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Album Name: Rotary Speakers Return to Albums
Album Date: Oct 5, 2021
Description: Our weekly speakers inform us about interesting events and topics.
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Rotary member Brian Egler gave us a review of the founding and current status of the Highlands Greenway trail project. Highlands Historical Society President Obie Oakley gave us an update on the Society. Ren Davis presented his film Rotary member Andrea Holland (l) and President Graham welcomed our speaker Alisa Ashe, the Executive Director of Kids Place. Megan Quattlebaum from Pisgah Legal Services filled us in that organization's activities. She was introduced by Buz Dotson and welcomed by Past President Zach Claxton.
Rotary member Tom Neal (center) brought us up to date on Covid. Bodie Catlin was our speaker: Our District Governor visits our club and is welcomed by Past-President Sherry Holt. Christy Bredenkamp, the Macon County Extension Service Director, was our speaker. She was introduced by Scott Carter (left) & welcomed by President Graham. Rotary member Keith Crawford introduced performers & staff from The Highlands Playhouse who presented our program.
Franklin Cox (center) was introduced by Rotary member Buz Dotson (l) and welcomed by President Graham. Dorian Palmer (2nd from left) gave us an update on the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization in western North Carolina. He is shown with Rotary members Rick Siegel & Marjorie Christiansen & President Graham. Tom Claiborne (l) and President Graham welcomed James Melonas of the US Forest Service, who gave us a brief history of the USFS and mentioned specific areas of interest in western NC. Sarah Holbrooks, assistant principal of Highlands School, discussed Covid and how our local school adapted. She is shown with Rotary member Steve Chenoweth and Rotary President Tom Graham. Jeff Watts was our speaker (by zoom)  & was introduced by Tay Bronaugh. Photo shows President Zach Claxton, Jeff Watts & Tay Bronaugh.
Robin Tindall (center) & Ashlie Mitchell-Lanning (right) of the Highlands-Cashiers Health Foundation introduced 2 physicians (left) who are opening an office in Highlands later this month. President Claxton welcomed them to our meeting, Jane Chalker (center) and Alice Salthouse gave us an update on the dental clinic in Haiti. Our own Mary Adair gave us an update on the PAC performance schedule. Greg Lentz was introduced by Doc Wilson and told us the story of his organization Zach Claxton and Bob Buchanan welcome our speaker Karin Peterson, the Executive Director of The Bascom.
Mark Chmar (center) gave us a preview of the car show coming to Highlands next month & the collaborative exhibit at The Bascom. On his right is Karin Peterson, Executive Director of The Bascom and on his left is Knight Martorell, President of the Highlands Motoring Festival Foundation. Curtis Fussell (left) was introduced by Rick Willeford and presented Derek Taylor gave us an update on the upcoming 5K/10K race. Beth Wood was our speaker on April 27, 2021. David Stroud, Director of the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society, was our speaker.
Jonathan Wilkes was our speaker. Dan Ford was our speaker. Andy Tait, EcoForesters Director, was our speaker. Roger Hill discussed his book Dog Hill. Jerry Hermanson provided an overview of the Community Care Clinic.
Town of Highlands Assistant Planning Director Michael Mathis discussed “The Development of the New Comprehensive Plan for Highlands”. 

 Rotary member Bentley Manning gave us an update on the construction project at the Episcopal church. Tom Neal, CEO of the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, discussed Covid-19 vaccinations in Highlands. Marianne Martinez was our speaker. She is the Executive Director of Vecinos, a bilingual, in-person, integrated primary/mental health care organization in western North Carolina. Blakely Moore, currently a teacher at Highlands School, discussed her teaching experience in Bolivia.