This week’s meeting (Oct 19, 2015) our guest speaker was Sidney Powell Author of “Licensed to Lie” Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice. Sidney served in the Department of Justice for ten years in Texas and Virginia and has devoted private practice to federal appeals for the last twenty years. Sidney’s book can be found on Amazon.com and is available in a Kindle version.
This week Oriental Police chief Dwaine More spoke to us about community awareness. He told us that while crime was low in Oriental we should still be vigil lent. If you see something strange or suspicious take notes write down what you saw, when and where and contact the police. If you can’t reach the Oriental police call the Pamlico county sheriff’s department. In addition he showed a five minute video “Dear Officer Your Community Has a Message for You” raising awareness and showing support for police who risk their lives for us every day.
Anthony Gibson Program Manager for Mental Health Services with Easter Seals UCP and Audrey Fisher Licensing Coordinator for child placement spoke to us about Therapeutic Foster Care and Intensive Alternative Family Treatment. Therapeutic Foster Care provides mental health care by specially trained foster parents to care for children with moderate behavioral and emotional needs. Intensive Alternative Family Treatment provides for children with significant and emotional challenges or is at risk for hospitalization or group home placement. If you are interested or want more information on becoming a certified treatment foster car parent contact Audrey Fisher at 252-229-6040 or Stacy Connor at 252-349-882 or got www.eastersealsuspnc.com/NCVA
Guest Speaker Tom Bennett explained how five people 51 years ago had a dream that has turned into the largest Marlin fishing tournament in the United States. You have read in the paper how much it cost to enter this tournament and how much money is given away in prizes. What you haven’t heard is what good things come out of money gained by the tournament. The Big Rock Tournament gives back a hundred fold helping the community, children and the elderly. Big Rock money has been used to support Morehead City community development, the boy scouts, hospice, and many other charitable organizations.
August 17, Donna Creech spoke on behalf of Prime Time. Prime Time provides services and activities for the older population of Pamlico County. Prime Time serves everyone, any religious affiliation or no religious affiliation. Prime Time involves as many adults as possible in a caring ministry that encourages physical, mental social and spiritual wellbeing. Prime Time needs volunteers to help with a number of activities that include administrative duties, instructing or helping with activities, transporting folks for medical appointments and visiting shut-ins. If you are interested in volunteering call 252-249-0213.
Oriental rotary meeting August 10 the speaker Governor Robert (Bob) Pippen who was accompanied by his wife Charlene and our Assistant Governor, Chip Chagnon. The governor presented the Club with a 2015-2016 theme banner “Be a Gift to the World”.
The Governor praised our Club for the extensive support that the Club provides to Pamlico County students and other local community service providers. He also praised club members for their financial support to the local community through the numerous and varied fundraising events the Club sponsors throughout the year. He noted that our Club’s support of the Rotary Foundation has continued to increase during the past few years despite a decrease in membership.
Governor Bob also explained that each year our District participates in a District Global Grant Project sponsored by Rotary International. This year, District 7720 is partnering with 28 other districts in a project to provide food, shelter and education to children between the ages of 6 and 16 in Ghana. The governor asked that the Club’s BOD consider contributing $200 to this “Rotary Family Health Days in Ghana” District Global Grant Project.
At the conclusion of the Governor’s talk, Club President Ed presented the Governor with a check for $200 in support of the “Rotary Family Health Days in Ghana” District Global Grant Project. President Ed also presented Governor Bob with an Oriental Rotary Boat Show tee-shirt.
Last Monday Fay Bond Oriental’s sweetheart addressed the Rotary with a special request that will be taken up under consideration by our Board of Directors. Ours Speakers were Ben Hallowell and Jim Regan, who provided us with some in-depth information on HeartWorks and its Impact on the county. They also shared information on the upcoming fund Harbor Fest at River Dunes Sept 18th,19th and 20th. Also Debora Steenson announced that our partners’ night would be at the Harbor Fest to lend our support to HeartWorks.
John E. Batchelor spoke last Monday to the Oriental Rotary. John has been writing about restaurants and travel since 1981. He is the restaurant reviewer for the Greensboro News and Record and previously wrote for the Winston-Salem Journal. He has also been an educator and a consultant with the Center for Data Driven Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of Chefs of the Mountains and Chefs of the Coast: Restaurants and Recipes from Western North and the East Coast of North Carolina.
Mitch Lewis founder of Arts to end Genocide and Ms. Betsy Miller from Beaufort Middle School spoke to the Oriental Rotary Monday evening about the project “Heeling Our World” an effort to bring shoes to the children of world. 300 million children around the world are going barefoot. This leaves them vulnerable to disease and death contracted through their unprotected feet. One of the main medical issues is jiggers. This is a parasitic sand flea that boroughs into children’s feet and can lead to paralysis and even death.
The Beaufort Middle school have been involved in the project making the KLEM a basic shoe made from rubber tires and burlap a very simple design that will save many lives. For more information on the project go to www.artstoendgenocide.org