Christmas Social 2013

Hickory Rotarians celebrated the season with a social gathering at The Crossing at Hollar Mill Thursday evening, December 12, 2013. Rotarian Stan Bumgarner played the role of “Allen Funt” and documented the festivities with “Candid” photos which are featured in the slideshow below.

Carolina Cycle Challenge Raises $50,000 for Pediatric Cancer Research

For Immediate Release November 26th, 2013 Contact:  Bill Shillito 828-320-6410, dg07-08@rotary7670.org The first Annual “Carolina Cycle Challenge” was a great success on Sunday, October 6, 2013. The Carolina Cycle Challenge is a Rotary Clubs project and continuation of Brett’s Ride, an event named for Brett Gosnell, a Hickory teen who died of pediatric cancer in…

Renowned Sculptor Jon Hair

Hickory Rotary welcomed world renowned sculpture Jon Hair as the featured speaker Thursday. Jon Hair has fulfilled more than 80 public art commissions since beginning his career in 2000, a legendary accomplishment unequaled among sculptors. Jon would like to build North Carolina’s Premiere art attraction in Hickory, NC. If successful, the area would be host…

Kontras Quartet

At today’s meeting Hickory Rotary enjoyed a performance by the renowned Kontras Quartet. Performers included Violinist Francois Henkins from South Africa, Violinist Dmitri Pogorelov from Russia, cellist Jean Hatmaker from Illinois (USA) and violist Ben Webber from Illinois (USA), (substituting for Ai Ishida from Japan). The Kontras Quartet is in the fourth and final year…

HPD Police Chief Tom Adkins

Hickory Police Chief and Rotarian Tom Adkins spoke to Hickory Rotary today. A twenty-six year veteran of Hickory Police Department, Chief Adkins rose through the ranks of the department to become Chief of Police in 2007. During the course of his career, Chief Adkins has had experience within all the various departmental divisions, thus giving…

Catawba County Veterans Service

Cindy Travis, Catawba County Veterans Service Officer, spoke to Hickory Rotary about how the Catawba County Veteran’s Service Office assists Catawba County veterans and their dependents with filing claims with the Veterans Administration for benefits and service. Cindy is accredited with the North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs, American Legion veteran’s organization and is Nationally…

NC Beautiful

Former Duke University basketball standout, Steve Vacendak, spoke to Hickory Rotary. Vacendak played varsity basketball for the Blue Devils from 1964-1966. During that span Duke twice reached the Final Four of the NCAA basketball tournament.  In 1964 Duke finished runner-up to UCLA and in 1966 Duke lost to Kentucky in the national semifinals. During Vacendak’s…

Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley

Hickory Rotarian Mitzi Gellman (L), executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley spoke to Hickory Rotary Thursday about Habitat’s service to the Catawba Valley. Joining Mitzi was guest speaker, Meg Robertson (R), Habitat for Humanity Metrolina Partners’ executive director. Started in 2011, Habitat for Humanity Metrolina Partners includes affiliate Habitat partners and 11…

Lake Norman Folk Art Festival

Hickory Rotarian Lisë Swensson, Director of the Hickory Museum of Art, introduced speakers, Robert Eades (M), Linda Greenwell (L) and Cindy Lundy (R) who spoke to the club about Hickory Museum of Art’s 5th Annual Lake Norman Folk Art Festival. Linda and Cindy serve on the Hickory Museum of Art’s Board of Trustees and are…