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.
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.