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 September

9/21/2020 – Jim Samuel, Ph.D., “Artificial Intelligence and Big Data: Changing Business, ” introduced Martin Roth

Artificial Intelligence Trends: The Future of Work, and Education 

This presentation will briefly introduce to the audience, the evolving nature of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and implications for human intelligence. It will cover some examples of current and emerging AI usage and conclude with comments on how AI relevant education is critical for the future of individuals,organizations and nations.   

Jim Samuel, Ph.D. is Associate Professor, Analytics, IS & Applied Artificial Intelligence, in the School of Business & Leadership at the University of Charleston. Dr. Samuel is an information and intelligences scientist, with strong industry experience in diverse domains, and a research focus on applied artificial intelligence and optimal use of information from big data. Dr.Samuel’s primary research covers human intelligence and artificial intelligences interaction, textual analytics, applied machine learning and socioeconomic implications of artificial intelligence. His research extends to innovation, women in technology, AI education and AI bias. He also consults on industry projects and serves as the advisory CIO for Analytics at Axivest. Jim provides industry advice and thought leadership on applied AI, big data,analytics and information strategy initiatives. He holds M.Arch, M.B.A(International Finance) and Ph.D. (CIS) degrees. 

Martin S.Roth, Ph.D. became President of the University of Charleston in July 2018. Before coming to West Virginia, he was Dean of the Barney School of Business, University of Hartford.He was previously Chair of the Sonoco International Business Department,Executive Director of the flagship International MBA Program, and Chief Innovation & Assessment Officer at the University of South Carolina’s top ranked Darla Moore School of Business. As a higher education leader, Roth has spent the past 30 years helping universities excel by focusing on the talent acquisition and development needs of students and organizations. Marty’s teaching and research expertise is in global strategy, management and marketing for which he has won numerous teaching awards. He earned his doctorate, MBA,and BA degrees from the University of Pittsburgh.

9/28/2020 – Justice Evan Jenkins, “West Virginia’s Highest Court: Restoring Trust and Accountability,” introduced by Dill Battle

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

Alicia Snyder – September 20th

Angie Settle – September 22nd

Tim Frye – September 23rd


20 Years Valerie Ellis – Join Date: September 22, 2000

5 Years Mark Grigoraci – Join Date: September 21, 2015

New Proposed Member:

New Members:

Christopher “Chris” Price
Corporate Membership
Company/Organization: West Virginia State University
Business Address: 100 Barron Drive, East Hall
P.O. Box 1000 
Institute, WV  25112
Business Phone: 304-204-4076
Business Fax: 304-346-3640
Business email:
Home Address: 5371 Karen Circle
Charleston, WV  25313
Cell Phone: 919-780-8280
Proposed by: Pat Schumann
Join Date: September 14, 2020

New Members:
Nicole “Nicole” Pride
Corporate Membership
Company/Organization: West Virginia State University
Business Address: P.O. Box 399
Institute, WV  25112
Business Phone: 304-766-3111
Business Fax: 304-720-2075
Business email:
Home Address: 1 Presidential Way
Institute, WV  25064
Cell Phone: 304-741-4474
Proposed by: Pat Schumann
Join Date: September 14, 2020


Deceased Member:

Greeter/Prayer for September

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, September 14, 2020
Virtual Meeting Attendance: 
Number of Members attended: Active: 48   Exempt: 16
Number of Guests: 6
Visiting Rotarians: 0
Total Members Attended: 70

Online Make-up: None