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.


New Member: Jay Brown

Club Member Andy Howell sponsored and helped induct the club's newest member - Jay Brown - during the November 3rd lunch meeting.

Welcome to the club, Jay!


OUTright Youth speaks to Rotary Club

The Rotary Club of Lake Hickory welcomed Ralph Doernberg of OUTright Youth of Catawba Valley, Inc as the speaker for the September 29th club meeting. This organization seeks to provide a safe environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth and their allies.  Thanks to David Haas for arranging this program.  You can learn more about OUTright Youth of Catawba Valley by visiting http://www.outrightyouthcv.org.



WPCOG Presents to Rotary Club

Club Member Sam Gorham introduced Anthony Starr, the Executive Director of Western Piedmont Council of Government, to the club for the lunch meeting program. Anthony gave a good overview of the many things WPCOG does for our community, and answered questions from several of the club members.



New Member: Grant Rembert

Club member Angela Chapman sponsored the club's newest member, Grant Rembert, and he was inducted into the club during the September 22nd lunch meeting.

Welcome to the club, Grant!


Women in Rotary discussed during club meeting

Although it may seem hard to believe, women membership in Rotary is relatively new. Tom Trollan shared the history of when and how women first became members of Rotary. He was there in California when the Duarte, California Rotary club in the late 70's invited several women to join. That action set off a series of events which finally in 1989 culminated in the Rotary constitution being modified to allow women to become members. The road to women membership was not without conflict and controversy however, with the original club that had invited women to become members having its official affiliation revoked for several years. Sad to say Rotary could not solve this problem on its own and the issue was taken to court where it was finally ruled that Rotary could not exclude women from membership. Mr. Trollan reminded us of the great vitality, impact and valuable perspective that women have brought to Rotary in the three decades that they have been members.


Local Film Festival discussed at Club meeting

Alan Jackson and Chris Frye detailed the Footcandle Film Festival coming to Hickory September 25-27. It is really exciting that Hickory should host such an event. Alan and Chris showed trailers of three films in the festival. Get your tickets and support this unique event.


CVCC Alumni Association presents to Rotary Club

Mary Reynolds, the director of the CVCC alumni association spoke at this week's meeting of the Lake Hickory Rotary club. She offered an amazing number that over 30,000 students have now received education through Catawba County Community College. Ms. Reynolds saw such a great resource in the alumni that was not being utilized. The main purpose is not to raise funds from the alumni but rather to get them engaged in coming alongside current students as mentors. The hope is that this will increase the graduation rate, keeping students engaged as they interact with those who have gone before and have gained the benefits through CVCC.
Ms. Reynolds also shared a significant development to be coming on campus. A new building to house technical training classes is under construction. Finally, she described the further efforts of CVCC to work with the public schools to enable high school students to gain technical training and college credit through CVCC classes.



New Member: Andy Howell

President Jeff Mackie sponsored the club's newest member, Andy Howell, and he was inducted into the club during the August 25th lunch meeting.

District Governor Billi Black, who was in attendance during the meeting for the program, helped with the induction by placing the Rotary pin on Andy.

Welcome to the club, Andy Howell!



District Governor Visits the Club

District Governor Billi Black spoke to the Rotary Club of Lake Hickory during their lunch progam, talking about the many reasons why someone would want to join Rotary.  Billi help solicit volunteers to help support the Rotary Foundation's efforts, and talked about the vision of Rotary for the future.


RYLA Student Shares Experience with Club

Dawson Place visited the club and gave a program talking about his experience at RYLA camp (Rotary Youth Leadership Academy).  Not only was Dawson Place entertaining in his description of his RYLA experience, but he wants to start an INTERACT Club!  Dick Garlitz hit a home run with today’s program... thank you for arranging this program!