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
(October 19, 2015)
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.
(October 27, 2015)
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.
(October 16, 2015)
DOSSEY CAPTURED BY WAYNESVILLE ROTARY
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.
THS COACH TOMMY PURSLEY ADDRESSES ROTARIANS
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
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.
Welcome Jonathan Freedberg, Waynesville Rotary's Newest Member!
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.
(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.
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.
(September 17, 2015)
Image and Text: M. Bumgarner
District Governor Billi Black Visits Waynesville Rotary
(September 11, 2015)
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)
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!
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)
ROTARY PICNIC 2015 ANOTHER SMOKIN' SUCCESS!
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)
MARSHALL UPDATES ROTARIANS ON HAYWOOD VOCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
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.
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)
2015 CHRISTMAS BASKET PROJECT UNDERWAY!
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 TO CHANGE LOCATION
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)
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY AMERICA!
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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