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Album Name: Guest Speakers Return to Albums
Album Date: Nov 22, 2010
Description: One of the benefits of joining Rotary are the exciting and informative guest speakers we have weekly.
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Susan Harwood was a recent speaker at the Farmville Rotary Club. She has been working as a Braille translator for over twenty years. She had on display many of the books she works with, along with an old Braille typewriter that she used to use. The Rotary Club of Farmville recently enjoyed a program Jane Schirmer, the new Executive Director of the YMCA, told of her professional background as well as the history and mission of the Y.  Also shown is Rotarian Bob Jefferson who invited her to speak. Bill Dorrill (L) gave a presentation on his recent trip to Greece and Turkey.  Also shown are his wife Marty as well as Randy Reed, president. Greetings from Across the Pond.  Gail Goodman, member of the St. Annes on the Sea Rotary Club in England, delighted members with her talk on English life.  She also showed and narrated an informative DVD on her club's activities.  Shown above she is exchanging banners with President Randy Reed.
Dr. Chuck Ross, Dean of Arts & Science at Longwood, spoke in his capacity on the Board of Downtown Farmville, a community volunteer organization seeking ideas to revitalize the downtown area and attract new activities.  Also shown is Rotarian Navona Hart. Pat Payne (L) spoke on Feb 17 about the need for, and the efforts so far to establish, a free medical clinic in this area.  Also pictured is Rev. Sylvia Meadows (C), the President of the Free Clinic Board.  On the right is Rotarian Doug McClure who invited the speakers and introduced them. Trey Keeler (R), 2008 graduate of Hampden-Sydney College, spoke to the club about his year in Australia as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar.  While there, he completed a Masters in International Relations at the University of Melbourne.  Also shown is Vice-President Lacy Ward, Jr. Gerry Spates (R), Town Manager of Farmville, gave a power point presentation and answered questions about the Town's long term plans. Rotary's very own Song Master extroidinnairre, Cannon Watson, led the members in Christmas Carols.  Good food, great fun, wonderful fellowship, and singing!  Merry Christmas to all!
Lara Mossler (R), founder/President of the Rotaract Club at Tulane University, visited the club (and mom Kerry Mossler) and gave an update.  Also in attendance was Kyrsten Melander, Rotaract's Secretary.  Trying to look young and hip while sucking in his gut is President Randy Reed. Rotarian Bob Murray (R) used Power Point to give his New Member Introduction & Classification talk.  Also shown is Club Secretary Jeff Smith who conducted the meeting. Physical Therapist Rob Maloney, DPT, of Centra Southside Rehab Dept, explained the various uses and types of Physical Therapy. PTs specialize in conditions, illnesses, or injuries that limit a patient's ability to perform functional activities. Also pictured is Paul Hicks, Rotarian (left). Jennifer Kingsley is starting a new camp for deaf and hard of hearing children called Camp Loud & Clear.  It will be the first such overnight camp in Southside Virginia.  The camp will be at the Holliday Lake 4-H Center July 15-17, 2011.  Also shown is Rotarian Kerby Moore. Mitch Toney of Buckingham writes and produces his own music, and is in the band Point Judith. He also has written and co-produced four films, highlights of several he shared with club members.  He also instituted
Sharon Harrup (L), CEO of STEPS, spoke passionately of the private, non-profit organization that provides job training and development for the disabled.  Harrup mentioned the recycling project, shredding operation, new consignment shop, and others.  Also shown is Rotarian Teresa Stewart. Rotary welcomed Longwood University President General Patrick Finnegan and his wife Joan.  The 25th President shared an overview of Longwood, and his goals for the future. Also pictured is Rotarian Bob Frank, Director of International Affairs at Longwood University (far right). Local author and historian Jo Smith presented a fascinating slide presentation on the history of High Bridge.  Ms. Smith is currently working on an update of her book of the same name, published more than twenty years ago.  With her is Rotarian Dan Dwyer who invited her to speak. Thomas Rogers of Farmville has won the Vernon Carter Womack Service Above Self Scholarship offered by our club. This one-time $1000 award may be used at any institution of higher learning. 

Thomas spoke about his plans to attend the University of Virginia and play for the basketball team. Rucker Snead was our guest speaker on July 8.  He is the Chairman of the United Way.  He was invited to speak by Rotarian Rhonda Arnold.
Dan Dwyer (left) had as his speaker Chris Calkins, park manager for Sailor's Creek Battlefield and popular author for publications on the Civil War and historical preservation. Johnny Ferrell spoke briefly to the Club about his  Peggy Epperson recently updated the Club on the new library, set to open by spring, and the children's section built in part by Rotary donations. Alex Reczhowski, our ambassadorial scholar recently returned from Hungary, shows off the bib he wore while eating fish soup. Alex represented Rotary superbly during his year of study. We certainly got our money's worth! The Hampden-Sydney College Rotaract Club recently came and updated our club on Rotaract activities. Its many community projects have been a tremendous boost to the Rotary name.
Farmville Town Manager Gerry Spates (right) is a favorite speaker at club meetings, bringing us up to date on what's happening around town. At left is former president Sam Shield. Ben Johnson (second from left) had as his guest speakers Harry Bryant, Rick Rowland and Ben Thompson from Luck Stone, which has 19 quarries throughout Virginia and North Carolina. Rotarian Cannon Watson is pictured on the far right.