Monday, April 20, 2015

More Hendersonville NC RLI Photos

Rain Outside, All Smiles Inside at Hendersonville NC RLI

It was a cool and rainy day as a group of Rotarians gathered from Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina to learn more about Rotary International and their Rotary clubs. They met in a beautiful 150 year old church in the middle of the historic town of Hendersonville, NC to exchange ideas and information and to get to know each other better as well as enhance their knowledge and effectiveness as Rotarians. At noon, they were fed a delicious meal by the church’s youth group who were volunteering, along with some of their Mothers and the church Youth Director, to prepare the meal and to clean up afterwards so they could help fund their own mission trip!

The attendees, 10 for Part I; 5 for Part II; and 8 for Part III, were excited, motivated, and more than willing to learn and to share! The Facilitators came from five Districts including one Facilitator who was willing to drive over five hours to share his knowledge and experience with his Rotarian attendees. Dynamic discussions were heard throughout the event including the breaks and the noon meal. What a great and enthusiastic event! District 7750 needs to receive special recognition in that seven of the eight RLI Graduates are from District 7750! Well done PDG Lorraine Angelino and Governor Tom Faulkner of District 7750!

All in all, it was a great event at a great location, and everyone left filled with knowledge, excitement, new ideas, and new friends! Report by Western Carolinas' Regional Coordinator Bill Parker
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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sunshine RLI Offers RLI Cruise!

Sunshine RLI, our sister organization serving Florida, Georgia and much of the Caribbean Region, is offering a RLI cruise, December 10-14, 2015. You are invited.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

"The Rest of the Story" at the Mooresville NC RLI

Wow, what a uplifting day to see Rotarians come to a RLI event not knowing most of the others in attendance and at the end of the event seeing the smiles on their faces and the excitement in their voices and having made some new Rotary friends. 

 That was the scene on Sat. 28th of March. We had (10) Rotarians for Part 1, (4 ) for Part 2 and (5) for Part 3. The five graduates are Joe Grooms from RC of Matthews; B. Keith Barbee from RC of Southwest Cabarrus; Bryan Hovey from RC of Cabarrus County; Rick Johnson from RC of China Grove and Mark Ryman from RC of Randolph. District 7680 Governor Ken Dresser was at the graduation ceremony to present the graduate pin and say a few words to the graduates and others in attendance. 

Our thanks goes to our faculty members: John Tabor, Milton Iossi, Joe Running, Sherry Harris, Bill Parker, Alvin Lewis and Georgia Oaks. Extra thanks goes to John Tabor for serving as our photographer and providing the great pictures of our event and the Friday nite faculty dinner which are already on the blog. Also, thanks goes to Bill Parker as RLI Regional coordinator for another successful event along with his wife Barbara who kept both Bill and I on time and in line. Submitted by Alvin Lewis, District 7680 RLI Chair. 2012-15

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Mooresville NC RLI's Happy Rotarians

What a group of happy Rotarians! Pictured above are the recent graduates of the RLI event in Mooresville, NC on Saturday, 28 March 2015. Pictured from left to right are Regional Coordinator PDG Bill Parker, District RLI Chair Alvin Lewis, Joe Grooms, B. Keith Barbee, Brian Hovey, Rick Johnson, Mark Ryman, and District 7680 Governor Ken Dresser

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

A Great Day at the Duncan SC RLI !

The Spring District 7750 RLI was conducted on Pi Day, March 14, 2015, at the Tyger River Campus of Spartanburg Community College. Attendance was lower than normal, as many District Rotarians felt compelled to celebrate this once in a century date, which was also Albert Einstein’s 136th Birthday. In fact, at 9:26 AM and 53 seconds, there were another five digits of this famous irrational number, which never ends and never has a repeating pattern. 3.141592653. Wow.

Fortunately, none of the 17 enthusiastic participants and six inspiring faculty members felt compelled to celebrate Pi Day until the end of the day. And six new RLI graduates had additional reason to celebrate. The graduates are:
· David Brenner, Greenville Breakfast Club
· Norman Bunn, Rotary Club of Mauldin
· Shalonda Calhoun, Emerald City Rotary Club
· Therese Moore, Emerald City Rotary Club
· Lance Young, Greenville Evening Club and 7750 District Governor Nominee

Thanks to regional coordinator Bill Parker and to faculty members Lorraine Angelino, Becky Faulkner, Gene Moorhead, Georgia Oakes, Rick Snider and David Howard for a great event. Submitted by George Fletcher, D7750 District RLI Chair

Graduates & Staff (L to R): Bill Parker (staff), George Fletcher (staff), David Brenner, Norman Bunn, Therese Moore, Shalonda Calhoun, Lance Young, DG Tom Faulkner. DGN Lance Young and Regional Coordinator Bill Parker are shameless promoting the forthcoming Greenville Evening Duck Derby. Tom is displaying the $100 Emerald City raffle ticket which he just purchased. The Four Way Test says that he will have to report the Chevy Spark on his taxes when he wins.

Emerald City (Greenwood, SC) was well represented with six students and one faculty member. L to R, Prudence Taylor (Part I), Therese Moore (Part III). Les Brown (Part I), Graham Sullivan (Part I), Lorraine Angelino (Facilitator & RLI Board member), Rosemary Bell (Part II) and Shalonda Calhoun (Part III). Thanks, Lorraine. They are headed back to Emerald City’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day bash.