Author Archives: Mike Smitka

About Mike Smitka

Professor of Economics, Washington and Lee University. I follow the Japanese economy and the automotive industry, particularly suppliers and innovation. As a liberal arts college prof I am conversant with a range of macro and micro topics, including 25 years of teaching about the Chinese economy. My Japanese is good; I read it almost as quickly as English. I get by in German, and can work through things in Chinese and Russian. Outside of my teaching in the economics department at Washington and Lee University, I'm currently the acting program for East Asian Studies, a member of the American Advisory Committee of the Japan Foundation, a judge for the Automotive News PACE supplier competition, the secretary-treasurer of the EMBA Foundation, the treasurer of the Washington & Southeast Japan Seminar, and the President of the Board of the United Way of Rockbridge. I blog several places, sing in a couple local choral groups, and am active at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Lexington VA.

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America’s #1 Charity

Forbes came out with their annual ranking of charities; the United Way network comes in at the top. They are careful to point out that in fact United Way consists of 1,000+ legally independent local charities and not one giant … Continue reading

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2016-17 Campaign Underway!

We thank the Generals Club members who have donated or pledged, and small businesses that have become Community Leaders. Several employers have now begun their workplace campaigns on our behalf – thank you!!

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General’s Club Reception Sept 20

Join us at Kendal Hall from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm in the meeting hall to the right of the entrance of the main building. We’ll introduce our agencies and how your contribution benefits the community.

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Community Food Drive: 2016 Campaign Kick-off

As advertised in the Lexington News-Gazette, look for boxes at the following locations. Contributions will be shared by Campus Kitchen, the Community Table, the Natural Bridge Food Pantry and the Rockbridge Area Relief Association. Blue Phoenix Cafe (110 W Washington, Lexington) Donald’s … Continue reading

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Rockbridge Regional Festival

Visit our booth on Main Street in Lexington Saturday August 27th! Books and more!! Followup: thank you for stopping by! We gave away 347 books for children!

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2015-16 Fundraising Campaign Results

Thank you for your support!! We raised $230,209.10 during our 2015-16 Campaign. We will launch the 2016-17 campaign at Kendal on Thursday, September 15, 2016. Watch for updates!

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