PO Box 1590, Waynesville, NC 28786
Waynesville Rotary meets on the first and third Fridays of each month at 1:00 p.m. at the Laurel Ridge Country Club off of exit 100 of the Great Smokies Expressway
(July 25, 2016)
Please note the changes/additions to the Waynesville Rotary website. Members may now volunteer for community service projects under the Volunteer Here! button on the navigation bar. Simply fill in the requested data and SUBMIT the form. An email will be sent to the Executive Secretary, who will then forward the information to the appropriate Project Chair. A tutorial on How To Pay Your Account Balance has been added to the Pay Account button on the navigation menu. A pdf reader is needed to read the file, which may be downloaded to your local computer for later reference. Finally, under Club Service members may see the on-line version of our Program of Service annual assignments such as Sgt. at Arms, Greeters, Chaplains, etc.
PLEASE NOTE: There is NO MEETING at Laurel Ridge CC on Friday, August 29th as this week is the designated Community Service week. Members are encouraged to select from those projects under Volunteer Here! and put Service Above Self. There is an additional option for volunteering at Folkmoot this week. Interested persons should contact Rotarian Bob Herrmann directly for that option.
(July 18, 2016)
Waynesville Rotary To Enjoy Finnish Folkmoot Group July 22nd
The Finnish dance group in town for Folkmoot will be the program for this week's meeting of Waynesville Rotary Club. Members are asked to arrive 15 minutes earlier than usual as the program will start sharply at 1:00 p.m. The dance group will be on a tight schedule so please make sure you arrive early. We will meet in the Pavilion are of Laurel Ridge for this meeting.
(July 12, 2016)
There will be NO MEETING of Waynesville Rotary on Friday, July 15th at Laurel Ridge Country Club. We return to Laurel Ridge on the normal time schedule on Friday, July 22nd.
(July 6, 2016)
Waynesville Rotary will meet Friday July 8th at their normal time of 1:00 p.m. This week ONLY we will be seated in the upstairs dining room. The lower doors will be locked so save some steps unless you need them for your daily step count and come straight to the main dining room.
CONGRATULATIONS TO 2016 TONY AWARD WINNER MARK BUMGARNER!
Waynesville Rotarian Mark Bumgarner was awarded the 2016 Tony Award recognizing his lifetime service to Rotary and to his home community. Bumgarner is a graduate of Tuscola High School and Appalachian State University. Rotarians Mike McKinney and 2015 Tony Award Winner Larry Clark presented Bumgarner with the award and cited his many contributions. One of which is providing the photos and text for Waynesville Rotary events. Unfortunately, Bumgarner failed to take a "selfie" on this auspicious occasion so a photo is not immediately available of his acceptance of the award. We're working on it though... The Tony award is named for long time Waynesville Rotarian Tony Caudle in honor of his many years of Service Before Self.
(June 28, 2016)
Waynesville Rotary will meet for the annual Night of Celebration on Thursday, June 30th, at Laurel Ridge Country Club. A social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by supper at 6:30 p.m. and then acknowledgements of the past year's successes, saying "good-bye" to out-going President Sam, and welcoming incoming President Ed will begin at approximately 7:30 p.m. This event is the meeting for the week of Waynesville Rotary. There will be NO MEETING on 07/01/2016. We will return to Laurel Ridge CC for our normal meeting on July 8th. On this date ONLY, we will be seated in the large dining room on the main floor of the lodge.
(June 9, 2016)
For the latest in Rotary activities, check out tomorrow's Rotary Bulleting by CLICKING HERE! The Waynesville Rotary's Annual Night of Celebration will be Thursday, June 30th at Laurel Ridge Country Club. There will be NO MEETING of Waynesville Rotary on July 1, 2016. The weekly meeting for Waynesville Rotary the week of June 12 - 18 will be on Thursday night, June 16th, when Rotarians travel to the Asheville Tourists to enjoy a night of baseball and festivities. There will be NO MEETING on Friday, June 17th.
Our volunteers smile while serving up hamburgers, baked beans and salad. From left: Larry East, Marcy Onieal and Susan DuFour.
(April 8, 2016)
(April 1, 2016)
NC Wildlife Commission Poole Educates Rotarians About Bats
Tanya Poole, Education Specialist with the NC Wildlife Commission, spoke to our club about bats. We have many species in North Carolina, but these interesting mammals are currently being diminished by what is known as the "White Nose Syndrome".
Waynesville Rotary Honors Tuscola Students
Larry Leatherwood introduced the Tuscola Rotary Students of the Month. They are from the left: Cora Dodson, Whitley Thomas, Margaret Leak and Scout Powell. They were awarded gift cards as a token of our appreciation for their accomplishments.
In other news...
Congratulations to the newly elected Rotary board members for the 2016-2019 term:
(March 23, 2016)
Waynesville Rotary will NOT meet on Good Friday, March 25, 2016. We will return to our normal schedule on Friday, April 1, 2016 at Laurel Ridge Country Club.
(March 17, 2016)
TRAYFORD ADDRESSES ROTARIANS ON BRAIN MATTERS
Dr. Michael S. Trayford’s years in specialty and private clinical practices have given him the advantage of seeing a wide spectrum of disorders in clients of all ages. He is the founder and Chief Innovation Officer of the Apex Brain Center in Asheville, NC. He is a Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist with over 16 years of experience in the unique field of functional neurology. After years of observing firsthand the continued decline in patient management due to the standardization and increasing restriction of quality care imposed by the insurance industry, Dr. Trayford has established a “Brain Intensive” training program built around the concept of neuroplasticity – the ability of the brain to learn and grow dependent upon its environment.
Angie Schwab, Executive Director of Folkmoot USA, announced to the club the first "Spring Barbeque Music and Showcase" to be held on Saturday, March 19th at 7 PM at the Folkmoot Friendship Center. This is part of Folkmoot's year round programming. Featured musicians include the Darren Nicholson Band, Whitewater Bluegrass and Lillian Chase. Angie noted a highlight of the event will be the naming of the Friendship's auditorium.
(Photos and text by M. Bumgarner)
(February 26, 2016)
YES! Waynesville Rotary will meet today, Friday February 26th, at Laurel Ridge Country Club. The light snow overnight may have closed the schools but, hey, we Rotarians are used to walking places in knee deep snow uphill in both directions! See you at the normal time of 12:30 p.m. (for lunch) and 1:00 p.m. (for program and business).
WAYNESVILLE ROTARIANS CELEBRATE ONE MILLIONTH MANNA BACKPACK DELIVERY!
(February 19, 2016)
FRIENDS OF THE SMOKIES UPDATE
February 12, 2016 Meeting
(February 12, 2016 @ 9:00 a.m.)
ROTARY MEETING TO BE HELD TODAY!
President Sam has been in consultation with Laurel Ridge this morning following the beginning of today's snowfall. Despite schools being dismissed at 9:30 a.m., WE WILL MOVE FORWARD WIHT OUR MEETING unless conditions rapidly deteriorate. The forecast is for temperatures to rise near or above freezing by meeting time. As always, please make YOUR best decision for YOUR safety and do not take unnecessary risks.
BLAKELY SPEAKS TO MEMBERS ABOUT THE ELK REINTRODUCTION PROGRAM
Esther Blakely is a certified interpretive presenter and a member of the Elk Bugle Corps for the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. She also operates "Cataloochee Valley Tours", a nature-based eco-tour company operating out of Waynesville, NC. She told of the last native elk being last seen in the eastern US in 1790. Beginning in 2001 and following in 2002, 52 elk were brought into Cataloochee Valley in a re-introduction project. In the beginning, the bears fed upon the newborn calves, but with the help of the park, during the following formative years, the Cataloochee bears were captured and relocated to 20 Mile Station. After a couple weeks, the bears returned home, but only after the calves were able to mature enough to avoid the bears. The bear removal was discontinued and in 2009, the project was deemed a success. While it is hard to determine the current number of elk, the number is believed to be 150 or more. Not all elk have remained in Cataloochee. Three offshoot groups of elk have been seen at Balsam Mountain near Black Camp Gap, in Cherokee and also in White Oak community.
The story of the Elk antlers is fascinating. The material of the antler is the fastest growing in the animal kingdom. The glue (testosterone) holding the antlers decreases and they fall off in March. Within a couple weeks the antler is consumed by providing protein and food for other forest animals. Immediately, the antlers begin to grow again. First covered in a protective velvet, they eventually rub it off and by August the antlers are again fully grown and ready for the challenges of the rut beginning in September. The antlers can weigh up to 40 pounds.
(January 22, 2016)
Waynesville Rotary WILL NOT MEET on Friday, January 22, 2016 due to the impending snow storm. Please be safe! We will resume our normal schedule on Friday, January 29th.
(January 15, 2016)
ARNOLD HOWELL HAS LEFT THE BUILDING!
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 ADDRESSES WAYNESVILLE ROTARY
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)
"ASK NOT FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS - IT TOLLS FOR THEE"
No, Susan isn't ringing the bell today for the Red Kettle. She is ringing the bell today to remind you that Waynesville Rotary is BACK! We will meet at our usual time at Laurel Ridge Country Club and get the new year started!
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