Rotary Club #21570

Meetings are held every Monday at 12:30pm at Zebra Restaurant, 4521 Sharon Rd.

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Vision Statement: We are a diverse fellowship of service-oriented professionals actively commtted to improving our community and the world.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Charlotte-South celebrated Monday, December 15 with their annual Holiday Celebration at Zebra. The Carolina Chamber Players graced us with their musical talent and we took time to pause and share much needed holiday fellowship. A friendly reminder we will not be having a meeting on Monday, December 22 or Monday, December 29. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

Welcomed by Andy the Clown!

We would like to welcome our newest members, Bill Nuttall and Matt Drinkhahn to Charlotte-South Rotary! As usual, we kept things lively this day as our President, Andy Bach showed off his recent clown costume in his support of the *”Rotary Distinguished Clown Corps” (RDCC). * This project will establish a group of Rotary, business and community leaders that will make a donation to be split between Hemby and Levine Children’s Hospitals and will periodically visit children in those hospitals to put some much needed joy in their eyes. The RDCC is based on a model used by other cities and will be supported by Charlotte Center City Partners. The RDCC recently participated in the Novant Christmas Parade on Thanksgiving Day. Rotary was featured in Parade literature and advertising so it was a great opportunity to get the word out to people that might not otherwise know about what Rotary is and what it does. Thank you Bill and Matt for having fun with us on the day we inducted you and we are so glad you will be joining the fun.

Supporting Youth Literacy!

Today Charlotte-South presented the Harris Y a donation in support of their Y Readers literacy program. *( )* These funds were made possible through our World Tasting Tour event this past June. *Pictured:* Rick Dunlap and Shannon Emmanuel with past president Mike Walker.

Making a difference!

We were happy to provide Patriots Path a donation from funds raised through our World Tasting Tour this past June. The mission of Patriots Path is to help Veterans define their career goals, map out job search strategies, identify opportunities, create their personal marketing approach and connect within the community to peers, mentors and coaches for continued networking and support. (Pictured: Mike Walker presenting check to Executive Director Noel Humphreys).

Dr. Valerie Truesdale, CMS Chief Officer, Technology, Personalized Learning, Enagement

*Monday, November 10, 2015* Dr. Valerie Truesdale joined Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in October 2012. She has been charged with responsibility for transforming learning and schools using technology integration to spur innovation and prepare students for 21st century careers. “Technology is transforming the way we learn, live and work. Schools need to teach digital learners in the way they learn best,” Dr. Truesdale believes. “We expect students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to graduate with strong foundational skills in academics and technology integration, prepared for college and careers. Our responsibility is to provide learning systems that stretch students to their highest possible level of achievement, engaging our community in this important goal.” Dr. Truesdale, a native of Columbia, spent most of her career in public schools in South Carolina. In addition to serving over nine years as a superintendent in Beaufort County and Oconee County in South Carolina, she served as a chief instructional services officer in Lexington/Richland Counties. She also led the policy division of the South Carolina State Department of Education, supervising student assessment, educator licensure, technology services and policy. Dr. Truesdale is a former high school principal, assistant principal, personnel administrator and teacher at high school and college levels. She worked in retail management before her education career. Dr. Truesdale holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Clemson University, an M.B.A. in Marketing from Georgia State University and a Ph.D. in educational leadership from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Truesdale’s contributions to education have been recognized nationally and regionally. She is a past president of the international Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and was the first national recipient of the Women in School Leadership Award, conferred by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) in 2011. She was named state superintendent of the year in 2009 by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from that organization in 2012. Dr. Truesdale currently serves on the advisory board for the College of Education at Clemson University and on the National Dropout Prevention Center board.