The Rotary Club Of Waxhaw-Weddington Introduces New Board Members

Yorda Kidane

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WAXHAW, NC – Yorda Kidane, CEO & Founder of Digital Tax Advisory, LLC has been elected President of The Rotary Club of Waxhaw-Weddington, which meets at Weddington Swim & Racquet Club on Thursdays at 7:30 am. Yorda is an entrepreneur with experience in real estate investments, insurance, multi-unit franchising, small business tax and accounting. Yorda is not only a successful and accomplished entrepreneur, but she is committed to her family, to service and to the community. She has served as the 2021 Chair of the UnionCounty Chamber Women in Business program and Ambassador. She was a 2020Chamber Small Business Excellence Award Finalist. Yorda serves as a board member of the Community Shelter of Union County, Turning Point, Union County Community Foundation, and Past-Service Chair of her Rotary club. She was named 2019-2020 Distinguished Rotarian. Yorda’s passion, enthusiasm, and energy shine through in everything that she touches but her biggest accomplishment is her family. She currently resides in Waxhaw, NC. with her husband, son, and twin daughters.

Joining Yorda Kidane on the board are:

Marnie Carter, President-Elect

Kay Persing, Secretary

Stephen Koehler, Treasurer

Athanasios Koutsaftis, Sergeant-at-Arms

Michael Webber, Youth Services Chair

Lisa Hilbish, Service Chair

Kim Angeli, Public Image and Relations Chair

Fiona Swaenepoel, Membership Chair

Marcus Watson, Past President

Paula Smith, Assistant Governor Union County & Foundation Chair

The Club looks forward to continuing the great work it has been doing in Union County.

Some of our upcoming goals and projects for the 2022-2023 year include: 

 Serving meals at the Union County Shelter

 Provide support at the Turning Point

 Volunteer for park beautification at Dogwood Park Butterfly Garden and David Barnes Park

 Provide coats for students at a local school through Operation Warm

 Adopt families for Christmas

 Participate in United Day of CaringOur fundraisers to ensure we can continue our service projects include:

 Poker Run – October 1, 2022

 Sale Christmas Wreaths

 Flags for Heroes – July 4, 2023

It is also an exciting year for Rotary International.

Building on its theme of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Rotary has elected Jennifer Jones as its first-ever Woman Rotary International President in 117 years. A member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada she understands how important it is to follow through on the rotary’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion commitment. “I believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion … begins at the top and for us to realize growth in female membership and members under the age of forty — these demographics need to see their own reflection in leadership,” Jones said.

Imagine Rotary is the theme for the 2022-23 leadership teams. As Jones remarked – “Imagine, a world that deserves our best where we get up each day knowing that we can make a difference.”

Can you Imagine yourself as a Rotary member? If so, please attend our weekly meeting at Weddington Swim & Racquet Club on Thursdays 7:30 am and contact our new membership chair about joining. Help enrich and diversify our Club in this new Rotary year.

About Rotary

Rotary unites a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges and creating lasting change. Rotary connects 1.4 million people of action from more than 46,000 Rotary clubs in almost every country in the world. Their service improves lives both locally and internationally, from helping those in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.

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