Good to Know: Loose Ends

October 30th, 2010 by Kim Lenz

The Williamsburg Rotary Club is looking for nominees or nominations for that special story. You know the story about that special person or organization making a positive mark on Williamsburg, that’s the kind of story the Williamsburg Rotary Club wants to tell and reward with their new Positively Williamsburg initiative. “We wanted to extend the Rotary motto of ‘Service above Self’ when we discussed setting up a positive community program,” explained President-Elect Bob Tubbs. “Our membership is highly supportive and we are donating prizes and services as prizes to acknowledge individual and organization’s contributions. We plan to quarterly recognize both the winner and the person who nominated them through our Positively Williamsburg Facebook and Williamsburg pages and at one of our Thursday evening dinner programs. There is a diverse list of prize sponsors including Colonial Williamsburg, Food for Thought and others.”

The program’s purpose is to identify, acknowledge and reward regional activities that benefit everyone in our community, while sharing, recognizing and rewarding individual(s) and/or groups that make us proud to live here.

Positively Williamsburg wants your stories, photos and videos about people, places and events in our community that are having a positive and lasting impact. Whether it is the front desk clerk, a church member, a civic or community leader, student or someone who positively affects their work or social environment, they would like to hear about them, acknowledge and thank them; while sharing their stories with the rest of the community.

To submit your candidate(s), go to Positively Williamsburg Facebook page, the Williamsburg Rotary website or email your nominee to

Tubbs noted the more detailed information provided about their contributions, the better.

The Williamsburg Christian Church receives recognition from City of Williamsburg
Beginning with the November Congressional election in November, the City of Williamsburg will relocate the Berkeley Precinct to the United Methodist Church on Jamestown Road. However, the move did not take place without recognizing the Williamsburg Christian Church, which had served the Berkeley Precinct from November 6, 2007 thru June 8.

The Williamsburg Christian Church was presented a resolution on October 26 from the Electoral Board and the General Registrar for the City of Williamsburg thanking the church “…for its exemplary service to the voters of the Berkeley precinct in the City of Williamsburg.” The resolution was presented to Associate Minister David Faith in the Williamsburg City Council Chambers.

The City’s decision to shift the location of the Berkeley Precinct to the United Methodist Church on Jamestown Road beginning with the election scheduled for November 2, was in no way an expression of dissatisfaction with the support it received from Associate Minister Faith and the Williamsburg Christian Church, but rather a recognition of the need for a larger facility to accommodate the expected growth of the Berkeley Precinct in 2011 as a result of the 2010 Census.

Part of the resolution read, “Now, therefore, be it resolved, on this 19th day of August, 2010, that the Electoral Board and the General Registrar for the City of Williamsburg wish to express their deep gratitude to Associate Minister, David Faith, and the members and staff of the Williamsburg Christian Church for the outstanding service they have provided to the registered voters of the Berkeley Precinct by providing a polling place location for nine elections. They have truly helped to promote democracy within the Berkeley Precinct.”

WJCC School Board recognizes four students

The WJCC School Board recognized three National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists, one from each high school, and one National Achievement Scholarship semifinalist at a recent school board meeting.

The National Merit Scholarship program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the program by taking the preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which serves as an initial screen of about 1.5 million entrants each year.  Of those 1.5 million entrants, about 50,000 with the highest scores in critical reading, mathematics and writing skills qualify for recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Semifinalists are among the highest scoring students in each state, and must advance by meeting even more rigorous academic requirements. These students will go on to try to achieve “Finalist” status.

Receiving certificates recognizing them as semifinalists were:



Jennifer Kades

Jennifer Kades from Lafayette High School plays field hockey and tennis and is leaning toward studying environmental engineering. She interested in attending either Stanford or Duke University.


Michael McCoy

Michael McCoy is Warhill High School’s first-ever National Merit Scholarship semifinalist. He is active in the Model UN program, the Honors Band, Jazz Band, and the student council association. He will also receive the honor of Eagle Scout in the coming weeks. He would like to attend Georgetown University or William & Mary.


Mitchell Spryn

Mitchell Spryn is a student at Jamestown High School and hopes to major in engineering to become a nuclear engineer. His college interests are MIT, Carnegie Mellon University, Duke, Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia.


Brianna Nelson

Brianna Nelson, student at Lafayette High School, received recognition as a National Achievement Scholarship Program semifinalist. She participates in track, cross country and band and upon graduation she hopes to attend Virginia Tech.

Positively the first


David Everett, Adam Steely and the Blue Talon staff.

The Williamsburg Rotary Club is proud to announce that David Everett & Adam Steely of the Blue Talon Restaurant have been selected as the inaugural winners of the Positively Williamsburg project.

“David and Adam are very community-minded, innovative community leaders, who have sponsored many great and diverse events such as the 5K Turkey Trot, Arts, Music and Wine Festivals, and the Sunday night outdoor movie series on Prince George Street. Over the years, they have consistently shown what kind of impact a positive, proactive and participatory organization can have on a community. We can all learn from their example,” said the Rotary’s Bob Tubbs.

The Club also thanked and acknowledged Shirley Vermillion for nominating David and Adam.

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