Meeting Report December 8, 2014

DECEMBER STUDENT OF THE MONTH AWARDS

Blowing Rock School Student of the Month Lauren Shaw poses with her proud parents.

Blowing Rock School Student of the Month Lauren Shaw poses with her proud parents.

 

Blowing Rock School Student of the Month Stryker Massimo poses with his proud parents and two little brothers after the meeting.

Blowing Rock School Student of the Month Stryker Massimo poses with his proud parents and two little brothers after the meeting.

 

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Portrait Marshall 3Club President and Webmaster John Marshall took members on a tour through the club website as a refresher for longtime members and as an introduction for the several new members we have welcomed over the past year. He pointed out all the information on the site such as a list of members, where we meet, club officers and committee chairs, club history, and by laws.

The website also has a fun gallery of photos from events over the past few years as well as links to the club database, Rotary International and local organizations. One of the main sections is Projects where members and others can find out all the great things our club does in the community, from our major fundraisers to hands-on efforts such as the Dictionary project and Career Day.

Marshall pointed out that it is helpful to members, but also is a great selling tool for prospective members to find out what Rotary is all about and how our club operates.

Meeting Report December 1, 2014

Watauga High School Anti-Bullying Program

At left is Ginny Farris, Guidance Counselor. At right is Jennifer Wandler, Social Worker. Both Ginny and Jennifer work to reduce bullying at Watuaga High school.

At left is Ginny Farris, Guidance Counselor. At right is Jennifer Wandler, Social Worker. Both Ginny and Jennifer work to reduce bullying at Watuaga High school. Their presentation elicited a lot of questions from members.

 

Ginny and Jennifer said that Watauga High School has a “zero-tolerance” policy on bullying. When bullying is brought to their attention, Jennifer said that they give the perpetrator a warning. If it continues, they can file charges. They both pointed out the danger of cyber bullying. Prior to the internet bullying often ended when the victim left school for home. Now it can be a 24-7 nightmare perpetrated on social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and texting. At the same time, they said much of bullying is still verbal.

Watauga High School has a “Resource Officer” who patrols the halls. Jennifer said that he bonds with the students and works to avoid being a feared authority figure. She also said they  hope to begin an anonymous bullying reporting system in January.

 

Jim Zellner gave his new member talk before he heads south to Florida for the winter. Jim was born in Florida on January 1, 1946, considered the official beginning of the baby-boom generation. He is a PhD economist who served four years in the Carter administration where he said he saw first-hand the popular old saying about the similarity between making laws and making sausage. Jim worked as an economist in private industry such as Tropicana and also taught economics at the University of Florida. Jim has two kids from a previous marriage and retired in 2011. He said he and his second wife bought a used Airstream trailer and traveled the country fro four months. They traded that for a bigger trailer and his son convinced them to come to the High Country to see the fall colors. They camped at Julian Price Park and immediately fell in love with the area. He said they came back two weeks later and bought a house here.

Jim Zellner gave his new member talk before he heads south to Florida for the winter. Jim was born in Florida on January 1, 1946, considered the official beginning of the baby-boom generation. He is a PhD economist who served four years in the Carter administration where he said he saw first-hand the popular old saying about the similarity between making laws and making sausage. Jim worked as an economist in private industry such as Tropicana and also taught economics at the University of Florida. Jim has two kids from a previous marriage and retired in 2011. He said he and his second wife bought a used Airstream trailer and traveled the country fro four months. They traded that for a bigger trailer and his son convinced them to come to the High Country to see the fall colors. They camped at Julian Price Park and immediately fell in love with the area. He said they came back two weeks later and bought a house here.

 

Membership Services Chair Ray Pickett inducts Terese Oliver into the club as her sponsor, Rita Davis, looks on. Terese owns Chick-Fil-A in Boone. The total number of active, Rule of 85 and honorary members now stands at 64.

Membership Services Chair Ray Pickett inducts Terese Oliver into the club as her sponsor, Rita Davis, looks on. Terese owns Chick-Fil-A in Boone. The total number of active, Rule of 85 and honorary members now stands at 64.

 

Meeting Report November 24, 2014

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE…

Blowing Rock Police Chief Tony Jones points to a photo of a bear caught by a trail cam on the screen.

Blowing Rock Police Chief Tony Jones points to a photo of a bear caught by a trail cam on the screen. Tony cracked up his audience with bits of humor as he did a presentation about the wild animals in our midst: bears, coyotes, bobcats, skunks, opossums, turkeys, ducks, geese, snapping turtles and beavers.

 

Tony said the photo on the left in this slide was of the mama bear just before she destroyed the trail cam.

Tony said the photo on the left in this slide was of the mama bear just before she destroyed the trail cam.

 

A coyote carries away "Mr. Fluffy Whiskers". Tony injected some humor into this shocking photo of a coyote with someone's pet cat. He warned those with cats to keep them inside at night. Tony also told of a coyote in Taylorsville that was quite the neighborhood hunter. When his officers finally found the den he said there were 25-30 dog collars spread about.

A coyote carries away “Mr. Fluffy Whiskers”. Tony injected some humor into this shocking photo of a coyote with someone’s pet cat. He warned those with cats to keep them inside at night. Tony also told of a coyote in Taylorsville that was quite the neighborhood hunter. When his officers finally found it’s den he said there were 25-30 dog collars spread about.

 

Wheelchair Project Chair Bill Leahey appealed to members to donate funds to provide wheelchairs around the world. He said just $150 buys a sturdy wheelchair for someone in need and that you can get a photo of the recipient as well. Bill cleverly ended his talk by lowering a curtain (actually his napkin) in front of his face.

Wheelchair Project Chair Bill Leahey appealed to members to donate funds to provide wheelchairs around the world. He said just $150 buys a sturdy wheelchair for someone in need and that you can get a photo of the recipient as well. Bill cleverly ended his talk by lowering a curtain (actually his napkin) in front of his face.

Meeting Report November 17, 2014

PROGRAM: THE ROTARY FOUNDATION

Past President and 2014 Citizen of the Year Alice Salthouse spoke on matching grants.

Past President and 2014 Citizen of the Year Alice Salthouse spoke on matching grants.

Club Foundation Chair Virginia Vanstory spoke about the Rotary Foundation. Virginia is a Past President and was also 2001 Rotarian of the Year.

Club Foundation Chair Virginia Vanstory spoke about the Rotary Foundation. Virginia is a Past President and was also 2001 Rotarian of the Year.

Past President and two-time Rotarian of the Year Jim West on his matching grant projects

Past President and two-time Rotarian of the Year Jim West on his matching grant projects.

 

 

Virginia Vanstory gave an overview of the Rotary Foundation. Founded in 1917 by Arch C, Klumph. Its first contribution was in 1929. He gave $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children, which later became Easter Seals. When Paul Harris died, contributions poured in.

Foundation projects include:

Ambassadorial Scholars started in 1947
Group Study Exchange started in 1965
PolioPlus started in 1985
Matching Grants & Awards for Technical Trades

The Foundation website devotes 38 pages on how Foundation funds are invested.

Jim West chronicled some of our clubs Foundation Projects, beginning with a water and sewer project at Little Samaritan’s Mission in Moldova. Jim and several other Club members went twice to work on that project. We also funded the purchase of a van in Uruguay and converting it and equipping it as an ambulance.

We have hosted Group Study Exchanges with Finland, Denmark, Nigeria and others.  Our Rotarians led Exchanges to Mexico and Australia. And every year we host Youth Exchange students visiting our district, feeding, housing and taking them skiing.

Alice Salthouse spoke about two Matching Grant projects our club worked on.  In each case our club gave $5,000. Which was matched by the District and then funded by Rotary International so that there was a total of $17,500. One Belize grant project, by 10 club members and some others, refurbished a Dental Clinic, and installed all new equipment, chairs and tools. They also repainted and put in playground equipment. Alice described David Wray fighting to remove a metal pipe which stood up just under a swing set

Also in Belize Alice and her team, including Mike Capristo and Mike Kebelbeck, refurbished school. They painted it, put screens in the cafeteria windows, installed electrical lines, replaced plumbing, built a playground and provided musical instruments and computers.

Our club also sent a team to Haiti including Alice, Basil, Mike Capristo &Van Joffrion. .

Foundation grant money sent local Rotarian, Brian Bennet to Croatia as a visiting professor. Our Rotary District has also funded International Ambassadorial Scholars and one International Peace Scholar. Alice said that such trips are life changing and encouraged other Rotarians to join them.

Foundation money has also helped finance our local dictionary project and scholarships through district grants.

C.A.R.T. Chair Ed Tausche shows off the new Mason jar with a Rotary logo for members to use at home to collect loose change. He asked members to bring them to a meeting when they are full. Look out Lenoir! Like Avis, we're number two. We try harder!

C.A.R.T. Chair Ed Tausche shows off the new Mason jar with a Rotary logo for members to use at home to collect loose change. He asked members to bring them to a meeting when they are full. Look out Lenoir! Like Avis, we’re number two. We try harder!

 

Our winter meeting place in the Timbers Room at Chetola

Our winter meeting place in the Timbers Room at Chetola.