OUTGOING MEMBER HOWARD WILLIAMS GETS ROASTED…SORT OF.
Howard Williams and his wife Diane are on their way to a new home in Bradenton, Florida, so club members staged a send-off to a well-liked Howard, a member of our club since 2002. Several members of the club told stories about Howard…some funny in a roasting kind of way that drew big laughs and some touching that brought on a few tears.
Here are some pictures of the event:
John Marshall and Howard Williams.
Vernon Dunn and Howard Williams.
J.B Lawrence and Howard Williams.
Cullie Tarleton and Howard Williams.
Mike Capristo and Howard Williams.
Art Scurlock and Howard Williams.
Alice Salthouse and Howard Williams
THE PROGRAM: Artist and novelist Noyes Capehart gave a fascinating synopsis of his latest book Devil’s Mark about art stolen by the Nazis, a missing Medici diary and an art forgery ring with taproots in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. You can order this and other Capehart books on Amazon.com or by going to his website (click on the web address below). Capehart was recently selected as High Country Writer of the Year for suspense novels. You can also find out more about his books and paintings at his website by clicking here: http://www.capehart.org
Capehart is also an accomplished painter who taught art at App State for 28 years. Below is one of his paintings from his abandoned houses series entitled Defiant Warrior. It is now part of a private collection.
Rotary Leadership Award Recipients address the meeting.
Another New Member!
Club Membership Chair Ray Pickett congratulates Billy Chick after his induction. Welcome to our club, Billy!
Purple Pinky Day went extremely well. The room was filled with members showing off their purple pinkies. We raised $570 for Rotary International’s Polio Plus campaign to eradicate polio from the earth. Many thanks to our club Polio Plus chair for setting up her pinky purpling table!
Purple Pinky Day went very well. The room was filled with members showing off their purple pinkies. We raised $570 for Rotary International’s Polio Plus campaign. Many thanks to those who contributed and to our club Polio Plus chair Tammy Jolly for setting up her pinky purpling table! L-R: Ray Pickett, Randy Stevens and John Marshall. Photo by David Rogers, Blowing Rock News.
The Program: Seth Banks, District Attorney for the 24th Judicial District encompassing Watuaga, Avery, Yancey, Mitchell and Madison counties discussed their ongoing fight against drug crime.
The recently elected District Attorney for the 24th Judicial District, Seth Banks, focused most of his presentation on drug crime. Not only the drug offenses themselves, but the “unbelievable amount of crime” attributable to drug abuse. For instance, illegal drug abuse leads to burglaries and robberies to help addicts pay for their habits and is a major contributor to domestic abuse. He said attorneys general across the state are attacking the problem with two tactics: Prison time for repeat offenders (especial dealers) or rehabilitative efforts. Some of those convicted can choose between the two. In the past 15-20 years Seth said he has seen the drug problem progress from less harmful marijuana and moonshine cases to increasingly hard-core drug abuse. Although it changed to the more serious meth abuse, it is now moving to heroin because of FDA programs and regulations making prescription drugs less available and consequently more expensive.
Ken Wehrmann hit yet another home run with a great joke.
Members enjoyed lunch, fellowship and an informative program.