The District Conference was held in Hickory. Ted Carothers was presented the Citation For Meritorious Service for all the work with Rotary Youth!! Thanks to Bruce Bingham, our club received the largest per capita donations for CART. We were recognized as a Club of Distinction (meaning we are well rounded).
The Youth Leadership Conference in Hickory hosted 350 students from the area. The Interact Clubs that we support (Hallyburton, Draughn HS, East Burke HS and Heritage Middle) were all invited to attend at no charge. The day included team building activities, a motivational speaker, service project and fellowship. This was sponsored by our District with the help of local clubs.
Rotary Club of Valdese will be sending 2 students from area to summer camp in Brevard. The cost, covered by the club, is $500 per student. RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) camp is a week long adventure of leadership, service and fellowship of about 100 high school juniors and seniors.
Today, Ted, Beth, Tim and Jim interviewed students at Hallyburton Academy.
We are waiting to receive candidates from Draughn and East Burke.
Our lunch speaker was the Executive Director of Burke County United Way. Money raised in Burke County stays in Burke County. They take in around $400k each year. 80% direct from pay checks. They accept donations and volunteers.
The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
At the April 11 meeting, member James Sweezy was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow by his own donations and contributions from other club members in his name. Rotary Club of Valdese is a 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club – meaning all members are Paul Harris Fellows.
Club Member Ted Carothers told us about his recent trip to Cuba. He provided a brief history of the country and details of the places he visited. They had a direct flight from Charlotte to Havana, largest city and capital. Most things are run by the government and most people work for the government. Cuba has two currencies – Cuban pesos for the citizens and Convertible pesos for the tourists.
13 Rotary members along with spouses and children worked Saturday morning at the food packaging event. 35000 meals were packaged for Stop Hunger Now (new name Rise Against Hunger).
We made the newspaper……Volunteers needed Saturday, April 7 at 9:00am at Hallyburton.