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“Dining and Dancing with the Masters” is the chosen theme for Rowan Regional Medical Center Foundation’s 17th annual Patrons Ball.
The Ball will be held Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Country Club of Salisbury under the leadership of general chairmen Susan and Larry Cloninger.
Assisting the Cloningers in organizing the event are Mr. and Mrs. J. Tom Bost, Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Cook Jr., Mr. and Mrs. John W. Dees II, Mr. andMrs. Charles W. Elliott Jr., Mr. and Mrs. J. Stephen Fisher, Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin F. Goodman, Mr. and Mrs. William M. Graham, Dr. and Mrs. Robert S. Humble, Mr. and Mrs. David R. McCoy, Dr. and Mrs. William T. Mason, Mr. and Mrs. Edward P. Norvell, Elizabeth Ridenhour, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Rusher, Mr. and Mrs. D. Kenan Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Brad L. Walser, Dr. and Mrs. H. Boyd Watts, Dr. and Mrs. David Smith, Mr. and Mrs. R.Victor Wallace and C. Thomas Wolpert.
Sponsorship committee members for 2007 include: Sarah P. Busby, W. Summersett Carter, Dr. Edmund J. Cody, Dr. James C. Johnson and D. Kenan Smith.
Susan Cloninger has served as a volunteer on the Patrons Ball committee for the past three years. Her husband, Larry, is a board director of the Rowan Regional Medical Center Foundation.
Elegant decorations in various rooms will compliment selected prints of renowned paintings. Renoir’s “Dance in the City” will be featured on the foundation’s invitation. Musical entertainment will feature the band “Phase.” Pianist Billy Burke and the Classic Arts Duo of Greg Pannell and Joe Gminder will provide music in other areas at the ball.
More than 350 people attend the annual ball. Tickets are $250 for a couple and $125 for an individual. Last year, the Patrons Ball raised a record-breaking $149,000 in total revenue for the purchase of new wireless handheld computers for physician use in the new and larger emergency department and for the benefit of the Partners in Progress capital campaign. This year’s proceeds will be used to purchase new patient beds for the telemetry and medical surgical units.
FreemanWhite Inc., an architectural firm based in Charlotte, is the presenting sponsor. Current sponsors and patrons as of presstime for the 2007 ball include: Bank of North Carolina, dining room bar sponsor; Carolina Women’s Health Associates P.A., Carrol Fisher Construction Company, Mr. and Mrs. David S. Clay, Fisher Realty, all Pewter sponsors; Mr. and Mrs. Wayne A. Cline Sr., Pewter patron; Mr. and Mrs. Larry T. Cloninger Jr., ballroom sponsor; Cogdell Spencer Advisors, tent bar sponsor; CommunityOne Bank, First Bank, Freirich Food Inc., all Bronze sponsors;
F&M Bank, valet sponsor; Food Lion, hors d’oeuvres and Silver sponsor; Dr. and Mrs. Dennis L. Hill, pianist sponsor (Billy Burke); KMD Construction, Sweet Tooth sponsor; National Starch and Chemical Foundation Inc., Silver Sponsor; Piedmont Neurosurgery and Spine, menu cards; Robins & Morton Hostetter & Keach Inc., a joint venture, Gold sponsor; Salisbury Ear, Nose and Throat and Dr. and Mrs. David N. Smith, ice sculpture sponsors; Salisbury Post, media sponsor; Salisbury Urological Associates, Grill Room entertainment (Classic Arts Duo);Mr. and Mrs. Fred J. Stanback, Gold patron; Summit Inc., print sponsor; SunTrust Bank, bar room sponsor; TEAM Chevrolet, ballroom bar sponsor; The Williams Companies, ballroom entertainment (Phase Band).
Numerous sponsorship opportunities available. For details, contact Monica Wray Cameron, special events and projects coordinator, at Rowan Regional Medical Center Foundation, at 704-210-6881 or mcameron@ rowan.org.
Toastmasters award
Goldmine Toastmasters Club met July 14 at McCabes Restaurant in Kannapolis to present their annual Communication and Leadership Award and for installation of new officers for 2007-08.
District Governor, Pam Christopher presided over the installation of Al Minter as president; Michael Fillmer, vice president of education; Sohail Niazi, vice president of membership; Betty Walker, vice president of public relations; Jay Nodine, treasurer; Bill Battermann, secretary and Lee Johnston, sergeant-at-arms.
The Communication and Leadership Award is given each year to a recipient chosen and voted on by the club for outstanding civic contributions. Sam Mullis presented the 2007 Award to Ann Schrader for her work in both education and the community.
Four new members of the club, Ben Adams, Sohail Niazi, Michael Fillmer and Rick Burrage, were formally recognized and Al Minter was awarded Toastmaster of the Year by club vote.
Jay Nodine was also recognized for having received the Lifetime Achievement Award for District 37.
Voice recital
Several students in the Master Voice Studio at the Salisbury School of Music recently gave a recital at the school.
The participating students included sopranos Sarah Pope and Priscilla Schacht and tenor Adam Broyles. All are students of Marc Hoffman.
China Grove Rotary
Chris Beaver was installed as president of the China Grove Rotary Club for the new Rotary year beginning July 1. The installation took place at the annual banquet on June 28 at the Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis.
Beaver has been a math teacher at South Rowan High School for 10 years and a part-time math instructor at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College for two years.Beaver serves as Interact Club advisor (the club won Rowan County Service Above Self Award), has collected books for an English library in Romania, and held 24 Hours of Homelessness project to collect items for Rowan Helping Ministries.
With the China Grove Rotary Club, Beaver has been recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow and served on the board of directors.
Other officers of the club are: Michael Hanzlik, vice president; Ashley Smithman, treasurer; Lewis Moose, secretary, Gilmer Boggs, ; sgt at arms; and directors, Don Carrigan, Taylor Cumberworth, Jim Morton, Ashley Roberts and Freda Richards.
Former District Governor Jim Morton installed the officers and directors.
Retiring president Joseph Tallent was presented a plaque in appreciation of his leadership and service to the club.
Kay Kluttz was presented the Rotary “Service Above Self” award for outstanding community service. Boggs and Cumberworth presented a plaque to her.Red Hats
On June 12, the Chapeaux Rouge Divas had lunch at Olive Garden in Winston-Salem, followed by shopping in Michael’s. Joan R. Smith is the group’s queen mother.
The Classy Red Hats had lunch at Soiree in historic Mooresville followed by shopping in McLaughlin’s Farm House on June 22. Sara Owen is queen mother.

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