Meeting Report November 24, 2014

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE…

Blowing Rock Police Chief Tony Jones points to a photo of a bear caught by a trail cam on the screen.

Blowing Rock Police Chief Tony Jones points to a photo of a bear caught by a trail cam on the screen. Tony cracked up his audience with bits of humor as he did a presentation about the wild animals in our midst: bears, coyotes, bobcats, skunks, opossums, turkeys, ducks, geese, snapping turtles and beavers.

 

Tony said the photo on the left in this slide was of the mama bear just before she destroyed the trail cam.

Tony said the photo on the left in this slide was of the mama bear just before she destroyed the trail cam.

 

A coyote carries away "Mr. Fluffy Whiskers". Tony injected some humor into this shocking photo of a coyote with someone's pet cat. He warned those with cats to keep them inside at night. Tony also told of a coyote in Taylorsville that was quite the neighborhood hunter. When his officers finally found the den he said there were 25-30 dog collars spread about.

A coyote carries away “Mr. Fluffy Whiskers”. Tony injected some humor into this shocking photo of a coyote with someone’s pet cat. He warned those with cats to keep them inside at night. Tony also told of a coyote in Taylorsville that was quite the neighborhood hunter. When his officers finally found it’s den he said there were 25-30 dog collars spread about.

 

Wheelchair Project Chair Bill Leahey appealed to members to donate funds to provide wheelchairs around the world. He said just $150 buys a sturdy wheelchair for someone in need and that you can get a photo of the recipient as well. Bill cleverly ended his talk by lowering a curtain (actually his napkin) in front of his face.

Wheelchair Project Chair Bill Leahey appealed to members to donate funds to provide wheelchairs around the world. He said just $150 buys a sturdy wheelchair for someone in need and that you can get a photo of the recipient as well. Bill cleverly ended his talk by lowering a curtain (actually his napkin) in front of his face.

Meeting Report November 17, 2014

PROGRAM: THE ROTARY FOUNDATION

Past President and 2014 Citizen of the Year Alice Salthouse spoke on matching grants.

Past President and 2014 Citizen of the Year Alice Salthouse spoke on matching grants.

Club Foundation Chair Virginia Vanstory spoke about the Rotary Foundation. Virginia is a Past President and was also 2001 Rotarian of the Year.

Club Foundation Chair Virginia Vanstory spoke about the Rotary Foundation. Virginia is a Past President and was also 2001 Rotarian of the Year.

Past President and two-time Rotarian of the Year Jim West on his matching grant projects

Past President and two-time Rotarian of the Year Jim West on his matching grant projects.

 

 

Virginia Vanstory gave an overview of the Rotary Foundation. Founded in 1917 by Arch C, Klumph. Its first contribution was in 1929. He gave $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children, which later became Easter Seals. When Paul Harris died, contributions poured in.

Foundation projects include:

Ambassadorial Scholars started in 1947
Group Study Exchange started in 1965
PolioPlus started in 1985
Matching Grants & Awards for Technical Trades

The Foundation website devotes 38 pages on how Foundation funds are invested.

Jim West chronicled some of our clubs Foundation Projects, beginning with a water and sewer project at Little Samaritan’s Mission in Moldova. Jim and several other Club members went twice to work on that project. We also funded the purchase of a van in Uruguay and converting it and equipping it as an ambulance.

We have hosted Group Study Exchanges with Finland, Denmark, Nigeria and others.  Our Rotarians led Exchanges to Mexico and Australia. And every year we host Youth Exchange students visiting our district, feeding, housing and taking them skiing.

Alice Salthouse spoke about two Matching Grant projects our club worked on.  In each case our club gave $5,000. Which was matched by the District and then funded by Rotary International so that there was a total of $17,500. One Belize grant project, by 10 club members and some others, refurbished a Dental Clinic, and installed all new equipment, chairs and tools. They also repainted and put in playground equipment. Alice described David Wray fighting to remove a metal pipe which stood up just under a swing set

Also in Belize Alice and her team, including Mike Capristo and Mike Kebelbeck, refurbished school. They painted it, put screens in the cafeteria windows, installed electrical lines, replaced plumbing, built a playground and provided musical instruments and computers.

Our club also sent a team to Haiti including Alice, Basil, Mike Capristo &Van Joffrion. .

Foundation grant money sent local Rotarian, Brian Bennet to Croatia as a visiting professor. Our Rotary District has also funded International Ambassadorial Scholars and one International Peace Scholar. Alice said that such trips are life changing and encouraged other Rotarians to join them.

Foundation money has also helped finance our local dictionary project and scholarships through district grants.

C.A.R.T. Chair Ed Tausche shows off the new Mason jar with a Rotary logo for members to use at home to collect loose change. He asked members to bring them to a meeting when they are full. Look out Lenoir! Like Avis, we're number two. We try harder!

C.A.R.T. Chair Ed Tausche shows off the new Mason jar with a Rotary logo for members to use at home to collect loose change. He asked members to bring them to a meeting when they are full. Look out Lenoir! Like Avis, we’re number two. We try harder!

 

Our winter meeting place in the Timbers Room at Chetola

Our winter meeting place in the Timbers Room at Chetola.

2014 Dictionary Project

Chuck Canady, Vocational Services Chair for the past two years, said this year we distributed over 500 dictionaries to schools in Watuaga and Avery Counties. Avery County Rotary and Boone Kiwanis helped with the project. You can see more photos by clicking here:

2014 Dictionary Project Photo Gallery

A Blowing Rock School 3rd Grader checks out her new dictionary.

A Blowing Rock School 3rd Grader checks out her new dictionary.

 

Mike Capristo answers questions about Rotary in Blowing Rock School's 3rd grade class.

Mike Capristo answers questions about Rotary in Blowing Rock School’s 3rd grade class. Photo courtesy of Blowing Rock News.

 

President-Elect Basil Kuzyzsyn explains the importance of a good vocabulary to 3rd graders at Two Rivers Charter School.

President-Elect Basil Kuzyzsyn explains the importance of a good vocabulary to 3rd graders at Two Rivers Charter School.

Meeting Report November 10, 2014

 NEW MEMBER TALKS

Billy Chick, Financial Advisor for the Edward Jones office in Blowing Rock  was born and raised on the big island of Hawaii. He said it was a small town and that's one of the many reasons why he loves Blowing Rock. Like here, Hawaii has a lot of hiking opportunities. He recently celebrated his 2nd wedding anniversary in July. HIs wife's name is Jennifer.

Billy Chick, Financial Advisor for the Edward Jones office in Blowing Rock was born and raised on the big island of Hawaii. He said it was a small town and that’s one of the many reasons why he loves Blowing Rock. Like here, Hawaii has a lot of hiking opportunities. He recently celebrated his 2nd wedding anniversary in July. HIs wife’s name is Jennifer.

Scott Fogelman is a native of North Augusta, South Carolina has a degree in accounting. He spent some time in the 90's as a pro golfer. Prior to coming to Blowing Rock as Town Manager, Scott was a Financial Analyst and later Budget Director for Cary, North Carolina. He has two children from a previous marriage.

Scott Fogelman is a native of North Augusta, South Carolina has a degree in accounting. He spent some time in the 90’s as a pro golfer. Prior to coming to Blowing Rock as Town Manager, Scott was a Financial Analyst and later Budget Director for Cary, North Carolina. He has two children from a previous marriage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Barber is an independent insurance agent who lives in /banner Elk. He was born and raised in upstate New York and graduated with a business degree from the State University of New York (SUNY). With unemployment running at 11% there, he moved to Sarasota, Florida. With a passion for sport cars he got involved in racing and rose to team manager for a racing team. He then managed an independent German car repair shop. He met his wife when she brought her car in for service and they welcomed their  son Brad into the world in 2001. Before he became an insurance agent he had a consulting business organizing meetings and conventions.

David Barber is an independent insurance agent who lives in /banner Elk. He was born and raised in upstate New York and graduated with a business degree from the State University of New York (SUNY). With unemployment running at 11% there, he moved to Sarasota, Florida. With a passion for sport cars he got involved in racing and rose to team manager for a racing team. He then managed an independent German car repair shop. He met his wife when she brought her car in for service and they welcomed their son Brad into the world in 2001. Before he became an insurance agent he had a consulting business organizing meetings and conventions.

Blowing Rock Police Chief Tony Jones thought he would never get the job here. After interviews, a written assignment and facing a tough review board that he will never forget Town Manager Scott Fogelman offered him the job. He kidded that he later found out no one else applied. Prior to coming to Blowing Rock he was Police Chief of Taylorsville, North Carolina and a Rotary member there. He had his first date with his wife in Blowing Rock and was later married in Memorial Park.

Blowing Rock Police Chief Tony Jones thought he would never get the job here. After interviews, a written assignment and facing a tough review board that he will never forget Town Manager Scott Fogelman offered him the job. He kidded that he later found out no one else applied. Prior to coming to Blowing Rock he was Police Chief of Taylorsville, North Carolina and a Rotary member there. He had his first date with his wife in Blowing Rock and was later married in Memorial Park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Youth Services Chair Orian Carter presented the Blowing Rock School November Students of the Month. On the left is Braham Townshend. On the right is Preston Moss.

Youth Services Chair Orian Carter presented the Blowing Rock School November Students of the Month. On the left is Braham Townshend. On the right is Preston Moss.