Monthly Archives: August 2017

2nd Annual CART Dinner

The 2nd Annual CART (facebook and web) Dinner will be on Tuesday, October 3 at 6:00 pm at Grace Ridge in Morganton.

Tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance. All proceeds from the ticket sales go directly to CART for research.  This is possible due to our sponsors and host, which include Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge and Grace Ridge Retirement Community.

For the 2016 dinner, program organizer Bruce Bingham brought in Carl White of Life in the Carolinas to show and discuss his program “Remembering No More, A Story of Change” about Alzheimer’s.

This year’s speaker will be Barbara Ivey, an author and Operations Manager for CART.  She is an Alzheimer Kid – meaning her parent had the disease and she is going to share how Alzheimer’s is a family disease.

Tours of Grace Ridge start at 5:00 pm and take about 30 minutes. Dinner follows at 6:00 and the program will begin at 6:30. Be sure to stay after for a meet and greet with Barbara Ivey.

Bruce is the CART Angel for our Rotary District. He has been traveling to the clubs in our area to tell them about the CART dinner.

Program – Guardian Ad Litem

Our program today was present by Jill Mallicoat Norment, volunteer recruiter at Guardian Ad Litem (facebook or web). Volunteers are needed to be a child’s voice during the legal process. As a volunteer, you will spend time with the child, be able to contact parents,  foster parents and social services for input and be at court with the child.

There is a 30 hour training class that you will complete. After that, it will be about 8 hours a month.

Interact Clubs at our Local Schools

President Beth Heile is putting a big focus on Interact Clubs this year to help meet her goals of more club service and increased public image. Ted Carothers and other members have built a perfect model at Hallyburton Academy over the last few years that will be followed at the other schools. Kristina, Beth and Ted met with the new school principals last week to start ironing out the details.

Lead by Rotarians, to take the burden off the teachers, we will offer the following:

Leadership Development – Monthly meetings will include professionals from the community sharing about their careers and teaching leadership skills.
Community Service – Opportunities for a chance to give back and broaden one’s outlook.

At some of the schools, we will sponsor a Citizenship Award based on the Rotary Four Way test. Winners will receive a certificate at a Tuesday Rotary lunch.

Rotary Club of Valdese sponsors the following clubs

Beth and Kristina will have an Interact table set up at the DHS Open House and HMS Open House. If you can stop by to help…..

Wednesday, August 23 – Draughn HS Open House, Booth for Interact, 4:00-7:00 pm
Thursday, August 24 – Heritage MS Open House, Booth for Interact, 5:00-7:00 pm


Program – Campfire Homes

Mark Rostan with Campfire Homes taught us about Tiny Houses today. In addition to deciding if you can downsize to 200 square feet, you need to know about zoning, financing and mobility.

Campfire Homes is looking at the possibility of a Tiny House Community in Valdese that would have trails, community building, garden and storage area. What perfect timing with all that is happening in Valdese.

After the meeting, we were able to tour a model home with plenty of unique storage options. If you missed the tour, you can call 828-261-6275 to make an appointment for a tour.

Perfect Attendance for a Whole Year!

Drink Not Included

For last club year, July 1 2016 – June 30, 2017, there were 10 members with perfect attendance. As a thank you for their dedication, President Beth Heile presented each with a Rotary Koozie (drink not included) to say Cheers!

  • Annette Brinkley
  • Jim Brookes
  • Ted Carothers
  • Karen Clark-Caruso
  • Lu Litton Griffin
  • Beth Heile
  • Tim Horldt
  • Kristina Mercer
  • Elsie Whisenant
  • Richard Whisenant

Publicity – Kristina Mercer

We do have a Publicity Chair for our club, and a great one at that – Kristina Mercer. The position is not about tooting our own horn – but getting the word out regarding who we are and what we do. This will help in membership recruitment (to have more people to provide more service hours) and help the community be more willing to help us when we ask for donations and sponsorships for fundraisers (to have more money to spend on service projects and scholarships).

In our first month of the new club year, Kristina has sent in articles to the The News Herald resulting in 4 stories published and had our club mentioned in the District Newsletter. She also keeps our facebook page up-to-date. New signage and business cards have also been added to our resources.

Stop in and talk to us at the Town’s Family Fun Nights on Sept 8 and Sept 22 and during Treats in the Streets at Brinkley Insurance. Better yet, visit us at a meeting – Tuesday at Noon at the Old Rock School.



Rotarian of the Year

Scholarships Awarded