In just a few days club members pledged $2,250 for the purchase and delivery of ShelterBox repair kits to the people of Vanuatu who are struggling to recover from the devasting destruction of Cyclone Pam. Vanuatu is comprised of many South Pacific islands and is one of the poorest countries in the world. Many of it’s residents still live in simple huts that were easily wiped out by the storm.
Our ShelterBox Chair Van Joffrion and club President John Marshall teamed up to appeal to club members for donations by a series of emails over just a few days. Marshall was more than impressed:
“I am overwhelmed by our club members response to this appeal. Our initial goal was $1,000 and we ended up with $2,250. This is a great club and I am so proud to be a part of it. Efforts like this is what Rotary is all about: Helping those in need, both here in our own community and around the world”.
Club President John Marshall accepts a ShelterBox check for $2,250 from club Treasurer Bill Leahey.
Here is a list of the items in each ShelterBox repair kits that are being sent to Vanuatu (Our $2,250 donation will fund approximately 45 kits):
Foundation Chair Virginia Vanstory presents a Paul Harris Fellow pin and certificate to Karen Clabough. The pin was a present from Jim.
The Cupid’s Arrow show was the program for the day. Everyone had lots of great laughs for the Valentines theme program for the third year in a row.
1st Place: Greg and Glenna Davis won a $75 gift certificate to Timberlake’s Restaurant.
2nd Place: Billy and Jennifer Chick won a box of Valentines candy.
3rd Place: Scott Fogelman and Terese Oliver won a box of Valentines candy.
Here’s a couple of photos from the event. You can see a complete gallery of photos by clicking here: 2015 Cupid’s Arrow Photo Gallery
Kent “Bob Eubanks” Tarbutton asks a question of one of the contestants.
“What’s the first thing you would grab if the house was on fire?” Greg missed this one. Glenna said the first thing she would grab was Greg’s wallet, not her ring!
The Blowing Rock Town Council approved the Rotary Gazebo Project at it’s meeting this week. The current gazebo in Memorial Park is over 40 years old and deteriorating. The new gazebo will be about twice as wide and should be complete by early May. Our club is contributing 40,000 to the project. An effort begun during Jim Clabough’s year (2013-14) as President, it will be called the Rotary Gazebo. Jim (now an Assistant Governor for our Rotary district )has been instrumental in getting the project funded and underway.
BREAKDOWN OF FUNDS FOR THE GAZEBO PROJECT
Blowing Rock Rotary Club (cash) $40,000
Watauga Community Band (cash) 10,000
New River Building Supply (Materials) 10,000
4 Forty Four Construction (In kind labor) 5,500
David Moore Builders (in kind labor) 3,000
Steve Price, Architect (in kind labor) 2,400
Town of Blowing Rock (demolition labor) 4,640
Town of Blowing Rock (cash) 3,000