Posts Tagged ‘Rotary Club of North Raleigh’

Golf Fanatic? 2014 will be a great year for Triangle Golfers!

March 24, 2014
The pose of a Champion! Who will pose at the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst?

The pose of a Champion! Who will pose at the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst?

The Triangle will be the focus of golf this year as we welcome both the 2014 U.S. Men’s and Women’s Open to Pinehurst in June. It will be a unique opportunity to watch some of the greatest golfers in the world compete. Nothing is more impressive than witnessing amazing golf shots with millions of dollars in prize money on the line. We all remember the great shot by Payne Stewart to win the U.S. Open in Pinehurst or the more recent Bubba Watson shot to win The Masters in 2012. However, if you are like me, you would much rather play golf then watch it. Here are some of the great opportunities to gather your friends and business associates to play tournament golf in the Triangle this year.

The tournament was named after past president Jack Andrews who supported this tournament. We lost Jack in 2013, but he will never be forgotten!

The tournament was named after past president Jack Andrews who supported this tournament. We lost Jack in 2013, but he will never be forgotten!

I would be remiss if I didn’t place the greatest emphasis on my Rotary’s club golf tournament which will be held at Wildwood Green Golf Club on May 6th. It is a 1 pm shotgun start with pizza lunch provided by Little Caesars. The 5th Annual Jack Andrews Memorial Golf Tournament will benefit the many organizations that the Rotary Club of North Raleigh supports throughout the year. More details can be found here or you can contact me directly as I have the inside information on this event. This is an important fundraiser for this organization and without your support, we cannot help the many people we do every year.

 

The Inaugural Holly Hill Hospital Charity Golf Tournament will be held on May 12th at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course on the NCST Campus. Registration opens at 11 am with a noon shotgun start. Cost is $130 per player and more details can be found here. The Lonnie Poole Golf Course is always a challenging and interesting course so you will want to make your plans to participate in this event.

The Wake Tech’s Sixth Annual Athletic Golf Tournament will be held on April 25th at the Eagle Ridge Golf Club. It sounds like a wonderful event with a silent auction, 50/50 raffle and a $5,000 putt for Cash. More details for this event can be found here.

The Northern Wake Optimist Club’s Golf Tournament will be held on April 4th at the Reedy Creek Golf Course. Proceeds benefit kids in our community. There will be a monetary prize for the top 3 teams. The cost is minimal at $65/player or $260/team and it includes both a bag lunch and dinner after the round. For more information, please visit here.

The Camp Royall Classic Golf Tournament will be held on May 5th at the Preserve at Jordan Lake Golf Club. The tournament will help provide life-changing experiences to children with autism at Camp Royall, the largest and oldest camp exclusively for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the United States. The cost is $500/foursome. You can learn more about this effort and register here.

On June 16th at Bentwinds Country Club, the Eighth Annual Raleigh Area NFFF Golf Tournament will be held. It will support the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation which supports the families of fallen firefighters. The cost is $100/individuals or $400/team with many sponsorship opportunities. For more information on this wonderful event, please click here.

The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Golf Tournament will be held on May 15th at River Ridge Golf Club. It will be a 9 am shotgun start and sponsorships are still available. Please visit here for more information.

The Raleigh Claims Association (RCA) Golf Tournament will be held on May 16th at Wilmar Golf Club. It will be a 1 pm shotgun start and cost is minimal at $50/player to include golf and the picnic. For more information, please click here.

The Ed Shook Golf Classic raises money for the education of developmentally challenged children in Wake County!

The Ed Shook Golf Classic raises money for the education of developmentally challenged children in Wake County!

The Ed Shook Golf Classic will be held on September 8th at the famed Raleigh Country Club. Celebrating its 49th anniversary, this event is one to remember and participate. Sponsored by the Frankie Lemmon School and the Rotary Club of North Raleigh, this event directly assist students with developmental challenges. The school was named after the founder’s son shortly after his death. For more information about this event, please visit here or contact me directly.

This is just a sampling of the golf tournaments throughout the Triangle region. As you can see, there are many opportunities to play golf for a good cause. If you have a tournament that I didn’t mention, please let me know and I will promote it as well. You can email me at Steven@BackNineHomes.com. We always try to show as many tournaments as we can, but it is impossible to know all of them.

Giving of yourself to a grateful nation…1Lt. Nathan Rimpf

November 8, 2013
A great photo! L-R: President Steven Nelson, 1st Lt. Nathan Rimpf, Tim Minton (Pres. of Operation Coming Home) and Scott Tarkenton (our liason with Lt Rimpf and OCH).

A great photo! L-R: President Steven Nelson, 1st Lt. Nathan Rimpf, Tim Minton (Pres. of Operation Coming Home) and Scott Tarkenton (our liason with Lt Rimpf and OCH).

I had the immense pleasure this week of meeting a young man who inspired me through his service to our nation and his positive approach to life. 1Lt. Nathan Rimpf is a young man of 25 years, born and raised in the Raleigh area, who felt the ‘call’ to serve his country in the Armed Forces. As a graduate of Leesville High School and East Carolina University, he joined the U.S. Army as an officer after serving in the ROTC program in college. He was stationed for a brief time in Kansas before deploying to Afghanistan.

He was in country for 53 days when he stepped on an IED. He recalled that he wanted to show leadership to his company so he remained calm and instructed them in the proper procedures they had learned from their training. As he later explained, it was a ‘flesh wound’ and there could have been worse things that could have happened to him. He is a very grateful and humbled young man.

With all the praise that has been given him over the last year, he explained to the members of the Rotary Club of North Raleigh on Wednesday that he doesn’t know how to accept it. While there, his purpose was simple, “My mission, my men and myself”.

Nathan was selected by Operation Coming Home, a local charity of homebuilders, to receive a new home. The key ceremony would be the following day, but he will not actually move into his new home until the first of the year, when he will officially be retired from the military.

The Rotary club had taken up a donation from its members the previous week and the club matched the funds, which presented Operation Coming Home with a check for $1600 at the meeting on Wednesday. President of Operation Coming Home, Tim Minton was on hand to receive the check that will help defray some of the cost with future builds. This home was the sixth home they built for a returning wounded veteran and they have already planned the seventh and eighth.

L-R: President Steven Nelson, Tim Minton (President of Operation Coming Home) and Scott Tarkenton with our BIG check for $1600 donated to OCH. The newly built home for Nathan is the 6th OCH with more to come. The returning vet does not pay anything for the house!

L-R: President Steven Nelson, Tim Minton (President of Operation Coming Home) and Scott Tarkenton with our BIG check for $1600 donated to OCH. The newly built home for Nathan is the 6th OCH with more to come. The returning vet does not pay anything for the house!

North Raleigh Rotary Club president Steven Nelson was on hand to present the check to OCH. “I am honored to give this check on behalf of this club to this organization whose commitment to assisting local veterans who have given more of themselves than many people would ever think to give”, commented Mr. Nelson, “I just wish we could do more as a club”.

At the meeting, a standing ovation was given to Nathan Rimpf and to all those brave young men who volunteered to serve their nation is such a dangerous capacity. “As one who did not serve, I am always amazed when I see these young men and women who serve, despite the apparent dangers to their life. It is truly a selfless act”, added Steven. “They deserve our respect and our support”.

Nathan vows to do much with the gifts he has been given. He plans to attend grad school to earn his MBA. It is not sure where he will attend as he has applied to Duke University, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the University of Virginia. He plans to continue to be involved with his community.

 

What Motivates me to Sell Real Estate?

September 26, 2013
Snicker at the beach trying to warm up after going to the beach. He was cold and he stayed this way for several hours...trying to warm up!

Snicker at the beach trying to warm up after going to the beach. He was cold and he stayed this way for several hours…trying to warm up!

Aside from the basic reason to earn a living to pay my bills and save for retirement, this is a basic question that has had a profound impact on me and has changed since I first got into this business. Initially, it was a great way to make a living and earn a solid income while giving me a more flexible schedule. However, it has evolved over time to something much more than the income aspect of this business. As I have been prone to say, I could work in retail and make a better hourly salary than I would in real estate as this business can be long hours to include evenings and weekends. My motivation rest in other areas thanks to the personal growth I have experienced since going into business nearly 15 years ago.

My number one motivation will always be my family. Even though I don’t have any children, my wife is a huge source of motivation for me. I want her to be proud of me and give her a reason to tout me as a person and a real estate professional. Income aside, it is more important for me that my wife believes in what I am doing and accepts my chosen profession, despite the fact that it sometimes impacts our vacation time. We are a small, but impressive family. With only a Schnauzer named Snickers, we do not have the financial commitments that many have to deal with as it pertains to the cost of raising children, but we do enjoy travelling and experiencing the world.

We spent a couple of nights at the Empress in Victoria, BC prior to getting on a ship in Vancouver for our Alaskan cruise. It was amazing!

We spent a couple of nights at the Empress in Victoria, BC prior to getting on a ship in Vancouver for our Alaskan cruise. It was amazing!

This leads me to my second motivation for selling real estate…the ability to travel. When my wife and I first met, the only time I had been outside the Eastern Time Zone was as a child in Michigan when we would travel to Chicago. Since we have been together, we have been to Europe twice, Alaska, the Caribbean several times and Tahiti. I have personally traveled to Guatemala and none of this would be available to us if it were not for my career in real estate. This profession gives me the flexibility to travel with my lovely wife. We have additional travel plans and goals and I know that due to my profession, we will be able to travel as much as we would like.

Posing with fellow Rotarian Boyd Bennett and a couple of Guatemalan students who have benefited from the textbooks and computers that Rotary placed in their school. They were very pleasant and thankful for Rotary's presence in their country.

Posing with fellow Rotarian Boyd Bennett and a couple of Guatemalan students who have benefited from the textbooks and computers that Rotary placed in their school. They were very pleasant and thankful for Rotary’s presence in their country.

Another motivation for me is my ability to give back of my time, resources and talents to my community and the world. As a Rotarian, I have had the opportunity to participate in many wonderful activities that have changed people and their lives. From traveling to Guatemala for the Literacy project we support there to driving to New Jersey to work on a home that was devastated by Hurricane Sandy, these experiences have helped change me and give me a greater appreciation for my life and life in general. Last spring, many members of my club donated our time to tutor students in Wake county who were reading below grade level. This was a very simple activity, but one that will have a lasting impact on those children as they learn to appreciate reading as I do. Rotary has become very important for me because it has given me a vehicle to make a positive impact on this world. As humans, we impact our world no matter what we do whether it is positive or negative. Rotary helps me make a positive difference in our world. This motivates me to work with sometimes difficult clients so I can donate to causes, whether it be my time or money.

The primary motivation for me is ultimately….the client. For a brief moment in time, I am invited into the personal lives of my clients. I learn more about them than anyone else does as it better assists me in serving them. I remember a client recently who feared to let his child play outside due to the neighborhood. We listed their home and sold it. Now, they have purchased a new home in a community where he need not fear for his daughter’s safety to play outside. Another client wanted to sell her home so she could go back to the care-free lifestyle of renting. She wanted to live in the famed Midtown (North Hills) area and couldn’t afford to buy there. We sold her townhouse and now, she is renting an apartment there and enjoying walking to the shops at Midtown. The stories and examples go on and on…and this is the real reason I enjoy what I do.

I remember my first transaction once I got licensed. I had sold my client’s current home in ten days and as we began to look for their next home, it was apparent when we found it. After looking at several homes, some making an impact on them while others were simply forgettable. When we walked into ‘the home’, her eyes went wide and she began to picture her and her family in that home. This moment doesn’t happen every time, but when it does, it is always rewarding. That day, we didn’t find her a house…we found them a home!

So, ultimately, the reason I am selling real estate as a profession is the people I encounter on a daily basis. Each has their own specific story and I am welcomed into their lives….if only for a moment in time.

Ed Shook Golf Classic!

September 5, 2013
The Ed Shook Golf Classic raises money for the education of developmentally challenged children in Wake County!

The Ed Shook Golf Classic raises money for the education of developmentally challenged children in Wake County!

As the current president of the Rotary Club of North Raleigh, I want to take a moment to promote our upcoming fundraiser that we partner with the Frankie Lemmon School, the Ed Shook Golf Classic. This is the 49th year of the Ed Shook and the 3rd year that Rotary has been involved.

The golf tournament was the brainchild of Ed Shook and Ralph Lang Sr., who wanted to create a special golf tournament that would benefit preschool and kindergarten children with special educational needs. As a result of their vision and initiative and the countless others who have followed in their footsteps, this tournament has become the area’s largest one-day golf tournament run entirely by volunteers.

Proceeds from the event are used to defray the cost of education and therapies provided free of charge by the Frankie Lemmon School to qualifying children who reside in Wake County. The public school system funding covers less than 50% of the actual costs to operate the school, making the tournament and other fundraising efforts vastly important to the education and support of an increasing number of children in our area who have various types of developmental challenges.

The North Raleigh Rotary Club became involved with the Frankie Lemmon School many years ago when we partnered to establish the Triangle Uncorked. The Triangle Uncorked ran for six wonderful years and due to our great relationship with this fabulous organization, they invited us to join them with the golf tournament. Half of the money that we raise for this tournament goes to fund the projects that our club promotes to include the Guatemala Literacy Project, the Boys and Girls Home of NC, the Ukrainian Orphanage program, and many other worthwhile programs. The Rotary Club of North Raleigh was established in 1967 and over the years has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars for great causes in the community and beyond. The club consists of professionals who have a high ethical standard for themselves and are looking for ways to ‘do good’ in the world. As a members since 2007, I have found this to be a wonderful group of people with the similar goals to make a difference. I have traveled to Guatemala twice and returning a third time in February of next year to participate in the Guatemala Literacy Project.

As club president for this year, I have become enamored with the culture of this club and Rotary International. I have met great people from around the world through Rotary and it is becoming an increasingly large part of my life. As a Rotarian, I have hosted a couple from Scotland on a Friendship Exchange, traveled to Guatemala, worked on a house in New Jersey devastated by Hurricane Sandy, and built shelves for a local school for severely disabled children…just to name a few things over the last five plus years. Participating in and supporting the Frankie Lemmon School with our co-sponsored fundraisers is among the highlights of my experiences with Rotary.

I have often been asked what is Rotary? I explain it this way. Rotary is that young Guatemalan girl I met three years ago with the red sweater, sticker on her forehead, thanks to then president Boyd Bennett, and a broad grin on her face. She posed for a photo, holding a textbook in her small hands. Because of Rotary, this young girl has an opportunity that wasn’t afforded her parents or grandparents…an opportunity for an education that could change her life, her family’s life, her community and with the concerted effort of the more than 100,000 students who have benefited from the Literacy project in their country, change their country…through education. Our children take textbooks for granted, but in many Guatemalan communities, students will never attend school because they cannot afford a pencil. That is what Rotary is all about…and in it’s own way, that’s what the Frankie Lemmon School is all about.

To participate, please contact me at Steven@BackNineHomes.com. We are looking for golf foursome, tee and sign sponsors, and we are selling Raffle tickets. The tournament will be held at the esteemed Raleigh Country Club, the last golf course offering by the legendary Donald Ross. It takes place on September 30th with both a morning and an afternoon shotgun start.

Rotary, A Great Way to Give Back to your Community and nation!

January 28, 2013
Delivering Christmas for Seniors in North Raleigh

Delivering Christmas for Seniors in North Raleigh

In 2007, I began to search for an organization to join where I could give back to my community while networking with local business people. After visiting several civic organizations, I quickly determined that Rotary was the best fit for me. Then I visited a few different clubs before settling on the Rotary Club of North Raleigh. Joining this club in November of 2007, little did I know what I was actually joining. The opportunities to give back are limited only by one’s willingness to serve.

The first time I visited this club, several members welcomed me to the club. One of the members, Past-President Matthew Kane, told me of the many projects the club does to include the Guatemala Literacy Project along with many local projects. I choose Rotary because of the corporate goal of eradicating Polio from the world. As the son of a polio survivor and Post-Polio Syndrome, I quickly decided that this was the organization that I wanted to join and give my efforts. Any organization that has such a high and lofty goal is one that I wanted to be a part of.

Since joining, I have participated in several projects for the club. In 2010, I was asked to join the board of our club as the Director for International Service. As the director for International Service, I travelled that year to Guatemala to experience the literacy project on a personal level. This experience had a dramatic impact on me and the way I live my life. We, as Americans, have always heard about the abject poverty that many third world nations have, but to experience it, first-hand, it eye-opening. The Guatemalans I met were very happy to see us and very appreciative for all of our assistance. I was impressed with the program that is run by Cooperative for Education out of Ohio. The love they have for the people of Guatemala was unparalleled. I have never seen anything like it. I was so impressed and became so enthralled with the people who I went back the next year with another member of my club.

Rotary is about more than international service. On a local basis, our club has recently began to volunteer for Read and Feed as tutors. The first time was a wonderful experience and I will be volunteering again tomorrow. Read and Feed is a local charity that has mobile units that go to the communities where the children are located to feed them dinner, then tutor them for about 40 minutes to help them improve their reading skills. The children are very appreciative and very well-behaved.

Also this week, I will be assisting Hilltop Homes with the assembling of playground equipment which our club helped purchase for this organization. Hilltop Homes is an organization that works with severely disabled children who need round the clock assistance. Many were born with their disabilities while others are victims of shaken baby syndrome. They live at the facility which allows the parents to continue to work and provide for the rest of their family.

Next week, I will be traveling with several members of our district to Union Beach, NJ to work on some of the homes that were affected by Hurricane Sandy. We will leave Monday and sleep in a church, just to help families there. We will be doing carpentry work, which is not my forte’, but we will do what we can. Half of the crew going to NJ are members of the North Raleigh Rotary Club.

I don’t know of any other organization where you can donate your time and efforts in such varying ways. Where ever your talents lie, Rotary can use them to help your community. I am not writing this to brag on myself, but rather to brag on the Rotary Club of North Raleigh and Rotary in general. For example, we have about 16 volunteers for Read and Feed with only 4 needed each week. Whatever the project, we have members who will step up to meet the needs of our community.