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
(Thursday, February 14, 2013)
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY TO ALL!
Friday, February 15th, is Quarterly Quarter Reception Day at Waynesville Rotary. All Rotarians are asked to bring their saved quarters for the Polio Plus campaign. Alternatively, please bring cash or a check for $10.00 to cover your quota of this year's Polio Plus endeavor. Remember that the meeting is at our experimental time of 12:00 p.m. at Laurel Ridge Country Club.
Welcome to the newest Waynesville Rotarians Mark Barber, Aimee McBride, and Jonathan Song!
(Friday, February 1, 2013 9:05 a.m.)
The Waynesville Rotary meeting for Friday, February 1, 2013, WILL BE HELD PER NORMAL SCHEDULE! Weather conditions around the county seem to vary this date with some icy spots noted, however, hopes are that they will clear for the most part by the noon meeting. Rotarians, who like your Executive Secretary, no longer "bounce" like they use to do, should exercise caution and make a personal decision based upon your local conditions as to whether you venture out today. Be Safe under all conditions!
(Friday, January 25, 2013 09:23 a.m.)
We are now receiving reports that Waynesville downtown is beginning to ice over and businesses are closing. President Scot has had at least one report of a wreck on Main Street and WLOS is reporting multiple wrecks across the area. Given the expected deteriorating conditions, Waynesville Rotary WILL NOT meet on Friday, January 25th. Hopefully, this weather pattern will change and we’ll see you next Friday!
(Thursday, January 24, 2013)
Friday, January 25th, is currently forecast to be another wintry weather mess. President Scot will make a determination as to the safety of holding a meeting by 10:00 a.m. and that decision will be posted on this site and sent out electronically via email to members. President Scot asks that no Rotarian take unnecessary risk to attend if the meeting is held. Our large county has a diverse reaction to winter weather so what may appear to be safe conditions in town may not be safe at all where you live. Check back here by 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 25th, if you have a question about the meeting being held.
(Friday, January 18, 2013)
Today's meeting (January 18th) of Waynesville Rotary HAS BEEN CANCELLED due to weather related concerns regarding lingering/snow and ice. President Scot asks that members remain safe and avoid falls and injuries during this weather event, which varied in intensity across Haywood County. Please assist your club by notifying other members by phone of this cancellation as not all members have email or read their email regularly.
(Thursday, December 27, 2012)
Waynesville Rotary returns to our regularly scheduled meeting time of 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 28th. The meeting will be held at Laurel Ridge Country Club. The new EXPERIMENTAL time of meeting at noon will begin with the first meeting of January 2013.
Haven't been to Rotary lately? Look at what you are missing!
(Monday, December 17, 2012)
Waynesville Rotary will be back on the normal schedule for this week's meeting on Friday, January 21st. We will meet from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Laurel Ridge Country Club. Effective with the first meeting in January 2013, Waynesville Rotary will be experimenting for a 3 month period with a NEW TIME. We will begin to meet from 12:00 p.m. (High Noon in Western parlance) until 1:00 p.m. Lunch will begin to be served at approximately 11:30 a.m. Please mark your calendars to move everything up by about 1 hour starting in January.
Email address change: All email to the Executive Secretary of Waynesville Rotary should now be addressed to wayrotary (dot) execsecretary (ampersand) gmail.com. Replace the words in parentheses with the appropriate symbols. This is done to keep robots from harvesting the email and sending spam to the address. Thank you for your patience and understanding as this change occurs over the next two weeks.
(Friday, November 30, 2012)
Waynesville Rotary returns to their normal weekly schedule on Friday, November 30th, 2012. The meeting time is 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. with lunch being served around 12:30 p.m.
The 2012 Christmas Basket project begins November 30, 2012. This year baskets cost $30.00 per basket.
This will be our 16th year of doing this for the needy families of Haywood County. Over the past 15 years we have fed 4800 families and Rotarian’s of Haywood County have donated $105,500.00 to pay for those Christmas meals.
This year we will make deliveries on Friday December 21, 2012. We will meet at the Ingle’s Grocery Store located at 200 Barber Blvd. at 8:30 AM for route pick-up. This will also be the last day of school for Haywood County Schools. We need to have 2 person driving teams volunteer to deliver the baskets to the families. We need to have the driver & helper’s name and cell phone numbers. They will be contacted the day before delivery and told where they will deliver and how many baskets they will be handling.
We think the need will be as great as ever this year. Last year was our biggest in our 15 year history. We fed 550 families and raised $12,100.00. To volunteer to drive and assist with deliveries, please contact Tom Knapko directly. You may also contact Tom to let him know how many baskets you will donate this year. The cost of the baskets can be added to your Waynesville Rotary account for billing in January 2013.
(Sunday, November 18, 2012)
Waynesville Rotary WILL NOT meet on Friday, November 23rd due to the Thanksgiving holiday. We will return to Laurel Ridge CC as scheduled on Friday, November 30th! As of Sunday, November 18th at 8:00 a.m. we have 23 slots yet to be filled for Bell Ringing beginning on November 30th. Slots remain available on all days EXCEPT Friday, December 7th, at the Wal-Mart location. Please recall that our membership needs to fill in all of the available slots. If you have not yet selected yours, please do so at the links listed above.
(Friday, November 9, 2012)
The 2012 Bell Ringing schedule is currently off-line as of 8:45 a.m. It will return later today AFTER our regularly scheduled meeting. Those attending the meeting will have an opportunity to fill in remaining slots. The on-line version will be reactivated late today.
ROTARIANS ASSITING THE TOY RUN: Please be at the Town Hall parking lot in Canton by 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, November 10th to assist with parking and registration. Parking for cars will be available across the street at the Colonial Theatre and along the Main Street of Canton. Thank you for your support of this worthy community event!
(Saturday, November 3, 2012)
The 2012 Salvation Army Bell Ringing schedule is now LIVE and ready for selection. On the above navigation menu, roll over Bell Ringing 2012 and then select your choice of site. You will see the remaining available slots for that site. Click on the "Choose Me!" link for your desired slot. You will be taken to an on-line form to fill out selecting your choice. Be sure to fill in the required information including name, email address, and phone number. Next, hit the SUBMIT button at the bottom of the screen. You may type in a note in the comments section if desired. Slots are assigned by first come, first served basis. If someone beats you to the slot in the order my email receives it, I will notify you and you can make an additional slot. You may indicate a first and second choice by picking more than one slot and then indicating in the comments section the order of choice you desire. I will send to you a notification that you have been assigned the slot OR that you need to pick another one. If you do not receive email from me within 24 hours, please send me an email notifying me of same so that I can check for errors.
- Cecil "Ol' Bell Ringing in the Ears" Yount
(Thursday, August 2, 2012)
We're baaack! At Laurel Ridge that is! Our Friday, August 3rd meeting will be held at Laurel Ridge Country Club. Do not go anywhere else this week. That's right - go only to Laurel Ridge!
(Thursday, July 26, 2012)
The Friday, July 27th, meeting of Waynesville Rotary Club will be held at the Folkmoot Center in the Village of Hazelwood. We will NOT meet at Laurel Ridge Country Club. The Folkmoot Center is located at 112 Virginia Ave., Waynesville. This is the site of the old Hazelwood Elementary School and is located just past the First Baptist Church of Hazelwood. Virginia Ave. intersects with Hazelwood's Main Street at the First Baptist Church.
(Thursday, July 12, 2012)
DON'T MESS IT UP ON FRIDAY THE 13TH! Do go to Laurel Ridge for our normal weekly meeting! Help President Scot get grounded at Laurel Ridge! As an added bonus, you will get your 2012-13 Program of Service tomorrow!
(Monday, July 9, 2012)
Yes, we are back this Friday, July 13th, at Laurel Ridge CC! Come help President Scot get off to a great start on his year as our President!
(Thursday, June 21, 2012)
Happy Longest Day of the Year! Tomorrow, we start the inevitable drag to the shortest day of the year so ENJOY TODAY!
President Brandon was away so President-elect Scot presided.
Please remember that our meeting on June 29 will be in the evening at Laurel Ridge CC not at noon. It will be our Induction Banquet. Every Rotarian is strongly encouraged to be present; spouses are welcome. Frank Dean, the new District Governor, will be present.
While anticipated, it is with regret that the club has accepted the resignation of Dr. Rose Johnson, retiring President of Haywood Community College.
$1,500 was collected this week from local restaurants for Haywood Healthy Kids.
Two new members were proposed, Stephanie Strickland and Allen Shinefeld.
(Thursday, June 14, 2012)
President Brandon was away so President-elect Scot presided.
Please remember that our meeting on June 29 will be in the evening at Laurel Ridge CC not at noon. It will be our Induction Banquet. Every Rotarian is strongly encouraged to be present; spouses are welcome.
(Thursday, June 7, 2012)
We will be preparing a new Waynesville Rotary Club Directory. Please review your picture and contact information to see that it is what you want and is correct. You will be given an opportunity to update it.
The Blue Ridge Breakaway is August 17. We will need a lot of help that day including people to help park and support teams. Make-ups will be earned!
Please make sure and pick up your new name badge and to take your old one with you if you would like to keep it.
Billy Case introduced our newest Rotarian, Jeff Schumacher, who is actually returning to membership in the club. Jeff is the General Manager of The Mountaineer.
(Thursday, May 31, 2012)
Last week President Brandon opened the meeting with a moving tribute to veterans provided by our District Governor.
All Rotarians are invited to attend Ellene’s birthday party at the Ag Center on Raccoon Cove Rd on June 9.
The Backpack Program continues to gain momentum. We received checks totaling $2,000 just today and over $21,000 has been raised in the last three weeks.
(Thursday, May 24, 2012)
Polio Eradication efforts highlighted in Geneva
(Crossing the line - Polio victim follows friend in Nigeria - M. Calvert award winning photo)
The fight to rid the world of Polio continues as only 3 countries remain on the endemic list. Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan continue to be listed as endemic. India was removed from the list after no new cases were reorted for one year. 2011 saw a rise in cases in China suspected to be coming from Nigeria infections and in West Africa transmitted from Nigeria. The international group responsible for eradicating Polio worldwide is planning on an emergency effort to get the final push to fully eradicate Polio. A principal barrier noted by Jay Wenger of the Bill and Linda Gates Foundation is an ongoing gap between need and funding. To read the full article, click HERE!
In other news...
Check out the Waynesville Rotary Club Facebook page. Mo is posting everything that he is sent including the weekly bulletin information.
Please remember that the Annual Induction Banquet is set for Friday, June 29 at Laurel Ridge Country Club. There will not be a meeting that day at noon. The banquet will be in the evening and will be a dressier than President Brandon was today (jeans).
Ellene’s birthday celebration location has been moved to the Ag Center on Raccoon Cove Rd. Everyone is invited to come on June 9 from 2:00 to 4:00.
(Thursday, May 10, 2012)
President Brandon inducted two new members, Tandi Haas and Fred Waring. He announced that Billy Case and Glen Tolar have been elected to the Waynesville Rotary Foundation Board.
Sandy Giles announced that Haywood Christian Ministry needs volunteers to help process food on the day of the Postal Service Food Drive, May 12. Shifts are 11-3 and 3-6, but volunteers will be welcomed at any time at the Ministry. Volunteers will receive makeups.
Ellene Francis’s daughter Lynn invited all Rotarians and their families to Ellene’s 80th birthday party, June 9, 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Francis Cove United Methodist Church on Hwy 276.
President Brandon reminded the club of the importance of the Induction Banquet on June 29.
President Brandon expressed appreciation to Caroline Klapper, staff writer for the Mountaineer and present at our meeting, for Friday's front page article on the restaurant project to benefit the backpack program.
(Monday, April 23, 2012)
Our club continues to make great strides with the weekend Backpack Program. J Arthurs restaurant, in Maggie Valley, has agreed to pilot the restaurant program inviting customers to contribute $.50 for each meal. Gene Harpe announced that the First Presbyterian Church men’s group have contributed $826 for the Backpack Program.
Jeff Norris facilitated the first round for election of Rotary foundation members.
(Friday, April 20, 2012)
Patrick Bradshaw introduced a new Rotarian, Matt Haynes. Matt is a 1989 graduate of Tuscola High School, a graduate of North Carolina State University, and he currently works at Giles Chemical.
The election for Board member for the Rotary Foundation will be next week and the GSE team from Finland will be here on 04/20/2012.
Ed Brown provided the Hunger Minute informing us that $.37 per weekend day will feed a child in Haywood County.
(Friday, April 13, 2012)
Recognition and Announcements:
April Responsibilities for club members:
(Wednesday, April 4, 2012)
We had two visiting Rotarians last week, Tucker Veatch and Fred Wearing.
President Brandon invited each table to quickly share some Good News, as we did several weeks ago.
It was announced that we have a new proposed member, Charles Matthew Haynes, of Giles Chemical Company. His name will be read one more week before being inducted.
There will be a Rotary meeting next Friday, Good Friday. Our guidelines allow us to miss three meetings a year so we need to meet.
The District Conference is April 20 - 22 in Concord, NC. We will have excellent representation from our club.
The GSE team from Finland arrives on April 20. John Keith will be picking them up and taking them on to Concord.
Tucker Veatch from the Asheville Biltmore Club announced that his club has been promoting the CART fund raiser for Alzheimer's research. He pointed out that Baby Boomers will experience a tidal wave of Alzheimer's disease as we age and the need for research is exceedingly great. There will be a fund raiser in Asheville on May 6 at Deerfield. He hopes that we will partner with their club next year.
If you have any Polio Plus tickets remaining please get them to Belva Evans so we can get the credit for the District Conference.
Karen Denny provided the Hunger Minute identifying that Haywood Community College is her sphere of influence.
President Brandon challenged everyone to do three things this month:
(Thursday, March 29, 2012)
Recognition and Announcements
President Brandon reminded everyone of the District Conference coming up later in April.
Lyn Donley provided a moment of inspiration for the Hungry Kids initiative we have adopted as a Club. 3,400 kids go hungry in Haywood County each weekend. The Backpack Program provides a weekend’s worth of food for that a child with the cost being only $128 a year. We are going to have a Hunger Moment each week to keep our focus on this important issue for our county.
(Thursday, March 22, 2012)
Rotary Foundation: Soon it will be time to vote to fill vacancies on the Rotary Foundation. The first vote will take place on April 20. The names of members receiving the most votes will then appear on a final ballot on April 27. To be eligible for the Foundation, a person must be a club member in good standing, who has been a member of this club for at least one year, and who is not currently serving (those names will not appear on the ballots). The Foundation’s work touches a number of people, particularly students, in this area. Please consider the upcoming votes and how you might participate.
Cecil Yount announced that the Waynesville Rotary Club was awarded a $500 Bicycle Advocacy grant.
There is a New Members’ Luncheon on the third Tuesday of each month at noon at the Gateway Club.
Larry East announced that he and his family will be traveling to Ethiopia to pick up their new son.
President Brandon gave a reminder that April is new member month.
If there are any Polio Plus tickets still outstanding, touch base with Belva Evans by the end of the first week of April.
President Brandon reminded the club that sponsorships can be made to the foundation, however cannot be added to the added to the Rotary bill.
(Rotary Students of the Month - March 2012)
(Friday, March 16, 2012)
Executive Secretary, Cecil Yount, is pleased to report that the submitted attendance rate for the month of February for the Waynesville Rotary was 93%! Thanks to all Rotarians, who are responding to the call to put Service Before Self!
Mardi Gras Ball was a huge success, raising over $43,000 for the Haywood County Schools Foundation.
The Bowling for Kids’ Sake for Big Brothers Big Sisters was also very successful. Jack Suddath expressed his gratitude to the Rotarians in the Club who helped out.
(Friday, March 2, 2012)
A new member, Kristen Turman, was introduced. She is a native of Haywood County and she is the owner of Smoky Mountain Café on Main Street in downtown Waynesville.
John Keith announced that the Finland study group exchange will be taking place April 17 – 20. There will be four women and one man. See John Keith if you are able to help with lodging or escorting the guests.
(Thursday, February 23, 2012)
(Rotary Students of the Month)
Rotary Scholars – Two high school students from Tuscola HS were recognized. Jessica Sagers plans to attend Appalachian State University and Sarah Rogers plans to attend NC State University. They were both given $50 Visa gift cards.
Over $8,000 was raised through the recent Share the Warmth campaign sponsored by Mountain Projects.
(Tuesday, February 14, 2012)
(John Broom accepting the 4 Way Test Plaque)
President Brandon inducted John Broom into the club as the newest member.
President Brandon stated that the recent Board retreat was “fantastic” and that we need more focus on our purpose as Rotary. He will share more next week at the club assembly.
In introducing the Manna Food Bank program, President Brandon spoke of the importance of the backpack program, the need of more children to be included, and this as a focus for our club.
(Monday, February 6, 2012)
President-elect Scot, in for President Brandon, recognized Charlie Way and Don Norris, both back for the first time since hospitalizations.
(Thursday, February 2, 2012)
Rotarian Charlie Way is home and says to tell everyone he is "improving and doing much better." According to Mary Ann, he hopes to attend Rotary on February 2nd!
Ed Broadwell, President of Hometrust Bank and former Waynesville Rotary Club President, was a visiting Rotarian Friday, January 27th.
Guests included Bob Carten, who lead the Board retreat, and Hal Glenn.
We received a thank you note from Mountain Projects for the very generous gift of blankets that we provided.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters annual bowling event is March 3. Rotarians are encouraged to sign up.
There will be a Club Assembly led by President Brandon on February 17.
The District Conference will be held April 20 – 22 in Concord, NC.
There is a New Members’ Luncheon on the third Tuesday of each month at noon at the Gateway Club
(Wednesday, January 18, 2012)
Blanket Drive 2012 a heated success!
Waynesville Rotarians rose to the challenge of President Brandon when he asked that the club donate a record number of blankets for the Mountain Project "Share the Warmth!" program for 2012. Rotarians donated in excess of 219 blankets shattering the old record of 128 held by Past President Cecil and the formidable efforts of Past Presidents Mark and Billy. Of course, the real winners of this effort are the many citizens of Haywood County, who will benefit from the blanket giveaway! Congratulations to those Rotarians, who made this year another success!
The quarterly statements that went out by e-mail from Cecil last week may not reflect the amount that was paid as there were a number of checks that went to the old PO Box. These are being updated currently.
January 24, 2012 is the Board Retreat from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at the Gateway Club.
(Monday, January 16, 2012)
Mrs. Sarah Woody Rogers, mother of Floyd Rogers, passed away Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012. Mrs. Rogers funeral services will be held 2:00 pm Wednesday in the Canton Chapel of Wells Funeral Home. The family will recieve friends prior to the service Wednesday from 12:30pm to 2:00pm at Wells Funeral Home, Canton. A complete obituary notice is available at www.wellsfuneralhome.com &click on obituaries.
There is a New Members’ Luncheon on the third Tuesday of each month at noon at the Gateway Club.
India marks one year anniversary of being POLIO FREE!
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