May 23rd – Meet our Exchange Student, Pierre-Loius Guillot
Micah called the meeting to order and Joseph Williams led our prayer and pledge.
- Welcome Russell Guy visiting from the Graham Club.
- Randy Perkins introduced his wife, daughter, and grandson who all were in attendance.
- Welcome our new member – Nathan Nesmith
- We will be sending a check to Sister Cities in memory of Beth Powell. Thanks to everyone who donated.
- If you are planning to make a contribution to the Rotary Foundation it would be great to do so in the next few weeks so this Rotary year is credited.
- The program schedule updated through December 2017 is on our website.
- Micah pinned Brian Dement as a new Paul Harris + 2
- Brian Dement was happy to announce Jim Cartner as our President Elect for the upcoming Rotary year.
- Carolyn reported her brother who lives in Manchester is ok after the terrorist attack there earlier in the week.
- We will host another Blood Drive on June 20th from 4-7:00. Sign up sheet coming soon.
Member Spotlight – Kelly Carlisle
- Kelly is a graduate of High Point University and is a Branch Manager with Bank of NC. She has been with Bank of North Carolina for 14 years. Bank of NC will be merging with Pinnacle Bank in Tennessee on June 16th.
- Kelly has 4 cats and 3 dogs and enjoys RV camping and spending time at the beach. She shared with us that she has had all her rabies vaccinations due to helping break up a dog fight!
- If she could remain one age forever…she would choose 28 because it’s young enough but smarter and still active.
Member Spotlight Next Week – Kathleen Patterson
Meet Our Exchange Student, Pierre-Loius Guillot
Pierre is 18 years old and is from France where he lives with his mother, father, and two brothers. He has had two host families during his time in Burlington. Mark and Dale Anna Cryan were his first host parents with Sam and Ty as host brothers. Kevin and Libby Otos were his second host family with host sister Grace. The Otos’ other daughter Hannah, is wrapping up her year abroad in Belgium and is sponsored by our club.
Pierre has enjoyed attending Elon athletic events and the Duke/Elon game held in Greensboro was a big highlight. He participated in a halftime shot (making a basket from a recliner) competition and was the winner of a $500 gift certificate to a furniture store in Graham. He kindly gave the gift certificate to his host family :-).
Pierre attended Williams High School where he was a member of the baseball, soccer, and lacrosse team. He also played on a basketball team at the YMCA with friends and ran a half marathon in Greensboro. During soccer season, Pierre scored the winning goal in the game against rival Western Alamance. He attributes his involvement in sports to helping him make wonderful friendships during his time here.
Pierre misses his family, the food (cheese, bread and pastries especially), and his bicycle (he biked everywhere!) the most. He was surprised that America wasn’t exactly as he had expected. Not all cities are like NYC and not everyone in American owns a gun. Fast food, however, is everywhere and people in America are a little “bigger.” A few other differences he observed were our cars are bigger, fewer people smoke here vs in France and sports are a really big deal to us (college more so than professional).
Pierre will graduate from Williams in June and will return home soon after. He thanked our club for the opportunity and hopes we will keep in touch. If anyone is ever in France, he offered to show them around!
Pierre did not draw the winning card. The pot continues to grow…
The meeting was adjourned and we all stood to recite the Rotary Four Way Test. Until next time…