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2017-02-23: Tiffany Ervin – Rotary’s 112th Birthday!

February 23rd, 2017 by Scott Baker
Tiffany Ervin

Tiffany Ervin

Smoky Mountain High School Interact Club

Smoky Mountain High School Interact Club

President Eddie and Jennifer

President Eddie and Jennifer

Thank you to Tiffany Ervin for the inspirational words about Rotary at the meeting today. This self-proclaimed “Rotary Geek” brings a great message about why we do what we do! Excited that she will serve as Rotary District 7670 Governor for Western North Carolina (USA) in 2019-2020. Thanks again Tiffany! Happy 112th anniversary Rotary International. Looking forward to contributing to many, many more. For more about Tiffany, visit www.tiffanyervin.com and www.rotarygeek.com.

Jennifer Dirkes was recognized today by President Eddie as the Rotarian of the Month for February! She received the Above & Beyond pin for her service. Jennifer is our Foundation Chair and does amazing work for our club. Congrats to Jennifer and thanks for all that you do!

We greatly appreciate sponsor Daphne Hughes and other members of the Smoky Mountain High School Interact Club for joining us today. Members attending were: Anna Morgan, Daniella Herevia, Kylie Cox, Cole Lamb, Jared Hughes, Holly Miller, Travis Hinton, and Nicholas O’Kelley. Thank you to club member Ron Rhodes for his work with this great group of young people.

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2017-02-16: Mark Speir – WCU Head Football Coach

February 16th, 2017 by Scott Baker
Coach Speir and President Eddie

Coach Speir and President Eddie

The program was Western Carolina Catamounts head football coach Mark Speir for talking with us about the upcoming season and being #365tough. Good luck to the Cats this year! Thanks for all they do in our community.

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2017-02-09: Project SEARCH

February 9th, 2017 by Scott Baker
President Eddie with Project SEARCH speaker Elliott Jacques

President Eddie with Project SEARCH speaker Elliott Jacques

The program was Project Search – A transition program for youth from high school to the workforce. Project SEARCH® is a national non-profit program which partners with businesses to create internships for young adults with disabilities.

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2017-02-02: Cori Debnam – Diabetic Therapy Dog

February 2nd, 2017 by Scott Baker
Rose the Diabetic Therapy Dog

Rose the Diabetic Therapy Dog

Cori Debnam with President Eddie

Cori Debnam with President Eddie

Scott Baker and President Eddie

Scott Baker and President Eddie

The Sylva Rotary Club speaker this week was Cori Debnam, the daughter of club member Gail Debnam, who presented a program on Diabetic Therapy Dogs. Thank you to Cori for the informative presentation all the wonderful services these dogs can provide. Pictured with them is therapy dog Rose. Scott Baker was recognized by President Eddie as the Rotarian of the Month for the month of January! He received the Above & Beyond pin for his service. Scott is our “Technology Guru” and does so much each week for our Club. Congrats to Scott and thanks for all that you do!

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2017-01-26: Dennis Sanders – CART

January 26th, 2017 by Scott Baker
Dennis Sanders - District 7670 CART Chair

Dennis Sanders – District 7670 CART Chair

President Eddie recognizes Southwestern Community College student of the month Debra Cumbie. Debra is a Nursing student at SCC.

President Eddie recognizes Southwestern Community College student of the month Debra Cumbie. Debra is a Nursing student at SCC.

Charles Wolfe recognizes Ron Rhodes for contributing $100 to CART

Charles Wolfe recognizes Ron Rhodes for contributing $100 to CART

Charles Wolfe recognizes Mike Wade for contributing $100 to CART

Charles Wolfe recognizes Mike Wade for contributing $100 to CART

The program was Dennis Sanders speaking about CART.

See the video shown below. In the podcast skip from the 15:46 mark to the 36:50 mark.

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2017-01-19: Peter Koch – Mountain Heritage Center at WCU

January 19th, 2017 by Scott Baker
Great program from Mountain Heritage Center Education Associate Peter Koch today about the Center and upcoming events. Koch is pictured with Eddie Wells.

Great program from Mountain Heritage Center Education Associate Peter Koch today about the Center and upcoming events. Koch is pictured with Eddie Wells.

Congratulations to Justin Hall (left) on becoming a Paul Harris Fellow at today's meeting and thanks to Mike Wade for his help. Two great Americans and Rotarians. Thanks for all you both do!

Congratulations to Justin Hall (left) on becoming a Paul Harris Fellow at today’s meeting and thanks to Mike Wade for his help. Two great Americans and Rotarians. Thanks for all you both do!

We were honored to have Smoky Mountain High School Interact Club Sponsor Susan Tompkins and President Parker Arrington with us at today's meeting. They are pictured with Ron Rhodes and Eddie Wells. The club has 23 members and is participating in several service projects. Thank you to them for all the hard work they are doing. #100ActsofGood

We were honored to have Smoky Mountain High School Interact Club Sponsor Susan Tompkins and President Parker Arrington with us at today’s meeting. They are pictured with Ron Rhodes and Eddie Wells. The club has 23 members and is participating in several service projects. Thank you to them for all the hard work they are doing. #100ActsofGood

We welcome Tracia Davis as a member of the Rotary Club of Sylva. Thank you for joining us Tracia! Pictured left to right are: Tavish Panozzo (sponsor), Tracia Davis, Ron Rhodes and Bob Carpenter (sponsor).

We welcome Tracia Davis as a member of the Rotary Club of Sylva. Thank you for joining us Tracia! Pictured left to right are: Tavish Panozzo (sponsor), Tracia Davis, Ron Rhodes and Bob Carpenter (sponsor).

We welcome Greg Bauguess as a member of the Rotary Club of Sylva. Thank you for joining us Greg! Pictured left to right are: Larry Hinton (sponsor), Ron Rhodes, Greg Bauguess and Charles Wolfe (sponsor).

We welcome Greg Bauguess as a member of the Rotary Club of Sylva. Thank you for joining us Greg! Pictured left to right are: Larry Hinton (sponsor), Ron Rhodes, Greg Bauguess and Charles Wolfe (sponsor).

The program was Peter Koch with the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University. Follow along with Peter’s presentation below.

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2017-01-12: Club Assembly

January 12th, 2017 by Scott Baker
L-R DG Nominee Issaac, President Eddie, and AG Ken

L-R DG Nominee Isaac, President Eddie, and AG Ken

Larry Hinton PHF (+7)

Larry Hinton PHF (+7)

Mark Hinson PHF

Mark Hinson PHF

The program was club assembly. We recognized Larry Hinton (+7) and Mark Hinson as Paul Harris Fellows today. We were honored to have 2018-19 DG Nominee Isaac Owolabi visit our club today. His smile and laugh are contagious!

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2017-01-05: Ron Robinson – Circles of Hope

January 5th, 2017 by Scott Baker
President Eddie and Ron Robinson

President Eddie and Ron Robinson

Ron Robinson

Ron Robinson

The program was Ron Robinson speaking about the Circles of Hope program in Jackson County.

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2016-12-08: Jackson County Agencies Helping Our Citizens

December 8th, 2016 by Scott Baker
President Eddie and Karen Davis

President Eddie and Karen Davis

President Eddie and Marilyn Chamberlin

President Eddie and Marilyn Chamberlin

President Eddie and Sergeant Johnny Hollifield

President Eddie and Sergeant Johnny Hollifield

Mike Wade and Katie McMillan

Mike Wade and Katie McMillan

Our program today was the following people with Jackson County. The club donated to each of their efforts as indicated:

  • Karen Davis – Senior Christmas Boxes ($250)
  • Marilyn Chamberlin – Christmas Connection ($250)
  • Sergeant Johnny Hollifield – Shop with a Cop ($500)

Mike Wade sponsored club member Katie McMillan a Paul Harris Fellow. Congratulations Katie and great job Mike!

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2016-12-01 – New Member Talks

December 1st, 2016 by Scott Baker
(left to right) Phil Haire, Angie Toomey, Richard Seay, and Mark Hinson

(left to right) Phil Haire, Angie Toomey, Richard Seay, and Mark Hinson

Bob Carpenter and Peggy Wike with President Eddie

Bob Carpenter and Peggy Wike with President Eddie

The program was new member talks by Phil Haire, Angie Toomey, Richard Seay, and Mark Hinson. Peggy Wike and Bob Carpenter were recognized for their fundraising efforts in the club this year.

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