The Northern Neck Rotary Club


CAPINNÉ 2014 Hosts a Slugfest Between Heavyweights


Incumbent President John Adams and sitting Vice President Thomas Jefferson held a no-holds-barred debate on the future of America in a re-enactment of the battle for the Presidency in 1800 Saturday evening July 19 at Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club.  The event was a part of the 24th annual CAPINNÉ Charity Dinner sponsored by the Northern Neck Rotary Club.

 This year’s event featured a presentation written, directed and performed by actors from The Lancaster Players in White Stone.  John Adams (played by Mark Favazza) took the initiative against Thomas Jefferson (Ray Britt) who parried the robust arguments with gentlemanly ease.  Abigail Adams (Mary Wadkins) came to her husband’s defense regarding many unflattering depictions in the press of the day.  Benjamin Rush (Michael Kennedy), a friend to both Adams and Jefferson, did a marvelous job in keeping the sides apart and focused on the topics of the day.  In short Adams didn’t believe that governing by the masses was possible and should be done by a layer of the aristocracy; whereas, Jefferson countered that this would put the new country back in the pocket of King George as the people must be heard.

 While all was taken in good fun by those assembled, all agreed that the politics of the founding fathers did not differ much from today’s rancor.  The election of 1800 it is remembered ended in a tie which was broken by one vote in the House of Representatives.

Attendees at the event dined on a meal expertly prepared by the chefs of Indian Creek before the debate began.

The Northern Neck Rotary Club has been holding these annual events for 24 years and has raised over $566,000 and disbursed the funds exclusively to programs and charities providing services in Lancaster and Northumberland counties.  In addition CAPINNÉ has endowed a scholarship program which ensures at least one $1,000 scholarship may be awarded to a student graduating from the counties high school each year.  A call was made for extra-mile giving to the program and an additional $2,500 was given to fund additional scholarships.  As a direct result of last year’s appeal three additional scholarships were awarded to 2014 graduates.

The Annual Rotary Community Service Award was presented by Club President, Nina Thompson to Ed Fuhrer for his efforts on behalf of the Northern Neck Boys’ and Girls’ Club.  As a founding member of the board and President since 2008, Fuhrer told the audience that the fruits of the Club are beginning to be felt in the area.  Improvement academically and beha

viorally are becoming manifest as children mature under the guidance and tutelage of staff and peers of the pro

gram.  Fuhrer proclaimed the merits of the program and downplayed his role in it but it is because of him and others on the guiding board that the program has achieved success, according to Ken Knull, co-chair of the event.

As a supplement to the dinner the Northern Neck Rotary had sold raffle tickets for an electric golf cart and the drawing was held at the close of the evening’s festivities.  Dr. Glenda Haynie from Rappahannock Community College was found to hold the lucky thicket.  When notified of her win, Dr. Haynie instructed the club to give the cart to RCC to be used by the college in their programs especially the Preakness Party fund raiser to be held next spring.

CAPINNÉ is a French sounding word derived from the philosophy of the event, Caring About People In the Northern NÉck.  Individuals wishing to contribute to the efforts may send donations to The Northern Neck Rotary Trust, PO Box 108, Kilmarnock, Virginia 22482. 

The Northern Neck Rotary Club invited, through the emcee for the evening, Skip Ackerly, those assembled to consider joining the club and assisting in the effort.  He pointed out that all were welcome to visit the club at one of its meetings at Lee’s Restaurant at 7:30 AM for breakfast and program.  To learn more, information is available from any member of the club.

* CAPINNÉ--Pronounced "CAP-e-nay"--Caring About People In the Northern ck

CAPINNÉ Golf Cart Raffle 

The Northern Neck Rotary Club, as a part of their annual CAPINNÉ fund raising event, sold raffle tickets for this like new Club Car Electric Golf Cart.  

The cart came complete with windshield, hard top, charger and fresh batteries.  An unusual feature is the rear flip down seat which expands seating to 4 or provides an extra area to carry supplies or perhaps golf clubs.  More than 300 tickets were sold adding to the capabilities of the event to assist the community.