July 17, 2017- Program and Events

According to Jeff Stanley, founder of Wahoo’s, Swift Water Rescue, now widely acclaimed, got started by accident right here in the high country. It seems that on one of their rafting trips the raft got stuck on a large rock in the middle of the river and while trying to rectify that situation they created a method to rescue individuals trapped in fast rising waters. This effort now has national and world wide acceptance as the standard for swift water rescuing efforts. A flood in 1988 on the Guadalupe River in New Brunsfield, Texas, where people drowned, prompting the fire department to contact Jeff to learn proper technique for any future requirements  Jeff trained the staff of departments as far away as Costa Rico and California. Closer to home one of the top swift water rescue teams in America is located in Charlotte, NC and was initially trained by Jeff. They now are dispatched all over the country where rescue efforts are needed. A few years ago Wahoo’s Adventures was featured on ABC Television’s Rescue Call series, highlighting their rescue on Wilson Creek. The half-hour nationally broadcast program featured the dramatic rescue of several campers, including a woman and her 18 month child, from the flood ravaged waters of the Wilson Creek Gorge. It goes without saying this program is quite a big deal for his organization and for river safety all over the world.

Jeff graduated from Appalachian State University and jokingly refers to himself as Dr. of Water Science. In its 39th year, Wahoo was first know as www (White Water Wrafting). Computers and certainly not the internet had not yet been developed and little did Jeff know that his company would have the same designation as the World Wide Web (www).Wahoo’s is number one on Trip Advisor and is the only outfitter to garner top honors two times as Outfitter of the Year by Professional Paddle Sports Association. His experienced staff, some of whom have been with him for more than 25 years, regularly conduct tours for 400 to 600 persons a day during season. Clients can choose to canoe, inner tube or stand up paddle board to float down the river, mostly on the New River, which originates right hear in Blowing Rock. The floats are easy and many senior citizens regularly join the float. They have constructed a 2500 two story out post building that is equipped with an indoor dining/meeting area, expansive decking overlooking the river, clean bathrooms, and hot showers.

One of the more interesting trips is down the Nolichucky River in Tennessee where the elevation changes sixty six feet per mile and takes about 5-5½ hours round trip.


Future Rotarian?

Future Rotarian?

It’s never to early to start recruitment of a Rotarian. Charles Hardin, Recording Secretary of Blowing Rock Rotary Club, attended th RI convention in Atlanta. While there he purchased a bib for his grandson, Charlie. The two of them are shown above with his “Future Rotarian” bib.

2017-Annual Awards and Installation Banquet

New President Charles Canady presents to outgoing President Ray Pickett his wall plaque honoring his service to our club for the past year. Charles stated that Ray not only served our club with dignity and hard work, but also continues his service to the community as a member of Town Council and all the while, along with wife Melissa, running their motel business.

David Waechter, Assistant Governor, installed Charles “Chuck” Canady as the 2017-18 President of Blowing Rock Rotary Club during the ceremonies at the Annual Awards and Installation Banquet, June 26, 2017. Chuck is excited about the coming year and said he wants to increase membership by 20% and “have some fun”.

The newly elected Board of Directors left to right: Sabine Miller, Charles Hardin, Virginia Vanstory, Alice Salthouse, Bill Leahey, Chip Eidel, Ed Tausche, Kenneth Wehrmann, Charles Canady and Art Scurlock. Not present for the picture: Linda Slade and Elizabeth Young.

2017 Rotarian of the Year

Chip Howard Eidel, shown here on the left, was presented with his plaque naming him the Rotarian of the Year by Art Scurlock, last year’s recipient. Chip serves as Secretary of our club and has done a fantastic job of keeping our records straight. HIs wife, Connie, says that in addition to all the work he does as secretary, he teaches a bible study at his church and spends an enormous amount of time with their children and especially grandchildren, whom he adores. Chip epitomizes Rotary’s:
” Service above Self”.

June 19, 2017 Program & Events

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