COVID-19 ALERT: Effective March 9th, Denver/Lake Norman Rotary will resume its meetings with breakfast at Unity Presbyterian Church in Denver.  
President's Message
Ellen Fichtelman
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Hello Rotarians! I look forward to seeing everyone in person this Wednesday for breakfast! We will meet at Unity Presbyterian at 7:30 am.  We will hold elections for the 2022-2023 Denver Lake Norman Rotary Board at this meeting so please try to attend! The slate of nominations presented to the club at the December 22nd meeting is as follows:
President: Perry Clark
President Elect: Andie Taylor
President Nominee: Craig Buhrendorf
Treasurer: Bill McLucas
Foundation: Jim Perry
Secretary: Cathy Smiley
Club Admin: Steve Baker & Ross Bulla
Membership: Brandon Blell

Committee Chairs:
Community Service: Sherry Reinhardt
International Service: Trudie Crawford
Sergeant at Arms: Jim Minor
Youth and Vocation Services: Thomas Eatmon
PR: Elijah Beatty (with assistance from Craig)

If there are any other nominations please feel free to let Perry Clark or myself know. Following elections we will break out into committees for a working meeting.
Yours in Rotary Service,
P.S.  If you are interested in supporting Rotary's Ukraine Relief Effort through its Disaster Relief Fund, please click on the button below.
Anna Lester Speaks About Travels with the Rotary of Stuart, Virginia in Ghana and India
By Steve Baker
On Wednesday, March 2nd the Denver/Lake Norman Rotary welcomed Anna Lester from the Rotary of Stuart, Virginia as its speaker.  She was introduced by her friend Perry Clark. Anna has been a member of her club since 2011.  She has also served as Area Governor and is currently the District 7750 Membership Chair.

Anna took it upon herself to learn more about Rotary International. In 2018, Anna along with six other Rotarians traveled to Ghana, Africa. Ghana is located along the coast in Western Africa, bordered by Ivory Coast on the west, Burkina Faso to the north, Togo to the east and the Gulf of Guinea to the south.  While in Ghana, they did all their traveling by van and visited some of the small villages in the area. The main focuses on the trip were clean water and sanitation, economic development, and education. The group was met by other Rotarians from the surrounding areas.  In one of the villages they visited they had to park their van and enter the village by following a foot path.  They found that the water supply was very unhealthy.  The good news was that the Rotarian Team was going see if the village could be approved to have a new water filling station to provide a sanitary water supply.  Anna also spoke about the very unsanitary toilets they saw. A new type of sanitary toilet called a micro-flush toilet was now available.  A lot of these toilets have been manufactured and were installed when possible, at one per home. The schools they saw were mostly areas with no roofs. During the rainy season they were unable to have school at these locations.  A new school was built in one of the villages in an enclosed building.  Solar-powered lighting had been installed to provide additional time for learning. Small children love having their pictures taken and looking at them afterward.

In 2019, Anna was provided another opportunity to travel with a Rotarian team, this time to southern India. India is in South Asia. It shares borders with seven other countries plus the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea, and the Bay of Bengal.  On this trip, the team was staying with host members from the local Rotary in the city of Chennai. The club there was celebrating its 90th anniversary. On the first morning, they found out that they all were invited to a wedding of the daughter of a fellow Rotarian It was a great day with a parade, with lots of dancing, music, and fun.  Anna showed a picture of a woman standing in front of her micro-flush toilet. This village had a total of 223 of these toilets built and each one had its own special ribbon cutting. That was just amazing. The team visited one of the slums outside of the city, where they saw what a global grant had provided: a community center that offered computer classes, a school, and a day care center.  This was for anyone who wanted to learn skills for work.  Afterward, it was time for the big anniversary celebration.  One of the hosts had made new outfits for the team members for the gala celebration.  Days before the big event they attended many celebrations with different Rotary hosts.  The celebrations included lots of entertainment, music, and food.  On the big night of celebration, Anna, along with all the visiting Rotarians were called up on stage and asked to introduce themselves.

Overall, the trips allowed Anna to observe firsthand how great things can be accomplished by working with other Rotary clubs and taking advantage of Rotary Global Grants.  In addition, she was able to enjoy the different cultures, food, and all of her other experiences.

Here's an interesting side note:   Anna has opened a new restaurant in Stuart, VA.  If you are in the general area, stop by, grab a bite, and ask to see the head dishwasher.

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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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Rotarian Denny Daar Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Photo courtesy of Jim Minor
Rotarian Denny Darr was surprised to be honored Monday morning at The Federation of American Hospitals 2022 Conference (1200 attendees) with the Federation's Expo Lifetime Achievement Award.
Denver/Lake Norman Rotary Adds a $25,000 Bequest to the District 7670 $1 Million Dinner Challenge

Denver/Lake Norman Rotary made another significant commitment of $25,000!!  Then, you will never guess what happened!! No sooner did the announcement go out then a current donor replied right back that that person's gift was being increased by $8,000!!

That means that we have a new number:  $927,575!!  So we only need $72,425 to reach the $1M goal!

Go team Go!!

Denver/Lake Norman has raised the bar with its own donations and in the form of bequests of $241,512 !! 

Thank You!  Thank You!  Thank You!!

Contact Rich Lyon or Celeste Rinaldo for more information.

Denver Days Music in the Park Board Announces Updated 2022 Concert Line-up - Sponsors Needed!
The Denver Lake Norman Rotary will host the “2022 Greatest Show on Earth in Lincoln County, North Carolina”

Yes, you heard right, starting on May 21st and running through October 8th, Music in the Park will return for 2022. Every month there will be a band playing in the Rescue Squad Park Band Shelter on a Saturday night. The really great thing about this is that it’s free.  This is the second annual Music in the Park concert event provided by The Denver/Lake Norman Rotary.

The concert events will run from 6 pm to 9:30 pm. The 6 pm to 6:30 pm slot will be for dance teams, gymnastics teams or other youth organizations from the local community. The bands will then play for the next three hours.

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