Service Above Self
The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. The Rotary Club of Morganton is a nonprofit service organization dedicated to improving the lives of the residents of the community of Morganton and Burke County. Our driving principle is "Service Above Self”, motivating us to give back to our community.
Quick Facts about the Rotary Club of Morganton:
Chartered in 1941.
Voted Best in Burke six consecutive years.
Includes over 60 diverse, committed members.
Meets Wednesday at noon at the Morganton Community House (120 N. King St)
Meet the Rotary Club of Morganton Board Members
Melissa Munday, President, Club Director
Born and raised in Eastern North Carolina and now a resident of Hickory for 9 years, Melissa has enjoyed seeing the various landscapes of our beautiful state. She and her husband, Kyle, and two pups, Spencer (13) and Sadie (9 months) take full advantage of the nearby lakes and mountains during their free time. Melissa joined the Rotary Club of Morganton in January of 2016 and was elected to serve on the board in 2017. She enjoys the opportunity to serve Burke county and the surrounding communities through the efforts of the Rotary Club of Morganton.
George Milner, Immediate Past President, Club director, foundation chair
After completing degrees in engineering and business, George entered the Navy developing submarine nuclear instrumentation systems then pursued careers both domestically and internationally in polymers, fabrics, bottled water and commercial real estate. He holds multiple patents and was instrumental in reforming the South Carolina foster care system. George and his wife Karen have four daughters,18 grandchildren, and have fostered over 45 other children. As an avid adventure- traveler, George has visited remote areas India, Iran, Cuba, Laos, Viet Nam, Cambodia, and 15 other countries.
Dalton Walters, Treasurer
A native of Morganton, Dalton is a graduate of Appalachian's Walker College of Business-Brantley Risk and Insurance center with a Bachelor of Science degree in Risk Management and Insurance. He is a member of the Young Agents division of the Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina. He is current Treasurer of the Morganton Rotary Club and Past President of the Morganton Optimist Club. He is Vice-President of the Western Piedmont Foundation and serves on the Boards of Directors of Burke Habitat for Humanity, Burke County United Way, the Burke Collegiate Scholars committee and the Appalachian State University Wilson Scholars committee.
Allen VanNoppen, Membership Chair, Program CHAIR
Allen VanNoppen served as president of the Rotary Club of Morganton in 2012-2013. He is owner of VanNoppen Marketing, LLC in Morganton, NC. He is a member of the board of directors of Carolinas HealthCare Services - Blue Ridge and has served on the boards of other community organizations including Western Piedmont Community College Foundation, Burke County United Way, Burke Recovery, Grace Hospital Foundation, Morganton Day School and the Rotary Club of Morganton. He is a commercial-rated airplane pilot, a former newspaper reporter and a former physics teacher at his alma mater, Virginia Commonwealth University.
Doug Setzer, Youth Services Chair
Graduate of East Carolina UniversityCurrently, Director Of Auxiliary Services for Burke County Public Schools
Joined Rotary Club of Morganton in November of 2012
Previously a member of Valdese Rotary Club serving as President in 1989-1990
Wife Debbie with two grown daughters: Amanda Setzer, Allison and Eric Pryor, granddaughters Reagan and Madison
Greg Cairnes, Club Director
Greg Cairnes is a native of western North Carolina, born and raised in Fletcher. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1992 with a BS in Psychology and promptly moved back home to get married, start a family, and begin his career with Continental Automotive Systems Asheville. Greg is currently the Sr. Manufacturing Manager for Electronic Suspension Systems and the Site Manager for the Continental’s “Site 2” location in Morganton on Jamestown Road. He joined the Rotary Club of Morganton in 2015 and was elected to the Club Board of Directors in 2017. Greg and his wife, Julie, have two grown children, Alexis and Grant, and have been blessed with their first grandson, Xander.
Marsha Carver, Attendance Secretary, club director
Randall Brackett, Sergeant-at-Arms, club director
Ashley Gallion, Club Director
Brandon owens, Club director
A native of Burke County, Brandon R. Owens is a graduate of Freedom High School. Currently enrolled at Fayetteville Technical Community College working to obtain a Funeral Director License. Brandon currently employed at Kirksey Funeral Home in Morganton as an Apprentice Funeral Director and Lead Removal Technician. Brandon serves as club director for Morganton Rotary Club, and also serves on the Board of Director’s for Habitat for Humanity. Married to Tonya Louise, and a father of 3 girls Amber, Kennedy, and Kimber-Raye. Member of Shiloh AME Church, where he serves as Church Administrator, musician, and president of the Lay Organization.
Deborah Jones, Recording Secretary, club director
kathy Smith, Club Director
A native of Burke County, Kathy S. Smith is a graduate of Western Piedmont Community College with an Associate in Applied Sciences degree in Early Childhood Education and Western Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Birth-Kindergarten Education. She is married to Reverend Brian D. Smith, of Caldwell County, and has one daughter, Faith. Faith is currently working to obtain her Master’s degree in Social Work at Western Carolina University.
Kathy is the Executive Director of Burke County Smart, Inc. and has worked with the agency for over 20 years. She is also a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC); the Vice-Chair of the Enola Group’s Board of Directors; a member of the Early Head Start Policy Council for Burke, Caldwell, and Alexander Counties; and is the parent representative on the Burke County Community Child Protection and Child Fatality Prevention Team. Currently, she is enrolled in the University of North Carolina, Greensboro working to obtain her Master’s degree in Birth to Kindergarten: Leadership and Administration. Kathy has worked in the Early Childhood Education field since 1988. Her favorite quote is that of Frederick Douglass: “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”