Our Meeting – Thursday June 30
Program: Installation Day and Club Social
Once again, Joan was our “official installer” and she prepared an excellent program for the installation of 2016-17 officers and directors. Joan has been such a friend to our club, having been one of the main impetus to starting our club in 2005. While a member of the Farragut Rotary Club, our Board made Joan an Honorary Member early on. Thank you Joan for your support!
The 2016-17 RCTL slate is as follows:
President: John Everson
President-Elect: Kathy Dickson
Vice President: Jim Decker
Secretary: Scott Shannon
Treasurer: David Foote/Bob Milhiser
Past-President: Sue Everson
Administration: Maggie Morrow
Membership: Jim Decker
Foundation: Scott Shannon
Public Relations: Harvey Phillips
Youth Services: Jo Brewster
Director at Large: David Sharpe
We also extended a special welcome to visitors Claudine Miller and her husband Jeff, new Tellico Village residents. Claudine has been an active Rotarian in Maine and is very interested in getting involved again.
PolioPlus Benefits from Garden Railway
For a number of years over the July Fourth weekend, member Harvey Phillips and his wife Leslie have opened their outdoor “G” garden railway to family and guests visiting the gated community in which they reside. It is estimated that this event has resulted in several thousand visitors seeing the railway in action. The open house is free, but visitors are encouraged to donate to PolioPlus.
Since the interests of visitors are unknown, Harvey has a little bit of something for everyone. Serious train enthusiasts will see replicas of working trains. Children will see a mooing cattle car, a circus car playing “Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines,” and Jumbo the Flying Elephant and Nemo train cars. Folks who love to garden marvel at all the miniature plants on the railroad. And men who enjoy woodworking, always comment on the wood trestles, cribbage, and bridges built by Harvey along with the castle and funky buildings at the start of the railroad.
He also runs the trains after dark, and many daytime visitors will return at night. The entire layout lights up – all the buildings, street lamps, trestles, water feature, and the castle, and it’s all topped off by over 1000 twinkling lights behind the castle, and an overall magenta cast provided by miniature spotlights scattered throughout the layout.
According to Harvey, “We are very proud of our miniature creation and extremely pleased with the generosity of our friends and neighbors and their guests to fight Polio worldwide. This year, in spite of miserable weather conditions, we raised $271 and more than one thousand dollars since we started the Open House a few years ago.”
“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.”