December 7th – Club News

Posted By Brad Walker

What happened this week?

The Rotary Club of Wake Forest met Monday, Dec. 7, both online and in-person at The Forks Cafeteria in Wake Forest.  President Karlene Turrentine opened the meeting at 7 p.m. with the pledge, followed by Rotarian Rev. Ken Steigler giving the prayer. 

While our scheduled speaker, unfortunately, canceled just prior to the meeting, members filled the time with lots of good news Monday night.

Good News

Numerous happy dollars and congratulations went to Rotarian Rev. Dr. Marion Holloway for Organization of the Year honor bestowed virtually on Hope House, Inc. last week by the Wake Forest’s Community Council. Hope House, Inc. is operated by Friendship Chapel Baptist Church and has become a hub for community outreach by the church as well as other civic organizations. 

Rotarian Joe Paulonis, a Community Council member representing the Rotary Club of Wake Forest, noted that normally, Council’s awards are presented at the annual Community Christmas Dinner which Rotary initiated years ago but was canceled this year due to Covid-19. 

To watch the award ceremony click here:

Tommy Murray shared the good news about his son’s recent virtual graduation from ECU with a degree in Construction Management and good job prospects on the horizon.

Rev. Ken Steigler observed that our meeting day –Dec. 7–  is also National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day when Japan attacked the US base in 1941, bringing America into WWII. Traditional observances at the memorial in Honolulu this year for the first time did not include survivors or veterans, again due to Covid-19. 

Despite restrictions impacting most aspects of life, however, Louis Mullinger cast his happy dollar for life just being good. 

Brad Walker is happy to have completed his first semester at Wake Technical Community College and is looking forward to next semester.

A beaming Rachel Prather celebrated successfully obtaining the marriage application for her Dec. 19 wedding to Zeke Chen.   The happy couple’s wish list at Target still has some possibilities if interested.

George Hux participated in a meeting for District 7710’s E-Club for Veterans, a promising new satellite of the Raleigh Rotary Club.    

Bob McCamy and wife Jean recently enjoyed a nice dinner with the Mullingers.

Karlene Turrentine was pleased with Rotary’s first game night last week at Wine 101.  Eleven socially distanced and masked Rotarians participated, showing off a surprising storehouse of Rotary trivia knowledge.  


RLI: President Karlene reminded members that the first of two Rotary Leadership Institutes (RLI) will occur Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021, at the Workforce Development Center in Clayton.  Levels I, II, and III will all be offered, with a maximum of 10 participants each. Register on the District Calendar (scroll down to Jan. 30; click Log-In; be sure to check the Clayton option) or contact either Karlene or Bob McCamy.  The cost is $95, which will be reimbursed by the club.  NOTE: Also listed on the district calendar:

Friday, Dec. 11, 12 noon. Rev. Ken Steigler will present a virtual talk for the Martin Luther King Center.  Contact Rev. Ken for more information.  

Brad Walker announced that he had accepted the position of Area II Assistant District Governor and recently attended a meeting of AG’s, noting that Area II has the most clubs in the district.  Other clubs have been impressed by our club’s social media presence and new website, he said.  

A continuing club need is for someone to take minutes of the meetings. While that role would normally fall under the purview of Public Relations/Communications, the club currently lacks “manpower” in that committee.  If interested or willing to take meeting minutes for the next six or even three months, please contact Helen Holt, Karlene, or Brad. A team approach might be a good solution. 

Meanwhile, as we face a new year, meetings will continue to be held virtually and in-person, assuming no worsening of pandemic conditions. To improve audio and video broadcasting,  Brad said he hopes by mid-January to have a better room set-up at The Forks, with speakers and equipment that remains in place. 


The pecan sale is going well, says Bob, thanks to all members, especially Jackie Barnes who has served as chief “lifter and toter” this year.  While the remaining supply is limited, he would like to sell them all and will send out a list of what’s still available later this week.


Membership Chair Leah Flach noted that all club members will be contacted by a Huddle Hero sometime this week to launch our own initiative for remaining connected, even during a pandemic.  We will focus on the well-being of members and the club itself for a healthy beginning to a new calendar year.

Upcoming Program

Dec. 14 Program:  All members are urged to attend and to invite guests virtually to learn about a new district-wide program, “Our Stories: Brave Conversations about Race.” Initiated by Matthew Kane, North Raleigh Rotary, and Katy Gailes, Holly Springs Rotary, this five-week program evolved in response to George Floyd’s murder last spring. Karlene has participated and described the experience as “excellent,” providing a good platform for the Rotary Peace Initiative effort this spring.  

Kane is past D7710 District Governor, founder of LaunchMyCity and LaunchRaleigh programs, which provided the blueprint for Wake Forest Rotary’s own LaunchWF and LaunchRolesville programs.  Gailes is Director of Entrepreneurship Initiatives with Wake Technical Community College and manages the internationally recognized LaunchMyCity project.  She also manages the Wake Tech/Wells Fargo Center for Entrepreneurship.  

Queen of Hearts

Jackie Barnes lucked out with the raffle, but her Jack of Clubs missed the Queen’s big pot. Better luck next time, Jackie!

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