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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. The board has decided to remain virtual through the end of February, with the hope to return to in person meetings on March 2nd with meals.
Denver/Lake Norman Rotary's Own Craig Buhrendorf Shares Photos From His Travels in South Africa
By Steve Baker
The Denver Lake Norman Rotary Club welcomed Craig Buhrendorf back to the Zoom podium on Wednesday, February 2nd. Craig and his wife Jeane enjoy traveling, taking photos of their experiences and sharing these with others. Craig has previously shared with us photos and narratives from their travels in Asia. We have all read articles in the press about other places in the world with accompanying photos, but having access to the original photographers and travelers was great.

The trip that Craig presented to us was a fabulous trip that Jeane and Craig took to South Africa. Their trip first took them to Cape Town. The photos were fantastic and he narrated each one sharing the location where it was taken. During this trip they were able to visit a cheetah refuge and pet one of the cheetahs residing there. The cheetah is the fastest known land animal, with the ability to run between 50-80 mph. Craig and Jeane saw a rhinoceros that was native to the area. The rhinoceros is an endangered species whose horn can be cut off with a chainsaw by poachers. The horn is sold and then gets grounded into a powder and sold on the illegal market. Another interesting stop was to a penguin’s colony south of Cape Town on the way back from the Cape of Good Hope at the southern tip of South Africa. This was the seaport that travelers coming and going to Asia would use to move their merchandise through by ship. One of the most famous names from South Africa was Nelson Mandela.  Craig showed photos of where he was imprisoned.

One of the amazing things about this trip and others that they have made is that Craig and Jeane are their own travel agency. They make all their own airline, hotel, car rental, and side trip adventure reservations. They feel that removing the middle person (the Travel Agency) gives them more control over their experiences as well as added flexibility in planning. If you are planning a trip and have some questions on how to go about it, ask Craig as he may be able to help.

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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Craig Buhrendorf
Upcoming Events
Denver Days/Music in the Park Board Zoom Meeting
Feb 11, 2022
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
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Feb 09, 2022
Covid and Monoclonal Antibody Therapy
Feb 16, 2022
Denver Days/Music in the Park Presentation
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Denver/Lake Norman Rotary Wins $1 Million Dinner Challenge

We have now crossed the January 31st deadline to identify the Winning Club whose members accumulated the most commitments for the $1M Dinner Challenge at this point!

DRUM ROLL PLEASE!  Here is the listing: 

Denver/Lake Norman *****$216,512.50
 Tryon $107,497.05
Highlands Mtntop$75,000.00
Asheville Biltmore$55,000.00
Pisgah Forest$30,000.00
Haywood County$20,000.00
Black Mountain$20,000.00
Catawba Valley$10,000.00
Hendersonville Four Seasons$10,000.00
Asheville Breakfast$10,000.00
Madison County$10,000.00
Waynesville Sunrise   $10,000.00
 Total $848,491.99

Congratulations to the Denver/Lake Norman Club, and thank you to all the Club Members whose commitments to the $1M Dinner Challenge made this possible!!

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.
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