Buddy Backpack of Harnett County

Bob Doberstein of Buddy Backpacks of Harnett County with Club President Karen Kratz

Our speaker this week was Bob Doberstein of Harnett County’s Buddy Backpack program which is dedicated to providing nutritious supplements to children for the growing of healthy, strong, minds and bodies.

Bob told us that Buddy Backpack serves over 1,200 children in Harnett County, and about the expenses involved. He also told us how Sam’s Club and grocers help out by providing some minor discounts on food purchased and the logistics of ordering, picking up and delivering the food to the Buddy Backpack storage facility.

Bob and his wife, Carrie, started Buddy Backpack about ten years ago. Together with the generous help of volunteers putting the meals together and delivering them to the schools each week, no child goes hungry over the weekends.

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New Member Welcomed!

President Karen Kratz presents Dr. Andemichael with a Certificate of Membership. Secretary Catherine Evans (right) sponsored Meron into the Club.

President Karen Kratz presents Dr. Andemichael with a Certificate of Membership. Secretary Catherine Evans (right) sponsored Meron into the Club.

Secretary Catherine Evans, who sponsored Meron Andemichael, pins his membership pin on him.

Secretary Catherine Evans, who sponsored Meron Andemichael, pins his membership pin on him.

This week we inducted Meron Andemichael, DDS into our club. Dr. Andemichael, a friend and college of member Catherine Evans, heard so many good things from her about our club that he decided he would like to join the family of Rotary.

We are excited to have him with us, and hope he grows to love Rotary as much as we do.

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Celebrating Boys & Girls Homes of North Carolina

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President Karen Kratz donating for Lillington Rotary Club to Hensley Scott for the Boys & Girls Home of NC

President Karen Kratz donating $100 from Lillington Rotary Club to Hensley Scott for the Boys & Girls Home of NC.

The Boys & Girls Home of North Carolina located at Waccamaw Lake has a cottage that Rotary District 7710 supports. Each year Rotarians from our District are invited to visit the home, see the cottage and visit with the kids.

The home offers cottage-style living in a one-of-a-kind educational environment. Their 140-acre campus is lined with a vibrant pecan orchard and home to a working farm, all situated in the heart of Lake Waccamaw, North Carolina – the largest natural lake in the state.

While at B&GH, youth are taught to develop and use their strengths in positive ways; they learn conflict resolution, time management and much more. It’s a way of life that builds self-esteem, responsibility, character.

Hensley Scott, who is a former resident of the Boys & Girls Home, is also a Rotarian, and he visited us recently to tell us about the home and its programs.

The home is always in need of donations, and the Rotary Club of Lillington is an annual contributor. This year we contributed $100. If you’d like to provide a donation, you can do so through their website here:  http://www.boysandgirlshomes.org/.

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