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                                                                        Weekly Newsletter                   District 7570
                                                                                                                  Area 13
                                                                                                               Club 5739

                                                                        Rotary Club of Kingsport, Tennessee
  September 21, 2011               Volume 88                          No. 12               

                                         This Weeks Program
Inside This Issue                        September 28: Big Brothers Big Sisters
Last Weeks Program - Page 2
                                         Our program next week is all about Big Brothers Big Sisters and
                                         the services provided by this agency in Kingsport. Debbie Boggs
New Member - Page 3
                                         will be our speaker. Debbie is currently the Community Development Director
                                         for Big Brothers Big Sisters of East TN. She is a native of Roanoke, VA, a gradu-
                                         ate of Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA and the National Center for Paralegal Train-
                                         ing in Atlanta, GA. After many years in the legal field, she moved to Kingsport
                                         in 1999 where she became a Private Banker at First American Bank. In 2001, she
                                         began her non-profit career as the Campaign & Resource Development Officer
                                         for United Way of Greater Kingsport, where she organized five successful cam-
                                         paigns and raised over $3.4 million dollars in her last year. She served as the Di-
Club Information - Page 4                rector of the Northeast TN Technology Council before joining Big Brothers Big
                                         Sisters. She has been active in the regional Chambers, United Way, and served
                                         on several boards, including the American Heart Association and Girls Incorpo-
                                         rated. She is a graduate of Leadership Kingsport and a recipient of the Business
Upcoming Programs                        Journal’s Forty under Forty award. Debbie and her husband reside in Church
October 4: Joint meeting of all the      Hill with their son Brent and daughter Sydney.
area Rotary Clubs at the Bristol Motor
Speedway at 6:00pm

October 5: No meeting

                                           Deb’s Corner
                                           Deb’s Embracers:
                                           Thanks to Gorman Waddell who is working on an updated
                                           classification chart.

                                           Special thanks to Tom Todd for wonderful job he is doing
                                           with COGS and to Barry Steadman and Ellen Myatt for taking it over while
                                           Tom has his surgery.

                                           Thank you to Heather Cook, who has agreed to lead the charge for team
                                           member registration for the “Komen Race for the Cure” and to Shirley War-
                                           ren for taking reservations for the DG Reception/visit.

                                           Thank you to Randy Montgomery who is helping us with contact informa-
                                           tion at DB to initiate the Essay Contest on Drug and Alcohol abuse.

                                           Thanks to Paul Montgomery and Russ Adkins who will be leading the
                                           meetings over the next several weeks.                                                                                                          1
Meeting – September 21, 2011
Contributed by Ambre Torbett

Introductions:                                  Program:                                      in with the neighborhood, is built stronger
Club president, Deborah Adams, opened           Member, Terry Cunningham, provided a          than most site-built homes and often can-
the meeting and welcomed member Mike            brief introduction on our special program     not be detected as being a manufactured
McIntire to provide the invocation and          speaker, Ms. Retha Patton. Retha is the       home. They added 5 manufactured units
lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance and         Executive Director for our Eastern 8 of NE    last year. Eastern 8 also partners with the
Four Way Test. Member Dave Coffee               TN. She has a bachelor’s in Home Eco-         local Youth-Building USA program in
announced this week’s list of members cel-      nomics from ETSU and has many certifi-        teaching at-risk kids how to build a home.
ebrating birthdays, anniversaries and club      cations and experience serving on non-        Due in part to the successful partnership
anniversaries. Terry Cunningham, Ellen          profit organizations. She has served as a     with the Kingsport Housing Authority,
Myatt and George Bradley each introduced        consultant for the Youth-Build Program        this Youth-Build program in our region
their guests to the club (see side panel        and Earth Craft Design for Manufactur-        had the highest graduation rate. Eastern 8
for list). Randy Dodson provided some           ing Housing. Retha opened with a short        also provides free classes across the region
humor on behalf of the Sunshine Commit-         PowerPoint program illustrating all of the    dealing with Home-Buyer education, Post-
tee. A surprise birthday cake was lit and       many programs Eastern 8 CDC orga-             Purchase “how-to” classes and foreclosure
brought to our beloved George Bradley           nization provides. She believes that the      assistance. Retha fielded a few questions
while members sang him “Happy Birth-            Eastern 8 is the one of the best well-kept    from the floor and provided examples of
day.” We love you George!                       secrets in town. They serve the 8 coun-       their Hardest Hit Fund Program, which
                                                ties of Northeast Tennessee from Greene       began in January of this year. For more
Rotary Minute:                                  County all the way up to Johnson County.      information on these and other programs
President Elect, Paul Montgomery, pro-          It was formed in 1998 by the leadership       her agency provides, visit their website
vided a brief summary on how to make up         of the mayors in these eight counties. To     at: . Deborah provided
club meetings either by attending another       date, they have brought in more than          our club’s book on Kingsport to Retha in
club or with the e-club on-line. For more       $20 million in property tax to the region.    thanks for her time with us and all that she
information on this Rotary Minute, read         She took over this position in 2005 and       does for the community!
the ABCs of Rotary. A copy of which,            takes pride in the fact that her agency can
is located on the back table or can be          leverage $3 for every $1 donated, while       Our community service fund totaled
ordered.                                        maintaining a self-sustainable funding        $132.25. Thanks to all who donated on
                                                program. Last year, they constructed 52       behalf of George’s birthday and general
Announcements:                                  new homes for qualifying low-income           thanks-offering. The club will apply that
Deb announced that she and Ellen Myatt          applicants, while adding $4.7 million back    collection towards the approved commu-
pulled together an oversize Get Well Card       to the property tax base from those new       nity service projects as planned.
for Barbara Peavler. Please take a moment       homes. She explained that her agency is
and sign the card at the back table and         not just a give-away non-profit as they
continue your prayers as Barbara recov-         provide stabilization to neighborhoods,
ers from her fall and other health related      reinvestment to the community, as well
concerns. In addition, please remember          as provide follow-up educational classes
Tom Todd in prayer as he will be having         to these recipients. They provide pro-
back surgery this week and will be absent       grams for acquisition and rehabilitation
during his recovery. Deb took a moment          focusing on improving dilapidated homes
to thank all of her Embracers for the           scheduled for condemnation. They work
week (see Deb’s Corner). The GSE Team
organizers for our district are still looking
                                                closely with the local building departments     Plan Ahead!
                                                and the housing authorities to identify
for a non-Rotarian to lead this upcom-          these homes that might otherwise be a           Our club will not hold a regular
ing 4-week trip serving as a GSE team           tax burden on the community. In 2010            meeting on October 5th. Instead,
member. Please see Vaughan Valentine if         they remodeled 17 homes in the region           club members are encouraged to
you know of a young professional willing        and placed 191 families into homes for
to participate in this wonderful opportu-                                                       attend a joint meeting of all the
                                                a total of $16.9 million in increase prop-      area Rotary Clubs at the Bristol
nity. Lastly, Deb announced two events in       erty taxes combined. They also provide
October: First, on October 5th the new                                                          Motor Speedway on Tuesday,
                                                Home-Owner Assistance programs to help
District Governor will be welcomed at the       with the down payment, while providing          October 4 beginning at 6:00PM.
Bruton Smith Building at Bristol Motor          classes on home-maintenance, and home-          This will be the official visit of our
Speedways. All are invited, but please          buying assistance to anyone. In addition        Governor Janet Johnson to our
RSVP in advance. Secondly, our club is          they work with communities in placing           clubs, so every member is encour-
organizing a walk/run team to support the       modular or pre-manufactured housing
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event.
                                                                                                aged to attend this meeting. Please
                                                into dilapidated neighborhoods. Retha           place it on your calendar now.
See Shirley Warren for more details.            illustrated that manufactured housing has
                                                come a long way and can be designed to fit
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New Member                                     Proposed New Members                         and given initial approval by the Board
                                                                                            of Directors. Wes is employed by Wells
John Ross                                      Sherri Harr is sponsored by Whit Cross       Fargo as a Financial Advisor. He is a
                                               as a new member. She has been ap-            graduate of Central HS and ETSU. Wes’s
                                               proved by the Membership Committee           wife works at Welmont Holston Valley
                                               and given initial approval by the Board      in Radiology. He would be classified as
                                               of Directors. Sherri works at BB&T as a      Financial Advisor
                                               Financial Center Leader. She would be
                                               classified as Financial Banking              Club members who have questions
                                                                                            about these proposed members should
                                               Wes Deaton is sponsored by Tom Todd          contact any member of our Board of
                                               as a new member. He has been ap-             Directors.
                                               proved by the Membership Committee

                                             Profile:                Bruce Sites
I have been in and out of Kingsport          Bruce was born and grew up in the heart of Appalachia in West
since 1961.  I worked summers for The
First Broad Street United Methodist          He is one of 5 children, having two brothers and two sisters. He at-
                                             tended West Virginia Public Elementary and High Schools, graduat-
Church.  From 1968 until 1973 I was          ing from Harman High School in 1956, one of a class of 25. He gradu-
the Director of the Kingsport Alco-          ated from Potomac State College of West Virginia University in 1958
hol and Drug Center, a United Way            with AA Degree in Engineering and graduated from West Virginia
Agency.  In Feb of 1973, I began my          University in 1961 with a BA Degree in Mathematics & Physics. Upon
career with The Northwestern Mutual          graduation, Bruce immediately received his draft notice for the US Army. As an alterna-
Life Insurance Company.  Even though         tive, Bruce enlisted in the US Navy and graduated from Officer Candidate School in June
                                             1962. He was immediately assigned to the USS Northampton CC-1, in the Engineering
past age 65; I still work and pursue a       Department. The mission of the USS Northampton was to serve as an Emergency Com-
career focused on Life Insurance, Long       mand Post Afloat with the responsibility to take on key elected government officials to
Term Care Insurance, Disability Insur-       run the US Government in the event of a catastrophic event such as a nuclear attack on
ance as well as Fixed and Variable An-       the United States. Bruce served 6 years on US Naval Vessels at sea and was discharged
nuities.  I enjoy helping my clients and     from the active Navy in 1968. He completed 18 years in the Naval Reserve and retired
                                             as a Captain in the Naval Reserve in 1998. He met and married his current wife, Rosalee
friends finish their careers, retirement,    Sites in June of 1967. Bruce & Rosalee have no children. He immediately enrolled in
and lives well.                              graduate school at WVU and graduated in July 1969 with a Masters Degree in Business
We have 3 children and 7 grandchil-          Administration.
dren.  Much of our life is focused on        Rosalee and Bruce moved to Kingsport in September 1969. Bruce accepted a position
enjoying them.                               with Eastman Chemical Division as a Financial Cost Analyst. He served in various posi-
                                             tions within the Financial Organization, including Senior Financial Analyst, Supervis-
I play golf often and recently observed      ing Cost Analyst and General Supervisor of Eastman Cost Accounting. In 1986 Bruce
that it’s ironic to enjoy something long     was selected as one of four principals to start a new business for Eastman, Performance
pursued at which one is still not very       Plastics. Bruce served in various roles with Performance and Specialty Plastics ending his
good, but I do enjoy it!  Elaine and         career with Eastman in 1999 then serving as Business Unit Manager. Since 1999 Bruce
                                             has served as the Managing Partner of SGS Beach Partners, LLC.
I have been involved actively in our
church at all points of our marriage.        Bruce has been actively involved in Community Activities during the 42 years that he
                                             and Rosalee have lived in Kingsport. These activities have included being past President
Next June 12th we’ll have been mar-          and Board Member of Girls Inc, founder and director of the Kingsport Christmas Rescue
ried 50 years (Like most wives Elaine        Fund, past member of the National Board of Girls Inc., past President of the Kingsport
may make sainthood for tolerating my         Noon Civitan Club, Past President & Acting Manager of Ridgefields Country Club and
wild ideas and efforts).                     Building Committee Chair for a $4M expansion and renovation of the Club, Past Presi-
                                             dent & Board Member of Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center and Board Member
I’m at a place in my career where I          of Wellmont Health System, member and past chairman of Building Committee for Fist
have several opportunities to help           Broad Street United Methodist Church and past Chairman of Kingsport United Way
folks, it’s good for me physically and       Personal Giving Campaign.
mentally to work, so I plan to work on       Bruce was awarded certification as a designated US Naval Surface Warfare Officer, the
for the foreseeable future.  Kingsport       Navy Achievement Metal, National Defense Medal and Naval Reserve Medal. He has
has been a great place to live, rear chil-   also been recognized as the Civitan of the Year in 1983, Distinguished Civitan service
dren, and work.  Vacations are fun, but      Award in 1985, Kingsport Times News Community Service Award in 1985. Bruce has
                                             been recognized as a level 2 Paul Harris Fellow.
Kingsport is home.
                                             Bruce’s hobbies include golf, photography, antique car restoration and travel.                                                                                                                    3
Attendance September 21                         Local Clubs for Make-ups                     September Birthdays
56 members, 4 guests, 1 speaker and 1           MONDAY                                       George Bradley         21 September
visiting Rotarian for a  total of 62 folks in                                                Jeff Fleming           04 September
attendance.  This equates to 67.5%!             Noon, Tri-Cities at Bristol Motor            Jerry Lukach           12 September
                                                Speedway                                     Monty McLaurin         21 September
Do your make up and help us improve this
number!                                         5:30 p.m., Mountain City at Johnson          Pam Rehart             16 September
                                                County Welcome Center                        Frank Reynolds         04 September
                                                                                             Michael Thomas         11 September
                                                6:00 p.m., Johnson City Evening at Holiday
                                                TUESDAY                                      September Member
                                                7:15 a.m., Scott County at Scott County      Anniversaries
                                                Park & Golf Course Clubhouse                 Bill Argabrite    18 September       26 yrs
                                                Noon, Bristol VA-TN at The Train Station,    Gary Bridges      01 September       24 yrs
                                                State St. Downtown Bristol                   Jeff Fleming      24 September       14 yrs
         Our Electronic                                                                      Peter Gale        01 September       23 yrs
                                                Noon, Johnson City at Johnson City Country
       Membership Directory                     Club
                                                                                             Nigel House
                                                                                             Susan LaGuardia
                                                                                                               29 September
                                                                                                               21 September
                                                                                                                                  12 yrs
                                                                                                                                  06 yrs
     Our Kingsport Rotary Club Member
     Directory is available at www.             7:00 a.m., Greeneville-Morning at Once there just click      Laughlin Memorial Hospital Cafeteria
     on “my club” to see basic information      Conference Room
     about our club. Scroll down to see         7:30 a.m., Kingsport-Sunrise at Food City
     your Board of Directors, all club          on Center Street, Suite 300. Use Roller
     committees, and a full list of club        Street entrance, rear door entry.
     members with contact information.
                                                Noon, Unicoi County at Town Hall
     To view all the details about your own
     membership records and even edit           Noon, Elizabethton at Memorial
     them, you need to do a log in. To do       Presbyterian Church
     this, enter your email ad-dress, and       THURSDAY
     your Rotary ID (found on the mailing
     label of “The Rotarian” magazine.          7:15 a.m., Johnson City Morning at
     Bookmarking this site helps find the       Johnson City Country Club
     web site easily. If you need help with     7:30 a.m., Bristol Morning VA-TN at
     any of this, contact Tom Todd at:          Bristol Train Station or 963-1325.
                                                Noon, Kingsport-Downtown at Food City
                                                Crown Center, 1205 N. Eastman Road
                                                Noon, Greeneville at General Morgan Inn
                                                Internet 24/7:

    Club Officers                               International & District                     Rotary Club of Kingsport meets every
                                                                                             Wednesday at 12:00 Noon at the Ameri-
    President: Deborah Adams (349-0984)         Officers                                     court Hotel, 1900 American Way,
    President-Elect: Paul Montgomery (245-                                                   Kingsport, TN
                                                RI President: Kalyan Banerjee
                                                District 7570Governor:
    Vice President: Russ Adkins (392-4392)                                                   COGS is published weekly. It is distributed
                                                Janet M. Johnson
    Secretary: Ambre Torbett (538-8781)                                                      via email and posted to the district web
                                                District 7570 Assistant Governor:
    Treasurer: Pam Rehart (230-4500)                                                         site. The editor is Tom Todd., who can
                                                Jennifer F. Meade
    Executive Secretary: Tom Todd (963-1325)                                                 be con-tacted at or
                                                District Secretary: Joe Ferguson
    Club Directors:                                                                          423-963-1325
                                                District Treasurer: Ron Ferrill
    Charlie Glass (578-2194)
                                                District Website:
    Bruce Sites (245-6352)
    Vaughan Valentine (335-0729)
    Shirley Warren (817-7777)
    IPP: Luther Cain (279-9084)
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