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Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Kate Daniels,
President and Executive Director, Wayne County Chamber of Commerce

At our last meeting, we welcomed one of our own, Kate Daniels, who is the President and Executive Director of the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce.  Kate provided a "Chamber Update" to our club as well as a Facebook Live feed to those following online.  Kate and her staff work tirelessly to engage in public policy and talent development as well as boosting economic development and networking. 
For over 121 years, the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce has helped to foster relationships that generate powerful results that benefit the entire community.  Already this year, the Chamber has held more ribbon cuttings than it did in all of 2018.  As Kate will tell you, the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce is in the connection business.  The business of connecting missions, resources, people, and opportunities. 

We were proud of the work Kate and her staff do every day and are even more proud to call her one of our own.   

For more information about the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, visit their website.
To view Kate's live video from this Rotary meeting, click here.  

Recent Speakers

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Stephen Walsh,
Greenville Noon Rotary Field of Honor

On July 30th, we welcomed Stephen Walsh from the Greenville Noon Rotary.  Their club recently completed a Field of Honor fundraising event on the Greenville Town Common.  This fundraiser involved selling flags to honor individuals.  The flags were displayed in the Greenville Town Common for approximately two months.  Tags were placed on each of the flags noting the honoree and the Greenville club worked with city officials to keep the field lit and maintained during the two-month period. 
The Goldsboro Rotary Club is planning a similar fundraiser that will be held in the spring/summer of 2020.  We are excited about this endeavor and hope the community will embrace this opportunity to honor community members, family members, active-duty military personnel, and retired military personnel.  Stay tuned to our website and social media outlets for more information in the coming months. 
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Tuesday, August 6, 2019
District Governor Tracey Ivey
On August 6th, we welcomed our own District Governor Tracey Ivey for her official visit.  DG Tracey is serving as District 7720's District Governor for the 2019-2010 Rotary year.  Prior to our regular meeting, the Board met with DG Tracey to go over her plan for this year as well as to review our club's goals. 

We are excited that she is in this position of leadership and wish her the best of luck in her time as District Governor.  
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Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Bruce Griffin,
CEO of the Goldsboro Family YMCA
At our last meeting, we were able to reschedule Bruce Griffin after having to cancel a few weeks ago.  Bruce gave us a very informative presentation on the history of the YMCA nationwide but also of our Goldsboro YMCA.  The Goldsboro Y is one of the most successful endeavors in eastern North Carolina and boasts the only Olympic-size swimming pool east of I-95.  We are very lucky to have such an excellent facility in Goldsboro. 

For more information or to join, click here!
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Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Sherry Archibald,
Executive Director, United Way of Wayne County, and
Bethany Perry,
Campaign Committee Chair
At our last meeting, we were joined by our own Sherry Archibald, Executive Director of the
United Way of Wayne County and Bethany Perry, this year's campaign
chairwoman. Sherry and Bethany shared with us some great information about what the
United Way does and ways in which it helps our community. Their reach is far and the
need is great for volunteers and financial contributions. If you are interested in either,
contact Sherry or Bethany, or visit their website.
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Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Adam Twiss,
Director, Paramount Theatre and Goldsboro Event Center

Last week, we welcomed Mr. Adam Twiss.  Adam is the Director of the Paramount Theatre and the Goldsboro Event Center.  He was hired in the spring of 2019.  His background in both theatre, as producer, director, actor, administrator and educator, as well as facility and event management are uniquely suited to his new role.


Adam comes to Goldsboro from Barton College, in Wilson, where he served as Professor of Theatre and Director of the Theatre Program since 2008.  Along with programming, administration, operations, and curriculum development at the College, Adam established many collaborative performing arts initiatives within the community, and oversaw construction of the state-of-the-art Kennedy Family Theatre on Barton’s campus. 


A New England native, Adam has worked extensively throughout the country as a professional actor, director, producer, and educator. He earned a B.A. in Economics from Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass.; B.F.A. in Architectural Design from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston; and an M.F.A. in Theatre from Trinity Rep Conservatory (now Brown University/Trinity Rep Consortium) in Providence, R.I.


As an NCAA soccer and ice hockey player, Twiss learned the value of teamwork, which translates to all of his efforts within the theatre – a distinctly team-oriented art form.  He serves on several arts-related boards and is actively involved with his children’s schools and sports activities.  If you have spent any time in the Northeast (especially during baseball season), you have undoubtedly seen the mustached man by the name of W.B. Mason, a commercial character Twiss has portrayed on TV, in print, on billboards, and on the iconic yellow W.B. Mason trucks since 2001. 

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Chrissy Smith,
Community Liaison, Partnership for Children of Wayne County
At our meeting last week, we heard from Chrissy Smith, who currently holds a dual advocacy role as a family law attorney and community liaison with the Partnership for Children Wayne County. As an attorney she has focused her practice in family law and Guardian Ad Litem cases. Serving as community liaison for the Partnership for Children Wayne County she works collaboratively with local and statewide agencies seeking to improve outcomes for children and families in the areas of health, family support and access to affordable, quality early education. She has helped lead the conversation on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and building resilience within the community.

Chrissy presented a great overview of the Partnership for Children of Wayne County.  Click here to view the handout from this program.  Click here for the Think Babies Card.
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Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Kevin Johnson,
Wayne County Extension Director and Extension Agent - Agriculture
Kevin Johnson is the current County Extension Director and Extension Agent for Agriculture for the Wayne County Cooperative Extension.  He is responsible for all county operations including personnel, financial management, and overseeing the design, implementation and evaluation of adult and youth educational programs. 

At our meeting last week, Kevin presented a program on flooding in Wayne County - its causes and effects.  It was a very interesting program.  We always enjoy hearing from Kevin.  He has a wealth of knowledge about Wayne County
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Scott Satterfield,
Business and Property Development Specialist, DGDC
Last week we met in the Parish Hall of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church and I feel safe in saying that everyone enjoyed the change in scenery.  Our plan is to try to schedule these "off site" meetings more frequently and if they are well received, we'll try to make it more regular.  It does take a bit more planning and work behind the scenes but is doable on an occasional basis.

Julie Metz was scheduled to present to us but was still recovering from eye surgery but we were glad to have Scott Satterfield with us to share information about the Launch project.  Launch is a collaborative effort between local and state, public and private entities to provide a sort of business and entrepreneurial incubator for Goldsboro and Wayne County.  The project will provide educational and tutoring opportunities to those individuals who are selected from an application process that they hope to begin soliciting applications for late this year or in early 2020.  Scott will keep me posted of their progress and I will let everyone know when their website is up and running or when they have more information available.  We will get Julie rescheduled for a later date.
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Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Dustin Pittman,
Chair of CALM, Coalition for Addiction and Life Management
Last week, we heard from Dustin Pittman.  We will hear from Dustin Pittman, chair of CALM, Coalition for Addiction and Life Management.  Pittman is an attorney with Strickland Agner Pittman in Goldsboro.  He leads the community based non-profit substance use coalition. 
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Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Tim Salmon,
City Manager, City of Goldsboro
Last week, we welcomed City Manager Tim Salmon to our meeting.  Mr. Salmon joined the City of Goldsboro as the City Manager in April 2019.  He shared some of his ideas for the city but also answered many questions from the Rotarians in attendance.  
Click here to view his bio.  
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Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Teresa Cottle,
Cottle Farms
This week, we welcomed Teresa Cottle from Cottle Farms to our meeting.  Cottle Farms is a leading provider of "U-Pick" strawberries in Wayne County and the surrounding area.  It would not be Spring or Summer around here without seeing one of the many Cottle Farms tents on the side of the road with a table full of fresh strawberries.  What began in 1964, Cottle Farms has become one of the leading strawberry plant suppliers on the East Coast and now grows and ships products from other regions of the United States as well as an international program with blueberries from Chile, Peru, Argentina, and British Columbia.  Visit their website for more information:  Cottle Farms
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Dictionary Day
On October 29th, we met at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church for a box lunch and to label and distribute dictionaries for our annual Dictionary Project.  Each year, our club presents a dictionary to each third grade student in Wayne County - public school, private school, and home school.  This year, we are delivering a total of 1,448 dictionaries to each third grade student to keep as their own.  We are honored to be able to provide these books to the students.  Please check back for more pictures of our Rotarians visiting classrooms and speaking with the students!
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Thursday, November 7, 2019
Blues & Brews Zero-K at Brewmasters
On November 7th, we held the first annual Blues & Brews Zero-K at Brewmasters.  For our first year, it was a success.  Click here for pictures from the event.  
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Vocational Visit to Arnold Wilbert
On November 12th, we met at Arnold Wilbert for a box lunch and to tour the facility.   At our last meeting, we gathered at Arnold Wilbert for a Vocational Visit.  Arnold Wilbert manufactures burial vaults and they have been in business in Wayne County since 1953.  They also produce several concrete products in addition to burial vaults.  Click here to view photos of our visit. 
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Thanksgiving with Goldsboro Kiwanis Club
As is our tradition, we met with the Goldsboro Kiwanis Club for our annual joint Thanksgiving lunch.  We had a full house and enjoyed sharing in fun and fellowship with our old friends.  Click here for photos of the lunch.
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Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Goldsboro Rotary Christmas Party
Rotarians gathered for an intimate evening of fun and fellowship to celebrate the holidays.  We always enjoy our time together and even more so when we gather outside of our regular meeting time and place.  Happy Holidays from the Goldsboro Rotary Club!
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Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Crystal Ostheim, MSN, FNP-BC, NP-C (L)
and Kerry Timmins Standley, WHPNP, BC (R), 
Wayne UNC Health Care
Last week, we were joined by Crystal Ostheim and Kerry Timmins Standley from Wayne UNC Health Care.  They presented information as part of Rotary's Disease Prevention & Treatment month.  We had a lively Q&A session and they presented some very useful information just in time for the holidays!!  Their bios are below as well as two handouts they distributed.   
Crystal Ostheim, MSN, FNP-BC, NP-C
Kerry Timmins Standley, WNPNP-BC
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Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Jerry Phillips and Kyle Saylors,
Goldsboro Rotary/WCC Field of Honor
Last week, Rotarians Jerry Phillips and Kyle Saylors, co-chairs of the Goldsboro Rotary/WCC Field of Honor®, presented a program outlining this event and ways in which we can help make it a success.  We are working in partnership with Wayne Community College to present the Field of Honor®. 
We hope this event will be successful but also meaningful to our community.  Check out the link below for more information.   
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Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Club Assembly
Last week, we met for a Club Assembly to make some headway with plans for our Field of Honor® event.  We broke into groups and each group made preliminary plans for fundraising, public relations, and display prep, maintenance, and take down.  Club members are excited about this project and we are committed to making it a success.  Check out the link below for more information.   
Goldsboro Rotary/WCC Field of Honor®
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Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Craig Honeycutt,
Wayne County Manager
In about six weeks, a 1/4 cent sales tax referendum will be on the local ballot.  Wayne County Manager, and Goldsboro Rotarian, Craig Honeycutt met with our club to present information about why this tax is badly needed for improvements to the physical plans of Wayne County Public Schools.  He was joined by Wayne County Public Schools Superintendent Mike Dunsmore, WCPS School Board Chairman Chris West, Chairman of the Wayne County Commissioners Ray Mayo, and school board member, and Goldsboro Rotarian, Ven Faulk.  Each of these individuals spoke about the need for these improvements and why we need to vote in favor of the sales tax increase.  As they said, a property tax increase only affects those who own property in Wayne County.  A sales tax increase affects everyone who makes purchases in Wayne County, residents and visitors alike.  The increase is paid by everyone, not just those who own property. 

For more inforamtion about the proposed 1/4 cent sales tax increase, visit their website
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Tim Moore,
Manager, InJoy Thrift Store
Last week, we were joined by Tim Moore, manager of the InJoy Thrift Store in Goldsboro.  InJoy Thrift Store is a project of ITG (Injoy Thrift Goldsboro Inc.).  ITG is a not-for-profit ministry supporting local and international Christian charities.  One hundred percent of the income from the sale of products at Goldsboro InJoy Thrift Store, after normal store expenses are paid, goes to support and fund Christian-based ministries in their community and throughout the world.  The board makes semi-annual grants to charities approved through a grant-application process.  The Board encourages application for grants from local charities.

For more information about InJoy, visit their website
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Chief Joseph Dixon,
Fire Chief, City of Goldsboro
Chief Dixon has been with the Goldsboro Fire Department (GFD) since July of 2018. He was appointed Chief after an extensive nationwide search and assessment. His responsibilities include the strategic leadership in efforts to educate, protect, and serve the community. During his short tenure Chief Dixon has moved the GFD to be more engaged in the community, provided leadership during major emergencies, and demonstrated his political acumen by successfully championing an organizational reorganization. He is most proud of the inroads established with community leaders, increased funding for training, and the multiple educational scholarships he has funded through WCC and the NAACP.

For more information about the Goldsboro Fire Department, visit their website
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Tuesday, February 25, 2020
James Jarvis, 
Executive Director,
Cape Fear Chapter at American Red Cross
James D. Jarvis serves as the Executive Director for the American Red Cross of the Cape Fear Area of North Carolina.  In this capacity, Jarvis oversees all Red Cross operations in 13 counties in eastern NC (Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Duplin, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, and Wayne).  Prior to joining the American Red Cross as a public affairs volunteer in February 2013 and as a full-time employee in July 2014, Jarvis served honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps for nearly 23 years, retiring in February 2011 at the rank of major.  During his decorated military career, Jarvis served as an enlisted Marine and officer, while completing combat tours in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Liberia. 
For the American Red Cross, Jarvis served as the Disaster Program Specialist for the Cape Fear Chapter from July 2014 to January 2016 with territorial responsibility for all disaster response in Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover, and Pender Counties.  As a Service to the Armed Forces Manager, Jarvis worked with committed staff and volunteers to fulfill the important mission of providing humanitarian support to service members, veterans and their families around the clock, around the globe, under the trusted symbol of the Red Cross.   In addition to the important work of building strong and resilient military families, Jarvis and his volunteers are also working hard to help end veteran homelessness and suicides.
Finally, as the Executive Director for the American Red Cross of the Cape Fear Area, Jarvis works with a dedicated cadre of volunteers who prevent and alleviate human suffering every day in eastern NC as well as a Board of Directors and numerous Advisory Boards committed to ensuring that the American Red Cross remains ready to assist people in need for decades to come.

For more information about the American Red Cross, visit their website
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Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Selena Bennett,
Communities Supporting Schools
Selena Bennett is the Executive Director of Communities Supporting Schools of Wayne County.  She has served in her current role since October 2011.  She retired from Wayne County Public Schools after a 30 year career as a classroom teacher and school counselor.  Her last 13 years in education were spent at Greenwood Middle School as a counselor. 

For more information about Communities Supporting Schools, visit their website
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Links Related to Past Speakers

Communities Supporting Schools
American Red Cross
Alta Foods
City of Goldsboro Fire Department
InJoy Thrift Store
Wayne County Schools 1/4-Cent Sales Tax Referendum
Goldsboro Rotary/WCC Field of Honor®
Wayne UNC Health Care
Arnold Wilbert Burial Vaults
Cottle Farms
City of Goldsboro
Downtown Goldsboro Development Corporation
Wayne County Cooperative Extension
Partnership for Children of Wayne County
Goldsboro Event Center
Paramount Theatre
United Way of Wayne County
Goldsboro Family YMCA
Wayne County Chamber of Commerce
US Selective Service
NC Child
Our State Magazine
Wings Over Wayne Air Show 2019
Agribusiness Program, University of Mount Olive
Wayne County Development Alliance
County Manager/Wayne County
Leadership Wayne County
Coins for Alzheimer's Research Trust (CART)
University of Mount Olive
Duke Energy
Spirit AeroSystems
4 Day Movement

Sherwood Williford

Philip Gerard

Eastern Carolina Veterans Cemetery

NC Division of Marine Fisheries

Edgewood Community Developmental School

Office of the NC State Auditor

Wayne UNC Health Care

Jim Meachen - The Automotive Reporter

Wayne County Sheriff's Office

Case Farms

Wayne County Health Department

Goldsboro Salvation Army

Ready NC

Wayne County Museum

Mount Olive Pickle Company

HomeFront Room Revival

Wayne County Manager's Office

Dr. Elliot Engel

Kitty Askins Hospice Center

Wayne County Cooperative Extension

Open Broadband

Paramount Theatre

Three Eagles Beer Festival

Goldsboro-Wayne Crime Stoppers

The Maxwell Regional Agricultural and Convention Center


Rotary Foundation


Habitat for Humanity Goldsboro-Wayne

Goldsboro Family YMCA

North Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program

Wayne County Development Alliance

Rotary District 7720 Foundation

T.A. Loving Company

Rotary District 7720

Duke Energy

County of Wayne

Make a Difference Food Pantry

Down East Wood Ducks

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Wings Over Wayne Air Show

University of Mount Olive

Bill Thompson Downhome

Leadership Wayne County

Wayne-UNC Health Care

Wayne Community College

Golden LEAF Foundation

Greater Neuse FCA

City of Goldsboro

Goldsboro Police Department
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