Club News – Feb 22nd

Posted By Brad Walker

The Rotary Club of Wake Forest met Monday, Feb. 22, both online and in-person at The Forks Cafeteria in downtown Wake Forest.  President Karlene opened the meeting with the pledge, and Dr. Marion tendered the prayer.

Good News

Bob complimented District 7710 organizers for a job well done during Saturday’s virtual District Training Assembly.  He also declared that he will receive his second covid shot this Tuesday. Go, Bob!

Louis proudly announced the 100 percent score achieved by his granddaughter on a recent reading test.  He and his wife Marilyn enjoyed the Dinosaur Safari with her at the NC State Fairgrounds last week as well.  Finally, Louis said he had recently received a Facebook message from his oldest living friend, from whom he had not heard in 50 years. Social media does have its advantages!

James’s good news focused on daughter Rachel’s full recovery from Covid. Yay Rachel!

Brad shared that he and his wife had celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary at The Inn at Biltmore Estate, a delightful resort destination near Asheville. 

Karlene said she completed her first trial on Friday as NC Administrative Law Court judge and,  laughingly answering someone’s question, “did not make anyone cry,” 

Barb is relieved and happy that her daughter successfully obtained a driver’s license in the middle of last week’s ice, rain, and snow flurries.

Marion, Enoch, and Helen all reported receiving their second Covid vaccine shot. 


Feb. 23: New Launch Wake Forest training begins. Brad said the class of 10 participants will meet in a hybrid virtual/in-person format at The Forks for orientation this week,  and he invited members to join if interested. Meetings will continue every Tuesday evening for the next 13 weeks.  He invited Rotarians to speak on topics of interest which will also enhance business and training goals. Please email Brad if you would like to participate in or sponsor future meetings, which helps pay for participants’ meals and other supplemental training tools. 

Feb. 27, all day: Zoom Room Day at The Forks. New equipment, designed to provide better meeting tools for all local clubs who meet at The Forks, will be installed in the ” Wake Forest Rotary Zoom Room” event this Saturday.  Items to be put in place permanently include two large 65” TV screens, a high-performing camera, five microphones, plus upgrades to audio, video, on-site networking capabilities, and hardwire.  Various sponsors have helped to make these improvements possible.  Please contact Brad to let him know if you’d like to help with the installation or make an equipment donation. 

March 6: Virtual Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI). Only 20 slots are available for the upcoming D7710 Spring RLI. Look for a sign-up link soon or contact President Karlene for more information.  RLI is a great way to learn more about Rotary leadership as well as meet other Rotarians who share experiences. Both clubs and individuals become stronger through participating in RLI. 

March 22: WF Rotary Program, Cassandra Deck Brown, former Chief, Raleigh PD. Deck-Brown, a 30-year veteran of the Raleigh PD, was chosen Feb. 2013 to serve as its chief.  She will retire and step down on April 1, 2021. Invited by President Karlene to attend virtually, Deck Brown will share “behind-the-scenes” insights locally as well as nationally. Bringing police and communities together is a big goal for all. 

Sunday, March 28: Virtual Rotary Day, Boys and Girls Homes, Lake Waccamaw. Bob encouraged members to register for a fun and informative 1.5-hour virtual program showcasing the Rotary Cottage, touring the campus, learning about activities, and becoming inspired.  D7710 Rotary clubs, including Wake Forest, have been long-term contributors to this important refuge for vulnerable children.

April 10: Virtual Rotary Peace Fellows Conference. Here’s another great opportunity to learn more about the Peace Fellows program which we heard about on Feb. 15 from Peace Fellow Nathalie Contrares.  This annual conference provides a platform for graduating scholars to present a 30-minute paper on their work completed during the two-year fellowship at UNC-Duke. No driving required, so sign up when the link becomes available.  To learn more about past conferences, please click here

Book Club, Anyone? President Karlene reached out to members who might be interested in creating a short-term book club to discuss Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, a memoir by attorney Bryan Stephenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) and NYU School of Law professor. Please contact Karlene if interested.  [Note: First published in 2014, Just Mercy focuses on Stevenson’s experience as a newly-minted, African American Harvard lawyer who moves to the Deep South to combat harsh penal injustices, particularly against people of color and children.  Deemed a “New York Times Bestseller” which later became a film, Just Mercy reveals the power of mercy, along with the EJI’s evolution as a national resource for historians, sociologists, students, and contemporary justice-seekers now based in Montgomery, AL.  Both its Legacy Museum and The National Memorial for Peace and Justice are powerful, compelling sites along the MLK Freedom Trail journey undertaken regularly by WF Rotarians Enoch and Marion Holloway, Rev. Ken, and the Wake Forest MLK Committee. The 5-day trip is an unforgettable experience!]

PETS Training Report. President-Elect Leah Flach said that the recent D 7710 President-Elect Training session  focused on three primary areas:

  • Club health and “vibrancy,” a term Leah said applies well to Wake Forest because of its virtual adaptations during the pandemic
  • More focus on mission and strategy to figure out goals and establish strategies to accomplish them
  • Working together to establish a three-year plan which can be stronger if presidents-elect are annually identified two years out.  
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