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Annual Luther H. Hodges Ethics Luncheon

Mark your calendar for the Annual Luther H. Hodges Ethics Luncheon!

This year’s keynote speaker is Sandy Costa, former President and Chief Operating Officer of Quintiles Transnational Corporation. Sandy’s professional experience includes over 40 years in executive and managerial positions within the pharmaceutical, health care and life sciences industries, and as a legal practitioner. He has overseen worldwide business development during periods of explosive growth. Who better to speak to us on practical issues of ethics?  “The most valuable knowledge we can possess is what I call ‘Authentic Knowledge.’ That is the knowledge we glean through our life experiences,” says Costa. To learn more about Costa visit his website http://www.santocosta.com

Who:                   Mr. Sandy Costa,

What:                  Annual Luther H. Hodges Ethics Luncheon

Where:               Research Triangle Park Foundation, 12 Davis Drive, RTP, NC

When:                 Monday, May 4th, 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.

The Annual Luther H. Hodges Ethics Luncheon is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Research Triangle Park. Tickets, sponsorship opportunities and additional information will be available at http://www.rtprotary.org

100 Acts Of Service

The Durham, Southwest Durham, and Chapel Hill-Carrboro Sunrise Rotary Clubs partnered with Duke University, Durham Tech, and the United Way of the Greater Triangle on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service to bring desperately needed meals to the Triangle area During the four hour event at Durham Technical Community College, volunteers created soup mixes, rice bags, and bean bags to fill the shelves of pantries in the Triangle area In an amazing effort by our community, more than 400 volunteers assembled close to 84,000 meals to be distributed to partner agencies working to end hunger in Durham, Orange, Wake, and Johnston Counties.

This effort was the kick-off event to the Durham Rotary Club’s Centennial Year, with the theme of “100 Acts of Service.”

Cleveland School Rotary Makes Over 100,000 Meals

This year the Cleveland School Rotary club coordinated an event to create meal packages for the Stop the Hunger organization. Working with five Rotary clubs and one Interact Club, during the two hour blitz, 80 volunteers created packages for 20,000 meals. The Club has organized this annual event for the last six years, creating over 100,000 meals for distribution to needy people in third world countries.

Pictured right representing the different Clubs are: Kim Lewter, Cleveland School Interact (left); Don Wells, Cleveland Morning; Laura Nelson, Clayton Midday; Chuck Killian, Garner Midday; John Long, Clayton Morning and Phil Cummins, Garner Morning.

Cary Rotary Club’s Legacy – Fighting Hunger at Home and Abroad

On January 30th, 2015 the Cary Rotary Club held its 12th Annual Chili Dinner to Fight Hunger. Thanks to the generosity of 108 sponsors and numerous ticket sales the event’s profit was nearly $29,000. Add this amount to the net profits from the last eleven years and the Cary Rotary Club has contributed more than $311,000 to hunger relief agencies and efforts at home and abroad!

Our international partner has been Stop Hunger Now, a Raleigh-based international hunger relief organization. Early contributions were used in disaster relief efforts in Southeast Asia, Africa and Haiti. Over the last several years our contributions have help fund the school feeding programs in several countries. The Cary Rotary Club was instrumental in establishing the Million Meals for Children project. Club members, family and friends have packaged millions of meals. Meals are distributed at schools, which incentivizes parents to send their children to school, increasing literacy rates. For most of the children it will be the only meal they eat that day.

Closer to home, we have donated funds to many local hunger relief agencies. Recipients over the years have included the Interfaith Food Shuttle, Society of St. Andrew, Meals on Wheels, Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen, Urban Ministries, From Jesus with Love, Brown Bag Ministries, Read & Feed, Raleigh Rescue Mission, White Plains Methodist Church Food Pantry, Dorcas Ministries and Wake Relief. These organizations provide food, health care and other supplies to the poor and homeless in our area.

The Cary Rotary Club members are active participants in this yearly fundraiser. Many are sponsors, others solicit sponsorships and sell tickets, plus work shifts from 8:30AM-8:00PM the day of the event to assure each year’s Chili Dinner is a success. This year we served 1200 meals and more than 50 members volunteered their time at the event. It is a great opportunity for fun and fellowship as we fulfill Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self.”

Zimbabwe Eye Project     

Life in Zimbabwe, where more people have HIV than full-time jobs, would hardly be recognizable to many in the towns and suburbs of North Carolina Rotary District 7710.

But the Morrisville Rotary Club is trying to connect the two. A former native of Zimbabwe, Keith Holshausen is spearheading the Morrisville Rotary Club’s push to raise money for a medical project that serves the impoverished country in southern Africa.

“Those people are very marginalized,” Holshausen said. “So if we don’t help them, who will?”

The Morrisville Rotary Club is partnering with the Rotary Club of Victoria Falls, where Holshausen has contacts from his travel business.

The clubs hope to raise funding in time for the Zimbabwe Eye Project trip, in July 2015.

“We’re expecting to see 1,000 to 2,000 patients,” Holshausen said. “It’s quite a substantial project.”

The team of six will include five doctors from the USA. Volunteers will assist as they dispense thousands of pairs of donated glasses and give vitamin A supplements to children.

“There are tremendous vitamin A deficiencies (VAD) there, and the children get corneal scars and go blind,” Holshausen said which is a humanitarian concern with a huge socioeconomic impact too.

The high education rate in Zimbabwe does give him hope, he said, for another goal of the medical project – to train local doctors and nurses so the country’s medical needs aren’t as reliant on Western charity and the project can meet Rotary’s goals of sustainability.

Zimbabwe Eye Project: OBJECTIVES

  • To work towards eradication of diseases, such as preventable blindness, that devastates families
  • To partner with Zimbabwean doctors and nurses in the training of medical personnel to improve the treatment of eye diseases and to provide basic training for the dispensing of eye glasses.

To learn more about the Morrisville Rotary Club go to www.morrisville.rotary-clubs.org or email Rotarian Keith Holshausen at keith@lazylizardtravel.com  (Credit to Cary News for extracts from a recent interview).

Boys and Girls Home Receives Donation from Rotary

At the Boys and Girls Home of North Carolina’s annual Rotary Day, they received almost $24,000 in donations from Districts 7710 and 7730. Numerous clubs lined up to present their donations to Gary Faircloth, the president and CEO.  The Clayton Morning Club made the largest single club donation of $5,000 from the proceeds of their Derby Day fundraiser held last May.

Since 1966 Rotary has supported a house at the Boys and Girls Home campus, located at Lake Waccamaw. Over almost five decades, hundreds of young people suffering from physical and verbal abuse, neglect and even sexual abuse have found refuge and a new, brighter future at this facility.

Most of these funds will go towards supporting Flemington Academy, a public charter middle and high school associated with the Boys and Girls Home campus that provides a unique educational opportunity for 75 students, of which 45 are from the Home.

Update from Our Global Scholar in Edinburgh

Over the holidays, Edinburgh looked very festive. The Christmas markets (a tradition imported from Germany) have been up since the end of November, there’s a nightly light show in the New Town, and there’s a caroling concert nearly every weekend. The semester has flown by!

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All is well here. Classes have officially ended and we’re all in the middle of writing final papers and studying for essays. The workload is unbelievable, but I’m getting through it, one assignment at a time. To break up the monotony of reading and researching, my program organized an international food night. I helped some coursemates prepare a Lebanese feast, and at the dinner we learned a little Arabic, a traditional Lebanese dance, and played games.

In Rotary news, I attended the Edinburgh club’s International Night with the other scholars, and it was really good fun! We introduced ourselves and talked a little about what we’re studying and what we hope to do after our program. It was nice to get to know the club members a bit better, and for entertainment they hired a belly dancer, which was a first for me. I was meant to go the district conference a couple weekends later, but unfortunately I came down with a stomach bug and missed it.

Next semester I will have Thursdays free to attend the Tranent club’s lunch meetings. The other ladies and I have also been invited to other clubs in the area, so after the New Year we’ll get together to plan where we’ll go and when.

And I have some more travel recommendations for you all! The Cairngorms National Park is stunning, snowy, and definitely worth a visit. There’s a not a lot to do in Inverness, but the country-side is beautiful, and it’s close to Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle. I believe I caught a glimpse of Nessie, the Loch Monster, but I can’t be sure it wasn’t just a big wave…

Hope all is well.

Best,

Micaela Arneson

Peace Fellow in Australia

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Young men help their father unearth the lovo, a feast of local foods cooked in an underground pit.

Greetings from Fiji! We are back in the capital city of Suva, after having spent a month in a rural settlement on one of Fiji’s 332 outlying islands.

My field experience was originally intended to have me working in northern areas, which were ravaged by the category 5 Cyclone Winston last February. Unfortunately, the placement fell through (as is rather common in humanitarian work, I learned) and I was able to design a two-part program that has me working with the Peace and Conflict Studies Institute of Australia (PaCSIA), as well as coming to the isles of Fiji to engage in community expedition and needs-assessment.

Kadavu Island is the most spectacular place I have ever visited. Lush rainforest mountains rise over the crystal sea waters, and beckon you to splash in one of the many waterfalls or snack form the many pineapple, mango and papaya trees. After the rains (which are frequent this time of year), the sea blasts a brilliant turquoise that fades into the sky with more shades of blue than my eyes could register at once. The sunsets set the sky ablaze with color and fade to a vast night sky that is endless with constellations and shooting stars.My field experience was originally intended to have me working in northern areas, which were ravaged by the category 5 Cyclone Winston last February. Unfortunately, the placement fell through (as is rather common in humanitarian work, I learned) and I was able to design a two-part program that has me working with the Peace and Conflict Studies Institute of Australia (PaCSIA), as well as coming to the isles of Fiji to engage in community expedition and needs-assessment.

But, like all places, there are both good things and bad. Living in a remote area means that people are often cut off from necessary supplies. Despite the availability of some fruits and staple foods such as cassava and taro, may people suffer from malnutrition. The typical foods eaten are porridge, white bread, tinned meats, and crackers. Fresh vegetables sometimes come in on the weekly cargo ship, and are limited to onions, potatoes, carrots, and a few others that travel well. It has become a bit of a joke there that the fishermen sell their catches and use the money to buy canned sardines to feed their own families- one I found hard to laugh along with.

There is a hospital, and they seem to have adequate medicine and equipment- as we found when both my husband and one of our sons needed to go for treatment of barnacle-wound infections. The nurses there told me that what they need most is vitamin supplements for pregnant women and children. Major nutritional deficiencies here are iron, Vitamin A, iodine, and zinc. Upon my return to Australia, I intend to appeal to local Rotary groups to fundraise to provide seeds and  educational programming to promote home gardening in Fijian communities. There is a large effort by the Fijian government to boost the nation as a leader in organic farming, and I will explore opportunities for families that grow produce to receive subsidies for local distribution.

Next week, I will be back in Brisbane, continuing my work with PaCSIA. In December, we began a training series for staff at a children’s shelter and community service agency. I will continue and expand on that by aiding in the facilitation of adolescent-adult mediation sessions and doing direct mediation-coaching and preparedness with at-risk and delinquent youth.

A young girl organizes canned goods at her family's store

A young girl organizes canned goods at her family’s store

My other work with PaCSIA will include copy-editing and design for a transcultural mediation workbook developed by my supervisor. His focus has been mediation and reconciliation work in the island state of Bougainville, an autonomous region on Papua New Guinea. From 1988 – 1998, a civil war there killed 25% of the population and suffered some of the most widespread and devastating human rights violations in history. Though they are now considered one of the crowning achievements of post-conflict recovery, the work there is ongoing and reliant on a combination of international peace efforts merging with local traditions. I am thrilled to be a part of the team (though in a minor role) engaging in this important work.

As always, I would like to end this by professing my undying gratitude to Rotary and all its members and supporters for allowing me and my family this opportunity. I have met so many brilliant and talented people, and know that- because of this fellowship- doors are opening for me to follow my call to help people in concrete and meaningful ways.My other work with PaCSIA will include copy-editing and design for a transcultural mediation workbook developed by my supervisor. His focus has been mediation and reconciliation work in the island state of Bougainville, an autonomous region on Papua New Guinea. From 1988 – 1998, a civil war there killed 25% of the population and suffered some of the most widespread and devastating human rights violations in history. Though they are now considered one of the crowning achievements of post-conflict recovery, the work there is ongoing and reliant on a combination of international peace efforts merging with local traditions. I am thrilled to be a part of the team (though in a minor role) engaging in this important work.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Leanne

Kadavu's agricultural department signs. The island has received money to plant 1,000 coconut trees to replace those lost in various storms.

Kadavu’s agricultural department signs. The island has received money to plant 1,000 coconut trees to replace those lost in various storms.