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

Charleston Rotary Holiday Drive

Speaker Information for December

Rotary Follow-up from Harvey Peyton’s presentation on 11-30-20: 


The art market is volatile, fickle and often times snooty and detached from reality. Some collectors become obsessed with autographed hunting, seeking the name of a big-time artist on any work, no matter how insignificant. Others insist on historical work by the long dead or in the sexy large oil paintings suitable for museum display.

There is a very reasonable, rewarding alternative. The area of contemporary printmaking is as strong in the United States as it ever has been, perhaps with the exception of the federal art project in the 1930s.

Several West Virginia artists are prolific print makers. Their works can be found in our local galleries and often at charitable auction sales where works are donated either by the owner or the artist for sale to support a particular cause.

On a national level, the quality of available contemporary prints is astounding.The really great printmaking institutions have a significant online presence.

One in particular that has a strong West Virginia connection comes to mind. PACE PRINTS, with locations on 57th St. in midtown Manhattan in Chelsea is directed by Jacob Lewis.

Jacob is the great nephew of June Kilgore, the revered director of the art program at Marshall University for years preceding her death and one of our strongest regional artists. Jacob grew up in Huntington West Virginia, received a bachelor degree in fine arts at West Virginia University and went to New York in the summer of 2001 seeking fame and fortune in the art business. Not good timing on Jacob’s part. He persisted through the horrible aftermath of 9/11 to become a mainstay at Pace Gallery before being elevated to the position of gallery director at Pace Prints. Make no mistake, this is a really big deal fora West Virginian and something we can be proud of.

You can view the offerings of PACE PRINTS by visiting the gallery

High Point Center for Printmaking, located in Minneapolis Minnesota;

Crown Point Press, San Francisco, California, a major work from this printmaking house is represented in the collection of the Juliette Museum of Art at the Clay Center, thanks to the generosity of Helen Thalheimer.

Also in California, Paulson Fontaine Press, Berkeley has an emphasis on work by African-American artists and has placed significant works at the art museum of West Virginia University, where a display of these works may be seen now through mid-December this year.

Tamarind Institute, in Albuquerque, New Mexico is undoubtedly one of the best printmaking resources in the United States. It is well worth anyone’s time to look at their website, perhaps explore their collectors club offerings. Again, there is a local connection here. Arif Khan who served as the curator and gallery director at the Juliet Museum of Art at the Clay Center for five years came to the Clay Center from the Tamarind Institute where he served as director. Unfortunately, Arif returned to New Mexico where he now serves as the Director of the University of New Mexico Museum of Art.


1.  Paula Clendenin
2.  Rob Cleland
3.  Harold Edwards
4.  Charles Jupiter Hamilton
5.  Barrie Kaufman
6.  Susan Petryczk
7.  Susan Poffinbarger
8.  Diane White
9.  Barry Vance
10.  CarolDombrowski
11.  Lynn Boggess
12.  MarkBlumenstein
13.  George Snyder

1. June Kilgore
2. Anne Shreve
3. Grace Martin Taylor
4. Blanche Lazzell

 So, it might be a goal for a prospective West Virginia collector to try and obtain some work by each of these 17 artists. This would provide focus and purpose to a beginning collection.

Keep in mind, however, that the secondary market for regional art is not strong. A collection of West Virginia artists is a labor of love, not to be undertaken with the idea of significant appreciation in value or profit on resale.

A good place to look for work by these artists would beat the Art Emporium in Charleston, the Annex gallery at Taylor books in Charleston or the Cooper Gallery in Lewisburg. Some works may be available from time to time in the gallery at Tamarack near Beckley.

There is a retail establishment on Quarrier Street named the Purple Moon operated by Chuck and Connie Hamsher. This establishment deals in vintage furniture and objects of art, but from time to time offers a good selection of original work and prints by regional artists that have been called from local estates. There certainly were the looksee.

The Huntington Museum of Art conducts an annual online auction of artwork that is been donated to the museum for the purpose of resale. Some of it is quite good and it would behoove a person interested in commencing a collection or adding to a decorative household to look at the Huntington Museum of Art website for the dates and content of the sale.


One of the best ways to learn about art is to look at a lot of art in a museum surrounding where text and support personnel enrich the experience.

The Huntington Museum of Art is a mere 50 minute drive from downtown Charleston. It is one of the outstanding regional art museums in the central Appalachians. It has a richly endowed collection, a conscientious professional staff and a clear vision of its mission to the region. I would command a visit to the Huntington Museum of Art to anyone.

At the other end of the state the Museum of Art at West Virginia University is a five-year-old institution. Its operation is a freestanding Museum of Art is the culmination of years of effort. The facility is located on Pattison Drive only a few steps from the Coliseum. Again, I would recommend this is a stop off on any casual trip to Morgantown.

As far as driving day trips go the J B Speed Museum of Art at Louisville, the Dayton Art Institute, the Taft Museum and Cincinnati Museum of Art are all well within a day’s drive out and back as are the Youngstown Museum of Art and the Akron Museum of Art. If you want to stretch a little further the Indianapolis Art Museum is phenomenal.

If we ever get to play basketball again and you visit the big 12 conference championship tournament in Kansas City do not overlook the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. It houses one of the greatest of American paintings done by Thomas Hart Benton titled Persephone. It is a must see. The Nelson Atkins also has a collection of works by Charleston print maker Grace Martin Taylor.

New York is the center of the American art scene, with due deference to Chicago and Los Angeles but, for a compact art viewing vacation I would recommend Philadelphia where you can see the Rodin Museum, the Barnes Foundation, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts all within walking distance in the downtown area.

The Barnes Foundation is an example of what a passionate collector can accomplish.Dr. Barnes was a dentist who acquired some degree of wealth in the early 20th century and put together what is got to be the most magnificent private collection assembled in the United States, perhaps other than the Walmart fortune collection which is now situated in Arkansas.

12/7/2020Cpt. Albert Seeman, “U.S.Navy Preparedness and the Role of the Reserves,” introduced by Bob Harris

   CAPT Al Seeman is a native of Baltimore.Maryland, and is the proud son of a Navy Vietnam combat veteran. Upon graduation from the US Naval Academy in 1997, he accepted a commission as a Surface Warfare Officer and attended Division Officer School in Newport, RI.  His first sea duty assignment was Main Propulsion Assistant in USS CROMMELIN FFG-37, Pearl Harbor, HI. There he completed deployments to the 5th Fleet and Eastern Pacific Area of Operations in support of United Nations Council resolutions and counter narcotic missions for Joint Interagency Task Force West.  His follow on sea tour was as the Executive Officer in USS MONSOON PC-4 where he was deployed two more times to  the SOUTH COM AOR conducting counter narcotic operations and special warfare operations for Naval Special Warfare Unit FOUR.

   Upon completion of his initial sea tours,CAPT Seeman attended the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, CA where he earned a Master of Science degree in Information Systems Management and a Master of Arts degree from the Naval War College in National Security and Strategic Studies. Also while in Monterey, he completed his Joint Professional Military Education Phase I.

   Returning to sea, he was assigned as the Chief Engineer in USS KAUFFMAN FFG-58 and as the Operations Officer (N3), and later as the Chief Staff Officer, for Commander, DESTROYER SQUADRON TWO EIGHT in Norfolk, VA. He once again deployed twice to 5th fleet supporting Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

   In 2009, he volunteered for an Individual Augmentee tour and was assigned to the Office for the Administrative Review for Detainees and Enemy Combatants (OARDEC) in Guantanamo Bay Cuba, where he served as a case writer and military tribunal recorder. Following completion of a successful tour in Guantanamo Bay, he was assigned to the Director of NavyStaff (OPNAV DNS-4) as the Deputy Chief Information Officer for the CNO at the Pentagon.

   In 2012, CAPT Seeman’s first FTS assignment was as Commanding Officer Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) AVOCA, PA with a follow on assignment as the Chief Staff Officer for Navy Region South East Reserve Component Command (RCC) in Jacksonville, Florida in 2014. After spending two years at RCC South East, CAPT Seeman was assigned to the Office of the Chief of Navy Reserve as the Branch Head for Strategic Planning and later as the Division Director for Strategic Planning and Operational Policy.

   In April of 2020, CAPT Seeman is assumed duties as the Commanding Officer, Navy operations Support Center (NOSC)Baltimore, Maryland.

   His personal awards include, Meritorious Service Medal (4 awards), Joint Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal as well as various other unit awards and citations.

   CAPT Seeman is married to the former Erica Leigh Mugglebee of Diamond Bar, CA and has two children, John Tyler (16) and Katherine (14).

12/14/2020Holiday Concert, “West Virginia Youth Symphony,” introduced by Pat Moyers

12/21/2020 – Holiday – No Meeting

12/28/2020 – Holiday – No Meeting

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:

Eric Nelson – December 4th

Larry Crimmins, Jr. – December 7th

Bob Harris – December 7th

Tom Loehr – December 7th

Brad White – December 7th


New Proposed Member:

New Members:

Amy “Amy” Shuler Goodwin
Individual Membership:
Company/Organization: Mayor – City of Charleston
Business Address: 501 Virginia Street, East
Charleston WV  25301
Business Phone: 304-348-8174
Business email:
Home Address: 122 Centre Court Road
Charleston, WV  25314
Spouse: Booth
Proposed by: Mary Cook
Join Date: November 30, 2020


Deceased Member:

Greeter/Prayer for December

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, November 30, 2020
Virtual Meeting Attendance: 
Number of Members attended: Active: 38    Exempt: 12
Number of Guests: 2
Visiting Rotarians: 0
Total Members Attended: 52

Online Make-up: None