This week at Gate City Rotary

Jamie Cooper, Executive Director of the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club

A little background about Jamie and his presentation:

A brief history of the organization, communication of the vision, what we are currently doing and what we are working towards. Power Point presentation of approximately 15 slides and two short videos. Served one tour in the Army B.A. John Wesley College M.A. Liberty University Ordained into the ministry through Lawndale Baptist Church, Greensboro, NC Over seven years on staff within churches as a part of the Southern Baptist Convention Currently the Executive Director of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greensboro Member of Dillon Road Baptist Church in Jamestown, NC Husband to Kristie Cooper Father to Lincoln, Archer, and Aaris.

Looking forward to seeing everyone Thursday morning!

Debra Stokes - Speaker Thursday March 7th

 Debra Stokes has been in the non-profit world twenty years; she has worked at Senior Resources of Guilford for eight years as the Foster Grandparent Program Director and the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program Coordinator. 

Debra Stokes joins us at Gate City Rotary to talk about the Grandparents RaisingGrandchildren Support Group. Debra has a passion for adults who are caring for children, her grandmother helped raise her and she is a very important person in her life. 

Charlie Engle - Ultra Marathon Runner

This Thursday we will have local Ultra Marathon Runner Charlie Engle.  Chris Justice & Bobby Christiansen (members of Gate City Rotary) have known Charlie for many years & shared some very interesting long run experiences with him locally as well as out West.

Charlie visited Gate City Rotary in 2007 and spoke about his 2006 run across the Sahara Desert.
Many of you probably also know he's had some other interesting experiences since 2007 - including a government paid holiday at the Federal Correction Institution in Beckley, WV. 

Charlie will speak about his experiences & probably most important what he sees for his future.

He was interviewed in Greensboro last Fall by Harry Smith and shown on NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams. 

A link to that program can be seen at:

Some additional background can be seen at:

Kip Blakely of TIMCO to speak 2/14/2013

Our special speaker this week is Kip Blakely of TIMCO.

TIMCO - Provides commercial jet maintenance, repair, modification, overhaul and aircraft storage services from multiple locations in North America. 

Kip Blakely is Vice President of Industry and Government Relations and joined TIMCO in 2007.

He began his career working for Arkansas’ United States Senator David Pryor and later served as the Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Arkansas for Governor Bill Clinton.

While in Arkansas Kip was a Past President in Little Rock and is a Paul Harris Fellow.

Kip then transitioned to a career with 3M Company where his responsibilities included management positions in sales, marketing, government relations and new business development. His 17 years with 3M were in the Traffic Safety Systems Division and Aerospace and Aircraft Maintenance Division.

Currently Kip serves as Vice Chair of the Guilford Technical Community College Foundation Board, High Point University Board of Visitors, Guilford County’s Workforce Development Board and a Commissioner on North Carolina’s Workforce Development Board and member of the Greensboro Sports Council and a Commissioner on the War Memorial Coliseum.

He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas, and a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. He and his wife, Lee, live in Greensboro with their two children.

Speaker for 10/11/2012

Tomorrow we are in for a real treat. Our special guest speaker is Charles H. W. Edwards.

Mr. Edwards has been engaged in the commercial aviation and logistics industry since 1970. He held senior management positions with the North Carolina-based airline that started United Parcel Service Airlines, has managed a commercial airport and has been a senior advisor to public and private aviation and logistics projects in the United States, Western Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

Mr. Edwards is an Industry Fellow of the Center for Logistics and Digital Strategy at the Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise at UNC-Chapel Hill. He also is Chairman of the Council of Associates of the Education and Research Committee of The International Air Cargo Association.

Not only is Mr. Edwards Executive Director of the NCCGL, but he is also a Rotarian and 2 nd level Paul Harris Fellow.

Interactive Resource Center, Greensboro - Helping the Homeless

August 30th we were privileged to have with us as our guest speaker Liz Seymour, the Executive Director of Interactive Resource Center.

Interactive Resource Center is a day resource center for people who are homeless or facing homelessness.  Liz spent most of her career as a freelance writer, writing--ironically--for high end decorating magazines such as Southern Accents and Traditional Home, but her experience volunteering with a free food program called Food Not Bombs led her to join in the effort to establish a day center in Greensboro.  

The Interactive Resource Center opened in January 2009 and Liz became Executive Director in June of that year.  In May 2011 the IRC moved from its temporary quarters in Bessemer United Methodist Church to its permanent home at 407 E. Washington Street where it serves over  200 people a day.  Liz is a graduate of Smith College and has lived in Greensboro since 1979.

Please join us in support of this great program which truly caries the heart of Gate City Rotary!

407 E. Washington Street
Greensboro, NC 27401

P.O. Box 20568
Greensboro, NC 27420

336/332-0824 (office)
336/544-5422 (direct line)
336/430-3125 (cell)

Reading Connections coming to Gate City Rotary

Be prepared for a moving presentation this Thursday as we will be joined by our guest speaker Marcy Ray of Reading Connections. Reading Connections is an adult literacy program for Guilford County.

Marcy Ray is Assistant Director at Reading Connections where she has worked since 2006. She has an MA in Communication Studies from UNC Chapel Hill and a BA in Theatre Arts from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. After completing her Master's degree she worked as a grant administrator for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Early Experience and Brain Development. She served as consulting staff to the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child at Harvard University from 2005-2011. She has lived in an historic home in the Westerwood neighborhood of Greensboro since 2005.

See you there!