Service Above Self

Service Above Self

Members of the Rotary Club of Franklin, the Daybreak Club and FHS Interact Club volunteered on Oct. 12 at CareNet to pack food for children’s backpacks.

New Member Profile: Josh Lynch

New Member Profile: Josh Lynch

Josh Lynch is a native of Macon County and is the superintendent of Macon County Schools. When asked why he was interested in joining Rotary, he said, “I have always enjoyed giving back to the community that has supported and encouraged me.” Josh is the father of...

Meeting Program: Human Trafficking

Meeting Program: Human Trafficking

Ashleigh Chapman, founder of Altus, was the guest speaker for the Oct. 11 meeting. Earlier in the day, Chapman led a training session for local law enforcement, and that evening she presented a community program at Discover Church. According to Chapman, North Carolina...

New member profile: Greg Proffitt

New member profile: Greg Proffitt

Greg Proffitt moved from his hometown of Covington, Georgia, to become CEO of Nantahala Bank and Trust Company. Before joining the Rotary Club of Franklin, Greg was a member of the Covington Rotary Club. “I believe in the mission of Rotary and serving others,” he...

New member profile: Adam Giles

New member profile: Adam Giles

Adam is the AVP/Branch Manager of PNC. He was raised in Clarksville, Georgia, but his family moved here in 1997 and he now calls Franklin his hometown. "I’m happy to learn and grow as a Rotarian," Adam said. Why were you interested in joining Rotary? I wanted to find...

Red Sand Project

Red Sand Project

The Rotary Club of Franklin and the Rotary Daybreak Club joined the Zonta Club and First United Methodist Church in presenting the Red Sand Project on Sept. 30 to raise awareness of human trafficking. (Below) Rotarian Steve Grissim was the guest speaker. Following the...

‘Don’t worry be healthy’

‘Don’t worry be healthy’

WCU Nursing Professor Cheryl Clark and student Alex Becknell were the guest speakers at the Sept. 27 meeting. They reported on their annual trip to Saint Elizabeth Parish in Jamaica where they conduct health fairs, home visits and provide school supplies. The Rotary...

Macon County Schools

Macon County Schools

Macon County Schools Superintendent and fellow Rotarian Josh Lynch was the guest speaker at the Sept. 20 club meeting. Josh is now in his 20th year in the education field. He was sworn in as superintendent in June, following the retirement of Dr. Chris Baldwin. Prior...

Macon County Schools

Macon County Schools

Macon County Schools Superintendent Josh Lynch was the guest speaker at the September 20 meeting of the Rotary Club of Franklin. Mr. Lynch is a fellow Rotarian as well.

Service Above Self

Service Above Self

Rotarians and Interact Club members volunteered on Sept. 14 to pack food for 480 students’ backpacks. Participating were 11 Rotary Club of Franklin members, one Daybreak member, five Interact members and one Friend of Rotary. Mark your calendar for the second Thursday...

Fundraiser winners

Fundraiser winners

Club member Gary Shields was one of the three winners at the Roy Rickman Scholarship Fundraiser. The winning checks were presented at the Sept. 13 meeting. Jacob Reich and Patsy Parker will deliver checks to the other two winners. Pictured are Tom Coley, Gary Shields,...

Interact Club meeting

Interact Club meeting

Franklin High School Interact Club members are looking forward to helping with Rotary projects this year, including packing backpacks for CareNet, the river cleanup and Pumpkin Run. Interact Club members helped organize a 9/11 remembrance ceremony last week at the...

Meeting Program: Broadband

Meeting Program: Broadband

At the Sept. 13 meeting, Jeff Lee of Little T Broadband Services presented a program about efforts to expand internet service in the county. The South Macon fiber backbone has been completed and the county recently approved a contract for the Nantahala project. Learn...

Sept 6 Meeting

Sept 6 Meeting

SCC Career Services Mike Despeaux, director of Career Services at Southwestern Community College, was the guest speaker at the Sept. 6 meeting. His areas of focus are career development for college students and helping institutions contribute to regional economic...

Roy Rickman Scholarship Fundraiser

Roy Rickman Scholarship Fundraiser

The annual Roy Rickman Scholarship Fundraiser was held Aug. 26 at Lazy Hiker. Thank you to all who sold tickets – with a push in the last week, we accomplished the goal of selling all 500 tickets. The event helps fund our scholarships for local students as well as...

District Governor Sean Gibson presented three Paul Harris Fellow pins during the Aug. 16 meeting. Pictured (from left) are Mario LaPoma, PHF +7; Bill Swift, PHF +8; District Governor Sean Gibson; and Don Herrell, PHF +3.

District Governor and Assistant Visit

District Governor and Assistant Visit

Our own Sean Gibson made his official District Governor visit on Aug. 16. Sean spoke about Rotary International President Gordon McInally’s theme for this year, "Create Hope in the World," and his effort to help bring mental health to the forefront. Sean is pictured...

People of Action

People of Action

Members of the Rotary Club of Franklin volunteered on Aug. 12 to help paint a Habitat for Humanity house.

New Member: Kevin Sinden

New Member: Kevin Sinden

The Rotary Club of Franklin welcomed Kevin Sinden (center) of Countryside Chevrolet as a new member during the August 9 meeting. Kevin is pictured with President Lee Berger and sponsor Kyle Ledford.

The CART Fund

The CART Fund

The Rotary Club of Franklin was honored to have The CART Fund Executive Director Tiffany Ervin as our guest speaker at the August 9 meeting. She spoke about the power of one and how the efforts of one person can make a difference in people’s lives. She encouraged...

Our Leadership

Jacob Reiche

President Elect

Jacob Reiche
2024-2025


Lee Berger Photo

President

Lee Berger
2023-2024


Jacob Reiche

President Nominee

Jimmy Villiard
2025-2026


Our Mission

The Rotary Club of Franklin is one of the oldest clubs in Rotary. We were chartered on 10 November 1927, twenty two years after the formation of Rotary. Our sponsor was the Rotary Club of Waynesville.  In turn, we have sponsored clubs in Bryson City (1934), Highlands (1945), Franklin Day-Break (1997) and Clay County (2011).

Our focus has and continues to be on Service – thru support of such things as Scholarships, Four Way Test Program, Community Care Clinic, Scouting, READ2ME, Group Study Exchanges, Foreign Student Exchange, PolioPlus, Wheelchair Foundation, Panamanian rural school, Ecuadorian Prosthetic Clinic, and several others.

Our Membership has proudly provided four District Governors – CS Brown, Dennis Sanders, Gary Bray, and Gary Dills in 2016-17.

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