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!

(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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