About Rotary

Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 31,000 Rotary clubs located in 166 countries.  The Rotary Club of Lake Hickory is committed to the motto "Service Above Self" and strives to enrich our community by giving our time, talents and charitable gifts in the name of Rotary.



The application process is open for the 2019 Rotary Club of Lake Hickory scholarship program.

This application must be postmarked no later than March 25th, 2019 to be considered. Mail your application to Rotary Club of Lake Hickory, c/o William Gruman, Scholarship Committee Chairperson, 120 33Rd Ave. NW, Hickory, NC 28601.

A student need not apply if he or she is a child of a Rotarian.

To be considered for a scholarship, applicants must be in the upper fifth (20%) of their graduating class, attend a high school in Catawba County, and thoroughly explain financial need. After these three criteria are met, the motto of Rotary International, “Service Above Self”, will be the major basis for selection. “Service Above Self” loosely interpreted, means contributions to school, church, and community.

Please visit this page to view the instructions and download the application.


2017 Non-Profit Grant Application Process Open

In addition to our clubs' many methods of blessing our community, we have our annual Community Grants to local non-profits.  This year the club has budgeted $12,000 to distribute.   Coy Hudson will be Chairing this committee again this year.

If you are current member of the Rotary Club of Lake Hickory, please review the Grant Guildelines & Timeline and the Grant Request Form, and then fill out the request form to recommend a non-profit in the area. Grant requests must be received or postmarked by January 10th.




Meeting Recap - November 1st

Tuesday November 1st we had a special program on Business Mission Work and Opportunities in Moldova and Central Asia. It was presented by Pastor Bob Thompson of Corinth Reformed Church and Zach Hoffman. They articulated a clear need for business expertise to be part of the missionary efforts to build and strengthen these countries that are 50 or more years behind economically. If you have interest or ideas on this topic contact Pastor Thompson at bob@corinthtoday.org.


Rotary Club of Lake Hickory Receives District Awards

The Rotary Club of Lake Hickory recently ended its 2015-2016 year with several presentations and recognitions. 

Jeff Mackie, president during the 2015-2016 Rotary year, announced at a recent club meeting that the Rotary Club of Lake Hickory received three awards at the recent Rotary District 7670 conference held in Kingsport, Tennessee. District 7670 is comprised of 50 clubs stretching across 22 counties in western North Carolina. 

Rotary Club of Lake Hickory was awarded a 2015-2016 Presidential Citation at the Gold level. The Gold level is the highest possible award category and only six were awarded in District 7670. The award is earned on criteria determined by the president of Rotary International. The award recognizes individual Rotary Clubs for an array of achievements that promote Rotary membership growth, enhances charitable service through the Rotary Foundation, and strengthens Rotary's network domestically and internationally. Individual Rotary Clubs that qualify for the Presidential Citation multiply the impact of their good work through the network of more than 34,000 Rotary Clubs worldwide.

The Rotary Club of Lake Hickory was also awarded a District Governor's Distinguished Club Citation, which recognizes individual clubs for annual achievements in club service, membership growth, vocational service, community service, Rotary Foundation support, international service and youth service.

The Rotary Club of Lake Hickory also received the Zone 33 Public Image Citation for outstanding achievement in enhancing Rotary's public image in the community.

Rotary Club of Lake Hickory member Bill Loehr was awarded the Distinguished Service award recognizing his outstanding work on behalf of the Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Foundation is Rotary International's charitable fund raising vehicle. Only five of these awards were presented at the District Convention. 


Rotary Club Hosts "The Leader in Me" Program - February 10th

The Rotary Club of Lake Hickory is looking to spread the understanding of “THE LEADER IN ME” program with the hopes we can get multiple Rotary Clubs and community businesses & organizations to support increasing the speed at which this program can be rolled out in 2016, 2017 and beyond.  Right now only two new elementary schools are coming online each year in Catawba County.  They have 16 elementary schools total.

Please join us for a ONE HOUR “The Leader in Me” overview session from 9:00-10:00am Wednesday February 10th at the Catawba Chamber of Commerce.   

Chad Smith with the Steven Covey, The Leader in Me organization will be our guest speaker.  He will share details on the program and answer questions.

Catawba County and Newton-Conover school districts have begun implementing “The Leader in Me” program in their elementary schools.  It is having Fantastic Results!  

It is a program that involves every student, teacher, staff member and family that is connected directly and indirectly to the school.  See graphics below or learn more at www.theleaderinme.org

Please let us know: 1. you plan to attend OR 2. Cannot now but would like to be kept in the information loop OR 3. Not interested, take me off future distributions via this link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VX5SHC5   Your response to this link will help us efficiently collect and tabulate your responses.


Also do not forget about the Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Luncheon Meeting:  Registration details below.  

If you are a registered Rotarian you can get a $30 ticket (regularly $55) from a special block of seats while they last.  Just ask for the discount when registering before Friday 5:00pm 2/5.


Rotary Club to host "Fireside Chat" for prospective new members

Future club President Peter Nelson is hosting a fireside chat at American Honor Ale on Monday January 25th at 5:30pm.  This is an informal conversation for prospective new members to learn more about Rotary. If you are a member of the club and have brought a guest in the last few months, please invite them to attend this event and learn more about Rotary.  For anyone interested in Rotary and finding out what we do as an organization, please come join us at American Honor Ale on Monday, January 25th, 5:30pm.


University Christian High School Principal Visits the Club

Jerry Willard, principal at University Christian High School gave a program at the Tuesday, January 19th club meeting.  He discussed the various educational options in our area, some recent education trends, and the unique focus of University Christian High School.  You can learn more about the school online at http://uchigh.com.


New Executive Director of the Historical Association of Catawba County Visits the Club

Amber Clawson, the new Executive Director of the Historical Association of Catawba County, visited the club during it's January 5th, 2016 club meeting to give a program on the Historical Association.  The presentation provided some background on Ms. Clawson, her connections to the Catawba County area, and plans for the Historical Association in the coming year.  For more information about the Historical Association of Catawba County, please visit http://catawbahistory.org.


Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation speaks with the Club

Emilee Syrewicze, Executive Director of the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, provided a program to the Rotary Club of Lake Hickory during their December 8th, 2015 meeting.

Emilee updated the club on the status of the waterways and rivers in the Catawba River Basin. The news was not totally positive but it looks like her organization has an eye on things. Thanks to Jack Hyatt and Bill Kopp for arranging the program.  For more information on the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, visit http://www.catawbariverkeeper.org.



"Stone's Throw" Performs for Rotary Club

Club Member Martha Hill had her group "Stone’s Throw” play beautiful Celtic music for the Rotary Club of Lake Hickory's lunch program on November 3rd.  On a rainy Irish weather like day, it made Club President Jeff Mackie want to put on his kilt!  Thank you to Martha for the wonderful music!