Donation to the C.A.R.T. Fund

Program 1-11-16 Leahey

Bill the Bookie reported good news and bad news. The bad news was that 15 of us did not win the bracketology pool. The good news is Noreen Leahy (same last name as Bill the Bookie??) did win and donated all $320 to the C.A.R.T.Fund. Thank you Noreen for your generosity!

We Welcome Two New Members!



Jon C. Werner, lives with wife, Elizabeth at 150 High Wray, Boone, NC. Retired from the fabrication industry, Jon likes fly fishing, builds fly rods, is a Civil War history buff and is a certified U.S. Rowing Coach. Might make a good program sometime! Welcome Jon!

David Cline

David Kline is a retired neurosurgeon and lives with wife, Nell at 7041 Globe Road, Blowing Rock. David likes gardening, boating as a Member of the Vestry at St. Mary’s of the Hills, and volunteers at he Hospitality House in Boone, Listening Post, ASU, & is in charge of volunteers at Daniel Boone Native Gardens. Welcome David!












Meeting Report: April 4, 2016

Portrait Clabough

Jim Clabough presented the results from last year and challenged the club to make an even greater impact this year by selling more ads. This fundraiser is one of two major fundraising events our club has each year. Through this effort the club is enabled to provide many charitable organizations throughout our community with funds they would otherwise not have available. Teams and Team leaders were announced.



The “1st Annual Stop Hunger Now” event will be hosted by the Rotaract Club at ASU with the Blowing Rock, Boone Sunrise & Boone Rotary Clubs. Kenneth Wehrmann, Chairman, is hoping to have 50 volunteers to package in excess of 10,000 meals.

The 93rd Annual Charity Horse Show


The Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show is one of two of our club’s major fundraising events each year. Our club’s Rotary Foundation netted almost $22,500 in 2015 through sales of ads for the official Horse Show program and through admission fees collected at the gate. In addition to this the annual Horse Show Derby raised another $2,000 for our projects. Thanks especially to all the sponsors who bought ads in the program. Your ad buys have added thousands of dollars to the club’s Rotary Foundation and will go to help numerous beneficiaries throughout the Blowing Rock area and the High Country. 

Meeting Report: March 28, 2016


Mr. Harris Prevost presented an overview of the history, contemporary and future of Grandfather Mountain in his presentation to our club this past Monday. Prevost is Vice President of Grandfather Mountain. His accomplishments are too numerous to mention here, but he has been involved in the affairs of Grandfather Mountain in one capacity or another for many years. Grandfather Mountain is now Grandfather Stewardship Foundation, a 501©(3) non-profit organization. They recently, according to Prevost, adopted two Cougar cubs and transported them from Idaho to be placed in the animal habitat. The cougars are yet to be named. The habitat will be also expanding next year, to include deer and elk, Prevost said. Of local interest, the month April allows locals access to the complex for only $3 per car, so load up your car or van and enjoy this discounted rate which is normally $20. Coming soon will be an exhibit featuring Hugh Morton’s photos. For more information visit Pictures below were extracted from that site.






Mike Kebelbeck & Ray Pickett are pictured here presenting a $8,000 check to Josh Elliot & Madi Barker of the Wine to Water Project. Blowing Rock Rotary is providing these funds for the purchase of 125 ceramic water filter membranes to complete the 50 buckets previously purchased by Rotary Santiago. Rotary Gurabo will raise the $2,000 needed to purchase the water pipes and fittings to extend the water main into the community of Santiago.



Rita Davis is shown here presenting a $62.00 check to the C.A.R.T. fund in honor of her husband’s recently celebrated 62nd birthday. She is hoping now that he is 62 he will retire. :-)



Meeting Report: March 21, 2016

The Foley Center at Chestnut Ridge Set to Open September 2016!










Rob Hudspeth and Jerry Hutchens (left) stated that the facility now under construction at Edminsten Road and Highway 321 in Blowing Rock is set to open for patients September of this year.  The facility had been in the planning stages for several years and will soon become a reality,  The fundraising, according to Hutchens, is going well but due to design changes of the facility the number s keep increasing.  Now at $9,618,192 they are nearing the latest goal of $11,500,000.  Several of the wings have been named after significant donors and Hutchens says:  “we fully expect to reach our goal by the time of completion.” Village Pharmacy, a long time fixture on Sunset Drive, will be relocating to the new facility, Hudspeth says.  The pharmacy will have a drive through pickup feature, not available at the existing facility, which will allow clients to order ahead for pickup.



Rob Mendel picking at card for the 50/50 drawing.



Billy Chick starts us off with the Sunshine Report and Happy Dollars.