Rotary Club of Troutman commemorates 10th anniversary
BY DEBBIE PAGE
The first president of the Rotary Club of Troutman, Scott Mitchum, recalled a speech about passion he once gave to the club's eight charter members in 2009. Mitchum believes that group’s passion helped the club thrive and grow over its first ten years into the vibrant and active organization it is today.
Rotary District Governor David Hare was on hand to celebrate the occasion. He also presented Ashley Cannon with Rotary International’s Major Donor award for cumulative donations of $10,000 to the Rotary Foundation. She received a pin, a special Rotary scarf, and a crystal award.
Hare also inducted new club members Matt Weber and Spencer Lomax, bringing the club's current membership to 29. The pair were presented Rotary pins, resource manuals, and membership certificates.
A handful of Troutman folks began meeting in members’ homes in 2008, finally reaching the eight required members to start the group in June 2009. The club’s official charter date is October 30, 2009.
Charter member Mike Todd recalled when the original six folks who were trying to get the club off the ground nearly gave up. They begged others to join but had little luck at first.
“We decided we would give it two more months to get more members or we’d quit. I wouldn’t know many of you today if we hadn’t kept at it,” he said.
By December 2009, the group had grown to 23 members. Seven of those eight charter members (one is deceased) are still active, according to the chapter’s historian, District Court Judge Deborah Brown. Charter members Brown and Geoff Bowen have had perfect attendance since the chapter’s inception.
The group held a memorable Charter Night celebration on February 12, 2010, during a snowstorm, added Brown. Bowen shared a wooden Rotary coin he received at the Charter Night celebration, with the charter date on one side and the Rotary 4-Way Test on the other.
Brown also detailed the group’s active service to the community, including assisting with the the annual Rotary Chili Cook-offs and Oyster Roasts, its annual Santa Pancake Breakfast to raise money for children’s charities, and a sports spectacular at South Iredell High School.
The group also actively supports the Independence Day Parade, entering a large float and reviving the Independence Day Festival at the Iredell County Fairgrounds last year after a brief hiatus. The group plans a bigger and better festival for this June 29 at 5 p.m.
The group also sponsors two scholarships at SIHS, including the Jeffrey Settle scholarship, honoring a charter member who died in an auto accident in 2011. This award is given to two Interact students each year.
The Matthew Bailey scholarship, funded by the club’s annual Miles for Matt 5K race, is in memory of club member Don Bailey’s son, who passed away from brain cancer in 2015.
“We’ve been a very active club, and it’s been a very fun club,” said Brown. “No one else has the feel this club has. We are all friends, and we have fun.”
DISTRICT GOVERNOR’S COMMENTS
Hare noted that all 57 clubs in the district had donated to an Australian southeast district Rotary sponsored Nepal project to build a medical clinic and buy necessary equipment for women suffering from prolapse and other disorders as well as their families. The district’s fundraising goal was $5,800, but the club has raised $13,000 for the cause.
An estimated 600,000 women in Nepal suffer from third-degree prolapse and 200,000 need immediate corrective surgery. The clinic will provide surgery and ultimately an improvement of the quality of life to women suffering from uterine prolapse and obstetric fistula, conditions that can lead to devastating abuse, isolation and loss of identity for women.
The District Governor also said that district clubs had recently inducted 50 new members.
The members ended the gathering by reciting the Rotary 4-Way Test: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build good will and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned? This test helps group members to focus on service and spreading good will in all interactions each day.
Brown invited members and guests to enjoy a celebratory cake after the meeting
The club is sponsoring a Bowling Party fundraiser on Sunday, February 17, at Victory Lanes in Mooresville from 2 to 5 p.m. Proceeds will support Rotary International’s End Polio Now project.
Community members and those interested in joining the club are invited to participate. The event includes bowling, a pizza/pasta buffet, and sot drinks. Participants are also eligible for door prizes.
Cost is $180 per full team (6 members), $60 per couple, or $30 per individual. The event is limited to 20 teams on a first-come, first serve basis. Payment is by check (payable to Troutman Rotary Club) or by credit card.
RSVP to Victory Lanes at 704-664-2695. For more information, contact Paul Dwyer at 704-677-8998.