Our newest member, Matt Towler is the Executive Director at Abbotswood at Stonehenge in North Raleigh.

Our newest member, Matt Towler is the Executive Director at Abbotswood at Stonehenge in North Raleigh.

The North Raleigh Rotary club welcomed yet another new member this week when we introduced Matt Towler to the group. Growing is always an important aspect of the club and the addition of Matt is no different. We are thrilled to have him aboard.

This meeting turned into a spontaneous club assembly as our speaker had to cancel at the last-minute to deal with a death. Nonetheless, the meeting went well and much information was covered.

President Steven Nelson promoted the membership numbers. Despite a setback in the early months of the year, we are now even for the year and should be plus one by the end of the month. This would position the club to have an outstanding year as it pertains to membership growth.

Some of the upcoming events and projects include the Roadside Cleanup scheduled for this Saturday, October 26th. It is a small way to give back to our community by keeping our portion of the roadside clean. The group will meet at the Kroger on the corner of Lynn Road and Creedmoor at 9 am. Be there and let’s get the street clean.

Many other important topics were covered to include the Stop Hunger Now project on November 9th. Dee Dee Heard is heading up this project for the club and it should be a great event. It was noted that we have 25 volunteers with 11 members of the Interact Club at Millbrook High School among those who will be packing food.

As we continue to move forward, I would encourage you to attend the meeting next week as we will see a quick video from Rotarian Scott Tarkenton concerning the young man who will be speaking to our club on November 6th. I would encourage you to attend both of the upcoming meetings as next week’s video will be promoting the visit from 1Lt Nathan Rimpf. He will be receiving a house from Operation Coming Home on November 7th, so it is sure to be a most memorable experience.

For most of us, we are very proud of the work Cooperative for Education does on behalf of our club and the Guatemala Literacy Project. Last week, they had their annual fundraiser at the Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. It was an extremely successful event and raised over $140,000 for the students of Guatemala. What an amazing event? You can read all about is here.

October is Rotary Foundation month and the club and district are placing an emphasis on  PolioPlus and the Stop Polio Now campaigns. Past President mentioned a fundraising effort to raise funds for the PolioPlus campaign while raising awareness of this dreaded disease that is still active in some parts of our world. Plan to buy a ‘Stop Polio Now’ pin once they arrive and wear it proudly. Not only will it be a way to bring up the subject of Rotary, it will be a way to promote the eradication of polio.

Keep in touch as more exciting news will follow about the happenings of the Rotary Club of North Raleigh. They year is shaping up nicely and it appears we will continue the tradition of this club with a new, exciting group of members coming on board.