May 16, 2017

Chris Chapman called the meeting to order at 12:55pm. Ted Goins offered the invocation and offered the opportunity for 2 other slots to offer in vocations later this month.

Greg Keener gave the Sargent at arms report.


Chris Chapman announced with sorrow that Jim Smith’s wife, Sue, passed away.


Hill Stockton introduced Gardner Barrier as the new head master at Forsyth Country Day School.  Mr. Barrier comes to FCDS after having taught and worked in school administration for 16 years, including some time at Summit.  He worked at Wake Forest as an adjunct professor as well.


He spoke about failure and a book called The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey which the faculty studied. He referred to “Bloom’s Taxonomy” which shows levels of thinking from “remember” at the lower level to “create” at the more advanced levels.


At FCDS, they want to focus on creation, a higher level of thought and shaping their physical environment to encourage creative thought.  They are developing a stand-alone engineering center which will be used at Middle & High Schools. In addition, they are developing an “Arts on Main” center.  They are adding a collaboration space too where students can work together on various projects.


The idea is to focus on creation with practical application and hands on learning.  Students are getting an opportunity to manage part of their endowment as part of an investment club. They also have a partnership with a company in San Francisco focused on innovation or entrepreneurship.  This partnership includes some staff training this summer.


Mr. Barrier spoke about changing attitudes and a lag in education that has held on to traditional methods when students are asked to do new and innovative things in their work lives.  These new things often experience failure and changing attitudes toward failure he felt was important in adapting to the new reality.


Questions were asked about how many international students study at FCDS.  He said the only international students were some exchange students.  Also, someone asked about applying these learning techniques in younger students.  They asked about basics and he confirmed their curriculum does focus on basics of reading, writing and arithmetic in the younger grades.


Kim Stogner asked with whom they are collaborating, and he mentioned they have a relationship with Wake Forest, as well as Summit.  He has a desire to have “sister schools” where they could send students for specific experiences, be it virtually or in person.


Frank James asked about access to the school given the tuition, and he answered that they have merit scholarships and financial aid.  Mr. Barrier believes this would be helped with better marketing of the school.  Making families believe the school is affordable is important in expanding access.


He was also asked about the challenges of smart phones in the hands of students.  He mentioned a communication the school sent regarding electronic cigarettes that appeared like USB devices.  They are attempting to model a policy of “digital citizenship” adopted by Providence Day in Charlotte for an overall approach to using technology wisely.


Chris closed with a story on success & failure.  In the first ten years of the twentieth century, indoor lightning was done via gas, which was inefficient and dangerous.  Thomas Edison embraced this challenged in developing the electric light bulb resulting in many failures along the way and said “I have not failed.  I have discovered 10,000 ways that did not work.” The lesson to persist is available to all of us.


May 9, 2017


Chris Chapman called the meeting to order at 1pm.  Nathan Durrell read the invocation.  Mark Steele served as Sergeant-at-Arms.


Chris announced that there would be a  Board meeting next week.  Our club has raised $10,300 this year for the Rotary Foundation.  There will be a Rotary night at the Dash baseball game on June 24th at 6:30.


Dunlop White introduced today’s speaker, Jeff Howard.  Howard is the founder of First Tee of the Triad, a program focused on character development and life skills through using the game of golf as the classroom.  The Triad chapter of this national organization was established in 2007.


In 1997, groups from the LPGA, Masters, PGA and others formed First Tee as an affordable junior golf program.  The students involved learned more than golf.  A curriculum was developed based on nine core values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy, and judgement.  Golf was established as the “hook” to get kids involved and make it fun.  A “Healthy Habits” component was added, focusing on physical, emotional and social habits for youth.  Over 4 million young people are reached through the program each year.


Howard referenced Bob Buford’s book, Halftime, as an inspiration for the message on the importance of engaging with your community.  The book suggests drafting a personal mission statement.  Howard did this and realized that he wanted to work with kids and golf.  He researched different programs and found the First Tee organization.  It took four years to establish the Triad Chapter.  They assembled a Board of Directors, negotiated agreements with Triad cities to use golf courses free of charge, and hired a full time Executive Director.


Howard shared his philosophy that to stay young, we must challenge ourselves by zeroing in on what is important to us and stay attuned to the changing world.  First Tee of the Triad is an example of what can happen when you lend talents to something you believe in.


In 2011, 300 kids were served by First Tee in the Triad.  By 2017, 1,500 kids were in the full program, with school programs in all 138 elementary schools in Forsyth and Guilford counties – reaching more than 35,000 students annually.  The program is available to both boys and girls at the Winston Lake and Gillespie Golf Courses.  First Tee of the Triad now has three full time employees and 200 coach volunteers.  The local chapter has bee ranked in the top 5 out of 170 chapters in the US.  7 young golfers attended the National Pr-am at Pebble Beach.


Where do the participants come from?  Boys & Girls clubs, churches, organizations the serve kids.  Awareness has increased.  They are working to involve more girls in the program.


How do they help kids get to the next level if interested?  The top level of the program is called ACE, and helps keeps kids engaged.  7 young participants have gone on to play college level golf.  The Academy at Gillespie works with the higher level players.  First Tee of the Triad has the highest number of ACE students of any chapter in the country.  They offer $500 college scholarships.


Donations of golf equipment are accepted, as well as golf balls.


Chris ended the meet with a quote: “The proper score for a business golfer is 90.  Any better

and he is neglecting his business, any worse and he is neglecting his golf.”


May 2, 2017

Chris Chapman called the meeting to order at 1pm.  Paul Armfield read the invocation and Mark Steele served as Sergeant-at-Arms.  There was one visiting Rotarian from Stratford Rotary and two guests.


Chris announced that last week’s Rotary Social held at WiseMan Brewery was a great success – a good crowd and a fun location.  Chris said that his goal for his remaining time as President was to have at least one meeting this year with no strobe lights or drilling during the meeting.


Tom Connors introduced the speaker, Bobby Muuss, Wake Forest University Soccer Coach.  Previously an assistant coach at WFU from 2001-07, Muuss returned as the program’s head coach in 2015.  He spent the previous eight years as head coach at the University of Denver.  He spoke on the topic “The Run for the National Title”, covering the 2016 season.


In 2015, the team had a very successful season, with an ACC championship and Muuss named ACC coach of the year.  The 2016 season was even more successful, claiming the first ACC Tournament title since 1989.  Muuss said the ACC Tournament title is the hardest trophy to win – 1/2 of the Sweet Sixteen were ACC teams.


The team entered the NCAA tournament as the #2 seed.  They won over Coastal Carolina 2-0, and their next game over SIUE 2-1.  In the quarter finals, they beat Virginia Tech 2-0, a team they had not played in the regular season, by scoring 2 goals in the last 10 minutes.  They were headed to their 5th Final Four game in 2 years.  They played Denver in the first game of the semi-finals – a strange experience for the former Denver coach.  Wake and Denver were tied 1-1 going into overtime.  The final score, after the second overtime, was 2-1 Wake Forest.

The championship game against Stanford was Sunday, December 11.  Stanford won the national championship with a penalty kick victory following a scoreless draw.


The team won many honors in 2016 including:

NCAA College Cup, ACC Champs, three 1st team All-Americans, ACC Atlantic Division Champs, six all-ACC players, ACC player of the year, Senior class award, Academic Player of the year, Academic ACC player of the year, and the Mac Herman Trophy award.


At the conclusion of this year, they lost nine seniors, including six who graduated from WFU in 3 1/2 years.  They ended the spring season with a 5-0 victory against UVA.


Questions followed the presentation:

How do injuries compare to football?  The team has been fortunate to have no drastic injuries.  Head injuries can happen, but ankle and foot injuries are more common than anything else.


How do you sustain a soccer culture in the community?  He took over a program with a positive culture.  After each season, they ask the question “why were we good?”.  They focus on little things and details.  The players have mandatory eight hour study halls.  Muuss tells the players that he cares more about developing them as men ready for the real world than as soccer players.  They are good kids doing things the right way.  He has been fortunate to have several “lead by example” players.


Chapman ended the meeting with a quote from Mia Hamm, “Some say I’m the best in the world.  I don’t think so.  Because of that, someday I just might be.”


February 14, 2017

12:56 President Chris Chapman called the meeting to order.

Invocation was by Trey Mayo.

Mary Louise Shore serving as Sergeant at Arms introduced two visitors:

President Chapman announced there is a board meeting next week.

Our guest was introduced by Lorraine Sterritt, Bernie Mann the owner and publisher of Our State Magazine.

Mr. Mann moved to the area in 1960. He owned several radio stations.  Mr. Mann introduced Rich Geiger, President of Visit Winston Salem. Mr. Mann told the group that Rich is the best in the state.

Our State magazine was started in 1930. In 1941 the magazine had 23,000 subscribers.  When Mr. Mann purchased in 1996 the magazine had 23,000 subscribers. The best part was the renewal rate was 87%. There are now 172,000 subscribers. That is more than each of the newspapers in the state. Our State Magazine is the second largest state magazine in the US (only behind Texas). Their slogan “If you like North Carolina, you’ll love Our State Magazine”

Several questions were asked clarifying points in the presentation.

– 88% are in state subscribers, all 50 states and 31 countries. North Carolina is third retirement state.

– Elizabeth Hudson current Editor in Chief graduated from UNCG and walked in and told Mr. Mann she wanted a job. He hired her to answer phones and she climbed the ladder. Mr. Mann was very complimentary of her.

  • Magazine topics are suggested also progress and growth refreshes topics.

President Chris Chapman dismissed the group about 1:23.