This week, we welcomed four students spending a year at Hickory High School as part of the AFS-USA foreign student exchange program, coordinated locally by our own Dan Green. Dan introduced us to Lara from Turkey, Peak from Thailand, Vivian from Austria and the effervescent Mina from Tunisia. Sergeant at Arms Wayne challenged various victims to interpret a sentence from each of the guests in their native language, which raked in a good quantity of dollar fines.
We wish all of our visitors a happy and educational stay in our community.
June 22nd saw the end of our Rotary year and the passing of the gavel from President Michael (on left with the inappropriately large grin) to incoming President Phil. A big thanks to Michael for his leadership over a very successful past year, which saw the club recognized as the District’s best small club and, more importantly, raise and distribute record amounts for scholarships to Catawba Valley Community College, represented at the meeting by Teresa Biggs (right), Executive Director, CVCC Foundation.
As in previous years, Hickory Sunrise Rotary Members helped out at the Foothills Veterans Stand Down held on April 21st 2017 at Catawba Valley Community College. As before, we served food to veterans and volunteers. This year we had the benefit of the new food truck operated by Bob Steiger and Robert Garrison.
Veterans attending the event have access to a range of services, such as dentistry, opportunities to meet with VA officials, employment advice and army surplus items.