What is the Gloucester Rotary Club?

Chartered in 1962, the Gloucester Rotary Club supports the individuals, organizations, and businesses of Gloucester, Virginia through services, grant-making, and advancing community.

The Gloucester Rotary believes strongly in the Rotary’s motto “Service Above Self” and is proud to be a part of the 1.4 million global network of Rotarians creating lasting change at every level of society.

The Gloucester Rotary meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month at PEMS at 5:30 PM and hosts socials the 4th Thursday of each month at a different local eatery. We invite you to join us, and are always looking for new members who are excited to strengthen and improve their community!

Remembering A True Rotarian

Ellis Hall, a long-time respected business owner and community advocate in Gloucester VA, passed away on September 20th at the age of 104. Ellis was a charter member of Gloucester Rotary Club and continued as a valued and dedicated member for 57 years. He was active in all Rotary projects well into his 90s and was a Paul Harris Fellow +4.

In 1963, he was an integral part of a group that organized polio vaccinations for 20,000+ children at churches on Sunday mornings. In that same year, the Club raised $25,000 for Rotary's PolioPlus. Ellis continued to support the global eradication of polio throughout his life.

Ellis also participated in the Club's annual rabies clinic held in conjunction with veterinarian and fellow Rotarian Gilbert Birdsall, and he was always involved in the Club’s annual Pig Roast fundraiser, which just celebrated its 38th year. True to his nature, Ellis would help wherever needed,
from cooking all day to parking!

Ellis also volunteered at the local jail, providing Bible study for the inmates in conjunction with Southeastern Correction Ministries. When the inmates were released, he continued his ministry by finding transportation and jobs and helping them transition into independent and productive community members.

To this day Rotary still support his charities and celebrates his generous spirit. He was always giving back to the community, and Gloucester is a better place because WWII veteran Ellis Hall lived, worked, and volunteered here.

Thank you to all who attended the Pig Roast!

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Through your support we raised nearly $14,000 which will aid local organizations and provide scholarships for Gloucester youth!

Nearly 200 people joined us at Ware River Yacht Club on Thursday, September 22nd, for delicious food and a great cause. 
If you missed the event but would still like to support this important work please reach out to Nancy Dykeman at ndyke0622@aol.com.
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