We are pleased to announce that on Monday, June 5th, 2017, our program will be:

Scott Satterfield, Head Football Coach at Appalachian State University,
Doug Gillin, Director of Athletics, Appalachian State University,
♦ Several Members of the Camellia Bowl Championship Team
♦ Their huge Trophy.
♦ Make plans right now. We are expecting a very large turnout for this special event

Paul Harris Recognition

Virginia Vanstory , Foundation Chair, awards a Paul Harris Award to Kenneth Werhmann, Vice President and Program Chair.

Although Kenneth has been in our club a very short time he has achieved this status by his generous giving to the Foundation.

Congratulations Kenneth!



March 2017 Student of the Month

Pictured above is Abe Bachman, Blowing Rock Rotary Club Student of the Month, receiving his award from President Ray Pickett. His proud parents, Jenny and Spike Bachman, are also shown.

Abe, an eighth grader at Blowing Rock School, says he wants to study to be a dentist. His favorite subjects are Science and Chemistry which should work well with his career path as he grows older. He also plays soccer and says he loves the ocean.

Congratulations and best wishes Abe!


March 20th, 2017 Program

Mary Anne Redding, Curator and Assistant Director of Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, spoke Monday about the “Community & Sustainability along The New River”. Since March is Rotary’s Water and Sanitation Month, her topic certainly was in keeping with the monthly theme, as she shared the number of times the New River Conservancy, (which boasts of our member, Linda Slade, as its director), has cleaned up the river along its path as it winds its way throughout North Carolina and beyond. Both Linda and Mary Anne have reported the amount of trash collected last year, amounting to over 21,000 pounds.

The Turchin Center role in all of this is their artistic display at the center, using items dredged from the New River banks and waters. According to Mary Anne, a hunting knife and a pair of Cavalry Boots are just a couple of the interesting items pulled from the river. “The New River as it is now known, has been designated “North Carolina State National Scenic River” (1975), “National & Scenic River” (1976), and “American Heritage River” (1998), is the only United States river with all three designations” said Mary Anne.

The Mayer Gallery, where the collected trash is displayed, is one of the very few, if any, galleries with windows. Normally windows are eliminated to avoid the sun’s rays affecting the art work displayed, but in this gallery, visitors can first view the display from outside before entering the gallery, should they chose to do so. “The exhibit”, said Mary Anne, “ has more visitors than any other exhibit in the Center.”

Linda Slade reported in the morning Board of Directors meeting that May 19th has been slated for this year’s Rotary Cleanup Day. All members of our club are encouraged to participate in this effort, if you are available.


March is Water and Sanitation Month

PRIVP Anne Matthews continually reminds us that we take for granted the clean water we get when we turn on the tap. Outside the United States over 663 MILLION people do not have access to potable water.  

These people source their drinking water from the streams and rivers where they wash their clothing, and bathe along with farm and wild animals. That is clearly a recipe for disease and death, particularly among children and the elderly. Plus the women spend a great deal of time each day carrying water from the source to their villages and homes. The consequences are numerous but one is young women and girls do not have time for school and an education. Education is the key factor in breaking the poverty cycle so a lack of available potable water continues that cycle. A mother spending her day carrying water also can have a huge impact on her children – less nurturing, less oversight – resulting in an increased chance for disease among them. Generally the same people who do not have potable water also do not have a proper toilet, further compounding the possibility of widespread disease. These are not new challenges to Rotary or District 7670. Today, over 223 million people now have safe water and 21 Million have access to sanitation because of Rotarian efforts. District 7670 has been a part of these projects for years – some more recent ones include building toilets in Soda, and drilling wells in Kenya; Pending efforts include Waynesville Sunrise’s water project at a primary school in Kenya and Franklin’s sanitation project in Peru, are all part of Rotary International’s challenge to develop sustainable water, sanitation, hygiene and education projects. Our Rotary goal is that everyone has access to safe water and sanitation by 2030. Together, Rotarians can make that goal a reality.

Each time you turn on the tap and drink that clear, cold water, take a moment and think of those 223 million people who cannot. Be a part of the solution – find and work on a global water and sanitation project.

Reprinted from the District Website, A note from Governor Gary Dills

March 6th, 2017 program

Brett Loftis, CEO, Crossword School and Children’s Home, Crossnore, North Carolina presented to the Blowing Rock Rotary Club members in attendance at last Monday’s meeting, an array of interesting facts about the operation of the school and home:

¨ About 95 children, ages 14 months to 20 years, victims of abuse and neglect are cared for at the home.

¨ The Oldest Alumna – 93 years old

¨ Trauma trained Therapists are on staff

¨ There are approximately 11,000 foster children in the State of North Carolina.

¨ Average Client is a seven–year-old white female.

¨ The average stay is 14-17 months

¨ 90% graduate from high school and 80% of these go on to college

¨ Annual budget $3,000,000 of which 40% is privately funded and 60% from government (county, Medicaid, and other agencies)

Founded in 1913 by Drs. Eustace and Mary Martin Sloop, The Crossnore School, first created as a boarding school for disadvantaged mountain children to live and learn, continues today to serve children in need from North Carolina. Children live, learn, and prosper in a loving home environment.

Similarly, The Children’s Home founded in 1909, has served thousands of children throughout its history, first as an orphanage, and today serving children in need in residential group foster care, as well as community-based services.

For more than 100 years Crossnore School & Children’s Home has provided a Christian sanctuary of hope and healing for children in need from North Carolina. Our holistic model of care allows us to care for and nurture each child’s mind, body and spirit. Please visit them the next time you are in Newland or in Winston-Salem, NC – you’ll quickly realize that we are so much more than a children’s home!

Crossnore School & Children’s Home is recognized as a national model for residential education. Our holistic approach allows us to care for and nurture each child’s mind, body and spirit. On-site medical care, trauma-based therapeutic services, a wide variety of extracurricular enrichment activities, and educational services makes us a unique place for children to live, learn and prosper.