President's Message

Happy last week of March my fellow Rotarians!  

Well, just when I thought having my first grandchild was the most exciting news EVER!!! (And it is!) I received a phone call from our very own Panico Peres with the particulars for the special speaker joining us live in a few weeks. One of our honorary members Amilton Medeiros, who, like Panico is also from Brazil has managed to get the Rotary International President Nominee Mario Cesar Martins de Camargo (President 2025-2026, after incoming President Stephanie Urchick) to graciously to do a LIVE meeting which will be hosted by us. Say WHAT? This is HUGE!  As in COLOSSAL in the world of Rotary! What a special treat this will be, so please mark your calendars for April 17th at 7:30 am, don your best Rotary swag, and be prepared to give Mario a warm Denver/Lake Norman Rotary Welcome! A link will go out to those who cannot attend, as well as other clubs in the district, but Denver/Lake Norman Rotarians will be able to ask questions! More news to follow as Panico and Vickey prepare to be sure the meeting runs smoothly. I am so excited for this opportunity. (Imagine me jumping up and down while crying all at the same time - that’s how excited I am for all of us!)

Now, back to being a Grandie!  This has been a week of snuggles and kisses and wow how a baby changes on the daily! Thank you all for the gifts and kind words! The card everyone signed will be in a special photo album so Nora-Kate can one day see how many people have her grandparents' (and her) backs. You are the absolute BEST and I love each and everyone of you!

Make it a productive and reflective week!  See you this Wednesday!  NO meeting April 3rd.


Kevin Popko, President of Love our Veterans, Speaks at Rotary
Kevin spoke about the new L.O.V. Thrift Store located at the corner of routes 16 and 150, next to Dollar General and its focus on home decor.  Kevin is pictured with Denver/Lake Norman Rotarian Jim Minor.
Helen MaLeady of the Fredericktowne Rotary Exchanges Flags with Denver/ Lake Norman Rotary
Denver/Lake Norman Rotary Exceeds Goal for District 7670 CART Campaign Ending 3/31

Denver/Lake Norman Rotary's CART Campaign has been highly successful so far.  President Andie Taylor and CART Chair Joe Lampron report that currently the total amount collected between and the blue buckets is $3,288.91 and has exceeded our group's goal of $2,661.  Thank you!

Founded in 1995 by Roger Ackerman, a Rotarian in Sumter, SC, The CART Fund (Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust) is a non-profit grassroots organization that provides “seed” money for cutting edge, high impact research grants to help find a treatment or cure for Alzheimer’s Disease.

Roger passed away in 2018, yet to this day, we still adhere to our founder’s initial mission – that 100% of every dollar donated goes directly to research! Since 1999, 64 grants totaling more than $11 million have been awarded to 62 recognized research institutions in the United States.

The CART Fund is a 501(C)3 organization (Federal ID #31-1466051) governed by an Executive Committee and a Board of Directors composed of representatives from qualified Rotary districts that support the program. CART is chartered as a nonprofit organization under the laws of the state of South Carolina. 

CART has been recognized as an “angel charity” by the SC Secretary of State for being “extremely effective at giving a high percentage of their total expenditures directly to programs for their designated cause, their compliance with the S.C. Solicitation of Charitable Funds Act, and their high use of volunteers in their fundraising efforts.”

While primarily supported by members of Rotary Clubs in the United States, CART has an active volunteer base and can accept donations of major gifts, bequests or volunteer efforts from anyone. A new donor recognition program was recently introduced, allowing “recurring donors” through the online system to be designated as members of the “Roger Ackerman Circle.” Click here: to sign in with your DACdb user name and password.  To donate without using your DACdb credentials, click here:

Bulletin Editor
Craig Buhrendorf
Only 7 Tickets Remain for April 13th Charlotte Funny Bus Comedy Tour
Social Committee Chair Michelle Busch has announced that Denver/Lake Norman Rotary's April informal get-together will be the 6 PM Charlotte Funny Bus Comedy Tour.  Tickets are $35 per person.  Please see Jill Pederson or Michelle Busch for tickets.  For more information on the 90 minute tour, please click here:
Attendance (3/20)
42 Rotarians
5 guests
Partner Birthdays
Amy Eatmon (Thomas)
Bobbie Black (Dean)
Member Anniversaries
Denny Daar (5 years)
Kate Crawford (5 years)
Wedding Anniversaries
Matthew and Temperance Lykins
(16 years)
Mike and Andrea Pugh (40 years)
Happy Bucks
Alzheimer’s Research (Cart)
Happy Bucks (3/20)
(courtesy of Alacia Tarpley)

Morrie said his African trip was amazing and asked that we keep Mica a grandchild in our prayers.

Joanie was happy to promote the Trilogy event.

Thomas spoke about the softball events in his family’s life.

Brett appreciated the Doordash gift after the birth of his and Pam's new baby.

Debbie and Jim spoke about the fun experience in the Race to Educate and encouraged participation in next year’s event. Jim tried out a music challenge with enthusiasm, even if his skill was lacking.

Sherry let us know that the Price is Right was a great success and thanked God it was over at last. She also let us know some of the grant started paying…praise God. 

Craig put money in for all of the parents and grandparents. PETS was his third time going, and they drilled into him that "Rotary is a membership organization whose business is service" (Editor has taken some liberties here).

Panico celebrated the beautiful sunrise today, that the Reverend is back and he lifted up a friend who is paying for his trip to the Singapore RI Convention.

Cindy lifted up the Trilogy meeting again and celebrated her grandson accepted to CU school of business.

Mike Wooton is celebrating Brett's baby's birthday was on March 3rd which happens to be his birthday as well, and he is worried for the child…

Trudie thanked CAC for the successful Price is Right event. She is celebrating her sister’s birthday and a shout out to the plumber’s help with her busted hot water heater. PETS was wonderful.

Andie was very grateful for her granddaughter’s arrival; Nora Kate and mother are doing well. PETS was a wonderful experience as well, and she is looking forward to being our Assistant Governor next year.

Mar 27, 2024
Easter Backpacks Pop-up Event
Apr 03, 2024
(Easter/Spring Break)
Apr 10, 2024
History of NASCAR
Apr 17, 2024
2025-2026 International President
Apr 24, 2024
Gaston College, Lincoln Campus Building Plan and Gaston College Foundation
May 01, 2024
Shelter Boxes
May 08, 2024
2nd Chances and Restoration
May 15, 2024
Promote literacy
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Upcoming Events
Denver/Lake Rotary Board Meeting
Apr 05, 2024
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Monthly Informal Rotary Social Get-together
Charlotte Funny Bus Comedy Tour
Apr 13, 2024
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Rotary District 7670 Conference
Hyatt Regency, Greenville, SC
Apr 19, 2024 – Apr 21, 2024
Trilogy Meet and Greet
Trilogy Lake Norman - Outfitter Room
Apr 25, 2024
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Music in the Park - Coming Up Brass
Rescue Squad Park
May 18, 2024
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Day at the Lake 2024
Camp Dogwood
Jun 01, 2024
Music in the Park - Cat5 Band
Rescue Squad Park
Jun 15, 2024
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Music in the Park - The Chain
Rescue Squad Park
Jul 20, 2024
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Music in the Park - Chris Taylor & the Rumor
Rescue Squad Park
Aug 17, 2024
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
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