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2019-06-13: Tom Baker – “The Hawk and The Dove”

June 13th, 2019 by Scott Baker

Tom Baker

Another amazing meeting at the Greatest Rotary Club in the World. Local author Tom Baker came to discuss his novel “The Hawk and The Dove” which develops over six war-time periods: the Viking era, the Peninsula War, the U.S. Civil War, World War II, Rwanda, and Vietnam.

Tom gave a very powerful speech on his experiences as a US Army Combat veteran and explained how The Hawk and The Dove helps symbolize that good people are put in bad situations during war. This novel is a historical fiction with threads of magical realism and romance. Tom thank you for all you do for veterans.

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2019-06-06: Workforce Continuing Education at Southwestern Community College

June 6th, 2019 by Scott Baker

Brian, President Todd, and Scott

We’re very fortunate to have Southwestern Community College NC in our community! Thank you to Brian Hollands, Director of Business and Community Training, and Scott Sutton, Dean of Workforce Continuing Education, for letting us know about all the ways SCC can help local workers and employers. For more visit https://www.southwesterncc.edu/

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2019-05-30: Janna Hyatt – Regional Community Relations Specialist for Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort

May 30th, 2019 by Scott Baker

Janna and President Todd

Great presentation by Janna Hyatt the Regional Community Relations Specialist for Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort on all they do to give back to our community.

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2019-05-23: Kids Bike Park – Nantahala Area SORBA

May 23rd, 2019 by Scott Baker

Mike, President Todd, and J.P.

Great meeting today at the Greatest Rotary club in the World! Excited to hear about the Kids Bike Park our club will be part of building at the Jackson County Greenway in Cullowhee. Thank you very much to JP Gannon and Mike Despeaux from Nantahala Area SORBA for the presentation about this wonderful community project.

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2019-05-09: Kelly Brown – Safe Kids Jackson County

May 9th, 2019 by Scott Baker

Kelly Brown

A big thanks to Kelly Brown, Ministry Director at First Baptist Church in Sylva, for speaking today on Safe Kids. Safe Kids Jackson County is a coalition that brings together health and safety experts, educators, governments, and volunteers to educate and protect families. We appreciate all efforts of Safe Kids Jackson County to keep our children safe in our community.

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2019-05-02: 4-Way Test Essay Contest Winners

May 2nd, 2019 by Scott Baker

We recognized our student winners from the Four-Way Test essay contest. Fourth graders from Jackson County Schools took part in a literacy contest inspired by “I Write My Story” and wrote essays about how they could use the Four Way Test in their lives. The top three winners spoke at our meeting this week about the Four-Way Test. First place was Addison Blankenship from Smoky Mountain Elementary; second place was Angus Despeaux from Cullowhee Valley Schools, and third place was Joseph Friddle also from Cullowhee Valley School. Very powerful and inspirational message from young students on the importance of the Four Way Test.

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2019-04-25: WCU Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning

April 25th, 2019 by Scott Baker

Another great program today for the “Greatest Rotary Club in the World”. Thanks to our presenters, Dr. Jim Manning, Travon Ricketts, and Clayton Ammons who spoke to the club on WCU Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning. Both students spoke on the importance of service and how they have served our local communities. It is always great to see young people practicing the Rotary motto “Service Above Self”.

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2019-04-18: Great Smoky Mountains Association

April 18th, 2019 by Scott Baker

Another great meeting at the Greatest Rotary Club in the World! President-Elect Mike Wade filled in for President Todd this week and did great. Thank you to fellow Rotarian Breckenridge Morgan with the Great Smoky Mountains Association, who presented on the Great Smoky Mountains and highlighted multiple locations in the National Park.

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2019-04-11: Non-Profit Grant Awards

April 11th, 2019 by Scott Baker

A very special meeting at the Greatest Rotary Club in the World! We were able to give out $18,000 to area non-profits, which they will use to help our community in a variety of ways. This money was raised through our Club’s fundraisers and it is always great when it can go right back in the community.

We appreciate the local agencies that came today to receive their checks which include: The Community TableUnited Christian Ministries of Jackson CountyBlue Ridge HealthDisAbility Partners – Sylva OfficeSouthwestern Child Development Commission Inc., Stem Camp, Blue Ridge Free Dental Clinic (BRFDC)Webster Enterprises of Jackson CountyA.W.A.K.E.Sea Scout Ship 957Rise Against Hunger, Life Challenge, Habitat for Humanity, Full Spectrum Farms,Jackson County Swim Team, Advocates for Animals of WNCCenter for Domestic Peace, Friends of Scouting, Children’s Hope AllianceHands on Jackson, & Mountain Projects, Inc.

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2019-04-04: Club Assembly

April 4th, 2019 by Scott Baker

Our club held our quarterly Club Assembly. Each officer gave a report on current and upcoming activities for rest of the club year. Reports included: Secretary, Treasurer, Membership, Foundation, International, Fundraising, Service, CART, and Public Image. Lots of great things happening and #peopleofaction for the Greatest Rotary Club in the World.

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