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!

(July 2, 2015)


The Waynesville Rotary Club WILL NOT meet on Friday, July 3rd. We will return to Laurel Ridge CC at our regular time on Friday, July 10th! Be Safe this holiday weekend!




Come one, come all! Join the Waynesville Police K-9 Unit for a demonstration of these exceptional officers' skills at the Vance Street Recreation Center this Saturday, June 13th. Two demonstrations will be held: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This fund raiser for the department is sponsored by the Gold Wing Riders Assocation, Chapter NC-G2. Donations received will go toward purchase of important protective gear and training materials. For further information and to make a donation, visit www.gwrrancg2.org.




Jack Ewing

Dr. Jack Ewing, Executive Director of the Lake Junaluska Assembly, was introduced by Sandy Giles who observed that the Lake's summer program has been greatly altered in the last two decades. Declining numbers in attendance at conferences, rallies, and educational experiences is reflective of shifts in cultural expectations and family patterns. Jack then guided the Rotary Club through a slide presentation that illustrated and explained the rationale for these significant changes. The Lake Junaluska Assembly, he explained, is a mission-driven organization with this clearly stated purpose: "The mission of Lake Junaluska is to be a place of Christian hospitality where lives are transformed through renewal of soul, mind, and body." Jack and the administrative team of the assembly develop programs, using "The Golden Circle" as the modus operandi for implementing this mission. The "what" and "how" of the programs are completely contingent upon the "why" of each event chosen. If the purpose of a proposed event does not comply with the Assembly's mission, it is discarded. At least 800 of the nearly 1,200 acres of the Lake Junaluska community is privately owned property. The residents are encouraged to provide hospitality to all visitors. The assembly's hotels provide 442 rooms. Most of the financial budget is provided by those guests that occupy these rooms. But the administration is seeking a better balance of financial responsibility because the Lake serves year-round residents and people throughout this community. 

Jack surveyed the many recent renovations and additions: the face-lift of the Edwin L. Jones dining facility, a new fishing pier, a boat storage rack, a meditation garden, the children's playground, and major transformation of the Terrace Hotel. In the Q & A, Jack observed that the NC Senate has passed SB 141, calling for referendums regarding annexation in Waynesville and residents of the Assembly. That bill is now awaiting action by the House. If passed, the referendums will take place in November. If approved by both communities, annexation will take place June 30, 2016. 

Rev. Sandy Giles Rev. Sandy Giles included in his prayer intercessions for Gene Harpe, who was in surgery during the time of our club meeting; and Ellene Francis.  




Steve Brown
 Stephen Brown, Executive Director of "The ARC", shared the history and current program activities of "The ARC".  It serves those aged 18 and over and who are intellectually and developmentally challenged.  A primary program is to provide group and apartment living for 20 individuals.  With their community outreach program, they serve another 15 persons.  Their annual budget is $1.6 million.  They have two primary fundraisers during the year:  the Smoky Mountain 9-Ball Pool Tournament (26 Years running) and the ARCtoberfest.
Lou Wells, one long term client of "The ARC", shared here experience in Special Olympics.  She won a couple medals which she proudly displayed.
Lou Wells
Mandy Teague
Mandi Teague, told of how she has been in the apartment living program for five years, attends the community college, works and volunteers.  All of this has allowed her to become quite independent including, maintaining her own banking responsibilities.

Date to Remember:  Thursday, June 11, 2015  -  Annual Awards and Officer Installation Dinner (No regular meeting on Friday, June 12, 2015)



Rotary Students of the Month
Belva Evans - Paul Harris Awardee
Michelle Claytor
Anna Rogers

The Rotary Students of the Month were from far left, Elizabeth Logan and Sara Ruby Ferguson.  They shared their extracurricular activities and post-secondary aspirations.

Club member (center left), Arnold Howell, bestowed a Paul Harris Fellow award to our very own Belva Evans for her club and community efforts.

Michelle Claytor (center right), Mountain Projects Haywood Count Senior Resource Center Program Coordinator, shared the many programs and opportunities at the Resource Center.  Their program makes a difference in the Senior Citizens lives.

Anna Rogers (far right), Options Counselor/Senior Services/Elder Abuse Program Coordinator at the Mountain Projects Haywood County Senior Resource Center, gave us a talk about the many programs and activities provided through the Senior Resource Center.  In particular she emphasized May as being "Older's Awareness Month" and how things like transportation and abuse are major for this age set.

(Images and Text: M. Bumgarner)




Bill Allsbrook

Bill Allsbrook, Secretary of the Foundation, provided the slide presentation sharing the activities and history of the Foundation.  Here he shares the awarding schedule for student scholarships who can renew each year with the maintenance of a 3.00 GPA. The Foundation has invested "Core Funds" to increase the annual income and to provide future cash flows for the various scholarships awarded by the Foundation.  These funds and other fundraising projects are involved in awarding scholarships to Tuscola High School students and to Haywood Community College students.  The scholarships awarded at $1,500 each have allowed up to eight to ten  students to continue their studies.  The scholarships are awarded on financial need and scholastic accomplishments and continued minimum grades. The Foundation has invested "Core Funds" to increase the annual income and to provide future cash flows for the various scholarships awarded by the Foundation.  These funds and other fundraising projects are involved in awarding scholarships to Tuscola High School students and to Haywood Community College students.  The scholarships awarded at $1,500 each have allowed up to eight to ten  students to continue their studies.  The scholarships are awarded on financial need and scholastic accomplishments and continued minimum grades

Jeff Norris - Perfect

President, Karen Denney, and Executive Secretary, Cecil Yount, recognized those members with perfect attendance.  This photograph shows a happy Jeff Norris for 10 years of continuous perfect attendance.

(Images and Text courtesy M. Bumgarner)



Jody Lipscomb

At the May 1st meeting of Waynesville Rotary, Jody Lipscomb, an Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian, spoke our club and shared the culture of the Eastern Band with the club. The "Tribe" is made up of seven remaining "Clans" represented by these masks. Once the Tribal Boundary was established, the outside world tried to change the Indian culture through "Acculturation". The economics of the Tribe were simply related to tourism until 1997 when the "Casino" was approved for the "Boundary". Today, there are six townships making up the "Boundary". It was those that were not removed by the "Trail of Tears" that made the Eastern Band's Boundary possible. he Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians is a "Sovereign Nation"  and its government is similar to those of the United States with the three distinct branches. (Text and photo: M. Bumgarner)


(April 30, 2015)

Lucas Brown
Powell Davis

Lucas Brown, Co-Owner of Appalachian Energy Solutions, describes the function of how the photovoltaic panel  converts sunlight into electricity.  Appalachian Energy Solutions is located in Jonathan Creek, Waynesville, NC. According to Powell Davis, solar energy systems can be off-grid, but the majority of systems are grid-tied.  This means your home or building remains on the electrical grid while drawing all or a percentage of your power from the solar energy produced by your solar modules.  Grid-tied systems even have the opportunity to sell excess power back to the energy company if the system produces more power than is needed to meet the buildings electrical requirements.

(April 16, 2015)

Larry Payne Joins rotary

Terry Warren (far right) and President Karen Denney introduced our club's newest member, Larry Payne, into the membership of the Rotary Club of Waynesville.

Mary Coker

 Mary Coker, third generation family owner of Cataloochee Ranch, gave us the history and activities started and continued by the Tom Alexander family beginning back in the 1930s. The activities of Cataloochee Ranch are varied and cover all year activities including the winter ski season, horseback riding, hiking, music and culinary delights and events.  Mary Coker was able to answer many questions including some about the Chestnut Tree demonstration site they are hosting. (text and images: M. Bumgarner)

(April 2, 2015)

Waynesville Rotary WILL NOT MEET on Friday, April 3rd. We will return to our normal schedule at Laurel Ridge Country Club on Friday, April 10th.


(March 27, 2015)

Rotary Students of the Month

 Kari Francoeur (not pictured), Tuscola High School Counselor, introduced four students of the month:  From Left, Megan Massie, Taylor Whitaker, Jada Jones and Sierra Dilenno.  They shared their post-high school plans and were given a gift card from the club.

Our speaker, Marty Sohovich, President of the Haywood County Arts Council board, shared the councils' many programs .  These programs include the Grass Roots Program, the 86 N. Main Street Gallery, the Swannanoa Chamber Music program, the Young Artist program, an Arts Festival (previously known as International Folkmoot Day), and the Junior Appalachian Musicians program among several other programs.  The Council was formed in 1977 and is a North Carolina Arts Council member.  Many volunteers work for the council and are the "lifeblood" of the organization according to Marty

(March 19, 2015)

Belva Evans
Jeremy Parton

Belva Evans (left), Fundraising Committee Chair, gave the club the final tally on funds raised through the Balsam Range Winter Concert fundraising drive.  Profits from the event grossed over $14,000.

Jeremy Parton (right), Executive Director of the Haywood Pathways Center, described the "Faith Based, Christ Centered Organization" to the club.   The Haywood Pathways Center won the Guaranteed Rate Give Back Challenge.  Along with Ty Pennington's assistance, the organization flipped the Department of Corrections facility in Hazelwood.  The project is a collaboration of three Christian ministries bringing life change to the hurting of Haywood County.  They provide food through a new soup kitchen and shelter for the homeless and for those getting out of jail.  Their Christ centered rehabilitation services truly transform lives.  Three different nonprofit groups in Haywood County came together to make this happen.  They are:  Open Door Soup Kitchen, Haywood Christian Emergency Homeless Shelter and Next Step Halfway House.

(March 12, 2015)

Phillip Wright, CEO

(Photo - M. Bumarnger)

Phillip L. Wright, FACHE, the new CEO of Haywood Regional Medical Center, shared their corporate philosophy and future plans.  Besides making physical improvements to the main entrance and giving a face lift to other areas, they plan on recruiting other specialty physicians.  He mentioned recruiting efforts for new spine, vascular surgery, pulmonologists,  primary care physicians and additional physician assistants and technicians. Haywood Regional Medical Center is now a member of the Duke LifePoint Healthcare joint venture.  The venture provides the largest integrated medicine in the country.  Duke and LifePoint share an interest in collaborating with hospitals, physicians and patients to bring quality, innovative healthcare services to communities.  (M. Bumgarner)

(March 5, 2015)

Clark Williams

(Photo by M. Bumgarner)

 Clark Williams, owner and CEO of Frog Level Brewing Co., LLC, shared his passion for being a part of Haywood County.  He first reviewed some history of beer.  Its origins go back to Mesopotamia.  When the Pyramids were being built, the workers actually worked for their daily ration of 1.7 gallons of beer.  Women were the original brewers until the plague.  Then, the monks and pastors who were thought to be trustworthy became the primary brewers.  He told us the Pilgrims stopped at Pilgrim Rock rather than continue onto their Virginia destination because they were running low on their beer supply.  And, in 1915 the Purity Laws were passed declaring “beer” contains four main ingredients:  water, yeast, barley and hops.

 Currently, there are 91 craft breweries in North Carolina.  Four of them are in Haywood County.  Clark says he welcomes more in Haywood County, because as the saying goes:  “Together we survive, individually we fail”.  Frog Level Brewing produces 31,000 gallons of beer per year.  Frog Level is considered a Microbrewery because its production is less than 60,000 gallons.

 Clark answered many questions from the club including questions about the difference between a lager and an ale and the alcohol content of the various beers.  Finally, Clark indicated the breweries are all good economic engines for the state.  North Carolina currently receives a 2.5% tax on all beer produced.  When this tax is multiplied times Haywood County’s four breweries, it starts to add up.      (M. Bumgarner)



(February 13, 2015)

The weekly bulletin for Waynesville Rotary club is now available on-line prior to the meeting. The bulletins are in pdf format. Free readers are available on-line for accessing pdf files if you do not have a program already installed that will open that format. Look for Adobe Reader as an example. When downloading free programs, be sure to check for automatic downloads of unwanted programs or changes to your browser. Simply unclick items you are not interested in getting.

(December 22, 2014)

May the blessings of the season be upon you and yours!

Waynesville Rotary WILL NOT MEET again until January 9, 2015!


(December 15, 2014)

As of 19:00 on 12/15/2014 Tom Knapko has just announced that we have NOW MET OUR GOAL of providing 500+ Christmas baskets for 2014! Thanks to all who gave and gave and gave some more to meet this important community service!

A very special thanks to Tom Knapko (Christmas baskets) and Larry Clark (Salvation Army Bell Ringing) for their "service above self" during this Christmas season in coordinating two very important club projects that serve so many members of our community!

(December 14, 2014)

Assistance with meeting the needs of our Christmas baskets project for 2014 remains a high priority. While much progress was made since Friday in meeting the need, we remain approximatly 61 baskets short of meeting this year's need. Please consider donating one or more baskets ($30.00 per basket) so that our Haywood County families will have a fulfilling meal on Christmas Day. Members of the public, as well as Rotarians, are invited to participate. Simply click on the "volunteer here!" button above and complete the form for Christmas Baskets 2014. Checks from the public or non-Waynesville Rotarians may be made to the Waynesville Rotary Foundation and mailed to PO Box 1590, Waynesville, NC 28786. We have less than one week to meet the need!

(December 4, 2014)

Waynesville Rotarians, along with Haywood and Sunrise club members, will enjoy this year's Christmas Social at Laurel Ridge Country Club beginning with a social hour at 6:00 p.m. followed by supper at 7:00 p.m. Coordinator Bob Herrmann promises a BIG SURPRISE during the evening. Please note that this is the weekly meeting for Waynesville Rotarians. There will be NO MEETING of Waynesville Rotary on Friday, December 5th. We will return to our normal schedule on Friday, December 12th.

(November 1, 2014)

The 2014 Bell Ringing schedule is NOW LIVE on our website. I have entered all the names into slots that were selected at yesterday's meeting. You may access the on-line signup forms on our website under the Volunteer Here! navigation button. You will see an option to select both Belks and Walmart. Choosing one will take you to that site's selection sheet. You may navigate back and forth betweent the two sites by selecting the link at the bottom of each form.

To choose a time, simply click on "Choose Me!" in the desired time slot. This will take you to a form to be completed. ALL FIELDS, excepting the comments field at the bottom, must be completed in order to gain the slot. Fields left unfilled will result in the time slot not being assigned as requested. You must click on the SUBMIT button at the bottom to send in your selection.


The selections will be forwarded to my email address. He or she that gets there first and has a complete form gets the slot.

The fields do NOT automatically populate in the form so it may be a few minutes to a few hours before you see your name appear in a slot. I will process them in the order in which they are received.

Next Friday prior to leaving for the meeting, I will take the forms off-line and bring an updated sheet to the meeting for additional sign-ups. I will then add those names to the sites and return the forms to on-line status for additional sign-ups.

Remember, the Rotarian that signs up first gets the more desirable slots although delivery of hot chocolate by Larry Clark just might make those late hour slots very desirable.

While on the Volunteer Here! button, please note you can also sign up for other opportunities. You can sign up to help with the 23rd Annual Haywood County MC Parade and Toy Run, for our Christmas Social with the other two Rotary clubs on 12/4th, and for donating Christmas baskets. The always available opportunity to support the Backpack program is also listed.  Please note that all of these efforts represent make-up opportunities for our membership. The Christmas Social on 12/4th is the MEETING FOR THE WEEK! There will be no Friday meeting on 12/5.


(October 21, 2014)

2014 President's Blanket Drive This Week!

2012 Blanket Drive!

(2012 Rotary Blanket Drive Results)

This Friday, October 24th, is President Karen's annual blanket drive to help those in need fight off the cold during what is predicted to be a colder than usual winter in 2014 - 2015. Come to Rotary and bring a blanket or two or three and join the likes of Charles Umberger, who has already made his donation! Let's bring up the heat this week by supporting this annual cause!

(October 20, 2014)

The DRAFT of the Revised Waynesville Rotary Bylaws is available for member review. Click on the link above in the navigation window. You will need Adobe Reader or a program that reads pdf files to access it. The 10 day comment period is now open. Please send remarks to Vice-President Sam Hyde or President Karen Denney.

(August 13, 2014)

Wells Funeral Home Event Center

Waynesville Rotary will meet at the Wells Events and Reception Center for their Friday, August 15th, meeting. The Center is located next to Wells Funeral Home on Main Street of Waynesville just opposite the Haywood Justice Center. Parking is available at the funeral home, in the large lot to the left of the funeral home, along Main Street, and at the Parking Deck off of Branner Avenue. All normal times and scheduled apply. Waynesville Rotarian Wells Greely says, "Please be sure to come join us and get the grand tour of our new facility in Waynesville".

(August 7, 2014)

Waynesville Rotary will meet at the Allen's Creek Soccer complex under the pavilion built by the club on Friday, August 8th. Normal meeting times apply!

To get to the Allen's Creek Soccer complex, site of the pavilion, go to West Waynesville along South Main. Turn left at the traffic light at the area locally known as "5 points". A Shell gas station will be on your left at the traffic light. Jim's Drive In will be on your right. Follow the road several miles until you see the Soccer complex on your left. If you get to the rock crusher, you've gone too far.

Coming from Wal-Mart and Old Town Bank, you would take a right at the traffic light. If you see Charles Umberger along the road side, wave.


(July 24, 2014)

The Friday, July 25th, meeting of Waynesville Rotary will be held at the Folkmoot Center in the Village of Hazelwood. The meeting will begin at the usual 1:00 p.m. start time with the meal served shortly before that time slot. The Folkmoot Center is located in the old Hazelwood Elementary School at 112 Virginia Avenue.

(July 13, 2014)


Blue Ridge Breakaway 2014

(Wednesday, April 16, 2014)

Happy Post Tax Day! Waynesville Rotary WILL NOT MEET on Friday, April 18th (Good Friday). We will return to our normal schedule on Friday, April 25th!


(Tuesday, March 4, 2014)

Following the program this past Friday, a number of Rotarians requested having access to the PowerPoint presentation utilized in the meeting. You may download that file HERE!


(Wednesday, February 19, 2014)

For Rotarians wishing to do make-ups at the Sunrise Rotary club on Tuesdays, please be advised that the Gateway Club is now closed. The Sunrise meeting for February 25th will be at First United Methodist Church in Waynesville in the Christian Growth Center for Pancake Day!


(Thursday, February 13, 2014)

The meeting of Waynesville Rotary for Friday, February 14th, 2013 IS CANCELLED due to ongoing inclement weather and concerns for member safety. We will return to our normal schedule, winter weather permitting, on Friday, February 21st. Happy Valentines Day to all!

(Thursday, January 9, 2014)

NOTICE OF MEETING CANCELLATION! Due to a water main break at Laurel Ridge CC, there will BE NO MEETING of Waynesville Rotary on Friday, January 10th. We will resume our normal schedule on Friday, January 17th. The January New Members' meeting is January 22nd at Bocelli's in Waynesville commencing at High Noon!

(Tuesday, November 26, 2013)

Happy Thanksgiving to All! There will be no Waynesville Rotary meeting at Laurel Ridge on Friday, November 29th or Friday, December 6th. The Rotary Christmas Social will be on Wednesday, December 4th at Laurel Ridge Country Club. This is the WEEKLY MEETING for Waynesville Rotary for the normally scheduled December 6th meeting. A social hour will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a cash bar followed by supper at a cost of $25.00 per person. Rotary members will received their weekly credit of $12.00 toward this cost. Reservations for this event are due to Waynesville Rotarian Bob Herrmann. Waynesville Rotary returns to a normal Friday schedule at Laurel Ridge on December 13th.

(Friday, November 1, 2013)

The 2013 Salvation Army Bell Ringing sign-ups are OFF-LINE until the close of today's Waynesville Rotary meeting. The grids will be updated at the conclusion of the meeting and then opportunity to sign up on-line will be re-activated. Sign ups for Christmas Baskets and the Haywood County Motorcycle Parade and Toy Run are still active.

Please note that there will be no Waynesville Rotary meeting on Friday November 29th, Friday December 6th, or Friday December 27th. The annual Christmas party on December 4th is the weekly meeting for that week. The other two dates fall immediately after holidays.

(Saturday, October 26, 2013)

2013 Volunteer opportunitiesaare now available for scheduling on the Waynesville Rotary website. You can now schedule to support the 22nd Haywood County Motorcycle Parade and Toy Run on November 16th, select your Salvation Army Bell Ringing slot, and order your Christmas baskets as Rotary and Ingles in Waynesville again partner to help feed those in need at Christmas! Simply select the Volunteer Here! button on the naviagtion bar above. Be sure to complete all fields in the forms. Send questions about these activities to the following:

Haywood County MC Parade and Toy Run -Cecil Yount

Salvation Army Bell Ringing - Larry Clark

Christmas Baskets 2013 - Tom Knapko

Problems with website function - Cecil Yount

(Monday, October 7, 2013)

Lacy Hagan, fellow Rotarian and purveyor of Rotary branded clothing, will return to our club THIS FRIDAY, October 11th, per your request at last week's meeting. Lacy will be set up and selling shirts, T-s, jackets, and yes, Bob, sweatshirts. As you will recall, she attended one of our meetings during the reign of terror, uh, service of Past President Scot.

Come out early, bring your hard earned cash or your credit card and buy some Rotary stuff!

(Thursday, October 3, 2013)

Waynesville Rotary will meet at the First United Methodist Church in Waynesville on Friday, October 4th for the regularly scheduled meeting. Members should come to the Christian Growth Center for the meal. Meeting times are the same as normal. We will be back at Laurel Ridge on Friday, October 11th.


(Friday, August 16, 2013)

Come join us at Allen's Creek pavilion for the Waynesville Rotary annual family picnic. The food will again be provided by Holy Smokes! Meeting time is our normal 1:00 p.m. but come early and enjoy fellowship with your Rotary family. We will be back at Laurel Ridge on Friday, August 23rd.


(Monday, July 29, 2013)

District Governor Ronnie's July Newsletter is now available for viewing on-line. Click HERE to see it! The Friday, August 2nd, meeting of Waynesville Rotary returns to Laurel Ridge Country Club following last week's presentation at the Folkmoot Center. If you haven't seen a bunch of Rotarians dancing with Thai performers, check out the Facebook page for Waynesville Rotary.


(Thursday, July 25, 2013)

The Friday, July 26th, meeting of Waynesville Rotary will be held at the Folkmoot Center in the Village of Hazelwood. The meeting will start at 1:00 p.m. The Folkmoot Center is located at 112 Viriginia Ave. in Hazelwood. We will return to our normal location and schedule on Friday, August 2nd.

(Thursday, July 11, 2013)

The Honorable Zebulon Alley, uncle of fellow Waynesville Rotarian Chip Killian, and friend to many Waynesville Rotarians passed away just after 9:00 a.m. this morning in Raleigh. He had been admitted to the hospital over the weekend and was moved to ICU yesterday when he did not respond to medical interventions.

Zeb, a Waynesville native, was one of the most prominent citizens to come from Haywood County. His roots in this community were long and storied. Zeb served his country in Korea and received the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in combat. Upon return to Haywood, his service to his community, state, and country continued as he was elected to the State Senate where he championed many causes that became legislation. He was instrumental in the 18 year old vote being granted at a time when young men were conscripted into the armed services but had no say in selecting their elected officials. A life-long Democrat, Zeb was one of THE movers and shakers in N.C. politics serving in various roles after his time in the Senate. He eventually rose to be recognized as the most powerful lobbyist in the State. One of the founding members of the Ramp Festival in Waynesville, you could always count on Zeb getting the local and state officials out on a Sunday afternoon to meet and greet, especially if it was an election year. The State Senate was adjourned this morning in his honor after Speaker Tillis advised the legislators of Zeb's passing. The News and Observer had this announcement: http://projects.newsobserver.com/node/27970

The family has indicated that funeral services will be held in Waynesville. Further details are not available at this time. Please keep Chip, Doyle and Randy (his sons), Charlie (his brother) and other family members in your thoughts and prayers as you go about your day. 


Come to Waynesville Rotary on Friday, July 12th, and get a great start on a new Rotary year. Welcome newly inducted President June to the lectern and enjoy Past President Scot's return to the round tables! The meeting is as usual at 1:00 p.m. at Laurel Ridge CC. The outstanding buffet meal will be served circa 12:30 p.m.

(Friday, June 7, 2013)

The Waynesville Rotary Club Annual Night of Celebration will be held Thursday, June 13th beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Laurel Ridge. A social hour will be held from 5:30 p.m. with meal to follow at 6:30 p.m. Officer inductions, recognitions of honors, a fond farewell to President Scot's year, and a welcoming embrace of President June's incoming year will be held. Dress is business casual. Please contact Ms. Karen Denney regarding regrets or reservations.

THERE WILL BE NO FRIDAY MEETING OF WAYNESVILLE ROTARY ON JUNE 14TH! Regular Rotary schedule will resume the following week. There will be NO MEETING on July 5th during the 4th of July holiday.


(Thursday, February 14, 2013)


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!

Rotarians celebrate together! Santa visits Rotarians Howell honors Hyde Leatherwood covers officiating calls
Braxton and Leonard together again!
Santa has special gift for Phillips...
Howell Honors Hyde - a triple "H" exclusive!
"The on-field call was..."


(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.

Jeff Schumacher Returns!

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

(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)

Matt Haynes

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:

  • Belva Evans is collecting outstanding tickets or ticket stubs for the Polio fundraiser.  If you have either of the two, please see Belva.
  • The District Conference is coming up, April 20th and will be in Concord, North Carolina.  GSE team from Finland also arrives on this day. 
  • President Brandon reminded the club that when announcements and speaker’s presentations are in the form of a hand-out, please do not leave these hand-outs behind.  Take them with you when you leave. 
  • Givens Estates researching retirement community for Haywood County.  There will be four focus group meetings: 
  • April 10th at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Waynesville Inn Golf Resort & Spa
  • April 17th at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Lake Junaluska Visitors Center

April Responsibilities for club members:

    1. Attend Rotary each Friday
    2. Ask for sponsorships/contributions for the Manna Back-pack program
    3. Bring in potential new club members to support “new member month”


(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:

  1. Find someone to donate $128 for the Backpack program or give a check yourself to the Foundation.
  2. Attend Rotary meetings every Friday.
  3. Invite new members to join with our April focus on new members.


(Thursday, March 29, 2012)

Recognition and Announcements

Arnold Howell encouraged Rotarians to remember that they became members of the Waynesville Rotary Club because someone sponsored them.  There will be a new member drive in the month of April and Arnold will be back to encourage us to invite persons to consider membership.

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

(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!

Attendance diagram

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)

New Member Kristen Turmen

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 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.

February 28th is the Pancake Day at First United Methodist Church. This year some of the profits from the day will establish a scholarship fund in honor of Charlie and Mary Anne Way, the past leaders of this event for decades.

Our Rotary District Conference will be held April 20-22 in Concord, NC.

The News Members Gathering is each month on the third Tuesday at the Gateway Club.

The annual Waynesville Rotary Club family picnic will be held on June 15.


(Tuesday, February 14, 2012)

John Broom

(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.

Steve Brown announced the 56th annual Pancake Day at First United Methodist Church on February 28, and that part of the proceeds will go to endow a scholarship fund in honor of Charlie and Mary Ann Way, who chaired the event for many years.

President Brandon and President-elect Scot attended the Mid-year District Assembly.

President-elect Scot shared a personal story from delivering Christmas Baskets, urging all Rotarians to participate next year.

Terry Warren shared his Rotary story.



(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

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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