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President Ellen Fichtelman and Foundation Chair Gerry Park present Paul Harris awards to Katie Henry and Brandon Blell.
Bradley Robinson and Vickey Baxley are inducted as new members.
Denver/Lake Norman Rotarian Katie Henry Speaks About Belize and the Ambergris Caye Rotary
By Steve Baker
 
The Denver Lake Norman Rotary welcomed one of its own, Katie Henry, to its December 15th meeting. Katie joined the club in July 2021. Katie grew up in the Washington State area, attended nursing school, and worked as a critical care nurse and then as an emergency room nurse.

In 2018, she and her family moved to the country of Belize in Central America to do volunteer work. They resided on one of the offshore islands named Ambergris Caye. This Caye (island) is approximately twenty-five (25) miles in length. The main method of transportation there is via golf cart. The main town on the island is San Pedro which has paved streets, unlike many which are just dirt. Katie said that this made driving the golf carts an adventure. Schools on the caye are  expensive as residents must pay for everything including books, uniforms and tuition.

The country of Belize is bordered on the west and south by Guatemala, on the north by Mexico and to the east by the Caribbean Sea. The country was previously named British Honduras. It 1973 it became Belize and then in 1981 became fully independent. The Mayans occupied the area around 1500 BC to 1200 BC and their presence continued until about 1000 AD. There are many remains of their time spent here which can be visited today. The Belize Barrier Reef resides just off the east coast. It is part of the largest reef in the northern hemisphere and second only in size to the Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Also found in this area is the Blue Hole which is a giant sinkhole surrounded by a coral reef. To the west there is a large reserve of Jaguars and dense forest filled with Howling Monkeys. The monkey’s make a sound that can be heard for up to five kilometers.

Katie said as she was reading the paper, she saw an article about a local Rotary Club. She did not know what a Rotary Club was, so she asked her friend. Her friend was a member and invited her to a meeting. She attended her first meeting and BOOM, a Rotarian was born. She became a member of The Rotary of Ambergris Caye. This club supports a Rotaract Club that has eighteen members. The combined clubs did fundraisers and service projects to benefit their community. Some of the service projects included a membership drive, island clean-up, soup kitchen, food bank and COVID help. Also, fun time socials were held which included challenges like Family Feud. After Katie and her family moved to the Denver/Lake Norman area, the club was fortunate that she chose to join and bring her experiences from Rotary in another country which will undoubtedly bring great benefits to it in the future.

 
 
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Thank you so much for your support for the Rotary Foundation $1M Dinner Challenge!!  Here are the exciting updates:

Total Committed to Date: $737,374.55!!

That means that we are only $262,625.45 away from crossing over our $1M Challenge line!!

Next: Deadline for total to select the winning Club to host the $1M Challenge Dinner - January 31st!.  Congratulations to those Clubs that have been pushing forward so successfully!!  Here are the Club standings as of today:

Denver/Lake Norman$196,512.50
 Tryon $107,497.05
Asheville$90,000.00
Highlands Mtntop$75,000.00
Asheville Biltmore$55,000.00
Cashiers$48,000.00
Franklin$35,000.00
Pisgah Forest$30,365.00
Haywood County$20,000.00
Black Mountain$10,000.00
Catawba Valley$10,000.00
Lincolnton$10,000.00
Marion$10,000.00
Morganton$10,000.00
Hendersonville Four Seasons$10,000.00
Madison County$10,000.00
Waynesville Sunrise  $10,000.00
 Total $737,374.55

Remember, the contest closes at the end of January, BUT the $1M Challenge does not close until March 31st!!

If you have any questions, would like to discuss any of the options, or want any other kind of support, please reach out to Rich or Celeste.

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!