November and December are always hectic months due to the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. The Rotary Club of Newport News remains flexible and embraces the various opportunities to help the community. As a result, we’ve canceled a couple of meetings to make room for community service and celebration.

On December 8th, our club took to Hampton, and we helped set up the warehouse for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. This has been a project that our club has participated in for several years. Once the work is done, we enjoy a slice of pizza or two! Our members love this project because we can see the impact and joy that we will bring to members of our community.

Instead of a lunch meeting on December 13th, we had an evening social to celebrate the holidays. We all enjoyed great finger foods and desserts with our fellow members and their guests. The event included a fun and entertaining white elephant gift exchange. Some gifts were all about the laughs, while other gifts seemed to be in high demand as “steals” happened on a regular basis.

We also canceled our meeting on December 20th because we set up shop at the Patrick Henry Mall for bell ringing for the Salvation Army.  Our club worked in shifts of two people (or more) for 75 minutes each for the entire day. While the temperatures were a bit “cool,” we didn’t have to worry about staying dry. This is another project that our club has supported for several years.

Our club will take a break on December 27th and January 3rd but we’ll be back on January 10th for a fun-filled 2023. We’ll be meeting at the same time and place, the James River Country Club in Newport News. We’d love for you to join us!