Committed to the Cause

Joanna Gruver


Owner, Haywood’s Jewelers at Smith Mountain Lake


Why did you join Rotary? I love our community and this is a great group of people working hard for for our community and around the world. 

What inspires you? The thought that you can make a huge difference in someone’s life with a small action. I am inspired by selfless people. If you want to do good things surround yourself with good people.


Pamela Chitwood

President Elect

United Way of Roanoke Valley/ Associate Director of Community Impact,Franklin County 


Why did you join Rotary? When you think of United Way and Rotary, they are both synonymous for community service. It was really exciting to know there was another civic agency doing great things in our community and I wanted to be a part of it.


What inspires you? I have a heart for service. With so many needs in our area, I have no trouble finding outreach possibilities. It is inspiring to see the change, we are all striving to create through community investment.


Lisa Nichols

Past President

Church and Community Worker Missionary with the United Methodist Church

Why did you join Rotary? I joined Rotary to become more involved and to make contacts in the community

What inspires you? I am inspired by the work of Rotary throughout the world, including the work in Ghana with wells, schools, and toilets, and with the eradication of polio. I'm also inspired by the work of Rocky Mount Rotary that continues to enable children, youth, and adults to experience safer and more fulfilling lives, ie. community gardens, swimming lessons at the YMCA, the FRESH and CHILL coalitions, etc


Becky Newbill


Retired Teacher, then Bank Teller

Why did you join Rotary? When teaching I always heard Mark Harry Newbill and Greg James discussing Rotary projects which made me want to get involved. As soon as I retired, I joined.

What inspires you? Seeing people helping others. Service before self.


Lisa Schenk


Senior Account Executive with VML Insurance Programs

Why did you join Rotary? To give back to the community

What inspires you? Seeing the positive impact that Rotary has in our community and around the world