Annual Rotary Peace Center Spring Conference

The 15th Annual Rotary Spring Conference will take place on Saturday, April 7th, 2018, at UNC (FedEx Global Education Center in the Nelson Mandela auditorium).

Class XV graduating fellows will present on issues of international cooperation and conflict resolution to audiences from the university and surrounding area.

Rotary Peace Center Conference link

Eventbrite Registration link

We also hope that you will be able to join us this year.

Five Rotary Clubs gather to Package Food for Meals of Hope

What do five rotary clubs do for fun on a Friday night in late November? They roll up their sleeves and package 80,000 meals for those in need. Kathy Burns, president of the Rotary Club of Morrisville, organized the project with the help of a non-profit organization called Meals of Hope. Four other clubs from District 7710, The Rotary Clubs of Apex, Apex Sunrise, Cary Kildaire, and Cary Page plus Green Hope High School’s Interact Club joined the Morrisville club in providing the manpower and funding for this project. The YMCA Northwest and CrossPointe Church provided the location and volunteers from the community. The meals were given to our local food bank to be distributed locally.

Trudy Croxton shares her expertise on Dementia!

Did you know that Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. or that currently more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s?

On September 13, Trudy Croxton of Cary-Page Rotary presented to the Cary McGregor club on the topic of Dementia. Trudy has spent many years in the Senior Care space and shared her knowledge and experience.

Many of us have a friend or a loved one who is currently experiencing Dementia and this talk provided some great information with regard to looking for “The 10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s.”  Knowing some of the risk factors and how to make certain you are receiving a clear diagnosis were also discussed.

Thanks to Trudy for sharing this most important information!

Clubs on the Move

Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club is now meeting at:

The Mayton Inn
301 South Academy Street
Cary, NC

The meeting location for the Fuquay-Varina Downtown Club has been listed incorrectly in the newsletter for the past two years. YIKES !!  They meet at

Stephen’s Hardware Building
405 Broad Street


Please check the Club Meeting locations on the last page of the Newsletter and make us aware of any other incorrect locations.

Starting with Why – Foundation Update

We had an engaging and inspiring Rotary Foundation Workshop yesterday.  Thank you to all the presenters for doing a great job.  I appreciate all the time and effort each of you put into your presentations.  Thank you PDG Carol Allen, for your attention to detail and your dedication to ensuring that we all had a terrific learning experience.  Most of all, thank you to all who attended and helped us rethink how we look at growing our foundation.

If you were unable to attend the session, you missed an outstanding presentation by Cleve Folger from the Cary Rotary Club.  Click here to watch his video about the Secret Sauce to growing the Rotary Foundation. (77 views) Consider taking the time to watch the video and reflect on WHY you support The Rotary Foundation.

PDG Matthew Kane in his conversation with Paul Harris (played by ADG David Hayden), presented a challenge to our clubs:  Which club among us will be the first to be a 100% Paul Harris Society Club?

As we begin the second century of our foundation, the District 7710 Rotary Peace Fellow Endowment Fund was unveiled.  This endowment when fully achieved will fund the studies of one Rotary Peace Scholar at the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center each year, in perpetuity.

PDG Leigh Hudson encouraged us to join him on the Countdown to Zero.  Your help is essential as we erase this crippling disease from our planet.

We received an update from District Governor, Shafi Parekh.  We learned WHY we are involved in District and Global Grants, WHY we give to the Rotary Endowment, and WHY we support Global Scholarships and the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center.  We even heard from Rotary Peace Fellow Techa Beaumont, from Australia.

As part of our breakout session, we discussed our collective core beliefs for supporting The Rotary Foundation.  Following are the results that were reported by each group:

We support the Annual Fund, because:

  1. We believe in improving the education of our children.
  2. We believe our contributions reach beyond our small community.
  3. We believe giving annually is our way of saying thank you.

Click to watch Thank you for being Champions.

We support the Rotary Endowment, because:

  1. We believe we can make a difference by providing education to individuals around the world.
  2. We believe that we can alleviate and eliminate conflict by supporting the Rotary Peace Centers.
  3. We believe that we can and will eradicate Polio by joining with other partners who trust us.

Click here to watch Do Good With Us.

We support Global Scholarships, because:

  1. We believe that international collaboration and breaking of barriers between different cultures will provide better understanding between individuals.
  2. We believe in developing leaders who understand and develop skills to lead locally and internationally, making a difference.
  3. We believe in providing opportunities for individuals to have an education and experiences to achieve their goals, which they would not have otherwise.

Click here to watch Global Scholar, Briana Acosta, present to the Cary MacGregor Rotary Club (26 views)

We support the Rotary Peace Centers, because:

  1. When you know someone from another location, it broadens your perspective. We believe that with exposure to different cultures at the Peace Centers our scholars will learn ways to reach people from diverse backgrounds.
  2. We are uniquely positioned in having a peace center right in our area. The support of our peace scholars has a multiplier effect reaching thousands in a ripple effect.
  3. There is so much polarization within our nation and our world. The need to learn tools to resolve conflict to make our world less violent.

Click here to watch a Thank You message from the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Fellows.

We are involved in District and Global Grants, because:

  1. We believe in enabling future leaders.
  2. We believe in creating access to basic human rights all over the world.
  3. We believe in collectively investing in sustainability.

Click here to watch a video on how you are Doing Good. (207 views)

We support Polio Plus, because:

  1. We believe that no mother should see her child suffer from this crippling disease.
  2. We believe in investing in peace and infrastructure as a way to cure and prevent disease.
  3. We believe that giving empowers other to give and be great stewards.

Click here to watch a video on Why Zero Matters.

Click here to watch a video on how we are keeping our promise by Dropping to Zero.

Thank you for your annual gifts to The Rotary Foundation that enable us to do good in the world – good that transforms lives in our local communities and around the world.  You are making a difference.

Fighting Hunger

The numbers are alarming. Almost 630,000 North Carolina households don’t have enough to eat. North Carolina has the 8th highest rate of food insecurity in the nation. Almost 1 in 4 CHILDREN (24.6%) faces hunger on a regular basis.

Food insecurity refers to the USDA’s measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods. Across North Carolina, children, families and seniors face food insecurity each day.

In August, the members of the Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club launched a monthly service opportunity that will run the entire Rotary year called Spaghetti Sisters and Brothers. The idea is a simple one, each member is encouraged to bring in cans of spaghetti sauce and pasta to club meetings. For those members that may not like to shop, cash donations are also accepted and other club members will do the food shopping. The donations are then delivered to The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

In the first month, Cary-Kildaire collected a total of 275 pounds of food. This is approximately 229 meals that were provided that otherwise would not be available. We would like to encourage other clubs in the District to consider this as a potential service project for their club. Imagine the power Rotary can bring to helping end hunger in our own area.

Ethics in Rotary

Leadership Triangle is thrilled to partner with the Rotary District 7710 Hodges’s Ethics Initiative for the 2017 THRiVE Leadership Summit in Raleigh, NC, on December 5, 2018.

THRiVE is gearing up to be North Carolina’s most powerful and relevant leadership summit of the year. Notable speakers will challenge thinking, push attendees to the “growing edge” and inspire each one to be his/her BEST self!

Demonstrating our mutual commitment to Ethics and Ethics Training, Leadership Triangle and Rotary will lead by example by offering, four workshops on ethics and value-centered leadership designed by Col. Joe LeBoeuf, Duke MBA Professor and Former Professor at West Point.

Rotary & Leadership Triangle, will co-present this track to attendees from across the Region – appealing to Corporate Executives, Executive Directors, Innovators, Founders, and Emerging Leaders.

As a partner, Leadership Triangle is extending a Special Rate of $109 for Rotarians (Regular Price $189). Registration will open soon. If you have questions contact James Amato  919-595-5165 and email:

We’ll see you at THRiVE!

Rebuilding After Harvey

Rex Everhart, from the Clayton Club, and a few of his church friends travelled to Texas next Wednesday to provide relief to a “typically neglected rural community near the Louisiana border”. This offers the members and clubs in our district a special opportunity to “benefit all concerned” by throwing our support behind the extraordinary experience and leadership that Rex brings to disaster relief projects. Rex has done a lot with NC Baptist Men but has been really impressed with the partnerships and potential of Rotary.

For those who don’t know Rex, he sold his business about 10 years ago to do nothing but help less fortunate people. He has been one of our hardest working latrine and playground builders in the Dominican Republic for the last 5 years. When Leigh Hudson went to recruit him for Rotary in 2008, his wife, Carol, informed me that he was in “Belarus building a church for Ukrainian gypsies that lived on a trash pile”.

Rex is a modest Rotarian who is a real “Difference Maker” and continuously demonstrates “Rotarians – Doing Good in the World.”

How You Can Help suffering from these Devastating Hurricane

The District wants to provide an opportunity for individuals to donate to the victims of Hurricane Harvey and Irma. This can be done through our Disaster Relief Fund, which qualifies for tax deductions, since it is a 501(c)(3) charity.

Make checks payable to: DISTRICT 7710 CHARITABLE FOUNDATION and write “Texas”, “Florida” or “Caribbean” in the memo line of your check, and mail to:  


517 Grist Valley Lane

Cary, North Carolina 27518

Past District Governor, Rusine MItchell Sinclair with Rotary Districts in the impacted areas to determine the best way to allocate the funds collected.

Your generosity will make a difference for those who have lost so much as a result of these terrible natural disasters.

Helping Victims of Hurricane Harvey

The Apex Sunrise Rotary Club did not waste any time springing into action to provide assistance to storm victims in Texas following the flooding from Hurricane Harvey. Two club members, Jon Hansel and Chuck Piercy, began work immediately to reach out to Operation BBQ Relief, a group that provides meals after disasters, to see what they could do.

Two days later, Jon and Chuck were on their way to Texas, to work alongside hundreds of other volunteers with Operation BBQ Relief to crank out as many as 65,000 meals a day. Both Jon and Chuck have competition BBQ cook teams, so to them this was a natural.

“We have worked with Operation BBQ Relief in the past, most recently here in North Carolina after Hurricane Matthew,” said Chuck. “It is a well-that operation that can move in very quickly and respond.”

Chuck and Jon approached the club for its financial support, and the Apex Sunrise Rotary Club didn’t hesitate.

“This is what Rotary, and what our club is all about,” said Tom Gebbia, president of Apex Sunrise Rotary. “Every member was ready to support this effort.”

“It is always overwhelming with the way Rotary responds to causes,” Jon said. “Once we had the club’s support, we had what we needed to help out.”

While Operation BBQ Relief was working from its base in Houston, the meals were sent across all affected areas of Texas to other victims. The National Guard airlifted meals from Operation BBQ Relief by helicopter to other hard hit areas. They estimate they served more than 370,000 meals in nine days. The relief effort was also the subject of news coverage throughout the operation, including an hour-long national broadcast originating from the site on Fox News Channel.

Chuck and Jon also were able to meet with Rotary District 5890 Governor Bill Palko at the Operation BBQ Relief site. In addition to giving him a first-hand look at their efforts, they exchanged Rotary banners to commemorate the moment.

To help with expenses, the Cary MacGregor club donated $1000 and the Apex Sunrise club donated $1500 to Chuck and John for the Houston relief.

They are now heading back to NC to re-group in case they are needed in Florida.

Youth Exchange Student Heads to Peru

Southwest Durham Rotary Club sent their first Rotary Youth Exchange Student to Arequipa Peru recently. Grace Abels will spend a year in Peru and is already doing fabulously. Grace is a Rotary Youth Exchange legacy as her father Jon Abels was an exchange student to Sweden “some years ago”. (Jon is now involved with the Rotary Peace Fellow program at Duke.)

Grace graduated from Durham School of the Arts prior to leaving and has been accepted to Duke upon her return.

We are also expecting our first inbound exchange student from Brazil in a few days who will be attending Jordan High School.

If your club is yet to get involved with Rotary Youth Exchange, I highly suggest you do. It is a tremendously rewarding experience for the students, host families and host clubs. This is how Peace breaks out one person at a time.