Meeting Report September 15, 2014

 

Club member and Blowing Rock Mayor J.B Lawrence delivered a "State of the Town" program updating us on the Highway 321 widening, the post acute care facility, Wonderland Trail and Quail Hollow fold damage repair and other projects.

Club member and Blowing Rock Mayor J.B Lawrence delivered a “State of the Town” program updating us on the Highway 321 widening, the post acute care facility, Wonderland Trail and Quail Hollow fold damage repair and other projects.

 

While doing the State of the Town program, Mayor J.B. Lawrence call on Town Manager (and our newest member) Scott Fogelman to explain the bond referendum items that will appear on the ballot November 4th. #1 is for $9 Million in bonds for street repaving. #2 is for $1 Million to update and maintain Memorial Park. #3 is for $2 Million for water line replacement. #4 is for $1 Million to sewer line replacement. When asked, Mayor Lawrence said if the bond requests are voted down, the only alternative is to raise town taxes.

While doing the State of the Town program, Mayor J.B. Lawrence call on Town Manager (and our newest member) Scott Fogelman to explain the bond referendum items that will appear on the ballot November 4th. #1 is for $9 Million in bonds for street repaving. #2 is for $1 Million to update and maintain Memorial Park. #3 is for $2 Million for water line replacement. #4 is for $1 Million to sewer line replacement. When asked, Mayor Lawrence said if the bond requests are voted down, the only alternative is to raise town taxes.

 

Vice President and Programs Chair Anne Fisher complimented Mayor Lawrence on his "comedic abilities" and announced that we will no longer be giving "plastic clocks" to our guests. She announced that the board last week decided that the money could be better spent elsewhere. No complaints from the audience.

Vice President and Programs Chair Anne Fisher complimented Mayor Lawrence on his “comedic abilities” and announced that we will no longer be giving “plastic clocks” to our guests. She announced that the board last week decided that the money could be better spent elsewhere. No complaints from the audience.

 

Club President John Marshall finally got lucky and not only had the winning 50/50 ticket, but drew the Joker from the deck of 25 remaining cards.  The pot was $972 and John immediately announced that he would put his $486 share into the C.A.R.T. bucket to try to beat Lenoir in total giving this year.

Club President John Marshall finally got lucky and not only had the winning 50/50 ticket, but drew the Joker from the deck of 25 remaining cards. The pot was $972 and John immediately announced that he would put his $486 share into the C.A.R.T. bucket to try to beat Lenoir in total giving this year.

Meeting Report September 8, 2014

 

Sarah Kellog, North Carolina Field Organizer for Applachian Voices, gave lively and informative presentation on saving energy. Some tips she shared:

Sarah Kellog, North Carolina Field Organizer for Applachian Voices, gave a lively and informative presentation on saving energy.

Some energy conservation tips she shared:
Use compact fluorescent bulbs to save electricity. They now come in different colors and some are dimmable.
Be aware of “Phantom Loads”. Sarah said some appliances appear to be turned off, but still draw power. A good example is a plasma TV. In standby mode one can use $120 per year in electricity. She recommended turning one off with a power strip either manually or by using a programmable power strip.
Clean dust from the air intake at the bottom of your refrigerator twice a year. See the photo below of one where air flow was severely restricted by dust and pet hair.
Mastic is better than duct tape to seal duct work. Ed Tausche, a general contractor said even better is to use aluminum dust tape sealed with mastic.
Blue Ridge Electric offers a $75 rebate if you get an energy audit for your home. The cost can range from $100 to $300.
 

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Membership and Club Services Chair Ray Pickett inducted our newest member Scott Fogelman. Scott is the Blowing Rock Town Manager. Welcome to our club, Scott!

Membership and Club Services Chair Ray Pickett inducted our newest member Scott Fogelman. Scott is the Blowing Rock Town Manager. Welcome to our club, Scott!

 

Vocational Services Chair Chuck Canady brought members up-to-date on the upcoming Career Day. It will once again be held at the Holmes Center on the App State campus on  Friday September 26th. Chuck passed around a sign up sheet but still needs a few more volunteers to help out. He will pass around the sign up sheet again at our next meeting.

Vocational Services Chair Chuck Canady brought members up-to-date on the upcoming Career Day. It will once again be held at the Holmes Center on the App State campus on Friday September 26th. Chuck passed around a sign up sheet but still needs a few more volunteers to help out. He will pass around the sign up sheet again at our next meeting.

 

President-Elect Basil Kuzyszyn gives Ken Wehrmann a happy dollar to celebrate his mother's birthday. She turned 102 on September 8th!

President-Elect Basil Kuzyszyn gives Ken Wehrmann a happy dollar to celebrate his mother’s birthday. She turned 102 on September 8th!

 

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