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Tuesdays at 11:45 am

The Rocky River Golf Club

6900 Bruton Smith Boulevard

Concord, NC 28027

(704) 455-1200

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The Rotary Club of Southwest Cabarrus was the last Rotary Club founded in the 20th Century. Founded in December 1999, we are a continuously growing club of approximately 20 current members. The spirit and energy of its club members is the driving force of the Southwest Cabarrus club.

 

Current members who charted the club include:

  •     Benita Conrad
  •     Dale Gentle
  •     Bill Milligan
  •     Dana Ritchie

 

Southwest Cabarrus Rotary Club: The First Year :  By Dale Gentle

 

Most of the early members would probably say the first year was the year we met as a provisional club before receiving our official charter from Rotary International December 14, 1999 as the last club chartered in the 20th century. During that first year before our first year we started as a breakfast club meeting in a Chinese restaurant, and then switched to a lunch club meeting at several locations before settling into the Speedway Club at Charlotte Motor Speedway. As far as we have been able to determine, we are the only club ever that meets in a major racing venue, something that is reflected in the checkered flag background of our club banner.

 

As for our official first year, we feel as though we accomplished a lot, especially considering that only 4 of our 40 members had ever been Rotarians. Developing a Rotary club leadership team from so many new Rotarians was one of the first challenges we met. Many of our early meetings were presentations by Rotarians from our District 7680 leadership team, and club members who had attended various District events. We also had presentations by local charitable groups as we attempted to identify needs in the community, and presentations about various aspects of the local economy. The commitment of our members to Service Above Self deepened as we learned more about Rotary, the needs in our community, and each other.

 

Building on our commitment and a firm financial footing (after one of our members donated property to a church which, in turn, donated $9,000 to the club), we went on to accomplish the following:

> We acted as hosts for our first Rotary Foundation Banquet.

> Three members attended our first mid-year assembly, the multi-district President-Elect Training Seminar (PETS), and our first District Conference.

> We participated in the District Happy Family Showcase Project for World Community Service.

> We designated a very worthy Distinguished Rotarian.

> We hosted a Group Study Exchange (GSE) from Peru.

> We qualified for the District Presidential Citation, a notable achievement for a first year club.

> We joined a Cabarrus Habitat for Humanity work day and raised $375.

> We recognized an Outstanding Teacher at Harrisburg Elementary School.

> We made contributions to the RI Foundation on behalf of every member (to create awareness of the Foundation and the many worthy things it does), and many members responded to a challenge with individual matching contributions.

> We created a list of potential community service projects to consider as we moved forward.

> We established long term goals for membership growth, attendance, fundraising, donations to the RI Foundation, creating an Interact club at a new high school, and creating and growing community service projects.

 

That first year was an adventure, a journey of discovery and revelation. It was inspirational and rewarding, and it set the stage for the years to follow.