District News

Turn on the Lights

During 2013-2014, the Rotary global theme was “Engage Rotary, Change Lives”. The Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club wanted to take advantage of this theme, so they applied for a district matching grant that would allow the club to change the lives of a group of young women in Cary.

They worked with The Corral Riding Academy, a local non-profit organization that works with at-risk teenage girls by giving them an opportunity to grow, develop, achieve, and be successful, all in a safe and caring environment. One of the ways they achieve this goal is through equestrian therapy and care. They pair at-risk girls with rescued horses and encourage them to develop a bond of trust and confidence.

One of the major needs for Corral Riding Academy was outdoor lighting for their training arena so that during the winter months that the program does not need to end due to inadequate light. The Cary-Kildaire Club applied for a district grant to provide outdoor arena lights for the arena. During the course of the year, club members and other generous volunteers from the community helped to secure the lighting structures, prepare arena for lighting, obtain permits, and install the lights.

Once the lights were installed, they had a lighting party, where the staff and girls of the Academy discovered that the Rotarians were able to leverage the funds to light the whole arena versus just half as they originally planned. The Corral Riding Academy is now able to continue with their trainings and lessons during the winter months in a safely lit outdoor arena space. What a wonderful way to give back with a Rotary District Grant that did “Engage Rotary and Change Lives”.

Supporting Caregivers

On February 15, Rotarians from seven clubs came together in support of families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders. Members of the Durham Clubs, including the eClub of District 7710, organized an event in honor of the tremendous impact caregivers make every day in the lives of their loved ones. Over 46 caregivers and loved ones were treated to a catered luncheon with music, fellowship, and fun. Rotarians collected many wonderful raffle prizes for the event ranging from an iPod shuffle, tickets to the Carolina Theater, to a very generous gift certificate to Nana’s Restaurant in Durham. At the end of the event, many caregivers shared their gratitude with Rotarians for hosting an event with the sole purpose of recognizing them and the role that they play as caregivers.

PHF Awarded to Dr. Andrew Lodge

Durham Sunrise Rotary proudly hosted a presentation of the Paul Harris Fellow Award to Dr. Andrew Lodge of the Pediatric Cardiac Unit of Duke University Hospital

Dr. Lodge led a team of doctors, specialists, and nurses from Duke University Hospital on a VTT/medical mission to the Philippines last September under a Rotary Foundation Global Grant. During this weeklong mission, Dr. Lodge and his team successfully performed open-heart surgeries on 10 children with congenital heart defects. All children have fully recovered and are now enjoying their second chance at life. Thanks to Duke University Hospital, Rotary International and Rotary Foundation, several Rotary Clubs in District 7670, and other participating organizations such as the Gift of Life International, Gift of Life of Western Carolina, Filipino American Community of Western North Carolina, and the host Rotary Club of Makati West in the Philippines, for their generous support.

In April 2013, Dr. Lodge was also the team leader of the VTT/medical mission from Duke University Hospital that went to the Philippines under a Rotary International Matching Grant. Through their surgical intervention, the Duke team not only saved a similar number of children with congenital heart defects but also trained their medical counterparts at the Philippine Children’s Medical Center.

In recognition of Dr. Lodge’s exemplary commitment to Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self”, the Rotary Club of Pisgah Forest (the International Partner under this Global Grant) is presenting to him the Paul Harris Fellow Award.

Promoting Fellowships at the Upcoming District Conference

Local Artist Janet Francoeur's rendition of New Bern, NC

Local Artist Janet Francoeur’s rendition of New Bern, NC

The 2015 District Conference in New Bern, NC is just around the corner and I’m getting excited about the opportunity to promote building membership in Rotary Fellowships. Rotary Fellowships are groups of Rotarians, Rotarian spouses, and Rotaractors who join together to:

  • Share a common interest in worthwhile recreational activities (sports, hobbies, etc.)
  • Further their vocational development through acquaintance with others of the same profession
  • Make new friends around the world
  • Explore new opportunities for service
  • Have fun and enhance their experience in Rotary

Some Fellowships are conducted mostly online (Global History, Social Networks, etc.) but others are more beneficial if experienced regularly in person. The District 7710 Fellowship Committee has the objective of building a local presence of Fellowship groups. For instance, if you’re a cyclist you could join the cycling fellowship Cycling 2 Serve then invite other D7710 Rotarians to do the same. Once you have a group of regulars, you have the capacity to schedule group rides and other events that a cycling club might do. It also gives you the opportunity to recruit prospective Rotarians by inviting them through the Fellowship, introducing them to Rotary and pointing them towards a Club.

One of the organizations that will be promoted at the District Conference this year is a business networking fellowship. This Fellowship can provide a comfortable environment for promoting your business and networking with other Rotarian professionals and business owners.

We need your help! If you currently belong to any Rotary Fellowships, please contact the committee at: fellowships@rotary7710.org by March 27th. Include the name of the Fellowship you belong to. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

Annual Spring Peace Fellows Conference

On April 11th, 2015, ten graduating fellows will host Rotarians, faculty, staff, students, and local participants as they present their research on a wide range of issues affecting peace around the world.

The theme this year is “People-Centered Approaches to Conflict Resolution and Sustainable Peace.”

Please visit our Spring 2015 Conference page, for more details related to the event.

Registration here.

35 Prepare to travel to Dominican

For the 3rd consecutive year, Rotarians from across the district make plans to travel to Dominican Republic to focus on sanitation project in late January.

DG Elect Newman in Training

Newman and Ann-Louise Aguiar will travel this month to attend the amazing International Assembly with 520 other 2015-16 Governors from around the world.

RTP Club Reboots and Rebuilds

With the combined energy of President Elect Andrew Kerr and President Joy Alford-Brand, the RTP club is growing membership by boldly inviting local community leaders and offering great programs. Club veterans have demonstrated exceptional  vision and commitment.