June 19, 2017 Program & Events

After graduating in 2016 at Appalachian State University with a B.S. in Business Administration, she worked in the corporate world as an E-Commerce Analyst, where she assisted such companies as Amazon and Jet, companies that trade in the internet world. While at ASU, Sami became involved with Rotaract and formed the first club at the school. Feeling the call to serve as a missionary, she researched and was accepted by World Race..

THE WORLD RACE is an eleven-month Christian mission trip to eleven countries around the world. Sami-Jo Wood-Greer told our audience at Monday’s luncheon meeting of the Blowing Rock Rotary Club about her involvement in the upcoming whirl wind trip to eleven countries. She said the trip will start in August in El Salvador, September in Guatemala, October in Honduras, November in Nicaragua, December in Cote D”Ivoire (The Ivory Coast), January in Ghana, February in Nepal, March in India, April in Malaysia, May in Indonesia and June in Philippines, before returning home to the USA. This cute young lady, pictured here with “Grandma” Joey Perdue, will be sleeping in a tent, will be carrying a backpack weighing around 40 pounds to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all these parts of the world. One of the unique things about the World Race, according to Sami, is that it’s not only a mission trip, but an intensive discipleship program. Through the World Race, her team will serve in partnership with churches and ministries in local communities to preach the Gospel, plant churches, work in orphanages, minister to women trapped in prostitution as a result of human trafficking, and bring love and hope to the broken. Her team mates range in age 21 to 35 and come from a variety of backgrounds; nurses, teachers, corporate executives, etc. She will need to raise nearly $18,00 by the end of July, of which she has already raised $8,236. Several Rotarians were impressed with her endeavor and after the meeting today donated several dollars to her effort. She has a blog address if you care to donate: sami-jowoodgreer.theworldrace.com.


$2,500 Scholarships were awarded by Joe Dyer’s committee to two Watauga High School students.

Students were asked to submit an essay “My personal Community Service ‘What “Service Above Self’ Means To Me” and from the many submissions, two were chosen to receive the award.. Chloe Shaut, pictured here on the left, plans to attend ASU this fall to study nursing and Kelsey Boyle, pictured here on the right, plans to attend Virginia Commonwealth University to study Visual Arts.

Both received their awards at a special awards banquet during graduation from high school.

Joe said his committee had a difficult time choosing these two only because there were many excellent submissions presented. We wish them the best as they enter this new portion of their lives!

Rotary International Convention-Atlanta 2017

President-Elect, Charles Canady, his wife Kathy, Sabine Miller and her husband Robert Miller, past Governor, District 7370, and Charles Hardin all attended the 2017 RI convention in Atlanta, GA this month.  Charles (Canady) came away from the convention with much enthusiasm saying the Bill Gates Foundation has given tremendous amounts to RI’s program to stop Polio throughout the world. Bill Gates spoke to the convention and told how close we are to eradicating this dreadful disease. Chuck also said that if possible, every Rotarian should attend at least one of these conventions.

The pictures below are some that were provided to our website by Charles and Kathy Canady and Charles Hardin






June 12th, 2017 program and events



Thanks to all who worked at the Horse Show Gate this past week. The crowds were enormous and the gate receipts were at an all time record high. 6,203 dollars was the result of this effort, according to Jim Clabough and Wayne Holliday. A huge thanks to both of them for their jobs as coordinators!

New members Charles Gurkin (pictured here) and Mike Page, both rookies at this job, worked together to collect from patrons to the shows. Charles said we had to learn on the job, but I think we did alright.   And they did!

Jim Clabough and wife Karen are shown here giving Irene Greene, a horse show customer, a hassle because she couldn’t find the ticket she was given by one of our sponsors, New Lifestyles Carpet One. (She later explained that she was sitting on it 🙂 ).

Editor Art Scurlock, shown here with Lindsey Zipperer, lays claim to having the prettiest assistant (no offense to all the other pretty ladies that worked) during his shift on Saturday! Lindsey, a junior at ASU, was recruited by Wayne to help and what a huge help                       she was!


John Calvin, Chairman of the Annual Charity Auction Event, shown here stated the auction, now in in its fifth year, is the largest of the two fund raising events, with over $106,000 raised for charity during the past four years. This years signature item is a painting by Kevin Beck, a well known local artist, who has contributed to our auction in previous years. John stated that this event requires the participation of each and every member to continue its’ success.

Every penny that is raised at the auction is distributed to local charities to help them with their programs.





John introduced Ann Williams, who is in charge of donations. Ann stated that the most successful auction items include vacation homes, wine, sports tickets, artwork and ASU tickets. The committee asked to avoid large furniture items and used merchandise.

Jim Zellner who is in charge of the silent auction, said the silent auction proceeds amount to about one-third of the total amount raised each year. The items that sell well are gift certificates to restaurants, etc.



Kenneth Wehrmann talked about the data entry and order processing needed before, during and after the auction. He needs several volunteers who have access to a laptop computer to assist with the vast array of information that must be processed.



Last, but certainly not least, Mike Page discussed advertising. He needs volunteers to distribute table tents to local restaurants, persons who will walk downtown with sign boards and many other advertising requirements.




Monday, June 12th program and events


Maybe, Maybe not! A repeat of the past two bowl victories may be harder to accomplish this year as the team begins to prepare for the upcoming schedule. The most important aspect of the football program according to head coach, Scott Satterfield, is not all about winning. As important as wins are, it is equally important to produce scholars who can become important citizens in their communities where they live and serve after graduation, Himself a walk-on, Scott has spent 25 of the last 26 years at Appalachian State University, first as a quarterback for the football team and now in his fourth year as head coach. Coach Satterfield stressed the importance of academic achievement. For the last two years the average G.P.A. for the two championship teams was an outstanding 3.5. A high school student must have high grades even to be considered a potential player on this team. Competing for recruits with teams in the conference where other programs accept much lower academic standards, makes their accomplishments even more significant. As far as this year’s team, led by quarterback Taylor Lamb, there is a lot of talent. Red shirt freshman Jalen Virga, a wide receiver, is big and he is fast. Virga was mentioned by Satterfield as a player to watch. The schedule starts September 2nd at powerhouse Georgia, which will be carried live on ESPN and includes Wake Forest and Coastal Carolina.

Doug Gillin, Appalachian State University Athletics Director, pictured above, also stressed academics as an important element in the development of athletes in their programs. Currently in the program they have 450 athletes and the school was rated the 28th best public school in the United States. It is estimated, according to Doug, the economic impact on the area last year was around 50 million dollars, which includes such things as hotel/motel occupancy, restaurants, and many other small businesses

Taylor Lamb, pictured above, is the starting quarterback of the Appalachian State football team. He said that team leadership plays an important role in the success of the football team. Taylor was red-shirted his first year of eligibility, but credits that to be one of the most important aspects of the successes he has enjoyed. Now in his fifth and final year as quarterback, he said that learning leadership was the best thing that he experienced and the worst thing was the requirement to rise early and start to work out. This good looking athlete hails from Macon Georgia.




Blowing Rock Rotary Club celebrated Memorial Day with a picnic at the Rotary Pavilion in Broyhill Park, downtown Blowing Rock. BBQ pork and chicken, catered by Woodland’s BBQ,  was enjoyed by members and spouses.

Greeter Joey Perdue is shown here on the left greeting club member Sabine Miller and her husband, Robert,

Klaus and Merita Schriow arrive and is greeted by Joey

Regular summer guest is Hank Collins

Frank Vaden tells about the note he and his wife received.

Past presidents, Vernon Dunn and Jim Clabough flank Sabine Miller

Mike Page listens on while Jim Zellner and wife are bending his ear.

Catered by the local restaurant, Woodlands BBQ, members and guests line up to get their grub.

May 29th Meeting & Events

Memorial Day Ceremony and Picnic

May 29, 2017 

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May, originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers. By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, had merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.

William Parker and Jim West, both military veterans and both dignified Rotarians, will conduct a memorial ceremony at the Rotary Gazebo at 11:00 a.m., Monday and they along with other members and guests of our club will proceed to the Rotary Pavilion for fellowship and food catered by Woodlands BBQ. Conducting that meeting will be President Ray Pickett. Assisting him will be: Greeter, Joey Perdue; Invocation, Van Joffrion; Pledge, Mike Page; and, Four Way Test, Vernon Dunn.


New River Headwaters Cleanup
Friday, May 19th, 2017

Rotarians Van Joffrion, Jim Clabough and wife Karen, Ray Pickett and Linda Slade, gathered at the headwaters of the New River and retrieved six bags of debris, including one hammock (the guy must have fallen asleep when the tree crashed and dumped him in the river ) and one large rug (or maybe he slipped on the rug and slid into the river and grabbed the hammock to try and save himself )

Anyway it was a great effort by these loyal and faithful Rotarians. Blowing Rock Rotary Club thanks you and the New River Conservancy thanks you. Great job and well done!!!


May 22nd Meeting & Events

Anna Gaugert, our featured speaker Monday, enthusiastically told of all the upcoming programs, some of which have won awards for their performances elsewhere.

Presented by Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts & Cultural Programs, this annual celebration of the performing and visual arts is held every July in venues across the university campus, and features an eclectic, diverse mix of music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film programming. An Appalachian Summer Festival began in 1984 as a chamber music series, and retains strong roots in classical music, combined with a variety of other programming geared to almost every artistic taste and preference. Celebrating its 33rd season in 2017, the festival has risen in stature to become one of the nation’s most highly respected summer festivals, acclaimed for the breadth and quality of its artistic programming. In recent years, the festival has been selected as one of the “Top 20 Events in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society. For many years, The New York Times has included An Appalachian Summer Festival in its “Summer Stages” issue, which profiles the nation’s most prominent and interesting summer arts festivals.

  • June 30, July 16,23, Broyhill Chamber Ensemble
  • July 7, Summer Exhibition Celebrations
  • July8, An Evening With Sutton Foster
  • July 9, Eastern Festival Orchestra, featuring Midori
  • July 13 & 14, National Black Theatre Festival: “Maids Door”
  • July 15, Chris Botti
  • July 27, Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers

These are a few of the performances. For a full schedule visit appsummer.org where you can also buy tickets.