North Raleigh Rotary marks 50th year in Style

Members, families and friends of the Rotary Club of North Raleigh flocked to the Angus Barn recently to celebrate the local service club’s 50th anniversary.

Meeting in the famous restaurant’s holiday-decked pavilion, party-goers dined, danced and heard tributes to the club and descriptions of major community and international projects the club has undertaken to note this milestone.

“We are pleased with the results of the evening of festivities that celebrated the culmination of a great year for this club,” said Steven Nelson, chairman of the 50th anniversary committee. “The next 50 years can only be better.”

Nelson noted the club had held its charter night dinner at the Angus Barn 50 years ago. “What an amazing full circle to complete,” he said.

During the evening, three of the major projects the club has chosen to mark its anniversary were described, including LaunchRaleigh, Bridges to Success and the Guatemala Literacy Project.

LaunchRaleigh is an eight-week program that offers entrepreneurs in Southeast Raleigh business training, mentoring, networking opportunities and start-up funding. In addition to the Rotary Club, the project is supported by the city and local colleges, among others.

Bridges to Success is a pilot program at Wake Technical College that gives scholarships to adult students who lack a high school diploma, and the Guatemala Literacy Project works to break the cycle of poverty in that country through education.

This 50th anniversary marks years of the club’s support for many organizations and projects, both locally and internationally, said Rotarian JJ Jolliff. “Our club looks forward to many more years of service.”

Master of ceremonies at the event was Gregory Brissette, who introduced guests speaking on Rotary projects, goals and past history.

Members of the anniversary committee were Brissette, Boyd Bennett, Dr. Ed Smallwood, Dr. Donathan Hudgins, Charter Member Frank Bouknight, Diane Heard, JJ Jolliff, Scott Tarkenton, Erik Grunwald, Jay Williams and Rotary President Michael Wienold.

The Rotary Club of North Raleigh holds weekly luncheon meetings at the Sertoma Arts Center in Raleigh. For more information about the club, see

MAKING A POINT – Dr. Richard Adelman, on right, joins Erik Grunwald on the dais at the Rotary Club of North Raleigh’s 50th anniversary party at the Angus Barn. (Photo by Dave Gill)


DANCE TIME – Anniversary committee member JJ Jolliff hits the dance floor in the Angus Barn pavilion. (Photo by Dave Gill)


HOLIDAY-DECKED – 50th Anniversary Chairman Steven Nelson enjoys the gala evening with Agnes Mattegunta. (Photo by Dave Gill)


HOPING TO WIN – Rotarian Jay Williams signs his raffle ticket at the start of a festive evening at the Angus Barn. (Photo by Dave Gill)


KEEPING IT MOVING – Master of ceremonies Greg Brissette takes center stage at his Rotary Club’s 50th Anniversary celebration. (Photo by Dave Gill)


AND THAT’S WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT – Rotarian Diane Heard demonstrates the Electric Slide dance as club members relax after dinner. (Photo by Dave Gill)


LOOKING GOOD – Rotary Board member and VP Jason Potts and his wife Allie are making the most of a night out without the kids. (Photo by Dave Gill)


WOULDN’T MISS IT – Former Rotary President Scott Tarkenton and his wife Betty look forward to a night on the town as festivities get underway at the Angus Barn. (Photo by Dave Gill)

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.

Thank you Barry Phillips

At the recent District Assembly, Barry Phillips was recognized by District Governor Rusine Mitchell Sinclair with a Meritorious Service Award.

Rusine summarized some of Barry’s roles in Rotary.

  • Served as District Governor 2007-2008
  • Served as the District 7710 representative to the Counsel of Legislation 2015-2017
  • Member of the Major Gifts International Committee 2015-2018
  • Served as Host Area Coordinator for Duke/UNC Peace Center 2012-2015
  • Served as District 7710 Rotary Foundation Chair 2014-2017

Barry has been very dedicated in his role as Foundation Chair for the District. He has spoken to many Clubs about The Rotary Foundation and encouraged contributions.

At the end of June, Barry will be passing on the responsibility of District Foundation Chair to Neman Aguiar.

Thank you Barry Phillips for your Dedication to The Rotary Foundation.

Service Above Self Award – Rick Carnagua

Rotary’s highest honor recognizes Rotarians who demonstrate Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self, by volunteering their time and talents to help others. The award nominations are reviewed by a committee of the Board of Directors and no more than 150 may be selected per year. During this Rotary year, only 117 were selected from 1.2 million Rotarians.

To deserve consideration for the award, the Rotarian must have performed continuing humanitarian service. The award is intended to recognize especially those who actively help others through Rotary. Financial contributions to the Rotary Foundation and performance in an elected or appointed Rotary assignment are not considered in selecting the recipient.

Rick Carnagua is a charter member of the Cary-Page Rotary Club that recently celebrated its 27th anniversary. He was club president in 1998-1999 and named Rotarian of the year twice by his club. He is currently the club’s Treasurer. He participates in many club service projects including Habitat for Humanity Salvation Army Holiday Bell Ringing, Ronald McDonald House, a Million Meals, Alzheimer family support, and Read & Feed.

Rick has served as District Secretary, Treasurer, and Governor in 2012-13. He has also served for many years as the District 7710 Chair of Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust (CART). In 2013, he developed a relationship with the Monumental Rotary Club in Santiago, Dominican Republic and led a service project building latrines to improve the sanitation of the countryside outside Santiago and teaching proper hand washing and sanitation. As part of his Dominican Republic Service Project, Rick has established a community fund where Rotary Clubs and individuals donate money to provide equipment and programs for local schools, books, sporting equipment for children, and basic necessities such tooth brushes and tooth paste, toilet paper, mosquito nets, sheets and towels, and shoes. This partnership has continued every year expanding its scope with the aid of global and district grants to include building children’s playgrounds and repairing homes in some of the poorest, rural areas near Santiago. Another Dominican Republic service trip will take place in February, 2017.

He created a very successful hands-on service project for his 2014 District Conference that focused on helping eradicate illiteracy in our local communities. The District 7710 Rotarians collected over 55,000 children’s books and donated them to agencies such as Communities in Schools, Book Harvest, Read & Feed, and YMCA’s of the Triangle.

Rick’s community involvement began with his service on the Town of Cary Parks and Recreation Commission – a group that helps develop strategic goals for the numerous parks and recreational programs offered in Cary, NC. Later, Rick chaired the Cary Comprehensive Growth Plan Committee that developed and reviewed plans for the long-term growth of Cary. He serves on the board of Read & Feed and volunteers weekly tutoring children, reading and providing books, and feeding them a nutritious meal. Rick works with The Center for Volunteer Caregiving. This program coordinates and provides volunteer services in the community to improve the lives of seniors, caregivers, and adults with disabilities. Rick has his own consulting company through which he provides both paid and volunteer services. He donates his time and financial expertise to a number of small non-profit organizations.

He and his wife Gail have one daughter and four grandchildren.

30 Years of Women in Rotary

Our first woman District Governor, Carol Allen (2000-2001) with the assistance of Mary Kamm coordinated the recognition of woman in each club that strongly supports the club, but often does not get recognition.

Happy Feet

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

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. 

Annual Luther H. Hodges Ethics Luncheon

Mark your calendar for the Annual Luther H. Hodges Ethics Luncheon!

This year’s keynote speaker is Sandy Costa, former President and Chief Operating Officer of Quintiles Transnational Corporation. Sandy’s professional experience includes over 40 years in executive and managerial positions within the pharmaceutical, health care and life sciences industries, and as a legal practitioner. He has overseen worldwide business development during periods of explosive growth. Who better to speak to us on practical issues of ethics?  “The most valuable knowledge we can possess is what I call ‘Authentic Knowledge.’ That is the knowledge we glean through our life experiences,” says Costa. To learn more about Costa visit his website

Who:                   Mr. Sandy Costa,

What:                  Annual Luther H. Hodges Ethics Luncheon

Where:               Research Triangle Park Foundation, 12 Davis Drive, RTP, NC

When:                 Monday, May 4th, 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.

The Annual Luther H. Hodges Ethics Luncheon is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Research Triangle Park. Tickets, sponsorship opportunities and additional information will be available at

Boys and Girls Home Receives Donation from Rotary

At the Boys and Girls Home of North Carolina’s annual Rotary Day, they received almost $24,000 in donations from Districts 7710 and 7730. Numerous clubs lined up to present their donations to Gary Faircloth, the president and CEO.  The Clayton Morning Club made the largest single club donation of $5,000 from the proceeds of their Derby Day fundraiser held last May.

Since 1966 Rotary has supported a house at the Boys and Girls Home campus, located at Lake Waccamaw. Over almost five decades, hundreds of young people suffering from physical and verbal abuse, neglect and even sexual abuse have found refuge and a new, brighter future at this facility.

Most of these funds will go towards supporting Flemington Academy, a public charter middle and high school associated with the Boys and Girls Home campus that provides a unique educational opportunity for 75 students, of which 45 are from the Home.