Rotary Club of Morrisville, NC
Rotary Club of Morrisville, NC was chartered in May 1999 (Charter Members). Sponsored by Cleve Folger from the Cary Page Rotary Club, the club started with 21 members from the triangle area. Charter members included people in the finance, banking, insurance, technology, hospitality, healthcare, auto, construction and catering industries.
Our first President was Margaret Broadwell. See list of past and current presidents. The District 7710 Governor at the time was Bart Cleary, and the President of Rotary International was Jim Lacey. Of the original 21 charter members, only 3 remain in the club as of 2011 - Tim O’Connor, Kathy Burns and John Abram. The benefit of being located between Cary and the Research Triangle Park has always been access to a variety of industries, companies and great cultural diversity. The Morrisville Rotary Club has always been well represented along those lines.
Fundraising events over the years began with a Barbeque Cooking competition which was scored and rated by representatives from the NC Pork Association. Our Annual golf tournament fundraiser has evolved from the “Frostbite Open” held around Presidents Day in February, to the “O’Frosty Open” which was held close to St. Patrick’s Day. The event has been held at a variety of local clubs including MacGregor Downs and Crooked Creek, and is currently held in early fall and hosted at the Lonnie Poole Centennial Course in Raleigh.
Currently our fundraisers are the annual golf tournament in September, the Wine Tasting held in June, and our annual Poinsettia Plant Sale held prior to Thanksgiving each year. The proceeds from the fundraisers are allocated across a wide variety of local organizations. These include the Salvation Army, The Tammy Lynn Center, The Carying Place, Boys and Girls Clubs of Lake Waccamaw, and Life Experiences.
We also use a portion of the fundraising proceeds to work internationally with other Rotary Clubs. We provided funds to purchase computer technology for students in a K through grade 12 school in Brazil. We contributed to a major construction project in Pune, India to build a facility for housing AIDS affective / HIV affected children, birth to 5 years.
Our club has prided itself with the hands on participation we invest in our community as well. Adopt-A-Highway, the Soup Kitchen, Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, and Green Hope High School Interact are several of these efforts we have been involved with over the years.
The club has met at a variety of locations in Morrisville and Cary over the years including the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce in downtown Morrisville. The Chamber was especially generous over the years as we had our lunches catered by their preferred caterers. We have enjoyed locations such as Golden Corral, Jaspers, and Mama Mia’s, and The Chop House in Morrisville.
Our current home for lunch meetings is Prestonwood Country Club, on Tuesdays at twelve noon. Prestonwood has been equally generous in making available private space in one of their many rooms next to the dining and buffet areas for our lunch meetings and special events during the evening hours.
We currently have 30 active members, with roughly one-third of the membership women. We have 10 members with over 10 years of Rotary experience each. We range in age from the early 30’s to over 80, and have diversity of race and nationality. The Morrisville Rotary Club is an energetic group of professionals who take being a Rotarian seriously, and enjoy the fun, food and camaraderie of the diverse group.
Written by Tim O’Connor (1999- ) and hyperlinked by Ed Shearin (2006- )