President’s Corner – June 25, 2015

I made it! I made it through the year as Rotary President that is! I can’t believe how fast this year went by. Last night’s District Banquet was my last official duty as I handed over the “Home Club of the District Governor” Banner to the incoming President of the Durham club. It was certainly an honor to be President of our Club the same year that Matthew Kane was our District Governor. It certainly added a little extra pressure, but it made my job that much more rewarding as well. My job in taking over as President was to
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President’s Corner – April 3, 2015

Spring is finally here! The first quarter of the year is already over and I am left with 3 more months of being the President of this great club. We have certainly accomplished a lot over the past 9 months, but there is a lot of on agenda over the next few months as well. I do want to take this opportunity to thank some people who were instrumental in making our First Annual Casino Night a huge success. Scott Tarkenton came to me with this idea almost 9 months ago. He had a vision for how it would go
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President’s Corner – February 27, 2015

Is it spring yet? I think we’re all a little tired of the winter weather that has hit us 3 times in the past 2 weeks. We’ve all had disruptions at work and with our kids’ school and of course with missing our Rotary meetings the past 2 weeks! Hopefully this will be the last winter weather we have this season. It was nice to spend time at home and out in the snow with the kids. I even got a few runs in on the sled down our drive way! The weather did make me think about all the
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President’s Corner – January 29, 2015

Another month has passed and we are getting closer to our first ever Casino Night on March 28th! Each member is being assigned 4 tickets to sell. The tickets are $75 each and include heavy hors d’oeuvres, 2 free drink tickets (a cash bar is available as well), and a fun night of Vegas style gambling! When you sell your tickets, please write the name of the guests and their email address on the stubs as we will have name tags the night of the event and want the ability to send email reminders. People will also have the ability
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President’s Corner – January 9, 2015

Happy New Year! 2015 is off to a very busy start for me both personally and in my business and things are about to start picking up with Rotary as well. The two biggest items for the calendar so far are the District Conference and our first annual Casino Night fundraiser. The District Conference is in New Bern this year and will be the weekend of April 24th – 26th. District Governor Matthew Kane and his team have planned a fun weekend full of events and fellowship opportunities. Also, Dee Dee Heard is planning a dinner for all of the
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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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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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President’s Corner – November 3, 2014

People say that time seems to go by even faster once you get married and have kids. I can certainly attest to that. But, man does time go by fast when you are President of a Rotary Club! I sit here writing this as 4 months have already gone by in this Rotary year. We have been very busy as a club and have accomplished a lot already. We had our major fundraiser, the Ed Shook Golf Tournament, which had some changes for us in how we earned money for our club but was still an overwhelming success. We have
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President’s Corner – August 13, 2014

It’s hard to believe I am more than a month into my Presidency! Time is flying and we have some exciting things going on with the club. Our club’s biggest fundraiser is right around the corner with the Ed Shook Golf Tournament. The tournament is on Monday, September 8th and we can help in 2 different ways. As always, we are selling raffle tickets and sponsorships. The raffle tickets are the same price as in previous years – $25 each or 5 for $100. The tops prizes are printed on the tickets this year and include a 7 night stay in Williamsburg
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Member Spotlight: Jay Williams-President in Waiting

Rotary has a unique model where every office position throughout Rotary changes on July 1st of every year. As we are approaching the new year, it is getting close to the Installation of Jay Williams as the next president. As he will be taking this position, it is important to get to know him a little. Jay joined the club in 2008, just a few months after the current president. There are many timing similarities between these two current and future leaders of this club, but the most important is their commitment to the Rotary Club of North Raleigh and
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