Meeting Report: November 9, 2015

Program 11-9-15 Salthouse

Alice Salthouse briefed members on her recent Haiti trip. Her team consisted of seven teenage girls and seven adults. They delivered clothes, school supplies, medical books and sports equipment, helped to regrout the rock foundation of a mission house and helped set up a fish farm. On a humorous note, Alice also showed us how to hypnotize a chicken. Yeah, you read that right!


Program 11-9-15 Salthouse Haiti Fish Farm

This is a photo of a fish cage being prepared for submersion in a local lake to raise tilapia.

Meeting Report: November 2, 2015

Program 11-2-15 Savage

Jeff Savage, Director of Development for Habitat for Humanity of Watuaga County, briefed members on the need for housing in our area. 31% of the residents of Watuaga county live below the poverty line and affordable housing is scarce. Habitat provides homes only for those who can afford the mortgage payment (at 0% interest) and can put it at least 250 hours of “sweat equity” in building the house. They provide one home per year as well as some repairs. He showed a video of a proud moment when he recently accepted the final payment from a couple on their mortgage and tore the mortage papers in half. Jeff recently retired from a 20 year career as softball coach at Deleware State University. AND, after the meeting he accepted an invitation from John Marshall to join our club!


Program 11-2-15 Cullie

Cullie Tarleton auctioned off a couple of items left over from the auction for an addditional $100 for our foundation.


Program 11-2-15 Vanstory

Virginia Vanstory solicited profiles from members. She said it only takes a few minutes to fill out the questionnaire.


Meeting Report: October 19, 2015

Program 10-19-51 Doc McCoy

“Doc” McCoy really is a “Doc”. He retired from a career as an orthopedic surgeon, enrolled at App State to get a geology degree and opened Doc’s Gem Mine to pursue a passion he has had since he was a kid. His sister died from breast cancer just months after opening in 2007, so he raises funds for cancer research each year. It’s a family business; both his wife and his son work there. They use regional mines and do not “seed” buckets with gems. He offers educational field trips for schools and has a real fossil collection, too. A big success story: a 15 year old boy from Raleigh found a large ruby when mining his bucket. That “rock”, once cut, turned into a 10 1/2 carat ruby that was valued at $113,000!


Program 10-19-15 Davis and Leahey

What would we do without these two guys?? Club Secretary Greg Davis (at left) does a great job keeping our records up-to-date and Treasurer Bill Leahey does a great job of keeping track of the finances of both the club account and the club’s foundation account. Thanks for your work, guys!


Program 10-19-51 Horse Show Check

Horse Show Chair Jim Clabough (at right) presented club President Basil Kuzyszyn with a check from the Blowing Rock Horse Show Foundation for our share of the Horse Show program ads. This check, combined with a $10,000 advance our club foundation got to finance the Rotary gazebo, totaled $22,461.71. Clabough thanked all members who helped make it all possible.

Welcome to the Club!

Portrait Ashley Cook

Ashley Cook is our newest member! Ashley is Development Director at WAMY Community Action. WAMY stands for Watauga, Avery, Mitchell and Yancey counties. Welcome to the Club, Ashley!