Tellico Lake Rotary News – December 15, 2016
Next Meeting – Thursday Jan 12
Regular Meeting: Noon – Rarity Bay Country Club
Speaker: Bill Butera
Program: “Healthy Fitness Resolutions” – Bill is a Villager and Chair of the TV Recreation Committee. His program will focus on health and wellness for seniors.
In Memorium – Leslie “Les” Gene Blair
We were all shocked to learn of the sudden and unexpected passing of fellow rotarian Les Blair while he was visiting is family in PA over the holidays. Les was member of RCTL since Nov. 3, 2006.
Condolences can be sent to his life-partner: Karen Ousley 221 Oohleeno Trace Loudon, TN 37774
Last Meeting – Thursday Dec 15
Attendance: 16 Members, 1 Visitor – Joanna Cheritis, Villager
Member Tidbits: ● Claudine will be a grandma in April
- Art is heading to FL for the winter – back April 12
Harvey’s Useless Word of the Day: Conversazione – meaningful conversation on art, literature or science.
Speaker: Simon Bradbury, Tellico Village Recreation Director
Program: Our newest Tellico Lake Rotary Club member introduced himself and spoke about his passion for healthy living. He also talked about some of the projects he led during his years of membership in the Pigeon Forge Rotary Club. Simon mentioned his desire to have more hiking trails built through out the VIllage. It was great way to learn more about Simon, we know he’ll be a big asset to our club.
Hiwassee College Mobile Dental Unit
The Board approved a $6,500 donation for the Hiwassee College Mobile Dental Unit (MDU). Funds were desperately needed to complete the installation of a new generator that will allow the MDU to be completely self-contained and to begin making dental hygiene visits to local elementary school sites in January. The MDU will be a signature project for RCTL.
Sevier County Firestorm
To date, RCTL has collected $2795 in cash donations for the firestorm relief program. Rotarians and others are still needed to volunteer at the Boyd’s Bear Rotary Distribution Center, 146 Cates Road, Pigeon Forge. Be sure to sign-in when you go.
Seven club members trekked to Pigeon Forge to the Rotary Distribution Center on Dec 9. This is the only place where Firestorm Victims can come to get help. Rotary and the Town of Pigeon Forge have taken over the “foreclosed” American Bandstand Building – it’s a beautiful facility big enough to house the entire distribution operation. It looks like the center will be open 7-days a week until mid-February, maybe longer.
What a wonderful operation the Rotary Clubs of Sevier County have put together. It’s well organized and items are coming is from all over the country! They are staged, sorted, placed on shelves and hangers, just like a supermarket. Then a volunteer goes with each family to ensure they get what they really need. The center is distributing food, diapers, formula, medicine, and warm clothing.
For those who have already donated, 100% of funds given to the Tellico Lake Rotary Foundation (501c3) will be used for the victims of the Gatlinburg Firestorm. This Rotary fund is targeting the families that lost everything and have no insurance.
Watch you e-mail for daily District updates and a list of needs. Volunteers will be needed throughout the holidays.
Eradicator Club Status Acheived
Thanks to all! RCTL has well exceeded its yearly goal of $720 for PolioPlus donations and is now a 2016-17 Eradicator Club.
2017 Tournament of Roses Parade
“Doing Good in the World”
Winner of the 2017 PRINCESSES’ TROPHY for most beautiful float 35’ and under
RCTL made an annual contribution towards the RI float that appeared in the Rose Parade in Pasadena, CA, on January 2. The 2017 Float promotes and celebrates the 100 years of The Rotary Foundation (TRF). TRF empowers Rotarians to travel throughout the world and create and complete projects which serve people in need in six areas of focus. The spectacular and colorful dragon is clearly a world traveler carrying luggage decorated with six symbols of the areas of focus. The Dragon also is proudly wearing a necklace with a medallion marked 100 for the 100 years of TRF service.
“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.”