COVID-19 ALERT: The Denver/Lake Norman Rotary has temporarily relocated its meetings to St. Peter by the Lake Episcopal Church, 8433 Fairfield Forest Road in Denver.  Chillin' and Grillin' has resumed serving its fabulous buffet breakfast.  However, masks are recommended when not eating.
President's Message
Ellen Fichtelman
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Hello Rotarians! 
I am looking forward to seeing everyone this Wednesday morning for breakfast. The program this week will be an update on upcoming service projects from our very own Sherry Reinhardt, Jim Minor, and Trudie Crawford. 
Reminder, the board voted to temporarily move our meeting venue to to St. Peter by the Lake in order to resume breakfasts with Chillin' and Grillin'. Beginning this Wednesday November 3rd we will meet at 7:30am at St. Peter by the Lake Episcopal Church (in Westport). This is a temporary move until Unity Presbyterian allows us to resume regular meetings with breakfast. 
Yours in Rotary Service,
P.S.  We received the following thank you note from A Place to Grow:
Michele Garashi-Ellick Presents the CART Fund

By Steve Baker

On Wednesday, October 27, Michele Garashi-Ellick spoke to the Denver/Lake Norman Rotary. Michele is a member of the Sylva Rotary Club in Sylva, NC. She also holds the position of District 7670 CART Chairperson and a member of the Zone 33-34 CART Committee. Michele has been a Rotarian for six years.

In October 1995, CART (Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust) was started by the Sumter, SC Rotary which initiated the effort to “prove that Rotarians voluntarily emptying their pockets of change for a worthy cause could produce significant levels of funds to support Alzheimer’s disease research”.  In May 1996, the CART Fund was introduced at the District 7770 Conference and it was agreed to adopt CART as a project. The CART Fund is now supported by twenty Rotary Districts located in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, and Florida.

Michele used a long running TV game show, Jeopardy to provide information on the CART Foundation. Prior to her talk, Michele distributed thirteen Kit-Kat candy bars with questions attached. As she spoke about CART, she would ask who had each question and that person would provide the answer. With this technique, she guided the club through the who, what, why, when, and where of CART Fund basics. Michele explained that one the things that makes the CART Foundation unique is that 100% of all contributions go to fund Alzheimer's research The Fund is governed by a Board of Trustees composed of representatives from the Rotary Districts that support the program. This committee determines the grants that are allocated each year.

In January 1999, the American Federation for Aging Research agreed to provide their expertise in the grant process. Using the funds raised up to that point, CART awarded its first grant to Emory University’s Dr. Allan Levey, the leader of Emory’s Alzheimer’s Disease research team. Grants continue to be provided to researchers for Alzheimer’s to this day. The number of grants depends upon the amount of money received from CART donations.

Now club members know what the blue buckets on each table at Rotary Club meetings are for.  Please drop any pocket change you have into a bucket for CART. One day you or someone you know may the one who receives the benefits of research done for Alzheimer’s.

To learn more about the CART Foundation, go to

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Denver/Lake Norman Rotary - Founded 1995
Denver/Lake Norman
Wednesdays at 7:30 AM
Unity Presbyterian Church
8210 Unity Church Road
Denver, NC 28037
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Nov 17, 2021
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Volunteers Needed for Special Olympics Bocce Competition
Special Olympics will be hosting a Bocce competition at Lincoln Charter School on Saturday, Nov 13th.  Our club has volunteered with Special Olympics in the past and they reached out to ask if we would handle the awards ceremony.  We will be needed from 12:00pm-5:00pm to present the awards to the the athletes at the end of competition.  We have several volunteers, but need 2 to 3 more.  If you are interested in volunteering, please email Barb Smith at for more information and to volunteer.
Denver/Lake Norman Rotary Launches 5th Annual Helmet Fund Campaign
The Denver/Lake Norman Rotary has instituted its 5th annual Helmet Fund fundraiser for the United Services Organization (USO). The USO ( is a non-governmental organization that provides emotional support and a "taste of home" for our men and women in uniform, especially those serving abroad in forward operating bases and other areas of conflict.  Money donated to the USO is used to provide "USO2GO" care packages, "Phone Home" live phone calls and FaceTime options for personal visits with Family, support for families of the Fallen, and more.  Last year, the Club donated just over $500 for this worthy Fundraiser which is AWESOME!!  The Helmet will be available for donations at Rotary meetings every week through early December.  As we all plan for our Holidays here at home together, give thanks for remembering those serving "out there on the wall", far removed from their own homes, families and loved ones. 
Fundraiser for The Males Place, Charlotte
The Males Place in Charlotte is selling fresh fruit from Florida as one of its annual fundraisers.  This is a great opportunity to order oranges, grapefruits, mandarins, apples and gift boxes direct from Florida Indian River Groves.  Order forms are available from Rich Lyon who will be happy to collect them along with your checks payable to "The Males Place" at the next Denver/Lake Norman Rotary meeting.  To learn more about The Males Place, click on the following link:
Operation Christmas Child - Samaritan's Purse
The Club will soon be accepting shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items and school supplies for its annual Operation Christmas Child project, a terrific way to help less fortunate children outside of the United States.  Please see Trudie Crawford for shoeboxes and instructions on how to pack them.  Shoeboxes can brought to the Denver/Lake Rotary meeting on Wednesday, November 17th.  For additional information or to make a cash donation, please go to
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