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

Posted in District Conference, District News.