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.


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.


Major William Fisher visits the Lake Hickory Rotary Club

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.


Polio Plus Campaign Raises $1,580!

From President Ernie Sills:  I want to thank all of you for pitching in on the Polio Plus campaign.  We netted $1,580 after paying $200 for a 55”, $1,000 TV.  Thanks Caldwell TV. That averages over $20 per member.  With the Gates’ matching funds that equates to $4,740 to fight polio.  I know some didn’t give and others picked up the slack.  Great job team!   I have attached a picture of my daughter in-law when she came by the house to get it.  I didn’t tell her what it was, just that I had something for her to pick up, Surprise, surprise!


Appalachian State University Athletics visits the Club

We welcomed new Applachian State University Athletic Director Doug Gillin to the Rotary Club of Lake Hickory lunch meeting on Tuesday, June 23rd.  Doug comes to Boone from the University of Missouri and started his new role on April 6th of this year.  He brought with him the football team's starting safety Doug Middleton and App State sportscaster Dave Jackson.

Doug has also worked in college athletics at Lehigh, New Mexico and Syracuse.  He worked in Winston-Salem for 10 years with ISP/IMG Sports.  He's originally from Binghamton, New York, and graduated and played hockey at SUNY Cortland.



Doug Middleton also spoke to the club about the upcoming football season and the reasons he decided to play at Appalchian.  After the program, President Ernie Sills presented Doug with a pin to remind him of the Rotary 4-Way Test.




Dr. Jim Broselow provides Club Program

Dr. Jim Broselow visited the Rotary Club of Lake Hickory on Tuesday, June 16th to give club membersan up-date on his efforts to improve healthcare and especially the administration of medication dosage.  Jim, with the help of some other people devised a quick reference method for Emergency Room personnel to calculate doses for medications for pediatric patients.  He gave a program to the club about 5 years ago about the "Broselow Tape" that he developed that has been widely used. They have now up dated, expanded its applications and computerized it to allow staff to quickly scan a medication container and see the dosage needed automatically.

Certain people are given the gift to see a problem in a unique light and come up with a seemingly simple and yet elegant solution. Dr. James Broselow is one of those people. Struggling firsthand with the critical problem of correctly dosing children who come into the hospital under emergency conditions, Dr. Broselow conceived of a tool that would assist medical providers to quickly, efficiently and appropriately determine amounts of critical care drugs. The resulting tool is called the Broselow Tape and was a collaborative effort as Dr. Broselow drew on the expertise of others to make his idea come to functional life. The Broselow Tape has now been re-created into a high-technology iteration using the bar-code information present on drug vials. The medical provider scans the bottle bringing up a menu of simple choices. Based on the results of those choices a dose is quickly determined. What a marvelous tool!


Rotary Club of Lake Hickory Awards Scholarships

L-R: Aaron Darden (Bandy’s High School), Kierra Garrett (Bunker Hill High School), Kyla Little (St. Stephens High School), Thomas Colton (Discovery High School)As the current school year came to a close, four local students have received assistance toward their higher education thanks to scholarships awarded to them by the Rotary Club of Lake Hickory.  The club awarded four scholarships to graduating seniors from four high schools in Catawba County.

High school award winners were chosen from applicants graduating from a high school in the county, based on academic excellence, financial need, and each student’s personal demonstration of the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self.”

All Rotary Club of Lake Hickory Scholarship recipients for the year 2014 received scholarship certificates and were invited to join the Rotary Club of Lake Hickory for lunch during a May meeting where they introduced themselves to the full membership.

Scholarship recipients for 2014 are:

*  Kierra Garrett, a graduate of Bunker Hill High School

*  Kyla Little, a graduate of St. Stephens High School

*  Thomas Colton, a graduate of Discovery High School

*  Aaron Darden, a graduate of Bandy’s High School

Congratulations to this year's scholarship recipients!



Program 5/26/15: Alzheimer's Research and CART

During the May 26th Rotary Club of Lake Hickory lunch meeting, Elizabeth Graves provided a sobering program on Alzheimer's disease and Rotary's part in finding answers as to cause, cure and prevention. She shared from her own personal experience with Alzheimer's disease in her family and how she often deals with it when ministering to families. Bill Shillito showed a video by Dr. Len Lecci of UNC-Wilmington discussing Alzheimer's disease. In the video Dr. Lecci explained how important it is to diagnose this disease early for the patient's and family's benefit as well as how costs skyrocket with later diagnosis compared to early diagnosis. Bill Shillito ended with an encouragement to contribute to the CART fund and reminded us that ALL the money goes directly to research!


Program 5/12/15: Generational Poverty

Barbara Getz of the Salvation Army gave an eye-opening presentation on Generational Poverty. She explained the difference between situational poverty, when someone encounters a difficult time in his or her life resulting in loss of income or resources, and generational poverty, a continuum or ongoing period of little income or resources, typically passed on from generation to generation. Most people who encounter situational poverty maintain hope and a sense that he or she can and will get out of that hard time. Generational poverty becomes more a way of life with little hope that things can or will change.
Ms. Getz described how often the mind-set of people in generational poverty believe themselves to be victims, dependent, helpless and that they require someone else to "fix things" or provide answers or resources. Furthermore, they often have a short-term outlook and have not been taught or raised to plan for the future. It was particularly interesting to learn that much of the differences between those struggling with generational poverty compared to average middle-class or more wealthy people are the deeply held cultural beliefs and fundamental values that we are raised with from an early age. Examples include: saving for the future, long-term planning, organization, goal-setting, etc.
So often programs targeting the poor, whether government or private organization, only focus on short-term provision of money or resources which do not enable people to make foundational changes in their lives on which they can climb out of the perpetual cycle of poverty.
Ms. Getz described the programs Salvation Army is implementing to help people make and live out these critical changes needed to become empowered to improve their lives.