Central Johnston Recognizes Major Donor

Recently, Carol Arnn, was recognized as a Major Donor of The Rotary Foundation. She donated $25,000 to the PolioPlus program in the memory of her husband David Arnn, who was a District Governor of District 7710 from 2001 – 2002.

In the photo at the left from the left are Leigh Hudson, Carol Arnn and Pat Bridgers.

World’s Greatest Meal

The concept of the “World’s Greatest Meal” is to hold an event where all or a portion of the meal goes towards the EndPolioNow campaign.

Over the past three years, over 3,000 events have been held involving over 170,000 people in 72 countries. They have raised over $2 million, which when matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation means $6.5 million is going towards ending Polio.

Scott Rossi, Cary-Kildaire Club assists this group by recording all the events and the money raised.

Susanne Rea, an Australian Rotarian, who was afflicted with Polio as a child organized and Mukesh Mulhotra,,a Rotarian from Britain, established the World’s Greatest Meal.

Using the power of Facebook they encouraged groups to have a meal and donate the proceeds to Polio. Some have a frugal meal and donate what they were going to pay for a full meal. The smallest donation was $14 and the largest at a gala event in Brazil was $67,000.

Swedish Rotary Friendship Exchange

Swedish FlagThe return Friendship Exchange visit of Rotarians and spouses from Swedish Districts 2350 (Stockholm area) and 2360 (Gothenburg vicinity) will take place from Friday, September 23 through Monday, October 3, 2016. The couples will arrive and depart from RDU. Nearly all of our guests hosted those of us who went on a similar exchange in May and August 2015 to their Districts.

We are looking for volunteers to home host one (or two if you have the room) couples for three or four nights. We plan to have our guests divide their time in the Northern, Central and Eastern parts of our District. Once we have an idea of who is interested in hosting, then an itinerary for that region will be developed.

Hosting is a wonderful way to get to know someone from another part of the world. With Barry Philips, District Governor Rusine Mitchell Sinclair, and I having met most of those coming to our District, we can assure you that you will have a delightful experience and establish good Rotary friendships. We know from past RFEs that hosts have arranged additional visits with each other in the years following the visits.

Home hosting entails minimal obligations. You simply provide a room, a breakfast or two and at least one dinner where you and your quests will have quality time for one evening. Clubs in the regions that will be hosting are also encouraged to consider having the visitors put on a program. At a minimum, they should be introduced and allowed to say a few words at a Club meeting.

If you are interested in hosting, please contact Barry Phillips at barryphillips1314@gmail.com who is coordinating the inbound visit, or me at DG7620@ medicinemanremedies.com or 919-967-8816.

Raymond Raedy
District RFE Chairman

The 2017 RI Convention Discount

Rotary International Convention registrations between May 28 – June 6, 2016 can register for $265. From June 6 until December the registration fee increases to $340 and in December 2016 goes to $415. Register early for the Rotary International Convention and save. All RI Convention events are within walking distance of the convention hotels. Bus transportation from the District is being organized.