District News

CART Week is October 13-17

Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust (CART) encourages donations of coins from member’s pockets or purse to fund research projects. 450 Clubs participate in this effort and have funded 26 extraordinary grants seeking a cure. This year we will place special emphasis on CART from October 13-17 by encouraging club members to put $5+ in the blue CART bucket.  Our goal is to raise $6000 during CART week.

The Brazilians are Coming!

The Brazilians are coming!  On November 1st, 15 Brazilian healthcare professionals will travel to our district to learn about advances in research and care for families effected by Alzheimers Disease. They will meet researchers from Duke and UNC, visit Adult Day Care Centers and be trained in Caregiver Training at our local AlzheimersNC office. They will visit for 2 weeks and stay in Rotarian homes. Join us November 5th for a special welcome dinner…sign up through the calendar on the district website.

Sponsor Thank You

Check out our NEW “Thank You Sponsors Banner” to highlight the generous contributions of those who have contributed in the past to help keep affordable our District Conference.  Lori Barbier, Chair of the 2015 New Bern District Conference Committee, sparkles with appreciation!

Fill That Bus! 2014

The Durham community rallied around the 2014 Crayons2Calculators Fill that Bus effort to collect school supplies for teachers with total contributions topping $100,000, far above the $75,000 goal set for the project.  More than 250 groups collected supplies with still other individuals donating directly to the Crayons2Calculators (C2C) warehouse or at special events held to collect supplies.

Fill that Bus was started by the four Durham Rotary clubs in 2011. Contributions increased from $5,000 the first year to $63,000 in 2013.

C2C executive director Julie Marshall commended Rotary​​, and the many other community volunteers who supported the school supply drive. “The Durham community has once again stepped forward with gifts of supplies that teachers and students need to make 2014-15 a great year. The teachers who ‘shop’ in our warehouse call this service a ‘lifesaver’ for them and their students. Every contribution to Fill that Bus will be used by teachers and students in schools with high free and reduced lunch populations. We are so grateful to all who made it a huge success,” said Marshall.

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Barrie Davis 1923-2014

December 22, 1923 – August 19, 2014

Barrie joined Rotary in 1946 and was, in the eyes of many, the finest Rotarian they had ever met. He served as RI Director 1993-1994 and continued as an inspiring Rotarian in the Zebulon Club. In Barrie’s honor, let’s Light Up Rotary!

New Leadership in Greater Triangle Area

Matthew Kane

Matthew Kane, president/owner of Cutting Edge Engraving, Inc. in Raleigh, will be appointed to the volunteer post of Rotary International district governor for 2014-15. He will be officially installed at a ceremony and dinner at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary on Tuesday, June 24 at 6 p.m.

Matthew Kane, of Raleigh, will be appointed to the volunteer post of Rotary International district governor for 2014-15. He will be officially installed at a ceremony and dinner at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary on Tuesday, June 24 at 6 p.m.

Kane is president/owner of Cutting Edge Engraving, Inc., an awards and recognition company he founded 25 years ago.

As district governor, Kane will coordinate community and international service projects for the 46 Rotary clubs located throughout the greater-Triangle area. His responsibilities will include strengthening existing Rotary clubs and organizing new ones.

The outgoing governor for the 2013-14 term is Leigh Hudson, owner of Hudson’s Hardware & Outdoor Equipment located in Garner and Clayton. Hudson has been a Rotarian since 1986.

“I intend to pick up where Leigh left off with some new initiatives, to support those who need it most in our community and abroad and continue to increase awareness of Rotary,” Kane said. “Rotary is Service Above Self and putting the needs of others above our own. Our clubs plan to do that this year when implementing our service projects.”

Matthew Kane teaching numbers in Guatemala

Incoming Rotary International District Governor, Matthew Kane, traveled to rural Guatemala on a Rotary grant to promote a sustainable school textbook program in 2002. As district governor for 2014-15, he will coordinate community and international service projects for the 46 Rotary clubs located throughout the greater-Triangle area.

All clubs in the district have been encouraged by Kane to start local community projects with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease in the coming year. Also on the agenda, with the help of a grant from The Rotary Foundation, Kane will bring 15 healthcare professionals here from Brazil for two weeks to study advances in Alzheimer’s research and best practices in caring for patients and their caregivers.

He’s also planning to host special service events called “Rotary Days” throughout the year, which will be fun, low-cost events open to the public.

Kane will serve as Rotary District Governor through June 30, 2015. He has many Rotarian accolades that have helped prepare him for the Rotary District Governor leadership position. He is a two-time Rotarian of the Year, former North Raleigh Rotary Club President, three-term chairman of the District Grants committee and has participated in a variety of International and local volunteer service projects. He also has perfect attendance in Rotary for six years.

Kane decided to join Rotary after going on a mission trip to Guatemala with his church in 1994. He saw the needs of the poor and wanted to find ways to help in his community and beyond when he returned home. He was able to involve his family – wife, Sonia and three children, Ryan, 27; Connor, 23; and Colleen, 20 – in Rotary through the hosting of exchange students from Japan, Brazil and Argentina. Both Connor and Colleen spent a year in Chile as exchange students.

Rotarian Receives John Penn Award

Xavier Wortham, executive director of the Oxford Housing Authority, was presented the John Penn Award for Outstanding Citizenship on Monday evening at the annual meeting and banquet of the Granville County Chamber of Commerce.

He humbles me every time I am with him because of his dogged determination to improve the lot of so many in our community,” said Jackie Sergent, the mayor of Oxford who made the presentation in the Vance-Granville Community College Civic Center.

Wortham serves the community, Sergent said, “by taking the meaning of his day job and doing more with it than anyone could imagine, by nurturing the habit of consistently trying to meet the requests that come to him from all corners, and by identifying fundamental needs in the community and stepping in to develop systems to address them.”

Sergent cited the numerous value-added activities Wortham conducts at the Housing Authority and listed the many offices and memberships he has held in the community.

In accepting the award, Wortham said, “Everything Jackie said would not be possible without the support of a lot of people.”

He thanked the staff of the Housing Authority and “all of you who do anything for our children. Thank you for this honor.”

Wortham, grew up in Granville County and graduated from J.F. Webb High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Winston-Salem State University, studied at the Institute of Real Estate Management in Atlanta and received a degree from Rutgers University’s Center for Government Service.

The award, presented annually to recognize outstanding citizenship and contributions to the county, was named for Granville County resident John Penn, one of three North Carolinians who signed the Declaration of Independence.

RLI Event Well Attended

RLI 2014 Graduates ESRotary Leadership Institute kicked off 2014 on Saturday, January 18 with more than 60 participants coming from as far away as Maryland.

RLI offers leadership and Rotary education training for new Rotarians and prospective Rotary club leaders. January 18 proved to be a great day of experience, learning, and fellowship, helping members become better leaders and more engaged Rotarians.

Four classes were held at Wake Tech Community College, Western Wake Campus at Millpond Village in Cary. Two Part I classes were held to accommodate 40+ participants, and one each of Parts II and III were held, along with RLI Instructor Training classes. In all about 75 Rotarians attended.