Members told Rotary is “we” not “me”

By David Broyles

August 20, 2014

Mount Airy Rotary speaker Dale Draughn opened his member profile talk by telling his fellow club members Rotary is not so much about any one “me,” and is all about “we.”

Rotary President Van Lankford and Speaker Program Coordinator Candace Sammons told members Draughn’s talk was another way for club members to get to know one another. Sammons said that while he is a relatively new member to the group, he is actively involved.

“We are an interesting and exciting club,” said Sammons. “Our theme this year is to light up Rotary.” She said the membership committee of the club was giving out cards to give to prospective members telling them they are the “missing piece” She encouraged participants in the regular lunches to play “musical tables,” sitting at different tables and talking with different members at luncheons.

Draughn, who is a financial advisor for Edward Jones, said he is a Surry County native, growing up in the White Plains area. He attended North Surry High School, graduated from Surry Community College and later earned a degree from The University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

He explained how his work along the East Coast involved a lot of travel. Draughn said later the opportunity to work for Edward Jones had allowed him to spend the past two years re-connecting with the community and spending more time with his family. Draughn told the members about several items he has checked off his “bucket list.”

The activities included whitewater rafting the Gauley River in West Virginia and climbing to Mount Princeton in Colorado’s 14,000 foot peak. He told the group he wants to try sky diving, when his kids complete school. Draughn’s other interests include rock climbing, running and scuba diving.

United Fund of Surry Director Beth Pequeno told the group the 10th annual “Greater Granite Open” golf tournament to benefit the fund has been set for Thursday at Pilot Know Golf Course with opening for players still available. She said the benefit is hosted by Workforce Carolina. Tournament fees include cart, range balls, luncheon, the awards party, beverages, snacks and goodie bags for each player. The fees for a party of four are $500, with $300 being the charge for two and $175 will be the green fees for a single player. Persons interested in playing may contact Allison Poteat at 336- 789-8220 or Jack Halsey at 336-671-8586.

David Broyles may be reached at 336-415-4739 or on Twitter@MtAiryNewsDave.