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Building Peacemakers

Supporting the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center

Peace Candle 2

Light your Rotary Peace candle on September 21, 2015.

Join the movement and together let us celebrate the International Day of Peace 2015!

Plan this unique fundraiser to:

  • Support the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center
  • Raise funds for your club’s local and international service projects
  • Engage your community and celebrate peace
  • Create awareness about the Rotary Peace Fellowships

How does the fundraiser work?

Clubs purchase the Rotary Peace votives (with candle) for $2.50 each and sell them to the community for $5 each.

Clubs keep the entire $2.50 to support local and international service projects.

All proceeds from the purchase of the Rotary Peace votives will be donated to support the Rotary Peace Center and to do good in the world.

For more information contact Kelly Norman, Clayton Rotary Club, at 919-271-6398 or via email at wagnerweddings@yahoo.com.

Magical Night

Magician Nick Comis entertained a record number of 285 District Conference Rotarians and Guests during the Governor’s Banquet on Saturday night in New Bern.

Bright Futures

Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Capital City for being March 2015 Donor of the Month for The Wake Tech Foundation. The club donated $18,175 to the Fostering Bright Futures program, a public-private partnership supporting young adults who have aged out of the foster care system and are pursuing education and training at Wake Tech.

Each year, the club holds a successful golf tournament to support community initiatives as well as the Fostering Bright Futures program. Since 2012, the Rotary Club of the Capital City has donated approximately $60,000 towards this program.

“Reading Ranger” Program

Durham students from YE Smith Elementary School highlighted popular statewide sites such as Kitty Hawk and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse during their second-annual videoconference with eight student counterparts and their teachers from Red Bricks School in Ahmedabad, India. Favorite pets, class recess, and family life were popular topics in addition to the presentation about North Carolina developed by the eight participants from Victoria Robinson’s AIG student group at YE Smith.

The cross-global student cultural exchange took place at Duke Corporate Education’s as part of the Durham Rotary Club’s “Reading Ranger” program, now in its third year. The tutoring and reading program is part of the Durham Rotary Club’s broader objective to promote literacy in the city and takes place during the local club’s Centennial.

From Ahmedabad, where Duke CE has offices, the student delegation showed how things looked on their side of the planet during a presentation entitled, “A Day in the Life of Red Bricks School Kids.” One student shared his favorite recipe for celery and peanuts. The Durham students learned that Red Bricks students study Spanish in addition to English. They also learned Elephants are held sacred by many and used as transportation.

Jennifer Nobles from Durham Convention Center prepared and shared an apple dumpling recipe. Rotarian organizers tutored the students in the international organization’s “4-Way Test,” a list of life values focused on truth, fairness, friendship, and mutual benefit.

“Reading really comes alive when you literally taste it,” said Todd Taylor, a Duke Corporate Education official who is vice president of the Durham Rotary Club.

Letisha Judd, principal of YE Smith, described the project as “a great experience for our kids at YE Smith” adding that it is now “an international school.”

The Durham Rotary Club is carrying out a yearlong celebration organized to help members and interested citizens carry out “100 Acts of Service Above Self” in Durham as part of its Centennial.

NC State Roteract – WolfPack Strong

On March 17, 2015, District Governor Matthew Kane, District Rotaract chair Boyd Bennett and District Rotaract representative Cody Williams, visited the Rotaract Club of N.C. State.

Lauren Williams, the current president of the club and her board have done an excellent job this year. The Rotaract Club of North Carolina State University has experienced an incredibly exciting year. The club expanded from ten active members to approaching almost 40 members. This year the club has implemented a more organized structure for meetings, enabling members to feel more influential by joining one of the three committees within the club: Professional Development, Social and Community Service. As the year progresses, the club continues to attract more interest.

The Rotaract club has participated in over fifteen service projects this semester, including serving food at the Raleigh Rescue Mission, volunteering at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, volunteering at the Harvest Fall Festival and at Interact, a domestic abuse shelter in Raleigh.

On April 22, 2015, 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. the club will sponsor a networking event at NC State. Location is at Witherspoon Student Center, room 204. The purpose of the event is to network with other Rotaractors and fellow Rotarians to offer the club members more insight into the professional world as well as job opportunities which might be available. Please contact Eric Larsen at ejlarsen@ncsu.edu or 704-302-4846, for more details if you are interested in attending.

FREE Lunch!

Qualify for Public Image Citation and Attend Free Lunch on May 16

District 7710 Rotary Clubs that take the time to apply for the 2015 Public Image Citation by May 1, 2015, and qualify for the Citation will get to send one member to our first Public Image Awards Lunch for free on Saturday, May 16, 12:30 p.m. at Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen, 7307 Tryon Road, (between US 1/64 and Kildaire Farm) in Cary.

Our lunch immediately follows the D-7710 District Assembly held on May 16 at Greenwood Forest Baptist Church in Cary. Lucky 32 is 4 miles/7 minutes away from this location.

Here is how your club can qualify for the first ever Zone 33/34 Public Image Citation and the free Public Image Award lunch:

REQUIRED ACTIVITIES (Must complete all THREE to qualify)

  1. Organize a Rotary Day event that results in significant media coverage that engages your members and offers the opportunity to promote your club and The Rotary Foundation. Submit a report of your event with examples of media coverage to D-7710 Public Relations Chair Angela Jamison by May 1, 2015.
  2. Develop a club public relations plan and submit it to Angela by May 1.
  3. Define your club’s signature activity (the one you’d like your club to be known for in the community) and promote it to the public.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES (Please check the TWO you have completed)

  • Gain media coverage of an action-oriented service project.
  • Establish a club website or enhance your club’s existing site using the current Voice and Visual Identity Guidelines.
  • Start or update an electronic club newsletter using the current Voice and Visual Identity Guidelines. Publicize it to non-Rotarians and local media.
  • Use social media to publicize your club’s activities, enhance Public Image and recruit prospective members.
  • Hold at least one fellowship, networking, or collaborative event that is open to the public.
  • Use the opportunity to introduce non-Rotarians to Rotary.
  • Have at least one media person as a member of your club.
  • Post at least one project in Rotary Showcase.

A webinar about how your club can apply and qualify for the Public Image Citation can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/a8q-c6l1-eQ. It includes a Public Image plan and other materials that the Wakefield Rotary club will be submitting for its PI Citation. You can also find the PI Citation application, examples and slides in Dropbox at this link: http://bit.ly/1Czuhqe

To qualify for the PI Citation and lunch, please submit your application no later than midnight on Friday, May 1, 2015, to:

D-7710 Public Relations Chair Angela Jamison

Or mail to:

Attention-A. Jamison
D-7710, 135 S. White Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587

For more information, please email Angela or call 919-827-1689.

See you at Lucky 32 on May 16!

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.