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News for the Week of Friday, December 9, 2016

Founder of NoDa Brewing Company Will Present Dec. 9th Program on Entrepreneurship


Todd Ford, a former airline pilot, will talk about entrepreneurship at our Dec. 9th meeting.
He, and his wife Suzie, founded NoDa Brewing Company. In early 2011, they quit their jobs and invested the majority of their 401k funds in building a small 15 barrel brew system on North Davidson Street with intentions of being their own boss and building a business from the ground up.

After less than a year of operation, NoDa Brewing received a Silver Medal at the Great American Beer Festival for their Chocolate Coconut Porter. Accounts grew quickly as locals became drawn to fresh beer produced in their own town. Four years and two gold medals later NoDa Brewing continues its growth investing nearly $7 million dollars into a larger facility to help keep up with the demand of their canned product at local restaurants, sports venues and supermarkets.

Before opening the brewery Todd was an airline pilot for Airborne Express and Pan Am where he spent 24 years flying Boeing 727s, 767s, Douglas DC-8s, and DC-9s. The last four years of his aviation career were spent flying to Europe, Africa, Central, and South America.

Today, as a leader of NoDa Brewing, Todd focuses on beer production and self-distribution in a 50-mile radius of Charlotte, passing up numerous opportunities to expand to other cities and other states in favor of remaining relevant and local. As growth has come, so have legislative problems that revolve around the state’s antiquated 25,000 barrel production limit on small brewers. Todd and Suzie, along with their friends at The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, work to remove this restriction through their non-profit organization Craft Freedom. The hope is that in 2017, the NC legislature will remove the beer production limit that caps growth of local breweries and slows their economic impact on their community.

Dilworth Noting for December 8, 2016

Two More Saturdays for Dilworthians to Ring Bells at Salvation Army Donation Kettles

David Ringing

Dilworthians are committed to ring bells at Salvation Army donation kettles at Park Road Shopping Center and Chair Rosemary Hill has a few time slots left to fill with volunteers.

The locations are Harris Teeter store and Blackhawk Hardware store. Shifts are two hours each beginning at 10 a.m. Most of our members have volunteered at some point, but if you have never rung the bells, you should . It is a rewarding experience.

You will find it interesting and uplifting to see people who look like they need assistance from the Salvation Army donating from what they do have.


Rosemary reports from this past Saturday, “The kettles were so full we could barely pick them up. Great Service everyone. DAVID HODGKINS has the most ringing
hours so far. Please fill in where there is only one ringer.It’s safer and MORE FUN when two or more are gathered!”

Park Road Books Owners Entertain, Inform

Sally Brewster and Frazer Dobson of Park Road Books entertained and informed as they gave us ideas for gift books during our Dec. 2 program.

Frazer started their presentation humorously by holding up “Panthers Rising” and saying we could blame the Panthers poor record this year on its author, Scott Fowler.

The pair alternated with their mini-reviews of more than a dozen books ranging from history to sports, from cook books to children’s books.


Frazer talked about the late Pat Conroy, whose book ”Low Country Heart” is on their handout of recommended books for holiday gifts. He said, “Pat was a true Southern gentleman” and a friend of their store.

Sally highly recommended “General Versus The President” by H. W. Brands. She touted the author as a great writer. The book is about the thorny relationship between President Harry Truman and General Douglas MacArthur, whom the President finally fired.

Other books on their recommended list include: “Atlas Obscura” by Joshua Foer
“Bark! The Herald Angels Sing” by Peter Thorpe
“Deep Run Roots” by Vivian Howard “Frozen” by Matthew Reinhart
“Hero of the Empire” by Candice Millard “Indestructible: One Man’s Rescue” by John R. Brunings
“in the Company of Women” by Grace Bonney
“Jungle” by Dan Kainen
“Last Days of Nigh” by Graham Moore “Refuge” by Anne Booth
“Road to Madness” by J. Samuel Walker “Speaking American” by Josh Katz “Stowaway in A Sleigh” by C. Roger Mader
“Wangs Vs The World” by Jade Chang “Whole Town’s Talking” by Fannie Flagg

Club Sold 30 Wreaths On First Day Available

Thirty Christmas wreaths have been paid for and the club has 90 more to sell. Please take orders and bring your check to pay for the ones you have sold. Remember, the club earns $14 + for each wreath sold.

President Pete Heuberger said, “As of right now, we have commitments for 59 wreath purchases from members. If we do this well again on Friday, we will sell out. They are so hot that I had to pick up an extra 20 when I went up for the second load on Saturday!

“Also, as of right now, we have commitments to sell them in front of the Grille. Volunteers are David Hodgkins (today), Pete (tomorrow), Ret Turner (next Tuesday) and Kristina Cruise (next Wednesday). There are plenty of slots still available to sell wreaths (Mon. – Thurs., Dec. 5 – Dec. 22, 11:30am -1:30pm).”

Member and Club News for December 9, 2016

Happy Birthday

Angie Rikard, Dec. 14

Members Matching CART Donations in December
Joy Rucker and Lee Wensil

December Rotary Anniversaries

Ed King, Dec. 1,1980 Past President, 3 terms
Charles W. Lapp, Dec. 1, 1992 John Luebke, Dec. 2, 2011


Dec, 9
Todd Ford, NoDa Brewing Company
Dec. 16
“Why Give to the Rotary Foundation
Scott Van Der Linden, District Governor
Jan. 6
Program to be confirmed
Jan. 13
“Human Trafficking”
FBI Special Agent Karen Walsh and CMPD Detective Ashley Horton

Jan. 20
Program to be confirmed
Jan. 27
“Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative”
Duke University
Feb. 3 Brealfast
“Transgender Topics”
Becky Stamler Clinical Mental Health Counselor at Nazareth Child & Family Connection