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: 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!


Eagle Scouts Recognized at Club Meeting

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!


Tiffany Ervin gives program at August 5th Club Meeting

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. 


Rotary Club of Lake Hickory Names 2015-2016 Officers

Rotary Club of Lake Hickory President for the 2015-2016 Year, Jeff MackieThe 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.

To view photographs from the installation ceremony, click this link.

Rotary Club of Lake Hickory Officers for 2015-2016 (from L-R): President Elect Peter Nelson, Treasurer Jack Wade, Director John Leach, Director Floyd Lucas, Director Roseanna Brown, President Nominee Angela Chapman, Sergeant at Arms Lee Young, President Jeff Mackie, Director Rob Dickerson.