Speaker Date Topic
NO SPEAKER (no meeting today) Jun 27, 2017
NO SPEAKER (no meeting today) Jul 04, 2017
President-Elect Gary Boswick Jul 11, 2017
Installation of Officers, RI Convention Debrief
Installation of Officers, RI Convention Debrief

Join our club as we install the new leadership team for 2017/2018 and hear from our outgoing Club President Bryce Burton.  Also, President-Elect Gary Boswick will tell us about his goals for the new Rotary year, as well as his trip to Atlanta for the 2017 Rotary International Convention.

Rev. Dr. Antipas L. Harris Jul 18, 2017
Part 1 of 3: Advancing Cross-Cultural Understanding in Norfolk
Part 1 of 3: Advancing Cross-Cultural Understanding in Norfolk

Author, educator, theologian, and sought-after public speaker, Antipas L. Harris is a professor at the Regent University School of Theology and Director of their Doctor of Ministry Program.  He also is Director of Regent's Youth and Urban Renewal Center, and Theologian-in-Residence at First Presbyterian Church, Norfolk.  He serves on a number of boards, including Norfolk's Resilient Cities Initiative and the Virginia Beach Public Schools Discipline Taskforce. He was named among Inside Business' Top 40 under 40 of Hampton Roads in 2011, and in 2012, he was cited by International Top 100 Magazine for his excellence in religious and community leadership.  As Founder and Chair of the Norfolk Senior Pastors' Roundtable for the City Manager of Norfolk, Dr. Harris leads a team of prominent local religious leaders – including Christian pastors and bishops, Conservative and Reformed rabbis and a Muslim imam – who meet bimonthly to strengthen strategic partnerships between members of the faith-based community and Norfolk city government.

Maurice A. Jones Jul 25, 2017
LISC: Redeveloping and Recharging Struggling Communities
LISC: Redeveloping and Recharging Struggling Communities

Maurice A. Jones is president and CEO of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), one of the nation’s leading nonprofits investing in struggling communities.  Formerly Virginia's Secretary of Commerce and Trade under Governor Terry McAuliffe, Jones also served as Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from April 2012 through January 2014.  As the second most senior official at HUD, Jones managed the Department's day-to-day operations, the annual operating budget, and the agency's 8,900 employees. Prior to HUD, Jones was President of Pilot Media and Publisher of The Virginian-Pilot. A Kenbridge, VA native, Jones also served as Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Social Services and Deputy Chief of Staff to then-Virginia Governor Mark Warner.  At the U.S. Treasury Department, Jones was Special Assistant to the General Counsel and he also served as Legal Counsel to the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund and as Director of the Fund during the Clinton Administration.  Jones also worked for the law firm of Hunton & Williams in Richmond, Virginia and he was a Partner at Venture Philanthropy Partners, a firm that invests millions in the Washington, DC metropolitan area to assist low-income children. Jones received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Hampden-Sydney College and attended Oxford University in England on a Rhodes scholarship, where he received a Master of Philosophy in International Relations.  He later received a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia.

Sigur Whitaker Aug 01, 2017
Reading, Writing, and Rotary
Reading, Writing, and Rotary

Sigur has been deeply involved in our community and our Rotary Club, but her passion is writing.

On a trip to her hometown of Indianapolis, Sigur discovered a photograph album of the historic home "Riverdale" which belonged to her great great uncle, James Allison, one of the keystones of the thriving Indianapolis automobile industry in the early 20th century. Her desire to learn more about Allison led to the writing of her first book James Allison, A Biography of the Engine Manufacturer and Indianapolis 500 Cofounder.

With a love of history, her next undertaking was to learn more about successful Indiana businessman, Tony Hulman who purchased the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, then on the verge of being torn down, in 1945. Hulman resurrected the Speedway and made it into the "greatest spectacle in racing." The result is the book Tony Hulman, The Man Who Saved the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Her third book, The Indy Car Wars, the 30-year fight for control of American open-wheel racing, documents the melt-down in Indy car racing which started in 1978. Driven by the desire of team owners for an increase in the payouts at the races, particularly the Indianapolis 500, the management team at the Indianapolis 500 saw it as an attempt to take control of the iconic race.

Most people thought that she would become a journalist as she had been the editor of the world's oldest high school daily newspaper. But instead, the world of business was to be in her future. Both her undergraduate degree and a Master's of Business Administration are from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

In addition to writing biographies of people involved in auto racing, she works as a copywriter specializing in the financial and auto racing industries. She is also active in her Rotary Club.

Paul Bidanset Aug 08, 2017
2nd Annual NorFOLK Festival
2nd Annual NorFOLK Festival

Paul Bidanset is Statistician/Real Estate CAMA (Computer-Assisted Mass Appraisal) Modeler Analyst for the City of Norfolk.  He holds an MA in Economics from ODU and currently is a PhD candidate at Ulster University, completing his dissertation on mass property valuation modeling.  A banjo and other strings player with the band "Brackish Water Jamboree," he also is co-founder of the NorFOLK Festival (Hampton Roads' first Roots Music Festival), which is celebrating its second annual production this year.  The Festival is a free, family-friendly day of folk music that benefits the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters.  The Festival will be at the O'Connor Brewing Company from noon until 19:00 p.m. this Saturday, 12 August 2017.

Jenn Michelle Pedini Aug 15, 2017
Influencing Public Opinion on Reforming Marijuana Laws
Influencing Public Opinion on Reforming Marijuana Laws

Jenn Michelle Pedini is Executive Director of the Virginia chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws​ (NORML).  NORML is a registered nonprofit in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the accredited state chapter of the National Organization (which is located in Washington, DC).  Their mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to legalize the responsible use of marijuana by adults, and to advocate for adults who seek access to quality-contolled marijuana that is safe, convenient and affordable.​  Additionally, the Virginia NORML chapter lobbies for legislative change to end the criminal prohibition against marijuana; supports voter initiatives; and seeks to educate the public and influence their opinion regarding responsible cannibis use by adults.

NO SPEAKER (no meeting today) Aug 22, 2017
NO SPEAKER (no meeting today) Aug 29, 2017
Craig Quigley Sep 05, 2017
Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance

Craig Quigley is the Executive Director of the Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance, a public-private partnership dedicated to attracting, retaining and growing federal facilities in the region. He was an officer in the United States Navy and a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, who retired with the rank of Rear Admiral.  A native of Winthrop, Iowa, he is an active public speaker, and believes in the value of mentoring juniors and developing teamwork to accomplish difficult objectives. He has been listed in “Who’s Who in American High Schools and Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, and was selected as an “Outstanding Young Man of America” in 1980. He serves as a member of the Communications Committee of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association Board of Trustees; a member of the Board of Directors of the Hampton Roads chapter of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association; and Vice President of the Association of Defense Communities.

John Padgett Sep 12, 2017
District Governor Update
District Governor Update

John Padgett is the Office Managing Partner for McGuireWoods in Norfolk, an international law firm with approximately 900 lawyers. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1980 and from the Washington & Lee School of Law in 1983, with honors. Mr. Padgett works with a wide range of clients in all stages of their corporate trajectory. His professional career focuses on international trade and transportation issues. Mr. Padgett has a depth of experience with the maritime community, terminal operations, logistics and supply chains and international transactions. He has worked on the salvage claim involving the Titanic and was involved in the development of the largest private container terminal in North America. John Padgett has been recognized by his peers and clients as one of the best transportation and corporate attorneys in Virginia and designated as a Super Lawyer in several publications. Mr. Padgett has also been active in the community. He served as Chair of the State Council of Higher Education, the Chamber of Commerce for South Hampton Roads, the YMCA of South Hampton Roads, and Vice-Chair of the Tidewater Community College.  He has also worked as an officer in the Hampton Roads Economic Development Association.  A Norfolk Rotary Club member since April 1989, John has served as President of the club and Assistant District Governor.  He is District Governor-Elect for District 7600 of Rotary International.

Lisa Sands Sep 19, 2017
Virginia Opera 2017-2018 Season
Virginia Opera 2017-2018 Season

Virginia Opera Association, Inc., in its 42nd year of operation, is known and respected nationwide for the identification and presentation of the finest young artists, for the musical and dramatic integrity of its productions, and for the ingenuity and variety of its education and outreach programs. The Company has a working budget of $5.3 million with over 28 mainstage performances, reaching nearly 50,000 attendees. In March of 1994, by unanimous vote of the Virginia General Assembly, Virginia Opera was named The Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia in recognition of the organization’s contribution to the Commonwealth and to the world of opera.  During today's program, we'll hear about the 2017-2018 Season that begins with Camille Saint-Saens' Samson and Delilah, followed by the "first Spaghetti Western," Puccini's The Girl of the Golden West (La Fanciulla del West)​; Benjamin Britten's vivid retelling of Shakespeare's classic story, A Midsummer Night's Dream; and​ ​ending with the most iconic of all bel canto operas, Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor.​

NO SPEAKER (no meeting today) Sep 26, 2017
Kim Warp Oct 03, 2017
The Cartoonist as Cultural Commentator
The Cartoonist as Cultural Commentator

Kim Warp is a cartoonist whose work appears regularly in The New Yorker and Reader’s Digest, among other publications. She has lived in Virginia Beach since 2004.  She received the National Cartoonist Society Gag Cartoon Award for 2000.

RADM Jack Scorby & CAPT Rich McDaniel Oct 10, 2017
Celebrating the Centennial of Naval Station Norfolk
Celebrating the Centennial of Naval Station Norfolk

Rear Adm. John C. "Jack" Scorby, Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic and Captain Rich McDaniel, Commanding Officer, Naval Station Norfolk will provide a "tag team" presentation about Naval Station Norfolk's grand centennial celebration.  They also will discuss current status and future plans for the world's largest naval installation.  With over 116,600 civilian and military personnel, Naval Station Norfolk is our area's biggest employer by far, with an annual payroll of over $9.2 billion.

J. Van Rose, Jr. Oct 17, 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.

NO SPEAKER (no meeting today) Oct 24, 2017
NO SPEAKER (no meeting today) Oct 31, 2017
Classification Day: Fellow Rotarians Nov 07, 2017
What's My Line?

Time to hear from some of our newer members, who will tell us about themselves and their businesses.

Michael J. Allen Nov 14, 2017
Impact of Global Warming on Hampton Roads
Impact of Global Warming 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.

Morgan Burgess 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.

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.