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.


Welcome New Members: Jim Goodwin and Rob Setliff

The Rotary Club of Lake Hickory is proud to announce its newest members:  Jim Goodwin (left) and Rob Setliff (right).  Jim and Rob were inducted into the club on Tuesday, January 29th, and - as of that moment - were the newest Rotarians in the world!  Welcome Jim and Rob!


Club Meeting Program: January 29th - Jeff Neuville

The Rotary Club of Lake Hickory's January 29th meeting program was Jeff Neuville with the CVCC Small Business Center.

Jeff discussed that this is a tax funded endeavor that is open to all entrepreneurs of small businesses, whether it is a for profit or non-profit business.  They offer many training seminars several times a year to aid in the creation of business plans, obtaining licenses and permits, marketing and how to obtain financial assistance.

They ask that you pre-register, but there is no charge for the seminars.  They also have a Step-up, Start-up series that helps those thinking they may want to start a new business to take a more in depth look at the process.  This seminar series is currently happening on Tuesday evenings at CVCC East campus.

They currently work with the local Chambers of Commerce, local and city governments to get the word out and to attract new students to the program.  They have an Entrepreneurship Speaker Series, that our own Alan Jackson has been the speaker.  The next program will be given by Michael Neeley of Blind Squirrel Digital at the Conover Mfg. Solution Center from 6-7:30 on 2/13/13.

The Small Business Center will be relocating to a new facility in Spring of 2013. (Formerly the Ryan steakhouse).  As a side note, National Entrepreneurship Week is 2/18-2/22. 


Club Meeting Program: January 22nd - Coach Mike Houston

The Rotary Club of Lake Hickory's January 22nd meeting program was given by Dr. Wayne Powell and Coach Mike Houston (pictured) of Lenoir-Rhyne University.  Dr. Powell introduced Coach Houston to the club, who then talked with those in attendance about the school's football program.  The success of last year's national tournament appearance was discussed, as well as the prospects for the upcoming season.

We thank Dr. Powell, Coach Houston, and all of the Lenoir-Rhyne University representatives for last week's program!


2013-14 Rotary International Theme: "Engage Rotary... Change Lives"

The Rotary International President 2013/2014, Ron Burton, has announced the theme for his upcoming year: "Engage Rotary... Change Lives".


Welcome New Member: John Ellis

The Rotary Club of Lake Hickory is proud to announce its newest member: John Ellis.  John was inducted into the club on Tuesday, December 3rd, and - as of that moment - was the newest Rotarian in the world.  Pictured, from left to right, is Fran Farthing (Membership Chair), John Ellis, and sponsor Jim Benton.  Welcome, John!


Club Meeting Program: December 3rd, 2012 - Dr. Anthony Zollo

Today's speaker was Dr. Anthony Zollo from Swisher Internal Medicine in Hickory.  He spoke to us about cholesterol levels and the good ( HDL) and the bad (LDL) levels.  He gave us ranges for both (HDL < 45) & (LDL < 100).  He spoke to us about how research has refined how these values have been changed through the years.

He spoke to us about risk factors such as genetics, diet , exercise, heart disease, diabetes, etc.  He briefly touched of the statins like Lipitor and how they work and the side effects of soreness and weakness, which are reversible when the medications are stopped.  He also talked about Wellchol that acts on the bile that helps lower cholesterol and passes in the stool.Both require monitoring with bloodwork every few months. Niacin also helps lower triglycerides, but should be prescribed by a doctor, since the dosage varies and can cause some liver issues if taken incorrectly.

The program was brought to us by Rotarians Betty Ikerd and Julie Packer.


Bill Loehr presented with Permanent Fund award

Rotary Club of Lake Hickory member Bill Loehr was presented with an award acknowledging his contribution to the Rotary Permanent Fund on November 13th, 2012.  We want to congratulate Bill for this award, and thank him for his continued support of Rotary!

Pictured: Bill Loehr (left) being presented his award for his support of the Rotary Permanent Fund by Club President Alan Jackson (right).


Club Meeting Program: November 6th, 2012 - Rotary Foundation

Our speaker today was Billi Black from Franklin Daybreak discussing the Foundation.

The Rotary Foundation is the #1 charity in the world.  It is a 4 star charity.  100% of the money that is donated goes to doing good work in the world, not to any salaries.  The Foundation mission is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

We as Rotarians support our Foundation by becoming Paul Harris Fellows by donating $1000 or donating $1000 in the name of someone else.  This may be achieved all at once or over a cumulative timeframe.  If we pledge $1000 per year for our lives we become a Paul Harris Society member.  A Major Donor is one that gives $10,000 at once or over a 10 year period.  A Bequest member is one that leaves their estate to the Rotary Foundation, which goes into the Permanent Fund.

Our donations go to such programs as:

  • Ambassadorial scholars- each cost $26,000
  • Group Study Exchange ( Vocational training teams). Consist of 1 Rotarian and 4 non-          Rotarians that will travel for several weeks exchanging ideas and skills with other countries that they travel to. 
  • District Simplified Grants ( District Grants). These are small and used locally in our communities.
  • Matching Grants ( Global Grants) These are on a much larger scale and go internationally

These are several examples of what all our Foundation does along with the eradication. Of Polio.  There are many more things that are funded by our Foundation.

There are several Rotary Peace centers.  We have one locally that is shared by Duke and UNC.  This is a post graduate Peace scholarship that requires experience in peace conflict resolution.  There are other peace centers in Australia, France, Thailand and a few others.

The money that we give this year, 50% will return to our district in 3 years to be spent using District Designated Funds( DDF).  These funds will be used for District Simplified Grants, Group Study Exchange, Ambassadorial Scholars, and Matching Grants.  The other 50% will go into the World Fund which will match DDF's and 1/2 of what the local clubs donate to fund bigger international efforts.

This all sounds confusing, but is very well laid out in order to do good throughout the world.

Our District 7670 is #5 in wheelchair donations. Rotarians on the ground find the recipients to guarantee the chairs will be used and not sold.  The chairs are marked with the Rotary districts that supply them.

Our current DIstrict Governor, Frank Dean, would like to ask each Rotarian in our district this year to give $144.  This could be accomplished by $12 per month with direct giving.

The Foundation also has a Disaster Contingency Fund that is sent to the districts from the World fund.  Shelter Boxes are part of this also.  On a more personal note, District to District, DG Frank Dean has asked that each Rotarian in District 7670 give $25 to aid the Hurricane Sandy victims by sending checks to Rotary District 7260 Foundation, Inc. at P.O. Box 1552, Smithtown, NY, 11970. Or to DGN Calisto Bertin c/o Bertin Engineering,  66 Glen Avenue, Glen Rock, NJ 97452.   


Club Meeting Program: Sept. 18th, 2012

Chief Floyd Lucas brought Jim Fizzell, Postmaster of Hickory to speak to us about the current state of the postal service.  Chief Lucas pointed out that letter carriers not only deliver mail, but they save lives!  What he means is that the carriers notice people whose mail is not being picked up, strangers in the neighborhoods, and many other abnormalities on their routes.  Postmaster Fizzell stated that a life was saved the other day of someone who had fallen and could not get help.

Jim Fizzell is originally from California, then was in Wisconsin prior to arriving in Hickory in 2007.  He has had to oversee the "Network Optimization" in the last few years of our local post offices and mail going to Greensboro to be processed.

The concern of the postal service going broke and not paying bills, is a bit out of context.  In 2006 the government forced the postal service to pre-fund their retirement program.  They over payed between $50-70 million, due to the dwindling employee base and the fact that congress does not want to return the $ to the postal service. The government has such a deficit already they are not inclined to increase their deficit by refunding any money.  There are no tax subsidies to aid the P.O. Usually the rate increases would fund the 1st year- profit, 2nd year- break even, 3rd year - a loss., so the increase would normally repeat every three years, but someone decided this wasn't a good idea, so the P.O. income has dwindled.  In 2006 the P.O. had no debt, and by 2012 had over 13 million in debt due to the pre-funding of pensions.  The money reported that they did not pay was for a fund that was already over paid. 

Emails and online business created a decline in first class mail, but that trend has begun to slow.  The P.O. has partnered with FedEx and UPS to deliver mail.  The P.O. carries the packages the last mile.

The cut to 5 day mail delivery is still being debated.  This may not be a big thing to consumers, but makes a big difference to catalogs, carriers, bulk mail, etc.  A Bill has been put before the Congress to address this concern.

On 8/11/12 the main Processing in Hickory closed and the mail was shifted to Greensboro.  There were 180 employees in this processing area that have dropped to 22.  Many jobs shifted to other aspects of handling the mail. Jobs have been lost and post offices have closed or hours have changed, but these changes were needed to adapt to the changing markets.  There are no new p.o.'s being built, so they are relying on Contract Post Offices, like Lisa's Hallmark to have a retail presence.

The Postal Service is not going away, just adapting to the current economic challenges.


Club Meeting Program: August 28th, 2012


On September 28th, 2012, the Rotary Club of Lake Hickory was visited by Rotary District Governor Ronnie Thompson (pictured on the left) and had a program delivered by Ashley Moretz of the State Department (pictured on the right).