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NO SPEAKER (no meeting today) Oct 24, 2017
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NO SPEAKER (no meeting today) Oct 31, 2017
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J. Van Rose, Jr. Nov 07, 2017
Balancing Work, Life, and Service Above Self
Balancing Work, Life, and Service Above Self

A much sought-after motivational speaker, J. Van Rose, Jr., is COO and principal owner of Rose & Womble Realty Company, one of the largest real estate companies in Southeastern Virginia.  For the past 30 years, Rose has been president of the company’s New Homes Division, marketing almost 400 different new construction communities in Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina with sales of more than 30,000 new homes.  In 2009, he was awarded the “Legend of Residential Marketing” honor by the National Association of Homebuilders. There are only 35 people in the country who hold this designation.

Michael J. Allen Nov 14, 2017
The Impact of Climate Change on Hampton Roads
The Impact of Climate Change on Hampton Roads

Dr. Michael Allen joined the Department of Political Science and Geography as an Assistant Professor in 2014.  A Pittsburgh native, Michael earned his B.S. in Earth Science- Meteorology from California University of Pennsylvania.  Earning both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Geography from Kent State University, his research explores the intersection of weather and climate on human health particularly as it related to extreme temperatures, climate variability and change.  He has a number of peer-reviewed publications in journals including the International Journal of Biometeorology, Theoretical and Applied Climatology, and the International Journal of Climatology.  His research on seasonal climate change has also been highlighted by National Geographic Magazine.  A member of the Virginia Geographic Alliance, Dr. Allen serves on the Wetlands Watch Board of Directors and is affiliated with the ODU-Resilience Collaborative.

TBD Nov 21, 2017
LifeNet Health: Saving Lives, Restoring Health, Giving Hope
LifeNet Health: Saving Lives, Restoring Health, Giving Hope

Morgan Burgess is Foundation Development Coordinator for LifeNet Health, a non-profit global leader in regenerative medicine and the world's largest provider of Allograft bio-implants and organs for transplantation. Since 1982, LifeNet Health has helped to save lives, restore health and give hope to thousands of patients each year.  It is the world's most trusted provider of transplant solutions, from organ procurement to new innovations to bio-implant technologies and cellular therapies - a leader in the field of regenerative medicine, while always honoring the donors and healthcare professionals who allow the healing process.

TBD Nov 21, 2017
LifeNet Health: Saving Lives, Restoring Health, Giving Hope

Morgan Burgess is Foundation Development Coordinator for LifeNet Health, a non-profit global leader in regenerative medicine and the world's largest provider of Allograft bio-implants and organs for transplantation. Since 1982, LifeNet Health has helped to save lives, restore health and give hope to thousands of patients each year.  It is the world's most trusted provider of transplant solutions, from organ procurement to new innovations to bio-implant technologies and cellular therapies - a leader in the field of regenerative medicine, while always honoring the donors and healthcare professionals who allow the healing process.

NO SPEAKER (no meeting today) Nov 28, 2017
Imam Rachid Khould Dec 05, 2017
Part 2 of 3: Advancing Cross-Cultural Understanding in Hampton Roads
Part 2 of 3: Advancing Cross-Cultural Understanding in Hampton Roads

Rachid Khould is the Imam of Crescent Community Center in Virginia Beach. Born in Morocco, he came to the United States to study comparative literature at City College in New York.

Imam Khould was called to leadership by the Virginia Beach Muslim community in 2009. Since then, he has been leading them in prayers, helping with family counseling, and organizing religious events. The Crescent Community Center is also involved in numerous inter-faith and community initiatives and Imam Khould often is called upon to represent the mosque in speaking about Islam.

Donald Luzzatto Dec 12, 2017
Civic Engagement at the Hampton Roads Community Foundation
Civic Engagement at the Hampton Roads Community Foundation

Donald Luzzatto is vice president for  Civic Engagement for the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. Before joining the staff in 2017, he was editorial page editor at the Virginian pilot. Previously he was an editor in Virginia, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Tokyo, Japan. Don earned his bachelor's degree in English from the College of William and Mary. He is President of the Downtown Suffolk Rotary Club and serves as a board member for the Suffolk Youth Athletic Association, where he also coaches soccer.

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NO SPEAKER (no meeting today) Dec 26, 2017
Skip Stiles Jan 02, 2018
Sea-Level Rise: What We're Doing About It
Sea-Level Rise: What We're Doing About It

Skip Stiles is Executive Director of Wetlands Watch, a statewide nonprofit environmental group based in Norfolk. In this position he has been involved in sea level rise adaptation work at the community level for nearly 10 years.  Prior to his current position, starting in 1998, Mr. Stiles was an independent consultant, providing editorial and public policy services to a number of clients on issues related to science, the environment, and public policy. A partial list of his clients includes: the While House Office of Science Policy, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Pew Center on Agricultural Biotechnology, RAND Corporation, and the National Academy of Sciences.

Professor James V. Koch Jan 09, 2018
29th Annual Economic State of the Region
29th Annual Economic State of the Region

Dr. Jim Koch is back to talk about our region's economic state--this will be his 29th annual presentation for our club!  

James V. Koch was recruited from the University of Montana to become Old Dominion's sixth president. During his tenure at the University of Montana he was cited for his success in bringing several international programs to the university and for his success in dealing with the state legislature.

Under Dr. Koch's leadership, Old Dominion's first capital campaign exceeded its goal netting over $50 million in contributions. During Dr. Koch's tenure, Old Dominion's annual contracts, grants, and strategic alliances with regional organizations grew. Between these regional and other efforts, Old Dominion University created more jobs than any other school in the state, and added millions of dollars to the Hampton Roads economy.

Included on President Koch's list of accomplishments that made him most proud are: improvements in the appearance of the campus, the development of The Village, starting the TELETECHNET distance learning program, and increasing diversity on campus.

After leaving the presidency, Dr. Koch took a year sabbatical and returned to Old Dominion in 2002 to teach Economics.

Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz Jan 16, 2018
Part 3 of 3: Advancing Cross-Cultural Understanding in Hampton Roads
Part 3 of 3: Advancing Cross-Cultural Understanding in Hampton Roads

Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz became the rabbi of Congregation Beth El in Norfolk in 2011. He came to Norfolk from Congregation Beth El in Voorhees, New Jersey, where he served as the Associate Rabbi from 2003 to 2011. He received his Bachelor of Science degree Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Child Development and Child Care, a social work degree. While studying, he worked with special needs students at local Hebrew schools including tutoring for bar and bat mitzvah preparation. After college, Rabbi Arnowitz studied at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem before beginning his rabbinic studies at The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he was ordained in 2003.

NO SPEAKER (no meeting today) Jan 23, 2018
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NO SPEAKER (no meeting today) Feb 27, 2018
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NO SPEAKER (no meeting today) Mar 27, 2018
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Maestro Robert Shoup Apr 10, 2018
Singing as Humanity
Singing as Humanity

This is Robert Shoup’s 20th season as Chorus Master and Staff Conductor of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. His national and international conducting credits include the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra, ensembles from the Prague Radio Orchestra and Czech State Philharmonic, and numerous choral ensembles. He served as the Music Director of the all professional Virginia Chorale from 1997-2007.

Robert Shoup's choruses have been described by critics as "totally enthralling" and "completely mesmerizing," and he has spearheaded numerous collaborations that have included music, dance and visual arts. His ensembles have been featured on numerous recordings, including two discs with the VSO for the Naxos label (Hailstork and Stravinsky). He served as Assistant Music Director for the Virginia Symphony and Virginia Arts Festival's highly acclaimed production of the Leonard Bernstein "Mass" and coordinated the collaborating choruses for 2012 performances and recording of Mahler's Eighth symphony known as the "Symphony of a Thousand."

His achievements include the creation and coordination of "American Voices", a two-week-long festival of American choral music with the Virginia Chorale and the VSO. The project earned one of seven major National Endowment for the Arts "American Masterpieces: Choral Music" grants. Shoup also prepared a nationally recruited choir of over 1,800 singers for the 400th Anniversary celebration of Jamestown.

Mr. Shoup is also a singer whom the Pittsburgh Post Gazette called Shoup "an especially fine tenor." His vocal performances have included the role of John Adams in the world premiere performance of Adolphus Hailstork's Crispus Attucks, and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Fort Collins (CO) Symphony. Mr. Shoup is the founding Artistic Director of CREATOrS, Inc., for which he is composing the score for a major theatrical project related to a true story in sub-Saharan Africa.

Shoup holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education (voice) from Duquesne University, and a Master's degree in Conducting in the studio of Grammy-winning conductor Robert Page at Carnegie Mellon University.

TBD Apr 17, 2018
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