Speaker Date Topic
Buddy Gadams, President Marathon Development Group Aug 20, 2019
Insights on Local Research and Development
Insights on Local Research and Development

Buddy Gadams has lived in Norfolk Virginia since 1993.  In the last 10 years Buddy has closed over 600 million in real estate deals, which has made him Norfolk’s largest private real estate owner. With a focus on State Historic Tax Credits, New Market tax credits and Opportunity Zone Properties, his projects have  included condos, apartments, office, industrial, marinas and retail.  Buddy’s specialties are in Capital Markets with Debt and Equity. Buddy was a founder of the Virginia Chapter of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and he is also a member of the YPO Family Office organization. YPO is a global organization with over 20,000 members who are business owners. In 2018, he was appointed by the Governor to the James Madison University Board of Visitors. 

Please Note: This meeting will be held on the Stage at Chrysler Hall. From the Scope parking garage take the elevator to the Main Floor.  

No Club Meeting Aug 27, 2019
Tom Chamberlain, Founder/CEO EdLogics Sep 03, 2019
Health literacy tech firm & one of first startups to come out of 757 Angels
Health literacy tech firm & one of first startups to come out of 757 Angels

Thomas M. Chamberlain, PharmD, is Founder and CEO of EdLogics, an education-based consumer engagement company that provides innovative health education and learning management solutions to employers, health plans, healthcare providers, and government entities.

With more than 30 years of experience designing innovative educational programs and population health initiatives for the healthcare industry, Dr. Chamberlain brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to the design and development of highly effective consumer engagement and health literacy improvement solutions.

Bring your quests to hear about this newest in health technology. It is an exciting local innovation, an leading edge health application, and coming out of our community. 

PLEASE NOTE: This Rotary Meeting will be held at the Town Point Club in the World Trade Building, 101 West Main Street, Norfolk VA.

Dr. James T. Roberts, CPS Superintendent (Retired) Sep 10, 2019
A Discussion on State Funding for Public Schools
A Discussion on State Funding for Public Schools

Dr. James T. Roberts Roberts started his career in 1969 as a social studies teacher at Portsmouth’s I.C. Norcom High School. He later worked as an assistant principal at Manor High School, and in various central office positions for Portsmouth.  He came to Chesapeake in 1995 as budget director; he became an assistant superintendent in 2004, and in 2010 was named superintendent, serving until his retirement last year.  Dr. Roberts was named the top superintendent for the Hampton Roads region in 2014.  Chesapeake has consistently posted the top graduation rates in South Hampton Roads in recent years, and its scores on Standards of Learning exams top the state average.  Under Dr. Roberts, Chesapeake Public Schools boasted one of the highest on-time graduation rates (92.7 percent) and one of the lowest drop-out rates (4.1 percent) in the Commonwealth.  The Chesapeake School Board Board cited Roberts’ financial knowledge as a key aspect of his leadership. Chesapeake avoided laying off staff members when funding was slashed during a recession early in his tenure.

Lisa Sands: Virginia Opera Sep 17, 2019
This season at Virginia Opera
This season at Virginia Opera

Adam Turner, Artistic Director of the Virginia Opera, says: "Whether you are a veteran opera-goer or contemplating your first “night at the opera,” I wholeheartedly encourage you to embrace the experience of heading to the theater to enjoy the talent and spectacle that is opera. You will be treated to the best voices in the world, the fabulous musicianship of two stellar symphony orchestras – the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Richmond Symphony Orchestra – as well as being thoroughly transported by the theatrical thrill of our productions’ lavish sets and vibrant costumes."  Past Rotarian Lisa Sands will tell us all about the upcoming season.

District Governor Clenise Platt Oct 01, 2019
District 7600
District 7600
Erik Neal, Director, Chrysler Museum of Art Oct 08, 2019
Chrysler Museum of Art
Brian Smith, Ph.D., HRT Oct 15, 2019
Hampton Roads Transportation System

Dr. Smith is Chief of Staff at Hampton Roads Transit, where he supports the CEO in managing and directing agency work in collaboration with executive team members. Brian is a fourteenth generation native of Hampton Roads and a US Army veteran, receiving numerous medals and awards while serving as a Stinger Missile Team Chief with the First Infantry Division. He serves on the MPA National Advisory Board for Regent University. He is a LEAD Hampton Roads 2016 graduate and holds a seminary degree in addition to a PhD in organizational leadership. In 1999, he was a Delta International Scholar and studied abroad in Belgium. His doctoral research focused on leadership in collaborative regional networks. He has a master’s degree in public policy from Regent University and an advanced certificate in public administration from Old Dominion University, with an emphasis on public budgeting and finance. He is married to Monica, a public school music teacher, and is the proud father of two children who’ve both attended Norfolk Christian Schools since pre-K. Eli will be a freshman in high school next year, and Regan, along with most of Brian’s disposable income, will be headed to Virginia Commonwealth University starting this Fall.

No Club Meeting Oct 22, 2019
No Club Meeting Oct 29, 2019
PP Pam Tubbs, A Personal Polio Story Nov 05, 2019
A Personal Story of Polio
Les Parks, Dir of Horticulture, NBG Nov 12, 2019
Fall into Plants
Dr. C. W. Gowen, CKHD Nov 19, 2019
No Club Meeting Nov 26, 2019
Rotarian Greg Bockheim, Director The VA Zoo Dec 03, 2019
The Virginia Zoo
CPT Christopher Melhuish, USS Constitution Dec 10, 2019
USS Constitution
Tom Quintance, VA Stage Co. Dec 17, 2019
Virginia Stage Co's 2020 season
No Club Meeting Dec 24, 2019
No Club Meeting Dec 31, 2019
General Meeting Jan 07, 2020
General Meeting
Stephen Kirkland, Director, Nauticus Jan 14, 2020
Dr Austin Jersild, Chair of History at ODU Jan 21, 2020
Russia/China relations with the USA
Robert Bowen, Executive Director Feb 11, 2020
Norfolk Airport Authority
Norfolk Airport Authority

Robert S. Bowen was promoted by the Norfolk Airport Authority’s Board of Commissioners to the position of Executive Director effective March 1, 2016.

The Norfolk Airport Authority is a political sub-division of the Commonwealth of Virginia, an independent agency of the City of Norfolk, and is the owner, landlord and operator of the Norfolk International Airport.

Robert has worked for the Airport Authority for 32 years, previously serving as Deputy Executive Director from 2009 – 2016 and as Director of Operations from 1988 – 2009. Prior to joining the Airport Authority, Robert was employed at Piedmont Aviation’s Norfolk International Airport general aviation facility from 1977 - 1987 in a succession of positions starting as an aircraft line serviceman and ending as assistant manager. Robert has been a member of the American Association of Airport Executives since 1988 and Airports Council International – North America since 2003, has been an Accredited Airport Executive since 1995, and has been a member of the Virginia Airport Operators Council since 2010 where he has served as a Board Member since 2011, Secretary from 2013 – 2015, Vice President from 2015 – 2017, and President from 2017 – 2019.

Robert earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Old Dominion University in 1975 and a diploma from Northumberland County (VA) High School in 1970.

Robert resides in Virginia Beach with his wife Beth, sons Randell (U.S. Air Force) and Reynald (U.S. Army), and daughter Lois Ellen (6 years old).