President's Message

Hello, Fellow Rotarians! 

It’s been a wonderful week in our Denver/Lake Norman Rotary world!  To start - I want to give a shout out to Jeff Quasny for his educational and eye-opening presentation last Wednesday on his experience in the corrections field and the current state of our prison system.  It started a few thought provoking conversations with other members of the club that shows it is a topic that needs to be in the spotlight so people grasp the reality of how broken the corrections system had been - and hopefully that it is headed in the right direction in regards to mental health and re-entry.

Wednesday evening we had the outgoing and incoming board strategic planning “retreat” where we discussed the goals President-Elect Craig has set in motion for his upcoming year. We talked about financial goals but also about how we can make the “on-boarding” experience of new members better. Of course we also discussed how we can keep our current members engaged with our vision and mission.  Lastly, we all concurred that we have one incredibly vibrant and active Rotary and that we have loved all of the fun we have been having together.  

On Saturday, there was our 2nd school beautification project at Catawba Springs where a few handfuls of Denver/Lake Norman Rotarians helped create a prettier space for the students, staff and families.  This completed our District Grant project where we were happy to join forces with Patty Korn to further her mission of Keep Lincoln County Beautiful.

Lastly, I received the sweetest text from our own Ellen Fichtelman this morning with a great picture of her (and husband Jim's) new bundle of joy. Cheers to our newest Service Above Self Rotarian in the Making! What a wonderful Mother’s Day it must have been for all of our members, their wives or daughters with so many cuties having been recently born. Wouldn’t it be great to have them all at Music in the Park this Saturday in their Future Rotarian onesies for a photo-op?  (hint-hint).

Thank you for all that you do and all of your support! You are truly a God-send to me and to this community! See you on Wednesday!



Denver/Lake Norman Rotary's Own Jeff Quasney Talks About the US Prison System, Rehabilitation and Recidivism
Jeff, pictured here with his partner, Courtney gave his informative presentation at the May 8th meeting.
Beautification Project at Catawba Springs Elementary School Completed Successfully
Participants enjoyed a beautiful morning for planting on Saturday, May 11th.
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Denver/Lake Norman Rotary Foundation Grant Application
2024 Music in the Park Sponsorship Appeal - Contract
Bulletin Editor
Craig Buhrendorf
Attendance (5/8)
38 Rotarians
2 guests
Member Anniverseries
Ken Morris (4 years)
Happy Bucks
Alzheimer’s Research (CART)
Our newest "Future Rotarian", Jay Fichtelman.
May 15, 2024
Promote literacy
May 22, 2024
Africa Trip
May 29, 2024
District 7890 Chair - Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Projects in Guatemala via Zoom
Jun 05, 2024
Appalachian’s Summer Festival
Jun 12, 2024
Birthing Kits
Jun 19, 2024
Jun 26, 2024
Recap: 2023-2024 Rotary Year
Jul 03, 2024
July 4th Week
Jul 10, 2024
Goals for 2024-2025
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Happy Bucks (5/1)
Courtesy of Alecia Tarpley

Andie led off by giving for the CART annual meeting in Columbia, SC where she learned that Zones 33-34 has contributed over $1.4 million so far in 2024.

Brandon lifted up for the North Lincoln HS Interact club.

Steve Gillespie celebrated his 43rd Anniversary with dollars he previously forgot to bring.

Jim celebrated his granddaughter who is a very successful gymnast.

Cindy celebrated her trip with friends to the 150th Anniversary of the Kentucky Derby.

Mike was short today - didn’t say much.

Sherry gave for the Child abuse team training, lifted up her Dad’s fight with pneumonia and was thankful for Ross driving her home from the meeting.

Panico gave for his upcoming beach trip.

Morrie gave for the 7th grandchild his family is expecting.


Upcoming Events
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
Rotary Social (Changing of the Guard)
Jun 23, 2024
4:00 PM – 7:00 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
Music in the Park - Bailey Marie Band
Rescue Squad Park
Sep 21, 2024
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
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