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2/1/11 Meeting – Feeling Healthy


Ernie Rings the Bell

Started with the pledge, Anita led us in singing “The 4-Way Test” and “America” before Jeff returned thanks.

Patriotic Singing brought to you by Sam the Eagle

There were no visiting guests.

Ernie mentioned the Ahoskie Chamber of Commerce event Thursday night from 4:30 -7:30 at O’Connors.  He also mentioned next week’s speaker would be the Boy Scouts representative and to bring in your non-perishable items.  He added there was a family in need of getting their sons into the organization and needed $600 for funds.  If anyone was able to help, please mention it to Ernie.

Bragging Rights

-Wake Forest Wins!!

The Demon Deacon is thankful for the support

– In addition to the win, Don got to go backstage and meet the players and coaches.  No one asked for autographs.  He then gave John a WF cup.  John did not mind, as long as it wasn’t a loss to VT.

– Ernie bragged on the ads running in the paper for Pancake/Sausage

– John mentioned that the secondary schools in Hertford County have positive results in the current composites.  There is still work on Algebra but they are ahead of last year.

– We were informed that Charles has a cold and Richard’s wife, Jackie, has pancreatic cancer.

– Teresa mentioned the Polar Plunge February 12 @ 12:30 pm

Featured Presentation

Kim Schwartz from RCCHC was our guest speaker and mentioned HealthCare Reform and its effect on our area.  Highlights include:

– All stats come from

– Hertford County has the worst stats of Bertie, Gates, Hertford and Northampton.

– Out of 100 counties in NC, Hertford is one of 19 that ranks high for uninsured

– 11.5% of children 0-18 classified as uninsured, 25.6% of adults 19-64 did the same

– Overall, HC is at 25% uninsured – Compared to 17% for state of NC

– The results for the next year actually look worse than now.

– From 1998-2009, Health Insurance Premiums went up 125%, Inflation up 29% and earnings up 35%

– By 2014, the bill wants most employers to provide health insurance or pay a penalty.  Smaller employers would not have to but receive a tax credit for doing so.  This was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge.

– New policies could provide grant funds for state and local levels.

– Recently, RCCHC received $6.2 million from funding.  The new facility will double the room number and possibly number of patients seen at once.

– There is no immediate reduction of cost in sight, but quality of care and access to care will be larger issues for years to come.

Closing Time

After some encouraging words from Claudia to get involved politically in the health care debate, Lee drew the Jack of Clubs, we recited the 4-Way Test and….

Ernie Rings the Bell




1/18/11 Meeting – Going to the Dogs


Claudia Rings the Bell

Yes, Claudia rang the bell to start.  We began with the singing of America and Lee returned thanks.

We jumped right into our guest speaker, Carol who represents PAWS (Protecting Animals Worth Saving).  Her presentation was full of information about the program.  Some of the highlights include:

– Established in 2006

– There were no set hours at the HC Shelter previously and conditions were poor due to finances.

– A group of 7 or 8 met at the shelter and rebuilt from the inside.

– Today, they provide medical services (wormings, vaccinations, flea/tick treatment) to all dogs

– The shelter is now 3x its original size and works hand in hand with the county

– There are no paid employees but they always need volunteers and donations for numerous tasks.

– 587 dogs have been adopted in 5 years time; of those, 97% spay/neuter rate

– Their animals are now found desirable, particularly from Wake County.

– PetSmart is a fantastic partner to PAWS

– If you can donate unused food, old bath towels/blankets, collars, kennels, anything, please let them know and please make a donation.

– If you’d like to adopt, there is a form about your current conditions, a $110 adoption fee, Vaccinations and Spay/Neuter processing.


Carol received a mug and pulled Richard’s ticket.  Richard pulled the ACE of Diamonds.

We recited the 4-way test plus one and

Claudia Rings the Bell

1/11/11 Meeting – Look at all the ones!


Welcome to the Ahoskie Rotary at the Ahoskie Inn, where all are welcome…except the caterer.

(A disclaimer:  The pictures are not working so it may be some time before I can get them up and running.  In the meantime, enjoy the notes.)

Ernie rang the bell and we recited the pledge, sang My Country tis of Thee, and Frances returned thanks.

John mentioned that because of the weather and his policies on canceling school, he went from hero to zero in a day.

An update on Oliver Fleming: he is back in Greenville after another situation with his heart.  Jack predicted a pacemaker.

An update on Debbie: She was back at RBC yesterday for the first time in 3 weeks and is doing PT to help.

Brian took a huge bite of humble pie and had to admit that Auburn was impressive this season.

Assignments for the week include: Meals on Wheels – Maria and JC; Bingo – Charles Williford

Claudia and Ernie mentioned the RAD (Rotary Against Drugs) speech contest held in the Spring as well as the 4-Way Test Essay.  For more information on how to help, ask them.


Mitch introduced Rochelle and Lee from the Hertford-Gates Relay for Life 2011 Committee.  Lee mentioned she is a part of 4 women on the same family tree branch effected by cancer in some form.  After a personal testimony regarding her mom, she explained she uses her position as her vengeance against cancer.  She is now the co-chair of the event.

Rochelle made her return visit to Rotary and directed us to the pamphlet of information.  She gave us these facts:

– 7% of money that comes in are for ACS Salaries.  Everything else goes to programs, research, fundraisers,etc.

– Programs include Reach to Recovery, Man to Man, Road to Recovery, I Can Cope, TLC, and more.

– Last year our community raised $263,000+ which won several awards.

– The dates this year are April 15 and 16, 2011 at Chowan University

– The percentage of cancer to people ratio is very high in our community and businesses like the Hospital are being proactive in making people aware.

– There are many forms of Cancer out there and not just one.  It will take some more time, more funds, and more research.

Ernie provided the speakers with a mug.  Dan Joyner got to pull a card and received the Ace of Hearts.

We recited the 4-way test plus one before Ernie rang the bell for dismissal.

November 30 Meeting – You got something?


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“Youre not the only one, With mixed emotions” – Rolling Stones

The meeting started without Jeff or Anita to lead singing so the honor fell to Jack.  We sang My Country Tis of Thee and JC returned thanks.

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Ernie started by saying that OJ is now in the room….(wait for obvious joke)

Didn't see that coming did you?

…and of course he meant ORANGE JUICE!
On a more serious note, he expressed the bewilderment and mixed emotions about the lack of attendance for breakfast.  Hopefully it was due to the fog delay in Hertford County!!
Carolyn and Deborah are both celebrating their birthday on Dec. 1st.
Meals on Wheels and Bingo assignments were given.
Braggin Rights went to Brian who is celebrating 1 year at the Herald on Dec. 1st and also the debut of their new magazine Front Porch Living.
An update on Oliver included him being under 11 different medications and possibly making a public appearance at church on Wednesday.
Looking forward all that I can see, Is good things happening to you and to me – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
The majority of the meeting consisted of the following announcements about upcoming events considering all or some Rotary members.  Most of this is quoting the email Ernie sent later in the day:
Teresa Jenkins sent me a message saying she misses seeing everyone, but asked that I advise that Southern Bank is collecting Toys for Tots and doing Angel Tree for SAFE House.  Go by Southern and offer assistance to these worthy endeavors.
The Ahoskie Rotary Club is assigned to ring the bell for Salvation Army on Saturday, December 4 from 1-4.  The kettle will be only at WalMart this year.  We have volunteers already for 1-2:30, but if you can ring for a time in the remaining times, please email me and let me know.

Our Club will have its Christmas Party at my house at 107 Bethlehem Church Road in Powellsville on December 13 at 7 pm.  Please bring a favorite hors d’oeuvre to share and bring your spouse or significant others, friends, neighbors or colleagues.  If you are bringing more than 10 guests, please give me a “heads up”.  Beverages, etc will be provided.

SPECIAL LOCATION FOR DECEMBER 14–Our meeting on Tueday December 14 will be at Roanoke Chowan Hospital in the Roanoke Chowan Room (turn left past the canteen after entering the hospital main entrance).  Our program that day will be presented by Dr. David Lingle, Surgeon at RCH.

Denise Martin announced that RBC Bank will be hosting a chili lunch on Monday, December 6 and 16 oz. Cups are available.  Deliveries can be made to business for orders of 5 or more cups and you can make advanced orders by contacting Denise Martin, Mitch Kelly, Don Joyner or other RBC employees.  Proceeds are for the support of Relay for Life.

The North Carolina Symphony Holiday Pops will be at the Helms Center at Chowan University at 7:30 on Wed. December 8.  Tickets are available from Ernie or at Southern Bank branches in the area or from Chowan University.  Student tickets are only $5.00 so if you can’t attend, consider inviting some young students to attend.

We will not have a regular Rotary Meeting on Tuesday, December 28.

Our next meeting is Tuesday morning, December 7.

Closing time, time to go out into the world – Semisonic
Carolyn did not get a good birthday present by drawing the 5 of hearts, recited the 4-way test and…

Ernie Rings the Bell

November 23 – Sing Along with Brian


Ernie Rings the Bell

The Meeting started with the Pledge, Sing Out a Song of Rotary and America.  Deborah returned thanks

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Ernie acknowledged our guests and mentioned the schedules for Meals on Wheels and Bingo.  Oliver’s health was mentioned and it may be another week until he’s able to get out and about town on his own again.  But he is home.

Ernie introduced Brian to “perform” today’s program.  Included were songs rewritten to his personal Rotary experience.  His mug was set up at the front and tips were encouraged.

Jimi approves of Brian's songs

The songs included:

Ahoskie Rotary Club – Sung to DixieLand Delight by Alabama

Eatin’ from the buffet, munchin’ on pig’s feet, unsweet tea, sitting on my left.

Same ole’ Chicken, served on Monday’s, coupled with my green beans and my corn.

Out of tune piano, Jeff singing solos, and the tenors in the back they harmonize.

Lunchtime Monday, they were such fun days, My Ahoskie Rotary Club

Spent my dollar, given to Walt who’ll ask me if I want to play

Draw the queen of hearts, win a lot of dollars, all you gotta do is pull her from the stack of cards.

It’s my life, and my strife, my Ahoskie Rotary Club

(chord change)

Tuesday morning, a couple hours earlier to rise and shine again.

Same piano, just a different hot bar, filled with last week’s scrambled eggs and sometimes ham

Without jam, oh yes Ma’am, my Ahoskie Rotary Fam.

Randy Owens liked it!

Guest Speaker – Sung to Let It Be by The Beatles

When I enter town and I see the sign that leads me to the Ahoskie Inn,

There are people eating, Rotary.

And though I’m new, I know I’m welcome and maybe Walt will let me pick the ticket

I’m today’s guest speaker, Rotary.

Rotary, Rotary, Rotary, Rotary,

I hope you didn’t mind my slide show, Rotary

The boys fell all over that one

EREY! – Sung to I’m-Fixin-to-Die-Rag by Country Joe McDonald

Give me an E! Give me an R! Give me an E! Give me an Y! What’s that spell?

Well, c’mon all you Rotarians, Klinginsmith needs your help again.

Every year give a hundred bucks, more than money it’s spreading love.

Put down your forks and pull out your checks, Don Joyner knows what to do next.

And it’s 1-2-3, what are we giving for, every person every year, this program we hold dear.

And it’s 5-6-7, only one hundred bucks.  Well I got more money to be paid,

Whoopee! I’m part of EREY!

"Far Out, Brian!"

Meals on Wheels – As sung to When You Say Nothing at All by Ronan Keating

It’s amazing how you can not find all the homes

When you’ve got 14 meals to do in an hour.

Make sure they answer and don’t leave the food, or you’ll answer to somebody rude.

Those Meals on Wheels folks make sure you’re always early.

You can never check out just cause you’re in a hurry.

Be careful, just hold the sides, for the tin is still scorching.

You’ll learn the route, when you go do Meals on Wheels.

Good?! He's the best!

Oliver Fleming – As sung to You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC

He pulls for UNC, he defines Rotary, he made his money working at the pharmacy

He yields to ECU when the Tar Heels loose and he always wears that same vest too

He gives the history of our Rotary and has the warmest handshake that you’ve ever seen

And his tables laughing, the whole rooms cracking, when his lips are flapping and we were clapping for YOU


Oliver Puppet (aka Walter) was hoping for Sinatra

John Fahey – As sung to Fire and Rain by James Taylor

Just yesterday morning, they changed my program again

Just got to see these kids to another grade.

Woke up this morning and I stood on the water,

I’ll cut up some pennies on another day.

I’ve seen their smiles and I’ve seen their grades.

I’ve seen better scores at a Virginia football game.

I’ve seen canceled days when it never looked like rain,

but I’ll keep my dream to teach Jr. High again.

James asks Brian if he's ever heard of the term, "copyright infringement."

4 Way Test- As sung to I’m Yours by Jason Mraz

Well you were truthful and it made me happy, being fair to the whole assembly

You got the first 2 steps, now you’re trying to recite that.

You’re building goodwill and those better friendships, you’re beneficial to all concerned.

I reckon it’s that time again for dismissal

But I won’t leave before that bell no more, I must recite the 4-way test plus one!

Jason Mraz gets it

Our Club – As sung to We Didn’t Start the Fire by Billy Joel


Richard Baker, Charlie Pierce, Jack Tayloe, Deborah Fields

Linda Blackburn, Brian Pavlick and Sue Lassiter.

Sandra Wiley, Woody Pittman, Ernie Carter, Paul Knechtges,

Frances Perry, Denise Martin, Wendy Ruffin-Barnes.

Brownie Herbin, Jim Bales, and Anita Thompson

Then there’s Mister’s Dan and Don, they’re the brothers Joyner!


We’d rather meet at lunchtime, though we got up early we don’t look so purdy

We’d rather meet at lunchtime, though we got up early we don’t look so purdy


Oliver Fleming and there’s Scott Melvin

Deborah Morrison and don’t forget Charles Williford!

(Verse 2)

Teresa Jenkins, Carolyn Martin, Barbara Perry, Benjie Brown

JC, JB, Richard Jernigan

Claudia Morris, Walt Pierce, Kim Schwartz, Keith Rawls

Maria Jones and her baby little Harrison.

Mark Boyd, John Fahey, Jeff Douglas, Bill Earley,

Lee Edwards, Mitch Kelly, Ali’s name is hard to say!!!!!


We didn’t go to Nucor, though we voted for it, we forgot to tour it

We didn’t go to Nucor, though we voted for it, we forgot to tour it

Billy Joel is amazed that he really got everyone in that song!

Big Finish

Oh, Kiwanis, oh don’t you cry for me, Cause I came from Alabama and I’ve since joined Rotary!!!



Ernie wished everyone a happy thanksgiving, recited the 4-way test, and…

Ernie Rings the Bell

November 16th Meeting – Polio hits home


A random note before the post begins – In the back of our song books there is a note about songs being used under the permission of the Society for the Preservation & Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America. Don’t know about you, but I’m joining SPEBSQSA today!

We got ribs and things chicken and bake beans plates of styrofome we came to get it on – Colt Ford

Ernie Rings the Bell

We started our meeting with the singing of My Country Tis of Thee and Brian returned thanks

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Ernie mentioned Anita not being here today and Oliver went back to the hospital later last week to undergo 2x by-pass on his heart.  He is doing well.  Our guests were Heaven, Chelsea and Cody from the Interact Club of HCHS.

Bragging Rights went to State having a good game, Wake not being terrible and Walt still in tailgating mood this morning.

The Demon Deacon is thankful for the support

Ernie reminded us that Office elections are supposed to be turned in this December.  Claudia will move on to President, Jeff to President Elect, so we’ll need a Vice President and if you are considering Secretary of Treasurer to relieve Jack and Don of their long-terms, please speak up.

Ernie also mentioned Bingo went well as the residents went crazy over the giant Hershey bars.

I’m a survivor,I’m not gonna give up,I’m not gon’ stop, I’m gonna work harder – Destiny’s Child

Richard was our guest speaker today and described his battle with polio over the years.  Before he started, he scooted the podium up so Charles could hear.  Highlights of his speech included:

-His polio started with a 105 degree temperature on the Chowan River.

-They took him back to Fort Gordon and gave him aspirin for the pain in his spine.

-There were more cases of polio at Fort Gordon then any other base.

-He started in Military Police School where they wouldn’t let him do push-ups or lift anything due to his health.

-His buddies would make his bed for him because he was too weak.

-He became an Assistant Desk Sergeant throughout basic training, he would go to the hospital three times a week for therapy.

-After he was dismissed from his stint in Berlin, he finished at Wake and met Jackie.

-In Savannah, GA in 1999, he thought the TV set was moving on him and so they drove back to North Carolina.

-He was diagnosed with Myasthenia gravis, a direct cause from Polio.  He received treatment 4 times a year for 5 years at John Hopkins University.

– Richard wanted to express that he never complained about his life and he’s really had a great life.  There are others who can’t walk because of the disease.

– It is a tough disease to figure out or treat but Acupuncture saved the day for him.

– He is a living example of what we are trying to fight.

-Polio is very contagious through fecal/oral transmissions that works on the nervous system.

-Richard is now a vegetarian because of the disease and has since despised meat.

Closing Time, time to go out into the world – Semisonic

Ernie thanked the “Rotaract” for coming.  They will be cleaning Hwy 561 outside the high school this afternoon.

After a long debate, Charlie owned up that his card was pulled and that he didn’t need assistance drawing his card.  The 9 of diamonds reared it’s ugly head.

Recited the 4 way test and…

Ernie Rings the Bell


November 9th Meeting – Ernie’s got Beef


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But I’m not sad, I’m just disappointed
And I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed – The Frames

On a very quiet morning, we began with the pledge and the singing of “America” before Don Joyner returned thanks.

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It was no coincidence that Deborah showed up right after singing.  Everyone mentioned how good the Banana Pancakes and Fried Bologna was.

Benjie Brown received a rendition of Happy Birthday for his day of birth today.  Keith joked that Benjie is closer to retirement while JB will still work for years to come.

An update on Oliver was that he was feeling good and came home Saturday, however, shortly after we adjourned, he was shipped back to Greenville after another heart attack.

And now for the pride check of the day….Ernie had beef with the group.  We had an event at Nucor on Friday in which a grand total of 5 people showed up.  Nucor planned for 25/30, had 6 executives there including a nice lunch and tour.  Needless to say, this was a poor showing for the group.  On a lighter note, it was no coincidence that the day Rotarians visited, there was a rare screw up and they had to temporarily shut down the plant.

Ernie also mentioned the opportunity to assist RBC with Salvation Army Bell Ringing at Wal-mart on Dec. 4th from 12-4pm

Jim mentioned that the Small Business Center will be hosting an ex-Disney employee doing a seminar on Experiencing the Disney Magic.  that will take place next Tues at 5pm.

Bet you, bet you, bet you didn’t know it – Brandy

Sue, without the aid of a projector, gave us some trivia questions about Foundation Month, specifically the End Polio Now campaign.  For instance:

-EREY stands for Every Rotarian Every Year

– EREY contributions support Polio Plus

– $100 provides tuition and books for 2 children in Kenya

-$500 provides a 10-month food supply for a child in Guatemala

-$1000 provides clean water for 300 people in India (The joke also includes Murfreesboro, NC)

Charles, with the assistance of Richard, explained that this is the first program Rotary International undertook over 23 years ago.  Every year, RI gets offers to support other programs but they refuse and stick with Polio Plus until it is completely eliminated.

So roses are red, So violets are blue, So sugar is sweet, So so are you. – Chico Marx explaining Cirrhosis

Ernie reminisced about treatment for polio in his day by taking sugar cubes.  meanwhile the younger audience, who never knew about testing for polio, showed their knowledge by asking if polio was that game played on a horse.

Sue ended her presentation by refusing the offer of a mug from Ernie.

Closing time, time for you to go out into the world – Semisonic

The middle back table ticket was drawn and out came an 8 of spades.

the 4 way-test +1 was recited and…

Ernie Rings the Bell