President's Message
Ellen Fichtelman
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Hello Rotarians!
It’s hard to believe Wednesday is my last Wednesday as president! Thank you all for the opportunity to lead this club and for your support this year as my family grew by one. It has been quite a year! Please join us this Wednesday as I recognize the efforts of the outgoing 2021-2022 Rotary Board and we install the new 2022-2023 Board.
Yours in Rotary Service, 
Jason Hughes of Lincoln County Foster Care Services Speaks at Rotary
By Steve Baker
On Wednesday, June 22nd, the Denver Lake Norman Rotary welcomed as its speaker, Jason Hughes, the Placement Services Program Manager for the Lincoln County Department of Social Services. Jason has spent twenty years in child welfare social work. In Catawba County he worked in a residential group home providing supervision, conflict resolution and life skills education to abused and neglected foster youth. He then worked for Alexander County DSS in child protection services. In January 2022 he accepted the position of Placement Services Program Manager, Lincoln County DSS, with the responsibility for foster care and adoption services.

There are 103 children in foster care in Lincoln County. Ninety-three of these are under the age of seventeen and ten are over seventeen years of age. Jason is responsible for thirty licensed foster homes. Foster children are placed into the homes on availability of space in these homes. Foster homes have strict requirements for the children: each must have their own bed, only siblings can share a room, and if there have been problems between siblings they must be in a separate room. There currently are twenty-five sibling groups for the 103 foster children. There are thirteen that are placed together in foster homes. Currently thirty-nine foster children are placed outside of Lincoln County; living with relatives or placed in special institutions for additional medical or mental needs.

To run a foster home there are some requirements. There must be sufficient income to meet monthly expenses One can be single, married or in an unmarried relationship, and if you married a copy of the marriage certificate must be provided.

A high school diploma is required or the ability to read and write must be demonstrated.

Foster/Adoptive parents can live in a single-family home, an apartment or manufactured home which is either rented or owned.

One does not have to be a parent to be a foster parent, but examples must be provided of how one would interact with children. Foster parents must complete thirty hours of pre-service training (MAPP).

Foster parents must be twenty-one years of age or older.

What is MAPP? This is the thirty hour training course for people interested in becoming licensed as foster parents, or who want to adopt. This highly interactive experience aims to give participants an understanding of the foster care system and how to best parent children who have experienced trauma. This course takes place over a sixteen weeks and is offered twice a year.

The benefits and support for foster parents:

Training that provides skills to better parent children who have experienced trauma as well as knowledge regarding the foster care system.

Foster Parents have their own Social Worker, who provides support and advocates for their needs.

Foster Parents are provided with a monthly stipend as well as other benefits.

Jason offered several suggestions to help and recruit Lincoln County foster parents. There can be recruitment events at local churches and other organizations. They can also use volunteers, monetary donations, and the sign campaign. There is a great need for food gift cards (Chick-fil-a, McDonalds, Little Caesars Pizza). For questions, please contact Jason at the following:

Placement Services Program Manager

Lincoln County Department of Social Services

P.O. Box 130

Lincolnton, NC  28093

Office: (704) 736-8783

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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Upcoming Events
Music in the Park - Dry Pond Groove
Rescue Squad Park
Jul 16, 2022 6:00 PM
Hickory Crawdads Outing
LP Frans Stadium
Aug 07, 2022 3:00 PM
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Rescue Squad Park
Aug 20, 2022 6:00 PM
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Jul 06, 2022
(4th of July week)
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Aug 10, 2022
NC Education Lottery
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District Governor Tammy Mosteller Installation Event Attracts a Crowd
Above: June 25th installation ceremony for District Governor Tammy Mosteller at BrickTree Brewing, Lincolnton with Denver/Lake Norman Rotarians Sherry Reinhardt, Andie Taylor, Rich Lyon, Trudie Crawford, Jim Perry plus spouses Roger Reinhardt and Debbie Perry enjoying the festivities.
Rotary Hosts Hickory Crawdads Event for Members, Spouses and Friends on Sunday, August 7th

"Take me out to the ballgame." On Sunday, August 7th Denver/Lake Norman Rotary has reservations on for the Hickory Crawdads versus the Asheville Tourists. Game time is 3 PM. Members, their spouses and friends attended a game last year and had a great time. Tickets are $25.00 per person and include the following:

All-you-can-eat picnic buffet with hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecue, baked beans, chili, cole slaw, chips, ice cream, and soft drinks. Food is available one half hour before the first pitch and runs for an hour into the game. Rotary has use of a picnic area under a covered pavilion for the entire game. 

A sign-up sheet will circulate at the next few Denver/Lake Norman Rotary meetings and tickets may be charged to members' next quarterly invoices.

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