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.

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 ( More recently, the North Raleigh Club has initiated a similar program in Raleigh ( 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

Welcome our 47th Rotary Club

Sean and Jessica are married. Sean is a former Exchange Student. He and his wife joined the Raleigh Parkside Club because of the amazing experience he had as an exchange student.

Sean and Jessica are married. Sean is a former Exchange Student. He and his wife joined the Raleigh Parkside Club because of the amazing experience he had as an exchange student.

Our 47th Rotary Club Raleigh Parkside was chartered November 2, 2016. The charter celebration was held at Spring Roles Restaurant (5433 Wade Park Blvd.) located in the Parkside Community where the new Rotarians live.

DGE Shafi Parekh collected an energetic group of 20 awesome professionals, wanting to give back to their community. Even before they were Rotarians, they launched “Snacks@School” fundraisers to provide healthy snacks to students on free and reduced lunch programs at 3 nearby schools. The project, suggested by a student who noticed that some of her classmates did not have a snack, told her Rotarian mother.


Raleigh Parkside Club Officers Sylvester Carolen (left) Treasurer Tayzoon Rasani , President, Ashley Brackett, Secretary and Allison Walton – President-Elect

During the celebration, Shafi was there via “Facetime” from his Physical Therapy hospital bed. He is recovering from an accident, but that did not prevent him from wanting to voice congratulations to each of the new Rotarians, their families and friends. PDG Leigh and Pug Hudson visited Shafi after the celebration to encourage him to get well soon.

DG Rusine did an awesome job welcoming the new Rotarians and presented their Rotary packet, certificate, pin and installed their officers. Please see her photographic talent.

Also attending the celebration were: PDG Rick Carnagua; ADG David Hayden; RC West Raleigh Sponsor Rotarians: P Moe and Salma Hassan, PP Mike Giancola and Sponsor liaison Trino Ascencio; District Extension Chair and DGND Marie and P David Howard.

Lighting up Uganda

unlit2A little light for your day – Amity Senior has Solar

With the assistance of a District Grant the installation of lights for the first school in Uganda as part of this project is complete (three more to go). Thanks to the support of: Raleigh Midtown, North Raleigh, Raleigh, Cary Kildaire, Research Triangle Park, West Raleigh, Wake Forest and Durham Rotaries and Past District Governor Matthew Kane.

Our team of electricians installed 88 LED lights throughout Amity Senior Secondary school campus.

The following video highlights the project;

Pictures from the Amity Installation: Link

Thank you from Amity’s Headmaster: Link

Video proof of the difference between lit and unlit schools: Link