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August Is Rotary Membership Month


Last updated 8/26/2020 at 4:21pm

This year marks the 23rd year that the Rotary Club of Pisgah Forest has been meeting and finding ways to support Transylvania County and beyond. Despite the inability to meet in person as a club due to COVID-19 restrictions, members are staying connected by meeting via Zoom. August is recognized as New Membership Month and current members are anxious to share why it’s great to be a member of the club.

Pisgah Forest Rotarians continue to “do good and have fun” by supporting local projects like “Pack the Pantry” in support of Sharing House, contributing to the Rotary International Foundation and supporting CART (Coins for Alzheimer’s Trust). The club’s major fundraiser, the Assault on the Carolinas (AOTC) was cancelled in April, but they were still able to support community grants, as they have done for more than 20 years, which are so needed by many nonprofit agencies during this time. The AOTC is also an opportunity to bring people to Brevard to learn about the community and bring significant impact to the local economy.

John Krishingner has been elected club president for 2020-2021. Dr. Krishingner, a Henderson County native, is a dentist and co-owner of Water Oak and Cozart Dental. He has been married to his wife Julie for 26 years and they are the parents of three children. Krishingner has been a member of Rotary Club of Pisgah Forest for 13 years. He enjoys the opportunity to give back to the community and feels that Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self” is the culture and lifeblood of the club.

Rik Emaus was elected to fill the office of president-elect for 2021-2022. Dr. Emaus is a retired physician who moved to Brevard with his wife Kris and their six children. He is an active volunteer and currently is working with Transylvania Public Health to support COVID-19 prevention in this community’s senior living facilities.

Under Krishingner, Rotary Club of Pisgah Forest will have four main areas of focus this year:

•Increased club engagement within the club and community

•Diversification of club membership

•Growth in club membership in order to strengthen the club to make a bigger impact on the community

•Move to make the members of the club healthier as its members embrace the ideals of the Blue Zone initiative.

Penny Coleman-Crandall is the Membership chairperson for the club. She and her committee are actively working to support Krishingner’s membership initiative. They invite the public to explore joining Rotary Club of Pisgah Forest.

Rotary International, a membership organization and the world’s first service club organization, consists of more than 30,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Strong fellowship among Rotarians and meaningful community and international projects characterize Rotary worldwide.

There are two Rotary clubs in Transylvania County, Brevard Rotary Club ( and Rotary Club of Pisgah Forest ( Check these websites to follow when and where each club will meet due to pandemic meeting restrictions. Visitors are always welcomed at meetings.

Rotary Club of Pisgah Forest can also be found on Facebook as Pisgah Forest Rotary Club. Check out the page in August to find out why members joined the club and why they stay.


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