District News

Rotary Leadership Institute Training in Cary

The Rotary Leadership Institute is holding its annual training session this January in Cary.

All three parts will be held:

Saturday, January 13, 2018

8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Wake Tech Community College, Western Wake Campus
3434 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC

Click here to Register  or visit www.rli.org for more information. Deadline for Registration is January 7, 2018.

The course fee is $95 which includes lunch and breaks. Most clubs pay a portion of the fee.

PART I

Insights into Leadership
Our Foundation
Service Projects
My Rotary World
Engaging Members
Ethics & Vocational Service 

PART II

Strategic Planning & Activities
Team Building
Club Communications
Targeted Service
Attracting Members

PART III

Public Image and Public Relations
Effective Leadership Strategies
International Service
Rotary Opportunities
Building a Stronger Club
Making a Difference

Rotary Leadership Institute Announces the 4-4-3 Program

The Rotary Leadership Institute has created a new cost incentive for clubs that send four or more to a regular Rotary Leadership Institute event.

Effective immediately, the new “Four for Three” (4-4-3) Incentive Program events will reimburse Rotary clubs for one registration for every four Rotarians that attend a single Rotary Leadership Institute event, no matter which Parts these Rotarians attend.

Solarizing Uganda Now

Many clubs in the district have contributed to this project organized by the Raleigh Mid-Town club and championed by Nathan Thomas.

Installations are taking place in Uganda now and the team are sending back great videos of the installations. These installations are bringing lights to schools for hundreds of children.

Disaster Relief from District 7710

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria caused great destruction in Texas, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, Florida and the Caribbean. The Rotarians in District 7710 responded with great generosity.

Since September, donations have been made directly to Districts in the area of the damage and also to a Donor Advised Fund, set-up by The Rotary Foundation set up for the disasters.

District 7710 in total donated over $36,450 to these disaster funds.

Global Scholar Report from Mexico

Over the last month I have successfully finished up my second class and entered the period of fieldwork. I am still waiting on the official approval of my research protocol, as it has been a bit delayed, but I am making all of the arrangements that I can to be able to start as soon as I get the “go ahead.” In the meantime, I have already started periods of observation at some key sites in the city and begun consulting with government agencies and non-governmental organizations that work with my population and/or focus on issues related to my research topic of HIV/AIDS and ITS prevention among indigenous university students.

Aside from my academic work, I have been able to share some beautiful cultural experiences with my friends inside and outside of Rotary here in San Cristóbal. For example, for el Día de los Muertos (the day of the dead – the Mexican version of “Halloween”), Cecilia helped me build my first traditional altar in honor of my ancestors. I also joined the Rotarian members of my host club in painting my face like a “catrina” (skeleton), another traditional custom done for the holiday. Last week, I coordinated the cooking of a Thanksgiving meal for my host Rotary club, and we celebrated the holiday at our weekly meeting. I have loved these moments of intercultural exchange!

Sending my best from here in Chiapas,

Briana Acosta

NOTE: Briana, with her Mexican Rotary Host Club, will be joining us at the All Clubs Conference, in April, by Skype to present on the Global Scholar program.

Rotary Clubs of Cary Gifting Tree

The five Cary Rotary clubs worked together to create a Gifting Tree in a local competition among 20 other organizations. The vote winner will receive $500 to support their charity choice.

(Note: We apologize for not having the December newsletter distributed in time for you to vote for the Cary tree. We applaud the Cary clubs for working together on this project.)

Morrisville Club develops Constitution Project

At the Rotary International Conference in Atlanta, Ed Shearin met Joseph Cofield of the Rotary Club of Naples-Collier.

The club purchased a US Constitution booklet for each 5th grade student in the Morrisville area. They also provided the teachers with a flash drive of resources. They plan their activities around September 17, Constitution Day.

In total they purchased over 300 copies of the Constitution booklet and eight flash drives for the public schools in the Morrisville area.

They are considering submitting a District Grant next year to encourage all clubs in the district to provide copies of the Constitution for the 5th graders in their service area as a step to provide a Constitution to every student in North Carolina.

Turning Wreaths into Snacks for Students

The Rotary Club of Raleigh Parkside recently completed a successful fundraising event in partnership with the Rotary Club of Ashe County, selling wreaths and garlands to raise money for their Snacks@Schools program.