The Rotary Club of Lake Norman-Huntersville gathers to try to make the community better by giving help to those in need.
Local Rotary efforts include student exchange programs and other charitable projects, including support for needed medical care for the uninsured through the Lake Norman Free Clinic.
The organization also provides service to residents with disabilities for medical care through the Red Cross Transportation Project, and help for abused homeless women and children through support of Huntersville's Hope House.
Other projects have supported returning veterans and low-income schoolchildren, provided food for disadvantaged families and those out of work, offered minority support services and helped a host of other projects serving people around the world.
Rotary support for clean water in Malawi, vocational training for impoverished women in Peru and hurricane relief in Haiti and Louisiana highlight the Rotary Club of Lake Norman-Huntersville's giving.
The group meets at 7:30 a.m. each Thursday at the Northstone Country Club, 15801 Northstone Drive, Huntersville. The club's membership constitutes a cross-section of the business and professional community in the Lake Norman-Huntersville area.
The club also has given the community a chance to become a part of history. Businesses, organizations, families and individuals were offered the chance to donate laser-engraved personalized bricks for the new clock at Huntersville Town Center, home of Discovery Place Kids.
The Rotary Club of Lake Norman-Huntersville received an $11,000 grant from Rotary International to install a town clock across from Huntersville Town Hall. The grant covered about half the total project cost, so the club reached out to the community to raise the balance needed to make the clock a reality.
Recently, the Lake Norman-Huntersville club announced it has finished raising money for the clock project. The initial goal was met, and the clock is scheduled to be installed in May. A "Dedication of the Clock" ceremony is tentatively set for 7:30 a.m. June 3. The bricks will be installed toward the end of March and into April.
If you would like to be placed on a waiting list in the event that the Rotary Club of Lake Norman-Huntersville reopens the brick purchase fundraiser, e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about the Rotary Club of Lake Norman-Huntersville, visit www.lakenormanrotary.com or call 704-896-2287. For information about Northstone Country Club call 704-948-4286.