Fundraising – Family Friday Nights

Each Friday during the summer, the Town of Valdese hosts an outdoor concert. Snacks are sold during the event by various civic groups – for this Friday, Rotary Club of Valdese. The Boat Rockers performance was moved to the Old Rock School due to rain. Our next two turns at the Snack Shack are – Friday, September 8 and Friday, September 22.

Program – Alzheimer’s Association

Julie Cook-Walker, Education Specialist with the Alzheimer’s Association presented the program today at our weekly Tuesday meeting.

A few facts she shared – Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. Women are affected more than men and the average age is 71.

The organization offers a 24 hour support hotline –  1.800.272.3900 – for where/how to get support and for those who just need to talk. They offer free education to the community.

They have a fundraising walk coming up in Hickory on Oct 28. We will be working on getting a team together along with our Interact Clubs.

Happy Rotaversary (July)

Each month we will recognize member’s Rotary Anniversary – years in Rotary.  We will present a pack of chewing gum to them to thank them for their “stick-to-itive-ness.” For July….

Paul – July 1, 1994 – 23 years
Bruce – July 3, 2000 – 17 years
John F – July 1, 2007 – 10 years
Meredith – July 1, 2010 – 7 years
Maryann – July 26, 2011 – 6 years
Jon M – July 1, 2013 – 4 years
Seth – July 21, 2015 – 2 years + (was in another club before and we do not have details)

Club Members – What is your Individual Goal?

What do you plan to do to help your Rotary Club this year? You could

Go Big….. Find your passion – Make it your purpose

Or, if nothing floats your boat, Do one thing more than you did last year

Need Ideas?

  • Anniversary Party (Tues Oct 10) – decorations, invite list, program/history
  • Polio (World Polio Day, Tues Oct 24) – speakers in Valdese who had polio, etc
  • Plant 30 Trees – Work with Town
  • Opioids, Foster Care – get suitcases ready for kids
  • Food Packaging for US – Meals of Hope or Feeding Children Everywhere (Mac and Cheese)
  • Youth Exchange though Rotary
  • Human Trafficking
  • Water Project in Africa – see Ted
  • Meals on Wheels – just one hour one Wednesday a month
  • Memory Cafe for Alzheimer’s with Hospice and Grace Ridge – See Mark S
  • Join a Committee/Be a Helper to a Chair
  • Help Kristina with Fundraising
  • Bring in 2 programs – See Lu
  • Get to know a new member or sit at a different table
  • Start a new project
  • Encourage Members
  • Smile
  • Head up one of the Church Projects in the Ministerial Assoc

2017-2018 Board Members Installed

President Beth Heile installed the new board at the July 18 meeting. After promising to do the best that could do in their position, they were presented some candy. These dedicated board members attended two 2 hour planning meetings in May to get ready for this club year.

President Elect – Maryann Diamond
Mounds – Because you have “mounds” of work ahead of you as president-elect

President Nominee – Kristina Mercer
Butterfinger – Let nothing slip through the cracks
Fund Raising – Raisinets for raising lots of money and Crunch for always getting things done, even when it is last minute
Public Image – Working a Whopper of a story every week

Secretary – Thomas Winfield
Dots and Stick Pretzels – You will have to Dot your I’s and cross your T’s to keep all our minutes and attendance records.

Treasurer – Annette Brinkley
PAYDAY – Around you, every day is a PAYDAY as you write reimbursement checks and do treasurer stuff EVERYDAY. For your overtime, you get double pay!

Sergeant-at-Arms – Tim Horldt
Snickers – Keep the snickers under control and keep us in line

Past President – Jon Mercer
KitKat – You did a fantastic job as president last year, now we are giving you a break

Club – Lu Litton Griffin
Symphony – Like the conductor of a Symphony, you will keep us organized handling lots of parts: newsletter, bulletin, food, programs and lots more

Community – Kevin Frederick
3 Musketeers – You will keep us focused on “One for all and all for one” as we serve the community

Foundation – Bruce Bingham
$100K – Though not the treasurer, you are the money man or the club – CART, Sponsorships, Polio, Increased Giving and more

International – Paul Mears
Milky Way – You will be working Out of this World and into a Third World – working with Ted on the water project in Africa and other international opportunities.

Membership – Ted Carothers
Good and Plenty – You will bring in GOOD AND PLENTY new members this year.

Youth – Jeff Carter
Star Bursts – You will help our youth – our young stars burst out of their shell

Past Presidents – Chuck Moseley
Red Hot – You will be managing all the Red Hot Candidates for the Service Above Self Award

Vocational – Melanie Townsend
WHATCHAMACALLIT – No one knows what this position is all about. But, you have it under control!

Member-at-Large – Jim Brookes
Almond Joy – You are a nut, but a joy to work with!!


Thanks to Annette and Lu for the decorations!


2 New Members Inducted

At our July 18 meeting, Joy Harding (sponsored by Beth H) and Vivian Carothers (sponsored by Ted) were inducted by District Assistant Governor Robert Rinehart.

We started our July 1 year with 29 members, so we are at 31 members. Our goal is to end the year with 34 members.

Membership Matters!! So, M&Ms for everyone….



Service – Book Distribution to Kids

160 students were able to take home 3 books each thanks to $500 from our club and $250 from the Valdese Merchants Association.

Kevin Frederick, our Community Chair, organized the purchasing and distribution of the books.  Kevin and Ted applied the book plates (created by the Mercers) in all those books!! James, Ted, Karen, Kevin, Jeff, Jon and Kristina were on hand for the distribution.


Announcement Slide Show at Meeting Start

Starting on July 18, we will have a silent slide show running of announcements and news while we eat. This will include specific events coming up for our club, pictures of recent service projects, reminders and more.

I also welcome announcements that club members would like to share from other organizations they work with. For example, if your church is having a fundraiser or service project. If you kid is selling candy. If Hospice needs some help. I think you get the point.

Please have any announcements to Beth H. by Monday at 5pm before the meeting.

Rotary: Making a Difference

In 2017-18, we’ll answer the question “What is Rotary?” with RI President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley’s theme, Rotary: Making a Difference. “Whether we’re building a new playground or a new school, improving medical care or sanitation, training conflict mediators or midwives, we know that the work we do will change people’s lives — in ways large and small — for the better.”