Meeting Recap – February 15, 2022

President Jim Street called the meeting to order at the Courtyard Marriott in Boone at 7:50 a.m.  There were 22 in person attendees, plus 7 who joined by Zoom.

After the Pledge of Allegiance, Jim managed the 50/50 drawing, and Diane Ekberg collected Happy Dollars:

  • Reggie Hassler was “happy to be here.”
  • Ben Henderson was celebrating his wedding anniversary.
  • Walter Browning was pleased to announce that his son-in-law will be returning stateside to San Diego from Spain.


Diane Ekberg announced that Wednesday, February 16 is National Alzheimer Day and encouraged CART donations.

Diane also advised that, while not a Rotary work day, all are welcome to help at the Habitat for Humanity house on Wednesday, February 16.  Flooring and trim painting will be the work of the day.

John Cooper provided an update on Jazz Fest.  New York Voices has been booked as a Friday evening headliner.  A Sunday evening headliner, Stephen Gordon Trio, has been added.  To date, $26,500 in sponsorships has been raised, plus the $10,000 TDA contribution for off-mountain advertising.  John’s goal is $75,000.  The membership spent time reviewing the sponsor target list, with many members selecting targets to contact.  Visits and calls to targets should be made by early March.

John Eckman reminded everyone to save March 16, 2022 for the Bingo fun/fundraiser at Hardin Creek.  There will be live music.


Andy LeBeau introduced Town of Boone Police Community Service Officer Kat Eller.  A native of Appalachia in Virginia, Kat has served in many social services positions both domestically and internationally.  Her Boone PD career included being an officer and school resource officer before she was tapped for her current “dream position.”  As a Community Service Officer, Kat serves in many capacities as the liaison between the BPD and the community.  She works with multiple agencies and companies to identify and work through issues, effecting change in the community.  

Kat’s vision is one of “Unity in the Community.”  She works to present the “human-ness of police officers.”

After a Q&A session, President Street led the Club in the 4 Way Test and announced that next week’s meeting will be held at the Farm Cafe.  He adjourned the meeting at 8:32 a.m.

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