Upcoming Speakers Lineup Includes Rays Weather

rayRenowned weather prognosticator Ray Russell of Ray’s Weather will speak at the Boone Sunrise Rotary Club on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 7:30 am at the Marriott.

RaysWeather.Com has evolved from “Ray’s hobby in Beautiful Downtown Rutherwood” in 1999 to the most widely read media outlet in NW NC about 4 million web paged delivered each month and read by about 250,000 people per month.

Dr. Ray Russell is a Computer Science professor at Appalachian State University. His PhD is in Computer Science from Georgia Tech (1989); weather has been a long-time passion. He started posting a “snow forecast” on the university website back in the mid 1990’s; this evolved into RaysWeather.Com in 2000.

Ray lives in Boone and has taught at Appalachian State since 1991. Ray’s wife, Rhonda, taught kindergarten and pre-kindergarten in Avery and Watauga Counties for sixteen years before becoming an Instructor at Appalachian State University in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. Ray and Rhonda have two daughters (Leah, a psychologist in Raleigh, and Laura, a pharmacist at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta), a son-in-law (Denny, who works for Wachovia Bank in Raleigh), and two dogs (Lily and Sam).

Other upcoming speakers include:

  • Dec. 1: Cherry Johnson, Watauga County Arts Council
  • Dec. 8: No meeting due to Christmas Party
  • Dec. 15Tiffany Ervin, (Rotary Club of Hendersonville-Four Seasons), “What Miss America, College Football & Rotary Have In Common”
  • Jan. 19 – Courtney Baines Smith, Director, Lettuce Learn
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