Speaker Date Topic
Robert W. Cross, Exec Director VA Arts Festival Feb 19, 2019
What's happening at the Virginia Arts Festival
What's happening at the Virginia Arts Festival

Robert W. Cross founded the Virginia Arts Festival in 1997 and has served as its only Executive Director and Artistic Director. During his tenure, the festival has blossomed into one of the major Arts events on the East Coast, transforming the cultural life of Virginia’s Hampton Roads region and making the area a cultural destination for travelers from around the world. The combination of stellar performances and easy access to some of America's finest historical sites and beaches has proved irresistible. The Washington Post has called the Virginia Arts Festival the “Tidewater Tanglewood.” From a two-week festival in its first year, the festival has tripled in size and attendance. In 2016, it presented 72 ticketed performances throughout the region from mid-April through June, with patrons traveling from 49 states and 13 countries.

No Club Meeting Today Feb 26, 2019
Michael B. Watson Mar 05, 2019
Offshore Exploration – Impact on Virginia’s Future
Offshore Exploration – Impact on Virginia’s Future

Mike Watson is a native Virginian, raised on the James River working with his father, a tugboat captain, in his family’s business.  After earning a degree in Industrial Instrumentation Technology, Mike worked as an Instrument Technician for Honeywell International in Illinois before moving to North Carolina where at age 27 he founded Control Automation Technologies Corporation.  In the 30 years since, his employees have designed and installed process control systems for manufacturers on 4 continents.  In 1998, he founded CATLabAccredited Calibration Laboratories which services precision test and measuring equipment for energy, life science, defense, and manufacturing industries at its Winston-Salem, NC and New Kent County, VA facilities. 

A member of Virginia’s House of Delegates from Jan 2012 to Jan 2014, Mike enjoyed a reputation for promoting manufacturing and small business initiatives. He successfully patroned legislation for workforce development, affordable housing, and job-growth initiatives in addition to budget amendments for the College of William & Mary and Jefferson Lab’s Free Electron Laser upgrade.  He was instrumental in placing the widening of I-64 on the Peninsula as a funded priority in Governor McDonnell’s 2013 Transportation Plan. Mike was awarded the Virginia Chamber of Commerce's "Champion of Free Enterprisewith 100% pro-business ratings in back-to-back years.  He was one of four founding members of the General Assembly’s bipartisan Business Development Caucus. 

Mike and his wife Amy live in James City County and have three sons. 

Bob Heely Mar 12, 2019
Career Visitation Day
Mr. Michael Desplaines Mar 19, 2019
The Garden of the Future (No not that garden)
No Club Meeting Today Mar 26, 2019
Dr. Shaomin Li Apr 02, 2019
From Engagement to Confrontation: Historical Mistakes and Future Options in US-China Relations
From Engagement to Confrontation:  Historical Mistakes and Future Options in US-China Relations

Shaomin Li is Professor of International Business at ODU. He also holds the title of Eminent Scholar designated by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

His expertise is in international political economy, with a focus on China. He is Executive Editor of the journal Modern China Studies.

Professor Li studied economics at Peking University as an undergraduate, received his doctoral degree in sociology from Princeton University, and was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University. 

Dr. Li published in Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The New York Times and Forbes. The Economist featured his research twice.  He also appeared in CNN, FoxNews, and other media. 

In 2008 the Governor of Virginia presented him the Outstanding Faculty Award (SCHEV Award).

Mr. Doug Wilson, CEO Elizabeth River Crossings Apr 09, 2019
Dr. Melinda J. Boone, Superintendent NPS Apr 16, 2019
Update on the Our School system
No Club Meeting Today Apr 23, 2019
No Club Meeting Today Apr 30, 2019
Jeff Tanner,Dean of the Strome College of Business May 07, 2019
The Triple Crown of Horseracing
The Triple Crown of Horseracing
President Lorna Cochrane Jul 09, 2019
Rotary Club 2019-20 Board Induction