NEWTON, N.C.-The Rotary Club of Newton-Conover was chartered in 1949 and is celebrating 70 years of service and support to the area. In recognition of the momentous occasion, the Club held a 70th Anniversary Celebration and Rotary Night Dinner to celebrate past accomplishments and honor special Rotarians.
The Dr. William T. MacLauchlin Award is presented to a Rotarian exemplifying nobility of character and personal integrity. Dr. Mac (as he was affectionately known) was a charter member of the Rotary Club of Newton-Conover and lived his life “service above self”. This year the Rotary Club of Newton-Conover presented the Dr. Mac Award to Mr. William H. “Bill” Lutz for his exemplary life of service.
Lutz is a graduate of Newton-Conover and Appalachian State University. He has been a Newton City Councilman, served on the Newton Recreation Committee and is an astute business man dedicated to making Newton a better place to live and raise a family. Celebrating his 25th anniversary as a Rotarian, Lutz has volunteered in many ways over the years. He has coached football and baseball at the recreation department, filled bags to support “Stop Hunger Now” in Haiti, served the Corner Table, Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry, Salvation Army, Samaritan’s Purse, Trinity Baptist Church, Newton Elks Lodge and hosted a Rotary foreign exchange student from Guatemala.
Lutz is married to Kim and they have three children and six grandchildren. He is a producer with Twin City Insurance in Newton. Lutz’s positive demeanor and love for mankind exemplifies the character, integrity and “service before self” which the Dr. Mac Award stands for.
Mr. Charles Corriher of Newton was also a charter member in 1949 of the Rotary Club of Newton Conover. The Charles R. Corriher Vocational Service Award was established to recognize a person who exemplifies the best of his or her profession. This year’s Charles Corriher Vocation Service Award was presented to Jeanette Ringley.
Ringley is Vice President and Business Center Manager-Peoples Bank, Newton. She began her banking career in 1963 and has a stellar reputation as a banker and an active and committed citizen of Catawba County. Ringley works tirelessly as an advocate for both her employer and customers. She joined Peoples Bank in 1997 and has been an ambassador for the bank ever since. Ringley’s positive, friendly personality coupled with her strive for continuous improvement puts customers at ease and relationships are sealed.
Ringley’s work continues beyond work hours. She has been a caretaker for her parents and finds time to serve the community through Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Salvation Army, Dr. Seuss Reading Day and more. Ringley’s worthy nomination for the Charles R. Corriher Vocational service Award was submitted by Rotarian Pat Gibson.
An added benefit of the Rotary Celebration was installing new member, Chief Vidal Sipe. Sipe was selected as the Police Chief of Newton, NC in 2019. Prior to coming to Newton, Sipe was with the Hickory Police Department since 2000. His most recent position there was as captain and commander of the department’s Support Services Division, where he directed and oversaw 116 sworn officers and 36 civilian staff. He also served in the United States Army and Army Reserve, where he obtained the rank of sergeant first class. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from American Military University and an associate degree in criminal justice technology from Catawba Valley Community College. He is a graduate of the North Carolina Justice Academy Management Development Program and the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy.
Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.The Rotary Club of Newton Conover meets every Tuesday at noon. Anyone interested in being involved in the international organization, may contact Joy Cline at 465-8014.
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