5 outstanding community organizations receive distributions from the 2014 CAPINNÉ fund raising event. Pictured are (l-r): Ellen Yackel, Executive Director, The Haven Shelter; Lance Barton, CEO, Northern Neck Food Bank; Connie Deagle, Director, Rappahannock General Hospital Cancer Center; Nina Thompson, Northern Neck Rotary Club President; Donna Anderson, Vice President, Boys and Girls Club of the Northern Neck; and Edna Mason, President, Interfaith.

Northern Neck Rotary Club President, Nina Thompson, distributed the net proceeds of the CAPINNÉ 2014 fund raising event to five local charities at a recent club meeting.  CAPINNÉ, a word derived from the club’s philosophy “Caring About People In the Northern Neck”, event was held at Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club in July and featured a gourmet meal and Presidential debate that might have occurred in the race for the 1800 presidency between sitting President John Adams and his opponent and Vice President, Thomas Jefferson.  The dramatization was written, produced and performed by members of The Lancaster Players.

A total of $11,000 was given to representatives of the charities who gave a brief outline of each organizations’ mission.

Donna Anderson Vice President of the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of the Northern Neck related that the club had 210 kids join the summer program this year.  The program focused on learning, sports, travel and visits to Rappahanock Community College.  More recently members of the club put on an art program and show displaying the talent of the children of the community.  Some 400+ children are served by the club in its after school program of mentoring, homework and sports activities.  She thanked the Rotary Club for being a partner with them in providing opportunities for local kids.

The Northern Neck Food Bank CEO, Lance Barton, told the club that it had been a very busy time for the organization in gathering and distributing millions of pounds of food to local and distant families and individuals in need through food pantries.  The organization is unique in that it concentrates on collection of fresh food and farm products rather than relying solely on donated canned and processed food.  This program has gained national recognition and Barton has become a sought after speaker to other Food Bank programs to share the secret of local success.

25 years ago, with the cooperation of Virginia Commonwealth University, the Rappahannock General Hospital Cancer Center was opened.  Connie Deagle, RN, the center’s Manager related that the center has been a local resource for patients to receive information and chemotherapy that might otherwise be unavailable.  The center treats 300 active patients ranging in age from 18 to 97.  Over the years the staff noted the tremendous financial burden encountered by patients requiring the expensive follow-on drugs receiving treatment.  The nursing staff began a fund enabling them to offer some assistance.  Deagle said that assistance has been possible through the funds raised for outpatient drugs and in some cases other things such as transportation, phone and heat to ease the patient’s decisions as whether to buy the lifesaving drugs or the necessities of life.

The Interfaith Service Council was organized in 1982 through the cooperation of local area churches to initially provide assistance to those who had lost their homes because of fire.  Edna Mason, President of the organization, said the mission had expanded into four major areas.  1) The Concerned Citizens Committee which help with home repairs and build handicap ramps; 2) Food Boxes for individuals and families which needed urgent direct assistance; 3) Monetary assistance for heating fuel, electricity and the like; as well as 4) The warehouse of donated furniture for families in need free of charge.

Ellen Yackel, Executive Director of The Haven Shelter, outlined the organization’s mission.  As a shelter and advocate for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault The Haven has sheltered some 85 individuals.  It also offers advocacy in court assisting victims and operated a 24-hour hotline as a resource for those finding themselves in need of counsel.  The program has expanded its scope by using its hotline as a contact point for homeless persons for the Northern Neck Housing Coalition to provide rapid rehousing for individuals.

In addition to the distributions made to local charities the Northern Neck Rotary Scholarship Fund was able to award four $1,000 scholarships to seniors graduating from Lancaster and Northumberland High Schools in 2014 and grow the scholarship endowment.  The fund has been established with the River Counties Community Foundation with the goal of providing at least one scholarship to local students in perpetuity.

Thompson said that the club had to make a tough decision to reduce the number of organizations receiving CAPINNÉ assistance this year due to the increasing difficulty in fundraising.  By doing this the club was able to make a more substantial donation to organizations that will perhaps have a much greater impact to the mission of each.

The Rotary Club is now in full gear setting plans for the annual Christmas Tree Sale which begins the day after Thanksgiving on Main Street in Kilmarnock.

Planning has already begun for CAPINNÉ 2015.  Thompson invited members of community to come and visit the club for breakfast at one of its meetings held weekly at Lee’s Restaurant, Main Street, Kilmarnock any Wednesday at 7:30 AM. 

Reprint of an article in the Rappahannock Record



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.