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Due to unexpected staffing changes at the Mountain View Inn we WILL NOT be having our regularly scheduled Rotary meeting. Please make plans to join us next week at the Museum Center at 5ive Points!

We will have our regularly scheduled Rotary Meeting and we do hope you're coming! It might feel like a Monday...but it's not.
It's Tuesday. We have Rotary. 
Don't forget, it's Tuesday. 
Be there!


Learning how to save a life was the recent agenda for the Rotary Club of Cleveland. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation can be the difference between survival of a heart attack and death. “Every 33 seconds, somebody dies from a heart attack,” said Kim Enoch of the American Heart Association.A person does not have to be certified in CPR to be able to save a life. Anyone who knows CPR can save a life. Enoch said as science has progressed, hands-only CPR has been developed for adults. “If you know hands-only CPR, you can increase their rate of survival by three times,” Enoch said. Unlike traditional CPR, it does not require breathing into the victim’s mouth. Hands-only CPR was developed for those who are not CPR certified, so they will not be so worried about the ratio of pushes to breaths that they do not even attempt CPR. “Typically, when someone goes down they take one last breath, so there is still some air in there, so even if we are just doing the minimum there is a little bit of air circulating,” Enoch said. Hands-only CPR also provides an option for those who want to help someone they think is in cardiac arrest, but do not want to perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. “One of the most crucial things about CPR is getting started with it quickly and calling 911,” said Dr. Don Robinson.

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Students: Charlie Blackwell, Tate O'Bryan, Jordan Ringstaff, Jayden Ringstaff, Tori Price, and Jordan Whitcraft.  Rotarians (left to right) Lee Mcchesney, Cooper Hill, Peggy Pesterfield, Sherronda Thompson, Bill George, Fred Garmon

On September 9th Rotary left the comforts of the Mountainview Inn and went out on the road to celebrate Education Day. During that excursion Rotarians visited four different City Schools (Cleveland High School, Cleveland Middle School, EL Ross Elementary, and Yates Primary School). If you have other pictures from that day please send them to PatrickLong@UnitedWayBC.com so we can get them added to the website!





The Rotary College Pick'em contest is back again this college football season - an off season of Bragging Rights is the reward.

Sign up at Yahoo College Pick'em by clicking here and entering group # 6389 and using the password: paulharris.

This is a fun way to compete with your fellow Rotarians and test your prognostication skills. 
If you have any questions, please see Matthew Brown



The Rotary Club of Cleveland had a strong showing at the Rotary District 6780 Seminar on Foundations, Membership, and Youth Services held on August 23rd at Cleveland State. The club had the largest attendance of all those represented in the District.  In addition, presentations were made to the District Attendees by club members David Carroll on Foundations and Tim Spires on Membership.

The Club was represented by: (Front Row) Bethany McCoy, Kim Casteel, Denise King, Tim Spires, Ann McCoin, and Peggy Pesterfield; and (Back Row) Bill George, Mike Griffin, Aaron Weatherford, Norm Fontana, Victor Boltniew, David Chaffin, and David Carroll.




Tom Thomas, 2014 Rotarian of the Year.

Photo by Brian Graves, Cleveland Daily Banner


This year’s recipient of the Honorary Paul Harris Fellowship, or “Rotarian of the Year” is originally from Lancaster, SC, and has lived in Cleveland since 1995.  He graduated from McCallie School in 1983 and received a BA in business from Furman University and an MBA from the University of South Carolina.



Cameron Fisher presents new Rotary Club of Cleveland president, Tim Spires, with his president's pin while District Governor, Jerry Wear, observes.

Photo by Brian Graves, Cleveland Daily Banner


The Rotary Club of Cleveland has installed new leadership for the 2014-2015 Rotary year beginning July 1. Cleveland Rotarian and past District Governor (2000-2001), Jim Buckner, spoke of the rich tradition that the Rotary Club of Cleveland has had within District 6780 in producing outstanding leaders and noted that this year is no different. Buckner challenged new president, Tim Spires, and the new officers and directors to go beyond known boundaries (plus ultra) in seeking and executing new avenues of service for the 90 year-old, local, civic organization. PDG Bucker cited Christopher Columbus’ journey to the new world as an historical example of one who bravely ventured beyond known boundaries. "Plus ultra", Latin for "further beyond" is the national motto for Spain.


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150 Years of Shared Moments With Our Communities.



Dr. Murl Dirksen spent Tuesday afternoon taking members of the Rotary Club of Cleveland on an archeological dig through words and pictures. Rotary Past President Kim Casteel introduced Dirksen and spoke about how as a professor at Lee University he and his wife, Carolyn, were always welcoming to students. “They fed us. They let us hang out at their house, play their piano and sing,” Casteel recalled. “So, they have always been special friends of mine.” Dirksen grew up on the Hopi Reservation in Arizona until the age of 14. He began teaching at Lee in 1972 and did his postdoctorate at Duke University. “Most of his research is in cultural anthropology, but in 1998 he joined archeology projects in Jordan as their cultural specialist,” Casteel said. Dirksen said archeological records are like a library. “You pull out a book and you open it. That’s what a hole is. You get your shovel, dig a hole and you try to find out what’s there,” Dirksen said. He spoke about a dig at Eagle Rock Shelter located in southwest Colorado that he called “extremely interesting and exciting.”

Read more: Cleveland Daily Banner - Dirksens talks about archeological projects 



Three local students walked to the front of the large room and individually spoke in front of a crowd of people without notes about the values and meanings of “The Four-Way Test.” For many people, just having to stand in front of a crowd would be enough. These three pulled it off brilliantly, just like a leader has to know how to do. It happened Tuesday afternoon as the Rotary Club of Cleveland hosted the Interact Speech competition. Interact is the Rotarian-sponsored club for young people ages 12 to 18 who want to help tackle issues in their community.

Read more: Cleveland Daily Banner - Gonclaves to represent local Rotary Interact in district speech contest 





From left: Bartlee Norton, Bradley County Youth Basketball; Dustin Tommey, Habitat for Humanity; Ivy Lawrence, PCL; Matt Carlson, Habitat for Humanity; Johnny McDaniel, Bradley County Schools; Shenna Newman, Bradley County Schools; Chrissy Jones, BICC; Pam Nelson, Rotary Club of Cleveland President; Wayne Wilhelm, 2013 Cleveland Rotary Foundation President; Lindsey Armstrong, The Family Kitchen; Brenda Hughes, BICC; Denise Wright, Tri-State Therapeutic Riding Center; Sarah Haratine, United Way of Bradley County.

Photo by Allen Mincey


The Cleveland Rotary Foundation has awarded almost $38,000 in grants to local agencies for projects planned in 2014. The foundation’s grant awards amount for this year represents an increase of 31% over last year’s total of $29,000. According to Cleveland Rotary Foundation President, Wayne Wilhelm, the increase reflects the success of our annual Community Auction and the hard work of our auction committee, the generosity of our local Rotarians and community supporters.

Local non-profits and community agencies are invited to participate in the selection process during August with an application submission deadline of September 30. During the month of November, the foundation’s Board of Directors meets to evaluate and rank the grant applications using a weighted average scoring system. The scoring system is designed to measure the potential effectiveness of projects when measured against a set of predetermined evaluation criteria which includes how closely the project matches worldwide Rotary International areas of focus.

This year the Cleveland Rotary Foundation received a total of 23 applications for projects valued at over $675,000. The foundation was specifically asked for $108,093.76 to fund the 23 projects with the remainder to come from external sources. The individual project costs ranged from $1,300 to $250,000.

Ultimately, eight excellent grant applications were selected for approval:


  • Bradley County Youth Basketball - Outdoor basketball court at Arnold Elementary School.
    Bradley County Youth Basketball is planning to build an outdoor basketball court at Arnold Elementary School. The court will benefit 370 students at Arnold in addition to the local community. Rotarian, Jonathan Cantrell of Caldwell Paving is donating labor and equipment for the construction of the court. CRF grant amount: $4,679. Total project value: $9,179.

  • Bradley County Schools - LEADERS for Life, Voyage to Greatness Community Celebration.
    “LEADERS for Life” is a system-wide initiative focusing on building leaders in the Bradley County School System. The projects targets 4,500 students in kindergarten through the 5th grade. CRF grant amount: $5,000. Total project value: $5,000.

  • Bradley Initiative for Church and Community - BICC Transitions Program .
    The BICC Transitions Program provides skills, support and encouragement for building strong and cohesive families as students transition from elementary to middle and high school. These transition times are known to be periods when youth are most vulnerable to negative influences. CRF grant amount: $3,000. Total project value: $70,417.

  • Habitat for Humanity - Impact Cleveland.
    “Impact Cleveland” is a neighborhood revitalization initiative aimed at empowering families and giving struggling and declining neighborhoods the needed tools, assets and resources to build vibrant, healthy homes and communities. The CRF grant will fund three of the 30 home repair projects anticipated by the program which covers six city blocks. CRF grant amount: $4,500. Total project value: $180,000.

  • People for Care and Learning - Greenway Restroom Project.
    PCL is planning a second restroom for the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway. The proposed facility will be located near the greenway on property that the Church of God International has deeded to the city. The restroom is projected to be completed by May 15, 2014. CRF grant amount: $10,500. Total project value: $20,000.

  • The Family Kitchen - Serving Meals to the Homeless.
    The Family Kitchen is a new organization attempting to fill the gap between other organizations in feeding our community’s homeless population. The CRF grant will allow the organization to increase their services from one to possibly three days per week. CRF grant amount: $6,000. Total project value: $6,000.

  • Tri-State Therapeutic Riding Center - At-Risk Youth Ropes Course
    The Ropes Course project funds will be utilized by the Cleveland High School Interact Club to construct a ropes course for at-risk teenagers. The course will focus on building character and highlighting students strengths. CHS Interact will work with Tri-State Therapeutic Riding Center leadership to design and implement obstacles. Stanford University has funded a full-time intern to dedicated to the implementation of the project as well. CRF grant amount: $1,100. Total project value: $2,100.

  • United Way of Bradley County - Learning Trails.
    “Learning Trails” provides developmental resources for caregivers and children at local parks. Four parks are slated to receive the project’s resources, including: Mosby Park, Fletcher Park, the Blythe Family Support Center and the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway. The program seeks to improve academic performance by providing children with learning opportunities before they enter school and outside the classroom. CRF grant amount: $3,180. Total project value: $5,180.


The Cleveland Rotary Foundation is a Section 501(c)(3) corporation operated and controlled by members of the Rotary Club of Cleveland. The foundation has funded over $110,000 in local community projects during the past four years.




Preserving natural beauty and history are at the heart of Foothills Land Conservancy’s mission. Elise Eustace presented information about the organization to the Rotary Club of Cleveland on Tuesday. The organization helps homeowners who want to preserve their land in an undeveloped state. The most popular way to do this is to set land aside as a conservation easement. “It has to have in its essence natural beauty. It has to be part of a view shed. It has to have some kind of historic relevancy. It has to have some kind of intrinsic natural value,” Eustace said.  While many landowners pass their property on to the next generation, some bequeath their land to the nonprofit conservancy organization. Eustace said the land has to meet additional requirements for the organization accept it.

Read more: Cleveland Daily Banner - Rotary Club of Cleveland Conservancy protects state s natural beauty 



Our speaker for the October 12th meeting was Dr. David Kelly who currently serves as the Director of Tennessee Head Start for the Family Resource Agency in Cleveland, Tennessee. He will be sharing a look into the positive role early childhood plays in the lives of underprivileged children. Highlighting the partnership between TN Head Start, Cleveland City and Bradley County Schools, and Lee and CSCC. A model program which saves local taxpayers $1.5M annually.



Fish eyeballs are good eating — at least they are considered to be so in Taiwan. Benjamin Dale knows. He’s tried them. He’s not recommending them. But he does highly recommend the rest of his experience. Dale, a senior at Cleveland High School, recently completed a year on that Asian island nation as part of the Rotary student exchange program. The CHS senior brought his experiences back to the Rotary Club of Cleveland at their luncheon this week, as a way of thanking them for helping him have the once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Check out the full story on the Cleveland Daily Banner website!


Rotary Numbers From Where
1,216,779* Rotarians Worldwide
34,416* Rotary Clubs
530 Rotary Districts
9,539 Rotaract Clubs
219,397 Rotaract Members
14,963 Interact Clubs
344,149 Interact Members
7,515 Rotary Community Corps
172,845 RCC Members

As of September 28, 2012
*As of November 30, 2012


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