Meeting Report January 19, 2015

 

Mellow Mushroom Blowing Rock Sign

 Mellow Mushroom opened it’s first Blowing Rock location on Sunset Drive in 2001. They moved into the building formerly occupied by the Bob Timberlake store in June last year.

Ed Luddeke gave a spirited talk about the history of Mellow Mushroom and his family's journey in building their very successful locations in both Boone and Blowing Rock.

Ed Luddeke gave a spirited talk about the history of Mellow Mushroom and his family’s journey in building their very successful locations in both Boone and Blowing Rock.

 

Chase Luddeke grew up in the pizza business. He said he was pressed into service washing dishes as early as twelve years old. He became manager of the Blowing Rock store on Sunset at the age of 20. Now 30, you could tell his love of the business by his enthusiasm in telling their story in building the Boone and Blowing Rock locations and the story of Mellow Mushroom, surpassing 200 locations this past year.

Chase said the Boone location was the first outside of Georgia and that in the mid to late 90’s they would deliver dough in garbage bags by van all the way from Atlanta. He said it’s much more sophisticated now and that Mellow Mushroom is very quality conscious.

Mellow Mushroom in Boone and Blowing Rock employs over 130 people (mostly App State students).

And many thanks to Chase and Mellow Mushroom. Chase will provide pizzas for 45 people (18 of them exchange students and the rest chaperones and volunteers) this Friday night as part of our annual exchange student ski weekend.

 

Art Scurlock showed up in his finest Ohio State garb to celebrate his team winning the national college football championship. He had a special gift for Oregon Duck Mike Kebelbeck, but Mike was out of town. Art's going to bring his gift next week when Mike returns. Club President John Marshall got a peek at it and it's a good one!

Art Scurlock showed up in his finest Ohio State garb to celebrate his team winning the national college football championship. He had a special gift for Oregon Duck Mike Kebelbeck, but Mike was out of town. Art’s going to bring his gift next week when Mike returns. Club President John Marshall got a peek at it and it’s a good one!

Club Foundation Chair Virginia Vanstory announced we are much closer to 100% participation in contributions of at least $100 from every member. She read off the names of those who brought checks to the meeting.

Club Foundation Chair Virginia Vanstory announced we are much closer to 100% participation in contributions of at least $100 from every member. She read off the names of those who brought checks to the meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Billy Chick passed around a coconut palm basket from his home state of Hawaii to collect funds for Blowing Rock Cares to sponsor his Polar Plunge. Billy said he has collected $327 dollars so far. He said he started getting pretty nervous about the plunge when he arrived for Monday’s meeting and saw the sheet of ice on Chetola Lake!

Although not a part of Winterfest, our club is preparing to host 18 Rotary Exchange students from around the world for it’s annual ski weekend. Organized by Mike Kebelbeck, the students arrive Friday night for a pizza dinner at Rumple Church (thanks to the generosity of Chase Luddeke at Mellow Mushroom). They will hit the slopes at Appalachian Ski Mountain with free lift tickets on Saturday. Chick-Fil-A is donating lunch. The high school kids will warm up with a barbecue dinner from Woodland’s at the Clabough’s house Saturday night and head out Sunday morning.

Club members volunteering their time and homes are John Calvin, Jim Clabough, Terese Oliver, Vernon Dunn, Alice Salthouse, John Marshall. Thanks guys!

Member Profile January 2014 – Charles Hardin

Member Profile Hardin

How’s business? Ask Charles Hardin. He’s Executive Director of the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce. He’s been known to walk Main Street counting how many pedestrians are carrying shopping bags. He can also report on tourism, taxes, development and a score of other concerns.

He can also tell you where to eat, having owned Parkway Café in Blowing Rock. Prior to that he was a Regional Vice-president for a restaurant chain with forty-five stores in five states. He is also a Certified Health Inspector in South Carolina and Tennessee.

Charles was born in Waynesville, NC and lived there until he departed for ASU. He was a pre-med biology major with a chemistry minor. He had originally planned to be a dentist. His path to Blowing Rock led him through Clyde to Boone to Tryon (a pretty cool place, he says) to Lenoir to Asheville, to Greenville, SC to Nashville to Knoxville to Franklin, TN (another cool place), to Blowing Rock, where he says he wanted to be.

Charles is obviously fit. He likes to walk with Margaret, his wife of thirty-eight years, but without a dog. He works in his yard, something obvious to those who venture by his house.

Charles and Margaret have a son Andrew, who lives with his new wife Jackie in Atlanta. He is also is a deacon at First Baptist Church and sits on several boards.

Charles has been a Rotarian for ten years, all of them here in Blowing Rock. His favorite Rotary experience was joining his sponsor, Bob Whatley, taking Christmas dinner and presents to a very poor family in Coffeytown.

Charles chose the bear as the animal he most resembles. The bear is strong but not aggressive. On cold winter days it can find a welcoming spot and hibernate. Charles also remembers wandering Grandfather Mountain when he and Margaret were students. They looked up to see a bear hanging from a tree by two paws gobbling blueberries.

Blowing Rock Rotary Winter Blood Drive

Blood-Drive

Our club held it’s winter blood drive at Rumple Church Tuesday January 13th. Several Rotarians gave the gift of blood: Chip Eidel (First in Line), Ray Pickett, Bill Leahey, J. B Lawrence, Tony Jones and Cullie Tarleton. Blood Drive volunteer Joe Kiker said that Cullie gave his 67th pint of blood at this drive. That’s over EIGHT gallons of blood. Thanks Cullie! The drive raised a total of 40 pints.

 

 

Doug Holstein gives a big thumbs up as he enjoys his "reward" for giving blood. Donating blood gets you a ticket to the "Goodie Table" where you can eat all the candy, fruit and crackers you want. This was Doug's first time donating blood.

Doug Holstein gives a big thumbs up as he enjoys his “reward” for giving blood. Donating blood gets you a ticket to the “Goodie Table” where you can eat all the candy, fruit and crackers you want. This was Doug’s first time donating blood.

 

Police Chief Tony Jones gives a big thumbs up while the blood-sucker does it's work.

Police Chief Tony Jones gives a big thumbs up while the blood-sucker does it’s work.

 

Three Rotarians donated their time to help with the blood drive. At left is Virginia Vanstory, at right is Ann Wiliams, and standing is our Blood Drive Chair Jim West. Bill Leahey arrived later in the day to both give blood and help out at the sign-in table. Thanks to all who volunteered to make the blood drive a success!

Three Rotarians donated their time to help with the blood drive. At left is Virginia Vanstory, at right is Ann Wiliams, and standing is our Blood Drive Chair Jim West. Bill Leahey and Betty Howe arrived later in the day to help out at the sign-in table. Thanks to all who volunteered to make the blood drive a success!

 

Meeting Report: January 12, 2015


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Christina Howe, who owns Boone Healing Arts Center with her husband, briefed members on the services they offer. Christina was born in New York and was a commercial realtor in Florida before she and her husband came to the High Country. She was also Chair of the High Country Conservancy for a number of years.

Christina Howe, who owns Boone Healing Arts Center with her husband, briefed members on the services they offer. Christina was born in New York and was a commercial realtor in Florida before she and her husband came to the High Country. She was also Chair of the High Country Conservancy for a number of years.

 

With a staff of 15 practioners Boone Healing Arts Center offers physical therapy, acupuncture, massage therapy among other services. She has a personal trainer on site as well as counselors and psycologists. She emphasized that Boone Healing Arts Center is not a spa, but a full service wellness center. You can find out more at www.BHACBoone.com.

 

At  left is Regina Hartley, the District Chair for Rotaract. On the right is Lori Tyler, who works in the Math & Sciences department at App State and is the advisor for the Rotaract club there. Regina and Lori appeared before the club board of directors to request that we sponsor the Rotaract club. Club President told Regina and Lori that we have long been interested in sponsoring one. Orian Carter, our Youth Services Chair, agreed to appoint a member to head a Rotaract committee to explore to what extent we can support the App State club.

At left is Regina Hartley, the District Chair for Rotaract. On the right is Lori Tyler, who works in the Math & Sciences department at App State and is the advisor for the Rotaract club there. Regina and Lori appeared before the club board of directors to request that we sponsor the Rotaract club. Club President told Regina and Lori that we have long been interested in sponsoring one. Orian Carter, our Youth Services Chair, agreed to appoint a member to head a Rotaract committee to explore to what extent we can support the App State club.

 

Two of our members had big announcements to make:

 

Club members cheered when Chip Eidel announced that he and his wife, Connie, had finally been able to sell their house down the mountain in Matthews and will now be a full-time member of our club.

Club members cheered when Chip Eidel announced that he and his wife, Connie, had finally been able to sell their house down the mountain in Matthews and will now be a full-time member of our club.

One of our newest members, Billy Chick, announced that he will be doing the Polar Plunge at WinterFest on January 24th. Billy will freeze his a** off for a good cause, however. He is raising funds for Blowing Rock Cares and he already collected nearly $100 from fellow members at our meeting Monday. Club President John Marshall said "Get ready for a shock, Billy!". he said he hasn't decided what his costume will be yet. If you want to watch Billy suffer for a good cause, the plunge starts at 10:00 AM at Chetola Lake.  BRRRR!

One of our newest members, Billy Chick, announced that he will be doing the Polar Plunge at WinterFest on January 24th. Billy will freeze his a** off for a good cause, however. He is raising funds for Blowing Rock Cares and he already collected nearly $100 from fellow members at our meeting Monday. Club President John Marshall said “Get ready for a shock, Billy!”. He said he hasn’t decided what his costume will be yet. If you want to watch Billy suffer for a good cause, the plunge starts at 10:00 AM at Chetola Lake. BRRRR!

Meeting Report January 5, 2015

Program 1-5-15 New River Conservancy Title Slide

Our guest speaker for the meeting was George Santucci, President of the New River Conservancy (and Linda Slade’s new boss). George gave a brief history of the organization that was created in 1974 to stop the construction of two dams on the river that would have flooded 42,000 acres in North Carolina and Southwestern Virginia. The organization succeeded in it’s mission when, two years later in 1976, the U.S. government designated a 26.5 mile section a Federal Scenic River.

The organization’s mission now is to insure the health of the river through research, advocacy and direct action.

George has been President of New River Conservancy since 2005.

Program 1-5-15 Santucci

George Santucci, President of the New River Conservancy.

 

Program 1-5-15 New River Conservancy Map Slide

A map of the New River. The areas in green indicated park land from on the New River and it’s south fork that stretches into Boone and onward to Blowing Rock. The New River is considered to be the second oldest river in the world. The Nile River is the oldest. The south fork of the New River originates near Blowing Rock.

 

Volunteers prepare for cleanup work on the New River along the Boone Greenway.  Appalachian State students periodically check the river for bugs. Santucci said a healthy river has plenty of bugs to feed wildlife.

Volunteers prepare for cleanup work on the New River along the Boone Greenway. Appalachian State students periodically check the river for bugs. Santucci said a healthy river has plenty of bugs to feed wildlife.

 


Our Oregon Duck, Mike Kebelbeck, shows off the innermost layer of his outfit. He wore an Oregon sweatshirt to the meeting. Under that he had an Oregon t-shirt. He peeled that off during the Happy Dollar segment to reveal this one. Mike is of course rooting for his team to win the national championship next Monday against Ohio State. If they win will we never hear the end of it???

Our Oregon Duck, Mike Kebelbeck, shows off the innermost layer of his outfit. He wore an Oregon sweatshirt to the meeting. Under that he had an Oregon t-shirt. He peeled that off during the Happy Dollar segment to reveal this one. Mike is of course rooting for his team to win the national championship next Monday against Ohio State. If the Ducks win will we never hear the end of it???