Annual Family Day Features Allie Potts

November 25, 2015 was the Club’s annual Family Day meeting. Many members are typically on the road or at home preparing to host for the Thanksgiving holiday but the members who are able to come, bring family members to share our meeting. Allie Potts, the better half of club member Jason Potts, spoke to the club about the importance of family as related to her journey toward literary success. Allie wears many hats. She is a mother, author, and director of engineering at a local contract manufacturing firm. In addition to her day job, she is the published author of
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Members Attend Annual Rotational Meetings

Wednesday November 18, 2015 was the North Raleigh Club’s annual rotational meeting. The name “Rotary” was originally chosen based on the practice of rotating meeting locations at different members places of business. Of course as clubs spread across the world and grew in size, the practicality of meeting in that format became less and less. Our club honors that each year with our annual rotational meeting. This year members hosted meetings at five different locations: Greg Brissette hosted Rich Adelman, Steven Nelson, Bill Bigger, Bob Monroe, Scott Tarkenton, Stephen Diekhaus, Donathan Hudgins, Jan Nelson, Dee Dee Heard, Mike Aoun and
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District Rotary Foundation Chair Barry Phillips

The day started off with some last minute searching for a meeting location. While all of use were acutely aware of Veteran’s Day, none of us expected Sertoma Arts Center to be closed. That’s just what we found out though. Luckily, club member Scott Tarkenton arrived at Sertoma an hour earlier than usual for a Casino Night committee meeting. He and Ed Smallwood were able to get a backup location for the meeting at Milton’s Pizza and Pasta on Six Forks Rd. The next hurdle was getting the word out to our members and others, many of whom would likely
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Professional Ballet Dancer Jan Burkhard

The Club was joined by professional ballet dancer Jan Burkhard from the Carolina Ballet. Jan shared her background with us then answered questions about the profession and Carolina Ballet. Carolina Ballet is one of America’s premiere arts organizations. aBalletEducation.com website named them in the top 5 American ballet companies to watch. Launched as a professional dance company in 1997 under the direction of Artistic Director/CEO Robert Weiss, Carolina Ballet has since garnered critical praise from the national and international media, staged 80 world premiere ballets, and toured internationally in China and Hungary. Weiss, former artistic director of the Pennsylvania Ballet
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