New Member

Our newest member, Rita Griffith of Blowing Rock and Oviedo, Florida was inducted in to the club  Monday, August 14, 2017.  She and her late husband, Serge, first came to Blowing Rock around 17 years ago. They eventually bought a home near Bishop’s Ridge (near Tweetsie Railroad). Rita was born and raised in Washington, DC, where she worked for the State Department. She and her late husband, a Pharmacist, owned three drug stores and an upscale gift shop. They delivered prescription drugs for free, (unheard of in this day and age) and always gave medications, at no charge, to their customers on Christmas Day .

When they purchased their home in Blowing Rock, she and Serge started working in the Hunger & Health Coalition’s pharmacy. After her husband passed away, Rita continued on at the pharmacy two days a week. She has been doing that now for 15 years. She is on the entertainment committee at Blowing Rock Country Club where she is a member.

She is looking forward to this new chapter in her life as a member of our club. She says she believes that if God has given people a lot, they owe that back to their society and environment. Let’s be sure to welcome Rita and put her to work (she already volunteered at the horse show gate).




Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be available at no charge prior to and during the live auction.


Important Note to potential bidders. To facilitate faster checkouts, upon arrival, you will be checked in and asked to provide your email address and if you plan to pay with a credit card you will be asked to swipe it to a card reader (optional). This process is secure and will only be used that evening to charge your card for whatever you purchased.


The signature auction item to be offered is this Oil Painting on Linen by Kevin Beck.
“Bamboo Sunrise” is original and has a value of $3,500. Beck is a renowned local artist and his works have been published in many media outlets such as, “Our State Magazine”, 2015 Plein Air Magazine. Kevin was born in rural Ohio and gained his BS degree from Bowling Green State University, Albert Handell Studio, Plein Air, Robert Rohm Plein Air Painting, Art Institute of Canton, Ohio. We expect this painting to be displayed prominently in the home of one lucky bidder, August 19th.
Many thanks to Judi & Kevin Beck for their donation of this valuable piece of art.


Shown Below are some of the additional items that will be auctioned off:
Joan Sporn Original Oil Painting – Estimated Value $1,900

Nancy Brittelle Original Watercolor “No Way In”- Estimated Value $700

Carolina Panthers Football-Personally Signed by Luke Kuechly
Estimated Value = Priceless

Autographed Larry Csonka Miami Dolphins Jersey from the year they were undefeated
Estimated Value $800.

Willi Armstrong Acrylic Painting-Estimated Value $900

As of this date 8-6-2017 there are a total of 95 items to be auctioned including:
Original paintings,
Restaurant Gift Certificates
Home Decor
Traditional Tarheel Barbeque for 24 people at your home
Sporting Equipment & Events
Personal Care
One Week Stay at La Limonia Villa Near Lucca, Italy
Golf Packages

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.