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Casino Night for North Raleigh, and a Gala for Lillington, Wines Around the World for Morrisville


The Rotary Club of North Raleigh’s

1st Annual Casino Night Fund Raiser
Saturday March 28, 2015
7 – 10:30 PM

NC State University Club
4200 Hillsborough St, Raleigh

Enjoy an evening of fun, food and prizes!!  Heavy appetizers and two free drinks per person.
Exciting silent auction items for the highest bidders.
Tickets $75/per person.
Proceeds help support Raleigh area charities.

Tickets on sale NOW !

Professional gaming and dealers:

Black Jack
Texas Hold’em
Great Prizes

1st Prize:   51″ Samsung HDTV
2nd Prize:  Lady’s & Gentleman’s Fashion Watches
3rd Prize:  Samsung Tablet

To purchase tickets go to http://northraleighrotary.org
For more information contact Scott Tarkenton at scott.tarkenton@jindalfilms.com or by calling 919-349-5020





Date: Thursday, May 11, 2017
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Venue: RDU General Aviation Terminal, RDU Airport
Wines Provided by:  Triangle Wine Company

Tickets: $35

​To purchase tickets visit www.winesaroundtheworld.org or call Michele Nicklis at 919-656-0655.

Proceed from the event supports  most of  our charitable activities including: Alzheimer’s of NC, Cary Family YMCA, The Carying Place, Dorcan Ministries, Boys/Girls Home of NC, Interact Scholarship, District projects such as MLK Day, Duke/UNC Rotary Peace Center, End Polio Now, and Zimbabwe Eye Project.

Rotary Foundation Update

Congratulations Rotarians you had a stellar year creating new records in four out of five categories of aggressive targets for giving to support our charity, The Rotary Foundation.

The Endowment Fund Goal was $50,000, with actual donations being $76,140. This does not include commitments made by our generous members through estate planning of $780,000.

The Polio Plus Goal was $75,000, with actual donations being $93,198. The district also donated $17,500 of available District Designated Funds (DDF) making a total of $110,198.

The Annual Fund Goal was $500,000, with the actual donations being $411,452. This is the third highest annual donation and there is still a chance for this figure to grow because The Rotary Foundation has not yet entered all of the donations for the month of June.

Other donations, where there was no goal set totaled $46,190

The total donations Goal was $625,000. The actual total donations were $626,980.

 2014/15 Actual 2015/6 Actual 2016/17 Goals 2016/17    Year to Date %
Annual Fund  $    372,011  $    422,711  $    500,000  $    411,452 82 %
Endowment Fund  $      36,050  $      37,510  $      50,000  $      76,140 152 %
Polio Plus  $      48,196  $      63,383  $      75,000  $      93,198 124 %
Sub Total  $    625,000  $    580,790 93 %
Other  $      24,100  $         8,425  $      46,190
Total  $    480,357  $     532,029  $    625,000  $    626,980 100%


Now for a summary of how you used those dollars available to clubs based on previous year’s donations to the Annual Fund. Collectively you put the money to work – making a difference in communities locally and world-wide.

The District Grants Committee approved 31 District Grants from 21 qualified sponsoring clubs with an additional 12 other clubs participating as contributors, resulting in 72% of District 7710 Rotary Clubs (33 out of 46) being involved in the District Grant process. Total District Designated Funds allocated was $104,581 for projects totaling $279,411.

The District Grant projects breakout into the following categories, of which four of the projects were International District Grants:

  • Community Building – 13 Projects       (42%)
  • Education – 8 Projects        (29%)
  • Food and Nutrition – 5 Projects        (16%)
  • Alzheimer’s Disease and Senior Care           – 4 Projects        (13%)
  • Disease Prevention and Treatment              – 1 Project          (3%)


The District Grants Committee approved four Global Grants sponsored by District 7710 Rotary clubs, which were subsequently approved by The Rotary Foundation. Additionally, two other GGs were partially funded by District 7710 at the request of District Leadership. The District Scholarship Committee approved one Global Scholarship.


Total District Designated Funds allocated was $49,800. The total amount of the projects supported was $742,347 and $28,455 was paid into the Annual Fund as part of the exchange program. In exchange for receiving District 7710 Global Grant District Designated Funds the clubs contributed 57% of the District Designated Fund amount which they donated to The Rotary Foundation’s Annual Fund. These funds bolster the regular giving from District 7710 members and clubs to the Annual Fund, increasing the amount of District 7710 giving.

Thank you to all of you who made donations and/or commitments to the Foundation. Each of us may have slightly different reasons why we support the Foundation, perhaps different areas of focus that appeal to our own humanitarian goals.

But what we have in common is the certainty that what we give will have the protection of an organization with a reputation for strong, open financial stewardship.

The Rotary Foundation gets the highest rating from independent organizations that assess how effective and efficient charities use donations. We can all take pride in why we give, what we give and how our gifts make a difference in the world.

The Rotary Foundation – For This Year

By Newman Aguiar

Thank you for your ongoing support of our Foundation. During the past 100 years, our Foundation has spent over $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects, led by Rotarians, that change lives both close to home and around the world. Because of your annual contributions, we are able to make lives better in our community and around the world.

District Governor Shafi Parekh has set some ambitious goals for our District this Rotary year:

  • Increase annual giving to the Annual Fund (SHARE) to $500,000.
    • In the 2016-17 Rotary Year the District gave $410,842
  • Obtain annual giving in the Endowment Fund at $50,000
    • In the 2016-17 Rotary Year the District gave $76,140
  • Obtain annual giving to Polio-Plus at $75,000
    • In the 2016-17 Rotary Year the District gave $93,198

Because of your generosity, we surpassed our 2016-2017 goals for Polio-Plus and the Endowment, under the leadership of District Governor Rusine Mitchell-Sinclair and District Rotary Foundation Chair Barry Phillips.

Your contributions to The Rotary Foundation will be vital to surpassing our 2017-2018 goals and continuing our strong tradition of doing good in the world.

To support our clubs, this year we have designated Area Foundation Chairs to work closely with your Club Foundation Chair. I am very grateful to the Rotarians who have agreed to serve in this new role:

Area 1:    Stanley Morton – Roxboro

Area 2:    Louis Mullinger – Wakefield / Wake Forest

Area 3:    William Smith – Central Johnston County

Area 4:    Jerry Jones – Garner

Area 5:    Leroy Reshard – Fuquay-Varina

Area 6:    William Palmer – Chapel Hill-Carrboro Sunrise

Area 7:    Dallas Stallings – Durham

Area 8:    Lisa Higginbotham – Apex Sunrise

Area 9:    Cleve Folger – Cary

Area 10:  Randy Lickey – Capital City – Raleigh

Your annual gifts, and the gifts of every Rotarian in our District, make it possible for us to support the many transformative projects that our clubs undertake to improve lives in our community and around the world. The impact is evident in the smiles of the children who received dictionaries, books and educational support through our projects that support literacy, and the joyful sounds of children playing on the new equipment we installed in the playground we built, and the realization that the food we packed will feed families in our community who are struggling with food insecurity, and the knowledge that fewer families will suffer from water borne diseases because of the clean water and sanitation we helped provide, and so much more.

“At the 1917 convention, outgoing Rotary president Arch Klumph proposed setting up an endowment ‘for the purpose of doing good in the world.’  That one idea, and an initial contribution of $26.50, set in motion a powerful force that has transformed millions of lives around the globe.”

Recognizing Rotarians of the Year

The last month has seen Rotary Clubs across the District recognizing individuals in their club that has made a significant contribution to the club.

Terri Black and Ian Rumbles, your District Newsletter Editors, were deeply honored to be named the Clayton Rotary “Rotarians of the Year.”

Sixth Annual Peak City Pig Fest

The Apex Sunrise Rotary Club has another successful event in the books. The 6th Annual Bone Suckin’ Sauce Peak City Pig Fest was held in Historic Downtown Apex June 15 & 16, and despite rain both days, the event was a successful fundraiser for the club.

The Triangle’s only BBQ competition sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) attracted 48 teams from all over the Southeast to compete for a purse totaling almost $13,000. The winning team was Old Colony Smokehouse from Edenton, NC. This was their first Grand Championship.

The event featured music, a beer garden, pig races, a rib eating contest and of course BBQ. The Apex Sunrise Rotary Club sold BBQ prepared by last year’s People’s Choice Winner Holly Springs BBQ Company, led by Rotarian Jon Hansel.

Rotary was visible throughout the event, with street banners, a Rotary balloon, and all Rotarians wearing “Rotarian at Work” T-shirts.

The Apex Sunrise Rotary Club will use the proceeds from the event to benefit local charities. Beneficiaries in the past have included Western Wake Crisis Ministry, Operation: Coming Home, Miracle League of the Triangle and the United States Veterans Corps.

Cary Central Recognizes Paul Harris Fellows

Cary Central Rotary Club held their annual installation banquet on June 26, 2017. We were pleased to have incoming Governor Shafi Parekh in attendance to induct our incoming officers. Our club of 27 active members was honored by having awarded nine Paul Harris Fellows this year. And just as important is the annual award of our Rotarian of the Year to one of our charter members Don Cooper.












Gordon Carson, Paul Harris Fellow chair (left), John Cox, Susan Carson, Russell Duncan, Kevin Swan, District Governor Shafi Parekh, Buck Fisher, Tom Landsittel and Doug Lewis. (Not pictured:  Nan Clark, Paul Stephenson)

RLI Announces 4-4-3 Program

The Rotary Leadership Institute has created a new cost incentive for clubs that send four or more to a regular Rotary Leadership Institute event.

Effective immediately, the new “Four for Three” (4-4-3) Incentive Program events will reimburse Rotary clubs for one registration for every four Rotarians that attend a single Rotary Leadership Institute event, no matter which Parts these Rotarians attend.

Annually there is a Rotary Leadership Institute session held in January in Cary. (Look for reminders starting in the November newsletter.)

This Fall, the Rotary Leadership Institute will be offering all three parts in Durham, NC,

Saturday, September 30, 2017

8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Duke Corporate Education

310 Blackwell Street, Durham

Click here to Register  or visit www.rli.org for more information 

The course fee is $95 which includes lunch and breaks.  All three parts will be offered.

Remembering Sam Owori

President-elect Sam F. Owori died July 13, 2017 from complications after surgery.

Sam, who was elected to serve as president of Rotary International in 2018-19, would have been the second African Rotary member, and the first Ugandan, to hold that office. He joined Rotary in 1978 and was a member of the Rotary Club of Kampala, Uganda.

Sam was highly respected for his high integrity, quiet confidence and consistent ethical standards.

Click on the picture or follow this link to view a memorial https://youtu.be/Nww1vVmGdXQ

Meeting the 1.2M Tree Planting Challenge

Rotary President Ian Riseley has issued a challenge. He is asking every Rotary Club to plant a tree for each of its members between July 1, 2017 and Earth Day, April 22, 2018. How are we going to do this?

The Rotary Way!  We plan. We work together. We find partners. We have fun.

The Plan:  District Governor Shafi asked me to convene a District Environmental Sustainability Committee. As chair, I’m asking three things. First, invite me to come speak at one of your club meetings. Second, consider forming a small environmental sustainability committee in your club. I will help. Third, check out the many ways you can support the 1.2 Million Tree Planting Challenge on the Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Action Group website at https://www.esrag.org/getting-started .

Local or global, for beauty or for food, tree planting is a symbol of Rotary’s commitment to the seeds we plant that produce long after we are gone.

Stay tuned!  I look forward to working with you!

Melissa J. Mills ( melissa.mills@gmail.com , 919-949-8733 )

District Names Global Scholar

Briana Acosta has been selected as the District’s 2017-18 Global Scholar and will begin her studies, in September, at the Center for Research and Higher Education in Social Anthropology in Chiapas, Mexico. Briana was sponsored by the Apex Sunrise Rotary Club. Five additional candidates vying for the one scholarship were sponsored by the East Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Sunrise Clubs. This year the slate of candidates was exceptionally well qualified and all participating clubs are commended for their efforts in the selection process.

Briana was recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Duke University with a double major in Cultural Anthropology and Global Health. Her goal at the Center for Research is to pursue graduate studies within The Rotary Foundation’s focus of Disease Prevention and Treatment. Her studies and research will focus primarily on the prevention of HIV/AIDs and other sexually transmitted infections among the migrant indigenous female youth of Mexico. Her ultimate goal is a Master’s Degree in Public Health and eventually a doctorate in that area.

In addition to her academic preparation Briana has completed field experiences in Kenya, in Chile and in Costa Rica. She has an advanced level in Spanish in both written and spoken proficiency.

In one of recommendations, the writer is quoted, “She is a wonderfully prepared and positioned to make the most of this extraordinary opportunity. She has both the intellectual firepower and the personal grace and charm to do it well”.

Clubs are encouraged to invite Briana to your club events to celebrate her selection as our scholar. She can be reached at briana.acosta321@gmail.com.

We wish Briana a successful year.