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.


Rotary Program discusses Human Trafficking

Rotarian Christine Harris brought Alesia Adams to the Rotary Club of Lake Hickory on Tuesday, March 18th to discuss human trafficking right here in the US.  Alesia Adams is the Founder and developer of the Center to End Adolescent Sexual Exploitation (CEASE).  She is now Territorial Service Coordinator against Human and Sexual Trafficking for the Salvation Army’s southern territory.  To view all her accomplishments go to www.nacsw.org/RC/49981615.doc‎. 

Her program was very intense and very eye opening.  She urged everyone to talk to their children and grandchildren.  Please discuss the vulnerability that the internet creates in your home for your children.


12-Year-Old John Ari Speaks to Club

John Ari is 12 years old and has spoken to over 30 clubs in the past 6 years along with 3 District Conferences and various seminars and breakout sessions (several in other Districts).  John speaks about all of the projects he has been involved in, and the impact it has made on him.  His overall message is about the importance of giving back.  John spoke the club on March 11th, 2014.


Club helps Family Care Center with Service Project

The Rotary Club of Lake Hickory recently completed a service project at Family Care Center. The club furnished and installed cabinets, bookcases and shelving to provide storage space.

“We are so thankful to have these new storage units in our conference room,” said Jane Earnest, executive director of Family Care Center. “We do not have adequate storage space for our families’ life-skills workshop materials or for the school tutoring program. These units will enable us to have a place for books, paperwork, school and craft supplies. We thank the Rotary Club of Lake Hickory for choosing Family Care Center as one of their service projects.”

Rotary Club of Lake Hickory was chartered on Feb. 21, 1973. Co-presidents for the group are Alan Jackson and Lysa Deaton-Smith. The project in support of Family Care Center was headed by Mark Sinclair, and Rotarians who took part in the project included Bill Gruman, John Leach, Alan Barnhardt, David Ridgway, Ernie Sills, Paul Caporossi, Bill Kopp, Lori Alala and Sandra Hardin.

Family Care Center, located at 2875 Highland Ave., NE, in Hickory, serves homeless families with dependent children through an emergency and transitional residential program. Families are able to work, save and prepare for independent living. For more information contact Family Care Center at 828-324-9917 or fcc@familycare-center.org.


Carolina Cycle Challenge Raises $50,000 for Pediatric Cancer Research

The first Annual “Carolina Cycle Challenge” was a great success on Sunday, October 6 2013.  The Carolina Cycle Challenge is a Rotary Clubs project and continuation of Brett’s Ride, an event named for Brett Gosnell, a Hickory teen who died of pediatric cancer in 2006. Since 2004, the event has raised more than $1 million for pediatric cancer research.

This year’s ride raised $50,000 for pediatric cancer research at Carolinas HealthCare System’s at the Levine Children’s Hospital, which will be matched dollar for dollar by the Leon Levine Foundation, for a total of $100,000. The event hosted over 700 registered riders, was supported by over 350 volunteers, and offered something to all members of the community including families with toddlers, students, casual riders, and serious cyclists.  The ride included a Tot Ride with Fun Zone, and a 10-mile and 32-mile bike ride.

WBTV’s Maureen O’Boyle charmed everyone as the Master of Ceremonies. Mark Gosnell (Brett’s Father) opened the ceremonies with a reading of Brett’s Challenge:  “Put helping, caring about, and serving others at the center of all that you do – not just for today or tomorrow but for the remainder of your life.” “This sentence is synonymous with Rotary International’s mission of ‘”Service Above Self,” said Rotarian and CCC Chairman Bill Shillito.

This year’s “Number One Rider” was Cole Frye, a local 13-year-old who battled cancer.  Over the past year, Cole underwent numerous chemotherapy and radiation treatments, and in August, he received the good news that his latest scans are clear.

The ride is presented by the Rotary Club of Catawba Valley, Rotary Club of Lake Hickory, Rotary Club of Hickory, Rotary Club of Newton-Conover and the Rotary Club Hickory Sunrise, along with the City of Hickory, Hickory Foundation YMCA, and the Hickory Velo Club. Our Platinum and Gold sponsors are: Carolina HealthCare Foundation, Healthstat, Hickory Daily Record, Hickory YMCA, The George Foundation, Henline Family, Mike Johnson Family, McDonald’s, Ortho Carolina, Rock n Road Bicycles. Broyhill Family Foundation, Hickory Velo Club, Hickory Elks Lodge and Santorini Grill.

Bill Shillito (Chairman for the Carolina Cycle Challenge) stated:  "We are so very thankful to the Gosnell family and friends of Brett’s Ride.  Their support and encouragement allowed the Rotary Clubs of Catawba County and greater Hickory Metro to carry on a wonderful tradition.  We look forward to carrying that tradition of a fun family oriented ride that also encourages an active and healthy life style, while allowing Rotarians to continue to be an important positive contributor in all aspects to and for our community.  This ride allows us to raise funds to fund research to fight pediatric cancers."

Please save the Date of October 5th, 2014 for Rotary Clubs of the Greater Hickory Metro’s 2014 Carolina Cycle Challenge.  See: www.carolinacyclechallenge.org.


Club Program, Sept. 17th: Education Matters

On September 17th, the Rotary Club of Lake Hickory heard a presentation from Tracy Hall, Director of Education Matters in Catawba Valley.  Tracy has a 26 year history of working with businesses, schools, non-profits and government.  Tracy previously worked for Hickory Public Schools as the Public Information Officer and has served as the Director of Development and Marketing for  the Catawba Science Center.

Education Matters is an initiative of CVCC, which has a partnership with businesses, education, and government to raise the value of education and educational attainment in Catawba Valley. Tracy has created the EXTREME STEM Tour, which has allowed over 3250 8th grade students to go on business and industry tours to learn about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering , and Math.  Education Matters impacts over 5850 students from the 8th ­– 12th grade.  If you or your business would be interested in partnering with Education Matters, please contact Tracy Hall at 828.327.7000x4851 or thall@cvcc.edu. You may also visit Alan Jackson at Linkedin for more info about his podcast, the MESH.tv on this subject (http://themesh.tv/education-matters/)


New Member: Rob Dickerson

Club Co-President Alan Jackson, New Member Rob Dickerson, Sponsor Robert Broome, Karen DickersonThe Rotary Club of Lake Hickory was proud to induct Rob Dickerson as its newest member on Tuesday, August 27th, 2013.

Rob currently works with Broome Associated Insurance, and has been a native of the Hickory area since a very young age.  He was sponsored as a new member by Rotarian Robert Broome, and was accompanied during the ceremony by his wife, Karen Dickerson.  He was formally inducted by Club Co-President Alan Jackson.

Welcome to Rotary, Rob!


Welcome, Murilo Artese!

The Rotary Club of Lake Hickory was very happy to welcome it's latest youth exhange student, Murilo Artese, to his first club meeting on Tuesday, August 13th.

Murilo is from Brazil, and is one of the several students from overseas visiting for this school years as part of their exchange program.

We look forward to seeing Murilo throughout the year, and wish him all the best while living with us in the United States!


Club Program, August 13: RYLA Students

At the club meeting on Tuesday, August 13th, Rotarian Richard Garlitz welcomed three students who had attended the RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) camp this past summer.  RYLA is held each June at the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, NC.

This year's students were Phoebe Livingston, Maggie Haas, and Thomas McBrayer (pictured with Dr. Richard Garlitz).

Each year, thousands of young people take part in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program worldwide. Young people who are chosen for their leadership potential attend an all-expenses-paid seminar, camp, or workshop to discuss leadership skills, and to learn those skills through practice. Rotary clubs and districts select participants and facilitate the event’s curriculum.


Club Program, July 23rd: The "Lunch Buddy" Program

Lindsey Lowhan, Exec. Director of The Council on Adolescents spoke to the Rotary Club of Lake Hickory about their "Lunch Buddy" program.  This is a way for students that do not have an adult role model to be mentored by people in our community on a weekly basis during the school year.  The original idea came from Champions of Education and Young People of Integrity.  This program targets middle schoolers in the Newton-Conover, Riverbend, and Grandview areas.  They have added Arndt and Northview this year.  The school staff is able to pinpoint students at risk, and relay this information to the Council on Adolescents, which target children 10-18 years of age, in order to set up a Lunch Buddy.  Mentors are needed for this coming year; several of our members have participated in this program and found it to be very rewarding.  There will be three training sessions starting in August.  If you are interested or just want to find out more please Lindsey Lowhan at 828-322-4591.


Rotary to help make the Carolina Cycle Challenge a reality!

Back Row: David Haas, Bill Shillito, Mike Johnson, John Link, Mark Childers; Front row: Mandy Pitts, Katherine Newton, Angela ChapmanThe Rotary Club of Lake Hickory will be playing a role in this year's Carolina Cycle Challenge, as the club will be helping with volunteer time, arranging food vendors, and helping secure sponsorships.  Several members of the club are part of the official planning team, including: John Link, David Haas, Mandy Pitts, Katherine Newton and Angela Chapman.  The club heard a presentation from other members of the planning team of the Cycle Challenge on July 9th, including Chairman Bill Shillito, Mark Childers and Mike Johnson.

Last year the ride had over 1400 riders and has over the 9 years raised a million dollars for Pediatric Oncology Research.  Four of the six valley Rotary clubs will be responsible for running the event.  Previous donators of the event will continue to support the effort, as well as, Levine's Children Hospital.  The event will be held Sunday, October 6, 2013.  There will be a Tot Ride, a 10 mile ride, and a 32 mile ride.  The charge is $25 for the entry fee.  This will be an excellent family event and chance to introduce Rotary to the public and possibly gain members.  You can learn more about the Carolina Cycle Challenge by visiting it's web site at: http://www.carolinacyclechallenge.org.