Waynesville Rotary

PO Box 1590, Waynesville, NC 28786


Waynesville Rotary meets on Fridays at 1:00 p.m. at the Laurel Ridge Country Club off of exit 100 of the Great Smokies Expressway

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Updated News About Waynesville Rotary!

(June 9, 2016)

For the latest in Rotary activities, check out tomorrow's Rotary Bulleting by CLICKING HERE! The Waynesville Rotary's Annual Night of Celebration will be Thursday, June 30th at Laurel Ridge Country Club. There will be NO MEETING of Waynesville Rotary on July 1, 2016. The weekly meeting for Waynesville Rotary the week of June 12 - 18 will be on Thursday night, June 16th, when Rotarians travel to the Asheville Tourists to enjoy a night of baseball and festivities. There will be NO MEETING on Friday, June 17th.

Rotarians Serve at Open Door

Our volunteers smile while serving up hamburgers, baked beans and salad.  From left:  Larry East, Marcy Onieal and Susan DuFour.


(April 8, 2016)

Hannah Redmond

Our speaker, Hannah Redmond, a long-term employee of Mast General Store in Waynesville and instructor for "No Trace" concepts, walked the club through the key tenants of the "Leave No Trace" program.   They are:
1)  Plan Ahead and Prepare
2)  Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
3)  Dispose of Waste Properly
4)  Leave What You Find
5)  Minimize Campfire Impacts
6)  Respect Wildlife
7)  Be Considerate of Other Visitors

Ms. Redmond was accompanied by her fellow Mast General Store employee, Jim Taylor.  The Mast General Store is celebrating 25 years in Waynesville and is considered to be one of the anchor stores on Main Street Waynesville.



(April 1, 2016)

NC Wildlife Commission Poole Educates Rotarians About Bats

Office Tanya Poole

Tanya Poole, Education Specialist with the NC Wildlife Commission, spoke to our club about bats.  We have many species in North Carolina, but these interesting mammals are currently being diminished by what is known as the "White Nose Syndrome".

Waynesville Rotary Honors Tuscola Students

Rotary Students March 2016

Larry Leatherwood introduced the Tuscola Rotary Students of the Month.  They are from the left:  Cora Dodson, Whitley Thomas, Margaret Leak and Scout Powell.  They were awarded gift cards as a token of our appreciation for their accomplishments.

In other news...

Congratulations to the newly elected Rotary board members for the 2016-2019 term:

  Mark Bumgarner
  David McCracken
  Susan Sorrells

(March 23, 2016)

Waynesville Rotary will NOT meet on Good Friday, March 25, 2016. We will return to our normal schedule on Friday, April 1, 2016 at Laurel Ridge Country Club.


(March 17, 2016)


Dr. Michael Trayford

Dr. Michael S. Trayford’s years in specialty and private clinical practices have given him the advantage of seeing a wide spectrum of disorders in clients of all ages. He is the founder and Chief Innovation Officer of the Apex Brain Center in Asheville, NC.  He is a Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist with over 16 years of experience in the unique field of functional neurology.  After years of observing firsthand the continued decline in patient management due to the standardization and increasing restriction of quality care imposed by the insurance industry, Dr. Trayford has established a “Brain Intensive” training program built around the concept of neuroplasticity – the ability of the brain to learn and grow dependent upon its environment.

A few focus items in his talk centered on what “Biomarkers” tell us.  One of the primary biomarkers relates to a person’s balance.  It takes a good brain to stay aloft.  Walking is an extension of balance.  Tai Chi is a good practice to improve balance.  Another biomarker is blood sugar.  Dr. Trayford has found a correlation between various blood sugar levels and the presence of dementia.  He says we need to watch what we eat and should get a good night’s sleep.  These can make a difference.

Angie Schwab

Angie Schwab, Executive Director of Folkmoot USA, announced to the club the first "Spring Barbeque Music and Showcase" to be held on Saturday, March 19th at 7 PM at the Folkmoot Friendship Center.  This is part of Folkmoot's year round programming.  Featured musicians include the Darren Nicholson Band, Whitewater Bluegrass and Lillian Chase.  Angie noted a highlight of the event will be the naming of the Friendship's auditorium.

(Photos and text by M. Bumgarner)

(February 26, 2016)

YES! Waynesville Rotary will meet today, Friday February 26th, at Laurel Ridge Country Club. The light snow overnight may have closed the schools but, hey, we Rotarians are used to walking places in knee deep snow uphill in both directions! See you at the normal time of 12:30 p.m. (for lunch) and 1:00 p.m. (for program and business).



One millionth backpack
Manna Backpack Vols
On Friday, February 19, 2016,  our member, Larry Leatherwood, was caught delivering MANNA Foodbank's 1,000,000th MANNA Pack to Junaluska Elementary School in Haywood County.  This is the 10th year of the program.  The Rotary Club of Waynesville has been instrumental in expanding the MANNA Foodbanks' Backpack food program outside of Buncombe County.  Our club volunteers to deliver the packs on each Friday.  All activities are done on a volunteer basis.  The Waynesville Rotary Foundation does receive donations to support the cost of the food given each week. The club members who volunteer for this program were recognized by the staff of MANNA Foodbank for their efforts and were thanked for being a part of a program that affects approximately 450 families each week.


(February 19, 2016)


February 12, 2016 Meeting


Holly Demuth
Holly Demuth, North Carolina Director of the Friends of the Smokies talked about the Friends.  Many club members are already Friends.  The Friends is a 501(c)(3) entity with a $2.8 Million budget aimed towards supporting various projects in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park's one-half million acres.  Holly has filled this position for six years.  She is a native of Kingsport, TN and has been an interpretive ranger for the National Park Service.  Some of the recent projects supported by the Friends are the educational programs for school aged children, black bear management, and refurbishing the Ferguson Cabin at the Appalachian Highlands Learning Center.  A current endeavor is to raise $600,000 for an endowment to support a full time ranger at the Purchase Knob facility.  A matching grant of $600,000 will be provided by Catherine McNeil, the benefactor of the 528 acres Purchase Knob property contributed to the park in 2001.
Luke Hyde, an attorney from Bryson City, NC is the Treasurer of the Friends of the Smokies.  He encouraged everyone to participate in the Park Service's 100th Anniversary.  The theme is "Find Your Park".
Luke Hyde


(February 12, 2016 @ 9:00 a.m.)


President Sam has been in consultation with Laurel Ridge this morning following the beginning of today's snowfall. Despite schools being dismissed at 9:30 a.m., WE WILL MOVE FORWARD WIHT OUR MEETING unless conditions rapidly deteriorate. The forecast is for temperatures to rise near or above freezing by meeting time. As always, please make YOUR best decision for YOUR safety and do not take unnecessary risks.


Esther Bailey
Elk Black Bear

Esther Blakely is a certified interpretive presenter and a member of the Elk Bugle Corps for the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  She also operates "Cataloochee Valley Tours", a  nature-based eco-tour company operating out of Waynesville, NC.  She told of the last native elk being last seen in the eastern US in 1790.  Beginning in 2001 and following in 2002, 52 elk were brought into Cataloochee Valley in a re-introduction project.  In the beginning, the bears fed upon the newborn calves, but with the help of the park, during the following formative years, the Cataloochee bears were captured and relocated to 20 Mile Station.  After a couple weeks, the bears returned home, but only after the calves were able to mature enough to avoid the bears.  The bear removal was discontinued and in 2009, the project was deemed a success.  While it is hard to determine the current number of elk, the number is believed to be 150 or more.  Not all elk have remained in Cataloochee.  Three offshoot groups of elk have been seen at Balsam Mountain near Black Camp Gap, in Cherokee and also in White Oak community.

 The story of the Elk antlers is fascinating.  The material of the antler is the fastest growing in the animal kingdom.  The glue (testosterone) holding the antlers decreases and they fall off in March.  Within a couple weeks the antler is consumed by providing protein and food for other forest animals.  Immediately, the antlers begin to grow again.  First covered in a protective velvet, they eventually rub it off and by August the antlers are again fully grown and ready for the challenges of the rut beginning in September.  The antlers can weigh up to 40 pounds.

(January 22, 2016)

Waynesville Rotary WILL NOT MEET on Friday, January 22, 2016 due to the impending snow storm. Please be safe! We will resume our normal schedule on Friday, January 29th.

Rotary Students Jan 2016
Fred Waring Donation
Teresa Pennington
The Rotary Students of the Month were introduced to the club.  They are Elizabeth Hudson on the left next to Zoe Leatherwood on the right.  Fred Waring and the Waynesville Automotive Group presented checks totaling $3,155 as a gift to support the Manna Backpack program.
A local and self-taught colored pencil artist spoke of her career in art and how she has grown and prospered with her talents.  Teresa Pennington operates the TPennington Art Gallery on main street Waynesville.  Besides her retail shop, she does 22 travel shows each year.  Starting in 1996, she has incorporated in all of her art work a Pink Lady's Slipper in honor of her mother.  She sells originals, limited edition prints, mini prints, cards and gifts.  She has been commissioned by the Biltmore Estate for 24 years and has completed four series of drawings depicting the house and gardens.  She s know as an "Artist of the Blue Ridge".


(January 15, 2016)



Arnold Howell

Arnold Howell will be moving to Florida to be close to family.  With this being one of his last meetings, he was given one of the club's banners and was honored for his time with our club. During his time in Haywood County, Arnold made many, many contributions to our community and made even more friends. Our best wishes and prayers go with Arnold as he returns to be close to his immediate family. His Haywood County extended family will always cherish our time with him!


Coach Larry Hunter

Western Carolina University (WCU) head basketball coach, Larry Hunter, addressed the club with his approach to becoming one of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) leaders in coaching victories (664-393 prior to the current season).  He is the 17th head coach at WCU after being hired on April 29, 2005.  He is known for his offensive prowess and his team's 3-point scoring record now stands at 274 during the 2009-10 season.  Prior to coming to WCU, Coach Hunter was assistant and/or head coach at Ohio and NC State.  One of his personal mantras he shares with his teams uses ten words:  "Please, Thank You, I Love You and I Will Do My Best".  He says, live up to these simple words, and you will become a well-balanced person.

(January 8, 2016)


Susan Sorrells Bell ringer

No, Susan isn't ringing the bell today for the Red Kettle. She is ringing the bell today to remind you that Waynesville Rotary is BACK! We will meet at our usual time at Laurel Ridge Country Club and get the new year started!

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