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!


(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!

(December 11, 2015)


The Waynesville Rotary Club meeting for December 11, 2015 will start at 12:00 p.m. rather than the normal 1:00 p.m. schedule. The luncheon buffet will be available beginning at noon so that our members and guests will be ready for our annual outstanding program provided by THE JUNALUSKA SINGERS! This is the last meeting of Waynesville Rotary for the calendar year!



Wilson and the Marine
Land of Sky Chorus
The Marines sponsor the Toys for Tots program and were on hand to collect toys for the underprivileged. These seated members and guests enjoyed the festive atmosphere, wonderful food and musical entertainment. As a surprise, the clubs were treated to the sounds of the Land of the Sky Chorus.  They sang festive and Christmas music in the Barbershop Style with four part consonant "a cappella" harmonies.  They were a hit!


At the December 4th meeting of Waynesville Rotary, the program included information on both smart students and smart bears!

Mike Carraway

Mike Carraway, Mountain Regional Supervisor for the NC Wildlife Commission, shares one of the collars being used in Asheville, NC for the bear study to determine the consequences of humans and bears interactions.

HCS Rotary Students

Blake Stanbery introduced two Students of the Month from Haywood Christian Academy.  From left: Rachel Clark and Kassie Jones. Both students plan on attending Lee University.

(December 4, 2015)

David McCracken
No, David McCracken isn't turning into the Hulk's colorful cousin. He's merely standing in front of the projector when being recognized as the Waynesville Rotarian Member of the month for November 2015.
The Rotary Students of the Month were introduced to the club by two of Tuscola High School's Counselors, Kari Francoeur and Lori Mills.  The students, Megan Lapkoff  and Jacob Franklin shared their accomplishments at Tuscola and their post-secondary school choices.
Rotary Students of the Month
B.J. Grant
B.J. Grant was stricken with polio at the young age of three.  She was quarantined in a hospital during its onset and was only able to see family members from a hospital window. She is pictured here with her leg brace she wore as a child.  This is the one relic she has retained of those days gone by.
Ron Mackert with the Haywood Rotary Club heads Rotary District 7670's Polio Plus effort.  The "Plus" stands for vitamins added to the polio medication to provide children with an extra ingredient to improve their overall health.  According to Ron, polio was infecting 1,370 persons daily in 125 countries.  Since Rotary became involved in this campaign, there has been a 99.99% reduction.  The last remaining cases of the disease are in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Nigeria was the last African country to be declared polio free in 2014.  The dosage cost is $0.60 per dose.  The district provided $47,000 last year to help in the campaign.  This year's goal is $50,000.  With a matching grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ron says your gifts "Can Change the World".
Ron Mackert


(December 2, 2015)


December 4th - Meet as usual at Laurel Ridge Country Club

December 8th - Christmas Social with Sunrise Rotary and Haywood Rotary at Laurel Ridge Country Club

December 11th - EARLY MEETING! Lake Junaluska Singers will perform beginning sharply at 12:30 p.m. Members should come early for this meeting. Business session will follow L.J. Singers.

December 18th - NO MEETING

December 25th - NO MEETING

January 1, 2016 - NO MEETING

(October 19, 2015)

Ashley Welch
Charles Umberger

District Attorney Ashley H. Welch was introduced by our member Arnold Howell.  Ms. Welch was elected to the position of North Carolina's DA for Prosecutorial District 30 in November 2014.  She is the first female to hold this position and is a registered Republican.  She told the club that she was "born to do this job".  She was hired by the former DA as a prosecutor directly out of school when she was 25 years of age.  She has been in this field now for 12 years.  Her district is the largest territorial district in the state.  It covers the seven most westerly counties and is the only district to border three states.  It is her duty to oversee a total of 25 employees including 10 Assistant District Attorneys located across the district.  Here job is to represent the interests of the general public in court proceedings against people accused of committing crimes.  She directs her staff to attempt to fully prosecute crimes of domestic violence, DUIs and in all cases, child abuse.  In answering questions about the length of time it takes to bring cases to court, she indicated the blood lab work and DNA testing are taking way too long out of the crime lab in Raleigh.  The local hospitals are now assisting with lab work for blood and the DNA process is being reviewed.


On right, Charles Umberger was honored for his efforts in recruiting new members for our club.

Dates to Remember!

November 30:  Last day to purchase a wreath for "Wreaths Across America".  See David McCracken for details.

December 4/5 and December 11/12:  Salvation Army Bell Ringing in front of Walmart and Belks.  Only a few more slots need to be filled.

December 8:  Christmas social at Laurel Ridge Country Club.  Sign up now.


(October 27, 2015)

Rep Joe Sam Queen

Joe Sam Queen, NC House of Representative for District 119, described the legislative issues which have been addressed and will impact our state's future.  He indicated Michelle Presnell has again blocked the vote for the Town of Waynesville annexing Lake Junaluska.  The current bill calls for a referendum by both the Town of Waynesville and Lake Junaluska.    North Carolina is now measured as one of the lowest states in paying teachers and principals.  The expansion of Medicaid, if accomplished, would create 20 jobs per million expended in this program.  We as citizens have paid for this program with our Federal tax dollars, but without accepting the expansion, the state is losing out on a potential $5 Billion of expenditures associated with this program.  The good things considered in the last session were to retain driver's education and bring back the income tax deduction for medical expenses.

Upcoming programs:

November 6:  Veteran's Salute
November 13:  District  Attorney Ashley Hornby Welch
December 8:  Christmas Dinner

(October 16, 2015)


Vick Dossey

After years of unsuccessful hunting, Bill Owen of Waynesville Rotary, finally bagged the Wild Dossey. Shown second from left in the above photo, Vick Dossey enjoys a light hearted moment post-capture with his wife Kay, former President of Waynesville Rotary, Owen, and current Waynesville Rotary President Sam Hyde. Owen tracked down the Wild Dossey where he had been hiding with the help of Asheville Rotarians lo these many years. Finally returned home, he will undergo intensive rehabilitation before being returned to public service.


Coach T. Pursley

Tuscola High School's head football coach, Tommy Pursley, discussed his philosophy and approach to forming a football program to achieve a "constant winning record".  His efforts are geared towards making his team members "better than the average kid".  If he can accomplish this, he will have developed a winning program and his team members can be counted on by being more responsible, being more committed, helping others before self and will demonstrate better than average work ethics.  He has recruited team members to increase his teams depth.  He thinks playing football is one of the best things a kid can do.  It is a metaphor for life and it develops a person's characteristics.


(October 9, 2015)

Brown Updates Waynesville Rotarians on the State of Waynesville

Mayor Gavin Brown

Town of Waynesville Mayor Gavin Brown was our guest speaker.  He shared information regarding sources of funds to make up the $30 Million budget.  In particular he pointed out the property tax collections are around $5 Million.  He remakred that the actual budget for the police department is $5.3 Million reflecting the emphasis the Town places on services for its citizens.  In addition, grants are awarded to not-for-profit entities where a need exists.

Mayor Brown has been involved with the Town of Waynesville government for 16 years.  Eight of those have been as Mayor.  His discussed the importance of the three Ps:  Pipes, pavement and people.  He tries to make himself available to the citizens.  His effort is to administer the town based on what the people want and need.

Welcome Jonathan Freedberg, Waynesville Rotary's Newest Member!

Jonathan Freedberg

President Sam Hyde (left) and club member Charles Umberger (middle) introduce Jonathan Freedberg (right) as the newest member to the Rotary Club of Waynesville.  Jonathan is originally from South Africa, but is now located in Waynesville and is the owner of Aberdeen Funding, Inc., a business assisting other businesses with cash flow through "factoring".

(October 2, 2015)

News from the Friday, September 25th meeting.

Ed LaFountaine
Terry Warren
Cecil "Zeke" Yount
President Elect, Ed LaFountaine, lead the meeting in the absence of President Sam Hyde who was away on a trip. Terry Warren reminded the club about the October 1 volunteer day for Habitat for Humanity.  He encouraged all to participate. Cecil Yount's slides told the story about CycleNC.  Since Waynesville is the starting point for the ride, the event will have a positive financial impact on Haywood County.  Approximately 1,100 bicyclists arrived in Waynesville on Friday and Saturday and left for their final October 3rd destination of Oak Island, NC on Sunday.  Waynesville's various restaurants, shops and motels were prepared and participants were offered shuttle rides to accommodate their stay and provide activities available in our community. (Post note: The ride was cancelled on Thursday due to dangerous weather conditions. Riders had reached Lumberton, NC.)


(September 25, 2015)

Lt. Tyler Trantham of the Waynesville Police Department heads up the Special Operations Division.  He discussed the efforts and approaches used to curb illegal activity in Waynesville and the surrounding community. Lt. Trantham shared this mission statement his TAC Unit. The Special Operations Division uses the simple "Broken Window Theory" by paying attention to potential inconsequential environments in certain areas of the community.  By improving these areas they hope to discourage a more damaging criminal atmosphere. One action the Police Department can take is to employ a "Nuisance Abatement" program.  After several incidences at a particular location, the landowner is notified of criminal problems regarding their property and a sign is posted on the property to communicate the identification of criminal activity and involvement of the Police Department.  Another tool Lt. Trantham has employed is the "Repeat Offender" program.  Weekly, there is posted an updated report listing the highest criminal activity for individual persons in our community.  The report includes photographs, prior arrests, pending and prior infractions and other specific information the field officers can use in handling these persons when encountered in the community.

Waynesville Police Officer

The Rotary Students of the Month of September 2015 were introduced.  Jessica Clifford (left) and Cassidy Pate-Moore shared their Tuscola High activities and future educational plans.

Rotary Students of the Month

(September 17, 2015)

Image and Text: M. Bumgarner

District Governor Billi Black Visits Waynesville Rotary

District Governor Billi Black
Billi Black's official visit as District 7670 Governor to our club was highlighted by her enthusiasm for Rotary.  She indicated she wants to work with our club to make it the best it can be.  She emphasized three areas for building our club:  Public Image, Membership growth through younger members and support of the Rotary International and local club foundations.
In an interesting twist, a Governor commanded a General to make an appearance when District Governor Billi Black "commanded" President-Elect General Ed LaFountaine to attend PETS next spring. The General, knowing of Rotary's tradition of refusing to say "No", accepted the directive.
LaFountaine Commanded
Rotarians of the Month
The club honored Edward "Ed" LaFountaine, Joshua "Josh" Brant and Larry Leatherwood for their "beyond the call"  volunteer efforts with the United Way Day of Caring.



(September 11, 2015)

Chief Bill Hollingsed

Waynesville Rotarian and Waynesville Chief of Police Bill Hollingsed talked about drugs in the workplace and some steps to assist with handling them.  He reviewed the various drugs, including:  cocaine, ecstasy, inhalants, synthetic drugs, flakka, heroin and meth. When an employee is using drugs in the workplace, these symptoms may be prevalent. He pointed out that employers should develop and distribute clear policies regarding drug testing and potential outcomes for employees, whose work is comprimised by the use of alcohol and other drugs.

Image and Text: M. Bumgarner


(September 1, 2015)

Welcome Gary Smith!

Gary Smith was introduced as the newest member of our Rotary Club.  He previously has been a Rotarian and comes from Florida.

Waynesville Rotary members share their biographies in an always entertaining and welcome program!

David McCracken
Barbara Parker
Larry Payne
David McCracken originates in Western PA, served in Special Forces and enjoys civil war stories and re-enactments. Haywood County native, Barbara Parker, started off as a teacher and progressed to become a top administrator as the President of Haywood Community College. Larry Payne was born in North Wilkesboro and calls Junior Johnson his uncle.  He studied to be an engineer and law enforcement officer.  He was self-employed in the security contract business and now is in insurance with Northwestern Mutual Insurance Company taking over Terry Warren's insurance business.

Save these dates!

Thursday, September 10, 2015          Day-of-Caring

 Thursday, September 17, 2015          Open Door Kitchen

Thursday, October 1, 2015             Habitat for Humanity

  Tuesday, December 1, 2015             Poor Man's Supper

Text and photos: M. Bumgarner


(August 19, 2015)

Rotarians gather for lunch
Dr. Lynne Barrett Honored
Team Worley


Once again the church team known as "Holy Smoke" fixed up some good tasting barbeque for the club's annual picnic.  Everyone seems to be enjoying the picnic on this bright and sunny day as they eat and share fellowship with one another. It was announced that our own Dr. Lynne Barrett will soon be moving to South Carolina with a job change. She was honored by Past President Scot for her untiring work on the Manna Backpack program and feeding the children of Haywood County along with her other significant Service Above Self as Past President. Finally, members of Team Worley were present enjoying the day.


(August 13, 2015)

The Friday, August 14th, meeting of Waynesville Rotary Club will be held at the Allen's Creek Soccer Field for our annual family picnic event. Meeting time is unchanged. The Soccer Field is located several miles up Allen's Creek Road which turns off to the left at the Shell Station on South Main St. at what is known locally as "5 points". Jim's Drive-in is on the right and the new Bojangles is on the diagonal right. Stay on Allen's Creek until you see the field and pavilion on your left. If you get to the rock quarry, you've gone too far! Barbecue and fixin's will again be provided by Holy Smoke! Come on out and bring your family members and friends to join us for this day of fellowship!

(August 13, 2015)


George Marshall Gene Harpe

George Marshall (left), President of Haywood Vocational Opportunities, Inc. (HVO), shared some history of HVO and educated the club about the economic impact the organization provides with employment and training services.  Especially for those with personal barriers.  Wages paid to the approximate 350 employees and 100 clients exceeded $13,000,000 during HVO's last fiscal year. After some time in the "Old" Patten School in Canton and another block of years at Haywood Technical College (Haywood Community College), HVO was able to purchase its own facility on Scates Street.

With the business of HVO growing, a new facility was able to be built on the Benfield Industries "Superfund Site".  This building now houses the main offices of HVO, along with manufacturing floor space and proper shipping and receiving warehouse space and additional business has allowed HVO to renovate the Wellco manufacturing plant in Hazelwood near their two other facilities to accommodate their medical device and other manufacturing contracts.

Club member Gene Harpe (right) shared his personal experience with HVO as he and others assisted with building a new facility building for them on the campus of Haywood Technical College under the leadership of  Rotarian Sy Vavruska.  Fred Ogden, Ed Broadwell and  Jack Dickerson were also very instrumental in the construction project.


Asheville Tourists game

On Thursday, August 6, Rotarians and friends enjoyed the Asheville Tourists baseball team beating the West Virginia Power by a score of 12-5.  It helped to have the WV pitcher walk several runs when the bases were loaded.

(August 10, 2015)


Rotarians and members of the general public may now sign-up to provide Christmas baskets to families in need for December 2015. This annual project of Rotary and Ingles Markets serves over 500 families each year. Basket costs remain the same as in 2014 at $30.00 per basket. The date for delivery is not yet set. We anticipate the need for at least 500 baskets again this year. For Waynesville Rotarians, indicating your donation amount now will assist the club by having some basket fees pre-paid AND will allow billing for the baskets in October 2015 reducing the overall cost of the quarterly bill following Christmas. Members of other Rotary clubs should indicate the name of their club on the form. Members of the general public wishing to support the Christmas basket project may send checks made to Waynesville Rotary Foundation to PO Box 1590, Waynesville, NC, 28786. Please indicate on the "for" line that your donation is for the 2015 Christmas Basket Project.


Sunrise Rotary will begin meeting at the Haywood Regional Medical Fitness Center on Tuesday, August 18th, at their normal time of 7:00 a.m.


(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!


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