Area Rotary Clubs Come Together to Celebrate

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Contact: Janet Henderson 828/883-4888


The Brevard Rotary Club, the Rotary Club of Pisgah Forest and the new Rotary Club of Flat Rock will celebrate the organization’s 104th birthday with an official Proclamation from the City of Brevard recognizing the week of February 23rd as “Rotary Week.”  The clubs have teamed up with WSQL Radio Station to accept canned goods and diapers — beginning immediately through the end of Rotary Week, (February 27th) — for donation to The Salvation Army pantry

Rotarians will be contributing and collecting items and the public is also encouraged to pitch in for this effort.

“Thanksgiving and Christmas aren’t the only times that people are hungry,” said Sammy Kicklighter, president of the Rotary Club of Brevard. 

“When there is a need in our community, Rotarians will step up to meet those needs,” said Jim Robards, president of the Rotary Club of Pisgah Forest.

“We’re ‘the new guys,’ said Lee Mager, president of the Rotary Club of Flat Rock, “and we are here to provide support to our fellow Rotarians and help celebrate 104 years of Rotary.”

“And the radio station is just happy to help out by bringing this project to the public,” said Wanda Lu Paxton, general manager at WSQL.

Items can be brought to the WSQL radio station, Sandra Purcell & Associates, Inc. Real Estate (across from Harris “Ace” Hardware) Rice Furniture, Boyd Automotive and the Ingles Market on N. Broad Street, (Brevard) beginning immediately.  Love’s Jewelry which will also serve as a collection location, is offering a 20% discount to anyone who donates to this cause.  All contributions are welcome and very much appreciated.

Rotary was formed on the principle of “service above self” and its members practice what they preach.

Each of these participating clubs is involved in projects that are helping our community and our world including Honor Air, which conveys our respects to our WWII Veterans by inviting them on a trip to Washington D.C. to visit the WWII Monument as well as other war memorials, the changing of the guard at Arlington National Cemetery, etc.  Rotary has also been instrumental in PolioPlus, a national initiative to eradicate polio worldwide and locally, RYLA Leadership Camp, our annual week-long youth leadership camp at Brevard Music Center.  In addition, each Rotary club participates in numerous local and regional projects that reach out to and support their individual communities.

The Rotary Club of Brevard raises money through its three annual (and newly certified) 5 and 10K Road Races in conjunction with Brevard’s existing festivals (White Squirrel, 4th of July and Flight of the Vampire at Halloweenfest, ).  Proceeds go to support those national projects as well as initiating many local programs including an annual Career Day at Brevard College, that brings requested career information directly to 300 Brevard high school students.  Experts in those requested career fields meet with students, make presentations and answer questions.  The Brevard club also provides dictionaries to all Transylvania county third graders, supports the Imagination Library, a national reading program providing books and information to local children attending Smart Start of Transylvania County and the Gift of Life Program that  provides medical procedures to those in need. Members of the Rotary Club of Brevard have helped renovate Franklin Park, sponsored the Pete Kuehne Terrace at the new public library, provided maintenance work and painting services to United Way organizations, awarded annual scholarships to local students attending local colleges, contributed financially to the local United Way and the Salvation Army, and are engaged in many other local projects and programs.  The Rotary Club of Brevard also provides assistance to malnourished children through a medical clinic in Haiti.

The Rotary Club of Pisgah Forest raises money through its annual Assault on the Carolinas Bike Event to be held this year on March 28, , and its annual fall fundraiser, “Stompin,” an evening of music and dancing. Monies raised are used for local organizations and to support our international projects.  The club hosts an annual 5th Grade Expo at Brevard College, where children learn about saving, decision-making, substance abuse and preparing for their educational futures.  The Rotary Club of Pisgah Forest provides backpacks and calculators for Sharing House and adopted several families from the Adopt-A-Family program.  It also organized a communitywide food drive in November that provided over 10,000 lbs. of food for clients of Sharing House.  In addition, the club has financially supported the United Way and Transylvania County Volunteers in Medicine.  The club participated in many volunteer opportunities in Transylvania County.  Its members helped park cars at the Communities in School Taste of Transylvania, bell-ringing for the Salvation Army, painting at Bread of Life and completed repair work and painting at the Francis Warde Clinic on Highway 64.  In addition to its local efforts, the Rotary Club of Pisgah Forest recently completed an international project in Pakistan and is joining with several other Rotary clubs to help provide clean drinking water for a girl’s high school in Nigeria.

The Rotary Club of Flat Rock was recently sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Brevard and Pisgah Forest.  “Our roots began in Transylvania County, so we are delighted to be a part of this fine effort to benefit the Salvation Army’s pantry and support our fellow Rotarians,” said Lee Mager, president of the Flat Rock Club. 

Rotary is an international organization of business and professional leaders whose main objective is ‘service above self’ – in the community, in the workplace and throughout the world. The first meeting was held on February 23, 1905 in Chicago, IL.  Today, there are 1.2 million Rotarians in 32,000 separate clubs, in 200 countries.  Rotarians develop projects that address critical issues, such as children at risk, illiteracy, worldwide polio eradication and programs for youth career development.  Rotary is the world’s first and one of the largest non-profit service organizations.

The Rotary Club of Brevard meets for lunch at 12:00 noon each Tuesday in downtown Brevard (at The Quarry Restaurant) and welcomes new members and guests.  For more information, contact Janet Henderson at 828/883-4888, e-mail:, or visit .

The Rotary Club of Pisgah Forest meets for breakfast at 8:00 a.m. each Wednesday morning at Glen Cannon Country Club and welcomes new members and guests.  For more information, contact Club President Jim Robards at 884-9474, e-mail

The Rotary Club of Flat Rock meets at 5:15 p.m. at the Season’s Restaurant at Highland Lakes Inn.  Rotary members and guests are invited to visit the new club.  For more information, contact Lee Mager at 828/694-0768, e-mail:, or visit

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