Charlotte-South Rotary was fortunate to have Scotty Brown join us for our July 21 meeting. Scotty is the General Manager of Baseball Operations for the Knights and has enjoyed a record-setting year from this team. A veteran of 32 seasons in professional baseball, Scotty worked in the Baltimore Orioles public relations department from junior high school through college spanning 1979 to 1987. From there, he began his management career in 1988 with the New York Mets. Scotty joined the Knights in December 2012 after spending three years as General Manager for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. The Charlotte Knights celebrated their groundbreaking on September 20, 2102 and held a phenomenal opening night on April 11, 2014. The team prides itself with passing the half-million mark for attendance and having the number one attended sports arena in the Charlotte region. Scotty shared with us some interesting tidbits about the team, including the fact that the team uses 600-700 dozen baseballs each year! Hopefully you have (or will soon) had the opportunity to attend one of these fun baseball games in their beautiful new BB&T Ballpark uptown. Please visit www.charlotteknights.com to learn more.
On Monday, July 14, welcomed Dr. Tom Hanchett of Levine Museum of the New South (pictured). Tom is a staff historian whose wrtings range widely on urban history and southern cultrue. Tom’s focus was the history of Charlotte business–what an amazing progression we have had in this city! Levine Museum of the New South is an interactive museum housing the nation’s most comprehensive interpretation of post-Civil War Southern history. Visit www.museumofthenewsouth.org to learn more.
Monday, June 30 was an exciting day as we successfully closed out the leadership of President Mike Walker and welcomed our new President, Andy Bach as well as our new Officers and Board of Directors! Mike shared highlights of the year and this thoughtful statement: *”I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my year as President of Charlotte-South Rotary. I’ve been inspired by the incredible work done by so many in the club, and by the leadership exhibited by so many at different times of the year. We’ve had a fun and busy year, with a lot of great service projects, social events & fund raisers. We’ve done a lot of good!” * Our club was certainly fortunate to have Mike’s leadership and will always remember his dedication and true service above self. Thank you Mike Walker!
For numerous years, Charlotte-South Rotary has supported this successful literacy program. Check out this recent article on the front page of the Charlotte Observer. In addition, our very own Curtis Oliver (pictured) volunteers weekly for this program along with our President, Andy Bach. http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/06/24/5001096/kids-and-adults-crack-books-at.html#.U6nqmtw6Er1
On Monday, June 23 we were fortunate to have Randall Hitt, Chief Advancement Officer for Community Link join our meeting. Since 1929, Community Link has been making an impact on our region. The mission of Community Link is to enable individuals and families to obtain and sustain safe, decent and affordable housing. This mission work can be summed up in three major focus areas: 1. *Homeless to Housing:* Securing permanent rental housing for homeless individuals and families find and keep rental housing. 2. *Homeownership Education and Foreclosure Counseling:* Helping individuals and families buy a home or save a home from foreclosure. House Rehabilitation is a service they offer in select counties to help low-income. 3. *Financial Literacy:* Offering Free Tax Preparation, Financial Coaching, and Financial Education Outreach. Charlotte-South Rotary finds tremendous value in the service that Community Link provides to our region. We presented them with a $1500 check (pictured) to assist their organization in continuing this impactful mission work. To learn more, please visit:http://www.communitylink-nc.org/