STUDENTS WITH DIVERSE ABILITIES PROGRAM AT APP STATE
If you have been taking it easy in the snow, better stay sitting down. All the energy and activity in this profile is going to make you tired.
We see John’s commitment as photographer and webmaster who stirs up new ideas. That led to his election as club president when he had been a Rotarian fewer than five years. He has added to the fun he applauds in our club.
His favorite Rotary moment involved a dictionary. A third grade girl held it to her chest and exclaimed, “You mean I get to keep it? It’s mine?” His favorite way to give back is through scholarships.
Born and reared in Atlanta, where his father ran the United Press office, then a radio station broker, he moved to Dallas to graduate from SMU with a business degree, majoring in finance and accounting. One of his college years he spent in Madrid, Spain. He calls that “an absolutely awesome year.”
John’s current adventure is track driving (think Porsche). He does 15-20 track days per year and became an instructor three years ago. His biggest track thrill so far has been driving Daytona Speedway. Reaching 160 mph was “An absolute rush.”
John and his wife Della have done nearly 300 scuba dives in the Pacific and the Caribbean. In the past 30 years John and Della have completed a number of “centuries” on their bikes(don’t even ask how far that is) many of them to the top of Grandfather and Mount Mitchell. He and Della have cycled in France, Italy, Austria and Switzerland, climbing the two toughest mountains of the Tour de France. They also did the bike route of the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii.
How he became a cyclist is a story itself. In 1986 John was the manager and eventual owner of a radio station in Columbia, SC. A stressful business? John smoked three packs a day and was 50 pounds overweight. Approaching 40, he decided to get healthy. First he lost weight swimming; then he quit cigarettes. Following his brother’s advice to use the cigarette money to buy something better, John bought a bike. You know the rest.
John and Della ran their first marathon last year in Myrtle Beach. He says it’s their last.
Other occupations: Banker, radio news director, picture frame shop owner, woodworker.
John has no children. Della has three. One daughter lives in Paris, which is a bonus.
Tired yet? John says he relaxes by looking at funny dog and cat pictures and videos online. He calls his own cat obnoxious. He and Della also have a Catahoula named Laurel. As an animal John is “a little bit independent cat and a little bit dog, playful and loving the outdoors.”
As of February 15th we are in second place in total giving and third place in per capita giving in District 7670. Keep those coin jars coming!
1ST LENOIR $4,520.97
2ND BLOWING ROCK 2,784.28
3RD HENDERSONVILLE 2,604.45
PER CAPITA GIVING:
1ST LENOIR $60.28
2ND CATAWBA VALLEY 50.37
3RD BLOWING ROCK 46.40
Janice Booth said A Voice out of Nowhere delves deep into the mind of a psychotic killer that she encountered in her youth in Canada. Her book offers a rare glimpse inside the workings of a criminally disordered mind. Janice drew from court transcripts, eye-witness statements and personal interviews to go beyond the headlines and share the little-known details of the tragedy. She said her book raises questions about the effects of the insanity defense because those convicted on that basis can petition for eventual release and often succeed, placing themselves and society at risk of another tragedy. She also pointed out that many of the mentally ill can no longer be cared for because of budget cutbacks that have closed facilities across the country. (Some narrative excerpted from Amazon.com)
Thanks to all who contributed to Polio Plus. We collected over $500 and surpassed our goal for the year of at least $20 per member!