Program – Kids Day

On Tuesday, Dec 5, Rotary looked like the kids had taken over. VES 2nd graders came to sing Christmas songs, VES Rotakids came to observe a meeting, Citizenship Winners from HMS and DHS were honored. What a great day!


Interact to JIRC

On Sunday, Dec 3, DHS and HMS Interact Clubs went to J Iverson Riddle Development Center to push residents who use wheel chairs to Sunday Service. With 10 students and 4 adults (2 Rotarians and a Rotary Spouse), we were able to get a lot of people to service.

Valdese Christmas Parade

Thanks to Bruce and Susan for creating a special float for the Rotary Club of Valdese. Starting with a way to transport our Service Above Self Award Winner, it grew to include the Rotarian of the Year, any Rotarian and Interact Members. It was a fun day for all.

The Interact kids were invited based on their service points.

The Rotary Wheel was donated by Larry and Audrey Earp.

Faith Kaplan was the Service Above Self Award Winner.

Beth Heile was the Rotarian of the Year and club president.


Principal Karen Auton is implementing a STRIVE program at DHS with the kick-off meeting being February 5. The program will be a combination of STRIVE at Freedom by Buddy Armour, Ted’s program at Hallyburton and new ideas.

Jeff Carter will be the lead from Rotary Club of Valdese. Meetings will be once a month, 11:30-12:30 (Feb 5, Mar 5, Apr 16, May 7). There will be a speaker and Rotarians sitting with the 12-16 kids for lunch.

The hope is to include 2 $500 scholarship each year for one of the students. As a club, perhaps we can add that in next year – BDI may also help this get started. For this year, we hope to do a gift card for each student ($25 each?).


Interact Helping Burke-Sunrise

Burke-Sunrise Rotary provides every school in the county underwear and hygiene items. HMS and DHS Interactors helped replenish the bins kept at each school. 2 Burke Sunrise Rotarians, 2 Valdese Rotarians and 7 Interactors worked.

Program – Continental Expansion

Allen VanNoppen, VanNoppen Marketing and Rotary Club of Morganton member, presented David Jones, General Manager of Continental to talk about the $70 million expansion and addition of 150 jobs over 5 years. David said the expansion was not just about adding jobs, but keeping the current site to keep jobs here.

Continental has 2 sites. Site 1 Electronic Braking System and Site 2 Electronic Suspension System. Their customers include GM, BMW, Volvo, Ford, VW, Honda, Nissan. Factories are very clean with hair nets worn and kept at 72 degrees.

Continental will have a lot of jobs that require a 2 year degree – high end manufacturing that can become your career – just as good as a four year degree. They are working with WPCC for training.

Grant – More Shopping

Beth Heile worked with FUMC-Valdese Hygiene Closet to purchase 144 sets of toothpaste/tooth brushes from the Rock Drug Store for $0.84 each for a total of $129.12. Rotary paid the bill, picked up the shipment, took them to the church, unboxed and stocked the shelves.


District – Foundation Dinner

The District Foundation Dinner was held in Asheville. Members from our club who attended: Beth Heile (as Club President), Bruce Bingham (as Club Foundation Chair) and Susan Bingham (as dedicated Club Member).