About Us

The New Bern Rotary Club was founded in 1920, fifteen years after Paul Harris and three others formed the first club in Chicago.  The oldest and largest Rotary Club in New Bern, we meet at lunch each Tuesday at the Chelsea Restaurant downtown.

Our club is involved with numerous local charities such as the Literacy Council, Merci Clinic, and Wash Away Unemployment. We also support community nonprofits with funding earmarked for special projects.


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Rotary Leadership 2018-19



David Baxter, Jr.



Areas of Practice

  • Health Care Law
  • Local Government and Municipal Law Representations
  • Estate Planning and Probate
  • Incompetency and Guardianship
  • Landlord/Tenant Disputes
  • Corporations and Limited Liability Companies (“LLCs”) – formation, restructuring and management



  • North Carolina Central University (J.D., 2009)
  • Appalachian State University (B.S.B.A., 2006)


Bar Admissions

  • State Courts of North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina

Clayton Cheek




Mr. Cheek, J.D. is a partner with Oliver & Cheek, PLLC in New Bern, where he provides legal services in the areas of bankruptcy, estate and succession planning, and business contracts.


Nancy Houyoux



Bill Sherman



Bill Sherman is Pastor Emeritus at Centenary United Methodist Church in New Bern.


Rus Clark

Past President President


Robinson and Stith Insurance

Individual Life, Disability, Long Term Care
Group/Employee Benefits


Directors at Large

Director                    Tripp Eure

Director                    Darlene Brown

Director                    Keith Merritt

Director                    Meloni Wray

Membership – Rus Clark

Fundraising – Meloni Wray

Grants and Projects – Clayton Cheek

Program – Chris Kelso

Youth Services

  • Interact New Bern High –
  • Interact Epiphany –
  • Rotaract – Ray Staats
  • RYLA – Rex Bennett
  • Scholarship – John Kirkland

Foundation – Tripp Eure

Public Relations  – Darlene Brown and Tripp Eure

  • TV Spots & News Articles – Bob Manning
  • Website & Social Media – Darlene Brown

Greeter – Walt Crayton