Recent Programs

Caldwell County Manager Donald Duncan spoke to the Caldwell Rotary Club on May 17, 2022. Duncan was hired by Caldwell County in the Fall of 2021. He is the former Conover City Manager and currently serves as President of the Newton-Conover Rotary club.  He spoke of reorganizations/improvements in the County's Animal Care & Enforcement Division and the Environmental Health Division. He indicated building permit requests in Caldwell County have greatly increased in 2022.


Lenoir City Manager Scott Hildebran spoke to the Caldwell Rotary Club on the morning of May 10, 2020.Mr. Hildebran shared a presentation about recent city projects and improvements.

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Brittany Vaughn, Director of Development for Amorem (formerly known as Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care), spoke to the Caldwell Rotary Club during the morning of May 3, 2022.

May 3rd is actually the 1st anniversary of the merger of Burke/Caldwell Hospice and creation of  Amorem (Latin for "love"), which continues to be a non-profit entity governed by its own board of directors, etc.

Amorem offers hospice care, palliative medicine, grief support, advance care planning, advanced cardiac care planning, grief support, and respite care.

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Rotarian and Caldwell Agricultural Extension Agent Seth Nagy (pictured) spoke to the Caldwell County Roatary Club on April 26, 2022 reagarding the N.C.Plant Sciences Initiative (N.C. PSI) at NC State University.  The agricultural industry in NC has an estimated $100 billion annual economic impact as of 2020.

NC also being home to 13 agriculture research stations, as well as the Research Triangle Park, made it a logical fit for the PSI, which is located in the Centennial Campus at NCSU. The PSI utilizes collaborative research (horticulture, biology, engineering, chemistry, technology, etc) as well as a partnership between businesses and research.  

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Ann Smith (pictured) spoke to the Caldwell Rotary Club on April 19, 2022 regarding the 1st Annual Camp Enterprise to be held April 27-29 at the HUB Station. Smith is a retired baker and long-time Rotarian.
Camp Enterprise is a joint project of The HUB Station and IMPACT Rotary Club of the Foothills. Twenty selected Caldwell County high school students will particiapte in the inaugural camp, where they will be exposed to many aspects of entrepreneurship and have opprtunities for learning/mentorship.


Kenny Story, City of Lenoir's Director of Parks and Recreation, spoke to the Caldwell Rotary Club on April 12, 2022. The city is applying for a 50/50 matching grant, mainly for upgrades to the Lenoir Aquatic and Fitness Center.


Radford Thomas (pictured left), Director of Public Utilities for the City of Lenoir, spoke to the club Tuesday, April 5th. Mr. Thomas gave an overview of the new upgrade at the Lower Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. The new equipment reduces the amount of waste that has to be disposed of in the landfill. The project cost was 6.6 million dollars and the equipment was manufactured in the USA.
Rotarian Charles Beck (pictured right) arranged the program speaker.


Patrick Crouch (pictured right) spoke to the Caldwell Rotary club on March 1, 2022 about the upcoming 24th Annual Caldwell Traditional Musicians Showcase. Patrick and Rotarian Kent Spears (left) also performed some traditional-blues songs.

Kay and Patrick Crouch host the annual showcase, and this year's show will be held 7:30pm on March 5th at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center. The show features Strictly Clean and Decent, The Page Brothers, The NeverB's (sisters Sara and Caitlyn King), and The Shelby Rae Moore Band.

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Caldwell Rotarian, and County Cooperative  Extension Director Seth Nagy spoke to the club on February 22 about the upcoming edible plant sale. Plants arrive on March 24th. For an order form and information, follow the link below:


Matthew Anthony, with Downtown Lenoir Economic Development and Main Street Community Engagement, spoke to the Caldwell Rotary Club on February 1st.  He shared information related to the emphasis on economic vitality thru historic preservation, which makes our own downtown unique and appealing. Anthony also shared information on upcoming downtown 2022 events such as Moonjoy Meadery's spring festival 3/19, cruise-ins, family bike-fest, Chamber of Commerce's BlackBerry Festival, and Southern Sundown 4-miler by Liquid Roots Brewing Project.


Lenoir Rotarian Patrick Longano spoke to the Caldwell Rotary Club on Tuesday, January 25th.  Longano currently serves as the Rotary District 7670 Club Membership Chair.  He discussed membership trends in U.S. civic clubs, as well as Rotary clubs.  He also spoke on non-traditional Rotary clubs and their growing role in service projects in our communities.  For more information on service opportunities,  find "IMPACT by the Rotary Club of the Foothills" on facebook.


Craig Styron, Principal at West Caldwell HS, spoke to the Caldwell Rotary Club on Tuesday, January 11.  Styron has served as Principal at West for the past four years after serving as Principal at Collettsville Elementary, and before that he taught and coached at W. Caldwell.  He spoke of the current enrollment at WCHS (699) and student demographics.
Styron discussed the different programs and activities at the school, and told the club of the community involvement (businesses, churches, individuals) as it relates to expanding internet connectivity for students to utilize outside of the school.


On Tuesday, December 7,  Caldwell Rotary presented their annual monetary gifts to selected local agencies who serve our community so well. Caldwell Rotary members want to sincerely thank all who support their fundraisers throughout the year!

Pictured from left are Will Wakefield (gift for Caldwell DSS-Foster Children's Christmas party), Jeff Hoover  (gift for Lenoir Soup Kitchen), Sharon Harmon (gift for Yokefellow-LEOS), Esther Wakefield and Craig Styron (W. Caldwell HS Interact club's gifts to needy), and Chris Cole (Caldwell Rotary club treasurer).


Durung the Caldwell County Rotary Club meeting on November 30, 2021, Rotarian Ralph Prestwood spoke to the club on the topic of the ASVAB, which stands for Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery. The test is basically a military enlistment test which determines if an individual is qualified to enter the armed services, and what would be an appropriate job for the individual.
Roughly 70% take a computerized version of the ASVAB.  The test measures aptitudes in four domains:  Verbal, Math, Science/Technical, and Spatial.