Meeting Information Location: Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center – Conference Rooms 202-205

The Program Committee meets weekly at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center directly after the regularly scheduled meeting. Parking is free! Just let the parking attendant know you are with the Rotary Club of Charleston.

Speaker Information for January

January 13– Chef Paul Smith.  His topic is Exciting Challenges of a Chef and the Upcoming Restaurant Week, introduced by Victor Grigoraci

Chef Paul Smith’s culinary journey began as a young boy standing on a wooden stool helping his Grandpa Joe knead and shape the Ciabatta Italian bread for Sunday suppers.  He earned an associate’s degree and a BA degree from WV State University in Hospitality Management.  He also graduated with honors from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, New York.  Wanting to further his education as a pastry and baking chef, Paul continued his journey at CIA Greystone in Napa Valley, California, graduating as Valedictorian.  He has worked at numerous superior locations throughout his career, most recently with Buzz Food Service.  Paul now owns a catering company and is a personal chef.

Chef Paul will tell us about the challenges of becoming a Chef, including the excitement of working in New York, California, North Carolina , Florida and locally at the University of Charleston and Buzz Foods.  He also mentors young aspiring cooks and donates his time and skill to numerous charitable causes.

Chef Paul will also bring us to date on the previous Restaurant Weeks and the new week for January 27 – February 1.

Special Treat:  Chef Paul has arranged for our caterer, Distinctive Gourmet, to provide a surprise with today’s meal.  Come joint us for this special treat and fellowship. 

January 16th (Thursday) – “WV International Auto Show Private Reception,” introduced by Introduced by Victor Grigoraci, Gabrielle Wright, Mike Fidler

January 20th MLK 2020, 9:30 am Asbury UMC, 11:30 am March to Capitol, Noon Bell Ringing, 12:30 pm Reception WV Culture Center

January 27th Huntington Fire Chief Jan Rader.  Her topic is The Excitement of Being a Fire Chief and a Humanitarian Warrior, introduced by Victor Grigoraci

“MLK Commission’s Ecumenical Service.”

“Special Rotary Event! VIP Reception—WV International Auto Show—January 16, 2020—Charleston Convention Center Coliseum. See attached flyer for details and reservation instructions.”

Birthday Greetings


New Proposed Member:

New Member:


Tom Kittredge with regrets

Greeter/Prayer for January

Please contact Mike Fidler at 304-546-8156 or

January 13th Brad Sims

January 20th No greeter—MLK Event

January 27th  Reid Bracken

Deceased Member: 


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 6, 2020
Number of Members attended: Active: 74      Exempt: 21
Number of Guests: 4
Visiting Rotarians: 0 
Total Members Attended: 99

Online Make-up: None