|Rotary Youth Exchange Has International Impact||Posted||on Mar 10, 2015||
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.
|LAST DAY FOR TICKETS!||Posted by Patrick Long||on Feb 02, 2015||
If you haven't gotten your tickets yet you are missing out! Today is the last day to reserve your seats for this year's Auction, be sure to contact Pam Nelson to reserve your tickets now!
|Cleveland Rotary Leads the Way at the District 6780 Seminar||Posted by Tim Spires||on Aug 25, 2014||
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||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jun 24, 2014||
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.
|Installation of New Officers and Directors for 2014-2015||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jun 24, 2014||
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.
|2014 Cleveland Rotary Foundation Grants||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Dec 01, 2013||
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:
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.
|Youth Counseling Services supporting "New Generations"||Posted by Patrick Long||on Aug 13, 2013||
Rotarian Dr. Bill George with last week's speaker Dr. John Vining, Executive Director of Youth Counseling Services.
|Legislative Update||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jul 30, 2013||
From left: Pam Nelson, Rotary Club of Cleveland President; Rep. Kevin Brooks; Rep. Joe Carr; Rep. Mike Carter and Nicholas Lillios, Rotary Program Chairman.
Photo by Wayne Wilhelm
Representative Kevin Brooks, Assistant Majority Leader of the Tennessee House of Representatives, was accompanied by representatives Mike Carter and Joe Carr in providing a legislative update to the Rotary Club of Cleveland during the July 30 meeting.
|Outbound Exchange Student, Benjamin Dale||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jul 30, 2013||
Pictured from left: Karen Dale (mother); Benjamin Dale; Edwin Dale (father) and Victor Boltniew, New Generations Committee Chairman.
Photo by Wayne Wilhelm
Outbound Rotary Exchange Student, Benjamin Dale, thanked Rotary District 6780 for the opportunity to participate in the 2013-2014 Rotary Youth Exchange Program. Benjamin will be traveling to Taipei, Taiwan for one year in a cultural exchange allowing him to attend school and live with a Rotary family in Taiwan.
Benjamin is a member of the Cleveland High School Interact Club and was host family brother to our former exchange student from Spain, Monika Zaldua.
|Dairy Farming In Tennessee||Posted by Patrick Long||on Jul 30, 2013||
Dairy farmer Randy Davis spoke about his business and debunked some myths about milk Tuesday when he spoke to the Rotary Club of Cleveland.
|UTC College of Business Update||Posted by Patrick Long||on Jul 02, 2013||
Mike Owens, Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's College of Business addressing the Cleveland Rotary Club
|Cleveland Rotary Club Installs New Officers||Posted by Patrick Long||on Jul 01, 2013||
ROTARY CLUB OF CLEVELAND new board of directors members stand together, from left, Mike Griffin, membership; Carmen Chastain, secretary; Peggy Pesterfield, public relations; Wayne Wilhelm, Cleveland Rotary Foundation; Pam Nelson, president; Tom Thomas, Rotary Foundation; Craig Mullinax, treasurer; Art Rhodes, past president; Patrick Long, publications and Nicholas Lillios, programs. Banner photo, JOYANNA WEBER
|Lt. John Harmon - Tennessee Highway Patrol||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jun 18, 2013||
Lt. John Harmon demonstrates the distance between most vehicles passing on a two-lane highway.
Photo and story by Wayne Wilhelm
Lt. John Harmon, is exposed to some of the worst consequences of reckless driving in his job as a Tennessee Highway Patrol Safety Officer. "If you could see what the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) sees, it would change your perspective on life", says Harmon, who offered a range of "unscientific" observations along with some very meaningful driving tips during a presentation to the Rotary Club of Cleveland on Tuesday.
Asking for a show of hands, Harmon asked, "How many of you will admit to driving 30mph over the posted speed limit sometime during the past month?" Four Rotarians admitted their indiscretion with an increasing number confessing speeding by lesser amounts over the same period.
"Everyone will drive 10mph over the speed limit because they THINK that is the tolerance level of the THP. The actual tolerance is 3mph", according to Lt. Harmon. "Speed kills. We live in a fast-paced society and we have to drive defensively because everyone else is driving offensively!" Harmon says our fast-paced lifestyles cause us to lose concentration while driving.
Harmon offered some defensive driving tips for surviving the state's highways:
Lt. Harmon shared that the fatality count on Tennessee highways currently stands at 398 for 2013. That number is down by 27 fatalities when compared to the same time period in 2012. Bradley County has had four fatalities this year compared to nine during the same period last year.
|Victor Czernasij Presents to Rotary||Posted by Patrick Long||on Jun 16, 2013||
Here’s a scary stat: One in five Americans will develop some form of skin cancer in their lifetime. Even scarier: Cases of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, have been rising steadily for the past 30 years, according to the American Cancer Society. It’s also the most common cancer among 25- to 29-year-olds.
This was the primary topic of conversation on Tuesday when Victor Czernasij (chur' ka-see) presented to the Cleveland Rotary Club on the topic: Our Skin, The Facts, The Care, The Cure. Mr. Czerjasij, holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) and a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from Southern Adventist University (Collegedale, TN). He currently practices as a nurse practitioner at the Skin Cancer and Cosmetic Dermatology, in Cleveland, TN, which opened in 2007.
According to Mr. Czerjasij, Tennessee has one of the highest concentrations of skin cancer rates in the nation; in fact, Tennessee has the 14th highest rate of melanoma occurrences (at 23 for every 100,000). There will be more than 1 million new cases of skin cancer diagnosed this year, outnumbering the total number of all other cancers combined.
It was with these facts in mind that Mr. Czerjasij reminded everyone about the importance of taking care of their skin. Unfurled, the average human adult’s skin would cover 22 square and is far and away the largest organ on our body. While there are number of things that can negatively affect our skin’s condition, including heredity, autoimmune disorders, and infectious agents, the most influential factors are external conditions, namely exposure to UVA and UVB rays.
Improving and protecting the skin can be done by ensuring that you always wear plenty of sunscreen, even on days when you are not expecting much exposure to the sun. As a part of his presentation, Mr. Czerjasij mentioned that a large number of melanomas are removed from the left-hand side of the body. This is primarily caused by sun coming in through the driver side window of the car. He recommended that everyone use a daily moisturizer that included at least 30 SPF.
He also offered the following advice for keeping your skin in prime condition:
· A balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables.
· Staying hydrated!
· Adopting and maintaining a daily skin care regimen.
· Regular rejuvenation procedures.
· Eight to nine hours of sleep a night.
· No smoking, this is the WORST thing you can do for your skin.
He closed his message by encouraging everyone to take these steps to minimize their risk of skin cancer and related conditions. For more information about the Skin Cancer and Cosmetic Dermatology Center you can visit their website. For more information skin cancer you can visit the CDC’s website here.
|New Member: Hassan Najjar||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jun 04, 2013||
Hassan Najjar is the newest member of the Rotary Club of Cleveland. Najjar has recently been appointed as Executive Director of the Museum Center at 5ive Points.
Najjar and his wife, Alysia, currently reside in Chattanooga, but they hope to make Cleveland their home in the very near future. Alysia is the education assistant at WTCI television.
Hassan Najjar's Rotary classification is: Museum-Historical.
Hassan Najjar was introduced by Don Lorton and Michael Griffin.
|Dustin's Law||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jun 04, 2013||
Dustin Ledford - 10/15/1985 - 07/10/2010
It was the dreaded early morning phone call that no parent wants to receive. The police officer's solemn words: "I'm sorry. Your son has succumbed to injuries received in an automobile accident."
Dustin's parents, Danny and Kim Ledford, have been on a mission to strengthen state laws against drunk driving since Dustin's death. Their message makes an attempt to communicate to DUI offenders how much their choices affect other people. Kim Ledford has characterized a vehicle as deadly as a gun. "A weapon is a weapon whether it is a vehicle or a loaded gun."
Kim Ledford is a frequent speaker in our area in support of the potential new legislation. Even though the recollection of the loss of her son is painful, she knows that lives may be saved through her efforts.
|Senator Bob Corker||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on May 28, 2013||
Senator Bob Corker answers a question on Syria.
Photo and story by Wayne Wilhelm
Rotarian, Tim Spires, introduced Senator Bob Corker, ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, to our membership during the May 28 meeting of the Rotary Club of Cleveland. Corker's message was covered by local media and attended by a number of area politicians.
|General Overseer, Dr. Mark Williams||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on May 21, 2013||
Dr. Mark Williams, General Overseer of The Church of God.
Photo and story by Wayne Wilhelm
Mark Williams, General Overseer of the Church of God, shared his concern over the tragedy in Moore, OK during the May 21 program at the Rotary Club of Cleveland. "Our hearts go out to them.", said Williams as he detailed the efforts one of the church's relief organizations, Operation Compassion. Twenty-five semi trucks loaded with food, shelter, clothing and supplies have been deployed to the disaster area by Operation Compassion. Within 24 hours, the organization will be prepared to provide up to 3,400 meals per day to those affected by the Oklahoma tornado.
Williams transferred to Lee College from the University of Denver as a sophomore in 1983 with the desire to become a cardiovascular surgeon. He received his "call" to the ministry in 1984 and earned his Master of Divinity degree from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary in 1989. In 1995 he became the pastor of the South Cleveland Church of God before moving to Tampa, FL to lead the Riverhills Church of God in 1999. The Riverhills congregation experienced a period of rapid growth under Williams' tenure. Dr. Mark Williams was elected general overseer of the Church of God in 2012.
Williams discussed the bond that exists between our community and the church tracing the history from the initial churches established by A.J. Tomlinson and the growth of Lee University from its origins as the Bible Training School. Noting that the Church of God employs over 300 here in Bradley County, Williams said, "The light that shines the farthest shines the brightest at home."
Mark Williams expressed gratitude to the Cleveland community and the many charitable agencies working within our city including the United Way. He announced that the Church of God has donated property on the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway near the headquarters complex to be used for the construction of a restroom facility for greenway users.
Describing scenes from his favorite movie, "It's a Wonderful Life", Mark Williams compared the idyllic town of Bedford Falls with its George Bailey to Cleveland with the church. Look what might have happened if just one individual had not existed. The movie ends with the defining statement, "No man is a failure who has friends. We hope you can say that the Church of God is your friend." said Williams.
Williams closed his message with a prayer for those in Oklahoma.
|Matthew Brown Is 2013 Rotarian of the Year||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on May 21, 2013||
Matthew Brown receives the Rotarian of the Year Award from 2012 recipient, Lil Harting.
Story by Lil Harting
This year's Rotarian of the Year, Matthew Brown, has been a loyal, dedicated and hard-working member of the Rotary Club of Cleveland for 18 years. Matthew has served the club in many major capacities including President in 2002-2003. He has served multiple terms on the club board of directors and the board of the Cleveland Rotary Foundation. Matthew has chaired several major committees including Membership, International Group Study Exchange, Rotary Golf Tournament and Greenway Initiatives.
Matthew Brown is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, a member of the Paul Harris Society and a major donor to the Rotary International Foundation and the PolioPlus program.
The city of Cleveland has benefited the efforts of this determined and opinionated individual. Matthew has served our community through the YMCA Board of Directors, The Bradley/Cleveland Greenway board and served as a city commissioner for 8 years.
As a fourth-generation Rotarian, Matthew has followed in the footsteps of his great-grandfather, Grover Brown; his grandfather, Kenneth and his father Harrison. All four generations served as president of the Rotary Club of Cleveland. Matthew has demonstrated all the excellent qualities possessed by his predecessors and has continued the remarkable Rotary heritage of the Brown family.
Matthew holds an undergraduate degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He works in the family business, Brown Stove Works, as Executive Vice President. His father, Harrison Brown, says he was not offered his position out of special privilege, but worked hard to attain it.
Matthew is married to Tara Watson, a native of Cleveland whose father was also a Rotarian. They have 3 sons, Grover, Watson and Ash. They attend Broad Street Methodist Church.
From left: Art Rhodes, Chris and Louise Brown Harbison, Barbara Brown, Matthew Brown, Tara Watson Brown, Harrison Brown and Lil Harting.
|A Great Team of Interact Faculty Advisors||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on May 14, 2013||
The Rotary Club of Cleveland expressed our gratitude to a great group of Interact faculty advisors from our local schools. These individuals have provided expert guidance and positive leadership in building some of the strongest Interact chapters in District 6780. Special thanks to the new leadership team at Bradley High School for having an incredible first year!
From left: Victor Boltniew, Rotary New Generations Committee; Melissa Presswood, Bradley High School Interact Advisor; Don Markham, Cleveland High School Interact Advisor; Roger Fuller, Rotary New Generations Committee Chairman; Derrick Marr, Cleveland Middle School Interact Advisor; and Eric Frazier, Cleveland Middle School Interact Advisor.
Not pictured were Anthony Clukey and Rachel Metzger, faculty advisors from Bradley High School.
|2013 Interact Scholarship Winners||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on May 14, 2013||
From left: Nathan Myers, Robyn Varner, Carly Morris, Olivia Hysinger, Luke Shattuck and Rotary Literacy Committee Chairman, Jay Leggett, Jr.
Photo and story by Wayne Wilhelm
Five accomplished Interact members from local high schools were awarded scholarships during the May 14 meeting of the Rotary Club of Cleveland. Each recipient submitted a detailed application including grades, community activities, honors, letters of recommendation and an essay explaining their need for the scholarship along with their plans for the future. Candidates then met with members of the Literacy Committee for an interview to help determine the winners.
The Literacy Committee's job was difficult as each of the candidates were highly qualified to receive an award. It was ultimately determined that each candidate would receive a scholarship. The awards were presented as follows:
Nathan Myers plans to pursue a degree in Biology at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Carly Morris will seek a career in nursing at Belmont University. Olivia Hysinger, who also won a Jim Bomar scholarship through Interact, plans to major in engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Robyn Varner will be seeking a degree in Chemical Engineering at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville. Luke Shattuck will attend Tennessee Technological University next fall to work toward a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Congratulations to these recent graduates and scholarship winners. The Rotary Club of Cleveland wishes you the best in all your future endeavors.
|Celebrate the Graduation and Comissioning of Kaylee Radzyminski||Posted by Patrick Long||on May 12, 2013||
Open House Reception- May 14th from 4:30 - 6:30 Please join us to congratulate Kaylee on her graduation from Tennessee Tech and her commissioning into the United States Army!! Our Tunes for the Troops.
Kaylee has meant so much to our community through her efforts with Tunes for the Troops. We are excited to congratulate her on her many accomplishments as she heads off in the service.Feel free to stop by any time between 4:30 and 6:30 pm. Light refreshments will be available. Please no gifts; there will be a place for cards or gift cards if you would like, but your presence is enough.
If you would like to RSVP for this event or would like more information, please click here. If you have any questions please contact Emily McComb at the United Way (479-2020).
|District 6780 Group Study Exchange Team - Norway||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Apr 30, 2013||
From left, Lars Sandholtbraten, Jon "Wolf" Deglum, Michelle Patterson, Yngve Granerud, Jan Alfred Borgenvik and Don Ritzhaupt.
The Rotary Club of Cleveland hosted a dynamic Group Study Exchange Team from Norway during the week of April 28. The six-member team included:
While in Cleveland, the group enjoyed a wide array of activities highlighted by a thrilling but cold whitewater rafting trip down the Ocoee River. Group members also participated in cycling, dining, shopping and vocational visits during their stay in our area.
|Club Assembly||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Apr 23, 2013||
The Rotary Club of Cleveland dispensed with our usual program activities on April 23 to engage in a Club Assembly. Topics covered included a discussion of the results of a club survey which solicited opinions on a variety of our club's operational characteristics. While only 27 members participated in the survey, several opportunities for improvement were noted including a need to increase membership diversity.
Norm Fontana announced that the Rotary Club of Cleveland received several awards at the District 6780 Conference held in Chattanooga last week:
The Rotary Club of Cleveland has received the Star Club Award nine times, the Eradicator Club Award three times and the Globe Club Award eight times.
Roving Rotarian, David Chaffin, presented the club with a banner from the Rotary Club of Hot Springs, Arkansas. The Hot Springs presentation is the 649th club banner to be added to the Rotary Club of Cleveland banner collection. David Chaffin is responsible for retrieving an amazing 261 of those banners!
Steve Carroll provided a report on the completion of our water project in Xatinab, Guatemala. The project featured a 180 foot, hand-dug, well to provide clean drinking water for approximately 2,000 area residents in a newly constructed community center. A sanitary latrine and a 10,000 gallon water storage tank were also completed during the construction. The Rotary Club of Cleveland provided $15,000 plus a $2,500 district grant toward the $40,000 project.
The 180 foot deep community well in Xatinab, Guatemala was dug entirely by hand.
|New Paul Harris Fellows||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Apr 23, 2013||
Five new Paul Harris Fellows were recognized by Rotary International Foundation Committee Chairman, Tom Thomas, during the April 23 club assembly.
Donations of $1,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, or the Humanitarian Grants Program, or people who have that amount contributed in their name, can be recognized as Paul Harris Fellows. Our latest Paul Harris Fellows are:
All five recipients are multiple Paul Harris Fellow donors. Thank you for your support of the Rotary International Foundation.
|Common Core Standards||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Apr 16, 2013||
Dr. Martin Ringstaff explains key tenets of Common Core Standards.
Photo and story by Wayne Wilhelm
Tennessee is one of 45 states plus the District of Columbia adopting a new educational paradigm called Common Core Standards seeking to bring consistency to the measurement of skills learned by students in our public education systems. Director of Cleveland City Schools, Dr. Martin Ringstaff, was recently appointed to the 2013 Common Core Leadership Council as a Southeast representative.
All future educational materials will be written to Common Core Standards. "This is a major wave of change", said Ringstaff.
The board has approved new safety and security measures for city schools including one SRO for each school.
Cleveland City School Board member, Dawn Robinson provides updates to Cleveland Rotarians.
|HonorAir Knoxville||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Apr 09, 2013||
From left: Rotary Club of Cleveland President, Art Rhodes; HonorAir Guardian Team Leader, Jim Cundall and Program Coordinator, David Carroll.
Photo and story by Wayne Wilhelm
HonorAir Knoxville is dedicated to honoring East Tennessee World War II and Korean War veterans by making sure that they get the opportunity to visit the memorials in Washington, D.C. built to honor their service to our country. Ret. CMS, Jim Cundall of the Tennessee Air National Guard, serves as a Guardian Team Leader of the organization which has been responsible for flying over 1,500 WWII and Korean veterans to Washington for a day of recognition and celebration of their contribution to our nation.
|Talk Radio Visits Rotary||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Apr 02, 2013||
The Backfire team from left: Steve Hixson, John Stanbery and Franklin Chancey.
Photo and story by Wayne Wilhelm
The Rotary Club of Cleveland was a participant in recorded taping of WOOP 99.9 FM Radio's Backfire program on Tuesday, April 2. Backfire is moderated by Steve "Doughball" Hixson and features lively political debate between conservative Rotarian, John Stanbery, and left-leaning, local attorney, Franklin Chancey.
|Lee University Chamber Strings||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Mar 26, 2013||
|Major Contribution to the Cleveland Rotary Foundation||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Mar 26, 2013||
Rotarian, Ish Patel, presents a $5,000 contribution to Art Rhodes for the Cleveland Rotary Foundation.
Photo by Wayne Wilhelm
Many thanks to Ish Patel and Vision Hospitality Group for their $5,000 contribution to the Cleveland Rotary Foundation commemorating the opening of the new Hampton Inn in Cleveland, TN. The Hampton Inn is Vision Hospitality Group's 20th hotel!
|Welcome New Member James Cogdill||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Mar 19, 2013||
James R. Cogdill has been inducted as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Cleveland. James is an agent for Athens Insurance and is married to Sloane Cogdill. James is a graduate of Cleveland High School and UTC (2008) with a B.S. in Business Administration. Mr. Cogdill's Rotary classification is Commercial Insurance.
James Cogdill was proposed by Richard Burnette.
|Paul Harris Fellow Presentation||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Mar 19, 2013||
Photo by Wayne Wilhelm
Polio Plus committee chairman, Norm Fontana, honors his new bride, Bonnie Holcombe-Fontana, with a Paul Harris Fellow presentation at the March 19 meeting of the Rotary Club of Cleveland. Norm also announced that the Rotary Club of Cleveland has raised more than $6,000 for the Polio Plus program during this Rotary year.
|Guns & Society||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Mar 19, 2013||
Second Amendment advocate, John Stanbery
Photo and story by Wayne Wilhelm
Conservative Rotarian, John Stanbery, presented a program on March 19 entitled "Guns and Society" to clear up some misinformation in popular media about firearms and to lend some perspective on the current discussions surrounding banning some types of weapons in the U.S.
John arrived at the meeting carrying just a little more hardware than is typical for a regular Tuesday Rotary meeting. John had seven concealed handguns and 125 rounds of ammunition on his person to make a point about current calls to ban so called "assault rifles". His demonstration shows that any assault rifle ban wouldn't necessarily be effective in stopping someone who was intent on committing a mass shooting.
John also pointed out the problems and misinformation surrounding the definition of what actually constitutes an assault rifle. He pointed to politicians, including Senator Charles Schumer of New York, who incorrectly distinguish the components of assault rifles such as magazines and stocks. Senator Dianne Feinstein calls for an assault weapons ban citing the assassination of her father even though her father was killed by a pipe bomb.
Proponents of an assault rifle ban say that no one needs a gun that will shoot 100 rounds with one pull of the trigger. Stanbery counters, "Well folks, that's a machine gun. They've been illegal since 1937. Any legal rifle that is out there now shoots one bullet for each pull of the trigger."
John produced documentation showing that the worst instances of mass murder in our country did not involve firearms of any kind, e.g. the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the Oklahoma City bombing. According to Stanbery, our worst mass murderers are arsonists.
A strong case may also be made for the need for higher capacity ammunition magazines in instances of self defense. "You ask who needs a 15-round clip? A woman alone at home with her babies needs a 15-round clip," Stanbery notes while sharing a story of a home invasion involving a mother with children. Firing a shotgun into the air as suggested by Vice-president Biden will simply leave you facing an attacker with an unloaded weapon.
Stanbery stressed the fact that banning high-capacity magazines or assault rifles does not solve our society's problem with violence. Statistically speaking, states with lower gun ownership rates have the highest murder rates involving firearms. The converse also holds true. States with higher gun ownership rates have lower homicides rates involving firearms. Even a complete ban on all firearms is easily thwarted due to the low-tech requirements for manufacturing guns as demonstrated by weapons made by prisoners in a highly controlled environment including a paper mache gun and a pistol disguised as a cell phone.
Recent legislation introduced for consideration in Tennessee would allow a "highly trained teacher" to have a weapon on campus. This could be a godsend for a small town that can't afford school resource officers according to Stanbery. A tragedy such as the one that occurred in Newton, Connecticut might have been prevented by an armed teacher with proper training.
Note that none of the firearms shown during Tuesday's presentation were loaded.
|Auction Financial Recap||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Mar 12, 2013||
|District 6780 Interact Speech Competition||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Mar 12, 2013||
Left: Bradley High School Interact Advisor, Rachel Metzger. Right: District 6780 Interact Speech Contestant, Wendy Armenta.
Photo by Wayne Wilhelm
New Generations committee representative, Victor Bolniew, introduced Bradley High School Interactor, Wendy Armenta, as a contestant in the 2013 District 6780 Speech Competition. Wendy presented a speech about a fireman who lost his life in the 9-11 disaster while trying to rescue people in the north Trade Center tower. She related the firefighter's selfless act of courage to the standards found in the Rotary Four-Way Test.
|District 6780 Rotary Peace Forum||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Mar 09, 2013||
Several Cleveland Rotarians attended the Rotary District 6780 Peace Forum in Oak Ridge, Tennessee on March 9, 2013. Pictured from left: Kim Casteel, Amy Card-Lillios, Sally Posten (Bradley Sunrise), and David Carroll.
|2013 Rotary International Foundation Dinner||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Mar 08, 2013||
Cleveland Rotarians meet Rotary International President, Sakuji Tanaka, at the 2013 Rotary District 6780 Foundation Dinner on March 8 at The Orangery in Knoxville, TN. Pictured from left: Gary Fuller, Don and Rachel Ritzhaupt, Pat Fuller, RI President Tanaka, Lil Harting, Wayne and Karen Wilhelm. Also present but not pictured: Amy Card-Lillios, Jim Buckner, Norm Fontana, Kim Casteel and David Carroll.
Don Ritzhaupt was recognized for achieving level 1 major donor status with the Rotary International Foundation. Congratulations Don and thank you for your support of the Rotary International Foundation.
|Altered States of Consciousness||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Mar 05, 2013||
Rotarian, Dr. Bill Balzano, explains the four stages of the sleep cycle.
Photo and story by Wayne Wilhelm
Bill Balzano's interest in dreams began at an early age. He recalls that his mother recalled almost every dream and his father talked frequently of his dreams. "When one sleeps, you are not unconscious. You are in an altered state of consciousness."
|Congratulations To Our Interactors||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Mar 05, 2013||
Congratulations to our Cleveland High School and Cleveland Middle School Interact clubs who came in second place in their respective categories at the District 6780 Interact Conference held March 1-3 in Pigeon Forge, TN.
CHS Interactor, Olivia Hysinger, won a James Bomar scholarship. Over 640 district 6780 Interact members attended the conference. Congratulations Interactors!
|Bradley County Election Commission||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Feb 26, 2013||
Election commissioner, Steve Crump, emphasizes the importance of voting.
Photo and story by Wayne Wilhelm
Abraham Lincoln said, "Elections belong to the people." Rotarian and election commissioner, Steve Crump, explained the function of the Bradley County Election Commission during a presentation to the Rotary Club of Cleveland on February 26, 2013.
|2013 Carnival of Giving Was a Huge Success||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Feb 26, 2013||
The numbers are in and the 2013 Rotary Club of Cleveland Carnival of Giving was a huge success. The event generated over $67,000 in revenue with just less than $10,000 in expenses yielding a net profit of $57,000 according to chairperson, Pam Nelson. Over 270 people were in attendance including what was characterized as the most populous and diverse crowd of non-Rotarians ever to participate in the fundraiser.
|The Cleveland Regional Jetport||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Feb 19, 2013||
Mark Fidler, Director of the Cleveland Regional Jetport
Photo and story by Wayne Wilhelm
The Rotary Club of Cleveland journeyed across town on February 19 for a special meeting at the new Cleveland Regional Jetport. Lynn DeVault, Chairman of the Municipal Airport Authority, opened the meeting, calling the airport "a great addition to Cleveland's infrastructure. She requested that Rotarians consider advertising sponsorships to be displayed on the video screens in the terminal building.
Mark Fidler, Director of the Cleveland Regional Jetport, said the benefits of the jetport will be felt for generations to come. Fidler's presentation concentrated of the economic impact of aviation related industry in Tennessee.
Tennessee boasts 81 public commercial and general aviation airports, serving over 12,000 pilots and over 6,600 general aviation aircraft. 19.5 out of every 1,000 workers in Tennessee work in the aerospace and aviation industry, amounting to some 51,800 jobs and $2.3 billion in payroll. General aviation contributes $2.57 billion or $431 per capita to Tennessee's economy.
Based on a statewide survey of registered aircraft owners, 42% of Tennessee aircraft are primarily utilized for business, versus the national average of 28%. The agriculture, forestry and mining sectors use general aviation most often. Tennessee is home to 46 charter flight companies, 56 repair stations and four flight schools operating 71 aircraft.
Construction of the massive 5,500' x 100' runway featured an on-site concrete plant to produce the required raw materials. Fidler estimates that over 48,000 concrete truck trips were required to complete the runway and taxiway areas. The beautiful terminal building was designed by Rardin and Carroll Architects under the supervision of Cleveland Rotarian, Stephen Carroll.
A request for a 500' runway extension has been made with the FAA to provide additional deceleration area for the larger Gulfstream corporate jets utilized by Whirlpool and Merck.
KRZR officially opened for air traffic on January 25, 2013. All operations at Hardwick Field have been transferred to the new jetport with only resident owner operator air traffic being supported at the former airport. The goal is to have Hardwick Field sold by June 30, according to Fidler.
Fuel sales are expected to generate a significant portion of the jetport's revenues. Jet fuel sales are expected to produce a 25-30% profit margin with general aviation gas adding an 8-12% margin. At the height of the summer aviation season, the jetport should be hosting approximately 26 flights per day, according to Fidler,
The $43 million Cleveland Regional Jetport was funded using 10% state funds with a 5% local match. The remainder of the project was paid with federal dollars.
|2013 Carnival Of Giving||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Feb 15, 2013||
Photo by Nicholas Lillios
Lil Harting -Non-bidders will be shot!
|Once In History||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Feb 12, 2013||
From left: Lee University Festival Choir members Caitlin Groves and Cody Turner; Lee VP of Enrollment, Phil Cook; and Rotary Program Chairman, Nicholas Lillios.
Photo and story by Wayne Wilhelm
"This is the experience that trumps them all", said Cody Turner, a member of the Lee University Festival Choir, in reference to their recent performance at the 57th inauguration of the President of the United States. Phil Cook, VP of Enrollment at Lee, described the event as something exceeding "once in a lifetime" calling it a "once in history" moment. "Driving into D.C. and seeing the Capitol building. . . This wasn't about politics, it was about history."
|The Caring Place Receives Cleveland Rotary Foundation Grant||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Feb 05, 2013||
From left: Bill George, VP of The Cleveland Rotary Foundation; Julie Jones, Caring Place Administrator; Reba Terry, Executive Director of The Caring Place.
Photo by Wayne Wilhelm
Executive Director, Reba Terry and Julie Jones of The Caring Place thanked the Cleveland Rotary Foundation for grants received over the past three years. These grants enabled The Caring Place to enclose a porch area, providing shelter for their clients; install an HVAC system and most recently provided $6,793 to procure a new communications/phone system for emergency contacts.
|Industrial Development Update||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Feb 05, 2013||
Rotarians Craig Mullinax and Doug Berry discuss industrial development in Bradley County.
Photo and story by Wayne Wilhelm
Doug Berry, VP of Economic Development for the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce, reviewed the current status of several industrial development projects in our community in addition to previewing the potential of the new Spring Branch Industrial Park to be located off Exit-20.
Doug Berry is a member of the Bradley Sunrise Rotary Club.
|Battles That Shaped Our Nation's History||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jan 29, 2013||
From left: Rotary Club of Cleveland president, Art Rhodes, historian, Jim Ogden; program coordinator, Phil Newman.
"The fate of the nation hung in the balance." Jim Ogden, staff historian with the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, is referring to the key Civil War battles that took place in Chattanooga and surrounding areas in 1863. In explaining the strategic importance of our area, Ogden highlighted a railroad map showing Chattanooga and Cleveland as important rail transportation gateways to the industrial assets of Alabama and Georgia.
The Confederacy desperately needed to hold these vital supply routes in order to push northward. The Union knew that disrupting Confederate supply chains and manufacturing capabilities would bring the war to a quick end. The natural path to achieve these goals was to control the critical rail junctions in the Chattanooga area.
Artillery and munitions were developed and manufactured in Augusta, GA; Macon, GA; Montgomery, AL and Selma, AL. In Atlanta, 3,000 women were at work producing uniforms for Confederate soldiers. Our region also produced key raw materials for the war effort including iron and coal from the Cumberland mountains. Minerals critical to the production of gunpowder, including potassium nitrate, were mined in our region. Cleveland was home to facilities for making copper sheets from copper ore mined in Copperhill. These copper sheets were used in the production of artillery shells and torpedoes.
The battles of Chickamauga and Chattanooga were decisive in the eventual outcome of the Civil War. In 1864, the Union army staged a final march through Atlanta to Savannah, GA from Chattanooga and Cleveland.
"If we can hold Chattanooga and East Tennessee, I think the rebellion must dwindle and die." -President Abraham Lincoln to Major General Rosecrans, October 4, 1863.
This year commemorates the 150th anniversary of the battles of Chickamauga and Chattanooga. Several special programs are scheduled in 2013 to to recount the important events that shaped our nation's history 150 years ago. For additional information on the battles of Chickamauga and Chattanooga, visit www.nps.gov/chch.
Jim Ogden is a native of St. Mary's County, Maryland. Interested in the Civil War since childhood, he obtained a degree in American History through the Civil War period and American Military History from Frostburg State College.
The Confederate states railroad system, circa 1861.
|Rotary By The Numbers||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jan 24, 2013||
As of September 28, 2012
|Hiwassee Heritage Center Receives Cleveland Rotary Foundation Grant||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jan 22, 2013||
From left: Cleveland Rotary Foundation president, Wayne Wilhelm; CCHHS treasurer, Darlene Goins; CCHHS president, Faye Callaway; CCHHS development chair, Melissa Woody.
The Cleveland Rotary Foundation presented the Charleston-Calhoun-Hiwassee Historical Society with a check for $9,579 to assist with the construction of the new Hiwassee Heritage Center located in Charleston, Tennessee. CCHHS president, Faye Callaway, explained that the project is advancing at a rapid pace with an expected May grand opening.
The Hiwassee Heritage Center received one of five grants awarded by the Cleveland Rotary Foundation to be utilized in 2013. A total of $29,000 in grant funding was awarded for 2013. A more detailed program on the Hiwassee Heritage Center and the use of the foundation grant will be available upon project completion.
|New CHS Football Coach, Ron Crawford||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jan 22, 2013||
Cleveland High School football coach, Ron Crawford.
Photo and story by Wayne Wilhelm
New Cleveland High School football coach, Ron Crawford, enjoyed a good job, in a great school system, located in a wealthy community. What attracted the former Brentwood High School coach to our community? He had a successful program at Brentwood for 10 years. However, he missed the closeness of a small community. "In a small community, everyone is pulling in the same direction", said Crawford. Both the coach and his wife wanted to be a part of a community like Cleveland.
Crawford says Cleveland has great advantages. "According to Twitter, Cleveland is the fastest growing metro area in the state of Tennessee. Cleveland State and Lee University offer outstanding educational opportunities. We have dynamic leadership in the school system and the community. CHS principal, Autumn O'Bryan makes kids feel important."
The task of building a great football program at CHS means developing a program the kids can't live without. "Coaches focus on our young people and we love them hard." Crawford brought in a new staff to rebuild the CHS football program, two of which are former Blue Raiders. "We want an 'all in' mentality."
In developing the football program, Crawford is focusing on weight training. He says he's really a weight training coach who works part time in football. Referencing the football coaching community, Crawford says, "We all steal from each other and call it research." Crawford says that part of getting kids to play hard includes teaching them how to feel good about themselves and how to have good body language.
After a tough loss to Maryville in the first game of the season, Crawford's team had committed 34 "loafs", or plays where a team member didn't give their best effort. We want to be like Maryville is now, according to the coach. But, it was only a few years ago, that Maryville wanted to be like Cleveland High's Blue Raiders.
Crawford's plan for the upcoming season: "Try to win a game every Friday night."
|2013 Foundation Grants||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jan 15, 2013||
2012 Cleveland Rotary Foundation president, Ann McCoin, announces that approximately $29,000 in grants have been awarded to five applicants for use in the 2013 calendar year. The foundation received a total of 20 applications requesting approximately $77,000 in funding. The recipients are:
|Can Government Efficiency Be Improved?||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jan 15, 2013||
Government efficiency advocate, Flavis Casson, and program coordinator, Michael Callaway.
Ten years ago, Flavis Casson chaired a citizen-based group tasked by the Cleveland and Bradley County commissions to seek ways to improve the efficiency and reduce the cost of our local government. The slow movement of our local system came into play almost immediately as Mr. Casson expressed an interest in joining the group in April, but didn't hear anything until August. The group was officially sworn in so no governmental department would have reservations in disclosing their records and practices.
The group looked into three major aspects of our local governments operation: 1) Financial, 2) Services and 3) Evaluation. Some of the committee members had low expectations in the beginning. Committee member Jim Breaux said, "Nothing will come of it." The group studied all parts of our city and county government and didn't approach their study from a strict cost perspective. They found many departments with duplicated functions and inefficiencies, especially in our courthouse.
Casson refers to the courthouse as the "root of all politics." Courthouse-based employees were immediately apprehensive about losing their jobs. The study did point to the replacement of some clerk positions with computerized systems. In the final evaluation, it was estimated that $1.2-$1.4M could be saved at the courthouse alone by computerization.
While the committee made no recommendation on our school systems, significant duplication and inefficiencies were found in our two separate fire departments. The fire department viewed "consolidation" as a bad word according to Casson. Recommendations were made to combine fire, EMS and ambulance operations. As recently as two years ago, another committee again recommended to combine our fire departments. As of yet, nothing has been done in spite of these recommendations.
Some consolidation has occurred in the plumbing and building inspections and engineering departments. Parks and recreation are getting closer to some combining of functions. Information Technology was combined but a centralized system for purchasing is needed along with a reduction in the number of districts in the county.
Casson concluded his presentation with an appeal to the citizens to continue to push for consolidation in our government. "We don't need to wait for government to screw up before we fix it. At 100,000 in population, you can still be heard." On June 29, 2012 the Nashville metro government celebrated its 50th anniversary. According to Phil Bredesen, who served as the 48th governor of Tennessee, "Consolidated government is a key to the city's prosperity. Having one government instead of two is critical to our success."
Mr. Casson said, "No matter how quiet the talk, the government will hear." The recommendations from the 10-year old study projected savings of $4M over a 10-year period.
|2012 CRF Grant Recipients||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jan 08, 2013||
Cleveland Rotary Foundation vice president Bill George and Museum Center at 5ive Points curator of collections, Lisa Chastain.
The Cleveland Rotary Foundation awarded $25,939.67 to eight organizations to be utilized in projects for the year 2012. Fourteen organizations submitted grant applications representing over $360,000 in total project value. The total requested funds submitted to the Cleveland Rotary Foundation totaled just over $69,000 for the year.
During the January 8th meeting, six grant recipients made brief statements regarding the projects where Cleveland Rotary grants were applied:
Bradley County Adult Education received a $2,000 grant used to partially offset the costs of adults taking their GED tests. During 2012, 50 people received $40 toward the $65 total cost of the test. All but one individual successfully passed the test. Zoe Renfro and Charlotte Samples made an appeal for Rotarians to consider becoming volunteer tutors in reading and math. They also expressed concern that this year's version of the test has increased in cost to $120 and the difficulty level has increased also.
Derrick Kinsey of the Boys and Girls Club expressed his thanks for the $2,843.71 grant he used for procuring a security camera system for the facility. The total cost of the security system project was $5,537.70. Derrick referenced the recent tragedy in Newton, Connecticut as one justification for employing increased security measures. The camera system is also proving valuable in oversight and preventing theft and bullying.
Amy Hicks with Helping Paws Healing Hearts explained her project which uses therapy dogs and published materials to help families hit by tornadoes during the past year. Helping Paws Healing Hearts received $2,745.95 to publish and distribute their book Sit, Stay, Heal. "Pet therapy is amazing" according to Hicks who is also a teacher in the Cleveland school system.
The Museum Center at 5ive Points received $3,005 toward a renovation of their collections storage systems. Tracy O'Connell and new museum curator, Lisa Chastain, explained that the project involved the procurement of storage boxes, acid-free paper and shelving to properly store the museum's valuable exhibit items. Many of the items were simply in disarray before the application of this project.
People for Care and Learning received a $2,000 grant to install their second water fountain on the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway. Jake Stum and Laura Simpson showed photos of the project which includes the capability to provide water for people and their pets. PCL's total fountain project cost was $4,000.
The Trousdale School received $850 from the foundation to partially fund the purchase of 2-way radio devices to assist with communications between their four vehicles while transporting their clients to various activities and projects. Shannon Clark explained how the safety of their program has been enhanced through the application of these devices. The total value of the Trousdale project was $6,850.
2012 Cleveland Rotary Foundation president, Ann McCoin, said, "This is a good reminder of where the funds raised from our annual Auction Gala are used." 2012 Cleveland Rotary Foundation secretary, Bill George, moderated the discussion and provided a standard set of questions for each grant recipient to answer. Grant recipients, The Caring Place and Samaritan's Place, were not present for Tuesday's presentation, but had previously made reports on their projects.
|Danny Murray and the Voices of Lee||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Dec 18, 2012||
Photo and story by John Thomas
Danny Murray and the Voices of Lee delivered a festive, rich vocal program at our last Rotary meeting of 2012. After an introduction by Jim Bilbo, the Voices entered singing Carol of the Bells and continued with songs delivered as perfectly and beautifully as this group always sings them. Also included were:
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Danny’s Fantasy—President Obama recognizes Lee University and the Voices of Lee
Joy to the World
Do You Hear What I Hear?
Mary Did You Know?
Their performance was fresh, enthusiastic, and beautiful, as though we were their only audience. However, the high demand for this group at this time of year means that they are booked for 21 performances this week. They boarded a bus for Raleigh, NC after leaving our meeting.
In January, the Voices will join the Lee University Festival Choir to perform at the 57th United States Presidential Inauguration at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Voices of Lee has performed worldwide, and has been featured on “Good Morning America,” performed at Christmas at the White House, and competed in NBC’s “Sing-Off” competition, where they easily advanced to the final round. Voices of Lee director Danny Murray has coached collegiate musicians for more than 25 years. He has extensive experience in the music industry, serving from church music director to promotions director for Bill Gaither.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all members of the Rotary Club of Cleveland. See you in 2013!
|Lee University, Five Things You May Not Know||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Dec 04, 2012||
Lee University President, Dr. Paul Conn accompanied by bobble head.
Photo and story by John Thomas
Dr. Paul Conn, President of Lee University, addressed The Rotary Club of Cleveland on Tuesday, delivering a detailed and entertaining description of facts about Lee that one might or might not have been aware of. In the course of that presentation, he also announced a major building project for Lee that will develop the old First Baptist Church properties and connect the Lee campus to downtown Cleveland. Included in that project, which was made possible in part by a major gift of cash and property from the Allan Jones Foundation, will be the redevelopment of the old church sanctuary into a music performance venue, and the building of a new, 43,000 square foot Communications and Media academic facility.
|Life Bridges||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Nov 27, 2012||
From left: Pam Nelson, Rotary President Elect.; Dr. Raymond Brown, LifeBridges; Peggy Pesterfield, Program Coordinator; Dr. Luke Queen, LifeBridges.
Photo and story by John Thomas
According to Dr. Luke Queen, the staff at LifeBridges have a passion for helping the most vulnerable citizens of Bradley County, and they pursue that passion 369 days a year. The people of Cleveland/Bradley County have also embraced these vulnerable patients and have helped them transition into living and working in the local area, instead of remaining out of sight in institutions. This transition is a meaningful part of the history of Bradley County. LifeBridges is researching and documenting that history, and it will be published in a book that will be available locally in the next few weeks.
|The Veterans Entrepreneurship Program||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Nov 20, 2012||
Dr. Robert Dooley, Dean of the College of Business at UTC.
Photo and story by Wayne Wilhelm
Dr. Robert Dooley, Dean of the College of Business at UTC introduced his Veterans Entrepreneurship Program to Cleveland Rotarians during a presentation on November 20.
The Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP) is designed to assist disabled and service distinguished veterans in the creation of successful, profitable ventures as a means to financial independence. Dr. Dooley had worked with a similar program at Oklahoma State University and started the current program at UTC when he arrived in 2011.
|Estela Liermann, Polio Survivor||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Nov 13, 2012||
Estela Liermann Explains Her Battle With Polio
Photo and story by John Thomas
Estela Liermann returned to our club to speak to Rotarians again about the life of a polio survivor, and to sing to us. She spoke from her heart about her life, in the way that someone can only when they have lived through the experience, and reminded us how important it is to eliminate polio forever. Having been crippled by polio deeply affected Estela and caused much loneliness and sadness in her life, but her life also is a testament to her spirit and determination. As she said at the end of her emotion-filled talk, “I can’t cry, because I gotta sing.” Indeed.
|Gary Cordell, Director of Consumer Affairs||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Nov 06, 2012||
Gary Cordell, Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs
Photo and story by John Thomas
Gary Cordell focuses much of his attention on reaching out to consumers, businesses, and law enforcement. By making consumers aware of scams that might be perpetrated against them, showing them ways to protect against those scams, and teaching them what to do if they suspect fraudulent activities, Gary can help to reduce the damage done to citizens of Tennessee each year by these clever thieves. If someone does become the victim of a scam, the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs can help investigate and possibly recover lost funds. By involving the appropriate law enforcement agencies, the division can magnify their effects, both in awareness and prevention as well as in recovery and prosecution. Gary addressed all of these points in speaking with Rotarians on Tuesday, November 6th.
|Tennessee Attorney General Robert E. Cooper, Jr.||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Oct 30, 2012||
Tennessee Attorney General, Robert E. Cooper, Jr.
Photo and story by John Thomas
As head of one of the largest law firms in the state, Tennessee Attorney General Robert E. Cooper, Jr. oversees activities that affect many facets of the lives of Tennesseans, and that produce millions of dollars in revenues for the state from fraud litigation, tobacco settlements, tax litigation, and other collections. Direct impacts on the quality of our lives result from environmental enforcement, relief from lending abuses, and protection of consumers from excessive utility rate increases that are in his purview. General Cooper described his job and responsibilities to Rotarians this past Tuesday.
|STEM Innovation Hub||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Oct 23, 2012||
Tracey Carisch and Keri Randolph explain the STEM Innovation Hub
Photo and story by John Thomas
STEM disciplines, those involving science, technology, engineering, and math, are vital to the future of southeast Tennessee and the United States. The United States has gone from a position of world leadership in the 1960’s, to the middle of the pack among industrialized countries today. The path back to leadership involves an educational approach that is comprehensive, innovative, and involves not only educators, but also the businesses that will employ future scientists and mathematicians. The Southeast Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub intends to be a catalyst for that approach.
Tim Spires introduced Tracey Carisch, Managing Director, and Keri Randolph, Director of Learning, for the Southeast Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub. Tracey and Keri addressed our Rotarians regarding the Hub.
|New Paul Harris Fellows||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Oct 16, 2012||
From left, Steve Crump; Esmerelda Lee; International Foundation Chairman, Tom Thomas; Doug Moore and Richard Baker.
Photo by Wayne Wilhelm
Rotary Foundation chairman, Tom Thomas, introduced our newest Paul Harris Fellows during the October 16 meeting. We thank Steve Crump, Esmerelda Lee, Doug Moore and Dr. Richard Baker for their generous support of the Rotary International Foundation and the worldwide projects of Rotary International.
|District 6780 Governor, Jack Bailey||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Oct 16, 2012||
|Harry Austin - The Left Side of the Page||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Oct 09, 2012||
Chattanooga Times Free Press Editorial Writer, Harry Austin
Photo and story by John Thomas
Core issues of civic equity, social justice, tax equity, and public process are among the points that Harry Austin likes to address in editorials he writes for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Harry feels a sense of mission in his work, and feels fortunate to be in a position to write as he wishes. Harry spoke to our club on Tuesday, following the visit on September 4th by Drew Johnson. Drew represented the conservative, right-hand side of the Chattanooga Times Free Press editorial section. Harry Austin represents the progressive left-hand side.
|RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Oct 02, 2012||
Victor Boltniew announced that we took seven attendees to RYLA last week, and thanked the club for supporting them. The RYLA attendees will come to a future meeting and discuss what they learned at RYLA, and will receive their certificates at that time. Victor asked that club members, who may have books on leadership or management skills that they are no longer reading, to consider donating those books so that they can be presented as a gift to each RYLA attendee. Seven books are needed in order to have one for each attendee. Please give these to Victor at the next meeting.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary's leadership training program for young people. RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth, and aims to
Victor also announced that Bradley High School had their first Interact meeting last week, with fifteen attendees.
|Todd Gardenhire, 10th District Senate Candidate||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Oct 02, 2012||
10th District Senate Candidate, Todd Gardenhire, Discusses Skeletons
Photo and story by John Thomas
Events that shaped the direction of his life, and the unintended consequences that came from those events and from decisions that he made, were the substance of Todd Gardenhire’s speech to Rotary this past Tuesday. Todd and his son Andrew attended the meeting as part of our political forum series. His visit also served to give equal time to Todd following the presentation to our club by Andraé McGary on August 7th. Andraé (D) and Todd (R) are opponents in the race for 10th District state senator.
|Legacy of a Polio-Free World||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Sep 27, 2012||
Rotary International has made a new funding commitment of US$75 million over three years to support global polio eradication. The announcement was made as government leaders gathered to discuss polio at a special event during the UN General Assembly in New York.
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|Coleman Foss, SkyRidge Medical Center||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Sep 18, 2012||
|Mercy's Door||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Sep 11, 2012||
Paula Malone, founder of Mercy's Door
Photo and story by John Thomas
According to Paula Malone, founder of Mercy’s Door, “Our mission is to provide a safe, stable, nurturing family environment for children who are in need of a place to live as they heal in heart, grow in character, and experience peace of mind.” Paula and her husband Randall have drawn on their deep compassion for children in distress in order to establish that nurturing environment.
|Editorials From the Right Side of the Page||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Sep 04, 2012||
Drew Johnson, Opinions Page Editor for the Chattanooga Times Free Press
Photo and story by John Thomas
“More transparency, open records, holding local and state officials more accountable,” are the passions that drive Drew Johnson’s efforts as editor of the Free Press opinion page of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, “to make sure that the people who control the purse strings and make those decisions that affect your life and the lives of your families are held accountable.” He writes as he does to promote more thorough readership. “I don’t want people to read the A section and then you are done with the paper for the day. I want people to say, ‘I wonder what that nut on the Free Press side of the editorial page had to say today.’ I certainly hope that when you do read it, you understand that there is an underlying principle that I follow, which is What Advances Liberty. That is my only goal.”
|Polio Plus||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Sep 04, 2012||
Norm Fontana, Chairman for Rotary Club of Cleveland Polio Plus; Ann McCoin, President of the Cleveland Rotary Foundation.
Photo and story by John Thomas
Ann McCoin, President of the Cleveland Rotary Foundation, presented to Norm Fontana, Cleveland Chair for Polio Plus, a check for $1,506.00. This check represents dollars collected from Rotary members at weekly meetings, including raffle entry fees, Brag Dollars, fines for not knowing answers to the Question of the Week, photo fines, and other similar donations. Norm mentioned that a dollar donated to Polio Plus represents ten doses of vaccine to a child, so this check will provide polio vaccinations to more than fifteen thousand children.
|Oak Ridge Tennessee, The Secret City with a Rotary Connection||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Aug 28, 2012||
The Manhatten Project was the major research and development program that produced the first atomic bomb during World War II. The project was launched out of an office in Manhattan, NY and was prompted by a letter from Albert Einstein to President Roosevelt in 1939 expressing concern over the potential use of atomic energy as a weapon. The Manhattan Project was directed by Major General Leslie Groves of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and featured lead scientists, Robert Oppenheimer, Enrico Fermi and E.O. Lawrence.
|College Football Pick 'Em 2012||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Aug 28, 2012||
|New Interact Club For Bradley High School||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Aug 21, 2012||
Roger Fuller announced that he is seeking drivers to bring Interact students to meetings. Last year, he had sufficient volunteers that each drove about every six weeks. Please contact Roger if you can provide transportation for Interact students.
|Phenom Penh, Cambodia - Sister City to Cleveland, Tennessee||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Aug 21, 2012||
His Excellency, the Governor of Phnom Penh province in Cambodia, Kep Chuk Tema.
Photo and story by John Thomas
At Tuesday’s Rotary meeting, His Excellency the Governor of Phnom Penh province in Cambodia, Kep Chuk Tema, addressed our group and celebrated the announcement of Cleveland, Tennessee being named as a sister city to Phnom Penh. The seeds of this honor were planted through the efforts of People for Care and Learning, and their work to build a city for the displaced and poverty-stricken people of Andong, Kondong Kaw, Cambodia. Their efforts resulted in a close working relationship with Phnom Penh officials, because the objectives of both groups are the same—to solve the problems that anchor these people in poverty by taking a broad approach that can become self sustaining. That approach includes improved housing, jobs, water and sewage treatment, education, and economic infrastructure improvements, among others.
|2012 United Way Campaign Kickoff||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Aug 14, 2012||
Rotarian, Aaron Weatherford, presents keynote speaker John Smoltz with a gift basket at the conclusion of the United Way Kickoff Luncheon.
Photo and story by John Thomas
The United Way of Bradley County held their 2012 Kickoff Meeting on Wednesday, delivering inspiration and motivation to the many volunteers and organizations that work to accomplish so much for our community. John Smoltz, famous Atlanta Brave and sportscaster, gave an inspirational account of his involvement in sports and community activities throughout his life, and the blessings that involvement returns to him.
|Iva Ritzhaupt Is a Paul Harris Fellow||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Aug 08, 2012||
Don Ritzhaupt honored his mother by making her a Paul Harris Fellow on August 8, 2012 at the Rotary Club of Galion, Ohio. Congratulation to Mrs. Ritzhaupt!
Don Ritzhaupt with his mom, Iva Ritzhaupt
|10th District Senate Candidate Andraé McGary||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Aug 07, 2012||
Democratic 10th District State Senate Candidate Andraé McGary
Photo and story by John Thomas
According to Chattanooga City Councilman Andraé McGary, many believe that government in America is so broken that nothing is getting done, and the average citizen throws up his or her hands when asked what can be done to get it back on track. It is not a hopeless situation, he says, because “We are Americans and we can solve these problems. And we don’t have to point fingers when we do. We don’t have to make this a zero-sum game where my party wins at the expense of your party. I think we should make decisions that are in the best interests of everybody. It’s not fundamentally Republican or Democrat—it is American.” His faith in our ability to do this is the basis of his involvement in government, and in his current political race.
|Tennessee Small Business Development Center||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jul 31, 2012||
|Bradley County Fire Department||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jul 24, 2012||
Chief Woody served in the Army as a member of the military police before joining the Cleveland Police Department and becoming a leader of the local S.W.A.T. team. He served for seven years with the Bradley County Rescue Service and has attained a certification level of Fire Officer 3. He serves on the board of the Tennessee Fire Chief Association and also coordinates Cleveland's annual Christmas Parade. Chief Woody served as a volunteer for 17 years before becoming chief of the department in 2000.
|Michael Griffin Secures Blue Badge||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jul 17, 2012||
Veteran Rotarian, Michael Griffin, received his Blue Badge from Amy Card-Lillios. Congratulations to Michael. Michael has been a member of the Hamilton Place Rotary Club, where he served as President. His ten-year record of perfect attendance followed him to Rotary Club of Cleveland.
From left: Michael Griffin, Amy Card-Lillios
|Wheel Tax -Or Not||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jul 17, 2012||
From left: Nicholas Lillios, Program Chairman; John Stanbery,Wheel Tax Opponent; Charlie Rose, Wheel Tax Advocate; Art Rhodes, Rotary Club of Cleveland President.
Photo and story by John Thomas
The Rotary Political Subcommittee presented a forum on each side of the proposed wheel tax issue on the current ballot. Each side was given ten minutes to present their case, followed by a period of questions and answers. Nicholas Lillios, Programs Chair, introduced the speakers, thanking them both for taking the time to participate in the Forum.
|German Culture In the Tennessee Valley||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jul 10, 2012||
|Mayor Tom Rowland Is Proud Of Cleveland, Tennessee||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jul 03, 2012||
The Five Term Mayor of Cleveland, Tom Rowland
Photo and Story by John Thomas
Cleveland’s popular and long-serving Mayor, Tom Rowland, addressed Rotary Club of Cleveland this past Tuesday with “a ramble about the city and recent events that make us proud.” Mayor Rowland spoke of many events locally that inspire pride, and ended with an admonition that, on the Fourth of July, we should think about the words in the Pledge of Allegiance and the Star Spangled Banner, and never take them for granted.
|Art Rhodes Takes the Helm As Rotary Club of Cleveland President||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jun 26, 2012||
|Kim Casteel Reviews a Successful Rotary Year||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jun 26, 2012||
2011-2012 President, Kim Casteel, Reviews a Outstanding Rotary Year
Photo and Story by John Thomas
Kim Casteel, the accomplished and well-regarded President of the Rotary Club of Cleveland, addressed the Club Assembly Tuesday for the final time in her current role. Kim’s mother, Barbara Wooden, her sister Debbie, her son Jarrod, and her new daughter-in-law, the former Amanda Elliott, were present to hear her final remarks. Kim recapped the accomplishments of the year, and thanked her board of directors, club officers, and other Rotarians who contributed to the record-setting results. Below are Kim’s remarks:
|A Letter From Our New President, Art Rhodes||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jun 26, 2012||
What does Rotary mean to you? Is it simply an opportunity for you to get together each week with your friends over lunch and listen to (hopefully) an inspiring program? I am afraid that for too many that is all Rotary represents. Those members have not caught the vision that through Rotary you can join with more than a million other Rotarians to truly make a difference, not just in Cleveland, Bradley County, or even East Tennessee, but literally you can make a difference in the world as a whole.
But to truly make a difference will require you to get out of your comfort zone – and maybe even sacrifice a little. While you may not be able to go around the world to administer the polio vaccine to millions of children that are susceptible to the disease, you can give so that enough vaccine is available and so that others can go. Simply committing to give $40 a year to the END POLIO NOW campaign is your first step. Next consider giving $25 per quarter to become a “sustaining member” of the International Rotary Foundation. The sustaining member program, also called “Every Rotarian, Every Year,” allows Rotarians to contribute to the Foundation which funds a variety of projects. From those funds, our club and other clubs around the globe receive matching grants to carry out our humanitarian projects.
Beyond catching the vision of giving of your time and resources, we must actively work for Peace Through Service – the theme that Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka has set for 2012–2013. The concept of peace is one that differs among people and cultures. While most would agree that peace is a lack of conflict or war, it also is the contentment that comes to a mother in India who knows that because a Rotarian provided a vaccine for her infant son that he will never suffer the ravages of the devastating polio virus.
To me, Peace Through Service was never more evident than when I attended the Rotary International Convention in Bangkok, Thailand with 35,000 other Rotarians from almost 200 countries of the world. As we as Rotarians in that massive convention hall concentrated on the goals we had in common, rather than on all our political, social, cultural, and religious differences, I truly realized that Rotary was much more than a weekly lunch meeting at the Mountain View Inn.
As the President of the Cleveland Rotary Club, I simply have two goals:
First, I want us, as a club, to do as much good as we possibly can for our community, our nation, and our world; and
Secondly, I want us to have as much fun as possible doing it.
I look forward to joining with you to put “Service above Self.” Let’s have a great, FUN year.
Arthur D. (Art) Rhodes
|A Lesson In International Understanding||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jun 19, 2012||
From left: Kim Casteel, Rotary Club of Cleveland President; Frank Yin, CPA; Harrison Brown, CEO of Brown Stove; Nicholas Lillios, Program Chairman.
Photo by Wayne Wilhelm
Frank Yin, Assistant Controller and Senior Cost Accountant at Brown Stove Works, made a strong case during the June 19 meeting for the importance of one of Rotary International's most sought after goals, International Understanding. Yin's presentation stressed the significance of having a firm command of the societal and cultural differences between China and the United States when attempting to establish a business relationship between these two world superpowers.
|Banner Number 645||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jun 12, 2012||
Roving Rotarian, David Chaffin, presented a banner from the Sparta Rotary Club in Sparta, Tennessee. David Chaffin is responsible for adding 260 club banners to the Rotary Club of Cleveland banner collection. The total banner collection count now stands at 645.
|New Member, David Parris||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jun 12, 2012||
|Congressman Chuck Fleischmann||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jun 12, 2012||
From left: Rotary Club of Cleveland President, Kim Casteel; Program Coordinator, Tim Spires; Congressman Chuck Fleischmann; Program Chairman, Nicholas Lillios.
Photo and story by John Thomas
When Chuck Fleischmann is asked by his colleagues, “Why is the 3rd District doing so well?” the answer is simple and direct: “Business. Free Enterprise is so important to the success of our nation, and it is alive and well in Southeast Tennessee.” Chuck addressed Rotary Club of Cleveland on successes we have had, and also on problems faced by the nation and some of the solutions he is working on in Congress.
|You Are Invited||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jun 10, 2012||
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|Don Robinson Honored||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jun 05, 2012||
It was announced that Rotarian Don Robinson was recently awarded the National Eagle Scout Association Outstanding Eagle Scout Award, by the Cherokee Area Council. This high honor had not previously been awarded in this area.
|Goodbye Monika!||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jun 05, 2012||
Rotary Exchange Student, Monika Zaldua Bids Farewell to the Rotary Club of Cleveland
Monika Zaldua, our Rotary Exchange student from Barcelona, Spain who has been attending Cleveland High School, is nearing the end of her year-long stay in the United States and will be leaving in July. Monika came to Rotary to say goodbye and thank you for the time she spent with us. Kim Casteel mentioned that Monika was recently voted Most Outgoing exchange student at the District Convention, after initially seeming quiet and reserved. She will be travelling in the United States before returning home to Barcelona.
|New Member Dennis Burtnett||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jun 05, 2012||
From left: New member, Dennis Burtnett and Sponsor, Pam Nelson
Pam Nelson announced Dennis Burtnett as a new member of Rotary Club of Cleveland. Dennis Burtnett became the Facility Administrator of Bradley Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in April, 2012, with more than twenty years experience as a Nursing Home Administrator. Dennis replaced Joe Newcomb after Joe’s retirement. Dennis grew up in the Nashville area, and has lived in Cleveland for the past four years. He has been a member of two other Rotary clubs in the past. He and his wife Cindy have two daughters: Courtney, who is attending Collegedale Academy, and Brittney, who is in a master’s program at Loma Linda University in California. Dennis has a degree in Business Administration from Southern Adventist University in Collegedale.
|The 21st Century Education||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jun 05, 2012||
Carl Hite Explains the Difference Between Frogs and Humans
Carl Hite addressed Rotary Club of Cleveland about how the needs of students and employers are changing in the twenty-first century, and how community colleges must change to meet those needs. Kim Casteel introduced Carl, the President of Cleveland State Community College and “one of our members most frequently appearing in the newspaper.” Carl has been a member of Rotary Club of Cleveland since 1997.
|New Member, Brian Collins||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on May 29, 2012||
Matthew Brown introduces new Rotarian, Brian Collins
Matthew Brown presented Brian Collins of Collins Oil Company as a new member of our Rotary club. Brian, a native of Cleveland, is married to Kellye. Brian and Kellye have three children: Brad, age 27, Pierce, age 13, and Pete, age 9. Brian has served on the boards of Habitat for Humanity and the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce. He is active in the Sertoma Club and youth sports. Brian attended Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He and his family attend Broad Street United Methodist Church.
|Representative Kevin Brooks, Legislative Update||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on May 29, 2012||
Kevin, who is Assistant Majority Leader of the Tennessee House of Representatives, has been a member of Rotary since 2000, and is a Paul Harris Fellow. He is the husband of Kim Brooks, who works at Lee University. He is father to Zach, who is a student at Lee, and to Elizabeth, who is at Cleveland High School.
|Rotarians Night Out||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on May 22, 2012||
The Rotary Club of Cleveland took a day off from our regular noon meeting and enjoyed an evening of fellowship at the Bald Headed Bistro. Thanks to Rotarian-of-the-Year, Lil Harting for coordinating this special event and to Tim Poteet for providing entertainment.
Tim Poteet entertains. The guitar is brand new!
David Carroll and Michael Griffin
Front row: Art Rhodes and Kim Casteel
Back row: Bobbie and Ken Jones; David Carroll
|CHS Interact 2011-2012||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on May 15, 2012||
Faculty advisor, Don Markham, reviewed a successful year for the Cleveland High Interact Club during our May 15 meeting. The organization now consists of over 60 members. CHS Interact contributed over 800 hours to projects such as Walk for Life, Operation Christmas Child, providing assistance to the Rotary Dictionary Project, working at elementary school fall festivals and Reinbow Riders. The Interactors raised hundreds of dollars in support of their successful service endeavors.
Several Interactors excelled with individual accomplishments including Aimee Murray, Becky Han and Briana Cooper, winners of the Rotary Club of Cleveland academic scholarship.
|Restavek Freedom Foundation||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on May 15, 2012||
A restavek (from the French rest aver, "one who stays with") is a child who is sent by their parents to work for a host household as a domestic servant because the parents lack the resources required to support the child. Restavek may refer to a child staying with a host family, but usually refers specifically to those who are abused.
Raymond Conn has taken action to rescue restavek children in Haiti through the Restavek Freedom Foundation. Conn says people are driven by causes that contain "adventure, risk management and purpose". For him, the opportunity to help the estimated 300,000 children living in slavery in Haiti, fulfilled the requirements he had listed.
Conn says "Haiti is a failed state" with no effective government, no economy and no services available to its people. This failure has led to a scarcity mentality which has led to a climate of modern day slavery, even though Haiti is the country known to have had the first successful slave revolt.
Raymond Conn first discovered the practice of child slavery during a trip to the country about 10-years ago. Even though Haiti is in the center of the U.S. Caribbean playground, he discovered a "stunning, shocking, thing" when he arrived in Port au Prince. "Haiti is a splinter in my mind." Conn contrasted the characteristics of "old slavery" versus "new slavery" below:
The Restavek Freedom Foundation currently works with 700 Haitian children.
|Rotary Club of Cleveland Interact Scholarships||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on May 15, 2012||
Literacy Committee co-chairman, Jay Leggett, announced this year's winners of the Rotary Club of Cleveland Interact Scholarship.
|Cleveland Rotary Foundation Funds Van Purchase in Philippines||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on May 15, 2012||
The Cleveland Rotary Foundation recently assisted with the purchase of a new van for the Samaritan's Place Children's Home located in a suburb of Manila, Philippines.
The total cost of the van was $30,000, of which Cleveland Rotary provided $5,000. Marc Morris, founder and director of the orphanage said, "We could not have been able to make this much-needed purchase without Rotary's help." Marc is the son of Cleveland Rotarian, Max Morris.
Samaritan's Place Children's Home Celebrates a New Transportation Resource
|Art Rhodes' Adventures in Thailand||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on May 10, 2012||
Any time one receives an email from a fellow Rotarian with the word "elephant" in the subject line, you know that you're in for a special treat. Such was the case with this photo from our President-elect, Art Rhodes, enjoying an elephant ride with daughter Katelyn in Thailand following the Rotary International Convention held in Bangkok.
Just trying to get back to Cleveland from the Rotary International Convention in Thailand. May take a while!!
Rotary International Travel Services -Express Transport to Cleveland, Tennessee, USA.
|Coming Soon: Downtown Apartment Living at Lillios Lofts||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on May 08, 2012||
Nicholas' great-grandfather, C.C. Card built two buildings on Inman Street in the early 1900s to house the area's first Ford dealership. The first building, known as Ford One, was a two-story structure with a brick facade where 455 Ford Model T automobiles were sold by 1919. C.C. Card believed that his tenure selling automobiles had ended around this time because everyone that had the means to purchase an automobile had already done so. However, this was not the case as Ford introduced the new Model A automobile and people began trading in their original vehicles for the new model. Thus, the auto industry became a permanent part of the Cleveland community and the second building, Ford Two, was built in 1930 to provide additional space for bodywork, repairs and storage.
|Donut Holes, HMOs and Other Scary Things About Health Insurance||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on May 01, 2012||
At Brown Stove Works, Pam closely observed the sales staff as they went about their daily activities and thought she might enjoy a career in sales. Pam humorously recalled that her co-worker, Bill Melton told her, "Pam, forget it. Harrison Brown will never give you a job selling stoves." He did offer a word of encouragement in suggesting that she pick something to sell and see what she can do.
Through subsequent work assignments with Pat Fuller at Aloette Cosmetics and First American Bank, Pam's desire to secure a career in sales was nurtured and reinforced. Finally, with the help of local insurance veteran, Harlan White, Pam made her debut in the field of insurance, with her first sale to one of George Johnson's affiliated companies.
Since then, Pam has amassed a wealth of experience and knowledge related to the complicated intricacies of the insurance industry. "Health insurance is scary." Many changes are happening as a result of governmental regulation and other factors related to the health-care industry.
|President Elect, Art Rhodes, Goals for 2012-2013||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Apr 24, 2012||
Art Rhodes announced that his goal as incoming president is to have Rotary Club of Cleveland become a club that is recognized for service locally, nationally, and internationally, and for all club members to be involved and have fun doing it.
He requested that all members complete a Survey Monkey survey to help identify where each member would like to serve, as well as other suggestions for improving the club. Members were contacted by email with a link to the survey; if you haven’t yet completed it, you also may find it at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/C7G6ZWS. Please have the survey completed by no later than Friday, May 11, 2012.
Art also announced the Rotary International theme for 2012-2013, which is Peace Through Service, and the incoming President of Rotary International, Sukuji Tanaka.
|Matt Ryerson, Live United - United Way||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Apr 24, 2012||
From left: Lee McChesney, Matt Ryerson, Kim Casteel
Photo and story by John Thomas
“ ‘Live United’ is the theme for United Way’s Fall campaign,” explained Matt Ryerson, President and CEO of United Way of Bradley County. “More than a slogan, this is a philosophy of how we see this community operating most efficiently.” More than most, Bradley County has been an example of that philosophy, catalyzed into action by a powerful event. More than most, Matt Ryerson has been in a position to see and tell about the action and the spirit that drives it.
“Friday is the one-year anniversary of the devastating storms that hit our community,” said Matt. “The Ryerson household had a front-row seat—we suffered damage, our neighborhood was devastated, and more importantly, we got to see what happened after those storms, which was an amazing community spirit that rallied around the survivors. There was a real spirit of community that followed the storm, a real spirit of collaboration. The United Way was honored to play a role in that, and we are a part of the long-term recovery organization.”
|Rotary Club of Cleveland Gains District Awards||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Apr 24, 2012||
The Rotary Club of Cleveland received multiple awards at the recent Rotary District 6780 Conference held in Knoxville on April 20 and 21, 2012.
Cleveland Sergeant-at-Arms, Aaron Weatherford, holds the Globe Club Award, that recognizes clubs actively involved in international service.
Cleveland Club President, Kim Casteel, holds the Rotary International Presidential Citation, an award designed to motivate clubs to actively participate in service.
Cameron Fisher, General Chair of the District 6780 Leadership Development & Education Committee and District Trainer, holds the Reach for Rotary Award, presented for achievement of 2 percent growth or greater in membership.
James Buckner, Chairman of the District 6780 James Bomar Interact Scholarships & Fred Brown Interact Award Committee, holds the Star Award, recognizing Cleveland as a club whose annual contributions exceeded an average of $100 per member.
Wayne Wilhelm, Chairman of the Publications committee, holds the Club Bulletin Award, recognizing Cleveland for excellence in Electronic Club Bulletins.
Photo and story by John Thomas
|2011-2012 Rotarian of the Year||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Apr 24, 2012||
From left: Husband, Dr. Don Harting; Rotarian of the Year, Elizabeth Harting and 2010-2011 recipient, Ann McCoin.
Photo and story by John Thomas
Elizabeth H. Harting has been named the 2011-2012 Rotarian of the Year by the Rotary Club of Cleveland. Ann McCoin, the 2010-2011 honoree, made the presentation during the April 24th noon meeting.
|Immunization Day in the Warm Heart of Africa||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Apr 17, 2012||
Past District 6780 Governor, Karen Wentz
Story and photo by John Thomas
Karen Wentz came to Cleveland to speak about love, the commitment and dedication of one Rotarian, and good works of Rotary that go on all the time that some may not know about. According to Karen, “There are many different ways to fall in love. Some people fall in love like a thunderclap; others fall in love over time, through a gradual sharing of experiences and a developing friendship. I fell in love with Rotary the second way.”
|Polio Update||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Apr 11, 2012||
|Red Badge Graduate, Kendra Bailey||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Apr 10, 2012||
Kendra Bailey was presented her blue badge by Amy Card-Lillios.Photo by John Thomas
|New Member, Dustin Guyton||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Apr 10, 2012||
Sponsor, Tim Spires introduced new member Dustin Guyton and presented him a package of information and a Red Badge. Dustin is a principal with All-Timate Exteriors, formerly All-Timate Roofing. Dustin's Rotary classification is Roofing - Construction. Dustin is looking forward to meeting more Rotarians in our club.
Photo by John Thomas
|The SimCenter at UTC||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Apr 10, 2012||
“What we do at the SimCenter is application-driven research. Our business is numerical simulation of fluid mechanics, electromagnetics, kinetic theory, structures, anything where there are conservation laws that describe physical phenomena. There are three things involved in the computational engineering we do: applied mathematics, advanced computing, and some form of engineering.”
|County Commissioner, Adam Lowe||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Apr 03, 2012||
Adam Lowe counts the number of Kentucky basketball fans living in Tennessee.
Photo and story by John Thomas.
With his wife’s encouragement, Adam Lowe spoke to Cleveland Rotary about his professional and life challenges, and the background that prepared him to meet those challenges. Adam, who is Commissioner from the 4th District in Bradley County, the youngest commissioner ever elected in that district, and the first “transplant” to be elected, found his life full of those challenges in his first two years in office.
|CHS Lip Dub 2012||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Mar 31, 2012||
You may ask, what's a lip dub? Be enlightened and check out this video from the Cleveland High School media class: CHS Lip Dub 2012.
|President Elect Training Seminar||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Mar 31, 2012||
Incoming Rotary presidents for the 2012-2013 Rotary year recently attended the Multi-District PETS (President Elect Training Seminar) in Nashville.
From left: Art Rhodes, Cleveland; Drew Holbrook, Etowah and Pat Fuller, Cleveland Sunrise.
|Guatemala Water Project Update||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Mar 27, 2012||
This update from Xatinab, Guatemala:
|Paul Harris Fellow||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Mar 27, 2012||
Cameron Fisher honored his father in law, Reginald McCarn, with a Paul Harris award. Reginald was a Rotarian and a Rotary President in Weatherford, TX in the 1960’s. He has lived in and pastored churches in Texas, Michigan, and Indiana during his career. He has lived in Macon, GA for the past twenty years, and now has retired there.
Paul Harris Fellows, Reginald McCarn and Cameron Fisher.
Photo by John Thomas
|Paul Harris Fellow||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Mar 27, 2012||
Tom Thomas presented Paul Harris awards to Norm Fontana, honoring his mother, Rita Trabucco Fontana, and to Norm’s daughter, Brandi Nicole Fontana. Norm is now a Paul Harris Fellow for the seventh time, an unusual accomplishment.
|Build a City||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Mar 27, 2012||
|Traditional Chinese Culture||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Mar 20, 2012||
The rich, exquisite Chinese culture, developed over 5000 years of history, was subjected to widespread, methodical attempts to eradicate it by the Chinese Communist Party over the past sixty years, reaching its height with the Cultural Revolution. In an attempt to erase traditional Chinese values and replace them with Communist ideology, antiques and works of art were destroyed, morals were denigrated, traditional practices were banned, and many aspects of Chinese culture were infused with new, state-dictated meanings.
Hai Dong, who came to the United States as an international student fifteen years ago, related the story of Chinese cultural development, destruction, and the beginnings of its renaissance. Hai Dong was born and raised in Zhejiang Province, near Shanghai. He studied polymer engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and has multiple engineering degrees; he currently is a computer software engineer.
|Vocal Rhapsody||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Mar 13, 2012||
Photo and story by John Thomas
Vocal Rhapsody, a diverse, enthusiastic ensemble of fifteen singers from Cleveland State Community College directed by Karen Dale, presented a lively musical program to Rotary this past Tuesday. Combining intense and moving choral numbers with 50’s doo-wop and Adele’s recent bluesy hit Rolling in the Deep (complete with surprise choreo by Keenan Lattimore), these performers aimed to please an audience having a range of tastes, and they hit the mark.
|CHS Interact Scholarship Winners||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Mar 08, 2012||
Congratulations to Aimee Murray, Sandy Ha, and Briana Cooper for winning the Fred Brown Interview, James Bomar Interview, and James Lacy Essay Scholarships at the 47th Annual Interact Conference held in Pigeon Forge. $6,500 total for the girls. There are four scholarships given at conference, Cleveland High School Interact wins 3 of the 4!
|Dr. Konrad Bachhuber||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Mar 06, 2012||
Dr. Konrad Bachhuber, "We produce gray chunks".
Story and photo by John Thomas
According to Dr. Konrad Bachhuber, Vice President and Site Manager for Wacker Chemie’s Polysilicon plant in Charleston, Tennessee, “Some of you may ask, ‘What is the business of this company that is investing $1.8 billion in Bradley County?’ Our business is to produce gray chunks. We start with gray chunks. This is a great business, and we are a very strong player in this industry. We start with a silicon raw material that is 98 or 99 percent pure, and produce a silicon that is pure enough to use in solar panels, with purities expressed in parts per trillion, which is like a piece of sugar in a very big lake.”
Dr. Bachhuber joined Wacker after receiving a doctorate in Physical Chemistry. As he has progressed through a 22-year career with Wacker, he has taken on projects of increasing complexity and cost. Before coming to Tennessee, he most recently headed up Wacker’s operation in Greater China. He and his family moved to China in 2009, where he was in charge of three production sites. “China was an extremely interesting experience. When I heard about this project, it didn’t take me a second to know that I would take on the Cleveland project; it is the most important project in the nearly 100 year history of Wacker.”
Wacker is a leading producer of polysilicon. Overall, Wacker has $6.3 billion in revenues and $1.6 billion in profits, employing 16,000 people worldwide. Polysilicon is 25 percent of Wacker’s revenue, and is the fastest growing part of Wacker. The United States is gaining more and more importance as a customer for polysilicon, so it made sense for Wacker to base here to be near its customers.
|More Storm Losses||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Mar 02, 2012||
Our community has once again experienced the devastation that sometimes comes with our ever-changing weather patterns. On Friday, March 2, Rotarian Ross Tarver lost his home due to a tornado in our community. Our hearts and prayers are with the Tarvers and others in our community who have suffered loss in this calamity.
|The Caring Place Receives Cleveland Rotary Foundation Grant||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Feb 28, 2012||
Ann McCoin presented Reba Terry with a $7,495 grant from the Cleveland Rotary Foundation to fund a heating and air conditioning renovation project at The Caring Place. A plaque, held by Reba Terry, will be displayed in the area acknowledging the gift.
|Jeff Burden, Architect / Shoemaker||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Feb 28, 2012||
Jeff Burden, Architect
Story and photo by John Thomas
According to Jeff Burden, Cleveland and the surrounding area has unique qualities that should be preserved. “What I really love about this area, and what I suspect that Germans and others coming here now love, is that it is unique. I love the landscape, the traditions, and the places.” That love is revealed in his work, which includes projects at Blackberry Farm and Alders Glen subdivision in this area. He also has a loft project on the drawing board, in downtown Cleveland.
|Absolutely American||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Feb 21, 2012||
Robert E. Sembower, Pennsylvania coordinator of admissions for West Point Military Academy, noted a significant similarity between Rotary and the military. The same common thread which may also be found in a hero is Service Above Self. Sembower described a hero as "a man who does what he can. Courage dwells in the heart and soul of every man, and someday it will be summoned."
Sembower's heroes include Col. Hal Moore, whose book was adapted into the 2002 film "We Were Soldiers"; King Leonidas, who led a vastly outnumbered force against the Persian Army in the battle of Thermopylae; baseball great, Mickey Mantel and the firemen and first responders of 9/11.
"Leadership is accomplishing the mission." Sembower also stated that leadership is not a popularity contest; it cannot please everyone, and it is all about giving away power. A leader should strive to be visible in the field and to trust their instincts. The group goal is always more important than the individual goal. "Strike hard and seize the high ground."
Robert Sembower lives six miles from the 9/11 crash site of Flight 93 in Pennsylvania. Three days after the crash, four caskets were buried at the crash site. Three containing human remains and one containing personal effects. Sembower's National Guard unit was immediately activated during the 9/11 crises.
Sembower characterizes the attributes of courage and leadership described in his presentation as "Absolutely American".
Robert Sembower presents Rotary Club of Cleveland President, Kim Casteel with a Commander's Coin.
Photo by Wayne Wilhelm
|Interact Speech Competition||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Feb 14, 2012||
Three talented Interactors from Cleveland High School participated in this year's Interact 4-Way Test Speech competition during the February 14 meeting. Alex Klibisz, Westin Laing and Aimee Murray delivered outstanding talks based on Rotary's 4-Way Test.
Alex Klibisz challenged listeners to "step out of your comfort zone" as he referenced his time in Germany as an exchange student. Alex was definitely outside his comfort zone in moving to a country with a new language, a new family and a new school.
Westin Laing spoke against the abusive home and described his scouting project to assist children at The H.O.P.E. Center Children's Shelter. Westin contrasted the unfair truth of abusive homes where in 2005 five children per day were killed in acts of child abuse to the principles espoused in the 4-Way Test.
Aimee Murray encouraged everyone to make every day count by living the 4-Way Test. She spoke of turning a bad day around by looking for good in each day, trusting God and encouraging others. Aimee said, "serving others is the best way to have a great day".
Alex Klibisz placed first in the competition. He will now advance to the District 6780 competition where he will have the opportunity to win an Interact scholarship. Klibisz was awarded $100 for placing first with Westin Laing and Aimee Murray receiving $60 and $30 respectively.
Interactors from left: Westin Laing, Alex Klibisz and Aimee Murray
Photo by Wayne Wilhelm
|Ralph Buckner, Jr.||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Feb 07, 2012||
Slow down, consider what is important to you, and take time to enjoy life and the people you love. Show them appreciation, love, and respect, and make the changes in your life that you need to make. Stack one good day upon another, and you will make a great “dash.”
From left: Rotary Club of Cleveland President, Kim Casteel; Ralph Buckner, Jr.; Rotary Program Chairman, Nicholas Lillios
Photo and story by John Thomas
|Monika Zaldua, Rotary Exchange Student||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jan 31, 2012||
Monika Zaldua, a 15-year-old Rotary Exchange student from Barcelona, Spain, is gaining a deep appreciation for our different culture and our different educational system during her year-long stay in the United States, through July 6, 2012. In Barcelona, a beautiful city of 1.6 million people on Spain’s northeast Mediterranean coast, Monika lives with her two younger brothers, her airport services manager mother and her chemist father. Monica has many interests, including dance, in which she has participated since age 6, skiing, soccer, swim team, and field hockey.
In Cleveland, Monika is living with Catherine Rice and her daughter, Olivia Highsinger, while attending Cleveland High School. She notes that school here is not as demanding as it was for her at home. In Spain, education is mandatory and difficult. There are no classifications such as junior or senior, just the subjects you must study. School there is from 8 am to 5 pm each day, and consists of 13 subjects each trimester. If you fail two classes, you must repeat the year.
Some of Monika’s friends from Barcelona are also exchange students in the United States, in cities like Boston and Miami, but Monica feels fortunate to be here because she loves Cleveland, Tennessee. When asked what she would change about Cleveland, she mentioned the lack of public transportation, which restricts her mobility when no one is present to drive her.
Steve Carroll also spoke of his experience as an exchange student, and how he grew through exposure to a different culture in a way that could only have happened through his living in that culture day in and day out. Steve studied stained glass in gothic cathedrals at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, which altered his course as an architect. The disciplines he experienced, for example of making sketches in the morning and being required to have finished drawings prepared by the end of the day, were invaluable to him in his architectural career. He also enjoyed the experience each day of seeing the rooftops of Paris from the fifth floor room he shared with a Buddhist houseboy for the family with whom he lived.
Ann McCoin shared memories of the many exchange students she met while growing up, through her father’s active involvement in Rotary, and in particular of the senior exchange student from Norway that lived with her family while Ann was in high school. As a result, Ann has had a lifelong interest in Norway, and attended college there. Her parents attended the student’s wedding in Norway. Now, fifty years later, Ann is still friends with the student, who has become a respected doctor and lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Oslo.
From left: Host family members Catherine Rice and Olivia Hysinger; Rotary Exchange Student, Monika Zaldua and New Generations committee chairman, Roger Fuller
Photo and story by John Thomas
|Rotary International General Secretary, John Hewko||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jan 29, 2012||
RI General Secretary John Hewko talks about how these five priorities can help strengthen Rotary: eradicating polio, the Foundation’s new grant making model, placing a value on the service projects of clubs, making Rotary more relevant to younger members, and positioning Rotary more fully as a major player in global humanitarian assistance and development.
Jim Buckner, David Carroll and Amy Card-Lillios pictured with Rotary International General Secretary, John Hewko at the District 6780 Rotary Foundation Dinner - January 6, 2012.
|Chief Meteorologist Patrick Core||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jan 24, 2012||
Patrick Core had aspirations of becoming a professional athlete. He was particularly interested in a career as a major league baseball player. However, a severe injury to his foot when he was only 17 years old changed all that. After a period of reflection, he decided to become a meteorologist. Four years after graduating from Florida State University, Patrick landed a position with The Weather Channel. Shortly thereafter, David Neal with WDEF in Chattanooga made a referral resulting in Patrick Core working as a meteorologist on the 11PM edition of the Channel 12 nightly news. Patrick Core has now called Chattanooga home for 22 years as chief meteorologist at WDEF Channel 12.
In discussing recent weather patterns in our area, Core noted that last year was the coldest winter in 10 years followed by a particularly active weather pattern in the spring that resulted in devastating tornadoes. Now the weather pattern has changed due to cold air which has stayed in Alaska. Unfortunately, weather patterns indicate that spring may bring more severe weather to our area. The tendency for great tornado outbreaks has traditionally run in a 25-30 year cycle. During the tornado outbreaks of 1974, one tornado in Ohio was on the ground for 300 miles.
Advances in area radar systems have given local forecasters a much needed tool in warning the local population about approaching severe weather. New doppler radar systems coming online in 2012 have the ability to show debris within a tornadic system which increases the ability to identify a dangerous event.
When asked about his predictions for the remainder of our winter, Core said he is more concerned about an ice storm this winter than a major snow storm.
From left: Rotary Club of Cleveland President, Kim Casteel; program coordinator, Don Fenton; WDEF chief meteorologist, Patrick Core; program chairman, Nicholas Lillios.
Photo by Wayne Wilhelm
|District Foundation Committee Honors Max Carroll||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jan 17, 2012||
The Rotary District 6780 Foundation Committee has made a contribution of $360 to the Cleveland Rotary Foundation in honor of the late Max Carroll. Rotary Club of Cleveland President, Kim Casteel made the presentation to David Carroll.
From left: David Carroll, Kim Casteel
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|Bomar Rotary Interact Scholarship||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jan 17, 2012||
Past District Governor, Jim Buckner, accepts a contribution of $500 on behalf of the James L. Bomar Rotary Interact Scholarship Foundation from Cleveland Rotary Foundation President, Ann McCoin and Rotary Club of Cleveland President, Kim Casteel.
The purpose of the Bomar Interact Scholarship Foundation is to annually recognize outstanding and worthy Interact members in District 6780 with a scholarship award of a minimum of $1,000 each. To date, the foundation is awarding three $1,250 scholarships annually.
From left: Rotary Club of Cleveland President, Kim Casteel; Past District Governor, Jim Buckner; Cleveland Rotary Foundation President, Ann McCoin
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|Matthew Brown Presents: The History of Polk County||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jan 10, 2012||
In title alone, Matthew Brown's presentation on Polk County provides substantial insight into the history of our neighboring county to the east. Gorged on Dam Obsession: A Story of Princes and Frogs, Mountains and Moonshine, Women and Wine and How They Shaped Polk County covers multiple chapters in a presentation that has been thoroughly researched and documented by Matthew with assistance from Polk County Historian, Marion Presswood.
Matthew gave an insightful compilation that tied together the importance of Polk County's rich geography and the early settlers that gave the region a Wild West feeling during the 1700s. The Cherokee Indian nation played a big role in the county's history, arriving in the 1600s, displacing the Creek Indians and assimilating into American culture before ultimately being removed as a result of the Treaty of New Echota in 1835.
The rich geography of the region has created multiple economic development opportunities including the production of hydropower, copper, whitewater activities, wine, and, to a lesser extent, moonshine and human capital.
Polk County remains one of the most beautiful and geographically diverse areas in our region with impressive mountains like Chilhowee, Bean and Big Frog Mountain along with the beauty of the Ocoee River and Benton Falls. Big Frog Mountain is the highest point between Polk County and Texas.
Polk County was established in 1839 and named for James K. Polk. Bradley County had been established only three years earlier in 1836. Matthew was encouraged to make his unique research available to the local school systems.
Rotarian, Matthew Brown presents: Gorged on Dam Obsession: A Story of Princes and Frogs, Mountains and Moonshine, Women and Wine and How They Shaped Polk County
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|Cleveland Rotary Foundation Grant||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jan 03, 2012||
Cleveland Rotary Foundation president, Ann McCoin, presented Lisa Simpson-Lutts with a $3,005 check to fund a storage renovation project at The Museum Center at Five Points. The funds will be used to procure shelving, acid-free boxes and tissue paper to properly store a variety of three dimensional objects related to the history of Cleveland and Bradley County.
The Museum Center grant is one of eight awards totaling over $25,000 to be presented by the Cleveland Rotary Foundation in 2012.
|LTRO Prepares for 2012||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jan 03, 2012||
Bradley County's response to the devastation caused by last year's tornadoes has been recognized as a "best practice" effort by FEMA. The scope of the disaster was massive with 285 homes destroyed and over 1,500 with damage. The Long Term Recovery Organization (LTRO) was established to address those situations where families had no alternatives to recover from their storm-related losses.
Jim Polier, LTRO director, outlined some goals for the organization as we enter the new year. The organization hopes to complete seven homes currently under way and add another five to seven homes during the second half of 2012. The LTRO has partnered with other local organizations to accomplish their goals, including Habitat for Humanity, the Bradley Baptist Association and Men and Women of Action. The organization achieved Section 501(c)(3) status in December providing for tax deductible donations to the recovery effort.
The LTRO operates through the following committees: unmet needs, communications, volunteers, construction/rehabilitation, resource development, anonymous stakeholders, and the legal advisory panel. The organization is seeking additional funding for 2012.
Jim Polier, Long Term Recovery Organization Director
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|Happy New Year!||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jan 01, 2012||
|New Officers and Directors for 2012-2013||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Dec 20, 2011||
The Rotary Club of Cleveland elected officers and directors for the 2012-2013 Rotary year during the December 20 meeting. These individuals bring significant talent and Rotary experience to lead our organization in the new Rotary year which begins on July 1, 2012. Our new officers and directors are:
|A Rotary Tribute to Max Carroll||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Dec 20, 2011||
CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF MAX CARROLL:
The Rotary Club of Cleveland celebrated the life of Max Carroll during the December 20 meeting by reminiscing on a few of the ways that Max touched our lives and contributed to our community. Six Rotarians spoke to specific areas where Max's influence will always be remembered: business, education, government, church, family, Rotary and friendship.
Larry McDaniel thankfully remembered that it was Max Carroll that gave him the opportunity to own his business, The Town Squire, back in 1977. Larry eventually shared Rotary with Max by proposing him for membership in the Rotary Club of Cleveland.
Peggy Pesterfield spoke of the thoughtful and mentoring attitude with which Max Carroll served on the City School Board since 1982. Education was an important area of service for Max. He stressed education in his community and in his family.
Bill Brown recalled that Max had served his community for over 38 years in positions such as Finance Commissioner, Interim Police Chief and on the City School Board. Max's real estate background made him an invaluable asset in many property transactions. "Max negotiated for millions of dollars in real estate for our city with no regard for any compensation for himself. Max represented goodwill in everything he did."
Bill George fondly recalled Max's participation in his Wednesday Bible study class. Max was active in a long-standing Sunday School class at the North Cleveland Church of God and served as class president. Max Carroll invited Bill to his very first Rotary meeting. As Bill remembers it, there was no option to not attend.
Steve Carroll shared Max's commitment to education in his own family. "Max always pushed his family to make themselves better. That was his legacy." Max Carroll was a strong believer in education as reflected in his service to the community and his influence on his own family.
Art Rhodes looked back on Max Carroll's love for Rotary and how Max wanted to be sure that all of our community leaders were members of the Rotary Club of Cleveland. "You really didn't have a choice if Max wanted you to join Rotary." As our Membership Committee Chairman, Max shared Rotary with many individuals who are now Rotarians. Art also recalled the "assistance" Max provided in finding a home for the Rhodes family when they first moved to Cleveland. Max provided a complete, "no options required" relocation service.
The recurring theme of our Max Carroll tribute meeting seemed to focus on a central idea, Service Above Self. Max was a great example of the application of our Rotary motto, Service Above Self; and our statement of action, the Four-Way Test.
|Max Carroll||Posted||on Dec 14, 2011|
|Max Carroll||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Dec 13, 2011||
Max Carroll had a great time during his last Rotary meeting on earth. And, just like so many times before, we enjoyed Max's company.
Surrounded by our scheduled program, The Voices of Lee, Max displayed his always good-natured disposition in playing the surprise role of a dancing Santa, while being serenaded in an incredible, a cappella, Christmas melody.
Somehow, I believe that even if Max had known that this was to be the last Tuesday of his 30-year Rotary experience, he wouldn't have changed a thing. And I wouldn't have either. Because, we couldn't have planned a better tribute to the life of Max Carroll than what actually unfolded during the December 13 meeting. It was the perfect performance from the quintessential Max Carroll.
Thank you, Max, for your many contributions to the Rotary Club of Cleveland, and, for sharing Rotary with so many friends through the years. You are missed.
Max Robert Carroll - February 10, 1931 - December 14, 2011
Photo by Peggy Pesterfield
|William Killian, U.S. Attorney||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Dec 06, 2011||
U.S. Attorney, William Killian, is the chief federal law enforcement official tasked to represent the people of the Eastern District of Tennessee. U.S. Attorney Killian's territory includes over 2.5 million people living in the 41 county district. Killian was appointed to the position of U.S. Attorney by President Barack Obama in May 2010.
The U.S. Attorney's office represents the interests of the United States, both civil and criminal, in federal court. The office works closely with many federal departments to accomplish the mission to ensure fair and efficient administration of justice. Federal agents assigned to U.S. Attorney's office include: 80 FBI agents, 10 Secret Service, 4 Postal Service inspectors, 30 U.S. Marshals and numerous others including dedicated security personnel with the Tennessee Valley Authority. Killian's office includes a staff of 43 assistant U.S. Attorneys and over 60 support personnel.
The office of the U.S. Attorney has established several priorities for the district:
The Eastern Tennessee U.S. Attorney's office maintains a 96% conviction rate and has recovered over $44 million in civil and criminal actions in 2011. Killian noted that the office recovers about three times more revenue than is required to run the office.
"We have a diverse country and one of the reasons people come here is to seek the justice that they may not have in their country," Killian said.
Rotarian, Michael Callaway, invited Killian to speak upon noting that many Rotarians had little knowledge about the functions of the U.S. Attorney's office. For additional information on the Eastern Tennessee District U.S. Attorney's Office, visit the website at http://www.justice.gov/usao/tne/index.html.
U.S. Attorney for the Eastern Tennessee District, William Killian
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|Bell Ringers||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Dec 03, 2011||
Rotarians, Art Rhodes and Norm Fontana, "Doing the Most Good" for the Salvation Army at Walmart on December 3, 2011.
|Historic Moments: How Rotary's Efforts to Eradicate Polio Began||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Dec 03, 2011||
|Cleveland State Community College Scholarship||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Nov 29, 2011||
Rotarian, Amy Card-Lillios, presented Cleveland State Community College President, Carl Hite, with an annual check to fund an endowed scholarship at the institution during the November 29 meeting. The Rotary Club of Cleveland has funded scholarship opportunities at CSCC since the 1980s.
L to R: Carl Hite, CSCC President; Amy Card-Lillios, Rotary Club of Cleveland
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|Family Promise of Bradley County||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Nov 29, 2011||
Shady Hernandez, Program Director of Family Promise of Bradley County
"I didn't know we had homeless families in Bradley County." This viewpoint, formerly held by Shady Hernandez, is common in our community. Shady Hernandez is the network director of Family Promise of Bradley County. Family Promise provides assistance including housing, meals and comprehensive support services for homeless families in Bradley County.
A poor economy accompanied by record real estate foreclosures has caused a significant increase in homelessness in recent years. According to statistics from Cleveland City Schools, there were 34 homeless children enrolled in the system during the 2009-2010 school year. Nationwide, it is estimated that children under five years old make up 50% of the total homeless population.
Family Promise works with local churches to provide shelter for homeless families. A homeless family will be housed at a local church facility for seven days, then rotate to another participating church for another seven day period. Hernandez shared the story of a family's gratitude over being allowed to stay at a classroom converted to look like a bedroom at North Cleveland Baptist Church. Thirteen area churches participate in the Family Promise program. Hernandez said, "I could tell the program was working because the children felt safe."
When asked about the primary needs of the organization, Rotarian Hal Taylor responded that while financial assistance is always necessary, the biggest need is for some people to invest their time into helping of these families. There's a big need for someone to step in and mentor these families and provide some opportunities for them to get back on their feet.
Family Promise of Bradley County is organized as a 503(c) non-profit corporation.
Photo by Wayne Wilhelm
|Happy Thanksgiving||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Nov 24, 2011||
|Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice, Cornelia Clark||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Nov 22, 2011||
Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice, Cornelia Clark.
"The SEC official clearly blew the call" according to Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice and Vanderbilt alumnus, Cornelia Clark, referencing the final play in the recent Vanderbilt vs. UT football game. Sometimes judges make mistakes too, acknowledged Clark. One has to try to make the best decision and always strive for justice given the time and resources available for consideration.
The Tennessee Supreme Court has the luxury of being able to take adequate time to rule on the cases brought forth. Approximately 75-80 cases are selected from 925 proceedings each year with sufficient time applied to interpret statutes, laws, or even the constitution. The supreme court cannot just grab "interesting" cases to act upon says Clark. Matters before the Tennessee Supreme Court must pass through at least two lower courts before being passed into the supreme court's jurisdiction. Each case begins as a lawsuit in some court.
A fair and competent judicial system keeps our state strong and our businesses sound. Yet, to most people, the courts system remains a mystery. When judges are doing a good job, there is little attention drawn to their actions. The courts system must provide the following attributes:
Chief Justice Clark applauded our local trial and sessions court judges for the excellent work they do under severe time restraints and minimal resources. Judges usually get to see people at their highest levels of stress. There are, however, some good and happy courtroom actions such as when adoptions are finalized. Chief Justice Clark recently had a chance meeting with a family whose adoption case she had officiated some 15 years ago.
Clark recognizes Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman to be appointed to the United States Supreme Court, as one of her heroes. Click here for more information on Chief Justice, Cornelia A. Clark.
From left: programs chairperson, Nicholas Lillios; Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice, Cornelia Clark; program coordinator, Michael Callaway and his wife, Phyllis Callaway.
Photos by Wayne Wilhelm
|Oversight and Assistance With Tennessee Brownfields||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Nov 15, 2011||
Andy Shivas defines a "brownfield" as any property that is contaminated with some type of pollutant. Typically these properties may have been occupied by industries or businesses such as dry cleaners, gas stations, factories, junk yards or mining sites. In some cases, even residential properties may have legacy contamination from the long time use of coal or oil-fueled furnaces.
Many potential issues exist when brownfield properties are redeveloped. The unsafe chemicals or pollutants must be removed or mitigated in such a way to render the property safe for future use. Shivas recommends that a purchaser of property where brownfield issues may exist conduct due diligence studies to protect themselves from future liabilities and costs associated with environmental issues and remediation.
Redevelopment of brownfield property can be a winning investment. In may cases, a seller will reduce a property's price if contaminants are thought to exist. Redevelopment can return idle properties to a taxable status and can reduce urban sprawl. Lenders may also require state concurrence on the safety of a property before loans may be approved.
State and federal funding sources such as the EPA's 104(K) grant program are available to assist with brownfield remediation projects. In many cases, government funding may offset the costs of returning a contaminated site to a usable status. Shivas cited both the EPB Building and Finley Stadium properties in Chattanooga as examples of successful brownfield projects where grant funding was employed to return neglected properties to constructive use.
Andy Shivas is the Tennessee Brownfields Coordinator and VOAP Manager for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. For more information on brownfield redevelopment, visit the Tennessee Division of Remediation webpage at www.tn.gov/environment/dor.
|2011 Dictionary Project Update||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Nov 11, 2011||
Rotary teams are now distributing dictionaries to every third grader in the Bradley County and Cleveland City School systems.
The Rotary Club of Cleveland will distribute between 1,200 and 1,300 dictionaries to 17 schools this year. This project is our signature contribution to literacy and has become a favorite activity for members. We hope to finish this year's distribution by Thanksgiving.
Aaron Weatherford instructs third graders at Park View Elementary School on the proper operation of the Rotary Student Dictionary.
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|Cleveland Rotary Foundation Awards Grants||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Nov 08, 2011||
Cleveland Rotary Foundation president, Ann McCoin, announces that approximately $26,000 in grants have been awarded to eight applicants for use in the 2012 calendar year. The foundation received a total of 14 applications requesting approximately $70,000 in funding. The recipients are:
|Lisa King, National Immunization Day Veteran||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Nov 08, 2011||
Knoxville Rotarian, Lisa King is a veteran National Immunization Day (NID) participant. Both Elisa King and our very own David Carroll have worked to administer polio vaccine during India's massive NID campaigns. How massive is the effort? Over 174 million children under the age of 5 were vaccinated in a span of just a few days.
In Chandigarh, the capital of Punjab, a team of approximately 40 Rotarians took a 7-hour bus ride to assist with staffing information booths and administering the life-saving vaccine. Children receiving the vaccine have their fingers marked with purple ink to prevent duplication. The vaccine must be kept cold and teams must travel on foot from house-to-house in an effort to deliver the vaccine to households not attending the NID event.
How effective have the NID events been in the effort to eradicate polio in India? During 1985, 1,000 new cases of polio were reported in India -PER DAY! By 2008, there were 559 new cases of polio reported in India during the entire year. In a disappointing turn, the 2009 report indicated an increase in new polio cases to 732. The effort showed positive results in 2010 with only 49 new cases reported. This year (2011), only one new case of polio has been reported in India. A polio-free India is within our grasp. Three consecutive years with no new polio cases is the requirement to be certified polio-free. The United States was declared polio-free in 1994.
Polio and man have a long and tragic history together. Stones carvings from ancient Egypt depict polio victims. Many of us can remember iron lungs and the crippling effects of the disease. Rotarians from all over the world have contributed to the effort to eradicate polio. Now is the time to finish the task. We are this close.
Lisa King was born in South Africa and lived in Greece during high school. She is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and attended her first NID in 2009. Lisa is a member of the Paul Harris Society.
Lisa King, National Immunization Day Veteran.
Photo by Wayne Wilhelm
|Meet Rotary Club of Cleveland Ambassadorial Scholar, Amanda Elliott||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Nov 01, 2011||
Amanda Elliott credits a childhood trip to York, England to research her family tree as a major factor in her decision to attend the University of York to pursue a Masters Degree in International Public Health. Amanda's parents encouraged learning and thinking "outside the box" while she was growing up. Now, as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, she has gained an opportunity to maximize her talents in the field of public health by engaging in research on communicable diseases.
Amanda is a graduate of Bradley High School and Lee University where she majored in biochemistry. After taking some time off to evaluate her next educational steps, she was recruited by Kim Casteel and David Carroll to apply for a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship. Amanda completed her paperwork and breezed through the one-hour district interview process at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville. Ambassadorial Scholarship committee chairperson, Ann McCoin announced that Amanda had won the scholarship this past September.
Amanda Elliott, Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar
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|Estela Liermann, Polio Survivor||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Nov 01, 2011||
To hear Estela Liermann singing Patsy Cline's, "Crazy", you would never know that she's fought a daunting battle for most of her life. You see, Estela contracted polio when she was only one year old while living in Brazil in the 1960s. Her fever had suddenly spiked to 104 degrees and the traditional shot of penicillin did not resolve her illness. One leg became unresponsive to stimuli and she could no longer move it. The doctors in her town hadn't seen a case like this one before, so they sent Estela to a hospital in Sao Paulo. Later they would learn that Estela Liermann was to be diagnosed as the very first case of polio in her town.
Thus began a long series of treatments and operations to minimize the crippling effects of the insidious disease. Estela spent a difficult month in the Sao Paulo hospital as her mother had to travel back to her hometown to care for Estela's seven brothers and sisters. When she was 7 years old, Estela had the first of many surgeries to correct the twisting of the affected leg. Estela considered herself blessed to gain the care she received from Brazil's socialized medical system. She also noted that most of the other children with polio were in much worse shape than herself. It was there, in the hospital, that Estela started singing for the doctors and staff who had become her caretakers.
Today, the effects of the disease still are still manifested in Estela as post-polio syndrome which effects the nervous system. The symptoms seem to come and go and can hamper one's ability to walk. Estela continues to fight the effects of the disease and flatly states that she never gave up before and she's not giving up now. She is especially thankful for Rotary's efforts to eradicate the disease that has caused her so much pain during her life.
As Rotarians, we are inspired by Estela Liermann's attitude and resolve as she continues her fight against polio. Likewise, we are emboldened to finish our own fight to rid the world of the curse that is polio. We are this close.
Estela Liermann, Inspirational Polio Survivor.
Photo by Wayne Wilhelm
|Stop the Halloween Fright||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Oct 31, 2011||
Once upon a Rotary year-y, while I pondered, growing a bit leery,
Over whether every Rotarian, would give $100 or more.
My mind raced, now more wary, suddenly what I saw was terribly scary.
More so than ghosts or monsters or something rapping at my chamber door.
It was the image of a child, paralyzed, crawling on a dirt floor.
Only this and nothing more.
Ah, but this child I did not know, as she pained and suffered so.
Would not someone else see she was not left upon that dirty floor?
Rapidly my fear turned to sorrow for this child may have no tomorrow.
She was just another crawler, helpless and always to be poor.
Leaving it to someone else, leaves her on that dirty floor.
Nameless and alone for evermore.
More images now, my fear grew stronger; hesitating then no longer.
Poverty, illness, hunger and so many victims of conflict and war.
So many living a nightmare, with whom our good fortune we can share.
No water or food or one to care; no education, for millions no open door.
No opportunity; no bright future, neither nor.
Darkness there and nothing more.
Who will help those in need; this desperate call who will heed?
“Sir," said I, "or Madam”, truly your support I implore;
Every Rotarian, everywhere, help end this chilling tale if you dare,
help those in great despair, in our backyard and on another shore.
‘O the ways you can help are so many, please do explore.
And change the life of a child--forevermore!
And every Rotarian, with no hesitation, responded without consternation,
giving every year $100 and even more.
And the children’s eyes have all the seeming, filled of hope; and dreaming;
their smiles now beaming, as Rotarians’ generosity there was an outpour;
And the lives of millions with so little to live for,
shall be lifted--forever and evermore!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!
|India Is "This Close"||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Oct 29, 2011||
India has "never been closer" to wiping out polio, India's health minister has declared as he marked World Polio Day. There have been no new cases for more than nine months, making it the longest polio-free period since the global eradication campaign was launched. The only case reported this year was in the state of West Bengal in January. There were 39 cases reported over a similar period in 2010.
India is one of only four countries in the world where polio is still endemic. The virus is also prevalent in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria.
"We are close to our goal but are not taking any chances," Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Monday. "Efforts will be further intensified in the country to stop any residual polio virus circulation and also to prevent any polio cases following an international importation," he said.
Officials now say that any new case of polio would be dealt with as a public health emergency. For decades health officials and non-governmental organisations have administered large-scale immunisation programmes as India battled the debilitating disease. But the health ministry reported that no cases were reported from the northern state of Uttar Pradesh for 18 months and no cases have been reported from Bihar over the last 13 months. Analysts say that these are encouraging signs.
Uttar Pradesh has been one of the worst-affected regions in the world's fight against polio with hundreds of cases reported until a few years ago. Of the 549 polio cases in India in 2008, 297 were in Uttar Pradesh.
India's efforts to reduce polio cases have been praised by international health organizations. Every year, India holds two national immunisation days in January and February and on each of these days, nearly 170.2 million children are given polio drops.
A highly infectious disease, polio tends to strike children aged under five. It invades the nervous system, leading to irreversible paralysis. There is no cure, but a vaccine of mouth droplets can give good protection.
|Business Valuation 101||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Oct 27, 2011||
Randall Hebert of Henderson Hutcherson & McCullough presented the basics for evaluating and preparing a business for sale during the September 27 meeting of the Rotary Club of Cleveland. A prudent business owner will begin to prepare for a potential sale well in advance of the event, as at least three to five years of business history will be considered during the valuation process.
The three most common forms of business valuation are:
Randall Hebert is a CPA and is recognized by the National Association of Certified Business Valuation Analysts as a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA).
|History-Based Tourism||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Oct 25, 2011||
Tourism is big business in the state of Tennessee. A recent report points to an increase in tourism revenue for every county in the state during 2010. According to Melissa Woody, vice president of the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), this is a rare occurrence given the current state of the economy. "We are considered an affordable natural destination for visitors from all our bordering states and Ohio."
Funding for the Convention and Visitors Bureau's marketing efforts is provided through a portion of the five percent lodging tax. Twenty-seven percent of the total lodging tax revenues go to the Convention and Visitors Bureau to fund tourism development activities. The lodging tax comes from approximately 24 hotels accounting for 1,200 to 1,300 rooms in Bradley County. The CVB's marketing campaign includes advertising in magazines such as Better Homes and Gardens and brochures targeting more specific tourism segments.
In addition to their marketing campaign, the CVB conducts a wide range of product development activities to package potential tourist activities for the marketplace. One example of a destination product with great potential is the Fort Cass site in Charleston, Tennessee. Fort Cass was the governmental headquarters for the entire Trail of Tears operation. Plans are under way for a Heritage Center to be developed in the Charleston community along with a complimentary park and greenway focused on the area's rich historical significance.
The 150th anniversary of the Civil War is also generating major interest in our area from a tourism perspective. To further quantify the the interest prompted by the area's rich history, the CVB has received over 50,000 inquiries this year related to area tourist destinations and activities. Seventy-five thousand visitor guides were printed last year to satisfy requests for information. For more information on our area's attractions, explore www.VisitClevelandTN.com.
|WACKER and Bradley County||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Oct 18, 2011||
Amanda Plecas, Site Communication Manager for Wacker Chemie AG, disclosed that the new polycrystalline silicon facility under construction in Charleston, Tennessee is the largest investment in the company's history.
Wacker expects to produce 67,000 metric tons of the raw material used in the production of solar panels in 2014. The Bradley County plant will be responsible for 15,000 metric tons of Wacker's total polycrystalline silicon production by 2014. Raw materials for the solar industry make up 25% of Wacker's total worldwide sales.
Wacker emphasizes environmental responsibility and production efficiency with their "Responsible Care" program. Production by-products are recycled in a highly efficient, closed-loop manufacturing process that has minimal environment impact.
Rapid growth in the solar industry is fueling Wacker's expansion. Photovoltaic use is forecast to grow by 42% during the period between 2007 and 2014. Rising energy costs have reduced the payback period for using solar cells from four years to two years in California and from six years to two years in Germany. Wacker's polycrystalline silicon production capacity is sold out through 2014.
Amanda noted that Wacker is very optimistic about their decision to locate in our community. Major factors playing a role in the decision to locate in Bradley County included the availability of cost-effective, TVA electricity; over-the-fence chlorine from Olin Chemical; transportation infrastructure; intellectual property protection laws; a skilled labor pool and a strong government incentives package.
The economic impact of the Wacker development is substantial with the creation of 650 direct jobs in addition to as many as 1,000 construction positions and an equal number of jobs within their supplier stream. The Wacker plant is expected to be commissioned in 2013. Click here for additional information about Wacker Tennessee.
Amanda Plecas is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and has worked as Creative Director for Waterhouse Public Relations and as Director of Public Relations for WTCI. Amanda has also participated in a Rotary Group Study Exchange as a team member traveling to India.
Amanda Plecas, Site Communication Manager for Wacker Chemie AG.
|Leadership Lessons For Our Time||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Oct 11, 2011||
|Doug Berry Unveils Preliminary Industrial Site Plan||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Oct 04, 2011||
Doug Berry, VP of Economic Development for the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce, presented a set of preliminary site plans for the proposed industrial park off Exit 20 in southern Bradley County during the October 4 meeting of the Rotary Club of Cleveland. The strategically located property consists of 343 acres from the former Bob Zeige farm, fronting Interstate 75 and located approximately 13 miles from both Volkswagen and Wacker. The location and accessibility of this site make it an excellent location for suppliers to these new industrial operations.
The preliminary site layout features nine buildings ranging from 30,000 to 600,000 square feet. Berry noted that the site plan adapts to the topography of the land and includes 75 acres of buffer zones to minimize any environmental intrusions into the surrounding community. The redesign of the Exit 20 interchange provides access to the new site and opens an additional 200 acres to commercial development along I-75. The new commercial area will probably have a 20 to 30 year buildout period according to Berry.
Additional information on the progress of Whirlpool's migration to their new facility was provided during the presentation emphasizing potential future uses of the old property and buildings in three distinct sites in the downtown Cleveland area. Some of the existing buildings spread over 90 acres include multiple floor configurations that most manufacturers would view as unsuitable for production purposes. Some parts were moved over seven miles before becoming a completed stove due to the layout of the old facility. The old Hardwick Stove building seems to be the most usable structure based on initial inspections. Whirlpool is expected to fully vacate the downtown buildings by 2015.
Doug Berry has been named the recipient of the Fred Harris Professional of the Year Award at the annual meeting of the Tennessee Economic Development Council in Memphis. Berry's contributions in the Whirlpool, Amazon, and Olin projects were cited as factors in the award.
Doug Berry, VP of Economic Development for the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce
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|Health Savings Account Or Health Disaster Account?||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Sep 20, 2011||
The tax-sheltered account for designated health care expenses should be called a "Health Disaster Account", according to Dr. James Marcum. When we use the money from a so-called Health Savings Account, the funds are utilized to cover a health emergency or problem. Health is your most valuable asset. The actions one takes to maintain good health are the true deposits to your real Health Savings Account (HSA). Drinking plenty of water, eating healthy foods and getting plenty of rest are all investments that should be made to your HSA.
Poor investments in health are causing 1 in every 5 dollars in this country to be spent on health care. Specific problem areas include poor diet and negative input through our senses causing increased production of adrenaline and cortisol which lead to the inability to get proper rest. Anxiety induces "stress chemistry" causing poor diet habits and other health problems.
It is estimated that three out of four people do not drink enough water. The average person should take their weight divided by two to determine the proper amount of water to drink (in ounces) on a daily basis. For example, a 200 lb. person needs 100 ounces of water per day. An additional problem area is the overuse of prescription medications. According to Dr. Marcum, prescription drugs may be the third or fourth cause of death in the U.S.
Dr. Marcum is a practicing cardiologist with the Chattanooga Heart Institute and a director of HeartWise Ministries. HeartWise Ministries is dedicated to helping God's children find the Biblical truth in an over-marketed society. Watch for Dr. Marcum's new book, "The Ultimate Prescription" now available for pre-order at Amazon.com.
|Operation Christmas Child||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Sep 13, 2011||
Life Care Centers of America president, Beecher Hunter, initiated the September 13 meeting of the Rotary Club of Cleveland with "high fives" and the story behind his company's support of the Operation Christmas Child program.
Life Care (LCCA) started assembling shoeboxes filled with gifts for children in 1995. They fell slightly short of their initial goal to provide 22,000 boxes to the Samaritan's Purse effort. The project has rapidly grown throughout recent history with last year's campaign netting over 189,000 shoeboxes from the 28 states where LCCA operates. The residents of LCCA's care centers view the activity as a source of inspiration in helping the children of the world.
LCCA sponsors five company associates to travel with the Samaritan's Purse organization to assist with the distribution of the shoeboxes each year. "God directs every shoebox", stated Hunter. LCCA has collected 2.25 million shoeboxes for the children of the world since the effort began in 1995.
According to Randy Riddle, who directs domestic activities for Operation Christmas Child, the 2011 goal is to provide gift boxes for 8.5 million children in over 100 countries. The beleaguered country of Haiti was the recipient of 250,000 boxes last year.
Samaritan's Purse staffs 7 processing centers in the U.S. with over 40,000 volunteers to inspect and prepare the packages for final distribution. Over 500,000 volunteer hours are utilized in fulfilling the annual mission.
The Rotary Club of Cleveland is participating in this year's Operation Christmas Child campaign.
Randy Riddle (left) of Samaritan's Purse and Beecher Hunter of Life Care Centers of America answer questions about the Operation Christmas Child project.
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|Amanda Elliott Wins Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Sep 12, 2011||
Ambassadorial Scholarship Committee Chairperson, Ann McCoin, has announced that one of the Rotary Club of Cleveland's candidates for an Ambassadorial Scholarship has won the award.
Amanda Elliott is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James E. Elliott of Cleveland. She is a 2006 graduate of Bradley High School and a 2010 graduate of Lee University with a B.S. in Biochemistry. In 2011, she has worked as a substitute chemistry teacher at Bradley High School. Amanda intends to use her Ambassadorial Scholarship to continue her studies by pursuing a Masters Degree in Public Health (International) at the University of York in England.
Ambassadorial Scholarships, the Rotary Foundation's oldest and best-known program, was founded in 1947. Since then, more than 40,000 men and women from about 100 nations have studied abroad under its auspices. Today it is one of the world's largest privately funded international scholarship programs. Nearly 700 scholarships were awarded for study in 2009-10. Through grants totaling approximately $16.2 million, recipients from about 70 countries studied in more than 80 nations.
|The End of Polio||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Sep 07, 2011|
|Lee University Update||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Sep 06, 2011||
Lee University President, Dr. Paul Conn, shared some interesting facts and statistics on the local institution during the Rotary Club of Cleveland's September 6 meeting. Dr. Conn is celebrating his 25th year as president of Lee and noted that the student enrollment was 960 when he took the helm in 1986.
Back then the goal was to eventually grow to 1,500 students. When asked, at his first Cleveland Rotary presentation, if 2,000 students was even a possibility, Dr. Conn replied that he didn't feel like that number was attainable. This year, Lee University has enrolled over 4,400 students representing 48 states and 58 countries. Idaho and Wyoming are the only two states without at least one student enrolled at Lee. Student enrollment has increased for 26 straight years.
From left: program coordinator, Bill Balzano; Dr. Paul Conn; Rotary Club of Cleveland President, Kim Casteel
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|Cameron Fisher Recognized for New Generations Service||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Sep 06, 2011||
Past District 6780 Governor, Bobby Davis, has recognized Cameron Fisher for his role in establishing the prototype Rotary youth organization, Youthact, in our district. Cleveland Middle School hosted our local Youthact organization until earlier this year when Rotary International decided to lower the age requirement for Interact to 12 years old. As part of Rotary's 'New Generations' avenue of service, Youthact has now become part of Interact by the age extension. The Rotary Club of Cleveland now sponsors active Interact clubs at both Cleveland Middle School and Cleveland High School.
From left: Cameron Fisher and former Rotary District 6780 Governor, Bobby Davis.
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|Ann McCoin Honors Parents||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Sep 06, 2011||
2011 Rotarian of the Year, Ann McCoin, memorialized her parents Francis Hansbrough Yarbro and George Lawson Yarbro by naming them Paul Harris Fellows. Rotary Foundation Committee co-chairman, Norm Fontana, made the presentation and thanked Ann for her ongoing support of the Rotary International Foundation. In addition to being named Rotarian of the Year, Ann is the president of the Cleveland Rotary Foundation and is chairperson of the Ambassadorial Scholarships Committee.
From left: Rotary Club of Cleveland President, Kim Casteel; Ann McCoin; Rotary Foundation Committee Co-Chairman, Norm Fontana.
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|Representative Kevin Brooks, Legislative Update||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Aug 30, 2011||
Fellow Rotarian and State Representative, Kevin Brooks, shared his personal insights on the first legislative session of the 107th General Assembly during an address to the Rotary Club of Cleveland on August 30.
Representative Brooks emphasized the focus on job growth by stating that he "believes that small business is the key to improving our economic situation". The federal government now accounts for 27% of the country's GDP. Upon adding the impact of state and local government, the percentage of GDP generated through government spending increases to an "unsustainable" 42 percent. Departments in state government have been asked to prepare for an expected 30-40% decrease in federal funding as the federal government begins to address its massive debt crisis.
The legislature passed a balanced budget for Tennessee that reduced spending by an impressive $1.2 billion. Brooks noted that the passage of a budget is the only constitutionally required action of the legislature. Therefore, of the 4,000 bills passed in the most recent legislative session, 3,999 were unnecessary.
Brooks praised our state and community as being tops for economic growth and a great place to raise a family. Representative Brooks also introduced Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner, John Schroer, who was preparing to present a Transportation Enhancement Grant of $261,541 to Meigs County for a pedestrian/bicycle project in Decatur.
Representative Kevin Brooks and Rotary Club of Cleveland President, Kim Casteel
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|United Way Kickoff Luncheon||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Aug 23, 2011||
The Rotary Club of Cleveland co-hosted the 2011 United Way Kickoff Luncheon on Tuesday, August 23 at the Peerless Road Church. Brenda Lawson and Tanya Mazzolini are co-chairs for this year's campaign which has a goal of $2.3 million. Tennessee's First Lady, Chrissy Haslam, delivered the keynote address which focused on the importance of early childhood education.
Year 2010 statistics show that 42% of third graders in the state of Tennessee were unable to read at their grade level. Further examination shows that many of these children were not properly prepared when they began kindergarten. According to Haslam, as many as 34% of children entering kindergarten don't have the required language skills required to learn. First Lady Haslam is using her position to resolve these issues by promoting programs to increase parental involvement in early childhood development. She is also assisting with a program to utilize faith-based communities in Memphis to improve child preparedness levels. "I think the entire country is watching Tennessee as an example for education reform," Haslam said.
Haslam said she wanted to attend the United Way of Bradley County kickoff when she heard about the community's response to the disastrous April tornadoes. "It just really touched my heart."
Pacesetter and Challenger firms announced pledges totaling $902,280 to get the campaign off to a strong start. Many of the pledge reports are yet incomplete and will be updated at upcoming report luncheons according to United Way board chairman, Terry Henry. The next report luncheon is scheduled for noon on Monday, September 12 at the Mountain View Inn.
|Rotary District 6780 Governor, Frank Rothermel||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Aug 16, 2011||
"This is the best time to be alive in history", says Frank Rothermel, our District 6780 Governor. The intertwined objectives of prosperity and health have never been higher as shown by Hans Rosling's statistical video; 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes. Rotary wants to continue to play a prominent role in the march toward a better life for all people. Bill Gates, who has given over $355 million to Rotary International's fight against polio, notes that in 1960, 20 million children died of various disease worldwide. Last year, the number has dropped to 8.1 million, a 60% decrease in 50 years.
Rotary's battle against polio continues toward a successful conclusion with our own District 6780 having contributed over $2 million since 1985. The technology for tracing the disease in India is now so advanced that a single polio case may now be traced back to its carrier. Rotary International has raised over $1 billion to eradicate polio as our signature project for the last 25 years. Success is now within our grasp.
DG Rothermel echoed RI president, Kalyan Banerjee's theme for the 2011-2012 Rotary year, "Reach Within to Embrace Humanity". Given the inward and individual focus of this year's Rotary theme, we are reminded of Mahatma Gandhi's saying, "Be the change you want to see in the world."
Frank Rothermel joined the Knoxville, Tennessee Rotary club in 1996 and served as its president in 2006. In 1998, he was selected as the Four-Way Test Rotarian of the Year. Frank and his wife, Judy, are Paul Harris Fellows, Benefactors of the Rotary Foundation, Major Donors, Members of the Paul Harris Society and the Arch Klumph Society. He is president of Denark Construction and is a partner in Fielden and Rothermel Properties where he oversees the management of over 350 apartments and several commercial buildings. DG Rothermel also has an exhaustive list of community service activities and achievements outside of Rotary. Our district governor certainly personifies the Rotary motto, Service Above Self.
The Rotary Club of Cleveland has made a $250 contribution to Rotary International in memory of Frank's son, John Thomas Rothermel.
|200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Aug 16, 2011||
|MAJOR Donors||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Aug 16, 2011||
Matthew Brown was recognized by District 6780 Governor, Frank Rothermel, as a major donor to the Rotary Foundation during the Rotary Club of Cleveland's August 16 meeting.
Achieving major donor status is representative of a very substantial commitment to the programs and work of Rotary International. Matthew joined the Rotary Club of Cleveland in July 1995 and served as our president during the 2002-2003 Rotary year.
Pictured with Matthew are his father, K. Harrison Brown, a level 4 major donor, and DG Frank Rothermel, a member of the Arch C. Klumph Society. We thank these individuals for their MAJOR support of the Rotary Foundation and their contribution to the worldwide eradication of polio.
From left: K. Harrison Brown; District Governor, Frank Rothermel and Matthew Brown.
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|Welcome Britney Cooke||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Aug 16, 2011||
Britney Cooke has been inducted as a new member of the Rotary Club of Cleveland. Britney is the director of marketing for Cooke's Food and Super Saver and was proposed for membership by Tim Spires. Britney is a former member of the Bradley Sunrise Rotary Club and her Rotary classification is Groceries, Retail.
From left: Britney Cooke; Rotary Club of Cleveland secretary, Tim Spires.
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|Fine Feathered Friends of the Cleveland Greenway||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Aug 09, 2011||
a bird-watcher, i.e. David Chaffin
Our "roving" Rotarian, Dr. David Chaffin, introduced the Rotary Club of Cleveland to a new world of competitive observation -birding. For the uninitiated, this probably means bird-watching in the backyard or while relaxing on vacation. For David Chaffin, birding is a slightly more involved activity. His documentation of bird species sightings has him ranked 22nd in the United States and 9th in the state of Tennessee. With 11,242 sightings, David Chaffin is the world's 229th most prolific birder.
He has recently turned the focus of his birding activities toward the Cleveland Greenway, with the intent of documenting as many of the "Fine Feathered Friends of the Cleveland Greenway" as possible. To date, he has recorded 82 species of birds in the greenway area, including a first time in Bradley County sighting of the Willow Flycatcher. David's greenway sightings include Sand Hill Cranes, Canadian Geese, Red-Tailed and Red-Shouldered Hawks, and the ever-numerous European Starling, also known in some circles as the "air rat". Our highly-ranked birder expects to document 100 avian species in the greenway area by the end of this year. Fellow Rotarian, Don Ritzhaupt, is also hooked on the hobby after an introduction to bird-watching by Chaffin several years ago.
David Chaffin, our 2010 Rotarian of the Year, also holds the Rotary Club of Cleveland's number one ranking in collecting Rotary club banners while traveling the country in his work and as our "roving" Rotarian. David has collected over 240 banners for our local archives during his travels.
From left: Tennessee's 9th Ranked Birder, Dr. David Chaffin; Rotary Club of Cleveland President, Kim Casteel
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|Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway Update||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Aug 02, 2011||
Fellow Rotarian and greenway board chairman, Cameron Fisher, provided an update on the status of the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway during the August 2 meeting of the Rotary Club of Cleveland. The Phase 5 portion of the greenway linking Raider Drive and Tinsley Park is now underway with an expected completion date in October 2011. The Phase 5 addition will sport highly efficient LED lighting which will save thousands of dollars in energy costs during their operating lifespan. New signage relating greenway rules and etiquette have been posted along the pathway. Several historical markers are planned for the route with one already installed describing the origin of the name Cleveland.
|Welcome Dr. Martin Ringstaff and Michael Baker||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Aug 02, 2011||
The Rotary Club of Cleveland welcomes new members, Dr. Martin Ringstaff and Michael Baker. Dr. Ringstaff is the newly appointed director of the Cleveland City Schools System and Michael Baker is the new city executive for BB&T. Dr. Ringstaff was proposed for membership by Dr. Don Robinson and Michael Baker was proposed by Max Carroll. Welcome to Rotary and the Cleveland community!
Pictured from left: Dr. Don Robinson, Dr. Martin Ringstaff, Max Carroll and Michael Baker.
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|Men & Women of Action||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jul 26, 2011||
Teddie Bennett was not exactly a world traveler when she became executive assistant to the president of Men & Women of Action. Since then, she has visited 37 countries in the past 18 years. Men & Women of Action is a local and international missions and disaster relief organization. The organization now makes 100 trips per year in fulfilling its missions and relief objectives. Men & Women of Action spent several years working in New Orleans in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. More recently the organization has provided assistance to tornado victims in Joplin, Missouri and to those displaced by flooding in Minot, North Dakota.
As of April 27, the organization has 947 volunteers among its ranks and can count 1,156 completed projects.
For additional information, visit their website at http://www.cogmwoa.org/.
|Katye Brock, Distinguished Young Woman of America||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jul 19, 2011||
The tagline of the Distinguished Young Women program is: Scholarship - Leadership - Talent. The Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2011, Katye Brock, from Tullahoma, Tennessee is a perfect example of the great potential found within the program's participants. "This is not a beauty pageant", says Brock. These young women have an average ACT score of 32 and 11 high school valedictorians may be found in this year's group of 23 candidates competing for the title of Distinguished Young Woman of Tennessee.
Katye Brock credits the program for boosting her confidence, self-esteem, poise, fitness, time management skills, maturity and building lifetime connections and relationships. She enjoys the opportunities provided for volunteerism and giving back to the community. The "Be Your Best Self" component of th program allows Distinguished Young Women participants to reach out and encourage young people nationwide to make a commitment to being their best selves in areas such as: academics, physical fitness, morality, character and social and civic participation.
Twenty three girls are in the Cleveland community competing for the state title at Lee University's Dixon Center on the evening of July 22 and July 23. Cleveland Rotarian, Sheryl Jaggers and husband Dr. John Jaggers have served as a host family for the group during this week's activities.
From left: Nicholas Lillios, program chairman; Katye Brock, 2011 Distinguished Young Woman of America; Kim Casteel, Rotary Club of Cleveland President, and Sheryl Jaggers, program coordinator.
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|Ambassadorial Scholarship Candidates||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jul 19, 2011||
The Rotary Club of Cleveland has sponsored two excellent candidates for an opportunity to secure a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship. The Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship program was founded in 1947 and is now one of the world's largest privately funded international scholarship programs. Nearly 700 scholarships were awarded for study in 2009-2010. Through grants totaling approximately $16.2 million, recipients from about 70 countries studied in more than 80 nations.
Our candidates are Amanda Joy Elliott and Alyssa Jillian Watkins.
Amanda Elliott is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James E. Elliott of Cleveland. She is a 2006 graduate of Bradley High School and a 2010 graduate of Lee University with a B.S. in Biochemistry. In 2011, she has worked as a substitute chemistry teacher at Bradley High School. Should she win the Ambassadorial Scholarship, Amanda would like to continue her studies by pursuing a Masters Degree in Public Health (International) at the University of York in England.
Jillian Watkins is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Watkins of Cleveland. She is a 2007 graduate of Cleveland High School and a December 2011 graduate of MTSU with a B.A. in Political Science. Jillian is currently an Administrative Assistant in the law firm of Bouldin & Bouldin, PLC in Murfreesboro, TN. If awarded the Ambassadorial Scholarship, Jillian will pursue a Masters Degree in Mass Communication at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.
From left, Amanda Elliott; Ann McCoin, Ambassadorial Scholarship Committee Chairperson and Jillian Watkins. Not pictured are committee members Will Reynolds and Phil Jacobs.
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|Greenway Fountain Dedicated||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jul 19, 2011||
Members of the Rotary Club of Cleveland gathered at the Cleveland Greenway on July 19 to officially dedicate the drinking fountain installed by the club this past April. Club vice-president, Pam Nelson, thanked those involved in the installation including, Lloyd Rogers, Wholesale Supply Group; Ben Nelson, Tennessee Craftsman; Wayne Wallace, WW Concrete and Allan Colloms who performed the plumbing for the project. Fred Garmon with People for Care and Learning provided the landscaping around the perimeter of the fountain area and Kim Randolph of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home provided the granite marker.
Rotary International has a worldwide emphasis on clean drinking water while the Rotary Club of Cleveland is an enthusiastic supporter of the Cleveland Greenway. The drinking fountain is a complementary project to the Willow Street Entry Portal and picnic area that was installed to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Rotary.
The fountain is located just off the Harris Circle trailhead and parking area near the newly installed restroom facilities.
From left: Wayne Wilhelm, David Chaffin, Cameron Fisher, Gary Sears, Allan Colloms, Tom Thomas, Ben Nelson, Pam Nelson, Norm Fontana, Amy Card-Lillios, Jerry Bird, Julia Scoggins, Art Rhodes, Kendra Bailey, Kim Casteel, Nicholas Lillios, Harrison Brown, David Carroll, Victor Boltniew, guest, Aaron Weatherford, Ryan Marshall.
|DG Frank & Judy Rothermel's Son Dies In Boston, MA (Updated)||Posted||on Jul 16, 2011|
|Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jul 12, 2011||
Tourism is a $13.3 billion business in the state of Tennessee. Tennessee's rich Civil War history plays an important part in the tourism economy according to Lee Curtis, Director of Program Development for Heritage Tourism. Tourism in Tennessee related to the Civil War is so popular that an additional phone line had to be installed to handle requests for a new Civil War Trails brochure developed by the Department of Tourist Development.
The state of Tennessee is a Civil War heritage area as designated by Congress. Tennessee is the only state whose entire area has this congressional designation. More than 1,400 battles were fought in Tennessee with a least one occurring in each of the state's 95 counties. The Henegar House in Charleston, TN was briefly used as a headquarters for General William T. Sherman, where he made the following statement to Margaret Henegar, "When I am through with the South, not even a bird will fly here." Margaret Henegar was a secessionist while her husband Henry was a Union sympathizer.
An interesting film entitled "The Civil War in Four Minutes" showed the ebb and flow of the constantly changing battle lines and the mounting casualty numbers in the conflict.
The Civil War in Four Minutes
The state of Tennessee and the city of Cleveland are marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with a series of events focusing on the history of our "border state". Over 215 markers have currently been installed as part of the Civil War Trails program with over three hundred scheduled by the end of this year. For more information on Tennessee's sequicentennial programs, visit www.tncivilwar.com.
|Dr. Martin Ringstaff, Director of Cleveland City Schools||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jul 05, 2011||
Dr. Martin Ringstaff is looking to improve the Cleveland City School System by creating successful relationships between students and teachers. In his first address to the Rotary Club of Cleveland since taking over for retiring director, Rick Denning, Dr. Ringstaff explained his philosophy on successful learning. “We are looking for that perfect relationship for our kids to be successful ... we want the teachers that are going to get to those kids the best,” Ringstaff explained. “Providing these students with the best opportunities possible in the best learning environment possible is what we are here to do.”
Progressive education reform recognizes that students learn in different ways. New teaching methods such as Quadrant D Critical Thinking skills are favored over rote memorization in modern educational settings. Newly graduated teachers already have these teaching skills. Some existing, long-time teachers need additional training to utilize these new teaching methods.
Funding remains a challenge for school systems as "No Child Left Behind" is outdated and unfunded. Dr. Ringstaff also favors recent changes in the teacher tenure system. Tenure has tended to protect some mediocre teachers. Increasing the time required to attain tenure from three to five years is a positive. Ringstaff's motto for education is "Every Child, Every Day.
Dr. Martin Ringstaff was previously principal of a high school listed in the U.S. News top 100 high schools in the nation.
Pictured from left: Nicholas Lillios, program chairman; Kim Casteel, Rotary Club of Cleveland president; Dr. Martin Ringstaff and David Norton, program coordinator.
Photo by Norm Fontana
|Michael Callaway Honors Daughters||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jul 05, 2011||
Rotarian, Michael Callaway, honored his three daughters during the July 5 meeting by naming them Paul Harris Fellows. Marie Callaway Kellner is recently married and is an attorney and trial judge clerk in Boise, Idaho. Libby Callaway is a writer involved in a Nashville fashion and lifestyles business called Imogene & Willie. Her recent book about "American Pickers" star, Mike Wolfe, is being published by Hyperion Press. "American Pickers" is a popular show on the History Channel. Millie Callaway lives in Nashville, Tennessee and is a Community Development Consultant for TVA. Millie manages TVA's community development activities in northern Alabama, northern Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky and eastern Tennessee.
Michael Callaway, who joined the Rotary Club of Cleveland in 1967, is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and former recipient of the Rotarian of the Year award. He's also a very proud father for good reason. Thank you, Mike, for your support of the Rotary Foundation!
Pictured from left: Marie Callaway Kellner, Libby Callaway, Michael Callaway and Millie Callaway.
Photo by Norm Fontana
|2011 Rotarian of the Year, Ann McCoin||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jul 05, 2011||
Ann Yarbro McCoin has been named the 2011 Rotarian of the Year by the Rotary Club of Cleveland. David Chaffin, the 2010 honoree, made the presentation during the July 5 noon meeting. Ann has served in many capacities since becoming one of the Rotary Club of Cleveland's first female members in 1989, including heading up the Ambassadorial Scholarship committee. Ann has perfect attendance for 21 years and currently serves as president of the Cleveland Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Club of Cleveland has named Ann an honorary Paul Harris Fellow as part of the presentation.
Pictured from left: Joseph Y. "Mac" McCoin Jr.; Ann Yarbro McCoin; Kim Casteel, Rotary Club of Cleveland president; David Chaffin, 2010 Rotarian of the Year.
Photo by Norm Fontana
|A Message From Our New President, Kim Casteel||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jun 30, 2011||
When I attended the recent Rotary International Convention in New Orleans with a group of fellow Cleveland Rotarians, I heard incoming president Kalyan Banerjee, of India, challenge us with our theme for 2011-2012, “Reach Within to Embrace Humanity.” He urged Rotarians to harness their inner resolve and strength to attain service success, explaining that to achieve anything in the world, a person has to use all the resources he or she can draw on, starting with what is within.
The theme resounded with me. Before we will have the energy or will to reach out in service to others, it must start with the heart. We acknowledge that everyone has the same hopes, dreams, and desire to be happy and fulfilled. Only when we achieve that can we help others do the same.
This year Rotary will concentrate on three areas around the world: family, continuity, and change. Family is the core of our existence, so service must begin there. Continuity signals that we will keep doing what we’ve dedicated ourselves to for the last several years; literacy, clean water, reaching young people, and working to eradicate polio. Change reminds us that we must focus on our strategic plan and future vision, including an emphasis on developing our own social network and seeking new young members and diversity so vital for our club success.
Cleveland Rotary has a rich heritage of community and international projects, such as the Dairy Show, Dictionary Project, Greenway, Ambassadorial Scholarship, Group Study Exchange, Rotary Auction, and our focal cause—Polio Eradication. We will continue these vital emphases.
In Cleveland Rotary, help me this year lead our club to greater diversity in ethnicity, gender, and age. Help me spread the word to our community who Rotary is and what we stand for. Help our club coalesce around our visionary strategic plan enacted by this year’s board.
I am honored and humbled to serve as president of the Cleveland Rotary Club. Thank you for the confidence in me that your election implies. Together, we will “Reach Within to Embrace Humanity.”
President, Rotary Club of Cleveland
|LAST CHANCE TO UPDATE INFORMATION FOR PRINTED DIRECTORY!||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jun 29, 2011||
All members received a special email on Wednesday, June 1, requesting that you update your membership profile information. The membership profile information from the club database will be used in the production of the printed 2011-2012 Club Directory. This information is being finalized for publication in the printed club directory NOW. This will be your last opportunity to get changes included in the printed directory.
|Dress Code Controversy||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jun 28, 2011||
Controversy is brewing in our midst as the hot weather has brought out some attire which some (Harrison Brown) say pushes the boundaries of the "Rotary Dress Code". What do you think? Dress code or progressive heat beaters?
Cameron Fisher polls the crowd for opinions on Rotary attire while Ted Moss mounts an impassioned plea for others to join in the revolt.
From left: Michael Callaway, progressive dresser; Jerry Bird, radical shorts advocate; Cameron Fisher, moderator; Ted Moss, co-instigator and rebel spokesperson.
Not pictured: Bill Creech, co-instigator and cautious observer.
|2011-2012 Officers and Directors||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jun 28, 2011||
Past District Governor, Jim Buckner, officially installed the new officers and directors for the 2011-2012 Rotary year during the June 28 noon meeting. PDG Buckner commented on the rich heritage of leadership and the good reputation that the Rotary Club of Cleveland enjoys in District 6780. He also reminded the new leaders that incoming RI president, Kalyan Banerjee, has encouraged us to harness inner strength to build stronger families and better communities.
Front row from left: Fred Garmon, director-service projects; Steve Carroll, past president; Kim Casteel, president; Pam Nelson, vice president-public relations; Craig Mullinax, treasurer.
Back row from left: Tom Thomas, director-Rotary Foundation; Wayne Wilhelm, director-publications; Tim Spires, secretary; Matthew Brown, director-membership; Nicholas Lillios, director-programs, Bill Balzano, chaplain.
Not pictured: Art Rhodes, president-elect; Norm Fontana, director-Rotary Foundation; Ted Moss, sergeant-at-arms.
Photo by Ken Jones
|The Caring Place - Meeting Need With Love||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jun 21, 2011||
The Caring Place is a Christian, ecumenical, non-profit organization whose mission is to model the love of Christ by addressing basic physical, spiritual, and social needs of the disadvantaged in Bradley County. In 2010 The Caring Place distributed over 166 tons of food while serving 3,316 needy families. In addition to providing food and basic necessities, the organization provided professional social work and counseling services to 511 people. In order to qualify for assistance, the household income level must be below the poverty level.
Executive Director, Reba Terry, who is a licensed clinical social worker, shared the results of a recent community survey which polled the need for various services in our community. Dental care ranked highest followed by assistance with rent and/or utilities, health care and employment assistance. The survey results may be used in developing new service areas for The Caring Place or other organizations in the area.
In May 2011, The Caring Place kicked off a new program called diaperLove. The diaperLove program provided 84 children from 65 different households over 7,500 diapers during the first month of operations. According to Ms. Terry, the program is on target to double in June. It was noted that severe diaper rash is grounds for removal of children by the Department of Children's Services.
The Caring Place was the recipient of a Cleveland Rotary Foundation grant in 2010. The $8,700 grant was used to enclose an entry/waiting area in order to protect clients from harsh weather conditions.
|Gary Farlow, Economic Update||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jun 14, 2011||
"We have a long way to go to be out of recession", according to Gary Farlow, president and CEO of the Cleveland Bradley Chamber of Commerce. Improvement in the local unemployment rate is encouraging with the March 2011 rate falling to 9% from 9.7% one year earlier. The 9% rate translates to approximately 4,500 people registered as unemployed. Building construction remains flat with retail sales and sales tax revenue numbers climbing only slightly.
There's plenty of good news for the local economy on the horizon with major investments from totaling over $2 billion from Wacker, Whirlpool, Amazon and Olin Chemical beginning to filter into Cleveland and Bradley County. Farlow estimates that between 80 and 100 expatriates from Germany will begin to arrive in the area during the next four months in connection with Wacker Chemie AG. The recent approval of an "international baccalaureate" program by the Bradley County school system will help in attracting these international workers to our local community.
From left: Steve Carroll, Rotary Club of Cleveland President; Gary Farlow, Cleveland Bradley County Chamber of Commerce President.
Photo by Wayne Wilhelm
|New Member, Kendra Bailey||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jun 14, 2011||
We welcome Kendra Bailey as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Cleveland. Kendra is the owner of Ever After Bridal and Formal Wear. Kendra's Rotary classification is Bridal Apparel and she was proposed for membership by our president-elect, Kim Casteel. Welcome to Rotary Kendra!
From left: President-elect, Kim Casteel; Kendra Bailey; president, Steve Carroll.
Photo by Wayne Wilhelm
|2011 RI Convention Speeches||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jun 12, 2011||
To bring a bit of the convention to those who were not able to attend the International Convention in New Orleans, we are providing links to copies of the speeches made by RIPE Kalyan Banerjee and Bill Gates during the convention.
My fondest wish for you, he said, is that at the end of the day, each day, you can look back and think: ― "I wrote a little line today in the history of good."
We are “this close.” Rotary has written so many chapters in the history of the fight against polio. Your work. Your voices. Your continuing commitment. These are the things that will allow us to end the story — and close the book.
|New Member, John Thomas||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jun 07, 2011||
Rotarian Jerry Bird, introduced John Thomas as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Cleveland during the June 7 club assembly. John has recently retired from the payroll and human resources firm, Ceridian. John is married to Susan Lackey and his Rotary classification is Human Resource Services.
|CHS Interact 2010-2011||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jun 07, 2011||
Faculty advisor, Don Markham, reviewed a successful year for the Cleveland High Interact Club during our June 7 club assembly. The rapidly growing organization now consists of over 80 members who participated in 22 service projects during this past school year. CHS Interact contributed over 1,100 hours to projects such as Mercy Ships, Muscular Dystrophy Association fundraising, providing assistance to The Caring Place, working at elementary school fall festivals and Operation Christmas Child. The Interactors raised hundreds of dollars in support of their successful service endeavors.
Several Interactors excelled with individual accomplishments including Justin Cousineau, winner of the Rotary Club of Cleveland academic scholarship; Aimee Murray, winner of the District 6780 speech contest; and Sandy Ha who served as a district Interact officer. Six Interact members attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy this year.
CHS Interact is a shining example of what young people can accomplish with a little assistance from Rotary and guidance from great faculty advisors like Don Markham and Holly Gobble. Congratulations on a great year!
|David Chaffin Graduates From District Leadership Academy||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jun 04, 2011||
David Chaffin became the ninth Rotary Club of Cleveland member to graduate from the District 6780 Leadership Academy on June 4, 2011. The District Leadership Academy provides intensive training for Rotarians who have high potential for future leadership positions beyond the club level.
The lessons are designed to develop knowledge and ideas beyond those one would ordinarily encounter at the club level, and to develop knowledge of resources so that participants will know where to go to research and develop additional Rotary knowledge and skills.
The District Leadership Academy was founded during the 1992-1993 Rotary year. From 1992 through 2011, there have been 182 graduates from 56 clubs. David has served the Rotary Club of Cleveland in many capacities since his induction in 1984, including acting as club president in 1991-1992. David is also our 2010 Rotarian of the Year.
|Roy Exum, Master Storyteller||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on May 31, 2011||
Roy Exum started his career as a copy boy for the Chattanooga News-Free Press some 36 years ago in the era before internet news and Skype-based reporting. During his career as a columnist and sportswriter, Exum was known for his "southern-style" commentaries focusing on people and personalities.
Mr. Exum shared some personal stories related to college athletics with the Rotary Club of Cleveland during the May 31 noon meeting. A coaching comparison was made between Lou Holtz, head football coach at Arkansas during the sixties, and some of today's college coaches who were characterized as having to act more like "prison wardens" than athletic specialists. The story focused on how Holtz was able to motivate his handicapped Arkansas team to a 32 to 7 victory over Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl, despite being a 20-point underdog due to the suspension and injury of several key players.
Exum characterized some high profile coaches facing NCAA violations such as Bruce Pearl, Jim Tressel and Lane Kiffin as having gone 90 miles per hour while everyone else was doing 65 in a 55 mile per hour zone. In the case of Lane Kiffin, Exum noted that Kiffen has been mentioned "personally" in NCAA investigations where most other coaches were named along with their respective universities. These individuals were high on the radar of NCAA officials due to the scope of their violations.
"Successful sports figures care about people," and Alabama's Bear Bryant was one of the best at getting inside his player's heads to bring motivation and success. Exum shared that two percent of collegiate athletes are going to be problems while 98% are winners. In an interesting exchange with former NFL player, Deion Sanders, Exum asked, "How many gold chains do you own Deion?" Sanders replied, "All of them."
|Happy Memorial Day From The Rotary Club of Cleveland||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on May 30, 2011||
|Ruthie Forgey, Some Walls Needed To Be Destroyed||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on May 24, 2011||
"Some of the walls that the storms destroyed were not tragic. Walls of isolation, excluison, economics and judgement tumbled as we reached out to care for our neighbors. The truest tragedy would be to rebuild those walls as we rebuild our community."
-Ruthie Forgey, Administrator, Salvation Army, Cleveland, TN
Fellow Rotarian and Salvation Army Administrator, Ruthie Forgey, shared her experiences surrounding the disastrous tornadoes of April 27, 2011 during our May 24 program, including a harrowing near miss in the Villa Drive area. The community's response was overwhelming and social media played an important role in getting the word out on needed food and supplies. The Salvation Army mobile canteen served over 5,000 peanut butter sandwiches in the 24-hour period immediately following the disaster.
Through May 20, the Salvation Army's Cleveland, Tennessee chapter has served over 16,000 meals; 32,000 drinks; 4,000 snacks and 2,000 food boxes. Volunteer assistance is still needed, especially in the receiving warehouse at White Wing Publishing. For additional information call (423) 308-3467 or visit the Salvation Army of Cleveland Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/tsacleveland. To donate to the Salvation Army's relief effort, visit http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/give/. Designate "Bradley County Tennessee" on your donation to be sure your dollars are utilized in our community.
|May 17 Program, YMCA Assists With Disaster Relief||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on May 17, 2011||
Cleveland YMCA Director, Lee McChesney, outlined recent steps the organization has taken to provide disaster relief following the devastating tornadoes of April 27. Michigan Avenue Elementary School has been using the YMCA gymnasium for PE classes due to damage sustained at the school. The YMCA has also made its facilities available to displaced families needing shelter and a place to shower. Additional scholarships have been provided for impacted students utilizing the After School Program.
The YMCA is also sharing its location with Farmland Community Church and First Baptist Church.
Upcoming YMCA programs include the Summer Day Camp providing weekly themes such as science and recycling. Field trips are planned to the Ocoee and Chattanooga Lookouts games. The annual back-to-school Middle School Party is scheduled for August 20. Between 700 and 800 students are expected to attend. The Harlan White Memorial Volleyball Tournament to fund YMCA scholarships will be held on August 27. The tournament will be played on outdoor courts and will consist of four-on-four, coed teams.
Pictured from left: Rotary Club of Cleveland President-Elect, Kim Casteel; Cleveland YMCA Director, Lee McChesney.
Photo by Wayne Wilhelm
|Justin Cousineau Wins Rotary Scholarship||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on May 17, 2011||
Cleveland High School Interactor, Justin Cousineau, has been awarded an academic scholarship by the Rotary Club of Cleveland. Justin is an outstanding candidate with an excellent academic record and made a great impression during the interview process. Justin will continue his education at Middle Tennessee State University where he plans to secure a degree in mathematics. Justin aspires to become a math teacher after completing his education.
The Scholarship Committee was challenged in selecting a winner given the exceptional quality of this year's applicants. Nine applicants with superb credentials were evaluated by the committee to select the top three candidates who would participate in a live interview to determine the winner. Congratulations to all the applicants for their remarkable achievements.
Pictured from left: Rotary Club of Cleveland President-Elect, Kim Casteel; Justin's Mother, Debbie Cousineau; Justin Cousineau; and Scholarship Committee Chairman, Bill Creech.
Photo by Wayne Wilhelm
|2011 District 6780 Assembly||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on May 14, 2011||
The Rotary Club of Cleveland was well represented at the 2011 District 6780 Assembly held on May 14 at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville. Incoming officers and board members had the opportunity to learn about Rotary operations and share ideas with other District 6780 clubs. District Rotary Foundation committee chairman, David Carroll, moderated the breakout sessions on the Rotary Foundation. More than 200 District 6780 Rotarians attended the event.
Pictured from left: Don Ritzhaupt, Jan Wilms, David Carroll, Wayne Wilhelm, Tim Spires, Bill George, Cameron Fisher, Kim Casteel, Art Rhodes, Craig Mullinax and Norm Fontana.
|April 10 Program, Mayor Gary Davis||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on May 10, 2011||
Bradley County Mayor, Gary Davis, described the struggle to manage the emergency created on April 27 when multiple tornadoes hit Bradley County, destroying hundreds of homes and killing nine people. It was the first time during the mayor's tenure that the emergency 911 operations center had to be activated due to a disaster in our community. "We already had reports of over 40 entrapments by the fourth wave of tornadoes. We didn't know that two more waves of tornadoes were yet to come." Some roads were blocked by literally hundreds of downed trees. Emergency personnel had no way to access some areas where help was needed. The situation threatened to descend into chaos.
Despite the extreme circumstances, TEMA reported that Bradley County had a near textbook response to the emergency conditions. Mayor Davis reports that initial damage assessments have been completed and thousands of meals have been served to displaced families and volunteer workers. Over 500 families have been displaced and will need short and long-term housing. The recovery is well under way in Bradley County. FEMA debris removal and monitoring contracts have been signed and volunteer efforts are continuing.
In spite of the devastating situation, Bradley County and Cleveland still look forward to continued economic growth through the investments of Wacker, Amazon, Whirlpool and Olin Corporation. Mayor Davis says we will face another challenging budget this year due revenues that are flat or down from last year. The potential loss of over 500 homes from the tax roles due to the tornadoes is another area of significant concern.
Mayor Davis blasted the pending legislation to tax Amazon customer purchases fulfilled through the new distribution centers in Bradley County and Chattanooga. Our industrial recruiting efforts will be ruined if we get the reputation of not following up on our commitments to existing industry. Mayor Davis noted that "It's scary when the legislature is in session in Nashville." He praised our local state legislators for pressing the state government to honor its commitment to Amazon.
|Multi-District Conference Awards||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Apr 30, 2011||
The Rotary Club of Cleveland was recognized for several important achievements during the recent Multi-District Conference held in Nashville, Tennessee. Our club was awarded Star, Eradicator and Globe club status for goals attained during the 2010-2011 Rotary year. Pictured below are delegates from the Rotary Club of Cleveland who attended the event over the April 29 - May 1 weekend. Congratulations to president, Steve Carroll and the entire membership of the Rotary Club of Cleveland for a very successful year.
From left, Steve Carroll, Kim Casteel, David Carroll and Norm Fontana.
|Suzanne Burrell Achieves Blue Badge Status In Record Time||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Apr 26, 2011||
Suzanne Burrell was awarded her official "blue badge" during the April 26 meeting by Orientation Committee chairperson, Amy Card-Lillios. Suzanne completed the 17-step process in record time since her induction this past November.
Rotary Club of Cleveland members are issued a "red badge" to indicate that they are new to the organization until they have completed a rigorous set of tasks intended to educate and inform new members about Rotary. Congratulations Suzanne on a job well done.
From left, Steve Carroll, Suzanne Burrell and Amy Card-Lillios.
Photo by Pam Nelson
|Don Ritzhaupt Honors Father with Paul Harris Fellow Award||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Apr 21, 2011||
Rotary Club of Cleveland member, Don Ritzhaupt, recently honored his father, Delbert Ritzhaupt with a Paul Harris Fellow award at the Rotary Club of Galion, Ohio. The Galion club is a 100% Paul Harris Fellow club!
From left, Delbert Ritzhaupt, Don Ritzhaupt.
|Park View Elementary School Receives Rotary Four-Way Test Banner||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Apr 20, 2011||
Literacy Committee Chairman, Bill Creech, and Park View Dictionary Project Team Leader, Wayne Wilhelm, present Park View Elementary School with a Rotary Four-Way Test banner. Park View principal, Deb Bailey, wants her students to be exposed to these important ethical standards as part of the development of their leadership skills. Also pictured are student leaders from the fifth-grade classes at Park View Elementary.
Park View Elementary School's third grade classes received student dictionaries as part of a Rotary Club of Cleveland literacy project during December.
|New Member, Ryan Marshall||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Apr 19, 2011||
Rotarian Roger Fuller, introduced Ryan Marshall as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Cleveland during the April 19 meeting. Ryan is from Marietta, Georgia and runs the family business, High Country Adventures, with his father. Ryan is the Vice-President of Commercial Lending with First Bank.
|Craig Oetting, Biodiesel Advocate||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Apr 19, 2011||
Craig Oetting enjoys debating the merits of biodiesel versus ethanol-based fuels distilled from crops such as switchgrass and corn. Craig currently manufactures his own supply of biodiesel fuel by collecting and processing used vegetable oil from local restaurants. By collecting about 150 gallons of waste vegetable oil per month and utilizing his own equipment, Oetting is able to produce fuel for his Dodge diesel pickup for about 80 cents per gallon. He estimates that he saved enough in fuel costs to offset the $1,600 cost of equipment within six months.
Oetting adds methanol and sodium hydroxide to neutralize the acidity of the waste vegetable oil. Additional processing steps remove glycerol and moisture from the non-toxic final product. Current "gas station" diesel is comprised of 80% petroleum and 20% bio-based fuel. Bio-fuels currently account for about 20% of total U.S. consumption. Craig is allowed to make up to 399 gallons of biodiesel per year for personal use without paying fuel taxes on the product.
While biodiesel creates about 67% less emissions than fossil fuels, one might notice the aroma of french fries or tacos emanating from the truck's exhaust, depending on the source restaurant. As gas prices continue to skyrocket, interest in alternative fuels is rising. Craig is the third student to enroll in the new bio-energy degree program at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Craig Oetting is a graduate of Cleveland State Community College.
|2011 Rotary Run 10K||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Apr 16, 2011||
The second annual Rotary Run 10K was a success! Despite some heavy rain which detoured the race course off the greenway, the participants enjoyed a beautiful morning for a race. Thanks to all the Rotarians who helped with registration, photography, or served as sentries: Victor Boltniew, Mike Callaway, David Carroll, Steve Carroll, Dan Chord, Paul Dellinger, Cameron Fisher, Fred Garmon, Bill George, Ken Jones, Jack Milne, Max Morris, Don Ritzhaupt, Tim Spires, Aaron Weatherford, Wayne Wilhelm, Joe V. Williams and Byron Winters. Also thanks to several Interact members who served water along the course.
The race would not have been successful without our sponsors. People for Care and Learning served as the primary sponsor, followed by Cooke's Food Store who supplied water and food. Our t-shirt sponsors were mostly Rotarian businesses and included Hardee's (Julia Scoggins), Hardwick Clothes (Carmin Chastain), Ocoee Insurance (Pam Nelson), Garden Plaza (Esmerelda Lee), Kevin Brooks and Scott's Bike Shop.
See additional photos in the 2011 Rotary Run 10K Photo Album.
Cameron Fisher and 2011-2012 District Governor Frank Rothermel set the pace.
Photo by Don Ritzhaupt
|Rotary Run 10K||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Apr 16, 2011|
|This Is Who We Are . . .||Posted||on Apr 12, 2011|
|Wishes for the new Rotary year from Paul Harris||Posted||on Apr 12, 2011||
In 1916, Rotary founder Paul Harris shared his thoughts about the organization in an article titled "The Future of Rotary," published in The Rotarian.
Addressing the Rotary world, Harris concluded the short piece with wishes for the new year. As the 2010-11 Rotary year begins, consider his words:
|2009-2010 Rotarian of the Year||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Apr 12, 2011||
Congratulations to David Chaffin, our 2009-2010 Rotarian of the Year. David is a 26-year member and past-president of the Cleveland Rotary Club and holds the distinction of "Roving Rotarian". As a "Roving Rotarian", David has visited nearly 300 Rotary Clubs and returned countless club banners to our local collection. David is also a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and great example of our Rotary motto, "Service Above Self".
David is pictured with his daughter Virginia Breneman, wife Rebekah, daughter Rachel Scott and son Dr. D. Curt Chaffin.
Photo by Dwight Richardson
|Nicole Hayes Wins Cleveland Rotary Scholarship||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Apr 12, 2011||
2010 Cleveland High School graduate Nicole Hayes is the recipient of a $3,000 academic scholarship from the Cleveland Rotary Club.
|CHS Interact Has Successful Year||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Apr 12, 2011||
Cleveland High School Interact sponsor, Don Markham, updated Cleveland Rotarians on the activities of the Interact Club during the past year.
|The Caring Place receives CRF grant||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Apr 12, 2011||
The Caring Place is the recipient of an $8,774 grant from the Cleveland Rotary Foundation for the 2010-2011 Rotary year. The grant was used to enclose a porch area at The Caring Place, protecting clients from sometimes harsh weather conditions.
|A Rotary Run THANK YOU!||Posted||on Apr 12, 2011||
A big thank you to all of the volunteers who came out for the inaugural 10K ROTARY RUN. We had a great turn out and lots of fun. Be sure to check out the pictures in the photo journal.
|The Greenway Table receives Cleveland Rotary Foundation grant.||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Apr 12, 2011||
The Cleveland Rotary Foundation awarded a $3,000 grant to The Greenway Table during the April 20, 2010 meeting. Greenway Table founder, Jennifer Norton, accepted the grant and explained how it will be used.
|Lee Chamber Strings Provide Amazing Program||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Apr 12, 2011||
The Lee University Chamber Strings performed for the Cleveland Rotary Club during the April 27th meeting.
|New Member, Tim Poteet||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Apr 12, 2011||
Membership Committee Chairman, Brad Emendorfer, introduced Tim Poteet as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Cleveland during the April 12 meeting. Tim is a transferring Rotarian from the Etowah, Tennessee Rotary club where he was a past president. Tim has two children, Summer and Ethan, both Interactors at McMinn Central High School. Tim is a Senior Vice-President at Southern Heritage Bank and his Rotary classification is Commercial Banking.
|Beth Staton, Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Apr 12, 2011||
Lee University theological studies graduate, Beth Staton, was the recipient of a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship in 2007. The RI Ambassadorial Scholarship program is the world's largest privately funded international scholarship program. The competition for the scholarship is extremely competitive and Beth was nervous as she prepared for a critical District 6780 interview in Knoxville. Her diligent preparation had prepared her for all but one possible interview question. She was asked for six words describing herself instead of the customary and expected five words. The pressure was diffused when she answered "silly" as the sixth word describing herself.
Beth won the scholarship and entered what she has described as "Rotary Bootcamp" in Nashville while being seven months pregnant. Her scholarship ultimately allowed her to travel to Edinburgh, Scotland for an opportunity to pursue her PhD at a prestigious divinity school. Her experience with Rotarians in Scotland led her to change her program focus from the United States to herself. A hearty "Hi, y'all" quickly became her tagline in Scotland as she adopted a Rotary inspired theme of "promoting world peace through mutual understanding."
Ambassadorial Scholarships, The Rotary Foundation's oldest and best-known program, was founded in 1947. Since then, more than 40,000 men and women from about 100 nations have studied abroad under its auspices. Nearly 700 scholarships were awarded for study in 2009-2010. Through grants totaling approximately $16.2 million, recipients from about 70 countries studied in more than 80 nations. Beth was sponsored in the RI Ambassadorial Scholarship program by the Rotary Club of Cleveland. Ann McCoin is the chairperson of the Rotary Club of Cleveland Ambassadorial Scholarship Committee.
|April 5 Program - Mayor Tom Rowland||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Apr 05, 2011||
Tom Rowland is Cleveland's longest serving mayor having held the position for 19 years. During an address to the Rotary Club of Cleveland on April 5, mayor Rowland updated the membership on the status of several projects in our community.
The Southeast Tennessee Veteran's Home is now listed as a top ten construction project by the State of Tennessee. Steady progress on the facility has been made since 2003, when an anonymous $3 million donation was made to support the project. Mayor Rowland also noted that the 2010 census for Cleveland and Bradley County, which placed our population at slightly below 100,000 will be appealed. The 100,000 person milestone would make our community eligible for addition federal and state funding.
One current critical issue facing Cleveland and Bradley County is a lack of suitable land for future industrial development. Rowland noted that as many as 20 industrial prospects are currently considering our community for development. These potential development opportunities would support the economy and tax base of our area. In a tax related statement, mayor Rowland noted that the new Amazon distribution center will not generate any sales tax revenue for Tennessee as the Amazon sales transaction is deemed to have occurred in Delaware. Amazon is a Delaware-based corporation.
Mayor Rowland is a leading advocate for the city of Cleveland and notes that President Obama has mentioned our community on two different occasions during the past year and publications such as the Wall Street Journal and USA Today agree that Cleveland is a great place to live.
|Site Preparation Completed For Greenway Water Project||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Apr 04, 2011||
As a supporter of Rotary's worldwide clean water initiatives and the Cleveland Greenway, the Rotary Club of Cleveland is currently working on the installation of a water fountain to be located on the Greenway near the Harris Circle parking area. The project should be completed in the next two weeks!
Photo by Pam Nelson.
Special thanks to Ben Nelson, Tennessee Craftsman, Inc. and Allan Colloms for contributing the trenching and plumbing work. Wayne Wallace of WW Concrete provided the concrete pad and Rotarian Lloyd Rogers of Wholesale Supply Group helped procure the fountain at a greatly discounted price. Rotarian Kim Randolph of Buckner Funeral Home donated the marble marker for the site. Click here for more photos.
We're encouraging everyone to get out to the Greenway and see what we're up to. It's good for you!
|District 6780 Four-Way Test Speech Competition WINNER!||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Mar 31, 2011||
|Cleveland Rotarians Meet RI President-Elect, Kalyan Banerjee||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Mar 30, 2011||
Rotary Club of Cleveland and Bradley Sunrise Rotarians get to meet Rotary International President-Elect, Kalyan Banerjee, in Nashville at the Multi-district President Elects Training Seminar (PETS). There were over 400 president-elects in attendance to hear speakers and get the training they will need for their coming year as club presidents.
From left: Cameron Fisher, Rotary Club of Cleveland; Mark Rogers, Bradley Sunrise Rotary Club president-elect; Kalyan Banerjee, Rotary International president-elect; Don Ritzhaupt, Rotary Club of Cleveland; Kim Casteel, Rotary Club of Cleveland president-elect.
|Robert L. George, Bradley County's 175th Anniversary||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Mar 22, 2011||
In December 1835, the Treaty of New Echota was signed by the U.S. government and the Cherokee Indians. The treaty ceded the Cherokee land known as the Ocoee District in Tennessee for land in Oklahoma, starting the exodus of the Cherokee from our area and marking the beginning of Bradley County. The treaty included a payment of $5 million to allow the Cherokee to start a new culture in Oklahoma.
Bradley County was named for Col. Edward Bradley of Shelby County who served in the War of 1812. Other considerations for the naming of the county included Edward Rutledge who signed the Declaration of Independence and Ephraim H. Foster, speaker of the House of Representatives.
In 1836, William Carter was named the first sheriff of Bradley County. The 1840 census documented a county population of 7,441 which included 470 slaves. According to George, the Cherokee were in fact the first slave owners in Bradley County.
Robert L. George is the official historian for the City of Cleveland and the author of Cleveland (Images of America).
|ShelterBox Provides Assistance To Japan||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Mar 18, 2011|
|New Member, Aaron Weatherford||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Mar 15, 2011||
|The Mary Diana Samuel Home For Children||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Mar 15, 2011||
|Play March Madness Bracket Pick'em For Polio Plus||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Mar 14, 2011||
Compete with other Cleveland Rotarians in our March Madness Bracket Pick'em competition. Go to the TOURNEY PICK'EM page at Yahoo Sports to join our Rotary group. Log in using the group id and password you received in your emailed invitation. We're asking each participant to donate $10 to the Polio Plus campaign as an entry fee. Contact Tim Spires with any questions.
A perfect bracket wins $1 million. Good luck!
|The 2011 Rotary Mardi Gras Auction and Dinner||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Mar 09, 2011||
The 2011 Rotary Mardi Gras Auction and Dinner was held on the evening of February 11, 2011 at the Museum Center at Five Points. The sold-out event raised approximately $30,000 for Rotary Club of Cleveland humanitarian projects.
Be sure to browse the photos from the 2011 Rotary Mardi Gras Auction and Dinner in our website photo album area and on our Facebook page. This may be the only documented evidence of your fellow Rotarians celebrating a successful fundraiser in full Mardi Gras regalia.
Thanks to Julia Scoggins and Pam Nelson for photographically capturing the festivities. Additional thanks to Julia Scoggins, Paul McCord, Ross Tarver, Sharon Marr, Lisa Simpson-Lutts, Jordia Waller, Hazel Key and the entire auction team for their great work in putting together an incredible evening. And a very special thanks to the sponsors and participants for their contributions toward a successful event!
|Engineers Without Borders USA||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Mar 08, 2011||
|Join our Facebook Group||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Mar 06, 2011||
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|March 1, Exit 20 Update||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Mar 01, 2011||
Scott Medlin, TDOT Region II Project Manager, provided Cleveland Rotarians with the latest news on several local road construction projects, including the greatly needed renovation of I-75 Exit 20 in southern Bradley County. According to Medlin, the existing service level score for Exit 20, which was constructed in 1970, is an "F", the lowest possible service level assigned by TDOT.
The new Exit 20 interchange design will feature a new bridge with two eastbound and two westbound lanes plus two westbound and one eastbound turn lane for a total of six lanes. Both exit ramps will also be upgraded to two turn lanes. The project phase enters right-of-way acquisition during 2011-2012 and construction should begin in 2012-2013. The project still depends on the approval of $10M in funding required to complete the renovation.
Additional Bradley County projects include the new interchange at SR311 (US-74 and APD 40) which supports growth and economic development in the Exit 20 area. This interchange is still in the environmental phase with construction not expected until 2013.
Several new access roads are also currently under development supporting Wacker, Whirlpool and Amazon.
|Happy Birthday Rotary International||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Feb 23, 2011||
|What Will Rotarians Be Doing In 2060?||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Feb 22, 2011||
PDG, Robin Textor, posed the question, "What will Rotarians be doing in 2060?" during a presentation to the Rotary Club of Cleveland on February 22. Our actions will likely be determined by the needs of our future world. Will there be peace? Will there be clean water? Will there be a need for micro-loans? Will there be a need for medical care? Will literacy be a problem? Will there be natural disasters?
Rotarians can respond to future needs today by becoming Benefactors of the Rotary Foundation or by enrolling in the Rotary Foundation Bequest Society. These programs allow Rotarians to include the programs of the Rotary Foundation in their estate plans.
Cleveland Rotarian, Dr. Jerome Taylor, was recognized for his recent enrollment in the Rotary Foundation Bequest Society.
Pictured from left: Robin Textor, Steve Carroll, Dr. Jerome Taylor, David Carroll.
|District 6780 Four-Way Test Speech Competition||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Feb 15, 2011||
Three Interactors from Cleveland High School will be competing for top honors in the 2011 Four-Way Test Speech Competition to be held on March 26, 2011 at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, Tennessee. Grace Gardner, Sandy Ha and Aimee Murray provided a preview of their speeches during the February 15 noon meeting. Each speaker gave an excellent presentation on the values contained in Rotary's Four-Way Test, the ethical benchmark of our words and actions.
The winner of the district competition will receive a $2,000 scholarship with second and third places gaining $1,500 and $1,000 respectively. CHS Interact sponsor, Don Markham, observed the competitors during our preview.
|The Passing of a Great Rotarian, Bill Sergeant||Posted||on Feb 14, 2011||
PRIVP, Bill Sergeant, passed away on Sunday, February 13, 2011.
|Social Media and the Future of Rotary||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Feb 08, 2011|
|College Football Pick'em 2010||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Feb 08, 2011||
Congratulations to Harrison Brown on his second consecutive victory in our College Football Pick'em 2010 competition. Harrison used the occasion to formally announce his retirement from the competition while still reserving the right to "un-retire" at any time he deems appropriate. Our College Football Pick'em coordinator, Tim Spires, made the presentation.
|February 1, The Fry Street Quartet with Ning An||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Feb 01, 2011||
|January 25 Program, Great Strides||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jan 25, 2011||
Over 30,000 children and adults in the United States are afflicted with cystic fibrosis (CF). An additional 70,000 people are victims of CF worldwide. While there is no cure, new treatments have raised life expectancies to 37 years, a dramatic increase over the past 20 years.
According to Vanessa Hammond, co-chairman of Cleveland's Great Strides event, a promising new drug from Vertex Pharmaceuticals called VX-770 is the first treatment to address the root cause of cystic fibrosis. While effective in only 4% of patients, the Hammonds are especially optimistic because their son, Will, is among the group that will benefit from the new drug.
Leigh Ellington and Brian Jenkins of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation complimented our community as having one of the most successful fund raising campaigns in Tennessee. Over $425,000 has been raised in the past 10 years in Cleveland. The foundation raised $35.5 million toward a cure for CF in 2010.
This year's Great Strides event will be held on Saturday, April 9. Activities will include a 3-mile walk with refreshments, door prizes, kids' activities and the 65 Roses 5K Road Race directed by Rotarian, Bill Estes.
|New Member, Jay Elliott||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jan 25, 2011||
|Historical Documents Section Now Available||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jan 19, 2011||
Check out our new historical documents section located in the "members only" area of the Rotary Club of Cleveland website. View interesting administrative notes, programs, brochures and directories dating all the way back to the first year of our club's existence. See the original program from the 1927 Ladies' Night event held at the Centenary College Chapel. Did you know that J.M. Dunlap held the classification of Ice Cream Manufacturing according to the 1937 directory? On January 11, 1928, Cleveland Rotarians were treated to a selection of harmonica music by M. Cloyde Sullivan also known as "Harmonica Mike" radio's harmonica king.
We hope to continue to digitally preserve the history of our organization for future generations of Rotarians. If you have Rotary documents or photographs with historical interest, please pass them along to our Director of Publications, Wayne Wilhelm.
To access the historical documents, use your user id and password to access the "My ClubRunner" section of the website. Find the historical documents under the "Club Documents" link. Note that some historical photographs are listed in the "Photo Albums" section of the main page of the website under the heading, "Memorabilia".
|January 18 Program, The Fair Tax||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jan 18, 2011||
Imagine a world with no Internal Revenue Service, no income tax, no capital gains tax, no payroll taxes and no inheritance tax. That's exactly what is envisioned by proponents of a major reformation to the U.S. tax code called H.R. 25, the Fair Tax Act of 2011. Todd Watson, loan officer for Regions Bank, explained how a 23 percent national sales tax would result in massive economic growth and radically simplify our current system of applying and accounting for income-based taxation. Watson claims that every item we purchase in today's economy may have as much as a 22 percent tax built in due to tax law compliance costs which are passed on to the consumer by corporations.
In a survey by Princeton University of 500 multinational companies, 400 indicated they would move their next plant to the United States under a Fair Tax scenario. The remaining 100 said they would move their entire operation to the U.S. A Harvard University study estimated a 10.6 percent increase in the nation's GDP during the first year of a Fair Tax implementation followed by an 8.5 percent increase for the next 15 years!
Of course, a Fair Tax brings some eye-opening price increases to some purchases. For example, a new home costing $150,000 today would cost $195,000 under the new plan, plus the added tax on mortgage interest. "Used" homes would not be subject to the tax. Rent would be taxable along with interest on credit cards, mortgages and car loans.
The 131-page Fair Tax Act of 2011 should provide some interesting debate in the coming year. For more information on the Fair Tax proposal, review the information provided by Wikipedia.
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|January 4th Program - New Year's Resolutions and the YMCA||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jan 04, 2011||
This is the time of year when many people resolve to lose weight or make physical fitness a higher priority in their lives. According to Rotarian, Lee McChesney, director of the Cleveland YMCA, "It's important to set reasonable goals and establish the steps required to achieve the desired results." One must also make a serious commitment of time to be successful. A good starting point would be setting a block of time at least three days a week for exercise.
"Walking is one of the best ways to get started in an exercise program." The YMCA offers many programs to improve physical fitness including the YSTART Program which includes a fitness assessment and meeting with a trainer to develop a program well suited to an individual.
The Cleveland YMCA has 11,000 members which places Cleveland's population at a participation rate of about 12%. The national average is only 6%. Lee McChesney has been the director of the Cleveland YMCA for 14 years.
|Our Rotary History. . . Christmas Greetings from 1950||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Dec 30, 2010||
The above letter was written by Bob Bryan, our club president, in 1950. President Bryan's message about Rotary and Christmas still rings true, 60 years later. Click 'More...' below for the text of this historical document.
|Jerome Taylor, New Rotary Benefactor||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Dec 21, 2010||
Dr. Jerome Taylor has become a Benefactor to the Rotary International Permanent Fund. Jerome's contribution to the Annual Programs Fund will provide immediate funding for a designated RI program. Dr. Taylor is an honorary Paul Harris Fellow, a member of the Paul Harris Society and has served the club in many capacities since joining Rotary in 1982. Jerome served as our president during the 1988-1989 Rotary year. Thank you Jerome!
|Cleveland Rotary Foundation Officers and Directors for 2011||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Dec 21, 2010||
The Rotary Club of Cleveland elected new officers and directors for the 2011 Cleveland Rotary Foundation year during the December 21 meeting. Directors are elected for three-year terms. For clarity, newly elected and continuing directors are listed below:
|Rotary Club of Cleveland Elects New Officers for 2011-2012||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Dec 21, 2010||
The Rotary Club of Cleveland elected new officers for the 2011-2012 Rotary year during the December 21, 2010 meeting. These individuals bring significant talent and Rotary experience to lead our organization in the new Rotary year which begins on July 1, 2011. Our new officers are:
|Kevin Brooks, Legislative Update||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Dec 21, 2010||
State Representative and newly elected Assistant Majority Leader, Kevin Brooks, provided Cleveland Rotarians with an end-of-year legislative update before his upcoming mid-January return to Nashville. Representative Brooks thanked the many individuals who have contributed to the recent economic success stories in Cleveland and Bradley County which include Whirlpool, Wacker Chemie AG, Olin and Amazon. According to Forbes, southeast Tennessee is now listed as the number one area for industrial development in the nation. Our region has employed an impressive team effort between local and government entities in landing major development opportunities like Volkswagen. Tennessee spends one cent of every budget dollar on economic development which represents an incredible return on investment. Education receives 42% and health care gets 24% of the current Tennessee budget expenditures.
The major challenge for the upcoming legislative session will be the resolution of the current budget crises in Tennessee. The federal stimulus money has been rapidly exhausted and although the economy is improving, budget cutbacks will be required to balance the budget. Incoming governor, Bill Haslam, has expressed that he wants "smooth-sailing" during his first year with a minimum amount of time spent on divisive or controversial measures such as gun control and abortion.
Representative Brooks also updated the membership on the infrastructure improvements at the Cleveland Interstate 75 exits 20 and 33 which will provide for additional economic development in Bradley County.
|December 14 Program - Pine Ridge Center||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Dec 14, 2010||
The Pine Ridge Center is located on the Westside Campus of the SkyRidge Medical Center and provides solutions for adults with psychiatric or substance abuse difficulties. According to Stephanie Austin, assistant administrator at SkyRidge, 1 in 5 adults suffer from a diagnosable mental illness, yet only 1 in 3 get treatment. The productivity costs to businesses are huge and suicide remains the third leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 15 and 24. Pine Ridge offers two inpatient programs with high levels of direct patient care: Adult Mental Health and the Addictive Disorders Program. Two outpatient programs are also offered: Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program the and Chemical Dependency Intensive Outpatient Program.
For more information on the Pine Ridge Center, visit www.skyridgemedicalcenter.net.
|Red Cross - "Disaster Relief Is Our Mission"||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Dec 12, 2010||
The American Red Cross has been providing relief services for those in need for 125 years according to Hiwassee Chapter Executive Director, Julia Wright. There are over 600 Red Cross regional and community chapters in the United States. The Hiwassee Chapter provides three "core services" in our local area including assistance to military families, health and safety services, and providing help for victims of house fires. Some national catastrophes the American Red Cross has responded to in recent memory include the September 11 terrorist attacks and the hurricanes of 2004 and 2005.
The Red Cross is also known for for its training programs in nursing, first aid and CPR. Some traditional training programs are being moved online as the Red Cross incorporates new technology in its programs.
Julia Wright addressed the Rotary Club of Cleveland during the December 7 program. Carmin Chastain coordinated the program. Click here for additional information.
|Future Vision International Water Project||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Nov 23, 2010||
The Rotary Club of Cleveland has decided to move forward with an international water project to be established in Guatemala. Rotary's Future Vision initiative is an effort to streamline Rotary Foundation programs and focus efforts where they will have the greatest impact by addressing priority world needs that are relevant to Rotarians. The Guatemala project will qualify for matching international grants from Rotary International. The initial project cost is expected to be approximately $32,000.
|District 6780 Foundation Celebration Dinner||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Nov 19, 2010||
District 6780 Rotary Foundation Committee Chairman, David Carroll, directed an outstanding celebration of our District's Rotary Foundation achievements on Friday, November 19 at the Chattanooga Golf and Country Club.
The keynote speaker was Peter Kyle, a former Ambassadorial Scholar from New Zealand. Mr. Kyle pursued a law degree at the University of Virginia and and ultimately gained the position of lead counsel for the World Bank in Washington, DC. An ardent supporter of Rotary, Mr. Kyle serves as an Area Governor for District 7620 and chairs the District Alumni Committee and the World Peace Fellowship Committee. Earlier this year he was awarded the Rotary Foundation's Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award.
Congratulations to our own Amy Card-Lillios and David Carroll for achieving Level 1 Major Donor status and Norm Fontana for becoming a member of the Paul Harris Society.
Pictured from left: Norman Fontana, Jim Buckner, Amy Card-Lillios, Patsy Carroll, David Carroll, Rachel Savage, Max Carroll, Wayne Wilhelm and Don Ritzhaupt.
|Robert Green, Ocoee Region FCA Director||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Nov 16, 2010||
Bob Tebow, father of former University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, issued a challenge for the Ocoee Region Fellowship of Christian Athletes to create a full time director's position. Robert Green has embraced this challenge and is actively carrying the FCA message to students and coaches in our area schools. Since 1954, the FCA has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. The FCA carries out it's mission by working through four ministries: coaches, campus, camps and community. Robert is also the acting chaplain for the Cleveland High School Blue Raider football team.
November 16 program coordinated by Cameron Fisher.
|The Rotary Club of Cleveland 2010 Dictionary Project||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Nov 14, 2010||
As part of Rotary's worldwide literacy initiative, the Rotary Club of Cleveland provides student dictionaries for every third grader in the Cleveland City and Bradley County school systems. This project is led by Literacy Committee chairman, Bill Creech, and provides students with a valuable learning tool that may be used for many years. Distribution of dictionaries is now under way. This year's effort will provide 1,200 dictionaries for third graders in 18 schools and 60 classes.
Park View Elementary School: Rotarians Kim Randolph and Wayne Wilhelm with third grade teacher, Kristin Stansell and her class.
Special note from New Member Orientation Committee Chairperson, Amy Card-Lillios:
Attention Red Badge Rotarians! This is your opportunity to get involved in an important local project. Sign up to participate now!
|UTC Athletics Director, Rick Hart||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Nov 09, 2010||
The mission of UTC Athletics is to prepare student athletes for meaningful and productive lives. "Very few student athletes go on to a professional career in sports, so we must prepare them for that," according to Hart speaking to Cleveland Rotarians on November 9. The athletics department stresses important core values, e.g. integrity, respect, accountability and continual improvement. Some priorities of the athletics director include development of a sustainable financial model, support broad-based sport options and improvement of infrastructure and facilities.
UTC has 317 student athletes participating in 17 competitive sporting programs. Click here for more information on Rick Hart.
Bill Estes was program coordinator for the November 9 program.
|Jan Wilms, Rotary Youth Exchange Student||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Nov 02, 2010||
For more than 75 years, students and host families have broadened their horizons through Rotary Youth Exchange. More than 80 countries and over 8,000 students participate in the program every year. This year, District 6780 is hosting eight inbound students.
Our club is hosting Jan Wilms from Oberhausen, Germany for the 2010-2011 Rotary year. Jan shared a presentation covering Germany's history, geography, industry, economy and culture during the November 2 meeting. While Jan is living with his host family here in Cleveland, a Rotary Exchange Student from Chile is living in his room and hosted by his family back in Oberhausen.
Jan is a junior at Cleveland High School, a member of Interact and plans to study architecture in college.
2010-2011 District 6780 Exchange Students: Seated L-R Jasmine Bruttin, Switzerland; Bruna Reis Gott, Brazil; Meerim Talipova, Kyrgyzstan; Nela Brancikova, Czech Republic; Standing L-R Alvaro Sanchez, Spain; Marco Caixeta, Brazil; Matheus Ferreira, Brazil; Jan Wilms, Germany.
|Picnic at the Museum||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Oct 26, 2010||
Undaunted by waves of severe thunderstorms and tornado warnings, the Rotary Club of Cleveland had an impressive turnout at the annual Family Picnic held on October 26. The event was moved indoors due to the weather and thanks to some last minute adaptations by Lisa Simpson Lutts and The Museum Center at Five Points. The BBQ from Fat Mike's BBQ and More was excellent and the fellowship was outstanding. We needed the rain too!
Thanks to Ginger Buchanan and the entire Family Picnic Committee for pulling this event off under adverse conditions!
|World Polio Day Update||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Oct 24, 2010|
|TSBDC at CSCC||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Oct 19, 2010||
The Tennessee Small Business Development Center provides assistance to business owners in developing thriving and successful business endeavors. TSBDC Director, Brenda Sheehy, addressed Rotarians during the October 19 program, offering no-charge assistance on topics such as accounting, advertising, operations, finance, sales and human resources. The TSBDC office at Cleveland State Community College has counseled 250 individuals, 28 business startups and assisted 16 businesses in securing over $1M in financing. Funding for the TSBDC is provided by the SBA (40%), CSCC (40%) and community resources (20%).
|Norm Fontana, New RI Permanent Fund Benefactor||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Oct 12, 2010||
Norm Fontana, our International Foundation Committee co-chairman and Polio Plus evangelist, has become a Benefactor to the Rotary International Permanent Fund. Norm's contribution to the Annual Programs Fund provides immediate funding for a designated RI program. One hundred percent of the gift will be spent during the current Rotary year. Click here for more information on becoming a Benefactor. Thank you Norm!
Pictured from left: Steve Carroll, Norman Fontana and David Carroll.
|Dr. Tim Cross - UT Dean of Extension||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Oct 12, 2010||
Rotarian Kim Frady introduced University of Tennessee Dean of Extension, Dr. Tim Cross, as our speaker for the October 12 program. Dr. Cross reviewed the history of the agricultural extension program in Tennessee from its inception in 1910. The Tennessee program was incorporated into a national effort to improve the country's food supply and quality in 1914. Over the past 100 years, the agricultural extension office has expanded into complimentary areas, including poultry, 4H and youth programs, home and consumer education, farm business management, computer applications, health and nutrition, forestry and leadership development.
Dr. Cross responded to questions regarding international trade and free markets during the followup question and answer time.
Pictured from left: Steve Carroll, Dr. Tim Cross and Kim Frady.
|October 5 Program - Bradley County Schools||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Oct 05, 2010||
Bradley County Director of Schools, Johnny McDaniel, and Data Analyst, Sharon Harper, provided an update on the Bradley County School system during the October 5 meeting. Director McDaniel reported that funds from a $2 million technology grant had been used to provide internet-based services for the county system including a new Parent Portal, Online Applications, School Stream and Online Teacher Resources. The "Race to the Top" program will provide $365,000 per year over a four-year period for teacher professional development.
|Rotary "After Hours" Meeting at The Spot||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Sep 28, 2010||
Our first Rotary "After Hours" meeting was held at The Spot on Tuesday, September 28 at 5:30PM. The Spot provided bottles of Orange Crush, root beer, iced tea, burgers with all the fixings, hotdogs with chili, as well as french fries.
District 6780 Polio Plus Committee Chairman, Fred Heitman from Oak Ridge, updated us on the worldwide effort to eradicate polio and the special contribution incentives for World Polio Day.
Norm Fontana and Fred Heitman recognized several new Paul Harris fellows and honorees.
Left to right: Norm Fontana, Will Reynolds, Don Ritzhaupt, Missy Reynolds, Fred Heitman, Amy Card-Lillios, Steve Carroll, Dawn Robinson, David Carroll, Don Robinson, Tim Spires, Nicholas Lillios, Tom Thomas
|Make an Online Contribution to Polio Plus||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Sep 25, 2010||
October 24 is World Polio Day! Get 2 for 1 recognition credit for online contributions to Polio Plus from October 18 through October 24.
This is a great way for club members to not only support polio eradication but also to get extra recognition points too. These points could be used to name Paul Harris Fellows. An online contribution of $500 from a member would gain 1000 recognition points, enough to be able to name a Paul Harris Fellow. Fantastic!
|TAEP - Jonathan Frady||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Sep 21, 2010||
Jonathan Frady, son of Rotarian Kim Frady, reviewed the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program with Cleveland Rotarians during the September 21 meeting. Jonathan is a marketing specialist with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.
The Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program
|Ocoee Street, Paul Conn's Great Divide||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Sep 18, 2010||
In September of 1951, a five-year-old Paul Conn, along with his sister, crossed Ocoee Street to attend Arnold School. Ocoee Street was a cultural and economic divide in Cleveland at the time and the Conn family wanted to be sure that their children were going to attend the best school in town. It was at Arnold School that Paul Conn fell in love with education thanks to Ms. McReynolds, his first grade teacher. He's been involved in some facet of education ever since.
During our September 14 meeting, Dr. Conn shared some of his history along with the 125-year history of Lee University. Broad Street Methodist Church started Centenary College for Women in 1884 on the current Lee campus in celebration of the centennial of the Methodist church. In 1918, Lee College was founded as Bible Training School on Gaut Avenue in Cleveland. The Bible Training School relocated to Sevierville in 1938 and returned to Cleveland in 1947, when Bob Jones sold Bob Jones College to the Church of God. Billy Graham briefly attended Bob Jones College in Cleveland. Dr Conn shared the fact that he works in the same office where Bob Jones told a young Billy Graham that "he would never amount to anything" if he transferred out of the school. As we know, Bob Jones was incorrect on this matter.
Lee University is named after Flavius Lee, a former music minister at First Baptist Church and an early president of Lee College.
|September 7 Program - Joe Smith's Magic Toolbox||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Sep 12, 2010||
Former Olympic boxing team manager, Joe Smith, carries a small toolbox containing tokens that represent significant lessons of life. Joe shared moving anecdotes about important values such as honesty, perseverance and compassion gained during challenging lifetime situations.
Joe Smith works as the Director of the YCAP program of the Chattanooga Metro YMCA. Joe has helped troubled youth turn their lives around through this program and gain national acclaim in the Golden Gloves Boxing Program. Joe was selected to manage the U.S. Olympic Boxing Team at the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing. When asked about the success of the team, Joe related that their performance was one of the worst ever for a U.S. Olympic boxing team. The U.S. team strength versus the other competitors was compared as "boys" against "men". The U.S. boxers ranged from 16 to 22 years of age and were competing against Russians, Cubans and other Europeans in their early thirties.
|September is New Generations Month||Posted||on Sep 07, 2010||
September is New Generations Month. In his latest message, Foundation Trustee Chair Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar says that Rotary youth programs foster positive contact between its participants and Rotary. Read more in the September message from the trustee chair at rotary.org.
|An Update from Calah Hanson||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Sep 07, 2010||
Calah Hanson received a Rotary Club of Cleveland academic scholarship in 2008. On September 7, Calah provided us with an update on her busy summer working in Ghana with an organization called KaeMe that attempts to break down the barriers for orphans seeking family-based care. Calah explained her work assisting with documenting the past for children who have no knowledge of their history, or sometimes, even their own birthdate. With KaeMe's assistance, many of these undocumented orphans now have a chance to be placed with potential adoptive families.
Calah's next academic excursion will be to Hawaii, where she will be studying the environment.
Calah Hanson is a former Cleveland High Interactor and is now enrolled at Stanford University where she hopes to pursue a career in the field of medicine. Calah is a wonderful example of our investment in Rotary "New Generations".
|Cleveland Rotarian Fred Garmon and PCL, Siem Reap, Cambodia||Posted||on Aug 30, 2010|
|The Fundamental Things Apply, As Time Goes By||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Aug 24, 2010||
David Oreck stressed the importance of marketing and branding to an enthusiastic crowd of United Way supporters at this year's campaign kickoff luncheon held at the Peerless Road Church of God of Prophecy. Oreck is a natural salesman and interjected his company's products and marketing philosophies into the keynote speech at regular intervals. He stressed fundamentals and simplicity as applicable to our community's United Way campaign. "You are asking someone to give to help others, what better and simpler message can you make?"
|Michael Estes on the Move||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Aug 17, 2010||
Our immediate past-president, Michael Estes, has announced that he is leaving Cleveland to take a new position with BB&T. Michael joined the Rotary Club of Cleveland in 2006 and served in many leadership positions within our club including as our 2009-2010 president. We wish Michael, Kristi and the kids the very best as they embrace their new opportunity. Thank you, Michael, for your service to the Rotary Club of Cleveland.
|Meth Is Not the Real Problem||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Aug 17, 2010||
Although Tennessee is one the leading states in the nation in methamphetamine addiction, with over 9,000 busts occurring in the past year, the real problem is the abuse of prescription drugs. Mike Hall, director of the 10th Judicial District Drug Task Force, told Cleveland Rotarians that prescription drug abuse is a multi-billion dollar industry with some doctors in south Florida writing as many as 200 prescriptions per hour. Many to out-of-state clients.
|2008-2009 District Governor, Carol LaRue, Passes Away||Posted||on Aug 14, 2010|
|Our Most Senior Member, Cecil Stanbery, Passes Away||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Aug 14, 2010||
Cecil Stanbery, D.D.S., the holder of Rotary Club of Cleveland badge number one, passed away on Saturday, August 14 after an extended illness. Dr. Stanbery is the father of fellow Rotarians, Dr. John Stanbery and Dr. William Cecil Stanbery II. Cecil joined the Rotary Club of Cleveland in 1961 and practiced dentistry in Cleveland for 50 years. Dr. Stanbery was an active political figure holding many local and statewide positions in the Republican Party.
Our thoughts and prayers are with John, William and the entire Stanbery family.
|There's a New Sheriff In Town||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Aug 10, 2010||
Sheriff-elect, Jim Ruth, committed to run a tight ship even though his department will face a $600,000 budget cut in the coming year. Ruth addressed the Rotary Club of Cleveland in his first public speaking engagement since winning the election from challenger, Steve Lawson.
Photo by Dwight Richardson
|It's a Great Time To Be a Rotarian!||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Aug 03, 2010||
Bobby Davis has three major goals for his term as District 6780 Governor:
|Best Wishes To Michael Cole||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Aug 03, 2010||
We're simultaneously saddened and gratified to hear that past president, Michael Cole, has taken an executive position with the United Way of Bartlesville, Oklahoma and will be leaving Cleveland.
Michael has been an active member of the Rotary Club of Cleveland for eight years and served as our president during the 2008-2009 Rotary year.
Thank you, Michael, for your faithful service to Rotary and our community. We will miss you.
|It's a Great Time To Be a Rotarian||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Aug 02, 2010||
Bobby Davis has three major goals for his term as District 6780 Governor:
District Governor Davis and his wife Deborah met with our officers and directors before the regular noonday meeting on August 3 to review our strategic plan and the goals and objectives of our committees. DG Davis graciously offered his assistance in helping the Rotary Club of Cleveland meet our objectives for the 2010-2011 Rotary year.
During the regular meeting hour, District Governor Davis presented new Rotary initiatives including the Heart to Heart project and new fifth avenue of service, New Generations. A progress report on the Polio Plus effort shows major progress in the endemic countries of Nigeria, Pakistan, Afghanistan and India along with an unfortunate outbreak in Tajikistan. We are near to meeting our goal of interrupting the transmission of polio in the world by the end of 2012.
District Governor Davis said "The sun never sets on Rotary. Rotarians somewhere in the world are doing good, 24 hours a day, seven days a week." It is indeed a great time to be a Rotarian.
DG Davis presented gifts to Harrison Brown and Jerry Bird representing our most senior member and our newest member. Bobby Davis is from the Kingston Rotary Club.
|July 20 Program: Political Forum||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jul 20, 2010||
Our second political forum of 2010 was held during the July 20 regular meeting of the Rotary Club of Cleveland. The forum featured Tennessee District 9 Senate candidates Lou Patten and Rep. Mike Bell. Each candidate stated their positions on major issues and offered their qualifications for our consideration.
The candidates fielded questions from the audience after the presentation. Rotarian Joseph McCoin coordinated our 2010 political forums.
Photo by Dwight Richardson
|Our President's Vision for 2010-2011||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||on Jul 12, 2010||
2010-2011 Rotary Club of Cleveland President, Steve Carroll has published the annual president's address to the membership. Learn more about Steve's vision for the new Rotary year.
|LAST DAY FOR TICKETS!||Posted by Patrick Long||
Haven't gotten your tickets yet? No need to fear, there's still time! Click here for information about reserving your seats today!
|Cleveland Rotary College Football Pick 'Em||Posted by Tim Spires||
The Rotary College Pick'em contest is back again this college football season - an off season of Bragging Rights is the reward.
|Help the Cleveland Rotary Foundation win $5,000!||Posted by Patrick Long|
|Cleveland's Own Indiana Jones||Posted by Patrick Long||
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.”
|Interact Speech Contest||Posted by Patrick Long||
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.
|Preserving History and Natural Beauty||Posted by Patrick Long||
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.
|Giving Kids the Right Start: An In-Depth Look at Head Start Programming||Posted by Patrick Long||
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.
|College Athletes: Amateurs or Professionals? A History of the SEC||Posted by Patrick Long||
Speaker, Dr. Eric Moyen, with President Pam Nelson and Rotarian Derrick Kinsey.
Should college athletes be kept in the role of amateurs or be paid for their contributions?
Eric Moyen, Lee University’s chair of the Department of Health, Exercise Science and Secondary Education, presented a history of the Southeastern Conference to explore this question while speaking to the Rotary Club of Cleveland.
Read more: Cleveland Daily Banner - Moyen shares history of SEC with Rotary Club
|Focus on Membership||Posted by Patrick Long||
Rotary President Pam Nelson with speaker David Sergent. David's presentation kicked-off our August membership drive!
Rotary is arguably one of the most influential service organizations in the world, with more than 34,000 clubs in 200 countries. What began as one man's humble vision to give professionals a place to fellowship and collaborate has grown to become a formidable force both internationally and in local communities. Rotary's impact is clear when you examine the information from just a few of our programs:
None of that takes into account the thousands of dollars and volunteer hours that invested by our local club. What makes all of this possible? Put simply: members. It’s our membership that makes any of this a reality. Internationally Rotary boasts membership numbering more than 1.2 million individuals, while locally the Cleveland Rotary Club has 114 active members.
During the month of August our goal is bring on new members, to identify local leaders who believe in this community and the power we have together.
So, how can you help? There are two things you can do, 1) think of influential people you know who might be good Rotarians and 2) invite them to a meeting. It really is that easy. For more information about Rotary’s requirements, click here or contact Membership Chair, Mike Griffin.
|Is the War on Terror Over?||Posted by Patrick Long||
|Stanfield Speaks to Local Gang Issue||Posted by Patrick Long||
Nancy Stanfield shared with the Rotary Club regarding Cleveland's growing gang problem.
|Museum Director Address Rotary Club||Posted by Patrick Long||
Museum Center at 5 Points Executive Director, Hassan Najjir, speaking to the Cleveland Rotary Club about the changes that have taken place during his first 100 days in leadership.
|Guatemala Clean Water Project||Posted by Patrick Long||
The most populous country in Central America, Guatemala is home to more than 14 million people, proud of their shared Mayan heritage but also broadly diverse, with over 24 linguistic groups. Most of the people live in rural areas, although more and more are migrating to urban centers for work. Approximately 51% of Guatemalans live below the national poverty line. An estimated 25,000 people die every day from the lack of clean water and proper sanitation, that is one person every 3.45 seconds.
The Cleveland Rotary Club is working with several other organizations to help correct this by providing approximately 800 people in a rural, Guatemalan village with access to wells and latrines. The total cost of the project is more than $45,000, with our club providing $17,500 in funds. For more information about this exciting project, please contact Steve Carroll.
|Advertise Your Business On Our Website||
Reach a group of Cleveland's most influential business and civic leaders by purchasing a banner advertisement on the Rotary Club of Cleveland website. The advertisements appear in the "Website Sponsors" section in the right hand column on every page of the site and are included in our weekly e-Bulletin distributed to over 120 Rotarians and newsletter subscribers. Clicking on a banner ad may direct the user to your business website or open a pre-addressed email to request information.
Click here for more information.
|The 1945 Rotary Junior Dairy Show|
|August is Membership and Extension Month||
August is Membership and Extension Month, the perfect time to share your passion for Rotary.
|Rotarian Bobby Taylor Will be Missed||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||
Rotarian and community leader, George Robert Taylor, died Friday, July 16, at SkyRidge Medical Center after a short illness. "Bobby" Taylor had been a faithful member of the Rotary Club of Cleveland for 30 years.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Nancy Parks Taylor; daughter, Linda Burns and husband, Gerald; son, Scott Taylor and wife, Sharon; grandchildren: Ashley Burns Meagher and husband, Jim; Brandon Taylor Burns; Clint Taylor and Clarke Taylor; great grandchildren: Burns Meagher and Reece Meagher all of Cleveland; and several nieces and nephews.
Visit the Fike Funeral Home memorial for Bobby Taylor here:
|CHS Interactor and Junior Miss, Devon Vaughn||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||
CHS Interactor and Cleveland's Junior Miss, Devon Vaughn, was a guest at the July 13 meeting of the Rotary Club of Cleveland. Miss. Vaughn will be representing the city during the Tennessee Junior Miss competition at the Dixon Center on July 16-18.
Photo by Dwight Richardson
|July 13 Program: Legislative Update||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||
Rotarian and State Representative, Kevin Brooks, shared news from his annual legislative update during the July 13 meeting. This session included passing an especially challenging budget in our underperforming economy. Meeting notes are available from the "Downloads" section of our website (Rep. Kevin Brooks Legislative Update). Thanks to Programs Director, Adam Lewis, for coordinating this event.
Photo by Dwight Richardson
|Follow Cleveland Rotary on Twitter||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||
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|Happy New Year!||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||
HAPPY ROTARY NEW YEAR! Rotary starts a new year this month and the Rotary Club of Cleveland has installed a new slate of officers and directors. The 2010-2011 officers and directors are: President, Steve Carroll; President-Elect, Kim Casteel; Vice President, Joseph McCoin; Secretary, Jay Leggett; Treasurer, Craig Mullinax; Past President, Michael Estes; Cleveland Foundation President, Don Ritzhaupt; Director of Membership, Brad Emendorfer; Director of Publications, Wayne Wilhelm, Public Relations, Pamela Nelson; Service Projects, Fred Garmon; Program Director, Adam Lewis; and International Foundation Co-Chairs, Norm Fontana and Tom Thomas.
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|Dr. Eddie Roberson speaks to Cleveland Rotarians||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||
Tennessee Regulatory Authority director, Eddie Roberson, was the speaker at the May 11, 2010 meeting of the Cleveland Rotary Club.
|Rotary International 2010-2011 Theme Announced||Posted by Wayne Wilhelm||
After taking the stage to the tune of "California, Here I Come," RI President-elect Ray Klinginsmith announced the 2010-11 RI theme, Building Communities -- Bridging Continents, during the opening plenary session of the 2010 International Assembly.
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