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 you all Wednesday November 17th at St. Peter's for breakfast. Our speaker this week is Karen Carbello who will be presenting on "Save Ellis Island." This will be the last morning to bring your Operation Christmas Child boxes back to Trudie. 
Reminder that we will have no meeting November 24th in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. 
Yours in Rotary Service, 

Reggie Singleton of The Males Place speaks at Rotary

By Steve Baker

On Wednesday, November 10, 2021, the Denver Lake Norman Rotary welcomed back Reggie Singleton as its speaker. Reggie, who spoke to the club last year, is the Founder/Executive Director of The Males Place, Inc.

The Males Place, Inc., was founded in 1993 as a nonprofit organization. The project has grown over the years, mentoring over 3,000 youths, making it one of the largest mentoring organizations in North Carolina. Since The Males Place was founded, the group has traveled to Sankofa, Ghana and Cuba. Due to travel restrictions resulting from the Covid Virus, a December trip to Egypt was cancelled and hopefully can be rescheduled for the Spring or Summer of 2022.

The mission of The Males Place is to "provide comprehensive and prevention-based behavior health educational programming, mentoring and life skills training for manhood development for African American boys ages 12-28; while creating a safe environment for young men to grow experientially in community settings in the United States and abroad". Reggie feels that providing guidelines and mentoring at an early age really does work.

There are ten volunteers who serve as Elders for the organization. The Elders each have responsibility for a group of youths. There are weekly check-ins and meetings. The groups have the opportunity, under the direction of the Elders, to participate in the planning of projects, applying critical thinking skills and watching their ideas develop over time with the programs.

One of the projects Reggie spoke to our Rotary Club about was the “Fresh Vegetable Garden.” The boys spend time in planning and designing a community garden. Their goal is to be able to provide to Charlotte’s westside free, fresh vegetables to the improvised local neighborhoods. They grow their products free of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and fertilizers.

Each year The Males Place has a fundraising event selling boxes of fresh Florida fruit for the holidays. The Denver Lake Norman Rotary Club was able to participate in the 2021 event thanks gto Rich Lyon who distributed order forms to our members. These purchases will be delivered to our Rotarians at a future club meeting.

The club appreciates the programs that Reggie Singleton has founded, and it hopes his dreams and wishes will continue to flourish. Some of the club's own members spend time working with the youth in the local area either reading to students at the elementary schools or helping with Boy and Girl Scout programs. Rotary thanks all its members who participate in providing help, guidance, and volunteer work with the youths in the Denver/Lake Norman community.

To find out more about The Males Place, please go the Click on  the Journeys, Focus, Media, and Events tabs for additional information.


Club Information
Denver/Lake Norman Rotary - Founded 1995
Denver/Lake Norman
Wednesdays at 7:30 AM
Unity Presbyterian Church
8210 Unity Church Road
Denver, NC 28037
United States of America
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Upcoming Events
World Children's Day
Nov 20, 2021
Angels/Foster Child Christmas Party
Dec 10, 2021
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Nov 17, 2021
Save Ellis Island
Nov 24, 2021
Happy Thanksgiving!
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Operation Christmas Child - Samaritan's Purse
At the Denver/Lake Norman Rotary meeting on Wednesday, November 17th, the Club will 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.  For additional information or to make a cash donation, please go to
Fundraiser for The Males Place, Charlotte
Reggie Singleton from The Males Place spoke to Denver/Lake Norman Rotary last Wednesday.  Rich Lyon has now submitted the club's orders for fresh fruit from Florida and is requesting that those that placed them bring  their checkbooks in order to make payment.  Pickup will be announced at a later date and if anyone can not make it, Rich would be happy to pick up for them.
To learn more about The Males Place, click on the following link:
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. 
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