CAPINNÉ 2012 was the twenty-second in a very successful series of events sponsored by the Northern Neck Rotary Club to raise funds in support of charities in Lancaster and Northumberland Counties.
Who would have guessed that the road to fame and fortune would have wound through Reedville and CAPINNÉ? By now (September 2, 2012) everyone knows that our featured entertainer Tom Cotter is headed to the finals in America's Got Talent. It is not surprising considering the performance before the large CAPINNÉ audience at Festival Hall on July 21st. Several members of the audience barely caught their breath during the hour long stand-up routine Tom delivered. The humor was down-to-earth and tailored to the Northern Neck clientel.
The event was very special in many other ways as well. The generosity of the patrons and sponsors enabled a considerable profit which will benefit charities and programs right here in Lancaster and Northumberland counties which provide assistance directly to those in need in the two counties.
Margaret Nost was recognized for her contributions to the region most recently as Regional Director, Philanthropic Services for the Community Foundation in the Northern Neck and Middle Penisula. Mrs. Nost is the iconic personification of the Community Foundation assisting donors and recipients alike to align their philanthropic wishes and needs. (more info to below)
A special appeal was made for direct contributions to the Northern Neck Rotary Scholarship Program and more than $2,000 was intantly pledged to this fund. Managed by the Community Foundation, the scholarship program is endowed to award a $1,000 per year to a graduating senior from either Northumberland or Lancaster. due to the extra mile giving in the past four such scholarships were awarded last year. The awards are to help students moving forward to a senior college or vocational trade school of their choice.
CAPINNÉ 2012 got off to a roaring start with the donation of a 38" sailboat by Don Morton. The boat, constructed in South Africa and sailed to the Northern Neck, was refrubrished by Ken and Karen Knull owners of Yankee Point Sailboat Marina and sold with all profits going to CAPINNÉ.
The evening began with a social hour and silent auction. Competition was very spirited among participants for the spectacular array of items donated by businesses and individuals in the area. Sponsorships and advertisers enabled the upscale social event to maintain its stellar reputation. The auction was followed by a gourmet dinner catered by Windows on the Water at Yankee Point and closed with the Tom Cotter performance.
Preliminary estimates show that the total proceeds will likely top $20,000 for the Club's effort.
The CAPINNÉ Sponsors and Donors include
Yankee Point Sailboat Marina
Bank of Lancaster
Otis & Barbe Pike
Richard Thompson Family
Lamberth Building Materials
Union First Market Bank
Andrew Pitts-Furniture Maker Bobby’s Marine
George “Sonny” & Joan Thomas Hubbard Insurance Company
Hubbard, Terry & Britt, PC Connie Jett Florist
Jett’s Marine Northern Neck Coca Cola Bottling Co. Rappahannock Hang-ups & Gallery Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury Rappahannock Yachts Ken & Barbara Ravenna
Richard & Alice Slember
WF Booth & Son, Inc. Cheryl Crawford
Eckard’s Restaurant Jacey Vineyards
Ken & Karen Knull KIWS Rotary Club Seafood Festival
Stuart & KK Painter Historical Lancaster Tavern
Lewis Trimble Decorative Arts & Antiques Noblett Appliance & Propane
Rappahannock Art League Representative Rob Wittman
The Oaks Restaurant The Sandpiper Restaurant
The Tides Inn Golden Eagle Golf Course Tommy’s Restaurant
Northern Neck Rotary Club’s
Community Service Award
The Northern Neck Rotary Club’s Community Service Award recipient for 2012 is Margaret Nost, Regional Director, Philanthropic Services, The Community Foundation. Mrs. Nost is recognized for her “service above self” dedication to management services offered by the Community Foundation in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.
Nost grew up in Midlothian in Chesterfield County, which she says was still rural, the daughter of a family physician and her Husband, Eric, is from Annapolis, Maryland. After graduation fro Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Nost began her career at Crestar Financial Corporation in Richmond. Her parents had retired and moved to the area so they began to visit the area frequently on weekends and fell in love with the place. She said that she didn’t want her kids to grow up in an urban environment hanging out in shopping centers. Eric had the opportunity to open the investments division at the Citizens & Farmers Bank in West Point. With the need to relocate East of Richmond, the Nosts decided they could make it work from the Northern Neck.
Mrs. Nost, still working at Sun Trust Bank in Richmond, decided that the long commute was not working so she gave up her position and became involved at Chesapeake Academy where her children were enrolled. When the Academy needed a Director of Development, Nost applied and became an involved fully in the life of the Northern Neck. She says that while she has not been able to get her salary back to the level of what it had been before the move, the transition has been well worth the change. She goes on to say that she found here many of the values and life style of her youth in a rural safe environment.
Through her role in meeting many people in the area and at a time when she was looking to make another change in her life, The River Counties Foundation was looking for a part-time director. The scope and need of the Foundation had grown to the point where an on-site person was needed to coordinate the Foundation’s mission here, said Nost.
The River Counties Community Foundation (RCCF) operates as an affiliate of the Community Foundation, Serving Richmond and Central Virginia headquartered in Richmond. RCCF was founded in 1996 to serve Lancaster, Middlesex and Northumberland Counties with its own Advisory Board. Soon after her involvement with the original organization a need developed for professional staffing for Matthews and Gloucester so Nost became a full time resource for five counties. When asked how she manages to get it all done in a work week, Nost simply replies that it just means many miles on her car and is thankful for the internet.
RCCF is a nonprofit, public charity created by and for local citizens to benefit their community. The foundation holds charitable gifts, large and small, pools them for investment and returns them to the community in the form of grants and scholarships. The Community Foundation partners with the Spider Management at the University of Richmond to manage investment of funds trusted to their care.
A review of information regarding the foundation reveals a wide span of participants for a variety of charitable services and numerous options which organizations and individuals may utilize to fulfill their wishes. The list of participants in RCFF includes the Northern Neck Rotary Charitable Trust for the investment and administration of the Northern Neck Rotary Scholarship Endowment. The foundation’s fund has grown to $6 million in assets plus another $1.5 million in charitable trusts. In 2011 it distributed over $280,000 in the area. Additional information may be obtained through its web site www.rivercountiescf.org by phone at 804-438-9414 or email to Mrs. Nost at email@example.com.
Mrs. Nost insists that the recognition from the Northern Neck Rotary is for the foundation not her personally. She says, “This is not about me, there are loads of volunteers that do the job”. She does concede that with 15 advisory board members in each county, a large amount of her time is in training new members as the boards memberships turns over. The Club, on the other hand, recognizes that Mrs. Nost has quickly become the icon of the foundation locally. She is the face of the organization going above and beyond the requirements of the job. One board member said “Justification for investing in human cloning would be just to make sure Margaret Nost is always available”.
Margaret Nost joins a list of individuals that put “Service above Self” in the Rotary tradition. They are: Joe Curry, Carroll Ashburn, Connie Deagle, RN, Doug Monroe, Tom Gosse, Jean Nelson, Austin Roberts, Dr. Rocky Tingle, Dr. Elizabeth “Sissy” Crowther and Wardell Carter.
Nost serves on the Board of Visions, the Advisory Board of Northern Neck Connections, and the Board of Chesapeake Academy. She is a member of Kilmarnock United Methodist Church and says she enjoys anything that involves spending time with family and friends.