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.


Catawba County Public Health presents to Rotary Club on September 16th

New programs and new members! Amy McCauley, the Community Outreach Manager for Catawba County Public Health and Catawba County Health Partners, discusses a new program designed to recognize Healthy Workplaces and we celebrate with new member Rev. Elizabeth Grave, pastor of Highland Methodist Church.


Rotarian David Ludwig speaks to club about new book

Rotarian David Ludwig, a member of the Lake Hickory Rotary Club, talked to the club at the Tuesday, July 15th meeting about his newest book "Christian Concepts for Care: Understanding and Helping People with Mental Health Issues".

Some of the concepts David discussed, and are covered in his book, include "The Spiritual Dimension of Life", "Wellness = Neuroplasticity", "Spirtual DNA", the "Defining Moments", and "Healthy Family Relationships".  You can purchase a copy of the book online at this address.

David J. Ludwig combined a background in both theology and psychology by earning his MDiv from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, in 1965 and a PhD from Washington University in 1966. His creative blending of these two disciplines has spanned over 45 years as a university professor, a licensed psychologist, and Lutheran (LCMS) minister. During this time Dr. Ludwig has written several books and numerous professional articles while speaking internationally on the spiritual growth of relationships within oneself, family, and church. Dr. Ludwig currently serves as a semi-retired professor of psychology, teaching courses in personality and clinical psychology at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina, and as assistant to the pastor at Christ Lutheran Church in Hickory. He maintains a private practice as a licensed therapist.


Club receives presentation on ShelterBox efforts

At the club's Tuesday, July 8th lunch meeting, Rotarian Bill Loehr gave a presentation on the efforts of ShelterBox, an organization that Rotary - and our club - has supported for years.

The ShelterBox organization responds instantly following natural and other disasters by delivering boxes of aid to those who need it most. Each ShelterBox supplies an extended family with a tent and essential equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless.

The video below was shown to club members to help them understand the importance of the ShelterBox organization.  For more information about ShelterBox, visit their web site at http://www.shelterboxusa.org.


President-Elect Climbs Sydney Bridge for PolioPlus

President-Elect Ernie Sills and wife Cindy traveled to Sydney, Australia for this year's Rotary International Convention.  While there, they partcipated in the Syndey Harbor Bridge Climb, where they climbed up 1,332 steps to reach the top.  They used this event to help raise money for PolioPlus by asking all club members to donate money "per step" that would then be matched by the Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation.

At the time of the bridge climb, the club had raised $2,433.00, which will be doubled to $4,866.00 thanks to the Gates Foundation.  As you can see from the picture, Ernie and Cindy were successful in their Bridge Climb, having the opportunity to take a photo at the top of their view.

A check was presented to the club on June 24th 2014 for $2,433.00 which will be delivered to Rotary's PolioPlus efforts.

The Rotary Club of Lake Hickory wants to thank its members for their generosity, and to Ernie and Cindy for leading such an important initiative.  "We're this close" to eliminating Polio from the world, and Rotarians are leading the charge!

Ernie and Cindy Sills present Rotary Club of Lake Hickory Co-Presidents Lysa Deaton-Smith and Alan Jackson with a check for PolioPlus.


President-Elect Delivers Presentation on "End Polio Now"

President-Elect Ernie Sills delivered a program to the Lake Hickory Rotary Club on Tuesday, April 15th, regarding Rotary's efforts to "End Polio Now".  Ernie explained how he and his wife, Cindy, were planning on attending the Rotary International Convention in Australia and plan to climb the 1,332 steps of the Sydney Harbour Bridge to raise money for Polio efforts.

You can view the slides from Ernie's presentation by clicking this link.


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/)

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