On August 29, Mayor Joe Gibbons spoke to the Caldwell Rotary club regarding recent and upcoming events in the city of Lenoir.
He also spoke of recent and upcoming business expansions, housing news and issues, and the various city projects that are underway.


Rotary District 7670 Governor Bill Biddle from Asheville, right,
told members of the Caldwell County Rotary Club that he
has high hopes that Rotary’s efforts to eradicate Polio will
finally happen in the current Rotary year. The effort has been
the key focus of Rotarians worldwide since the mid-1980’s.
Biddle said that local Rotary clubs make great things happen
for their communities. He encouraged the club to continue
efforts to make a difference. Ast. Governor Rosa Ivey, center,
told members that she got involved with Rotary because her
mother has been stricken with Polio, and wanted to help with
the effort to destroy the disease. Caldwell County Rotary
President Kent Greer, left, introduced the speakers.

State Representative Destin Hall, right, told members of the
Caldwell County Rotary Club about his first year in the
NC Legislature. Hall was elected to serve the 87th House
District last year. The Gamewell native is a graduate of
West Caldwell and is one of the youngest House members.
He completed his undergraduate degree from App State
and earned his law degree from Wake Forest. Hall talked
about representing his home county and gave an overview
of the recent legislative session. Rotarian Dr. Jeff Church,
left, arranged the program. 


Chassidy Triplett, left, Executive Director for Koinonia, told members of the Caldwell County Rotary Club about everyday life at the housing facility. The word "koinonia" means "community of Christians who fellow- ship together". Some 129 residents, including 6 couples reside at the North Main location. Founded in 1979 and expanded in 2002, the community provides affordable, secure, maintenance free, and socialization for those who live there. A wide ranged of services are offered to those who live there. You must be 62 years of age and meet certain income requirements to apply. There is a waiting list for those seeking housing. When founded, about 80% of residents were from Caldwell County. Today, that figure is about 60%. People from as far away as Texas and Massachusetts live there. Rotarian Ron Beane, right, arranged the program.

Jennifer Delk Boaz, left, works for Laurel Park Women’s Health
as a medical aesthetician. The UNC grad, has 14 years experience
in this field. She told members of the Caldwell County Rotary Club
about awareness of skin-related issues and aging caused by the
sun’s rays. She also discussed the role of sunscreens and sun
protective clothing that has an SPF. Boaz, along with a number of
other sponsors have placed sunscreen dispensers along the Lenoir
greenway, public parks around Lenoir, and on the downtown square.
Rotarian Bud Watts, right, arranged the program.

Rotarian John Coffey, right, COO for Blue Ridge Energy, toldmembers of Caldwell County Rotary about the successful
opening for the new Blue Ridge District office on US 321. He
noted that the office now combines the joint efforts for electric
and the propane / fuels divisions of the company. Persons interested
in propane appliances of all types have a large selection to explore.
Blue Ridge also has high tech displays that  allows home owners
to make a variety of energy saving improvements to their homes / lifestyle.
Coffey explained that the new larger warehouse area allows
linemen to respond better for outages when bad weather strikes.
Electric serves some 75,000 member meters in Caldwell, Alleghany,
Ashe and Watauga counties. The Propane / Fuels business serves
some 30,000 customer over a 7 county region. Learn more at
blueridgeengery.com. Caldwell County Rotary President Kent
Greer, left,  introduced the program.

Lindsay Barrick, left, the new Executive Director for the Caldwell
Arts Council, told members of Caldwell County Rotary Club about
various upcoming events and activities sponsored by the Council. TheJunior
Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program begins this week. A Visual
Arts competition continues thru July 29th.The Art in Motion Dance
camp begins at the HUB in Hudson on August 14th. Barrick reminded
all that the Arts Council signature event, the 32nd Annual Sculpture Celebration
will be September 8-9 in the Broyhill Walking Park. Rotarian Kay Crouch, right, arranged the program.