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Waynesville Rotary Bulletin

September 4th, 2009

 

THIS WEEKS PROGRAM:

Mr. Blake D. Stanbery, one of our own members, will present our program for the first meeting in September.  He is the lead administrator with the Haywood Christian Academy.

LAST WEEK’S PROGRAM:

Mr. Gene Williams, North Carolina State Highway Patrol, will present a program including local and statewide information about traffic pattern concerns, and other pertinent information for our increase in understanding this vital North Carolina service.  He is a PSI Trooper assigned to the Asheville Region.

NEXT WEEK'S PROGRAM:

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TROOPER WILLIAMSON PROMOTES SAFETY ON HIGHWAYS

Trooper Gene Williamson

June Ray presented Gene Williamson, a North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper, assigned to the Asheville office as the Troop G Traffic Safety Officer.  Trooper Williamson is a native of Franklin and a graduate of both Montreat and Appalachian State University.  He resides in Candler with his family.  Trooper Williamson began his remarks by stating that he wanted to discuss two concerns that the state highway patrol has regarding safety on our state highways – the younger driver and the older driver.  It seems that both of these populations have similar causes when they are involved in accidents – speeding, both fast and slow, failure to yield right of way, unsafe movement, seat belt usage, either lack of experience or too much experience and distractions such as cell phones and back seat drivers.

Trooper Williamson offered a number of suggestions for us to consider as we travel in our automobiles.  If you are involved in an accident, no matter how minor, be sure to have law enforcement complete a written report just in case.  Drivers who take medication should keep a list of medications that they are currently taking on their person in case of an accident so medical personnel will know if treatment is required.  Be aware of your surroundings when traveling so that you can give as accurate as possible information regarding your location should you need to notify emergency personnel.  Also be aware of your surroundings when parking and/or unlocking your vehicle as a number of incidents have occurred that possibly could have been avoided with more awareness.  Keep a blanket in your car and travel with access to beverages in case you are delayed in traffic for a long period of time.  Senior citizens are encouraged to leave detailed information with a loved one regarding their travel itinerary and carry cell phones for easy contact.  One suggestion that Trooper Williamson offered us all is to type into our cell phone list an individual under the heading “ice” which stands for in case of emergency to enable emergency personnel to immediately contact a relative.  One final issue was when to stop driving?  When it is time, DO IT!!

 

 

OCTOBER HONORAIR FLIGHT SET FOR THE 3RD!

Waynesville Rotary will sponsor 15 additional WWII Veterans on the October 3rd flight to Washington, DC. All 15 Veterans have been notified of their selection and are ready and raring to go! Waynesville Rotarians are asked to continue to assist in fund raising for this special project by encouraging family and friends to make donations to cover expenses. Donations may be made to the Waynesville Rotary Foundation in order to benefit from tax deductions. All Waynesville Rotarians are asked to support the flight by attending the Homecoming activities at the Asheville Airport upon the return of the Veterans from Washington. Rotarians should be at the airport general lobby by 7:00 p.m. that evening. In addition to the Waynesville Rotary sponsored Vets, Haywood and Sunrise Rotaries are sponsoring other WWII Vets.

ROTARY STARS AND OTHER ACCOLADES!

President Mark Clasby opened the meeting and recognized Gordon Goodgame for the invocation.  Two members of the club, Brandon Anderson and Greg Bothroyd, were recognized as the two newest Paul Harris Fellows of the Waynesville Rotary Club. Rotarians who helped with the United Way Day of Caring projects that our Rotary Club were assigned included  Bill Bird, Steve McNeil, Ed Lafountaine, Reimar Steffen, Billy Case, Lynne Barrett, Rose Johnson, Jamye Cooper, Susan Sorrells, June, Ray, Cecil Yount, Brandon Anderson and Larry Leatherwood.  Additionally, Rotarian family member Kathy Yount joined the painting crew. Our thanks to all these Rotarians for their enthusiastic participation in this worthwhile community project.  President Mark also recognized two Rotarians as this month’s “STARS” -  Howard Griffin and Bill Allsbrook, for their work on last year’s bulletin.

ALZHEIMER'S WALK SCHEDULED!

The Alzheimer’s Foundation Walk at Lake Junaluska is to be held Sunday, October 4th at Lake Junaluska.  Our club has been extremely generous through the CART bucket collections in support of Alzheimer’s Dementia research and education.  This is an opportunity to support this same effort by walking, sponsoring a walker, or both.  If you feel led to help, please contact Bill Owen, or Gordon Goodgame.

GROUP STUDY EXCHANGE WITH THE PHILIPPINES IN THE WORKS!

Tom Knapko announced that our club will be involved in a GSE (Group Study Exchange) with the Philippines, who will be in Haywood County in February, 2010.  A group from America will go to the Philippines August 29th through September 5th, 2010.  Listen for more information.

ROTARY NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Shelter Box Update - You may view the latest on Shelter Boxes and the recent catastrophe in Myanmar by CLICKING HERE! Waynesville Rotary participated in the world wide Shelter Box project by donating a Shelter Box in this current fiscal year. You, as a Waynesville Rotarian, helped make District 7670 one of the TOP 10 suppliers of Shelter Boxes within Rotary!

The August edition of the Rotary District 7670 newsletter has been released. You may access it by clicking HERE!

 

NEW FUNCTION ON CLUB WEBSITE!

Club members will find a new link on the home page of the club website. The link, Directory On-Line, will take you to the District 7670 database where you can access your Rotary account to handle updates, your Rotarian subscription, and many other items related to your membership in Rotary. This is a secure site and you will be asked for your user id (your email address as entered by our Executive Secretary) and your password, which is your account number found on the mailing label of your Rotarian magazine. As of 07/16/2009, all current members have their Rotary International ID number entered into the District database.

Need the contact information for a fellow Rotarian? Log into the database and look it up under "My Club". Of course, the information is ONLY as GOOD as what gets updated! Please log in and check your own account for accuracy!

We are examining the many new financial features offerred by this on-line database. In the near future, we will be converting our current system to take advantage of the District database. You may go directly to the database from this page by clicking on the Directory On-line link above.

 

UPCOMING PROGRAMS IN SEPTEMBER

September 4th

Dr. Blake Stanberry

Haywood Christian Academy

September 11th

BRAD MORELLO, eco-water systems, 

A float trip down the Grand Canyon.

September 18th

Sturat Powell, V.P. of Insurance Operations

Discussing the new BEACH PLAN. IN REGARDS TO HOMEOWNERS' INSURANCE RATES.

September 25th

JEREMY BOONE, Golf Pro, SEQUOYAH NATIONAL, CHEROKEE

DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION OF THIS COURSE.

 

 

 

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