We heard a fascinating story about Bill Ferguson’s life journey and involvement in Rotary as we get to better know our members. Several members were recognized for their elevation within the Paul Harris Fellowship, including Mary Staton (+2), Carl Rogers (+2), and Scott Van Der Linden (+2). Mary’s husband Bill and President Mike Walker flank the recipients.
A discussion of the District’s Rotary Database and its many uses followed. The meeting capstone was Julie Freeland describing our expanding use of Facebook to promote CSR.
Don Jonas (Executive Director) and Elizabeth Hyland (consultant) present an overview of Care Ring and it’s work for Charlotte.
Care Ring, formerly known as Community Health Services, provides access to medical and dental care to the uninsured and underinsured. Care Ring strives to empower individuals to take responsibility for their own health through education, a low-cost clinic, and programs such as Physicians Reach Out and Nurse-Family Partnership.
Through our partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), New Leaders is committed to driving an improvement in school performance and closing the achievement gap.
Our efforts begin with the New Leaders we recruit, train and place to help students of poverty and students of color prepare for college, career and citizenship. School reform is flourishing in the Charlotte area, and CMS is widely regarded as one of the leading urban school systems in the country. The infrastructure, policies and practices are in place to raise student achievement to their highest levels, but to do so we must develop a pipeline of capable and passionate leaders who are dedicated to serving in Charlotte’s highest need public schools.
Apri Agyapong and Mike Walker
Ms. Rachel Ingle is the Development and Volunteer Manager for Children’s Theatre. She manages the Theatre’s individual and corporate annual giving campaigns. She also oversees their volunteer auxiliary, ENCORE!, which is made up of over 250 volunteers who support the Theatre through a variety of Friend- and Fund-raising activities.
Rachel Ingle discusses Charlotte’s Children Theatre.
During this meeting, we inducted Gregg Walker into the Club. He is transferring from the downtown Charlotte club.
We gathered at the Residence to celebrate our club’s 30th Anniversary. 85 members, spouses, former members, and guests enjoyed fine wines, great food, and terrific desserts Saturday evening.
We honored several past presidents and members. Ken Barrett and Mel Helms, two chartering members, spoke of the start of our club as the Charlotte-Pineville Rotary Club.
Past Presidents detailed accomplishments during our decades of service:
- 1980′s Ken Barrett
- 1990′s Steve Van Der Linden
- 2000′s Mary Ellis
- 2010′s Mary Staton
Scott Van Der Linden made a special presentation concerning our return of our original charter and club bell. Bill Belk discussed his year as a District Governor and the contributions of Susan Burgess, a past president, who died in 2010.