Members of Caldwell County Rotary gathered this week
to celebrate a successful year of service to the community.
Club President Kent Spears, left, has presided over the
club for the past two years, and he was recognized for his
service. Incoming club President, Kent Greer, right, was
named by Spears as the Rotarian of the Year for his his
efforts to serve the club during the past year. Greer will
assume his new role later this month. Caldwell County
Rotary was formed in 1982 and will mark it’s 35th
anniversary later this month. The club meets each Tuesday
at 6:44 a.m. at Bud’s Diner.

Caldwell County Rotary Club recognized two local students
with scholarships. The $1000 scholarships are given in memory
of two former club Presidents: Carroll Laxton and Steve Jaynes.
Since 1983, the club has awarded scholarships to one senior
from each of the three high schools. Total value of the scholarships
is now over $125,000. Front row, left to right, Keelin Eno, a
senior from West Caldwell, graduating from the Caldwell Early
College. She is the daughter of Jamey and Elizabeth Eno.
She plans to attend App State and pursue a degree in
Exercise Science and a career in Physical Therapy. Andrew
Icenhour, a senior from Hibriten, plans to attend UNC and
pursue a degree in Business Management. He plans to work
in Real Estate upon graduation. He is the son of Stephen Icenhour
and Wanda Ellis. A third scholarship will be presented at a later
date. Scholarship Committee members studied over  50 applications
before making their selections. They are on the second row, left to
right, Dr. Jeff Church, Kay Crouch, Bruce Cannon and Jeff Joines.

Justin Tammelin, left, is the newest member of Caldwell County
Rotary Club. The upstate New York native recently shared his
“baby Rotarian” address with club members. He graduated from
Virginia Military Institute before working as a police officer in
Chesterfield, Virginia for 4 years. Tammelin returned to school
to obtain a Masters Degree in Marketing at Liberty University.
Tammelin moved to Lenoir to become the marketing director
for Chick-fil-a. During his time at VMI, Tammelin was trained
to play the bagpipes. He has preformed in over 200 parades
all across the country, including the Rose Bowl parade. He
recently preformed in the dedication of the new Gamewell
Fire Truck. Rotarian Kent Greer arranged the program.


Rotarian Scott Rogers, right, told members of the Caldwell County Rotary
club about the process of securing and maintaining continuing education credits
for Business Officers. Rogers serves as the Comptroller for Caldwell Community College.
Rogers participates in the semi-annual meetings of the Southern Association of College
and University Business Officers. That process of 40 credit hours per ear, has afforded him the opportunity to meet and hear such notables as Herman Boone, the football coach portrayed in the movie “Remember the Titans”;Derreck Kayongo, a Uganda native who is the CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. He was named a CNN Hero in 2011. Other speakers in the past have included: ESPY-winner Kyle Maynard; Joe Moglia, head football coach of Coastal Carolina University & current Board Chairman of TD Ameritrade; Bobby Bowden, former FSU football coach; Jim Morris, subject of the baseball movie, “The Rookie”; and Frank Abagnale, Jr., the main character in the movie, “Catch Me if You Can,” and is now an FBI consultant.
Club President Kent Spears, left, introduced the program.


  Jan Nash, above right, Guardian Ad Litem advocate in the 25th Judicial District,
told members of the Caldwell County Rotary Club, about the growing
need for volunteers to work with the children in their program. Some
609 children, ages infant to 18, are served by the program in the
25th District counties of Burke, Caldwell and Catawba. Volunteers
complete a 25 hour training course before serving as the advocate
for the child in the Court system. Persons who have a concern for
the well being of children and who are willing to contribute 4-6 hours
of time each month, are being sought as volunteers. Learn more at Rotarian Chris Cole, left, arranged the program.

Rotarian David Gray, above left, highlight the Coins for Alzheimer’s Research
program that is conducted by Rotary Clubs in the Southeast. All contributions
go to support medical research into the disease. During the CART year that
just ended, Caldwell County Rotary Club members contributed $1,267. This
exceeded the club’s goal of $1,000 for the year. Rotary District 7670 had a
goal of $60,000, and this was exceeded by the clubs in the District with
$80,000 being raised. Across the Southeast, Rotary clubs contributed over
$700,000. Gray also shared some info he had gathered on Alzheimer’s
Disease, including 10 warning signs, from the website.
Rotarian Seth Nagy, center, who chairs the Club’s CART Fund effort; and Chris Cole, club treasurer,
also participated in the program.