Happy Feet

Check out this new Happy Feet promotional video for the District Conference starring DG Rusine Sinclair and PDG Rick Carnegue.

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.

District Conference

DC2The Joint 7710 and 7730 District Conference, Wilmington was an excellent event that highlighted the many achievements of Rotary International and especially the numerous activities in our District.

While a lot of people are involved in making the Conference a success, much of the credit goes to the Organizing Committee of Arthur Rogers (Durham), Bill McLaurin (Raleigh) and Joyce McKinney (Southwest Durham).

Ed Shearin (Morrisville) and Rachelle Malit (E-Club) did an excellent job in capturing photos of the various different activities. You can go to the following Flickr link to view the different albums.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/130790144@N07/albums.

Many awards were presented during the three days of the conference, including Presidential Citations, Public Image Citations and the Governor’s Club Awards.

District Governor Newman Aguiar highlighted the nominees and winners for the top awards in a series of videos.

Community Betterment Project

Runners-up
Johnston County Music and Memory
East Chapel Hill Teacher’s Supply Store
Emergency Food Boxes
Durham 100 Acts of Service

Winner
MLK Day of Service Meal Packaging Event

Community Betterment Facebook Video

International Project

Runners-up
Dominican Republic Project
Hope Academy Fence Enclosure
Water System Upgrade for Girl’s School
Computers for Kids in Costa Rica

Winner
Zimbabwe Eye Project

International Project Facebook Video

Unique Fundraiser

Runners-up
Fostering Bright Futures Golf Tournament
Triangle Oktoberfest
Clayton Shindig
Wake Forest Comedy Night

Winners
Angier Festival of Trees
Garner Bling Gala

Unique Fundraiser Facebook Video

District Governor Newman Aguiar did an excellent job creating a video that captured the activities in the District, however more importantly, he indicated the impact locally and internationally.

District 7710 – Doing Good in the World Facebook Video

Other highlights of the conference were:

  • the humorous speeches by Rotary Peace Fellow graduate, Derran Moss and Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar Jean Irwin, who left us with a strong impression of the important work that Rotary sponsors
  • the inspirational messages from Rotary International President’s Representative, Elias Thomas
  • in a spirited live auction Marie and David Howard, Oxford, paying $5,200 to The Rotary Foundation for a rare signed End Polio Now banner which included a used polio vaccine vial
  • having the appearance of Sir Walter Raleigh to encourage District 7710 Rotarians to attend the 2017 District Conference in Raleigh on April 7 and 8, 2017
  • hearing young professionals from our District participate in a panel to provide ideas on how to encourage young people to get involved as Rotarians
  • being involved in the service project to clean up and restock the shelves of Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, a Wilmington non-profit that feeds the hungry
  • having Barry and Diana Phillips (Hillsborough) recognized for contributing over $1.5 Million to The Rotary Foundation, which is equivalent to 10 million doses of Polio vaccine
  • getting the opportunity to learn from Rotarians in another district on their successful ventures, and

the social times to enjoy the company of fellow Rotarians and their families in beautiful Wilmington

Magical Night

Magician Nick Comis entertained a record number of 285 District Conference Rotarians and Guests during the Governor’s Banquet on Saturday night in New Bern.

Promoting Fellowships at the Upcoming District Conference

Local Artist Janet Francoeur's rendition of New Bern, NC

Local Artist Janet Francoeur’s rendition of New Bern, NC

The 2015 District Conference in New Bern, NC is just around the corner and I’m getting excited about the opportunity to promote building membership in Rotary Fellowships. Rotary Fellowships are groups of Rotarians, Rotarian spouses, and Rotaractors who join together to:

  • Share a common interest in worthwhile recreational activities (sports, hobbies, etc.)
  • Further their vocational development through acquaintance with others of the same profession
  • Make new friends around the world
  • Explore new opportunities for service
  • Have fun and enhance their experience in Rotary

Some Fellowships are conducted mostly online (Global History, Social Networks, etc.) but others are more beneficial if experienced regularly in person. The District 7710 Fellowship Committee has the objective of building a local presence of Fellowship groups. For instance, if you’re a cyclist you could join the cycling fellowship Cycling 2 Serve then invite other D7710 Rotarians to do the same. Once you have a group of regulars, you have the capacity to schedule group rides and other events that a cycling club might do. It also gives you the opportunity to recruit prospective Rotarians by inviting them through the Fellowship, introducing them to Rotary and pointing them towards a Club.

One of the organizations that will be promoted at the District Conference this year is a business networking fellowship. This Fellowship can provide a comfortable environment for promoting your business and networking with other Rotarian professionals and business owners.

We need your help! If you currently belong to any Rotary Fellowships, please contact the committee at: fellowships@rotary7710.org by March 27th. Include the name of the Fellowship you belong to. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

Annual Spring Peace Fellows Conference

On April 11th, 2015, ten graduating fellows will host Rotarians, faculty, staff, students, and local participants as they present their research on a wide range of issues affecting peace around the world.

The theme this year is “People-Centered Approaches to Conflict Resolution and Sustainable Peace.”

Please visit our Spring 2015 Conference page, for more details related to the event.

Registration here.

Sponsor Thank You

Check out our NEW “Thank You Sponsors Banner” to highlight the generous contributions of those who have contributed in the past to help keep affordable our District Conference.  Lori Barbier, Chair of the 2015 New Bern District Conference Committee, sparkles with appreciation!

District Conference Returns to Asheville

There are many fun things to do in Asheville, which boasts a thriving arts community, diverse outdoor adventures, a vibrant and inviting downtown, numerous historic and architectural attractions and unique shopping options, not to mention the District 7710 Conference. So plan to join your friends for a fabulous weekend in Asheville this Spring.

Governor Leigh invites all Rotarians and their families to our district conference in Asheville. “Not only will we learn some Rotary, but we will meet in one of the most-visited spots in our state and enjoy friendship and camaraderie.”, says Leigh. Already confirmed: Friday night Dine-around Asheville: pre-reserved group dining at eight of Asheville’s most popular restaurants; free child care for Saturday night; Miss North Carolina 2012, presenting “The Domino Effect: Inspiring Volunteerism One Person at a Time”; roundtable discussions on pressing Rotary issues; a food drive in partnership with a local food bank; and much more. The committee has even put together a comprehensive list of activities to consider for your free time Saturday afternoon. This and all the other features of this year’s District Conference can be found on  the conference website. Explore it, bookmark it and check back often because it’ll be updated regularly as additional program items are added.