District News

East Chapel Hill supports Dental Project

The Rotary Club of East Chapel Hill, lead by Team Leader, Ray Tseng, completed a week long medical and dental service project to treat over 1,000 children at the Nueva Vida Clinic, Nicaragua with a brigade of 33 Rotarians from multiple Rotary Clubs and volunteers from multiple states.

Ten stations ran simultaneously for four days, administering dental services including exams, emergency extractions, dental restorations, and preventive fluoride varnish.

Dentists also applied Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF), new to Nicaragua, on all teeth with cavities. SDF has been recently approved for use in the US, and has been touted as a dental public health “magic bullet” because it arrests the advancement of cavities, so that local dental teams can have time to repair teeth, without having the child experience pain, infection, or abscesses.

The Nueva Vida dental clinic team were taught to place stainless steel crowns on children, which have a 95% success rate in children, particularly in the face of the poor diet and hygiene habits that are characteristic of underdeveloped communities.

Brigade members also visited the local dental school, and forged a service and learning partnership between the Universidad Nacional Autonomico Nicaragua (UNAN) College of Dentistry, and Central Carolina Community College Dental Programs of Sanford, NC. This partnership will allow distance and collaborative learning for students from both institutions, and will provide graduating dentists in Nicaragua the opportunity to treat patients at the Nueva Vida Clinic throughout the year, thereby increasing the number of children served annually. It also provides the beginning of an international outreach presence for Central Carolina Community College.

Medical services were administered by Rotarian Bill Lambeth, a plastic surgeon from the Rotary Club of Raleigh, who saw up to 17 patients per day, removing growths and scar tissue in adults to help relieve pain and restore normal function of hands and legs. His nurse and assistant was his wife, Diana. Anna Wildermuth, a pediatrician, administered well and sick child exams, seeing up to 42 patients per day, for children as young as 2 days old. Dr. Wildermuth helped to address common problems, such as respiratory issues and sun exposure problems, and helped many young women start the road to motherhood on the right foot. Patients at the clinic came from near and far, with some traveling over 2 hours to visit the East Chapel Hill Rotary Club team.

A new element of our trip was outreach into two local elementary schools- Trinidad Norte and Trinidad Central in Ciudad Sandino. Rotarian Chadd Mcglone and Lisa Godfrey from Central Carolina Community College visited schools to observe and work one-on-one with elementary school teachers. Lesson plans focused on how science, technology, engineering and math educational skills are used in the real world. STEM skills were related to oral hygiene for children, in the hopes of enhancing the educational skills of the teachers, and to have teachers be involved in helping children to maintain good oral health. Funding from a “Teeth and Technology” global grant made these activities possible.

This trip is an annual service event for the East Chapel Hill Rotary Club and was the first trip to this new location. The Rotary club of Cuidad Sandino, Nicaragua provided outstanding staff and logistical support and committed tremendous resources to host the largest group ever to visit the Nueva Vida Clinic. In addition to the Rotary clubs of East Chapel Hill and Ciudad Sandino, this years’ trip was also supported in part by donations by the Rotary clubs of Carrboro Sunrise, Oxford, Raleigh, Swansboro and Warrenton. Additionally, this year’s trip was partly funded by a Global Grant from the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International and the Goodwill Community Foundation.

Thank you Barry Phillips

At the recent District Assembly, Barry Phillips was recognized by District Governor Rusine Mitchell Sinclair with a Meritorious Service Award.

Rusine summarized some of Barry’s roles in Rotary.

  • Served as District Governor 2007-2008
  • Served as the District 7710 representative to the Counsel of Legislation 2015-2017
  • Member of the Major Gifts International Committee 2015-2018
  • Served as Host Area Coordinator for Duke/UNC Peace Center 2012-2015
  • Served as District 7710 Rotary Foundation Chair 2014-2017

Barry has been very dedicated in his role as Foundation Chair for the District. He has spoken to many Clubs about The Rotary Foundation and encouraged contributions.

At the end of June, Barry will be passing on the responsibility of District Foundation Chair to Neman Aguiar.

Thank you Barry Phillips for your Dedication to The Rotary Foundation.

Service Above Self Award – Rick Carnagua

Rotary’s highest honor recognizes Rotarians who demonstrate Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self, by volunteering their time and talents to help others. The award nominations are reviewed by a committee of the Board of Directors and no more than 150 may be selected per year. During this Rotary year, only 117 were selected from 1.2 million Rotarians.

To deserve consideration for the award, the Rotarian must have performed continuing humanitarian service. The award is intended to recognize especially those who actively help others through Rotary. Financial contributions to the Rotary Foundation and performance in an elected or appointed Rotary assignment are not considered in selecting the recipient.

Rick Carnagua is a charter member of the Cary-Page Rotary Club that recently celebrated its 27th anniversary. He was club president in 1998-1999 and named Rotarian of the year twice by his club. He is currently the club’s Treasurer. He participates in many club service projects including Habitat for Humanity Salvation Army Holiday Bell Ringing, Ronald McDonald House, a Million Meals, Alzheimer family support, and Read & Feed.

Rick has served as District Secretary, Treasurer, and Governor in 2012-13. He has also served for many years as the District 7710 Chair of Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust (CART). In 2013, he developed a relationship with the Monumental Rotary Club in Santiago, Dominican Republic and led a service project building latrines to improve the sanitation of the countryside outside Santiago and teaching proper hand washing and sanitation. As part of his Dominican Republic Service Project, Rick has established a community fund where Rotary Clubs and individuals donate money to provide equipment and programs for local schools, books, sporting equipment for children, and basic necessities such tooth brushes and tooth paste, toilet paper, mosquito nets, sheets and towels, and shoes. This partnership has continued every year expanding its scope with the aid of global and district grants to include building children’s playgrounds and repairing homes in some of the poorest, rural areas near Santiago. Another Dominican Republic service trip will take place in February, 2017.

He created a very successful hands-on service project for his 2014 District Conference that focused on helping eradicate illiteracy in our local communities. The District 7710 Rotarians collected over 55,000 children’s books and donated them to agencies such as Communities in Schools, Book Harvest, Read & Feed, and YMCA’s of the Triangle.

Rick’s community involvement began with his service on the Town of Cary Parks and Recreation Commission – a group that helps develop strategic goals for the numerous parks and recreational programs offered in Cary, NC. Later, Rick chaired the Cary Comprehensive Growth Plan Committee that developed and reviewed plans for the long-term growth of Cary. He serves on the board of Read & Feed and volunteers weekly tutoring children, reading and providing books, and feeding them a nutritious meal. Rick works with The Center for Volunteer Caregiving. This program coordinates and provides volunteer services in the community to improve the lives of seniors, caregivers, and adults with disabilities. Rick has his own consulting company through which he provides both paid and volunteer services. He donates his time and financial expertise to a number of small non-profit organizations.

He and his wife Gail have one daughter and four grandchildren.

Regional Service Award for a Polio-Free World

Past District Governor Leigh Hudson should be recognized for creating two innovative fund raising programs that are creating awareness and enthusiasm within District 7710 Rotarians as well as beyond our district to continue the global fight to eradicate the polio virus.

The first began with an idea in 2012 to create a print to sell and donate all proceeds to Polio Plus. His inspiration was a limited edition Thomas Kinkade framed print of “The Rotary Meeting” that was printed in The Rotarian Magazine in 1990. He was confident a painting in this style would be a welcome addition to many Rotary offices or in Rotarian’s homes. He had also discovered this Kinkade print was no longer available.

Leigh commissioned a local painter, Vincent Wood, to capture the essence of a Rotary club enjoying that special moment of friendship just before the weekly meeting begins in a 3’x4′ original oil painting. The painting depicts 2013-14 RIP Ron Burton and 2012-13 RIP Sakuji Tanaka leading a group of Rotarians as they prepare to hear Bill and Melinda Gates deliver a special program on “End Polio Now.”

From the original painting, Leigh has manufactured 22″x28″ framed prints that he has been selling for $199 (like Kinkade did in The Rotarian in 1990) and donating all proceeds to Polio Plus. Since March 2014, he has sold over 219 prints regionally raising over $64,485 for Polio Plus. Leigh works tirelessly to promote the eradication of polio at club, district, and zone events, raising awareness and funds for Polio Eradication.

The second unique approach that Leigh has used to build enthusiasm and fundraising momentum for polio eradication is to create a Polio Plus Society in District 7710. When he became the District Polio Plus Chairman in July 2016, he again looked for an innovative approach to bring enthusiasm and commitment to attract additional gifts that would be needed to finish the job by 2018. To become a member, you must donate a minimum of $100 per year until polio is eradicated worldwide. Since its inception ten months ago, District 7710 has 72 members of the Polio Plus Society. We expect it to continue growing in membership and provide a sustainable source of funding until this terrible disease no longer plagues children in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and most recently in Nigeria.

Leigh Hudson has a passion to eradicate polio that has fueled his inspired approaches to raise awareness and funds. His exemplary commitment and successful results make him a deserving recipient for the Regional International Service Award for a Polio-Free World.

The Impact of Rotary

One of the many captivating speakers, and definitely most moving, was Jessica Holmes, a member of the Cary-Kildaire club.

Jessica explained how she uses the “Four Way Test” in her role as Wake County’s youngest County Commissioner.

She also demonstrated how a note from her Club President, Sue Pruskin and the support of her club members helped her through a trying time which made the a life-long Rotarian.

Rotary Youth Exchange

Helen Holt chaired a panel of two incoming students and one outgoing student.

Colleen Kane, the Outgoing Student, sponsored by the North Raleigh Club. Her responses to some of the questions gave an insight to the Youth Exchange Program.

“My experience with Youth Exchange started before my own exchange year, because my family hosted three exchange students from Japan, Argentina and Brazil. While I was growing up, and my older brother also went on exchange to Santiago, Chile.

I lived with three Chilean host families, attended Chilean high school, and traveled a lot with the other exchange students. I visited the Torres del Paine National Park, which was the most spectacular place I think I’ve ever been. I rode a moto-taxi in Paraguay, a boat under the Iguazu falls in Brazil, and a very stubborn horse in the Andes Mountains. I climbed to the top of a volcano in Easter Island and watched a traditional Rapa Nui dance. I visited our old exchange student from Argentina with my brother.

Most importantly for me, I learned that a vast and rich world exists outside of the pressures of high school and college. What’s moving to another city, when you just lived in another hemisphere for a year, immersed in a foreign language and culture?

30 Years of Women in Rotary

Our first woman District Governor, Carol Allen (2000-2001) with the assistance of Mary Kamm coordinated the recognition of woman in each club that strongly supports the club, but often does not get recognition.

Central Johnston Recognizes Major Donor

Recently, Carol Arnn, was recognized as a Major Donor of The Rotary Foundation. She donated $25,000 to the PolioPlus program in the memory of her husband David Arnn, who was a District Governor of District 7710 from 2001 – 2002.

In the photo at the left from the left are Leigh Hudson, Carol Arnn and Pat Bridgers.