District News

They Ran 4 Water

Despite a drizzly day, hundreds of people were involved in the Fourth GlobalRun4Water, held at the WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary. This District 7710
event, organized by the Cary-Kildaire club, raised over $16,000, bringing the
total raised for water and sanitation projects to over $50,000 in the past four

A record 289 runners and walkers participated in the 5 km course that some found challenging (who knew Cary had hills). The addition of being able to take your dog on the course was popular.

The top men runners were:
1. Frank Tarantino – 18:30.1
2. Chris Moore – 19:21.8
3. Jeffrey Peterson – 20:41.4
The top women runners were:
1. Catherine Doyle – 20:14.8
2. Amie Graham – 25:16.3
3. Laura Cove – 25:49.2

A video of the runners can be seen at The Runners or at The Finish Line.

The unique highlight of the event was the 1-mile water carry challenge. This year 11 teams from different Rotary clubs carried a record 381 gallons (3,177 pounds) of water around the course. The teams used poles, yokes, even ladders and a walker to maximize the water they carried, adding to the entertainment value of the race.
The Cary club won the competition (and 2500 PHF points) by carrying a record total of 102 gallons.

The Cary-Page club came second carrying 76 gallons and the Clayton club placed third carrying 46 gallons. The other eight clubs participating were: Cary-Kildaire; Cary MacGregor; Chapel-Carrboro Sunrise; Cleveland School; Hillsborough; Morrisville; Raleigh; and Wendell.

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Additional pictures from the event can be seen at GlobalRun4Water Photos.

Donna Peffley named DG 18-19

It is my distinct pleasure to announce that the 2015-2016 District Nominating Committee has selected Donna Peffley from the Rotary Club of Cary MacGregor to be the District Governor in 2018-2019.

Donna is an outstanding business professional serving as Vice President of Human Resources at Global Knowledge Training, LLC. Her performance in Rotary over eleven years of involvement with the Cary MacGregor Rotary Club and District 7710 has exemplified the Rotary motto of Service Above Self.

As an outstanding business manager and team player Donna brings her formidable skills to guide the District in exceeding our annual goals and carrying forward our strategic direction. Her knowledge of Rotary and leadership of volunteers, as 2013-2014 Club President, resulted in the Cary MacGregor Rotary Club being presented with the Best Vocation Service Project in District 7710 for supporting Camp Confidence for Young Women. Donna grew up in a Rotary family as her father has been a proud Rotarian for over 50 years. Currently serving as the Assistant Governor for the Cary clubs, Donna has fostered collaboration and supported the club Presidents in significant achievements. Donna has also committed her talents and time to various District committees in addition to supporting our Rotary Foundation as a Major Donor.

Donna will be a great asset to the District Leadership Team in continuing the strategic advancement of our District. Please extend your congratulations to Donna.

I offer my gratitude to the District Nominating Committee, led by Chairman, iPDG Matthew Kane, for their service in selecting a strong leader who will continue a tradition of dedicated service to the Rotarians of District 7710.

Innovation Fellowship

In July, the Downtown Durham Rotary Club welcomed its inaugural class of three Rotary Innovation Fellows.

Each year, up to three Rotary Innovation Fellows will be selected from the community for an 18-month fellowship. Fellows will represent innovative leaders within the public, non-profit, business, academic and philanthropic sectors – with a focus on diversity and inclusivity.This pioneering initiative is designed to provide an exceptional leadership development experience for emerging innovators in the Durham community striving to make measurable, sustainable, and scalable impacts in their respective fields. It is also an opportunity to emphasize the concept of “inclusive innovation” – welcoming leaders from diverse backgrounds and neighborhoods into the Rotary community and the broader Durham leadership network.

As fellow Rotarian and founder of the effort Christopher Gergen says, “The Fellowship is a way to connect Rotary to the burgeoning entrepreneurial economy in Durham and to leverage Rotary’s extraordinary network to the benefit of all concerned.”

As fully inducted Rotarians, Fellows participate in all Rotary events and get structured mentorship from select Rotarians to advance a leadership project they each agree to undertake. They are also counseled by an Advisory Board, including former Durham Rotary presidents Vandana Dake and Guy Solie as well as current president Lois Deloatch, to help them deepen their networks and impact.

Fellows pay a nominal fee of $100/year to support the initiative and demonstrate their own commitment to this work – the rest is covered through scholarship dollars raised by the club. Upon completing the 18-month fellowship, Rotary Innovation Fellows will be asked to join Rotary as full-fledged members. Ongoing alumni gatherings of past and current fellows are also envisioned.

The inaugural fellowship class includes: Emily Egge, Executive Director of SEEDS, Geraud Staton, CEO of Helius, and Nick Allen, Community Coordinator for the City of Durham. Profiles of each fellow will be included in future newsletters.

Contact Christopher Gergen at Christopher@forwardimpact.info for more information about the fellowship.

District Hosts Peace Fellows

Rotary Peace Fellows have arrived for Class 14 at Duke-UNC. Randy Fraser, Rotary Club of Raleigh, and his wife Pam and additional District 7710 Rotarians are once again serving as host counselors for incoming Peace Fellows.

Randy Fraser (left), Pam Fraser, Ignacio Asis and Pransia Ekachote

Randy Fraser (left), Pam Fraser, Ignacio Asis and Pransia Ekachote

The Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center selects Rotary Peace fellows based on their ability to have a significant, positive impact on world peace and conflict resolution during their future careers.

Ignacio Asis arrived from Argentina at Raleigh Durham International airport on Monday, August 3. He has a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Universidad Catolica Argentina, a Post-graduate degree in Negotiation and has taken several courses in Conflict Transformation and Peace Building. He will be studying primarily at Duke University.

Following his arrival, Ignacio was introduced to the Rotary Club of Raleigh and was warmly welcomed by club members.

Ignacio has received transition assistance to the Durham and Raleigh area from Randy and Pam. In addition, he has been receiving terrific encouragement, support and guidance from Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center Managing Director Susan Carroll, the staff, and counselors at Duke University.

Ignacio enjoyed a special opportunity to meet with Pransia Ekachote from Thailand, a recent graduate from class 12, to review and discuss her experience as a Peace Fellow. This was one of many opportunities for Ignacio for interaction and learning among current and graduated Peace Fellows.

Alzheimer’s Video Developed

A 25 minute Alzheimer’s Video providing insight into Alzheimer’s disease was developed by Apex Sunrise and Cary MacGregor. The video starts with an introduction by Alice Watkins, Executive Director of Alzheimer’s NC. She provides the background of the organization and its relationship with Rotary. She also provides an excellent summary of C.A.R.T.’s role in providing funding for Alzheimer’s research.

The video includes excerpts from Accepting the Challenge, an Alznc production that provides a “hands on”, multi-disciplinary training program designed to assist professional caregivers in providing the best possible care to their patients.

Dr. Len Lecci, UNCW Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Services then explains about the different types of dementia and outlines the goals in treating Alzheimer’s. Dr. Lecci outlines the future trends in treating the disease.

The video is a great tool to encourage donations to the CART Fund. You can find the video by going to the District webpage, click on the Programs tab and click on CART, or click the following: http://rotary7710.org/programs/cart-3/

For more C.A.R.T. updates visit the website http://www.cartfund.org/cart/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.