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You are invited to attend Rotary Day, February 12, 2017, at Boys & Girls Homes of North Carolina, a statewide project of the Rotarians of North Carolina.

Our support as North Carolina Rotarians for this organization is longstanding. In the mid 1960’s, all six Rotary Districts in North Carolina participated in fundraising and planning of the Rotary Cottage at Lake Waccamaw  Boy’s  Home  (now known as Boys & Girls Homes).

The Boys & Girls Homes is dedicated to providing a comprehensive array of residential and community based services to meet the needs of vulnerable children by addressing their physical, emotional, social, educational and spiritual development.  As of today, more than 6,000 children have benefited from the services of the Boys & Girls Homes. These children, suffering from neglect and abuse, have come from virtually every corner and county in North Carolina from the mountains to the coast!

Come join other Rotarians on Rotary Day, February 12, 2017, and find out more about how Rotarians have impacted the lives of young North Carolinians for more than a half century.

If you have any questions, contact Hensley Scott at hscottnc62@gmail.com or (919) 795-8292.

Rotary Day at Boys and Girls Homes

Morning Worship Service s Catered Lunchs

Rotary Cottage and Campus Tour

Sunday, February 12, 2017

11 a.m.

Campus Chapel, 400 Flemington Drive

Lake Waccamaw, NC

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Christmas with Crabtree Rotary

The photos are from Holiday Express, Crabtree Rotary’s major annual fundraiser, sponsored jointly with the City of Raleigh’s Parks & Recreation Department at PullenPark.

Event dates this year were Dec. 1-4 and Dec. 7-11. It was a sold-out event from the moment Parks & Rec put an announcement on their web page in July. Held from 4-9 pm on selected dates, the park became a holiday wonderland of lights and entertainment for thousands of young children and their families.  Activities included rides on the train and carrousel, a visit with Santa, arts and crafts, a swift ride down a “snowy” hill and games.

Monies raised from sponsorships and ticket sales go to the Crabtree Rotary Foundation.  This is the third year that the Foundation will make a significant donation to the Ronald McDonald Houses of North Carolina, an amount to be determined when final accounting is completed.

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Bigger, Better, Bolder – Together

Thirty-one Rotarians, nearly 100 community volunteers, more than 25,700 meals packed in a little more than two hours.  That was the scene recently in Oxford as the Oxford, Henderson, Roxboro and Kerr Tar Rotary clubs came together for an Emergency Food Box packing event.  And they plan to do it again in January!

This kind of collaborative effort isn’t a surprise to the Rotarians of Area 1 clubs.  For more than a year the presidents and presidents-elect have been meeting regularly with their assistant governor, Marie Howard, to brainstorm and discuss how the clubs can join together to have an even bigger impact in the rural north end of District 7710.

In addition to the food packing events, the six Area 1 clubs have nearly completed planning for a joint Foundation Centennial dinner in February 2017.  With a former Peace Fellow as keynote speaker, the evening will feature AG Marie and the club presidents talking about the history of the Foundation and the impact it has had in the local area, and the world.  In addition to Area 1 Rotarians, local dignitaries and potential Rotarians will be invited to join us for an informative and fun evening.

The newest and boldest collaborative project is still in the very early stages of development.  Several years ago Rotarians in District 6400 launched a micro-lending program in Detroit called Launch Detroit (http://launchdetroit.org/). More recently, the North Raleigh Club has initiated a similar program in Raleigh (http://launchraleigh.org/). For several months the six Area 1 clubs have been considering a similar program for the four counties in Area 1.  We have interest from local government, have an excellent community college that can provide support, and through Rotary we can provide the necessary mentoring and networking support.

In addition to large projects, the relationships developed through Area-wide leadership meetings have led to smaller collaborations.  The South Granville and Oxford Rotary Clubs recently joined forces to provide apparel to orphaned and needy children in Granville County.  The two clubs worked with the local social services department to identify children in need and shared the cost of providing the apparel.  In the planning stages, is an Emergency Food Box packing event including the J.F. Webb Interact Club, the Oxford Preparatory Interact Club (not yet chartered) and the Oxford and Kerr Tar Rotary Clubs.

Developing relationships among the leadership teams of Area 1 clubs has allowed the clubs to more effectively serve their communities.  Now, projects are Bigger, Better, Bolder – Together

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E-Club and Interact Team up for Service Project

Monday, November 7, 2016. The Rotary E-Club of District 7710 and their sponsored Interact Club from the School for Creative Studies in Durham had a great time volunteering at the Goodwill Community Foundation (GCF) in Durham.  During their service project the Clubs helped assemble over 200 school kits. GCF, a Durham based tax-exempt organization focuses on creating opportunities for a better life, by partnering with tier one elementary schools and youth programs to provide school kits to children. Each school supply kit distributed by GCF is valued at approximately $5.00. GCF has provided approximately 34,000 such kits since beginning the project in 2001. GCF and Rotary understand the importance of providing opportunities that encourage and enable students to complete each school year successfully. Such volunteer opportunities strengthen Rotary’s engagement in communities where Rotarians live, work and provide service to others.
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Rotary Clubs Expand Their Battle Against Alzheimer’s        

The Holly Springs Rotary Club and the Apex Sunrise Rotary Club have been working together to provide help to local assisted living facilities through a Music and Memory Program. Alive again through music!  This ground breaking therapy uses IPods and headsets to reconnect those suffering with Alzheimer to the present day by using music they grew up with to reach them. It dramatically awakens these individuals and self-initiates conversation and interaction.

The group met to discuss expanding the Music and Memory Program to other local facilities, this year they launched the program in the Carillon Facility in Fuquay-Varina and Spring Arbor in Apex. The group would like to add four other facilities like Waltonwood and Sunrise located in Cary, Windsor Point Retirement community in Fuquay Varina and Val’s Place family owned facility located in Raleigh NC.

The Rotary Clubs are working on their Fundraising plans in order to reach their goals to raise $2K per club. The Holly Springs Rotary Club is working with the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce by holding a Business After Hour’s event asking for iTunes gift cards to help with the downloading music selections as well as asking the business community to consider making donations to help offset the expenses an enable the Clubs to grow this important program.

Learn more, watch Alive Inside  – Alzheimer’s Documentary. Considering making a donation

The following is a link to video that is a fantastic example of the major and emotional impact the Music & Memory program has on its participants. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hd7dOIYIzYE

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Doing Service for a Service Dog

The Rotary Club of Morrisville recently collected over 100 pairs of shoes that they donated to Robert Hinton of Raleigh, a young boy in need of a service dog to help with his autism.

With many other people from NC, SC, Florida and Virginia, he was able to gather almost 10,000 pairs of shoes to go to needy individuals and families all over the world who are without decent shoes.

The donated shoes are weighed and Robert’s family will receive a dollar amount which will be used to cover most of the costs of getting his service dog.

For more information or to make a cash donation you can do  so at https://www.gofundme.com/robertsheroes.

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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.

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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

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Happy Feet Champion – Henderson Rotarian – Robert Nelson 

Robert Nelson of the Henderson Rotary Club got the Happy Feet spirit early this Rotary year!  He has already donated 25 pairs of athletic shoes on behalf of his club through his company, SporTrax. This ensured each foster child in Vance County has a new pair of athletic shoes.  Kudos for being the first club in District 7710 to meet their Happy Feet goal.

Happy Feet is the district-wide service project that encourages District 7710 Rotary clubs to donate new athletic shoes for middle and high school aged children in foster care. The Children’s Home Society and county social services agencies are our partners to identify and distribute the athletic shoes that will be packaged at the 2017 District Conference being held April 7-8, 2017 in Raleigh, NC.

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Supply Store Helps Chapel Hill-Carrboro Teachers Get Supplies

supplystore2It’s a hot Tuesday in Chapel Hill, but teachers are waiting in a long

line outside of the American Legion. They’re waiting to get their chance to shop for school supplies, but without spending any of their money.

Each elementary school teacher or teaching assistant in the area was invited to come shop at the tenth annual Teacher Supply Store. The East Chapel Hill Rotary Club fundraises all year to be able to afford the $45,000 of school supplies given away just at this event.

Pat Phelan is a chairperson for the Rotary Club and is the 2016 Chairman for the Teacher Supply Store. He says the best thing about the event is seeing the appreciation from the teachers.  “They are so appreciative, they really, really do need it, and it’s just great to see such great smiles on their faces.”

Lynn Lehmann is the Executive Director of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation. She says the foundation’s job is shopping and organizing all of the supplies. She says the project got started as a way for the Public School Foundation to express to teachers that they matter.  “The idea was to mainly reward and make teachers feel honored and appreciated as they start the new school year. And I think that they do feel that.”

Nelson says that as she stands in line to receive the sharpies and cardstock she would normally have to buy herself, she does feel honored and appreciated.  “It’s just very generous, especially with the state budget cuts right now. Less resources, less parents are going to have to supply, so we’re just so thankful to the Public School Foundation and the Rotary Club for opening this up for us.”

Next year’s Teacher Supply Store will be for Middle and High School teachers. The East Chapel Hill Rotary Club will begin fundraising again as the school year begins.