As a part of our District – Ministerial Grant, we worked at the Drexel First Baptist Church Food Distribution that takes place on the second Sunday of each month. Our newest members – Tom and Sheree – joined President Beth for the afternoon of service.
Past President Jon Mercer inducted our 2 new members – Tom and Sheree. Sheree attended the social at President Beth’s home in January – and that was the start of her learning more about Rotary. They visited a meeting and decided to join us! I think they have visited more clubs than the Valdese club in the last 2 months – but hey, makeups are the way!! They have also already participated in several service projects.
Our second Memory Cafe for memory loss patients and their caregivers was held on March 22. The speaker, Karen Phoenix with Project Care (WPCOG) talked about a program designed to help caregivers receive potential financial resources so they can secure respite care for the loved one they are caring for. The craft was Sand Art with mashed Froot Loops/Fruity Pebbles
The Rotary Club of Pakuranga invite you to join The Ultimate 17 Day Rotary Tour of New Zealand 6th – 22nd April, 2018.
The Tour Key points and Highlights are:
- The Tour includes 4 Rotary fellowship events.
- The planned Tour size is limited to 26 persons. (Within a 30/33 seater coach.)
- Accomodation will be 4 to 5 star and includes all breakfasts.
- A professional ‘Top Tour Guide’ will travel throughout the Tour.
- An optional 4 day pre-tour to Northland/Bay of Islands is also offered.
Here are some of the 62 tours/visits, of which all but one is included within the Tour price:
Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium, Auckland Sky Tower, 2 hour tour of ‘Hobbiton’, Te Puia ( Rotorua centre of Maori culture and geothermal wonders), Huka Falls, Napier wine tasting, Wellington’s
Te Papa Museum, Weta Workshops, Ferry to Picton, Hanmer Springs, Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki, Arrowtown, Queenstown, Milford or Doubtful Sounds, Dunedin and Christchurch City Tours.
Below are two of the typical comments we received from all our 2017 Rotarian tourists:
- We thought the tour was fantastic. Sharron (the Tour Guide) was brilliant.
- We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the tour and you are to be congratulated.
The 17 day Tour Price is approximately: US$4,870pp share-room. US$6,300pp single.
The 4 day pre-tour Price is: US$1,125pp share-room. US$1,420pp single. To receive the full 9 page itinerary email both email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Byran Steen, Burke County Manager, spoke to us today about the direction of the County – All About Advancing and why counties were formed – Health, DSS, Court, Sheriff, Schools, Libraries, etc.
Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge COO Jon Mercer presented CHS-BR’s Facility Plans. Jon is also a member and past president of our club. A lot of details were provided – for the full story see the link below. The Valdese ER is not going away!
Dr. Lafferty presented his “3 Truths and a Lie” at this meeting. That is how we are getting to know each other this year.
Update: Our club donated $1500 to One Head – One Bed. Interact Clubs of Heritage and Draughn are working on their own fundraisers.
Tim Barnsback (teacher at HMS) is seeing a lot of homeless/transient kids in the school system (there 86 in Burke County). He said kids need beds (versus sleeping on the floor or 3 kids stuck in a bed or sleeping with their grandmother). Transient homeless kids may be at a friend’s house a month and then to an uncle’s house for 6 months, etc. When you do not sleep well, it is hard to do well at school.
Tim has found collapsible cot style bunk beds he would like to provide to kids for about $150 a bunk bed set – they could take this bunk bed from house to house in a carry bag (price is half off the list price of the bed – thanks to the company). They would have something of their own – a bed, with storage for their personal items.
This fits in with President Beth’s wanting to do something to address the opioid issue in the county (we had talked about packed suitcases to social services) – but homelessness of kids or kids at random houses because of their addicted parents seems like another way to help.
Tim is working with the school system to identify kids who would benefit. We would like to get as many kids in beds by Christmas as possible. Consider making a personal donation to the club on Tuesday, Dec 5 and we will write one big check to Tim at the end of the week.
DHS Interact and HMS Interact are excited about this project and working to raise money to help fellow students. At our board meeting, we agreed to match 3 to 1 what the students are able to come up with.
Santa & Mrs. Claus made a special appearance to spread good cheer! Dr John Lafferty (34years) and Pastor Kevin Fredericks (10 years) were given gum for their “Stick-to-itiveness”. The wonderfully talented story teller was at it again this year! Mrs. Elsie Whisnant told us “How Come Christmas” and it was festive and funny! Our guest was Isaac Owolabi, DG 2018-2019.