District News

Habitat for Humanity & Build-A-Block

Rotarians from District 7710 helped support Habitat for Humanity of Wake County as part of Build-A-Block, a collaboration among the Habitat Campus Chapter at NC State University, corporate and community partners, Habitat Wake, and home buyers to build 11 safe, affordable townhomes on Lake Wheeler Road in Raleigh. This project is the largest partnership in the country between a campus chapter and a Habitat affiliate.

The 11 homes are being built in partnership with hardworking, low-income families who have contributed 200 sweat equity hours building their homes, contributed $1,700 to closing costs and will pay an affordable mortgage, which totals no more than 30 percent of their income.

Construction began in September 2016 with the first 5 families moving in to their homes in early 2017. Construction on the final 6 units will be complete in June with their families moving in very soon.

The project benefited from support from Rotarians in several ways including West Raleigh Rotarian, Mike Giancola, serving as the co-chair for the project along with student Sarah Paluskiewicz. The Rotary Club of West Raleigh was a Nickel Hammer sponsor and the North Raleigh Rotary Club helped support lunch for the volunteers on the worksite. Our Youth Exchange students, along with their host families, and members of their host clubs volunteered on the worksite in February.

To learn more about the historic project and make a donation to help push it across the finish line, visit go.ncsu.edu/buildablock


CART Fund 2017 Alzheimer’s Research Grants

The Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust Fund (CART) awarded $700,000 in Alzheimer’s research grants in May 2017. Awards to six researchers from US institutions.

The 2017 grants mark two records for CART. The $700,000 figure is the highest dollar amount of grants ever awarded by the organization. CART grants are funded by the generosity of Rotarians, starting with donations of coins and cash at weekly Rotary Club meetings.

The second record for the 2017 grants is the number of grants awarded.

2017 Major CART Grant Recipient

$250,000 – Christelle Anaclet, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Research Project:  Sleep enhancement: a strategy to improve cognitive performance in adult and Alzheimer’s disease mouse models

Our goal is to reduce the burden of Alzheimer’s disease. Cognitive impairment and sleep disruption represent two of the most disabling symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and are the primary bases for institutionalization. Given that sleep disruption is known to cause cognitive deficits in the healthy individual, we hypothesize that increased sleep quantity and quality can improve cognitive function and reverse the cognitive deficits associated with Alzheimer’s disease. I have developed a mouse model of sleep enhancement permitting my laboratory to test, for the first time, whether sleep enhancement can improve cognitive function in cognitively impaired as well as un-impaired mice.

This project proposes to define the role of sleep in cognitive function, test whether or not increased sleep quality can improve cognition in the mouse, and develop newer mouse models to study sleep, cognition and Alzheimer’s disease. Successful completion of the aims will show that slow-wave-sleep (SWS) enhancement and rapid eye movement sleep (REMS) have different and complementary effects on cognitive function.

Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA)

At RYLA, the participants demonstrated the power of team work by lifting District Governor Rusine Mitchell Sinclair off the floor by each one pulling a string using only their thumb and forefinger

Impact of District 7710 still being felt in Dominican Republic

David Crow, our major contact in the Dominican Republic, recently posted the following on Facebook.

“Receiving our club’s new portable dental unit to be used during our frequent medical missions. This unit was purchased using remaining monies the District 7710 community fund provided during the recent D7710 Rotary mission to the DR. Thanks friends, we will put to good use! “

Environmental Sustainability will be Rotary Emphasis in 2017-18

Incoming Rotary International President Ian Riseley is challenging clubs to make a positive environmental impact in the new Rotary year by planting trees. He would like one tree planted for every Rotarian. That will be over One Million trees.

Every club is being asked to name an Environmental Sustainability contact. They will get ideas and resource information from our District Environmental Sustainability Chair:

Melissa Mills



2017 Global Run 4 Water

Mark your calendars now to attend the 6th Annual Global Run 4 Water, Sun Sept 24, 4:00 pm at the WakeMed Soccer Field, Cary.

The over $61,000 in proceeds generated by the run have gone to supporting water and sanitation projects in Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Lebanon, Peru, Tanzania and Uganda.

This is a District event and all clubs are encouraged to have runners or teams participating in the popular 1 Mile Water Carry Challenge.

For more details contact Scott Rossi at scott@mediscribe.com or 919-467- 2632.

Message from our Global Scholar – Micaela Ameson

Greetings from Edinburgh,

Spring has sprung! We’ve had a few weeks of lovely weather and the sun is setting later and later. The city is absolutely gorgeous.

All is well here. I’ve started at my dissertation placement in Glasgow, at Child Poverty Action Group, and I’m really enjoying it so far. The staff are wonderful and extremely knowledgeable. My first step is to get a handle on social security policy in the United Kingdom, and in Scotland specifically; a lot has happened with welfare reform over the past seven years. The focus of the dissertation will be how these changes have affected low-income families in Scotland, so I will be analyzing 16 interviews with four individuals/families that the organization, in partnership with a professor at the University of Edinburgh, have conducted. Depending on the results of the research, my dissertation may be used to help CPAG offer the Scottish government policy advice on the future of social welfare reform. It’s very exciting! I commute to the office on Wednesdays and Thursdays and work from Edinburgh campus the rest of the week.

Aside from my dissertation work, I’ve had a little time to do some traveling/sight-seeing, most notably in Peebles and York. Peebles is a very small town in the Scottish borders, about 20 miles south of Edinburgh. It’s quiet and charming, and surrounded by stunning countryside and many scenic walking trails.

York is one of the oldest towns in England, and although it’s also small, there’s a lot to see. The York Minster (largest cathedral in northern Europe), Castle Howard, the Shambles (a street of old buildings, some from the 14th century), the remainder of the castle wall, and any one of the many cafes and restaurants lining the river are all highlights. It’s a lovely, vibrant place.

That’s all from me this month. Hope you are all well!



Cary-Kildaire receives Excellence Award

The Excellence Awards are sponsored annually by the Wake Tech Foundation, which receives and administers private sector funds for college programs.

The Individual Spirit of Giving award was given to the Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club, whose members have been supporting student scholarships for 23 years. The scholarships, valued at $2,400 each, are awarded each year to two high-achieving students from the Cary/Apex area. The Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club also holds fundraising events throughout the year. The club has contributed nearly $90,000 and helped more than 50 students complete their education at Wake Tech.