News & Events

Andy Haynes – 3 Minute Bio.

Andy Haynes recently made a humorous autobiographical presentation at the Rotary Club of Tryon.  The presentation method used a series of “exhibits”; Andy is, after all, an attorney in Tryon, NC.  The exhibits filled a suitcase and ranged from his birth certificate documenting Andy’s birth in 1947 at the “old” St. Luke’s Hospital to his Law School Diploma from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Photos of his marriage and other activities were included by Haynes as additional exhibits. He has been and continues to be very active in community life through civic and church involvement. He plays guitar in a group called “The Hogbackster Boys” and has played some interesting “gigs” including: The Northside Correctional Facility in Spartanburg, The Peach Festival Tractor Pull in Gaffney, and The Curl Up and Dye Hair Boutique and Mortuary in 96 S.C.

Haynes joined the Rotary Club of Tryon in 1974 before any of the current 64 members joined this club.  In a composite photo of the Rotary Club at that time there were 85 names listed.  Three are alive but not in the club; 81 are deceased; 1 is alive and still in the Rotary Club of Tryon (Andy).

While learning about the most senior member of the Rotary Club of Tryon, Rotarians enjoyed many moments of laughter. 

Polk County High School – Interact Club

The Polk County High School Interact Club, under the leadership of club sponsor Lori Connet, recently donated approximately 100 food items to Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry.  Club members were given a list of traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas food items and were encouraged to purchase at least ten items. Club members hope that these food items will allow more Polk County families to enjoy a home-cooked holiday meal during this special time of year.

Community Chorus – Christmas Concert


December 10, 2017  –  3:00 PM  –  Polk County High School Auditorium

On Sunday December 10th, the Community Chorus will host their Christmas Concert at Polk County High School.   The Community Chorus gave their first performance in the Spring of 1973 and has been entertaining audiences ever since.  The proceeds from this event support the Rotary Club of Tryon Scholarship Program for Polk County students.  Come out and support this community activity.  Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or from a Rotary Club member.

Songs being performed this year include:  Sing We Now of Christmas, The First Noel, Do You Hear what I Hear, and I’ll be Home for Christmas

Accompanist:  Pam McNeil will accompany the Chorus for 48th time. 

Director:  Anna Marie Kuether will return as the Director for this year’s performance

Federal Flag Law Myths and Misunderstandings

Recently Robert Williamson, Curator of the ONLY House of Flags Museum in America in Columbus, NC, spoke to the Rotary Club of Tryon regarding many unknown laws, myths and proper respect for the American flag. Williamson is a card-carrying Vexillologist – one who studies flags and flag history. His interest in flags began when he was 2 years old and his grandfather taught him that “any day was flag day.” He is also in the final stages of writing the ONLY book ever researched and written on the history of the “Flag of the President of the United States – 1775 to 2000” – making him a “forensic vexillologist.”

Patty Holl – Honorary Member & Paul Harris Fellow

During a Rotary Club of Tryon meeting in October,  Patty Holl was recognized as an Honorary Rotarian and a Paul Harris Fellow.  Patty, wife of former club member Dale Holl, was honored for her continuing support of Rotary programs started by her late husband.  Pictured are Rotarians Roger Newman and Judy Lair, Patty Holl and Rotary President Ken Shull.  Rotary District Governor Bill Biddle was in attendance to present Patty Holl with her awards.  

Reading is Fundamental – Book Distribution

The Rotary Club of Tryon distributed a book to each student at Polk Central Elementary School in October.  This is a long running program of Rotary to support reading in Polk County Schools.  The Rotary Club visits the school multiple times each year to share books with the students.  If a student has been at the school from PreSchool through 5th grade, he/she will receive over 20 books from the Rotary Club of Tryon.

Polk County High School Interact Club

World Polio Day was on October 24th. In conjunction with that day, the Polk County High School Interact Club, which is sponsored by Mrs. Lori Connet, held the Purple Pinkies for Polio project during lunch Tuesday through Friday of that week. Students could donate $1 to have their pinkie nail painted purple; although, some students chose to donate more money to have multiple nails painted. Students’ pinkie nails were painted purple as a representation of what actually happens in countries where vaccinations are scarce. In those countries, a child’s pinkie finger is dipped in purple dye to show that he or she has been vaccinated. We raised $276.37, which was then sent to Rotary International to assist them in their polio eradication project.



David Scherping, Technology/Accountability Director for Polk County Schools, was the guest speaker at the October 26th meeting of the Rotary Club of Tryon. In his presentation, Scherping highlighted the strong academic and athletic achievements of the students throughout the system. In addition, he updated the Rotarians on the Chinese teacher exchange program which provides students the opportunity to learn Chinese culture and language that will prepare them to be successful in the global economy. He was introduced by club president Ken Shull who is pictured to the right of Scherping. (Submitted by Bill Hillhouse)

 2017 Shrimpfest

The Rotary Club of Tryon hosted their 2017 Shrimpfest on September 16th.  The evening was a fun filled event with dinner, music, door prizes and a live auction.  It was a great opportunity for Rotary Club members to share the experience of Rotary with friends and family.   

In addition to the wonderful food, the highlight of the evening was the spirited live auction lead by Rotary Club member Michael Baughman.  After all of the items were auctioned off, Michael opened the bidding on two of  the spotters:  George Alley & Scott Hopper.   When the bidding was finished, the Rotary Club of Tryon raised over $7,000 on the generosity of the Shrimpfest attendees.

Mark your calendar for this time of year in 2018, so you don’t miss the next shrimpfest.

Shrimpfest 2017 Photo Gallery

Pictured:  Rotary Club members Elizabeth Nager and Michael Baughman along with Bailey Nager and Carolyn Baughman


Rotary: Making a Difference

Rotary International President Ian Risley recently announced the theme for this year will be – Rotary: Making a Difference.

“We know that we can do more together than we could ever hope to do alone,” he told incoming governors. “I ask you to keep that spirit of teamwork and cooperation always in your minds and to take it back with you to your districts.

Rotary Club of Tryon President Ken Shull reflected this message when he said “we will do good things, have fun doing it and make a difference”.



2016-2017 Rotarian of the Year

Judy Lair

Past President of the Rotary Club of Tryon Jim Wright recently presented the Joseph W. Wells trophy to Judy Lair when she was named Rotarian of the Year for 2016-2017.

Wells was a member of the Rotary Club of Tryon and served as District Governor of District 7670 in 1972-73.

2017-2018 New Club Officers

On July 27th the Club met to install the new officers for 2017-2018.  The event was a fun time with food and fellowship.  Photos of the event are included at the link below.

2017-2018 Installation Ceremony

2017 Rotary Scholarship Recipients

At the May 25th meeting of the Rotary Club of Tryon, the seven winners of the club’s annual scholarship awards were introduced to the club. In the three categories of scholarships, four students receive $8,000 over a four year period; two students receive an award of $3,000 over two years; and one student receives the “Ortiz Service Above” Self award of $1,000. The winners were selected after extensive interviews and consideration by a committee of Rotarians chaired by Michael Baughman. The awards are funded by the Rotary Club of Tryon Foundation from ticket sales to the two annual Community Chorus Concerts. At the meeting, each recipient spoke briefly to the club members about their plans to continue with their education. Pictured in the photo beginning of the left are Meghan Mauldin, Polk County High School Guidance Counselor; scholarship recipients: Rhian Alley, Summer Mann, Monica Mills, Jordan Heston, India Godlock, Alivia Swayze, and Lillian Dixon; and Rotary Scholarship Chair Michael Baughman.