Disaster Relief from District 7710

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria caused great destruction in Texas, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, Florida and the Caribbean. The Rotarians in District 7710 responded with great generosity.

Since September, donations have been made directly to Districts in the area of the damage and also to a Donor Advised Fund, set-up by The Rotary Foundation set up for the disasters.

District 7710 in total donated over $36,450 to these disaster funds.

World Water Day Competition – Your club could win $500!

World Water is celebrated on March 22nd every year. It focuses on the approximately 1.8 billion people worldwide who must rely on water contaminated with feces, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid, polio and other waterborne diseases.

In recognition of World Water Day, WASRAG will award two prizes:

$500 US for the best project (i.e. the one with the most impact)

$500 US for the most innovative project

What must you do?

Whatever works best for your community! All we ask is that the project improve the quality of water and/or level of awareness of it in YOUR community.

You could, for example:

  • Clean up debris along a waterway, lake, stream, or other water source.
  • Prevent erosion by planting trees and native plants along a water source.
  • Build awareness in your community – encourage students to write essays on the importance of water and what THEY can do to protect it.
  • Encourage farmers in your area to use eco-friendly chemicals that will not damage fragile water systems.
  • If your community’s water source is safe, eliminate plastic water bottles. If they are a necessity ensure they are collected and recycled appropriately.

Use your imagination!  The bottom line is to educate your community on the importance of protecting its water sources. Get them involved!

Whenever possible, please consult with your local water or conservation authority to ensure that your efforts are compatible with conditions in your area!  For example, cleaning a watercourse during spawning season could have a negative impact.

How do you enter the competition?

Submit a brief description of your project, including what you have done, the target audience and the expected impact of the project. Remember to tell us your Club name and District number and give us a contact name, email address and phone number. Some projects will be showcased on the WASRAG website.

DEADLINE:  Please submit your entry by May 1st, 2018.

AWARDS:  Winners will be notified by May 31st, 2018. The awards will be presented at WASRAG’s Annual General Meeting on Saturday June 23rd, 2018.

Please send all entries to info@wasrag.org

2017 Global Run 4 Water

Mark your calendars now to attend the 6th Annual Global Run 4 Water, Sun Sept 24, 4:00 pm at the WakeMed Soccer Field, Cary.

The over $61,000 in proceeds generated by the run have gone to supporting water and sanitation projects in Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Lebanon, Peru, Tanzania and Uganda.

This is a District event and all clubs are encouraged to have runners or teams participating in the popular 1 Mile Water Carry Challenge.

For more details contact Scott Rossi at scott@mediscribe.com or 919-467- 2632.

WASH in Schools ( WinS )

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Schools, know as WinS is a priority for Rotary International.

Your club can get involved in a WinS Adopt-A-School program in Nigeria. Every $1 provides $4 towards the project. Clubs can donate $500 to $1,000 to get started is matched.

District 7710 Makes a Big Difference in the Dominican Republic

Rotarians from across District 7710 renewed our international friendships with our gracious amigos from the Santiago Monumental Rotary Club, Dominican Republic. During the week of February 4–11, 33 volunteers from North Carolina traveled to the Dominican Republic to build 53 latrines, repair three houses, build a community playground and much, much more!

This fifth year’s trip was initiated by Past District Governor Rick Carnagua, who created this ongoing relationship with his counterpart, District Governor Alexandra Martinez from Santiago while attending District Governor School in San Diego. The Central Johnston, Clayton, Cary, Cary MacGregor and Cary Page Clubs provided the initial funds for the District Grant. Almost every club in the district added in to the Community Fund to make this endeavor a smashing success.

PDG Rick has had additional District 7710 support from other 7710 District Governor’s experiencing the trip first-hand, Leigh Hudson, Matthew Kane, Newman Aguilar, Rusine Sinclair and Barry Phillips are all Dominican Republic veterans. Even District Governor Elect Shafi was set to go this year until he encountered his Pickle Ball predicament. Rick brought in Martin Tetreault to handle the planning of the project agenda with his counterpart, David Crow. Linda Sproat jumped on board to coordinate all of the volunteer travel plans, special requests & communication information and rooming details. Once our team arrived, George Harry, Ron Blackley and Rex Everhart herded the on-the-ground volunteer activities and work with our gracious hosts, the Santiago Monumental Rotary Club Team.

The efforts of the Santiago Monumental Rotarians before, during and after our week in Santiago were, as their name depicts, “Monumental”! Arranging for a week’s worth of food, transportation, lodging, and entertainment for 33 North Carolina 7710 Rotarians would be hard enough. Then came the challenges of building latrines, repairing dilapidated homes and creating a community playground.

The Dominican Rotarians leading their efforts were David Crow – Master Planner; Cesar Lopez – Club President and Los Cocos Community Coordinator; Rafael Lopez – Playground, Maximo Dominguez – Latrine Construction, Diana Abreu and Rosalina Dominguez – Entertainment and Community / Family Supplies; Ricardo Jimenez – Financial Controller. Even the Rotaract and Interact clubs brought high energy exciting the local youth with songs and games during the playground ceremonies.

The latrines were a combined effort of the actual families digging the holes, Maximo & Aneury & crew pouring the slabs and stools, transporting them over the holes and laying a layer of concrete blocks as the base for the walls. The NC Team cut the wood siding and frame lumber. Then assembled the pieces in place, adding a zinc roof and a door with a Rotary Wheel painted on it. The Santiago Monumental Rotarians coordinated with the local Rotary Corp in Los Cocos to locate latrine sites for the (53) selected families needing latrines to improve sanitary conditions. Ron Blackley lead our latrine team finishing on Thursday allowing a little time for celebrating with the families with supplies of mosquito bed nets, sheets, soap, paper products, sandals, clothing and an assortment of toys supplied by District 7710 Rotarians and the Community Funds donated by our clubs and individuals.

The house repairs were completed on 3 of the 5 selected houses. Material was bought and left for the local families to complete the other houses. Re-siding, re-roofing, building roof supports gave the houses new life. Josh Davis and Mike McLean headed up our housing crew with several others joining them.

The playground project brought a sense of community and enjoyment. Martin Tetreault coordinated the layout and installation with Rafael Lopez and Dinora Borrelly, architect. David Crow and Cesar Lopez negotiated a win-win with the Los Cocos – Jacagua Mayor William. Rex Everhart designed and built the wooden climber, truck, tire trees, and benches. The grandmothers were all smiles when they found out they could sit, talk and watch the children play. Seesaws, swings, jogging path and a tire picnic table filled the park with painted tire dividers brightening the layout. The centerpiece was the Dragon made out of painted tires. The Opening Ceremony can only be described as pure joy!

There was a dedication of the Otra Banda Medical Clinic that our 7710 provided assistance to CISAMA, the Church, the DR Government and Synergies to build. DG Leigh led 5 of our team to participate in their celebration. The medical clinic provides a clean medical building for medical and dental exams and treatments.

The week was not all work. Our group was taken up into the mountain village of Jarabcoa where a resort provided us a Sunday buffet, a mountain river and pools to swim, and magnificent trails and hanging bridges to wander. The annual Carnival Celebration was over the top with a parade, music and entertainment from various groups all over Santiago. Diana Abreu arranged a VIP viewing stand that put us almost in the parade itself. Every evening meal was special as we experienced The Santiago Monumental meeting including a visit from their DG Morris Tallaj and Monumental’s own DGE Roberto Almonte greeting our PDG Leigh. A country cooking demonstration was brought to the Fab Workshop by Yanet Dominguez and Lydia Sanchez including fire pit brewed coffee and yummy coconut / cocoa desserts. The Finale Celebration Friday night was highlighted with our awarding Maximo Dominguez with a Paul Harris Fellow along with a “PDG Barry Phillips” framed watercolor of the first latrine built in 2013. Yes there was a trip to the Porto Plata Beach, the Lopez Cigar Factory, the Leon Museum and a power-shopping lunch in downtown Santiago.

There is only one-way to truly understand the heart-filling experience that we were privileged to have. Just start making plans to join us for the next Dominican Republic 2018 Adventure.

Clean Water Changes Lives

As a member of a 37 person Rotary work team that traveled to the Dominican Republic last month, I saw firsthand the power Rotary can bring to a poor community seeking to carve out a better future for themselves and their children. Armed with a $34,000 Global Grant from The Rotary Foundation, we partnered with Rotarians from the Santiago Monumental Club to build and install 94 latrines for families living in homes constructed of wood planks with weathered tin roofs.

The highlight of the trip for me was the afternoon I spent at their community school, Santa Maria, in a classroom of High School Juniors. This school is a public school but Santiago area Rotarians have solicited the help of local foundations to invest resources and vision to give the school the look and feel of a private school. These students were excited to tell us about the service project they had just completed using a $1000 grant our district had given them one year ago. Over the course of 3 months, these students had approached dozens of homes, knocked confidently on the door, and said “I am a student at Santa Maria School down the street. I would like to paint one wall of your home at no charge. Which of these 7 colors do you prefer?” The reaction in the community was fantastic and the students returned in groups of 2 with paint brushes and youthful vigor. They told me the next problem they want to tackle is reducing litter in the streets by distributing trashcans in key locations. These students are learning they can be agents of change in their own community!

So there it is: we as Rotarians identified the need for improved sanitation, rolled up our sleeves, and made a small dent in a global problem. Along the way we helped the community help themselves. I am proud to be a Rotarian. I hope you are too.

Matthew Kane, District Governor 2014-2015
Rotary International 7710

How Lives are Changed

The following words from Patrick McCoy, posted on Facebook, captures the impact and significance of the work of the 37 District 7710 Rotarians that travelled to the Dominican Republic.

“A mentally, emotionally, and physically challenging week in/around Santiago, Dominican Republic. Partnering with the fantastic hard working Club, Rotario Santiago Monumental, on building 90+ latrines and planning the foundation for a health and sanitation program for the years to come starting at the schools. Each person pictured and those who aren’t, yet helped us, are the most amazing people I’ve ever met and got to build a stronger relationship with each and every day side by side for a true Service Above Self mission!”

Patrick McCoy of the Cary MacGregor Rotary Club

The Dominican Republic Clean Water project had four objectives:

  • Build latrines
  • Provide water filters
  • Teach the importance of hand washing, and
  • Meeting basic community needs

During the one week, the 37 Rotarians accomplished the following:

  • Build 95 latrines, making for a total of 250 over the last three years
  • Renovated 26 homes
  • Provided educational sessions on leadership, public health and nursing
  • Held a health screening session attended by over 400 people
  • Provided sheets, towels and other household items to families

The following montage of pictures were provided from the various photographs posted on the Rotary Dominican Latrine Project Facebook page by Pat Bridges, David Crowe, Patrick McCoy, Kelly Norman, Subir Mukherjee and Carlos Pantaleon. 

District Project to Dominican Republic

The District is going to the Dominican Republic on Feb 4 – 11, 2017, to team with The Santiago Monumental Rotary Club to build latrines, a playground, and repair homes in the Village of Los Cocos.

We have received a District Grant that totals $20,000. Five District Clubs (Wake Forest, Cary, Central Johnston, Clayton, and Cary Page) have joined in on this Grant. We need to raise an additional $8,000 to complete the projects and to provide supplies and drinking filters for the community. We hope you and your Club will consider donating to this project.

If you are interested in becoming part of the District 7710 Team, please email PDG Rick Carnagua, at: rcarnagua@aol.com.

There will be an informational meeting about the trip on Tuesday, November 1, 2016, at The Cary Chamber of Commerce building located at 307 North Academy Street, Cary, North Carolina 27513. This will be a great opportunity for you to learn more about this great project.  Please let Rick know if you will be attending the meeting.

Global Run 4 Water

This year’s Run raised over $10,000. The Committee will now leverage this money in partnership with other Rotary Clubs and organizations around the world to sponsor clean water projects.

Thanks to all that participated and to the organizing committee, especially Scott Rossi.

Top Men
Mark Sullivan, Raleigh                            20:48.8
Anil Chintapalli, Cary                              20:57.2
Bryce Peterson, Cary                             21:33.2

Top Three Women
Catherine Doyle, Raleigh,                       20:27.8
Michelle Quinn, Cary                              23:29.3
Katherine Ducker, San Francisco, CA      24:04.1

Top Female >65
Helen Collier, Cary (Age 75)                   56:26.6

Water Carry Challenge
Cary Page                     135    gallons
Cary MacGregor            126.9 gallons
Cary Kildaire                   57.5 gallons

5th Annual Global Run 4 Water

runforwaterSun. Sept 25, 2016 – 4:00 p.m.
WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary

The event includes a 5 km run/walk and a 1 mile water carry challenge. Over $40,000 has been raised over the last five years, which has been used to support clean water projects in Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Lebanon, Peru, Tanzania, Uganda and Flint. Michigan, USA.

Clubs are encouraged to support the event by being a sponsor of at least $100.

To have a presentation on the program contact Scott Rossi at scott@mediscribe.com or by going to the website http://www.rotarydistrict7710rotaryglobalrun4water.com/