The 2015 District 7670 Conference

 

2015-discon-logoSeveral of our members attended the 2014-15 District 7670 conference at the Omni Hotel in Charlotte over the weekend. The district leadership honored our club with several awards: The Governor’s Distinguished Club Award (one of twelve clubs to receive this award), Honorable Mention for the Best Club Website Award, 2nd place in total giving to the C.A.R.T. fund and 3rd place in per capita giving to the C.A.R.T. fund.

We were especially proud to see our Vocational Services Chair, Chuck Canady, receive the prestigious Rotary International Vocational Service Award. For the past two years, which are also his first two years in our club, Chuck has done a wonderful job of managing our Dictionary Project, our Watauga High School Scholarship program and Career Day at Holmes Center at Appalachian State University. The Avery County Schools Superintendent, David Burleson was so impressed last year that he wants to bring his 8th grade students to Career Day this year. This will nearly double attendance from 350 to over 600 students.

Those who attended the conference were: John and Della Marshall, Basil and Penny Kuzyzsyn, Jim and Karen Clabough, Chuck and Kathy Canady, Virginia Vanstory and Bill and Barbara Parker.

Highlight photos are below. You can see many more by clicking here:

2015 District Conference Photo Gallery

Club President John Marshall congratulates Chuck on his Rotary International Vocational Service award.

Club President John Marshall congratulates Chuck on his Rotary International Vocational Service award.

 

More award badges to put on our club banner!

 

2015 Gov Distinguished Club 2015 Gov Club Website Honorable Mention

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015 2nd CART total giving 2 2015 3rd CART per capita

 

 

 

 

 

 

Club President John Marshall accepts the Governor's Distinguished Club award badge from District Governor Gary Bray.

Club President John Marshall accepts the Governor’s Distinguished Club award badge from District Governor Gary Bray.

Spring Blood Drive Yields 42 Pints!

red-cross-logoOur spring blood drive at Rumple Church was a big success. The total donated for the day was 42 pints!

Thanks to all who helped: Ray Pickett, Ann Williams, Betty Howe, Joe Dyer, Jim West and Jim Clabough and Joe Kiker. And thanks to all the donors!

 

 

Blood Drive 4-21-15 Pickett

Ray Pickett gets stuck for a good cause. Interesting fact: The equipment to his left to draw blood costs $70,000. Cute pasties, Ray!

Blood Drive April 2015 JIm West

Our blood drive Chair Jim West reads over material just before donating his pint.

 

Meeting Report: April 20, 2015

FIELD TRIP TO THE MAY SCHOOL OF NURSING
AT LEES-MCRAE COLLEGE

Fourteen members of our club toured this very impressive facility last Monday. Dr. Laura Fero, Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences, said that the coming year will be their first year with just 24 students. Once they polish up the program she will accept up to 60 students and then eventually 200.

Daniel and Dianne May, already major benefactors of the college, donated $4 millilon of the total $6.2 milllion dollar cost of the facility. The entire project was completed with donated funds so the college did not have to take on any debt.

Club members that toured the facility were: John Marshall, Basil Kuzyzsyn, Greg Davis, Bill Leahey, Virginia Vanstory, Jim Clabough, Betty Howe, Charles Hardin, Ann Williams, Van Joffrion, Sabine Miller and Ray Pickett.

Dr. Barry Buxton, PhD, the President of Lees-McRae College since 2000, grew up in Blowing Rock. He greeted us at the door and later joined us for lunch for a video presentation about the school. For most of the club members it was the first time eating in a college cafeteria in decades. It was pretty good!

Laura Fero,  PhD, RN is the Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences. Here she greeted our club members at the entrance and gave us an overview of the $6.2 million facility.

Laura Fero, PhD, RN is the Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences. Here she greeted our club members at the entrance and gave us an overview of the $6.2 million facility.

 

Dr. Fero shows how the ambulance mockup works. Students learn how to receive patients from the ambulance and move them  to the elevator and into a treatment room, just like it would be in a real hospital setting.

Dr. Fero shows how the ambulance mockup works. As part of the Emergency Medical Systems Management program students learn how to receive patients from the ambulance and move them to the elevator and into a treatment room, just like it would be in a real hospital setting.

 

The May School of Nursing has several human simulators such as this one. They talk (with the help of teachers in the control room). They also cough, cry and even bleed. One of the human simulators is a mother that can give birth! They each cost about $100,000.

The May School of Nursing has several human simulators such as this one. They talk (with the help of teachers in the control room). They also cough, cry and even bleed. One of the human simulators is a mother that can even give birth! They each cost about $100,000.

 

Real cadavers are very expensive to dissect, so this simulator recreates it at a much lower cost. Dr. Fero said a full dissection facility would cost over $500,000 and each cadaver costs $25,000. This Anatomage simulator costs a relatively less expensive $77,000. With it students can roll the simulated cadaver over and expose it's muscles, bones and organs just by pressing a slide switch on the table screen.

Real cadavers are very expensive to dissect, so this simulator recreates it at a much lower cost. Dr. Fero said a full dissection facility would cost over $500,000 and each cadaver costs $25,000. This Anatomage simulator costs a relatively less expensive $77,000. With it students can roll the simulated cadaver over and expose it’s muscles, bones and organs just by pressing a slide switch on the table screen.

RLI Graduation April 18, 2015

Regional Coordinator Bill Parker congratulates club President John Marshall on his Rotary Leadership Institute graduation this past weekend. RLI is a three-day program to build leadership skills and Rotary awareness. Rather than lecturers, the program educates through facilitators. This fosters an exchange of ideas that provides valuable tips for building a great club.

Regional Coordinator Bill Parker congratulates club President John Marshall on his Rotary Leadership Institute graduation this past weekend. RLI is a three-day program to build leadership skills and Rotary awareness. Rather than lecturers, the program educates through facilitators. This fosters an exchange of ideas that provides valuable tips for building a great club.

Meeting Report April 13, 2015

Barbara and Bill Parker presented an update on the progress being made in Alzheimer’s research, much of it made possible by contributions to the C.A.R.T. buckets. They said there is no cure, so researchers are focusing on early detection and prevention. One promising advancement is a simple eye test for Alzheimer’s. Bill said clinical trials of the test are now being performed with a sample of 97,000 people in Australia.

Barbara Parker

Barbara Parker

Bill Parker, District C.A.R.T. Chair

Bill Parker, District CART Chair

 

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Program 4-13-15 Alzheimer's Brain

 


 

Blowing Rock Rotary Students of the Month

Isabelle Trew (left) and Jo Hill, (right) show off their Blowing Rock School Student of the month awards. Isabelle was joined by her parents Michael and Susan Trew and Jo Hill was joined by her parents Leslie Temple and Adam Hill. Another special guest was their school principal. Club members recognized Principal Patrick Sukow for his recent selection as Principal of the Year for Watauga County Schools. This was the second time Patrick has received this high honor.

Isabelle Trew (left) and Jo Hill, (right) show off their Blowing Rock School Student of the month awards. Isabelle was joined by her parents Michael and Susan Trew and Jo Hill was joined by her parents Leslie Temple and Adam Hill. Isabelle aspires to be an author of young adult books and Jo would like to be a journalist someday.  Another special guest was their school principal. Club members recognized Principal Patrick Sukow for his recent selection as Principal of the Year for Watauga County Schools. This was the second time Patrick has received this high honor.

 

Our club liaison to the App State Rotaract club, Kenneth Wehrmann, presented a symbolic check to three members of the club as part of our co-sposnoship with the Boone club. The three Rotaract members are (from left to right): current Club President Kenzie Knox, President Elect for the 2015-16 school year, Shelby Diachchenko and Service Coordinator Elect. Cassidy Clements.

Our club liaison to the App State Rotaract club, Kenneth Wehrmann, presented a symbolic $500 check to three members of the club as part of our co-sponsorship with the Boone club. The three Rotaract members are (from left to right): current Club President Kenzie Knox, President Elect for the 2015-16 school year, Shelby Diachchenko and Service Coordinator Elect. Cassidy Clements.

 

Chuckles the Horse pitched the Horse Show Derby. Charlie Horse has been put out to pasture.

Chuckles the Horse( a.k.a. Bill Leahey) pitched the Horse Show Derby. Charlie Horse has been put out to pasture.