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.
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.
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 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.
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!
Peter Nelson presented three Eagle Scouts from local troops to the club for recognition of their outstanding efforts. Peter has championed this cause for a long time and has done a great job helping us keep the Boy Scouting program visible with our club. Almost everyone in the Club stood up when Peter asked those to stand who had been involved in scouting at some time in some way. Congratulations to these local Eagle Scout recipients!
Ms. Tiffany Ervin of Henderson North Carolina spoke on recruiting new members to Rotary. She emphasized that Rotary is first and foremost about service. Therefore, the people we need to pursue to join Rotary are those that have a heart and interest to serve and not merely those who seem to have power or influence. She energetically reminded us of the unique value of Rotary in our local communities and in the broader world community.
The Rotary Club of Lake Hickory announced its new officers and Board of Directors for the 2015-2016 Rotary year at its July 14th lunch meeting.
Immediate Past President Ernie Sills presided over the beginning of the meeting, then handed the induction ceremony over to Jack McCaskill, Assistant Governor for Rotary District 7670.
McCaskill then introduced the club’s new president, Jeff Mackie, as well as the other officers and board members for the 2015-2016 year. Mackie then spoke to the membership about the goals and opportunities for the club to do even more in the year ahead.
The officers serving along side Mackie for the 2015-2016 year include President Elect Peter Nelson, President Nominee Angela Chapman, Treasurer Jack Wade, and Secretary Alan Barnhardt, and Sergeant at Arms Lee Young. The club also recognized the Board of Directors for the Rotary year, including Floyd Lucas, Angela Chapman, John Leach, Rob Dickerson, Nancy Meek and Roseanna Brown.
Over the past year under the leadership of Ernie Sills, the Rotary Club of Lake Hickory donated thousands of dollars to numerous local organizations, provided scholarships for several deserving students, help build a new athletic structure at the YMCA, raised money for Polio eradication around the world, and held its annual youth soccer tournament to great success.
The club members of the Rotary Club of Lake Hickory wish to thank Ernie Sills for his past year of leadership, and look forward to an excited year under Jeff Mackie.
Chaplain, Air Force Major William Fisher shared with our Rotary club insight into the responsibilities that a military chaplain fulfills on behalf of service men and women and their families. He is always available to listen and provide counsel and encouragement. He rubs shoulders with his fellow service members and to some extent shares their experiences. He also provided a glimpse into his own path from being a missionary kid in SE Asia, to a pastor's kid, to becoming himself a pastor and then joining the Air Force as a chaplain. He reminded us the deep importance of knowing and remembering names of people with whom we come into contact with.