District News

A big Vision for Book Harvest’s Little Free Library

The Downtown Durham Rotary Club has put Book Harvest on the map — the Little Free Library worldwide map, that is!

Thanks to Rotary member and library builder Joe Houde, Book Harvest is among the newest stewards of a Little Free Library here in Durham. In fact, Houde is one of a group of Rotary members who have embraced the Little Free Library movement and are determined to make sure Durham is filled with opportunities for the community to “take a book, return a book.”

Clayton Interact Supports Celebration Playground

The Clayton High School Interact club held a Family Fun Day at their school in cooperation with the school alumni. They presented the Clayton Parks and Recreation Foundation with a check for $1,100 to support the Celebration Park, which is an inclusive park for all children in Clayton.

The Clayton Interact club has about 100 members and dedicated teacher advisers Sue Mullins and Janice West. Rex Everhart acts as the club liaison.

Zebulon Rotary Supports Food Ministry

The Zebulon Rotary Club recently presented a check for $840 to Tom Falvey to help support the Brown Bag Ministry site he coordinates at St. Eugene Catholic Church in Wendell.

The money was a portion of the proceeds the Rotary Club raised through its annual auction to benefit a variety of area community services.

The Brown Bag Ministry is a Triangle nonprofit group that serves the homeless and the hungry. It’s Wendell site has been operating for six years and currently prepares about 1,000 bag lunches that are distributed throughout Wendell and Zebulon on Saturdays.

Take a Kid to the Ballgame

ballgameWithout the support of District 7710 Clubs, many underprivileged children would never have the chance to attend a real baseball game.

This first major District event will take place:

Sunday, August 7, 2016

5:00 pm

Durham Bulls vs. Gwinnett Braves

Make it a fun day by also bringing family and friends. Experience baseball in this new park.

For more details contact Xavier Wortham at xavierlw@aol.com or call 919-690-2750.

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

North Raleigh Rotarian Helps Palestinian Teen

Members of the Rotary Club of North Raleigh have learned a lot about prosthetic devices since Brent Wright joined their club last September.

Wright is a certified prosthetics/orthotics and practice manager for the Raleigh branch of EastPoint Prosthetics and Orthotics, based in Kinston, N.C., and owned by fellow Rotarian Paul Sugg. The company was recently featured in a WRAL story about a disabled Palestinian youth who is now able to walk.

Abdallah Snoubar, 16, was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor on his left knee by Palestinian doctors two years ago.  Part of his leg was amputated at an Israeli hospital and he used crutches until he was brought to the United States by the Raleigh-based chapter of the Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund. As part of his treatment, Snoubar was fitted for a new prosthetic leg by Wright at EastPoint Prosthetics and Orthotics in Raleigh.

PalestinianTeenIt took an international effort to provide Palestinian teen Abdullah Snoubar, third from left, with a new leg. He is shown in the photo, from left, with Rotarian Brent Wright of EastPoint Orthotics, Faizal Hamdoon, another EastPoint patient, and Frank Hodges of SunStone Lab.

Most prosthetics are formed to the shape of a leg, but Snoubar’s device uses new technology with adjustable straps and pads so that he is able to adjust the tension, Fewer than 20 people in the U.S. have a prosthesis similar to this one.

The $16,000 device, manufactured by SunStone Lab and fitted by EastPoint Prosthetics and Orthotics, was provided to Snoubar as a gift, while he was staying with a host family in the Triangle. Now he is able to walk without crutches.

“It was a privilege to meet and provide a prosthesis for Abdallah,” Wright said. “He was such a fast learner and always kept a positive attitude. His determination was inspiring.”

Providing encouragement and motivation was another patient at EastPoint, Faizal Hamdoon, a Paralympian runner.

Wright has been very active in his Rotary club and now is head of the club’s international board, appropriate because of his interest in helping others around the world.

With his wife Meredith, Wright has a nonprofit organization called LifEnabled Inc., which is active in Guatemala, holding clinics and helping people with prosthetic devices.

Sam’s Ride for Peace

Sam Winstead, a Roxboro Rotary Club member and an ex WWII marine, celebrated his 91st birthday May 22nd in Washington DC one day after completing his 5th consecutive Ride for Peace.  For the last 5 years, Sam has led a small team of bicyclists from Raleigh NC to Washington DC to carry and deliver a personal message, and offer a challenge, to our politicians to take positive action for peace in the world.

Sam’s 5th Ride for Peace left Raleigh on May 14, 2016. The riders were treated to a rousing send-off serenade in Raleigh by the Triangle Raging Grannies. When they arrived in Washington DC on May 21, 2016, where riders joined in a peaceful display organized by Veterans For Peace (VFP) supporting Roger Ehrlich’s Swords to Plowshares Memorial Bell Tower display at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall.

In Sam’s own words:

In 1945, we were camped on the northern tip of Okinawa waiting for the ship that would bring me home to the land of freedom and harmony. Our guns had silenced all the evil forces and I knew wars would be history. In 2014, I must concede that I had it all wrong

When Sam left the military after World War II, he tried his best to never think about war again. “I served in World War II with the First Marine Division and afterwards I just separated myself from war, war mongers, anything pertaining to war,”

That was until he received a letter from his grandson who was serving in Iraq. “Grandad, I am so distressed. They don’t want us over here, we are just tearing this country apart. We don’t want to be here, killing innocent people”.

The letter brought Sam back to the horrors of a bloody conflict seventy years earlier. He had tried to deal with the pain of losing friends in WWII by staying removed from the thought of war- but now his grandson was in the same pain.

So Sam decided to organize a bike ride from North Carolina to Washington, DC, bringing his message of peace to the people that could make a difference- the representatives in Congress.  In April 2012, the then 86 year old Sam Winstead began the very first Sam’s Ride for Peace.

Putting together a ride involves a lot of time, planning, expertise, and energy. Looking to the future, Sam created a Not For Profit Corporation (Sam’s Ride for Peace, Inc) that will continue his legacy after his cycling days are over.

Sam’s Mission can be explained in the following statements:-

  • To work with other Peace Delegates towards a common goal
  • To emphasize the need for peace to our youths and to ensure them that everyone has an interest in this world and a right to demand peace.
  • To recognize that over the last five year we have had members from seven foreign countries ride with us and, with their help, there is an opportunity for our mission to encompass the world.
  • To support riders that are in financial need, especially youth, if finances are available

Sam usually stays in DC to visit senators and representatives as part of his mission for peace, but this year he hurried home to his ailing wife, Marie, who is in a Durham nursing home recovering from a stroke and broken hip as result of a fall.  Marie had encouraged Sam not to miss his fifth Ride for Peace, knowing how important the ride was to Sam.

Producer/Director of FiLMS for World Peace Ahmed Selim, his wife Anita and their two sons were on the ride along with several of Ahmed’s NC State students . Ahmed filmed portions of the ride and evening activities which featured two new destinations, the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart near the Virginia Commonwealth Univ. in Richmond, and Longwood University in Farmville.  Roger Ehrlich (VFP) had set up the Swords to Plowshares Memorial Bell Tower at the Cathedral the previous week, and we held a moving ceremony at the Bell Tower the morning of May 18th.

For the fifth consecutive year, the riders were hosted by the wonderful people of the Grayhaven Winery in Gum Spring, and the Glen-Ora Farm in Middleburg, as well as George Ripley’s Columbia Heights home once we landed in DC.

Planning for the 6th annual ride is already underway as the SRFP committees absorb the lessons of this year’s ride and seek to consolidate and extend ways to take Sam’s message into schools and colleges.

To learn more visit  www.samsrideforpeace.com

Purple Pinky

PurplePinky2A Purple Pinky Project was recently completed by the Harnett Central High School Interact Club.

Students paid to have their pinky finger painted purple, similar to how children are marked as having been vaccinated.

The students then put their finger on a cut-out of a hand and signed their name.

Not only did the project raised $152 and made the youth more aware of the Polio disease.