The program for this meeting was a club assembly to tend to club business. We wrapped up the auction, honored members with perfect attendance and handled other items of business.
President Basil Kuzyszyn presided over the club assembly.
Secretary Greg Davis announced 19 members who have perfect attendance. He pointed out that although we may not see them every week, they earn makeups by attending other meetings, doing online makeups, attending board meetings, and by volunteering their time for club projects. Rotary International began the last makeup credit to encourage and recognize members to be involved in their club’s activities. Greg presented the members with perfect attendance pins after the meeting.
PERFECT ATTENDANCE HONOREES
Betty Howe (37 Years! )
Bill Parker (13 Years! )
Ann Williams (10 Years! )
Auction Chair John Calvin and auctioneer Cullie Tarleton auctioned off a few items remaining from the auction to raise an additional $570. He said the net proceeds from our 3rd annual auction would be around $22,500.
John also recognized all who made it possible, but singled out a few standouts: He praised Jim Clabough and Tammie Jolly for their outstanding work in organizing the silent auction, Melissa Pickett for her hard work in helping wherever needed and Ann Williams for her logistical management.
Charlie Sellers, owner of The Blowing Rock (and Mayoral candidate) briefed members on the upcoming Blowing Rock Music Festival. He pledged a $500 donation to the club in exchange for volunteer help with parking at the event to be held September 19th.
Charlie was a guest of Virginia Vanstory and is considering joining our club.
Elizabeth Young, the Director of the Hunger & Health Coalition thanked members for donating 18 pounds of nut butters.
Ben Henderson, who along with his wife owns Bare E Essentials in Boone briefed members on the Buy Local campaign. Among other things, he said buying from local businesses helps protect local character and prosperity, supports jobs, wages and entrepreneurship, and local decision making. He also pointed out that many non-profit organizations in the High Country depend on the philanthropy of local businesses.
CLUB BANNER EXCHANGE
Jannie Lammers from a Rotary club in The Netherlands visited our club and exchanged club banners with our club President Basil Kuzyszyn. Jannie’s husband was on a business trip to Hickory so she checked out area club websites and chose ours to visit. We all enjoyed her visit and are glad she chose us!
Jackson Tucker, one of the two students our club sent to RYLA camp at Brevard College in June, told club mem-bers about his exper-iences there. Jackson is a rising Junior at Watauga High School and said that he learned some good communication skills to overcome his natural shyness. He said the fact that there were twice as many girls as boys was nice, too. Jackson was also impressed with our club and especially liked our Happy Dollars feature because it allows people to tell a bit about themselves. He is interested in getting a Rotary Interact club started at WHS, too. Looks like we have a future Rotarian in the works!
President Elect Ray Pickett presided over the club meeting and the board meeting for President Basil Kuzyszyn. Basil and his wife, Penny, was vacationing in Wrightsville Beach with kids and grandkids.
Mayor J.B. Lawrence donated eight tickets to Panther games: Four to the game against the Miami Dolphins August 22nd and four in the game against the New England Patriots on August 28th. The Patriots game tickets will be sold at our Charity Auction. Since our resident auctioneer, Cullie Tarleton, was not at the meeting, John Calvin asked John Marshall to auction off the August 22nd tickets to members in attendance. Marshall drew a lot of laughs with his “auctioneer gibberish”. Alice Salthouse won in a short bidding war with Terese Oliver. She paid $130 for the tickets that have a value of around $200.
Our Community Services Chair, Linda Slade, announced a new program that was approved by the board that morning. Tholepin the Hunger & Health Coalition we will collect food items at meetings. Each month will feature a certain category of food that the food bank needs. This month’s featured category is nuts and butters. On Monday August 17th bring nut type items such as nuts, peanut butter, almond butter, Nutella and others.