District News

2017 Global Run 4 Water

The mission of Rotary District 7710’s GlobalRun4Water is to help provide clean drinking water and improved sanitation facilities to those in the greatest need.

Safe water and proper sanitation facilities help to liberate people so they can live healthier, fuller, and more productive lives. At the same time we strive to raise awareness among the community about the worldwide water crisis and improve Rotary’s public image as a major player in the water and sanitation cause. Register today here: https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Cary/GlobalRun4Water

District 7710 Rotarians – We need your help. Please consider doing the following:

– Ask your Club to be a Sponsor

  • Pint                    – $100
  • Quart                 – $250
  • Half-Gallon        – $500
  • Gallon            – $1,000

– Recruit Sponsors

– Invite your friends that run

– Follow us on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/events/1384510931586236/

Tim Allen Recognized by Rotary International

Rotary District 7710 Governor Rusine Mitchell Sinclair presented the Rotary International Rotarian Spouse/Partner Service Award to Tim Allen at the District Governor Installation Banquet on June 29, 2017.

The award citation reads as follows:

The Rotarian Spouse/Partner Service Award recognizes spouses and partners of Rotarians who have demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service through Rotary.

Only up to 100 awards are issued annually by Rotary International.
Recipients will be selected by an officer appointed by the RI

Candidates will be considered based solely on the humanitarian service they have rendered through Rotary, with an emphasis on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others.

An individual may receive the award only once.

Awardee Tim Allen:

Tim is a most worthy recipient of The Rotarian Spouse/ Partner Service Award. For over 20 years Tim has used his creative skills to design District Conference booklets, Duke/UNC Peace Fellow materials, and District Governor Installation programs. In fact, he designed the program for District Governor Shafi Parekh’s Installation Banquet this year. He has helped with more Rotary events than anyone can count while never seeking the limelight. District 7710 has greatly benefitted from his volunteer efforts.

Tim supported Past District Governor Carol Allen, his wife, leading up to and during her 2000-01 District Governor year and throughout her many years as a member of the Cary MacGregor Rotary Club. He has volunteered his many talents and time assisting Carol at the Duke/UNC Peace Center since its inception in 2001.

When Tim is not volunteering for Rotary, he enjoys mentoring young entrepreneurs and playing golf.

Be a Difference Maker

This year, District Governor Shafi Parekh has issued a challenge to all Rotarians to be a Difference Maker. He encourages members to:

  • Bring in a new member
  • Contribute at least $10 a month to The Rotary Foundation, through Rotary Direct on Rotary Club Central in My Rotary by going to Rotary.org, and
  • Participate in a Training Meeting

Our next District Governor is Shafi Parekh

Born in India to a father who was a businessman and Charter member of the Rotary Club, migrated to Pakistan with his family in 1947, schooled in England, came back and joined his family dairy and foods manufacturing company and joined Rotary in 1972. His wife, their son, and he moved West, in 1974 after running two milk plants for the US Navy, one in Cuba and Puerto Rico. They had another son and moved to Michigan working for General Mills making Yoplait Yogurt. Joined a Rotary Club in Michigan. From there to Dallas, Texas and another Rotary Club where he was President in 1990, board member and president of a local theater as well as serving on the boards of University of Texas Center for Translation Studies, and Center for Sower Learners. Here they were very involved in Youth Exchange and Group Study Exchange

He took an early retirement in 2003 and moved back to Pakistan where he and his wife Marjan lived for 5 years. Shafi joined another club in Karachi and served as president, district trainer, and district secretary. During his 5 years, his club was involved in over 20 Matching Grants, mostly as Host Club, digging tube wells, rebuilding a village of 126 homes destroyed by an earthquake, providing solar lamps for village homes, providing oncology diagnostics equipment for pediatric oncology hospital, went to Italy for fundraising for a Global Grant to buy brain surgery equipment for the same hospital.

Shafi and Marjan moved to Raleigh in 2008 after their son, Murtaza, joined a group gastroenterology practice, and their daughter-in-law, Donna Edwards, joined Wake Med as a Hospitalist.

Their younger son is an attorney with a firm in San Diego, California.

His passion is to serve and support the membership and the clubs. His focus during his tenure as District Governor is poverty alleviation through enhancing literacy, mainly female literacy which, he says, will be critical to sustaining the advances in Polio eradication, especially in Pakistan so as to prevent resurgence of Polio. He would like to support RI President Ian Riseley in his 1.2 million tree planting initiative worldwide to offset Carbon Emission as service to our future generations and our planet.

Take-a-Kid to the Ballgame

Get your club members and community kids ready for a fun day at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. For many underprivileged children this event is a real highlight of the summer and leaves a real positive impression of Rotary.

Durham Bulls vs. Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Gates Open at 4:00 p.m. and Game Time is 5:00 p.m.

The $30 per person ticket includes admission to the game, picnic lunch and a Durham Bulls baseball hat.

Ticket requests and checks (made payable to The Durham Bulls) are due to Xavier Wortham, of the Oxford club, by July 28, 2017. If you have any questions about the event, contact Xavier at 919-690-2750 or xavierlw@aol.com.

SASSY Way of Tracking Volunteer Hours for Your Club

Are you looking for an easy way to track volunteer hours that doesn’t involve spreadsheets or other manual methods? I’d like to share how our club has been handling this over the past year.

Your first question may be, why did we start tracking hours? A few years ago we decided that service teams would create opportunities for members to work in smaller groups and build deeper relationships, so we created “SASSY” teams.

S.A.S.S.Y.” stands for Service Above Self Serving Youth. Each member of our club is randomly selected to be on a SASSY team. This past year, we thought we’d add some friendly competition and started tracking our hours using the app called Track It Forward. By using Track it Forward, each Rotarian can easily log hours for each service project. We can run reports by individual or by SASSY team.

On the Track It Forward website, I entered the service projects that were planned for the year and set up the SASSY teams so that the members could easily select these from a drop-down menu and we’d have consistency in reporting. I also entered each member and their email address to help the transition. The website has a companion app that can be downloaded on your phone. Members can quickly log the date, hours, activity and SASSY team.

Anyone can download this app from the App Store or Google Play. Just search for “Track it Forward” or “Volunteer Time Tracking”.

At our quarterly club assemblies, we recognize the member that has the most service hours as well as the SASSY team that had all of its members participate in a service project. We award them with a certificate and Paul Harris points. It’s an easy way to highlight the importance of participating in service projects and recognizing the individuals and teams that do.

As we begin a new Rotary year with a new Presidential Citation that requires the reporting of hours, consider using Track it Forward and make it fun!

East Chapel Hill Rotary: Doing Something Amazing

In the summer of 2014, DG Matthew Kane chose Alzheimer’s Disease as the project for his year in office. When he visited the East Chapel Hill Rotary Club, he began his speech with three words:  “Do something amazing.”   Little could he have imagined that his challenge sparked an initiative that has made Orange County a national leader in the effort to help people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

East Chapel Hill member, Lorenzo Mejia, owner of Acorn Home Care Services, is a Dementia Care Specialist and board member on his county Department on Aging. He saw an opportunity to combine county resources with Rotary’s passion for service and contacts with the business community. Dementia Friendly Orange County, www.DFOC.org, was born.

Conducted in partnership with the Orange County Department on Aging, DFOC is an effort to train local businesses about dementia. Employees go through an awareness training that takes about 90 minutes. They learn what dementia is and how to recognize it in their customers. They learn various ways they can make themselves more accommodating to people with dementia.

Orange County is the first community in North Carolina, and one of the first nationally, to have a Dementia Friendly training program. Funding for the effort has been provided by East Chapel Hill Rotary Club. Additional funding has been generously given by Chapel Hill’s Sunrise Rotary Club.

To date, DFOC has approximately 60 organizations, spanning private and public sectors and for and non-profit.

Cary Page’s school year end celebration of the club’s partnership with the Read-and-Feed organization was appropriately rowdy. About 80 club members, Read-and-Feed volunteers and friends from the Cary Kildaire Club packed the party room at the Bond Brothers Brewing Company on May 25 to appreciate those volunteers and have a taste of Bond Brothers’ special brew of the evening: Cerveza Above Self. All that fun and fellowship led to talk of more joint projects with Cary Kildaire. Here’s to “Service Above Self”!