians: 1
Total Members Attended: 65

Online Make-up: None