Rotary Leadership Institute

President -Elect John Marshall attended Part II of the Rotary Leadership Institute Seminar in Asheville April 19th. In this photo John poses with fellow Rotarians showng we are "this close"  to eliminating polio worldwide. Facilitator Georgia Oakes from the Charlotte Providence club is holding a $1.69 vial of vaccine that can inoculate ten children against the debilitating disease. Also pictured are on the left, Gordon Shurtleff of the Spruce Pine club and on the right, Judy Lair of the Tryon club.

President-Elect John Marshall attended Part II of the Rotary Leadership Institute Seminar in Asheville April 19th. In this photo John poses with fellow Rotarians showng we are “this close” to eliminating polio worldwide. In the middle Facilitator Georgia Oakes from the Charlotte Providence club is holding a $1.69 vial of vaccine that can inoculate ten children against the debilitating disease. Also pictured are on the left, Gordon Shurtleff of the Spruce Pine club and on the right, Judy Lair of the Tryon club.

Meeting Report April 21, 2014

Our club Secretary, Jerry Hutchens, chairs a committee charged with the task of raising $4 million dollars to complete the funding necessary to build the $28 million Blowing Rock Post Acute Care Facility on highway 321 just north of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Jerry’s presentation Monday brought club members up-to-date on the project that will break ground on June 24th this year.

Jerry started his presentation with a startling fact: The United states has the highest health care costs in the world, yet ranks 42nd in the quality of health care. Even Cuba ranks better at 37th. Jerry pointed out that the disparity is the fault of many: hospitals, doctors, drug companies, insurance companies, government and a populace that is aging and increasingly obese.

Jerry started his presentation with a startling fact: The United states has the highest health care costs in the world, yet ranks 42nd in the quality of health care. Even Cuba ranks better at 37th. Jerry pointed out that the disparity is the fault of many: hospitals, doctors, drug companies, insurance companies, government and a populace that is aging and increasingly obese.

 

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Blowing Rock Rotary Blood Drive

Our Spring Blood Drive was a huge success. Co-Chair Bill Leahey said that the American Red Cross collected six more pints than the goal for the day. This time the club held the blood drive at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum and Bill said the BRAHM staff did a great job helping them out. Our next blood drive will be held July 15th at Rumple Church.
Photos courtesy David Rogers, Blowing Rock News (www.blowingrocknews.com)

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Bill Leahey pumps away at the Blood Drive. He couldn’t talk his new best friend, Charlie Horse, into donating. Charlie said he has a deathly fear of needles.

 

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Ray Pickett, our 50/50 guy and a member of Town Council, relaxes as he gives blood on Tax Day, April 15th.

Blowing Rock Town Cleanup Day

 

BlowingRockSealThe Blowing Rock Appearance and Advisory Commission (BRAAC) will sponsor it’s annual Town Cleanup Day on Saturday April 26th. Help make Blowing Rock even more beautiful. Just show up at the American Legion Building at 9:30 AM. They will provide vests, gloves, bags and lunch afterwards.

Let’s have a lot of Rotarians this year. They have great desserts. Virginia Vanstory said she worked up such an appetite last year that she ate seven!