President’s Corner – December 19, 2014

I absolutely love the Christmas season and I always have. Of course when I was a little kid it was excitement over what new Star Wars or Ninja Turtles toys I was going to get from Santa. Now I am excited to see my kids get excited over the toys they will get from Santa Claus…..and they are Star Wars and Ninja Turtle toys! Things have a way of coming back around again….. The main reason I love this time of year though is because of all the time we get to spend with our families. I get to spend
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2014 Winter Club Assembly

President Jay Williams hosted the Club’s Winter Assembly on Wednesday December 10, 2014. Amongst the topics were the Holiday Party, 50th Anniversary Committee and the Total Life Center gift bagging effort. The Assembly started off with an auction for a bottle of wine. Dr. Ed Smallwood donated the bottle and conducted the auction. The club will hold its annual holiday party at the Raleigh Country Club Wednesday December 17th from at 6:30 – 9:00PM. The cash bar will open at 6:30 for mingling and dinner will begin at 7:15. Next Wednesday at 12:30 club members will meet at Sertoma to
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John Turner Discusses Veterans Leadership Council of NC

Mr. John William Turner, Executive Director of Veterans Leadership Council of North Carolina – Cares, addressed the club Wednesday about the dire need for veteran homeless care. North Carolina is home to over 800,000 veterans and has the greatest number of active duty troops on the East Coast. Currently it is estimated that 20% of all homeless individuals in North Carolina are Veterans, and recent unemployment figures indicate that unemployment among Veterans age 18-26 is twice that of their non-veteran peers. In addition, there are approximately 22 Veteran suicides each day in the U.S., which projects to one every day
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The Club Mourns the Passing of Jake Jolliff

Originally posted by Terry Hutchens on Dec 03, 2014 Club President Jay Williams announced sadly on Monday that long-time member Jake Jolliff passed away the morning of Monday December 1, 2014. Fellow Rotarian and close friend Terry Hutchens wrote the following memorial for Jake. The members of the Rotary Club of North Raleigh will keep JJ and all of Jake’s family in our hearts. When I think of Jake Jolliff several thoughts come to mind – my close friend, a happy man, and a committed Rotarian. I’ve known Jake since I join the NRRC in November of 1992. He was
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President’s Corner – December 2, 2014

Another month has flown by and here we are less than a month before Christmas. November was another busy month for the Rotary Club of North Raleigh! We started the month by hosting the team of Brazilians in our District. We had a District wide dinner honoring them at the NC State University Club. Our own Steven Nelson also helped organize a Carolina Hurricanes game for everyone to attend with them. I know the experience really had an impact on the members that hosted them and got to interact with them. The experience also had a huge impact on the
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