District News

4-Way Test Contest

The Four-Way Test Essay Contest is coming! The essay contest is open to 7th and 8th graders who submit essays in local contests hosted by each Rotary Club. The deadline for entries to the local contest is December 7, 2015, so there is plenty of time for your club to arrange a contest and collect submissions. Once a winner of the local contest is selected, the winner represents the club at the District competition. Winners are announced at the end of January.

The rules are fairly simple. Essays are limited to 300 words, and must not have been previously submitted to any other contest. The topic is simply “What do you think about the 4-Way Test?” That’s pretty much it.

This is an easy way for each club to participate at the district level with minimal time commitment. Presidents just need to identify a chairperson who visits the local middle school. Find a contact person and launch your contest!

On the district website, http://rotary7710.org/programs/four-way-test-contest/ we have all the materials that you will need, including flyers for the school and PowerPoint presentation on the 4-Way Test. Contact Martin Tetreault at (919) 631-9847 or martin@smithfieldlaw.com if you have any questions.

World Polio Day October 24

October 24th, 2015 is World Polio Day. District 7710 is working hard on generating excitement in clubs to raise funds to help fight this disease. Check out our new page for information on how your club can help.

Global Run 4 Water

It is BAAACCCCKK!!!! The Fourth Annual GlobalRun4Water is back for another fantastic year!

Save the Date – Sunday, September 27 at 4:00pm at the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC.

Back by popular demand…or we should say, back by NEED in our world! There are millions of people around the world who suffer on a daily basis due to the lack of clean, potable water and adequate sanitation facilities in their communities. That is where the GlobalRun4Water steps in and helps! In addition, it takes place right here in our very own Rotary District 7710.

Join other fabulous Rotarians and community participants as we raise money for global water & sanitation projects. We need Runners, Walkers, Water-Carry Competition Teams, Volunteers, Sponsors and most of all…WE NEED YOU! If you have been to this event before, then you know it is fun and a worthy way to spend your Sunday afternoon. So tell a friend, get your club signed-up, and make plans now to join us for the fourth Annual GlobalRun4Water!

NEW for the 4th Annual GlobalRun4Water

You can bring your dog to run & walk for only $5! See website for details! Please note, it can be warm at the end of September, so be smart with your pet if the temperature seems to warm.

Register for a Performance T-shirt! Those ever-so-popular performance shirts are great for keeping your body cool from a sweaty workout! Now you can get a performance t-shirt to support GlobalRun4Water!

Everyone gets a timing chip and results are posted LIVE!

Can’t attend the race on Sunday, Sept. 27 but still want to make a donation? You can do that now through the Donation tab on the website!

Full link: http://www.rotarydistrict7710rotaryglobalrun4water.com/
Contact: Scott Rossi scott@mediscribe.com or Becca Smith 919-306-6385

Focused Filmmaker

With a small cassette recorder, Anna Jones set out to tell the story of her father, North Carolina’s first black school board chairman.

Anna Jones set out with a little RadioShack cassette recorder in 2007 to document a few stories about her parents. When a mayor of a small North Carolina town told her, “Your father did more for Northampton County than anyone,” she recalls, “that was surprising to me. I wanted to know, what did he do?” Inspired by the film festival in her hometown of Durham, Jones enrolled in a documentary filmmaking program to tell his story. The result, Chairman Jones: An Improbable Leader, is an hour-long film following James Henry Jones’ journey from sharecropper to the first black school board chairman in the state. He fought to integrate schools, which – despite the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision that separate but equal schools were unconstitutional – remained separate and inferior in many places. With only a seventh-grade education, James Jones “always mourned the loss of his education,” says his daughter, a member of the Rotary Club of Durham. “He wanted to make sure that anyone who wanted that opportunity, whether they were black or white or whatever, would get it.” Anna Jones’ adventure in cinema was funded through an ambitious online crowdfunding drive, grants, and contributions from family and friends. That assistance, combined with a daughter’s dogged determination, helped craft a resonant tribute to a man who strived to show that “cooperation is possible between races,” Jones says.

Chairman Jones – Documentary Prelude from Stewart Nelsen on Vimeo.

Take a Kid to a Ballgame

4516Sunday, August 2, 2015

Durham Bulls Athletic Park

Game Time: 5:00 p.m.

Food Is Served at 4:15 p.m.

Cost Per Kid:      $12.50

Cost Per Adult:  $25.00

The Durham Bulls are donating tickets to kids.  The $12.50 is to cover the cost of food.  The $25.00 for Adult Tickets is for ticket and food.

  1. Bring your own kids and Members.  Please supply Greg Leighton with your totals ASAP.  Deadline is July 27, 2015!!
  2. Sponsor kids from the YMCA Summer Camps who are underprivileged.
  3. Our goal is to raise enough for 400 kids — $5,000.00 for the kids; the adult total will depend on Club involvement.
  4. Tickets will be picked up outside the front gate on day of game.  Game time is 5:00p.m.  Food is served at 4:15p.m. and is ALL YOU CAN EAT!  Seats are in the right field picnic area.
  5. Please make checks payable to:

Morrisville Rotary Club

Post Office Box 31

Cary, North Carolina 27513

Questions: Please contact Greg Leighton, at: galeighton@gmail.com  or Via Cell #: 919.656.6059; or contact Sharon Lassiter, DES, at executivesecretary@rotary7710.org  or Via Cell #: 919.868.0212.

Mini-RLI Event

A mini-RLI event will be held at the Duke Corporate Education Office on the American Tobacco Campus at 310 Blackwell Street in Durham, NC. This event only includes Step 1 of the three-step training program. The date for the event is October 10, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, with lunch and breaks included.

See full information here with the mini-RLI flyer.

The Rotary Leadership Institute is a training program established to improve the Rotary knowledge and leadership skills of the future leaders of Rotary clubs and districts. Trainers are carefully selected from among Rotarians with outstanding leadership abilities and prepared to conduct innovative and participatory course sessions.

When and Where? This mini-RLI event will be held at the Duke Corporate Education Office on the American Tobacco Campus at 310 Blackwell Street in Durham, NC. This event only includes Step 1 of the three-step training program. The date for the event is October 10, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, with lunch and breaks included.

**This event requires a minimum of 12 participants to secure the date. Please register on the DacDb Events Calendar as soon as you make the decision to participate.

What are the teaching methods? The Rotary Leadership Institute believes in course sessions with as much discussion/ participation as possible. Course methods include discussion groups, role-playing, and problem solving workshops. Everyone participates during one of the Institute’s sessions.

Who are the faculty? The faculty members are carefully selected by the Rotary Leadership Institute for their teaching abilities. They are drawn from all areas of the member districts and occasionally from outside the member districts. Many are present and past district governors, successful past presidents and those with experience in special areas.

What are the costs? The cost is $95 per Rotarian. The fees cover lunch, coffee breaks, and course materials.

Should our club participate? This is an outstanding opportunity for each club to improve the Rotary knowledge of its members and future leaders, who will also be exposed to new ideas of leadership. Participation in this mini training course will allow Rotarians the opportunity to take Step 2 in Cary on January 9.

The Rotary Leadership Institute recommends that clubs nominate those Rotarians who appear to have the potential for club leadership, not necessarily as future presidents. Candidates should have a strong interest in Rotary and be ready to be exposed to the larger world of Rotary. Please contact Joyce McKinney with any questions jcmckinn@gmail.com.

Promoting Rotary at ‘Extra Innings’

IMG_3491Members of the District’s PR Committee attended USA Baseball’s ‘Extra Innings’ networking event on July 7, 2015. Jim Lovejoy, Cary Rotary Club Past President and current District 7710 PR Chair was accompanied by Mike Wienold of the North Raleigh Club and PR Committee member and Mike’s son Peter. The Apex Sunrise Club was gracious enough to lend the committee a Rotary branded canopy tent for the event.

The afternoon was busy with local cities’ chambers of commerce and garnered a lot of attention. Visitors to the Rotary booth ranged from professionals new to the area to established residents looking for a way to give back. Roughly a hundred or more people in total browsed through the event.

The PR Committee will continue to attend events such as these, and not just for the free food. Getting the Rotary logo out in the community is a great opportunity for people curious about us to stop and chat. We’re hopeful the event paid off with a few potential club visitors.

For more information about Extra Innings and USA Basesball, follow this link: http://web.usabaseball.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20140509&content_id=74892322&vkey=news_usab