District News

Trudy Croxton shares her expertise on Dementia!

Did you know that Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. or that currently more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s?

On September 13, Trudy Croxton of Cary-Page Rotary presented to the Cary McGregor club on the topic of Dementia. Trudy has spent many years in the Senior Care space and shared her knowledge and experience.

Many of us have a friend or a loved one who is currently experiencing Dementia and this talk provided some great information with regard to looking for “The 10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s.”  Knowing some of the risk factors and how to make certain you are receiving a clear diagnosis were also discussed.

Thanks to Trudy for sharing this most important information!

Morrisville Interact plants a Maple

The Interact Club at Green Hope High School has taken the challenge of RI President, Riseley, to “make a difference by planting a tree. Trees remove carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the air, which slows global warming.”

On November 06, 2017, the Interact Club planted a maple tree at their School.

South Granville Rotary Club Provides Final Link for School Supplies

In mid-September Creedmoor Mayor Darryl Moss contacted the South Granville Rotary Club seeking help. He had been contacted by Caroline Farmer, Director of the NC Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service about Governor Roy Cooper’s School Supply Drive which ended September 8. State Employees Credit Union (SECU) branches, state government offices and businesses across North Carolina collected school supplies that teachers and students need most throughout the school year. The issue was that although the supplies had been collected in the county, there was no mechanism to get the supplies to the schools. Could we help?

Delighted to participate in a local program supporting education, one of South Granville Rotary’s key areas of emphasis, the club agreed to step in. Members collected the supplies from local State Employee Credit Union offices, sorted them and then delivered them to Shelby Hunt, Principal of the West Oxford Elementary School. Although the quantity was small, Ms. Hunt pointed out that every little bit helps.

South Granville decided to follow through, looking to the great example of the partnership among the Durham Rotary Clubs and Crayons2Calculators which collected almost $170,000 of supplies in their fall Fill That Bus campaign. That program started with less than $5,000 of collections the first year, so the club feels it can help grow the Governor’s program by partnering and expanding the concept.

The need is great, since on average, teachers spend about $500 of their own money on supplies for their classrooms each year, and state funding for school supplies has been cut in half since 2008. In March, Gov. Cooper announced his budget proposal, Common Ground Solutions for North Carolina, which called for a $150 annual supply stipend for all North Carolina public school teachers to help offset the cost of purchasing supplies. The teacher supply stipend was not included in the budget passed by the North Carolina General Assembly.

Clubs on the Move

Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club is now meeting at:

The Mayton Inn
301 South Academy Street
Cary, NC

The meeting location for the Fuquay-Varina Downtown Club has been listed incorrectly in the newsletter for the past two years. YIKES !!  They meet at

Stephen’s Hardware Building
405 Broad Street


Please check the Club Meeting locations on the last page of the Newsletter and make us aware of any other incorrect locations.

Starting with Why – Foundation Update

We had an engaging and inspiring Rotary Foundation Workshop yesterday.  Thank you to all the presenters for doing a great job.  I appreciate all the time and effort each of you put into your presentations.  Thank you PDG Carol Allen, for your attention to detail and your dedication to ensuring that we all had a terrific learning experience.  Most of all, thank you to all who attended and helped us rethink how we look at growing our foundation.

If you were unable to attend the session, you missed an outstanding presentation by Cleve Folger from the Cary Rotary Club.  Click here to watch his video about the Secret Sauce to growing the Rotary Foundation. (77 views) Consider taking the time to watch the video and reflect on WHY you support The Rotary Foundation.

PDG Matthew Kane in his conversation with Paul Harris (played by ADG David Hayden), presented a challenge to our clubs:  Which club among us will be the first to be a 100% Paul Harris Society Club?

As we begin the second century of our foundation, the District 7710 Rotary Peace Fellow Endowment Fund was unveiled.  This endowment when fully achieved will fund the studies of one Rotary Peace Scholar at the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center each year, in perpetuity.

PDG Leigh Hudson encouraged us to join him on the Countdown to Zero.  Your help is essential as we erase this crippling disease from our planet.

We received an update from District Governor, Shafi Parekh.  We learned WHY we are involved in District and Global Grants, WHY we give to the Rotary Endowment, and WHY we support Global Scholarships and the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center.  We even heard from Rotary Peace Fellow Techa Beaumont, from Australia.

As part of our breakout session, we discussed our collective core beliefs for supporting The Rotary Foundation.  Following are the results that were reported by each group:

We support the Annual Fund, because:

  1. We believe in improving the education of our children.
  2. We believe our contributions reach beyond our small community.
  3. We believe giving annually is our way of saying thank you.

Click to watch Thank you for being Champions.

We support the Rotary Endowment, because:

  1. We believe we can make a difference by providing education to individuals around the world.
  2. We believe that we can alleviate and eliminate conflict by supporting the Rotary Peace Centers.
  3. We believe that we can and will eradicate Polio by joining with other partners who trust us.

Click here to watch Do Good With Us.

We support Global Scholarships, because:

  1. We believe that international collaboration and breaking of barriers between different cultures will provide better understanding between individuals.
  2. We believe in developing leaders who understand and develop skills to lead locally and internationally, making a difference.
  3. We believe in providing opportunities for individuals to have an education and experiences to achieve their goals, which they would not have otherwise.

Click here to watch Global Scholar, Briana Acosta, present to the Cary MacGregor Rotary Club (26 views)

We support the Rotary Peace Centers, because:

  1. When you know someone from another location, it broadens your perspective. We believe that with exposure to different cultures at the Peace Centers our scholars will learn ways to reach people from diverse backgrounds.
  2. We are uniquely positioned in having a peace center right in our area. The support of our peace scholars has a multiplier effect reaching thousands in a ripple effect.
  3. There is so much polarization within our nation and our world. The need to learn tools to resolve conflict to make our world less violent.

Click here to watch a Thank You message from the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Fellows.

We are involved in District and Global Grants, because:

  1. We believe in enabling future leaders.
  2. We believe in creating access to basic human rights all over the world.
  3. We believe in collectively investing in sustainability.

Click here to watch a video on how you are Doing Good. (207 views)

We support Polio Plus, because:

  1. We believe that no mother should see her child suffer from this crippling disease.
  2. We believe in investing in peace and infrastructure as a way to cure and prevent disease.
  3. We believe that giving empowers other to give and be great stewards.

Click here to watch a video on Why Zero Matters.

Click here to watch a video on how we are keeping our promise by Dropping to Zero.

Thank you for your annual gifts to The Rotary Foundation that enable us to do good in the world – good that transforms lives in our local communities and around the world.  You are making a difference.

Fighting Hunger

The numbers are alarming. Almost 630,000 North Carolina households don’t have enough to eat. North Carolina has the 8th highest rate of food insecurity in the nation. Almost 1 in 4 CHILDREN (24.6%) faces hunger on a regular basis.

Food insecurity refers to the USDA’s measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods. Across North Carolina, children, families and seniors face food insecurity each day.

In August, the members of the Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club launched a monthly service opportunity that will run the entire Rotary year called Spaghetti Sisters and Brothers. The idea is a simple one, each member is encouraged to bring in cans of spaghetti sauce and pasta to club meetings. For those members that may not like to shop, cash donations are also accepted and other club members will do the food shopping. The donations are then delivered to The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

In the first month, Cary-Kildaire collected a total of 275 pounds of food. This is approximately 229 meals that were provided that otherwise would not be available. We would like to encourage other clubs in the District to consider this as a potential service project for their club. Imagine the power Rotary can bring to helping end hunger in our own area.

Ethics in Rotary

Leadership Triangle is thrilled to partner with the Rotary District 7710 Hodges’s Ethics Initiative for the 2017 THRiVE Leadership Summit in Raleigh, NC, on December 5, 2018.

THRiVE is gearing up to be North Carolina’s most powerful and relevant leadership summit of the year. Notable speakers will challenge thinking, push attendees to the “growing edge” and inspire each one to be his/her BEST self!

Demonstrating our mutual commitment to Ethics and Ethics Training, Leadership Triangle and Rotary will lead by example by offering, four workshops on ethics and value-centered leadership designed by Col. Joe LeBoeuf, Duke MBA Professor and Former Professor at West Point.

Rotary & Leadership Triangle, will co-present this track to attendees from across the Region – appealing to Corporate Executives, Executive Directors, Innovators, Founders, and Emerging Leaders.

As a partner, Leadership Triangle is extending a Special Rate of $109 for Rotarians (Regular Price $189). Registration will open soon. If you have questions contact James Amato  919-595-5165 and email: jamato@fox50.com

We’ll see you at THRiVE!