October 5th – Club News

Posted By Brad Walker

What happened this week?

The Rotary Club of Wake Forest met Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, at The Forks both online and in person.  Rev. Ken Steigler, having returned from his annual summer retreat to New England, gave the prayer.  President Karlene Turrentine led the pledge.

Among the Happy Dollars received for Good News were for

  • Louis Mullinger’s 25th wedding anniversary;
  • Jackie’s R&R at Oak Island;
  • Club Treasurer Bob McCamy’s gratitude to Rachel Prather for her work at assistant treasurer while he recovers from back surgery; and
  • Karlene’s excitement for an upcoming club “social” November 30 to honor Rachel, who is getting married in December!


Foundation Donation – Treasurer Bob announced that quarterly bills would be coming out this week.  If you wish to contribute voluntarily $25 or more to the club Foundation to help finance 2020-2021 projects, please let him know.  COVID restrictions have impacted most if not all of our fundraising plans.  

Service Project

2021 Dominican Republic Project.  Although the 2020 trip was canceled because of COVID, DR7710’s 2021 project to build three houses is still on the table, with three options, according to International Committee Chair Subir Mukherjee: 1) A group of 25 volunteers goes to build in person; 2) A small group goes to take supplies; 3) Our district provides money only, while the DR clubs provide labor.  Other participating clubs seek feedback, so please share any thoughts or ideas with Subir.


The Pecan Sale Online Now!  The first order goes in next week. Please let Bob know if you need pecans to sell and deliver by Thanksgiving.  Pre-orders can be placed online as well. James Holding added that he still had some pecans in storage from last year should anyone need pecans before Thanksgiving.

Marga—Relay—Ville & Medical Debt Relief Project.  Fundraising Chair Brad Walker displayed a $4,000 check, made out to our club Foundation, from the Marga-Relay-Ville Race held in September. This sum will be added to an additional $6,000 raised,  all of which will go for medical debt relief. Specifically, the $10,000 total cancels out nearly $170,000 in Wake Medical Hospital debt owed by 13 Wake Forest cancer patients. While the individual patients remain unidentified, they are each given a letter from Wake Med explaining Wake Forest Rotary’s assistance and providing contact information should they wish to get in touch, Karlene explained.  Club members agreed that this project should be publicized through the district newsletter and perhaps in the local news as well. 

Our Annual Oyster Roast – Oct. 24: Oyster Roast Fundraiser and Service Project.  Brad provided further details about the “drive-thru” meal ticket method we will use this year.  See the website for more information about various plate options and pricing.  Customers will need to pre-order.  The Forks will prepare the food, but Rotarian volunteers are needed to assemble and deliver to customers. 

Queen of Hearts

Helen Holt’s ticket number was called but, alas!  The six of spades wouldn’t do it for her!  Maybe next time!

Helen Holt, Rotarian

Upcoming Programs

  • October 12, 2020, Justice Paul Newby of the NC Supreme Court will be with us to discuss NC’s lost Constitution.
  • October 19, 2020, the Hon. Charles Gilliam, Wake County Register of Deeds will be with us to discuss what’s going on with real estate in Wake County.
  • October 24, 2020, Annual Oyster Roast Drive-Thru
  • October 26, 2020, open
  • November 2, 2020, open
  • November 9, 2020, Tanya Eastwood, President of Greystone Affordable Development and chosen as one of the top 200 women in real estate in 2019, will speak with us about affordable housing
  • November 16, 2020, Courtney Tanner, Planning Director for the Town of Wake Forest will come to talk with us about the rapid development of Wake Forest.
  • November 23, 2020, no meeting.  HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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