Albemarle Rotary Club reflects on year, inducts new officers, board members

Published 10:24 am Tuesday, July 19, 2022

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At the regular meeting of the Albemarle Rotary Club July 7, Dr. Surendrapel Mac, president for fiscal year 2022, reviewed the accomplishments of the service club during his term as president.

During FY 2022, the Albemarle Rotary Club:

⦁ Provided approximately 450 hours of volunteer service to the Stanly County Meals-on-Wheels program by providing 8-10 hours every week to deliver meals to Stanly County shut-ins;

⦁ Gave $16,000 in college scholarships to eight Stanly County High School seniors utilizing funds raised by the annual Rotary Golf Tournament;

⦁ Provided $5,000 in community grants to six organizations for projects;

⦁ Sponsored three students to participate in SFTL, the Rotary Youth Leadership Program, at a cost of $1,500;

⦁ Contributed $1,000 to Rotary Foundation Polio Plus fund — to eradicate polio.

⦁ Provided $7,030 to cover the cost and arrange for volunteers to pack more than 20,000 meals in the Rise Against Hunger program;

⦁ Contributed $1,320 to CART (Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust) and will soon send an additional check for $5,800 raised through the Race to Remember in June;

⦁ Donated $8,850 to the Rotary Foundation which funds projects at home and all over the world.

After this review of accomplishments, Mac led a ceremony installing Bob Remsburg, Stanly County planning director, as president of the Rotary Club for fiscal year 2023.

Remsburg has served as the planning director for three years and has previously worked for the Central NC Scout Council as a district dxecutive, the NC Division of State Historic Sites as a regional supervisor, the City of Locust as the city administrator and taught at New London School.

He lives in Locust and is married to Tammi Sellati Remsburg and they have two grown sons, Alexander and Stephen.

Other officers installed at the meeting were: Mandi Rogers, president-elect; Jay Almond, president-nominee; Dr. Surendrapal Mac, immediate past-president; Ron Perrine, treasurer; Melanie Holles, secretary; and Bob Sweet, sergeant at arms. Barbara Whitley, Doug Mattox, Al Andrew, Dee Pankey-Thompson, Jeania Martin and Dr. Bill Burnside will serve as members of the board.

The club looks forward to continuing the work it has been doing in the Albemarle area.
Albemarle Rotary will continue most of the projects from the past year along with some new activities.

One key project will be the addition of fresh mulch and other updates to the YMCA All Children Playground which was constructed by the Rotary Club over a decade ago.

The club will also continue to support efforts to eradicate polio from the world. Thanks in large part to Rotary International’s efforts, there have been only 12 cases of polio so far this year in the world.

The Rotary Club of Albemarle was founded in 1928 and is part of a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges and creating lasting change.

Rotary connects 1.4 million people of action from more than 46,000 Rotary clubs in almost every country in the world.

Rotary International has elected Jennifer Jones, its first woman president.

A member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, she has selected “Imagine Rotary” as the theme for the 2022-23 leadership teams.

“Imagine, a world that deserves our best where we get up each day knowing that we can make a difference,” she said.

To explore becoming a member, individuals can attent a meeting or contact Ray Allen, membership chairman, or any of the 85 local members.

The Rotary Club of Albemarle meets weekly at noon Thursday at Tiffany’s at the Boardroom, 135 W. Main St., Albemarle. Guests are always welcome.

Meetings normally include a time for networking with other community leaders and a presentation on a variety of topics.