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Album Name: Rotary Speakers Return to Albums
Album Date: Apr 13, 2021
Description: Our weekly speakers inform us about interesting events and topics.
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Derek Taylor gave us an update on the upcoming 5K/10K race. 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. Erika Tyburski, the CEO of Sanguina, Inc. & another executive from her company, discussed anemia testing. She was introduced by Rotary member Tom Stribling and welcomed by President Claxton. Macon County Sherriff Robbie Holland and Highlands police chief Andrea Holland presented today's program on Shop With A Cop. They are shown with President Zach Claxton. Sarah Holbrooks, the Assistant Principal at Highlands School, spoke to us via Zoom. She filled us in on the status of our local school and the challenges of Covid-19. Hank Ross introduced her to our members, again via Zoom. Photo was taken at the school.
David Wilkes (center) was introduced by Tom 
Graham. David is the owner of The Highland Hiker and told us about his career in retail. Jesus Damian-Clemente (left), 2019 Highlands School Valedictorian and Rotary Scholarship recipient presented: Dr. Wheeler (left) and staff from Mission Health gave us an update on our hospital. She was introduced by Rotary member Wolfgang Green. Jerry Moore gave us an update on a cashless society. President Holt and Chief Harrell welcome one of our local officers and his K-9 partner.
Highlands police officers brought 2 of their K-9 dogs to our meeting. We got to meet the Highlands police departments K-9 officers. Rotary member Steve Lucas (left) & President Sherry Holt welcomed our speaker, Bill Jacobs, who spoke on the geology of our local mountains. Highlands Santa and Mrs. Clause were our speakers. They were introduced by Rotary member Bob Kieltyka and welcomed by President Holt. Gary Wein gave us an update on our local land trust, The Highlands Cashiers Land Trust.
Carol King (2nd from right) was welcomed by Rotary members Sherry Holt, Peggy Wike and Bill Futral. She gave us an update on the Rotary Foundation. Our own Rotary member Julian Franklin presented our first program for 2020. We got an update on the Highlands Greenway from Sonya Carpenter (center). She was introduced by Brian Egler and welcomed by President Holt. Dr. Aery (center) was our speaker. Rotary member Buz Dotson (left) & President Holt welcomed our speaker Sam Yates, who spoke on clean energy disruption.
Rotary member Jerry West (left) introduced Matt Clayton who discussed sustainable farming. Matt and Jerry were welcomed by President Sherry Holt. Sheriff Holland and Highlands Police Chief Harrell presented our program on SHOP WITH A COP. Casey Reid of Eleven Events gave us an insight into producing the upcoming Highlands Food & Wine Festival. She was introduced by Thomas Craig and welcomed by President Holt. Hank Miller told us how to Michele Garashi-Ellick discussed
Scott Vuncannon (3rd from right) discussed surviving a rattlesnake bite. He is shown with President Holt, Ryan Gearhart, Zach Claxton and Scott's wife. We get an update on Boy Scouts. Dr. Jill Granger and Dr. Lane Perry, professors at Western Carolina University, gave us an update on the Honors Program. They were introduced by Rotarian Mark Whitehead and welcomed by President Holt. David Moore of the International Friendship Center was introduced by Rotary member Kaye McHan & gave us an update on the activities of the Center. Photo:Sherry Holt, Kaye McHan; IFC VP David Moore and IFC Executive Director Andrea Smith.

  Charlie Ledford (2nd from right) discussed how he went from being an Addict to a Triathlete. He is shown with Rotary members Steve Chenoweth, Derek Taylor and President Sherry Holt.
Brad Smith, DVM, a veterinarian in Highlands was our speaker. He told stories of his career and was introduced by Rotary member Tom Claiborne. The photo shows Dr. Smith with Tom Claiborne and President Holt. Stell Huie (left) and President Sherry Holt with speaker Jim Barrett, who discussed Pisgah Legal Services. Chancellor Kelli Brown of Western Carolina University was introduced by Rotary member Andy Chmar. She discussed an overview of Western Carolina University & is pictured with Rotary President Holt and Rotary member Andy Chmar. District Governor Tiffany Ervin and Asst. District Governor Peggy Wike (left) visited our club and presented the program. They were welcomed by President Holt. Rotary member and attorney Lenny Baer discussed elder fraud.
Jane Chalker told us about the various Haitian projects she has been involved in over more than 15 years. Dave & Peter introduced Del Kimbler of the Better Angles Organization. John Baumrucker gave us an update on his long standing project in Bolivia. Dr. Buchanan told us about his career in medicine. Rotary member Rick Willeford (R) introduced Rick Yinger (L) and Nin Bond who discussed the status and future of the internet.
Rotary member Luther Turner introduced the physical therapy team from our local hospital who gave us updates on what is available at the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital. Members of the Advance Highlands Education Committee told us about their plans for a Our club's Scholarship Committee members and the 2019 recipients. Sue Blair, the committee chair, presented the program. We got an update on the upcoming Highlands Motoring Festival. Members Paul Schmitt and Mary Adair Trumbly gave us an update on the plans for the expansion of the PAC.
Interact Club members and advisers gather fro a group photo after their presentation. The members of Highlands School Interact Club was in charge of our meeting. They informed us about their projects for this school year. An impressive group of students. Headmaster Anthony Sgro gave us an update on Rabun Gap Nacoochee School.