North Raleigh Rotary marks 50th year in Style

Members, families and friends of the Rotary Club of North Raleigh flocked to the Angus Barn recently to celebrate the local service club’s 50th anniversary.

Meeting in the famous restaurant’s holiday-decked pavilion, party-goers dined, danced and heard tributes to the club and descriptions of major community and international projects the club has undertaken to note this milestone.

“We are pleased with the results of the evening of festivities that celebrated the culmination of a great year for this club,” said Steven Nelson, chairman of the 50th anniversary committee. “The next 50 years can only be better.”

Nelson noted the club had held its charter night dinner at the Angus Barn 50 years ago. “What an amazing full circle to complete,” he said.

During the evening, three of the major projects the club has chosen to mark its anniversary were described, including LaunchRaleigh, Bridges to Success and the Guatemala Literacy Project.

LaunchRaleigh is an eight-week program that offers entrepreneurs in Southeast Raleigh business training, mentoring, networking opportunities and start-up funding. In addition to the Rotary Club, the project is supported by the city and local colleges, among others.

Bridges to Success is a pilot program at Wake Technical College that gives scholarships to adult students who lack a high school diploma, and the Guatemala Literacy Project works to break the cycle of poverty in that country through education.

This 50th anniversary marks years of the club’s support for many organizations and projects, both locally and internationally, said Rotarian JJ Jolliff. “Our club looks forward to many more years of service.”

Master of ceremonies at the event was Gregory Brissette, who introduced guests speaking on Rotary projects, goals and past history.

Members of the anniversary committee were Brissette, Boyd Bennett, Dr. Ed Smallwood, Dr. Donathan Hudgins, Charter Member Frank Bouknight, Diane Heard, JJ Jolliff, Scott Tarkenton, Erik Grunwald, Jay Williams and Rotary President Michael Wienold.

The Rotary Club of North Raleigh holds weekly luncheon meetings at the Sertoma Arts Center in Raleigh. For more information about the club, see

MAKING A POINT – Dr. Richard Adelman, on right, joins Erik Grunwald on the dais at the Rotary Club of North Raleigh’s 50th anniversary party at the Angus Barn. (Photo by Dave Gill)


DANCE TIME – Anniversary committee member JJ Jolliff hits the dance floor in the Angus Barn pavilion. (Photo by Dave Gill)


HOLIDAY-DECKED – 50th Anniversary Chairman Steven Nelson enjoys the gala evening with Agnes Mattegunta. (Photo by Dave Gill)


HOPING TO WIN – Rotarian Jay Williams signs his raffle ticket at the start of a festive evening at the Angus Barn. (Photo by Dave Gill)


KEEPING IT MOVING – Master of ceremonies Greg Brissette takes center stage at his Rotary Club’s 50th Anniversary celebration. (Photo by Dave Gill)


AND THAT’S WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT – Rotarian Diane Heard demonstrates the Electric Slide dance as club members relax after dinner. (Photo by Dave Gill)


LOOKING GOOD – Rotary Board member and VP Jason Potts and his wife Allie are making the most of a night out without the kids. (Photo by Dave Gill)


WOULDN’T MISS IT – Former Rotary President Scott Tarkenton and his wife Betty look forward to a night on the town as festivities get underway at the Angus Barn. (Photo by Dave Gill)

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