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Chair, Carolinas freedom foundation
First Sergeant Derek Bazile will present a special Memorial Day program. A Huntersville resident, he leads the Carolinas Freedom Foundation which honors military veterans and first responders. The first sergeant also founded The Bearded Beast Movement whose mission is to focus awareness of suicide among veterans and to assist transitioning veterans, service members and their families.
President, Queen City Honor Flight
Nico Iannelli is president of Queen City Honor Flight. It flies U.S. military veterans on “One Last Mission” to Washington, DC, to visit memorials that honor those who have served and sacificed for our country.
Gary Salamido, MS
President & CEO
NC Chamber of commerce
Gary Salamido is president and chief executive of the North Carolina Chamber, based in Raleigh. Under his leadership, the state has risen to the top of a number of best-in-business rankings.
cHARLOTTE yOUNG pROFESSIONALS GROUP
Mitchell Adams is a cybersecurity professional as well as a non-profit leader. He’s the first US-based employee for Gytpol, an international cybersecurity firm. Further, he is founder and president of the Charlotte Young Professionals Group.
2023 Charlotte Tree Planting
For the 10th year in a row, the Rotary Club of Charlotte has led and sponsored planting trees around Charlotte. Each year we plant between 200 and 400 plus trees helping our partner TreesCharlotte meet their goal of replacing much of Charlotte’s tree canopy. This year we planted 550 seedlings to reforest a park in Mint Hill.
Rotary has a rich history of planting trees since the days of its first International President, Paul Harris. Paul planted “friendship” trees all over the world. Paul and six other RI Presidents have planted ‘”friendship” trees at the Mint Museum.
9/11 Charlotte Scholarships
The Rotary Club of Charlotte recently held its 20th Annual 9/11 Rotary Scholarship Golf Tournament on September 19th at the Pine Lake Country Club. Proceeds go for Scholarships to the children of Charlotte / Mecklenburg’s First Responders. Since its inception in 2002, the program has raised $775,000 and given approximately 150 four-year scholarships
Erskine Bowles to receive
Excellence in Leadership Award
Erskine Bowles will be awarded Charlotte Rotary’s Excellence in Leadership Award. He will become the 34th recepient in a long list of Charlotte Leaders.
Erskine Bowles has spent his life leading. He has led private, governmental, educational, and philanthropic organizations and causes on the local, state, national and international levels. In each instance, he has led with purpose, integrity, humility, and compassion.
It is with deep appreciation for all he has, and continues to accomplish for Charlotte and beyond, that the Rotary Club of Charlotte and the Charlotte Business Journal celebrate Erskine Bowles as the 2023 Excellence in Leadership recipient.
Click here to learn more about the Excellence in Leadership Award
Tuesday at the Fairfield Uptown
Charlotte Rotary meets most every Tuesday from 12:30 to 1:30 at the Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Charlotte Uptown 201 S. McDowell St. Charlotte, NC 28204