After graduating in 2016 at Appalachian State University with a B.S. in Business Administration, she worked in the corporate world as an E-Commerce Analyst, where she assisted such companies as Amazon and Jet, companies that trade in the internet world. While at ASU, Sami became involved with Rotaract and formed the first club at the school. Feeling the call to serve as a missionary, she researched and was accepted by World Race..
THE WORLD RACE is an eleven-month Christian mission trip to eleven countries around the world. Sami-Jo Wood-Greer told our audience at Monday’s luncheon meeting of the Blowing Rock Rotary Club about her involvement in the upcoming whirl wind trip to eleven countries. She said the trip will start in August in El Salvador, September in Guatemala, October in Honduras, November in Nicaragua, December in Cote D”Ivoire (The Ivory Coast), January in Ghana, February in Nepal, March in India, April in Malaysia, May in Indonesia and June in Philippines, before returning home to the USA. This cute young lady, pictured here with “Grandma” Joey Perdue, will be sleeping in a tent, will be carrying a backpack weighing around 40 pounds to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all these parts of the world. One of the unique things about the World Race, according to Sami, is that it’s not only a mission trip, but an intensive discipleship program. Through the World Race, her team will serve in partnership with churches and ministries in local communities to preach the Gospel, plant churches, work in orphanages, minister to women trapped in prostitution as a result of human trafficking, and bring love and hope to the broken. Her team mates range in age 21 to 35 and come from a variety of backgrounds; nurses, teachers, corporate executives, etc. She will need to raise nearly $18,00 by the end of July, of which she has already raised $8,236. Several Rotarians were impressed with her endeavor and after the meeting today donated several dollars to her effort. She has a blog address if you care to donate: sami-jowoodgreer.theworldrace.com.
$2,500 Scholarships were awarded by Joe Dyer’s committee to two Watauga High School students.
Students were asked to submit an essay “My personal Community Service ‘What “Service Above Self’ Means To Me” and from the many submissions, two were chosen to receive the award.. Chloe Shaut, pictured here on the left, plans to attend ASU this fall to study nursing and Kelsey Boyle, pictured here on the right, plans to attend Virginia Commonwealth University to study Visual Arts.
Both received their awards at a special awards banquet during graduation from high school.
Joe said his committee had a difficult time choosing these two only because there were many excellent submissions presented. We wish them the best as they enter this new portion of their lives!
Rotary International Convention-Atlanta 2017
President-Elect, Charles Canady, his wife Kathy, Sabine Miller and her husband Robert Miller, past Governor, District 7370, and Charles Hardin all attended the 2017 RI convention in Atlanta, GA this month. Charles (Canady) came away from the convention with much enthusiasm saying the Bill Gates Foundation has given tremendous amounts to RI’s program to stop Polio throughout the world. Bill Gates spoke to the convention and told how close we are to eradicating this dreadful disease. Chuck also said that if possible, every Rotarian should attend at least one of these conventions.
The pictures below are some that were provided to our website by Charles and Kathy Canady and Charles Hardin