Cashiers Rotary Awards 2 Grants to Area Non-Profits

The Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley presented two local charities with donations to help fund their ongoing missions. Representatives from the two grant recipients — Summit Charter School and the Boys and Girls Club of the Plateau — were on hand to receive the grants and provide some information on how the money would be used.

CashiersRotary MeisterHowell SummitGrantSummit Charter School

Summit’s new director Danny Howell and board member Lynne Keating accepted the grant check on behalf of Summit Charter School. The money will go towards their iPads in the Classroom initiative, which aims to secure an iPad for every enrolled student. The goal, both were quick to note, was not to simply give free iPads to students, but to help further the educational goals of the school as a whole.

The iPad, with its easy-to-use touch screen technology, interactive-driven platform and handy portability, makes a perfect alternative to costly, bulky, and two dimensional textbooks. It also gives all children direct access to a wealth of school-approved educational and resource materials, as well as helping to streamline communications between teachers, students and their parents.

The $1500 grant from Cashiers Rotary will purchase 3 iPad airs.  To find out how you can contribute, please visit


CashiersRotary Shawler MtnYouthCharitiesGrant2Mountain Youth Charities / Boys & Girls Club of the Plateau

Marcia Shawler, president of Mountain Youth Charities, accepted the grant on behalf of the Boys and Girls Club of the Plateau. The club has just finished its inaugural year and is honing in on the elements that will help them expand their reach in their second year of operations.

Like Summit, one of the greatest needs is giving its school-aged participants access to modern, reliable technology. To this end, Cashiers Rotary awarded the club a grant of $2500, which will go towards the purchase of new laptop computers that will be used in-house for tech-based learning programs.

If you’d like to contribute in any way, please visit


To date, the Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley has raised and distributed more than $1 million to area charities and non-profits. The club meets every Wednesday morning at the Cashiers United Methodist Church on Highway 107. For more information on the club, its many service projects, or how to join, please call 828-399-9169 or visit

In Memoriam: Ted Smyre (1942-2015)

3595509Theodore “Ted” Perry Smyre, 73, of Cullowhee, NC, passed away Friday, July 17, 2015.

Born in Newton, NC, he was the son of the late Alvin Theodore Smyre and Mattie Hampton Smyre. Ted enjoyed restoring his 1931 Chevrolet, carpentry work and gardening and landscaping. He was the property manager of he and his wife’s housing development and member of the Cashiers Valley Rotary Club. Ted loved sailing when he was younger.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Sharon Lynnea Kloske Smyre of Cashiers; three children, Randall Perry Smyre and wife Amanda of Athens, GA, Lynnea Ellen Copeland and husband Kevin of Kennesaw, GA and Elizabeth Ann Kelley and husband Jon of Acworth, GA; brother, Tim Smyre of Charlotte, NC and two grandchildren, Morgan Mattie Kelley and Claire Emma Kelley.

Funeral services will be held Monday, July 20th at 4:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home with Pastor John Shubert officiating.

The family will receive friends from 3-4:00 p.m. one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Cashiers Valley Rotary Club, PO Box 833, Cashiers, NC 28717. Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Rotarian Memories:

Ted was a terrific Rotarian who will be sorely missed, but will remain forever in our thoughts with great memories. He was always willing to step up to help others, particularly with his heavy involvement in our Arts & Crafts Fairs which raised so much money to benefit others in great need. Ted was always ready to help others. Ted very deservedly received the Rotary Club "Service Above Self" this year. He will be sorely missed by all of us, but always fondly remembered. - Vic Galef, Past President

Ted and I joined Rotary about the same time and I enjoyed our weekly visits and the variety of topics he brought to the breakfast table. Early on he was a magician in laying out the Village Green space for the Arts and Crafts shows when Rotary assumed responsibility for the events. It seemed easy for him to reengineer the space to accomodate more vendor booths as the event grew in stature. We will miss him greatly. - Ron Keller


The 4-Way Test

The Four-Way Test was created by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor in 1932. Followed by Rotarians worldwide in their business and professional lives it has been translated into more than 100 languages and is used by organizations and individuals throughout the world.

Of the things we think, say or do:

Is it the TRUTH?


Is it FAIR to all concerned?

Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?