Dr. Barrie Kirk, Vice President of Corporate and Continuing Education and Economic Development at Midlands Technical College, and Mr. Tom Ledbetter, Associate Vice President and Executive Director of the MTC Enterprise Campus spoke to the Club at our regularly scheduled meeting on Friday July 13, 2012. They discussed the jobs gap and the talent gap– that is the gap between what is needed in the service area verses the available talent. The main “take away” was that credentialed jobs made possible by technical school training such as that available at Midlands Technical College are high paying jobs that will be in high demand in the foreseeable future. We should encourage our youth to consider the opportunities provided by a technical school education.
The Rotary Club of Five Points has named Toby Chaffin as the winner of the “Service Above Self” award for 2012-13.
Chaffin was honored for his work as Club Program Chair. In making the award, Club president Louis Dessau stated that the past year’s speakers were “absolutely superb” due to Chaffin’s efforts. Louis noted that Toby even continued booking excellent speakers during a period in which he was ill– clearly Service Above Self. Chaffin was unable to attend the award ceremony due to a prior commitment, so president Dessau, with the Club cheering on in the background, informed him of the good news by voice mail from the ceremony.
The Rotary Club of Five Points has named L.E. Spradlin the Rotarian of the Year for 2011-12.
Spradlin was honored for his dedicated service to the Club for his extensive work with the parking project that is the Club’s top fundraiser and which set new records this year. Spradlin has also been active in developing matching fund grant proposals for international water projects and is extremely active in all Club activities. He has served as Club president and a Board member. In making the award, Club president Louis Dessau stated that it was evident early in the year that L.E. would be the most appropriate person to receive the award given his years of selfless service to the Club and community, and his exceptional efforts this Rotary year.
Rotary year 2012-13 began with the installation of club officers during the Club Assembly held June 29, 2012.
Outgoing club president Louis Dessau administers the Oath of office to incoming club president Bill Latham. In addition, Andrew Folks was installed as president elect and Teri Stomski was installed as club secretary.
Latham makes induction remarks as a happy outgoing president Dessau looks on.
Olivia Jones, Cheryl Monahan, Marjorie Heggie and Travis Belman (pictured) Rion Cobb and Marcy Medway were installed as new members of the Board of Directors. We wish them all well in their upcoming year of Rotary Service.