Meeting Report July 21, 2014

Our club was the first that District Governor Gary Bray visited on his trip to our part of District 7670 this week. After attending the first board meeting under the new 2014-15 leadership, Gary spoke to members gathered at the regular meeting. Gary said that the job of the Governor is to lead and support the club. He emphasized the importance of the club and it’s members saying that there are no district projects and that club leadership should lead by example.

He said Rotary’s mission is to “Do good in the world” and that Rotary’s main three issues are building membership, our successful project to eradicate polio and to continue our dedication to service.

Gary is visiting other clubs in our area this week, celebrating his 47th anniversary with his wife Demi and wrapping up the week enjoying the Symphony by the Lake at Chetola Friday night.

Gary Bray, District 7670 Governor for the 2014-2015 Rotary year

Gary Bray, District 7670 Governor for the 2014-2015 Rotary year

Meeting Report July 14, 2014

Amber Bateman, who founded Quiet Givers to help kids in school with meals, supplies and clothing, explained their current Back 2 School Festival. We can help “Pack the Bus” located at Yadkin Bank in Boone with items. The deadline for donations is August 4th and the festival will be held at Watuaga High School on August 9th.

Also, you can donate clothes and other items to the Salvation Army, Freedom Farms, Bare Bones or Goodwill. Just say they are for the Quiet Givers Back 2 School Festival and they will issue gift cards for the value of the clothes that Quiet Givers will then distribute to parents in need to use to purchase just the items they need for their children. This also allows them to do it discreetly instead of at the festival.

For more information, you can visit their website at

Amber Bateman addresses members about Quiet Givers.

Amber Bateman addresses members about Quiet Givers.



Here is a list of what they need:

General List for All Grades

  • Backpack                       700 (1 per child -8-12g)
  • Pencils                           10,000 (10 per child)
  • Block erasers               2,000 (2 per child)
  • Cap erasers                  500  (1 pack of 10)
  • Colored pencils           400  (1 pack of 12)
  • Crayons                         600  (1 pack of 12)
  • Markers                         500  (1 pack of 8)
  • Glue sticks                    3,000 (3 per child)
  • Scissors                          500 Pair
  • 2-pocket folders          2400
  • 1-inch binder                300
  • 2+ inch binder              300 (anything larger than 2 inches)
  • Ear buds                        1000 child sizes needed (1 per child)
  • Composition notebook  2000 (primary and regular)
  • Spiral notebook             2000  (college and wide rule)
  • Loose-leaf paper           1000 (College and Wide rule)
  • Highlighter                     1000
  • Section dividers            100
  • Pens                                 1500 (blue, black, red)
  • Index cards                     1000 (Both Sizes)
  • Ruler                                500
  • Hand sanitizer               1000
  • Tissues                            1000 personal (large boxes donated will be distributed to the schools)
  • Post-it notes                  1000 (Distributed to Schools)
  • Dry erase markers       1000 (Distributed to Schools)


We also had another Paul Harris Fellow presentation:

Club Foundation Chair Virginia Vanstory presented Jim Steel with his Paul Harris +1 pin for surpassing $2,000 in Foundation donations.

Club Foundation Chair Virginia Vanstory presented Jim Steel with his Paul Harris +1 pin for surpassing $2,000 in Foundation donations. Thanks Jim!

Blowing Rock Rotary Blood Drive

3049-red-cross-blood-drive-scheduled-adaOur July 15th Red Cross blood drive at Rumple Church was a huge success. We met the Red Cross goal by collecting 44 pints of blood.

Thanks to all who donated!

July Member Profile


Member Profile Canady

Like most of our Rotary family, Chuck Canady was not born here. He hails from Baltimore, where his father was priest of a local church. His father’s career as an Episcopal priest allowed Chuck to live in many different states, including Mississippi and Alabama and North Carolina.

Chuck was a Signalman in the US Navy. His ship, USS Bordelon, took him to cities of the Far East, to Panama and to Guantanamo Bay. He also saw duty in Viet Nam.

He studied at Southern Miss for freshman and sophomore years and graduated from Appalachian.

Chuck has been a Rotarian for only two years but he has already served as Vocational Chair. He has especially enjoyed working with the scholarship program for high school seniors. Great picture of him in The Blowing Rocket last week awarding scholarships. He has also volunteered at career day at ASU.

Chuck’s favorite charities are Alzheimer’s Research and Crossnore School.

After graduation from App State University, Chuck studied for one year at the School of Theology at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. His unrealized dreams include reading the Bible from cover to cover and visiting the Holy Land to see the birthplace of Christ.

You may not know that Chuck plays the guitar. His band played at high school dances.

After a childhood in numerous locations, Chuck grew roots. After the military, his sole career has been as a financial advisor, stock broker with CLU and AWMA certification. His thirty-five-year career in Jacksonville, Florida, preceded similar work in Boone. Chuck decided to return to the mountains with his wife Kathy and see the leaves.

When at leisure (he’s not at leisure for long, I suspect), Chuck plays with his black labs Suzi and Luci and takes them for long walks. He enjoys golf. He likes to sip a little wine.

The animal he more resembles is a black bear. You may see him hiking through the woods, a favorite pursuit.

At home he plans to oversee a deck expansion project, house painting and garden landscaping. No wonder he stays fit.

Chuck and Kathy enjoy five children and step-children and Riley, JP and Addie, their grandchildren.