Big Breakfast Planning

Our Fundraising Chair Kristina Mercer is getting things lined up for our Big Breakfast. To see what you can sign up for and for materials needed, go to Assignments.

October 14, 2017 7:00AM – 9:30AM – East Valdese Baptist Church
Tickets $7.00 – Bacon, Sausage, Eggs, Grits, Pancakes, Biscuits & Gravy


5th Tuesday Social

August 29 marked our first try at a 5th Friday Social. The event was at 100 Main, 5:00-6:30 pm with appetizers. About 20 members and spouses attended. It was a fun evening to get to know our members better.

District Grant – School Supply Ministry

We started working on the Valdese Ministerial Grant this month with Cornerstone Baptist Church and their school supply ministry.

Through the ministry, they provide filled backpacks to students who are identified by teachers who are in need of basic supplies and book bags. At the August 22 meeting, we presented Cindy Stephens with a check representing the $360 we will provide to  Cornerstone this year. She told us how grateful the students are to be able to go to school with new supplies – even the supplies needed for the classroom. The recipients also appreciate the private manner in which the process is handled.

For this first installment, club members shopped for school supplies using $250 of the money and other club members brought in donations of school supplies. $100 remains to spend during the school year.

Supplies were delivered this time by Beth and Interact Member, Zakk.

The ministry also helps with other needs of the school children. It turned out a certain size boys clothing was needed for back to school and Rotary provided 4 pairs of shorts and 2 shirts for a child.


Program – Guatemala

Our program today was from Rotarian and Waldensian Presbyterian Church Pastor Kevin Frederick. He talked about his trip to Guatemala. He has been leading and educating the Presbyterian churches there on domestic violence.  It is a subject many people have not spoken openly about. Many have been grateful for this discussion. Based on Kevin’s experience, our club provided school supplies for this area.

Global Grant Opportunity – Ambulance

Our club has been contacted by Billi Black to help fund an ambulance for New Hope Hospital in Haiti. This hospital is solar powered and built entirely on donations. As p[art of a Rotary Global Grant, $65,000 is needed. Rotary Club Cap Haitien is the local club.

Currently, patients in crisis get to the hospital on motorcycle – with a driver and a caregiver on the cycle or they and their caregiver are put into the back of a pickup truck.

Current donors:
Rotary Club of Sylva – $3,000
Rotary Club of Franklin Daybreak $4100

Can we help with $500-$2000?

International Chairman Paul Mears will update us at the September Board Meeting.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Saturday, October 28 – Join our team for the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®, the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our team is made up of members from Rotary Club of Valdese, Heritage MS InteractDraughn HS Interact and Hallyburton Interact.

Team: Valdese Rotary and Interact – Using this link, you can

  • Join our Team
  • Donate to the Team
  • Donate to an Individual on the Team

Like paper?


  • Location – LP Frans Stadium – Hickory Crawdad’s, Hickory, NC
  • Time – 10:00 am

Service Opportunity – Memory Cafe – Update

August 18, 2017

Melanie, Joy and Beth H attended the Memory Cafe at Grace Ridge on August 17 to see how it operates. With experience in long term care, Melanie knew all the questions to ask regarding how we could get started with our own Memory Cafe in Valdese. No decision has been made yet, but we are giving it serious consideration.

July 28, 2017

Rotarian and Hospice Employee Mark Stinson would like to see our club start a Memory Cafe in Eastern Burke County. Currently, Mark is a volunteer at the Memory Cafe held at Grace Ridge that is sponsored by Hospice, Grace Ridge and ADAPT. Though held at Grace Ridge, this program is open to the community at no cost.

A Memory Cafe is a monthly event that a dementia patient and their care giver attend. Once there, the dementia patient goes for crafts, music, etc while the care giver goes for education and support. They have time away from each other in a supportive, caring environment.

Beth and Lu met with Mark, Charity from Grace Ridge and folks from ADAPT and Premier Home Health to discuss the possibility of our club becoming involved. With our club’s support of CART (funding Alzheimer’s research), this is a logical extension to help those suffering now (patient and care giver) while a cure is being developed. The depth of our involvement will be determined as we discuss the idea among club members and at the August 8 Board Meeting. Participation could range from donating supplies needed at a session, to volunteering at a Memory Cafe session to leading the entire process to start a cafe in our area.

We have the opportunity to attend the next Memory Cafe on Thursday, August 17, 3:00-4:30 pm to see how the process works. From that visit and knowing how many of our members are interested in the project, we can determine our involvement.

For more about the Memory Cafe at Grace Ridge, see the News Herald Article from July 2016 when the program was getting started….

Program – Caregivers by Design

Sarah Eckard, RN Owner of Caregivers by Design, talked to us about her service to offer home assistance for seniors that keeps them safe and healthy in their own homes. Services include Housekeeping, meal prep, transportation, grocery shopping, supervision of medications and the like. The service is available to Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, and Alexander counties with payments via long term care and direct.