Meeting Report August 25, 2014

Preliminary results of our 2nd annual charity auction

Charity Auction Chair John Calvin reported preliminary figures for the auction over the weekend. The silent auction netted $8,544. The live auction netted around $22,190. There may still be a few expenses to figure in and members bought some leftover items, so we should end up with nearly $30,000 to distribute to non-profit organizations in the High Country. This represents about a 16% increase over last year!

President John Marshall recognized Auction Chair John Calvin for his outstanding job in making the auction such a great success. As a "token" of the club's appreciation, Marshall presented him with a gag gift: an Elvis album clock that Marshall's wife, Della, bought as the successful bidder (because no one else would bid on it). She did it at Ann Williams' request so the auction wouldn't start off with a whimper.

President John Marshall recognized Auction Chair John Calvin for his outstanding job in making the auction such a great success. As a “token” of the club’s appreciation, Marshall presented him with a gag gift: an Elvis album clock that Marshall’s wife, Della, bought as the successful bidder (because no one else would bid on it). She did it at Ann Williams’ request so the auction wouldn’t start off with a whimper.

 

John Calvin recognized everyone for a great job on the auction, but he presented Ann Williams with a bottle of champagne for her outstanding contribution in keeping all the items organized.

John Calvin recognized everyone for a great job on the auction, but he presented Ann Williams with a bottle of champagne for her outstanding contribution in keeping all the items organized.

 

The program was "17 Popular Ways NOT to Keep Agreements" by Jim Street. Jim, Past President of the Boone Sunrise club and Leadership Director of the ASU Center for Student Leadership presented a humorous but informative program on ways we procrastinate and avoid following through on agreements and commitments.

The program was “17 Popular Ways NOT to Keep Agreements” by Jim Street. Jim, Past President of the Boone Sunrise club and Leadership Director of the ASU Center for Student Leadership presented a humorous but informative program on ways we tend to procrastinate and avoid following through on agreements and commitments.

 

17 Popular Ways NOT to Keep Agreements

1.    Avoid making them
2.    Postpone making them
3.    Make them sufficiently vague
4.    Fog over them later
5.    Forget them
6.    Include an escape clause
7,    Overcommit yourself or set impossibly high standards
8.    Postpone starting until it is too late
9.    Go with the flow (“something came up”)
10.  Daydream, back burner, brainstorm…FOREVER
11.  Postpone completion…then don;t complete
12.  Put yourself down
13, Drown in alternatives
14. Play victim: “You won’t believe what happened to me”
15. Reinterpret the task as completed
16. Put down the agreement: “It was meaningless”
17. Stop with “I tried. I really tried.”

Another Great Success! Our 2nd Annual Charity Auction

Despite a “tough crowd” our 2nd annual Charity Auction was a great success. Preliminary numbers show we will net more that last year’s, but final numbers will be announced later this week.

Jennifer Keohn filled in for Cullie while he took a break and helped Annie Rasheed auction off some items. Jennifer and Annie both attended and graduated from auctioneer school in High Point two years ago. Jennifer is Chair of the Board of Western Youth Network, one of the many beneficiaries of our club's fundraising activities.

Jennifer Keohn filled in for Cullie while he took a break and helped Annie Rasheed auction off some items. Jennifer and Annie both attended and graduated from auctioneer school in High Point two years ago. Jennifer is Chair of the Board of Western Youth Network, one of the many beneficiaries of our club’s fundraising activities.

 

For lots more photos of this year’s Charity Auction at the American Legion Hall click here:

2014 Charity Auction Photo Gallery

Meeting Report August 18, 2014

Tracie Jordan,Guardian Ad Litem Coordinator for Wilkes County, gave a presentation on the program that advocates for abused children. Jordan said that, unlike Watauga County, Wilkes County is in dire need for volunteers. For more information on how you can help go to www.ncgal.org

Tracie Jordan

Tracie Jordan

 

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Member Profile

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We might call Bob Whatley the Grand Master of the Blowing Rock Rotary Club, since we are celebrating his thirty-year anniversary this month.  But Bob quickly notes that Lisle Snyder has been a member longer than he.

A past President of our club, Bob reports that his best experience in Rotary was building Broyhill Park. Now that we are improving the Pavillion, an extension of that project, he is one of the few Rotarians who remember it from the beginning.

Bob was born in Saginaw, Michigan, where his father had a custom tailoring business. He lived in East Lansing, Michigan, the home of Michigan State University, and graduated there with a degree in accounting.

In 1969 Bob became a Certified Public Accountant. He graduated from Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. He has been a CPA in private practice and in banking.

Bob and his wife Kathleen celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary in June. They have four children.

As to wasting time, Bob says he enjoys watching college basketball and football, especially MSU and the Big 10. As to whether that is a waste of time, you must ask someone else. He also enjoys listening to music and using the internet. He still wants to improve his skills and become still more computer literate.

While they lived in East Lancing, Bob and Kathy had season tickets for football, basketball and hockey. They went to the NCAA finals in Salt Lake City, when Michigan State and Magic Johnson defeated Indiana State and Larry Bird for the national championship.

Bob joined Rotary his first year in Blowing Rock, sponsored by Bob Gibson and Giles O’Neal. He had bought a CPA firm here because he and Kathy wanted to move south, but not into intense heat. He became Rotary President for the 1988-89 year and attended the Annual Convention in Philadelphia.

Bob had a large part in publishing Village Tapestry, the definitive book about Blowing Rock. Its success led to the Broyhill Park project . In perhaps the most successful fund raiser of all time, the $10,000. goal for The Village Tapestry swelled to $500,000 and produced Broyhill Park. We will hear more about this achievement as we embark on our Pavillion Project.  Bob believes this achievement led to the growth of the club and its involvement in the community. Prior to that time the club was quite small and not very active in fundraising and community action.

Bob’s favorite charities besides Rotary are the Blowing Rock Library, where his wife is Librarian, and BRAAC, the organization responsible for the flowers in our town.