Alzheimer’s Support Program Implemented

On Friday, December 4, 2015, the Music and Memory program was implemented at three long-term care facilities in Johnston County. This simple and effective program provides an iPod with a personalized playlist for each person. Favorite music from their past has been proven to help  participants come back to life, allowing them to feel like themselves again and socialize with loved ones.

“My grandfather died from Alzheimer’s. When I heard about the Music and Memory, I became passionate about introducing the program to Johnston County,” said Doug McClentic, Rotary Clubs Project Chair.

Liberty Commons in Benson received 40 devices, Gabriel Manor in Clayton received 48 devices and Brian Center in Clayton received 30 devices. Staff at each of the facilities received over four hours of training on how to set-up the program for the patients.

The Cleveland School, Clayton Morning, Clayton Mid-Day and Central Johnston Rotary Clubs raised over $23,000 to fund this project, including a $15,000 grant from The Rotary Foundation, through the District 7710 Grants Committee. With the money left over after installing the three facilities, the clubs plan to implement the program at one more location before the end of January.

Making a Difference: Global Grants

The B.T. Savani Kidney Hospital situated Rajkot, Gujarat, India for over 10 years is the only Charitable Trust hospital in the area with a full range of treatment and intervention for kidney related disorders. The Hospital treats all patients with a strong bias in favor of low-income groups irrespective of religion, caste, or creed. The hospital was running a 32-unit dialysis center on 3 full shifts a day and still turning away 20 to 30 patients a day in need of treatment.

Global Grant #1528904 provided funding for 10 additional state-of-the-art dialysis units. The majority of the patients benefitting from the services of this project are low-income farmers and industrial workers. The new units are now providing up to 1,000 dialysis treatments per month.

This was the eighth in a series of matching grants and global grants completed between Rajkot Rotary Clubs and Cary-Kildaire Rotary Clubs and other District 7710 Clubs (Chapel Hill-Carrboro Sunrise Rotary Club, Lillington Rotary Club, and Cary Rotary Club).

Cary-Kildaire member Dr. Manu Domadia and his wife Pramila (both natives of Rajkot) are currently visiting all of the project sites. They will return in March with progress reports on all projects.

MudLOVE Fundraiser

In December, the Interact club at the North Carolina School of Science and Math hosted a fundraiser focused on the sale of MudLOVE bracelets. MudLOVE is an organization that, through their partnership with Water for Good, centers on providing a citizen in a developing African country with a week of clean water with each bracelet sale. These bracelets are made up of a cord along with a small wooden piece with an inspiring word carved into it: “be the change,” “hope,” “love,” and more.

Our club was ecstatic about helping this organization. We figured that, as with most fundraisers, we’d simply attempt to sell the bracelets outside of our cafeteria during lunch time. However, our local Rotary chapter offered us a great opportunity; a member could attend the next meeting and advertise their fundraiser to the Rotary members! I was fortunate enough to be able to attend and it was a very enjoyable experience. All of the members were very generous and pleasant. Not only did we sell all of the bracelets, but numerous members gave donations as well. I was overjoyed and inspired by the results.

FREE Little Library

In September, the Holly Springs Rotary Club showcased its new free Little Library Community Outreach Project. Natalie Babson, President of the Holly Springs Rotary explained “The Rotary’s Free Little Library project offers free books to members of the local community. It is a take-a-book-share-a-book opportunity to engage the community in sharing their love of reading.” The W.E. Hunt Recreation Center is host to one of the two free Little Libraries that the club has installed. The other will be installed and located at the Holly Springs Baptist Church in downtown Holly Springs, in the lawn by the back parking lot facing Main Street. The concept of Free Little Libraries started in 2009. Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin, built a model of a one room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother, a former school teacher who loved reading; he filled it with books and put it on a post in his front yard. He built several more and gave them away; each one had a sign that said “Free Books”. Since then, Little Free Libraries have been popping up all over, and not just as random acts of book sharing. These community engagement projects are aimed at helping to build literacy in our communities. The Holly Springs Rotary Club embarked on this mission as a means to strengthen the capacity of their local community to support basic education and literacy. They started this project about eight months ago and wouldn’t have had it succeed without a lot of support, volunteers and sponsorship.

They Ran 4 Water

Despite a drizzly day, hundreds of people were involved in the Fourth GlobalRun4Water, held at the WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary. This District 7710
event, organized by the Cary-Kildaire club, raised over $16,000, bringing the
total raised for water and sanitation projects to over $50,000 in the past four

A record 289 runners and walkers participated in the 5 km course that some found challenging (who knew Cary had hills). The addition of being able to take your dog on the course was popular.

The top men runners were:
1. Frank Tarantino – 18:30.1
2. Chris Moore – 19:21.8
3. Jeffrey Peterson – 20:41.4
The top women runners were:
1. Catherine Doyle – 20:14.8
2. Amie Graham – 25:16.3
3. Laura Cove – 25:49.2

A video of the runners can be seen at The Runners or at The Finish Line.

The unique highlight of the event was the 1-mile water carry challenge. This year 11 teams from different Rotary clubs carried a record 381 gallons (3,177 pounds) of water around the course. The teams used poles, yokes, even ladders and a walker to maximize the water they carried, adding to the entertainment value of the race.
The Cary club won the competition (and 2500 PHF points) by carrying a record total of 102 gallons.

The Cary-Page club came second carrying 76 gallons and the Clayton club placed third carrying 46 gallons. The other eight clubs participating were: Cary-Kildaire; Cary MacGregor; Chapel-Carrboro Sunrise; Cleveland School; Hillsborough; Morrisville; Raleigh; and Wendell.

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Additional pictures from the event can be seen at GlobalRun4Water Photos.

Innovation Fellowship

In July, the Downtown Durham Rotary Club welcomed its inaugural class of three Rotary Innovation Fellows.

Each year, up to three Rotary Innovation Fellows will be selected from the community for an 18-month fellowship. Fellows will represent innovative leaders within the public, non-profit, business, academic and philanthropic sectors – with a focus on diversity and inclusivity.This pioneering initiative is designed to provide an exceptional leadership development experience for emerging innovators in the Durham community striving to make measurable, sustainable, and scalable impacts in their respective fields. It is also an opportunity to emphasize the concept of “inclusive innovation” – welcoming leaders from diverse backgrounds and neighborhoods into the Rotary community and the broader Durham leadership network.

As fellow Rotarian and founder of the effort Christopher Gergen says, “The Fellowship is a way to connect Rotary to the burgeoning entrepreneurial economy in Durham and to leverage Rotary’s extraordinary network to the benefit of all concerned.”

As fully inducted Rotarians, Fellows participate in all Rotary events and get structured mentorship from select Rotarians to advance a leadership project they each agree to undertake. They are also counseled by an Advisory Board, including former Durham Rotary presidents Vandana Dake and Guy Solie as well as current president Lois Deloatch, to help them deepen their networks and impact.

Fellows pay a nominal fee of $100/year to support the initiative and demonstrate their own commitment to this work – the rest is covered through scholarship dollars raised by the club. Upon completing the 18-month fellowship, Rotary Innovation Fellows will be asked to join Rotary as full-fledged members. Ongoing alumni gatherings of past and current fellows are also envisioned.

The inaugural fellowship class includes: Emily Egge, Executive Director of SEEDS, Geraud Staton, CEO of Helius, and Nick Allen, Community Coordinator for the City of Durham. Profiles of each fellow will be included in future newsletters.

Contact Christopher Gergen at for more information about the fellowship.

Alzheimer’s Video Developed

A 25 minute Alzheimer’s Video providing insight into Alzheimer’s disease was developed by Apex Sunrise and Cary MacGregor. The video starts with an introduction by Alice Watkins, Executive Director of Alzheimer’s NC. She provides the background of the organization and its relationship with Rotary. She also provides an excellent summary of C.A.R.T.’s role in providing funding for Alzheimer’s research.

The video includes excerpts from Accepting the Challenge, an Alznc production that provides a “hands on”, multi-disciplinary training program designed to assist professional caregivers in providing the best possible care to their patients.

Dr. Len Lecci, UNCW Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Services then explains about the different types of dementia and outlines the goals in treating Alzheimer’s. Dr. Lecci outlines the future trends in treating the disease.

The video is a great tool to encourage donations to the CART Fund. You can find the video by going to the District webpage, click on the Programs tab and click on CART, or click the following:

For more C.A.R.T. updates visit the website

Playground gets a Facelift

Durham Club Gives Cherry Grove Playground a Facelift


Look for a fresh new look over the summer holidays at the Cherry Grove Park Playground at The Shepherd’s House United Methodist Church, 107 N. Driver St., in East Durham.

Nearly 20 volunteers from The Durham Rotary Club and The East Durham Children’s Initiative (EDCI) painted the playground’s perimeter fencing on May 16, and weeded raked and mulched grounds around the facility’s standing attractions.

“Providing a fresh clean attractive playground is more fun for the kids and builds a better sense of community pride,” said David Reese, President and CEO, EDCI.

The Durham Rotary Club coordinated the effort and recruited volunteers as part of its Centennial “100 Acts of Service Above Self” campaign across the city.

Volunteers also helped EDCI personnel organize a wide range of books, educational materials, clothing, food, toys, and other supplies used by EDCI in its ongoing community efforts. “It was amazing to see what a few energized volunteers can do in a short period,” said EDCI’s Cate Elander. “This reorganization will help us enhance efficiency when providing service.”

Along with the park clean up, the Rotary Club is supporting EDCI’s summer lunch program providing free lunch to families in the EDCI zone of East Durham.

Housing for Nicaraguans

Gina Harry (left), George Harry, Melissa McLamb

Gina Harry (left), George Harry, Melissa McLamb

The community of Las Penitas was first in Nicaragua to invite the Fuller Center for Housing and its partners to replace substandard housing that is so common in that proud, but poor country. Among the 15 who traveled to Las Penitas the first week of May were Cary Page Rotarians George Harry, Melissa McLamb, and Jim Sproat. They were joined by members from the West Raleigh Club and N.C. State, which sent eight people.

Working with the local people and members of the Leon Rotary Club of Nicaragua, the team sifted sand, mixed concrete and mortar by hand and laid cinder block for four homes.