Welcome to the Rotary Club of Asheville South- a group of more than 40 professionals in our community brought together with a common desire to make a positive impact in our community, and our world.

From leadership and community programs, to service projects and club socials Rotary provides numerous ways to grow both personally and professionally.

We encourage you to come join us any Wednesday morning at 7:15am. We are currently meeting in the at the Biltmore Park clubhouse (1067 Columbine Rd., Asheville) and sometimes virtually through Zoom. Guests are always welcome. You can reach us with any questions at avlrotarysouth@gmail.com.

Jennifer Armstrong

President, Rotary Club of Asheville South

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Rotary is an organization of both men and women throughout the world who come together to serve their community and enjoy great fun and fellowship. Rotarians are a diverse, energetic, successful and friendly group of leaders who provide their time, expertise and resources to help their local and world communities.

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Last week we held the inauguration of our new President and leadership team and thanked our outgoing officers. Huge thanks to Immediate Past President Tom for steering our club through a challenging year and making sure we came out stronger at the other end and a big warm welcome to new President Jennifer as she takes the gavel and continues to inspire and motivate us daily. A special thank you to Donna Ensley for shining her light on our club as Assistant Governor. A social celebration was also held at Mills River Brewing in the evening. Here's to a wonderful year!! #PeopleOfAction #RotaryServeToChangeLives #RotaryDistrict7670 #RotaryRocks ... See MoreSee Less

Last week we held the inauguration of our new President and leadership team and thanked our outgoing officers. Huge thanks to Immediate Past President Tom Redder for steering our club through a challenging year and making sure we came out stronger at the other end and a big warm welcome to new President Jennifer Lindabury Armstrong as she takes the gavel and continues to inspire and motivate us daily. A special thank you to Donna Ensley for shining her light on our club as Assistant Governor. A social celebration was also held at Mills River Brewing in the evening. Heres to a wonderful year!! #PeopleOfAction #RotaryServeToChangeLives #RotaryDistrict7670 #RotaryRocksImage attachmentImage attachment

Our Rotary club meets every Wednesday at 7:15 am in-person at the Biltmore Park Clubhouse and on Zoom. Guests are always welcome. Send us a message if you would like to join us! This Wednesday, our guest speaker is John Ross. John writes about the environment and is the author of several books and numerous articles in national sporting journals, including his latest book "Through the Mountains: The French Broad River and Time." His primary interest is the intersection of natural and human history.

Ross grew up in Knoxville, graduating from Holston High School. Asthmatic as a kid, his Scoutmaster convinced his mom that camping in the Smokies would be good for him. It was in more ways than one – no matter where he's lived, Ross has never left the mountains.

While studying geology and journalism at East Tennessee State University, he worked on a TVA seismic field team investigating dam sites in the upper French Broad watershed. After a short career as a reporter on the Johnson City (TN) Press-Chronicle, where he won a Tennessee feature writing award from the Associated Press, he embarked on a career as a senior public relations officer for several colleges and universities.

Ross is the founding co-chair of the Center for Coldwaters Restoration. This nonprofit organization initiated the campaign to locate a branch of the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Waynesboro, Va., to foster the sustainable natural-resource-based economic revitalization of the city.

In addition, he serves on the board of directors of RiverLink, an Asheville, NC, nonprofit promoting watershed conservation and education and the environmentally sound economic development of the French Broad River watershed. He also serves on the board of directors of the Goose Creek Association, a nonprofit committed to stewardship of the aquatic artery of northern Fauquier and western Loudoun counties in Virginia.

Why write Through the Mountains: The French Broad River and Time?
Journalists are ingrained with the four Ws plus H: what, where, when, why, and how. Of these, why and how are always the most interesting. Geologists ask the same questions. So do kids... particularly why! Drive through a rock-cut on any highway. See beds of rock folded in great curves. Rock is brittle. Why did it fold and not break?

One question always leads to another. Why is the river here? How did the mountains come to be? Who were the first people to see them? Where did they come from? Why aren't they still here? So many questions.

The Blue Ridge Parkway and the Great Smokies are two of the three most heavily visited National Park's countries. Home to more than half a million, cities on their fringes in Western North Carolina and East Tennessee draw millions of visitors every year. The incredible beauty of the mountains and rivers, historic Cherokee and pioneer cultures, and unparalleled hospitality attract them.

They come to see our what and where. I hope Through the Mountains .... helps answer their questions of why and how.
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Our Rotary club meets every Wednesday at 7:15 am in-person at the Biltmore Park Clubhouse and on Zoom. Guests are always welcome. Send us a message if you would like to join us! This Wednesday, our guest speaker is John Ross. John writes about the environment and is the author of several books and numerous articles in national sporting journals, including his latest book Through the Mountains: The French Broad River and Time. His primary interest is the intersection of natural and human history. 

Ross grew up in Knoxville, graduating from Holston High School. Asthmatic as a kid, his Scoutmaster convinced his mom that camping in the Smokies would be good for him. It was in more ways than one – no matter where hes lived, Ross has never left the mountains. 

While studying geology and journalism at East Tennessee State University, he worked on a TVA seismic field team investigating dam sites in the upper French Broad watershed. After a short career as a reporter on the Johnson City (TN) Press-Chronicle, where he won a Tennessee feature writing award from the Associated Press, he embarked on a career as a senior public relations officer for several colleges and universities. 

Ross is the founding co-chair of the Center for Coldwaters Restoration. This nonprofit organization initiated the campaign to locate a branch of the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Waynesboro, Va., to foster the sustainable natural-resource-based economic revitalization of the city. 

In addition, he serves on the board of directors of RiverLink, an Asheville, NC, nonprofit promoting watershed conservation and education and the environmentally sound economic development of the French Broad River watershed. He also serves on the board of directors of the Goose Creek Association, a nonprofit committed to stewardship of the aquatic artery of northern Fauquier and western Loudoun counties in Virginia. 

Why write Through the Mountains: The French Broad River and Time? 
Journalists are ingrained with the four Ws plus H: what, where, when, why, and how. Of these, why and how are always the most interesting. Geologists ask the same questions. So do kids... particularly why! Drive through a rock-cut on any highway. See beds of rock folded in great curves. Rock is brittle. Why did it fold and not break? 

One question always leads to another. Why is the river here? How did the mountains come to be? Who were the first people to see them? Where did they come from? Why arent they still here? So many questions. 

The Blue Ridge Parkway and the Great Smokies are two of the three most heavily visited National Parks countries. Home to more than half a million, cities on their fringes in Western North Carolina and East Tennessee draw millions of visitors every year. The incredible beauty of the mountains and rivers, historic Cherokee and pioneer cultures, and unparalleled hospitality attract them. 

They come to see our what and where. I hope Through the Mountains .... helps answer their questions of why and how.

Our Rotary club meets every Wednesday at 7:15 am in-person at the Biltmore Park Clubhouse and on Zoom. Guests are always welcome. Send us a message if you would like to join us! This Wednesday, our guest speaker is CEO Chuck Rice of Developing Radio Partners.

Chuck joined Developing in 2012. ​His background is in journalism, management, and media development. For the past 15 years, Chuck has managed numerous media projects for organizations that include Internews, the World Bank, and the International Center for Journalists. Most recently, he has worked in Kenya, Zambia, Rwanda, Malawi, and Somaliland.

In March 2019, he was a guest journalism lecturer at the University of Hargeisa in Somaliland. Previously, he has lived and worked on media projects in more than a dozen countries- including Timor-Leste, where he managed a two-year, five-million-dollar media development project. It included developing a four-year journalism degree program, establishing media houses around the country, assisted a community in setting up its radio station and establishing an online news agency. He has also designed monitoring and evaluation techniques to ensure journalism training programs are effective and meet the needs of the trainees.

Chuck spent nearly 18 years as a journalist with the Associated Press before he moved into development work. ​In 2003, Chuck received a two-year Knight Fellowship. This took him to Mongolia to conduct training workshops with journalists at community radio stations, TV stations, and newspapers throughout the country. It also launched his career as an international media consultant.

www.developingradiopartners.org/our-team
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Our Rotary club meets every Wednesday at 7:15 am in-person  at the Biltmore Park Clubhouse and on Zoom. Guests are always welcome. Send us a message if you would like to join us! This Wednesday, our guest speaker is CEO Chuck Rice of Developing Radio Partners.

Chuck joined Developing Radio Partners in 2012. ​His background is in journalism, management, and media development.  For the past 15 years, Chuck has managed numerous media projects for organizations that include Internews, the World Bank, and the International Center for Journalists. Most recently, he has worked in Kenya, Zambia, Rwanda, Malawi, and Somaliland. 
 
In March 2019, he was a guest journalism lecturer at the University of Hargeisa in Somaliland. Previously, he has lived and worked on media projects in more than a dozen countries- including Timor-Leste, where he managed a two-year, five-million-dollar media development project. It included developing a four-year journalism degree program, establishing media houses around the country, assisted a community in setting up its radio station and establishing an online news agency. He has also designed monitoring and evaluation techniques to ensure journalism training programs are effective and meet the needs of the trainees.
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Chuck spent nearly 18 years as a journalist with the Associated Press before he moved into development work. ​In 2003, Chuck received a two-year Knight Fellowship. This took him to Mongolia to conduct training workshops with journalists at community radio stations, TV stations, and newspapers throughout the country. It also launched his career as an international media consultant.

https://www.developingradiopartners.org/our-team
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