Evening Rotary meets Washington’s ‘Charlie Mike’

Published 1:38 pm Friday, September 23, 2016

The Washington (evening) Rotary Club met Sept. 22, at the Washington Yacht & Country Club.

Following a time for fellowship in the Upper Deck overlooking Broad Creek, members and guests assembled in the Pamlico Room.

Club President Dr. David McLawhorn called the meeting to order, Serena Sullivan led in the recitation of the “Pledge of Allegiance,” songmaster Bartow Houston had all join him in singing “God Bless America,” and Russell Smith offered a blessing prior to the meal.

Program Chairman Bartow Houston introduced the Rev. Charles M. Smith, known more familiarly in Washington as “Charlie Mike,” who was accompanied by his wife, Barbara, who is also a native.

A graduate of Duke University, and also the divinity school there, Charlie Mike recounted some of his truly interesting experiences in connection with Duke, many that were intertwined with his long career as a Methodist pastor.

An accomplished singer as well as a man of the cloth, he shared some of his very special musical experiences, which included solo performances in a diverse range of genres and venues.

For many years he sang the national anthem at home Duke football and basketball games.

In conclusion, Charlie Mike spoke knowingly and gratefully about not only what his Duke experiences did to enrich his own life, but how blessed we are in North Carolina in having such truly outstanding institutions of higher learning.

President McLawhorn presented the speaker with a “highly coveted” Rotary pen, thanking him for sharing his story with the club.

Judge Sam Grimes led the group in reciting the Rotary Four-Way Test, after which McLawhorn concluded the meeting.