President's Message

Greetings, Denver/Lake Norman Rotary! 

It has been a busy business week in Rotary.  Jim Perry, with the help of his lovely assistant Debbie Perry, gave us the in’s and out’s of the Rotary Foundation.  We learned a great deal about it from the Rotary International level down to our own group and the impact giving has globally and locally.  Thanks Jim for the 101-level breakdown!

We then had our November board meeting on Friday where there was much discussion about various upcoming and potential projects.  We will be providing and serving meals again at the Asbury School in Lincolnton Nov. 21st.  We will help with the East Lincoln Christian Ministries Angel tree.  We will NOT be collecting shoes for Santa Cruz this year but we will collect for the USO Helmet Fund (where the NFL’s Salute for Service matches dollar for dollar) the money raised.  (AMAZING project to help the bravest of the brave protecting our country).  We would like to find a project where we can get involved and submit for a GLOBAL grant.  (Please bring suggestions to me or any other board members)  Operation Christmas Child is underway and it is humbling to see how much our Rotary member’s contribute to this wonderful event.

Something else discussed:  The various committees needing assistance…please let myself and Cathy Smiley know which one/ones you are interested in serving by November 29th.  This week there will be a list of the committees on each table with a brief overview and who is the committee chair.  If by Nov 29th we do not have you down for something you will be placed on one.  This is the time to utilize your talents or learn about an avenue of service you are not familiar with where you can develop new talents.  As always, feel free to reach out to me with questions.  

Make it a productive and helpful week!  See you Wednesday!



Jim Perry Talks About the Rotary Foundation and Recognizes Joe Lampron as a Major Donor
Foundation Chair Jim Perry honors Joe and Ann Lampron for their contributions to the Rotary Foundation at Denver/Lake Norman Rotary's November 1st meeting.  Jim's Powerpoint presentation can be accessed in the Download Files section on the left side of this newsletter.
2023 USO "Helmet Fund" Campaign Begins
Denver/Lake Norman Rotary will again be supporting our USO with this year's 'Helmet Fund', starting on November 8 and running through November 29.  This year, and as part of the NFL's "Salute to Service" initiative to "Honor, Empower, and Connect" our heroes, the NFL has generously offered to match all gifts given this month, dollar for dollar, up to a total of $50,000.  The USO thanks our Club for keeping our Service Men and Women strong and connected to Family, Home, and Country, this Holiday Season.
More Photos From the 2nd Annual Pints and Pinot for Polio
Operation Christmas Child's 2023 Campaign Continues
At Denver/Lake Norman Rotary meetings from now through Wednesday, November 16th, the International Committee will be accepting shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items and school supplies for its annual Operation Christmas Child project, a terrific way to help less fortunate children outside of the United States.  Please see Trudie Crawford for shoeboxes and instructions on how to pack them.  For additional information or to make a cash donation, please go to
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Attendance (11/1)
39 Rotarians
1 guests
Member Birthdays
Ken Morris
Wedding Anniversaries
Thomas and Amy Eatmon - 25 years
Zach and Charlotte Tussel - 2 years
Member Anniversaries
Jim Perry - 17 years (24 total)
Founding Members:
Doug Core - 28 years
Harry Hawkins - 28 years
Joe Lampron - 28 years (34 total)
Jerry Park - 28 years
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Alzheimer’s Research (Cart)
Download Files
Jim Perry's Rotary Foundation Presentation
Nov 08, 2023
Benefits of Massage Therapy
Nov 15, 2023
Photos from Papua New Guinea
Nov 22, 2023
Thanksgiving Week
Nov 29, 2023
Harvard Business School Alumni Club of Charlotte
Dec 06, 2023
Cancer Recovery
Dec 13, 2023
Carolina Wildlife Conservation Center
Dec 20, 2023
Christmas Break
Dec 27, 2023
Christmas Break
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Upcoming Events
Monthly Informal Rotary Social Get-together
Lake Norman Brewery
Nov 14, 2023
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Thanksgiving Meal at Asbury Academy
Asbury Academy
Nov 21, 2023
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
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