Our club was honored to have Sandi Bridge with North Carolina Wildlife come and visit with us. We learned that the funding for the wildlife departments is through fishing and hunting licenses as well as sell of fishing tackle and boating sales. They also receive funding through federal grants. We also got to try our luck at "fishing" in the parking lot. They have a trailer with fishing gear. They use this to help expose those who may not have the resources to learn about fishing.
Our club members were honored to attend the Rotary of Clayton "Pints for Polio" event this year. It was held at Deep River Brewing Company. There was good beer, food and fun. The club collected money for the fight to end Polio with a raffle and proceeds from the beer sales. The eradication of Polio is one of Rotary top priorities.
Zack and Russell were pleased to be invited and attend Garner Rotary annual Oyster Fest with their family. The event raises money for scholarships for local kids. Its an amazing success. There was a silent action. Russell had the winning bid for signed Michael Jordan poster.
Our club is growing! Doug Baer a club member invited his neighbor Carol to attend a meeting. Carol attend that one and several others. As well as participated in a service project. She thought we would be a great fit for her and we felt the same. Carol is a retired ER nurse that also lead the department. She moved into the Cleveland School area a few years ago. She spends her time with her three fur babies and family and friends. Thanks Carol for all you have done and for being a caring and supportive member of our community. Welcome aboard Rotarian!
We couldn't be any prouder of one of our youngest members Rebecca. Rebecca is a Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist (CPO) that work at the Hanger Clinic. Rebecca saw a need and took it upon herself to fill it. In the process of working with children in need of prosthetists. She realize that these little ones would be able to cope and feel more comfortable having a "Friend" that they could share what they are going through. So she collected funds to purchase dolls and replace the dolls limes with prosthetist ones. So that the children would have a doll that was like them. This endeavor is something she takes great pride in. Our club takes pride in having members like Rebecca and helping facilitate her vision.
Our club had the honor of providing lunch to our local fire fighters. We purchase BBQ meals from "J" Tops BBQ https://www.jtopsbbqshop.com/ Our club members and president Zack Stephenson present them with a plaque for their service and commitment to our safety.
Zack Stephenson, our current club president was able to present Russell G Camper our club president 2022 - 2023 with a plaque for his leadership during his term. Our club has been blessed with individuals that value our club, its members, and the work we do. Thanks to our current president and all those that came before for their leadership and commitment to our club, Rotary and our community.
We are so glad to have had Smith's Nursery host both our 1st and 2nd annual 5K fund raiser. They allow us to use their beautiful nursery and trails as our course. Braxton Camper presented our 2022 plaque to Mitch and Chris Smith and Zack Stephenson presented our 2023 plaque to Mrs. Sarah Smith.
It was a pleasure to host and have as visitors Marie Howard and Nathan Thomas. Marie is currently our district Rotary foundation chair and was district governor 2019-2020. She spoke with us on how the funds we contribute are distributed and used for local and world wide projects. Nathan our current districted governor stopped by to visit and to discuss events that are going on in our district.
We were honored to present Kurt Woods with the Paul Harris Fellow certificate and pin. This award recognizes Kurt's contributions for tangible and significant furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among people of the world. Thanks Kurt for all you do for our club and your community.
We were pleased to present Russell Camper, our current club president, with his new Paul Harris Fellow pin. Russell has donated $2,000.00 to the foundation and was awarded his new pin with a sapphire by Peggy Woods our 2021-22 club president. Thank you Russell for your continued support and commitment to Rotary and the Foundation.
Rotary encourages members to continue to learn the principles and philosophy of Rotary. Part of that is RLI, "Rotary Leadership Institute." They offer it in three classes, and the classes allow you to work with other Rotarians from your district on things like problem solving, team building and general club ethics.