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President's Message
Ellen Fichtelman
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Hello Rotarians! 
I am looking forward to seeing everyone Wednesday morning on Zoom! We will have a board meeting Friday 2/4 on Zoom.  If any club members would like to join, please let me know.
Yours in Rotary Service, 
Sam James of James Funeral Home Speaks to Denver/Lake Norman Rotary
By Steve Baker

On Wednesday, January 26th, The Lake Denver Lake Norman Rotary welcomed Sam James of James Funeral Home as its speaker. Sam was born and raised in Huntersville, NC. When he was 16 years old, he went to work at Almond-Raymer Funeral Home in Huntersville. This is where his career as a Funeral Director started. Sam received his Bachelor of Science degree from Erskine College and an Associates degree in Funeral Services for the South Carolina College of Funeral Services. After graduation he continued working at the Almond Raymer Funeral Home serving his apprenticeship under Mr. Raymer. Later Sam was promoted to General Manager. When he graduated from the SC College of Funeral Services, he was asked to begin their online funeral service education program. He continues to teach several classes each semester there. Sam also has had the opportunity to fulfill teaching engagements in various places including China and Australia.

In 2010, Sam left Almond-Raymer Funeral Home to open James Funeral Home and has continued to provide services to the local community. His Funeral Home has won several awards from the NFDA (National Funeral Home Association). It also holds a free Funeral Pre-Planning Lunch and Learn Event. This is a 30-minute informational session on pre-planning with a question and answer period, followed by lunch. Other information can be found on the website James Funeral Home also owns and operates the only non-church cemetery in the area. North Lake Memorial Gardens is located approximately three miles from the funeral home and has the only consecrated Catholic grounds in the Lake Norman area and has an area set aside for the Jewish community as well.

Sam is a member of the Lake Norman Rotary and currently serves as its President. He is also on the Board member of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce. Sam has one of those professions you do not hear about in everyday conversation. but at some time in your life you will need his expertise.

Club Information
Denver/Lake Norman Rotary - Founded 1995
Denver/Lake Norman
Wednesdays at 7:30 AM
Unity Presbyterian Church
8210 Unity Church Road
Denver, NC 28037
United States of America
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Bulletin Editor
Craig Buhrendorf
Upcoming Events
Rotary Board Zoom Meeting
Feb 04, 2022
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
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Feb 02, 2022
Photos from South Africa
Feb 16, 2022
Denver Days/Music in the Park Presentation
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Rich Lyon Hosts Blood Drive
There is such a need for blood donations in our area. 
We will be hosting a blood drive
at my State Farm office 7490 Waterside Crossing Blvd, Denver (above Sports Page)
on March 1, 2022 from 9 am to 4 pm. 
To sign up, please go here:
For more information, please call 704-827-2027.
Denver/Lake Norman Rotary Continues to Lead $1 Million Dinner Challenge

Thank you so much for your support for the Rotary Foundation $1M Dinner Challenge!!  Here are the exciting updates:

Total Committed to Date: $851,492!!

That means that we are only $148,508 away from crossing over our $1M Challenge line!!

Denver/Lake Norman Leads with $216,512!

Next: Deadline for total to select the winning Club to host the $1M Challenge Dinner - January 31st!.  Congratulations to those Clubs that have been pushing forward so successfully!!  

Remember, the contest closes at the end of January, BUT the $1M Challenge does not close until March 31st!!

If you have any questions, would like to discuss any of the options, or want any other kind of support, please reach out to Rich or Celeste.

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