Meeting Report November 17, 2014

PROGRAM: THE ROTARY FOUNDATION

Past President and 2014 Citizen of the Year Alice Salthouse spoke on matching grants.

Past President and 2014 Citizen of the Year Alice Salthouse spoke on matching grants.

Club Foundation Chair Virginia Vanstory spoke about the Rotary Foundation. Virginia is a Past President and was also 2001 Rotarian of the Year.

Club Foundation Chair Virginia Vanstory spoke about the Rotary Foundation. Virginia is a Past President and was also 2001 Rotarian of the Year.

Past President and two-time Rotarian of the Year Jim West on his matching grant projects

Past President and two-time Rotarian of the Year Jim West on his matching grant projects.

 

 

Virginia Vanstory gave an overview of the Rotary Foundation. Founded in 1917 by Arch C, Klumph. Its first contribution was in 1929. He gave $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children, which later became Easter Seals. When Paul Harris died, contributions poured in.

Foundation projects include:

Ambassadorial Scholars started in 1947
Group Study Exchange started in 1965
PolioPlus started in 1985
Matching Grants & Awards for Technical Trades

The Foundation website devotes 38 pages on how Foundation funds are invested.

Jim West chronicled some of our clubs Foundation Projects, beginning with a water and sewer project at Little Samaritan’s Mission in Moldova. Jim and several other Club members went twice to work on that project. We also funded the purchase of a van in Uruguay and converting it and equipping it as an ambulance.

We have hosted Group Study Exchanges with Finland, Denmark, Nigeria and others.  Our Rotarians led Exchanges to Mexico and Australia. And every year we host Youth Exchange students visiting our district, feeding, housing and taking them skiing.

Alice Salthouse spoke about two Matching Grant projects our club worked on.  In each case our club gave $5,000. Which was matched by the District and then funded by Rotary International so that there was a total of $17,500. One Belize grant project, by 10 club members and some others, refurbished a Dental Clinic, and installed all new equipment, chairs and tools. They also repainted and put in playground equipment. Alice described David Wray fighting to remove a metal pipe which stood up just under a swing set

Also in Belize Alice and her team, including Mike Capristo and Mike Kebelbeck, refurbished school. They painted it, put screens in the cafeteria windows, installed electrical lines, replaced plumbing, built a playground and provided musical instruments and computers.

Our club also sent a team to Haiti including Alice, Basil, Mike Capristo &Van Joffrion. .

Foundation grant money sent local Rotarian, Brian Bennet to Croatia as a visiting professor. Our Rotary District has also funded International Ambassadorial Scholars and one International Peace Scholar. Alice said that such trips are life changing and encouraged other Rotarians to join them.

Foundation money has also helped finance our local dictionary project and scholarships through district grants.

C.A.R.T. Chair Ed Tausche shows off the new Mason jar with a Rotary logo for members to use at home to collect loose change. He asked members to bring them to a meeting when they are full. Look out Lenoir! Like Avis, we're number two. We try harder!

C.A.R.T. Chair Ed Tausche shows off the new Mason jar with a Rotary logo for members to use at home to collect loose change. He asked members to bring them to a meeting when they are full. Look out Lenoir! Like Avis, we’re number two. We try harder!

 

Our winter meeting place in the Timbers Room at Chetola

Our winter meeting place in the Timbers Room at Chetola.

2014 Dictionary Project

Chuck Canady, Vocational Services Chair for the past two years, said this year we distributed over 500 dictionaries to schools in Watuaga and Avery Counties. Avery County Rotary and Boone Kiwanis helped with the project. You can see more photos by clicking here:

2014 Dictionary Project Photo Gallery

A Blowing Rock School 3rd Grader checks out her new dictionary.

A Blowing Rock School 3rd Grader checks out her new dictionary.

 

Mike Capristo answers questions about Rotary in Blowing Rock School's 3rd grade class.

Mike Capristo answers questions about Rotary in Blowing Rock School’s 3rd grade class. Photo courtesy of Blowing Rock News.

 

President-Elect Basil Kuzyzsyn explains the importance of a good vocabulary to 3rd graders at Two Rivers Charter School.

President-Elect Basil Kuzyzsyn explains the importance of a good vocabulary to 3rd graders at Two Rivers Charter School.

Meeting Report November 10, 2014

 NEW MEMBER TALKS

Billy Chick, Financial Advisor for the Edward Jones office in Blowing Rock  was born and raised on the big island of Hawaii. He said it was a small town and that's one of the many reasons why he loves Blowing Rock. Like here, Hawaii has a lot of hiking opportunities. He recently celebrated his 2nd wedding anniversary in July. HIs wife's name is Jennifer.

Billy Chick, Financial Advisor for the Edward Jones office in Blowing Rock was born and raised on the big island of Hawaii. He said it was a small town and that’s one of the many reasons why he loves Blowing Rock. Like here, Hawaii has a lot of hiking opportunities. He recently celebrated his 2nd wedding anniversary in July. HIs wife’s name is Jennifer.

Scott Fogelman is a native of North Augusta, South Carolina has a degree in accounting. He spent some time in the 90's as a pro golfer. Prior to coming to Blowing Rock as Town Manager, Scott was a Financial Analyst and later Budget Director for Cary, North Carolina. He has two children from a previous marriage.

Scott Fogelman is a native of North Augusta, South Carolina has a degree in accounting. He spent some time in the 90’s as a pro golfer. Prior to coming to Blowing Rock as Town Manager, Scott was a Financial Analyst and later Budget Director for Cary, North Carolina. He has two children from a previous marriage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Barber is an independent insurance agent who lives in /banner Elk. He was born and raised in upstate New York and graduated with a business degree from the State University of New York (SUNY). With unemployment running at 11% there, he moved to Sarasota, Florida. With a passion for sport cars he got involved in racing and rose to team manager for a racing team. He then managed an independent German car repair shop. He met his wife when she brought her car in for service and they welcomed their  son Brad into the world in 2001. Before he became an insurance agent he had a consulting business organizing meetings and conventions.

David Barber is an independent insurance agent who lives in /banner Elk. He was born and raised in upstate New York and graduated with a business degree from the State University of New York (SUNY). With unemployment running at 11% there, he moved to Sarasota, Florida. With a passion for sport cars he got involved in racing and rose to team manager for a racing team. He then managed an independent German car repair shop. He met his wife when she brought her car in for service and they welcomed their son Brad into the world in 2001. Before he became an insurance agent he had a consulting business organizing meetings and conventions.

Blowing Rock Police Chief Tony Jones thought he would never get the job here. After interviews, a written assignment and facing a tough review board that he will never forget Town Manager Scott Fogelman offered him the job. He kidded that he later found out no one else applied. Prior to coming to Blowing Rock he was Police Chief of Taylorsville, North Carolina and a Rotary member there. He had his first date with his wife in Blowing Rock and was later married in Memorial Park.

Blowing Rock Police Chief Tony Jones thought he would never get the job here. After interviews, a written assignment and facing a tough review board that he will never forget Town Manager Scott Fogelman offered him the job. He kidded that he later found out no one else applied. Prior to coming to Blowing Rock he was Police Chief of Taylorsville, North Carolina and a Rotary member there. He had his first date with his wife in Blowing Rock and was later married in Memorial Park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Youth Services Chair Orian Carter presented the Blowing Rock School November Students of the Month. On the left is Braham Townshend. On the right is Preston Moss.

Youth Services Chair Orian Carter presented the Blowing Rock School November Students of the Month. On the left is Braham Townshend. On the right is Preston Moss.

 

Awards

CLUB FOUNDATION AWARDS

Past President Jim Clabough and Foundation Chair Virginia Vanstory show off our awards received at the 2014 District Foundation Banquet held over the weekend at the Renaissance Hotel in Asheville. The awards from left to right are: 2nd place in the district 7670 for per capita foundation giving, 100% Sustaining Member Club and 100% Club Participation. All awards were for the 2013-14 Rotary year. Thanks to everyone for your generous  foundation support and thanks to both Virginia and Jim for helping to make it happen!

Past President Jim Clabough and Foundation Chair Virginia Vanstory show off our awards received at the 2014 District Foundation Banquet held over the weekend at the Renaissance Hotel in Asheville. The awards from left to right are: 2nd place in the district 7670 for per capita foundation giving, 100% Sustaining Member Club and 100% Club Participation. All awards were for the 2013-14 Rotary year. Thanks to everyone for your generous foundation support and thanks to both Virginia and Jim for helping to make it happen!

Member Profile

Member Profile Tausche

When Ed Tausche told me he had never been interviewed, I thought, “That’s a shame. He’s so interesting.”

Though he’s been a Rotarian here for only 1 ½ years, it’s hard to picture our club without him because he so quickly became involved. His best Rotary experience has been the auctions. Remember he won Mike Kebblebeck’s dad’s elk antlers. Mike then won the Beach Mountian house owned by Ed, where the antlers were going to be hung.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Ed has found a home in Chicago, The Hague and Key West before wending his way to Blowing Rock.

Those of you who think the only ice in Florida is in somebody’s drink should know that it was in Key West that Ed coached the southernmost ice hockey team. He recruited 400 kids and 200 adults, arranged for a covered rink and the sport took off.

Ed is a Master Carpenter. He is a contractor, loves construction and is creating an addition to his own house in his spare time. That entails a laundry room and an extension of his dining room to become a television lounge. He says he likes to waste time sleeping. We might wonder when or if he sleeps.

Ed has played guitar for forty years. He was part of a college band and admits to being good.

If Ed thinks construction is insufficient to keep him fit, he lifts weights at the gym, especially in winter.

There’s more. Ed is a gourmet chef and does all the cooking at his house. He says he likes to eat and his wife Melissa doesn’t like to cook, so he has risen to the role of head chef.   His specialties are seafood and anything Italian. So Tausche is Italian?