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.
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”.
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
TWO MAJOR FUND RAISING EVENTS!
RECORD HORSE SHOW GATE PROCEEDS
Thanks to all who worked at the Horse Show Gate this past week. The crowds were enormous and the gate receipts were at an all time record high. 6,203 dollars was the result of this effort, according to Jim Clabough and Wayne Holliday. A huge thanks to both of them for their jobs as coordinators!
New members Charles Gurkin (pictured here) and Mike Page, both rookies at this job, worked together to collect from patrons to the shows. Charles said we had to learn on the job, but I think we did alright. And they did!
Jim Clabough and wife Karen are shown here giving Irene Greene, a horse show customer, a hassle because she couldn’t find the ticket she was given by one of our sponsors, New Lifestyles Carpet One. (She later explained that she was sitting on it 🙂 ).
Editor Art Scurlock, shown here with Lindsey Zipperer, lays claim to having the prettiest assistant (no offense to all the other pretty ladies that worked) during his shift on Saturday! Lindsey, a junior at ASU, was recruited by Wayne to help and what a huge help she was!
5TH ANNUAL CHARITY AUCTION KICKOFF!
John Calvin, Chairman of the Annual Charity Auction Event, shown here stated the auction, now in in its fifth year, is the largest of the two fund raising events, with over $106,000 raised for charity during the past four years. This years signature item is a painting by Kevin Beck, a well known local artist, who has contributed to our auction in previous years. John stated that this event requires the participation of each and every member to continue its’ success.
Every penny that is raised at the auction is distributed to local charities to help them with their programs.
John introduced Ann Williams, who is in charge of donations. Ann stated that the most successful auction items include vacation homes, wine, sports tickets, artwork and ASU tickets. The committee asked to avoid large furniture items and used merchandise.
Jim Zellner who is in charge of the silent auction, said the silent auction proceeds amount to about one-third of the total amount raised each year. The items that sell well are gift certificates to restaurants, etc.
Kenneth Wehrmann talked about the data entry and order processing needed before, during and after the auction. He needs several volunteers who have access to a laptop computer to assist with the vast array of information that must be processed.
Last, but certainly not least, Mike Page discussed advertising. He needs volunteers to distribute table tents to local restaurants, persons who will walk downtown with sign boards and many other advertising requirements.