District News

Solarize Uganda NOW

We are off to the races! The Rotary Club of Raleigh Midtown, in partnership with nearly 25% of the clubs in District 7710, the Rotary Club of Nateete-Kampala, and All We Are, have installed solar powered lighting systems to over 5000 students in Uganda.

This is a project that we envisioned, fundraised, and now are implementing together. Our first installation is at the ABC Day and Boarding School Nateete located in Kampala, Uganda. More than 400 students call this school home. This first installation was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Raleigh Midtown and the Rotary Club of Cincinnati, Ohio. Thank you for your support and I hope you enjoy the updates to come.

One of the installations is in Eastern Uganda which is among the worst performing school districts in the whole country. I had a colleague describe the lack of investment in education in Eastern Uganda today to be identical to 30 years ago when he was a pupil there. He cites one of the biggest shortcomings for students as having to wait for the sun to rise to study, because of the lack of electricity, and then “racing” with the daylight to get classes concluded before the sun sets.

Here is a wonderful video of one of the installations.

Our Global Scholar in Mexico

The past month I have been fairly busy with my studies! Since my last report, I successfully completed my first one-month intensive class, and began another one! My new class is centered on gender and other inequalities in the southern border region of Mexico. My new class is project-based and focused on the subject of my research project: HIV/AIDS prevention among indigenous youth. I have been enjoying having three professors to advise me and guide my learning in this class, as well as the collaboration that comes with the projects they assign us.

Outside of class, I have gotten the chance to travel to indigenous communities that lie not too far from the city of San Cristóbal. For example, I was honored to attend the wedding of a friend of mine in a nearby indigenous community called San Andres Larrainzar.

Cecilia and I were recently able to join the Rotary club of Chiapa de Corzo (a small town near San Cristóbal) in distributing packages of aid to a local rural community called Barranca Honda, where several people lost their homes in the September 7, 2017 earthquake. I plan to attend another meeting of the Chiapa de Corzo Rotary Club to make a presentation about my scholarship.

I am preparing to begin collecting data for my research project while the ethical review committee evaluates my protocol for approval. Wish me luck that they approve it quickly because I am excited to start my fieldwork!

Hope everything is going well in North Carolina,

Briana Acosta

The North Raleigh club is one of the many clubs supporting the Guatemala Literacy Project which is on the verge of doing amazing things for potentially over 10,000 students and teachers in Guatemala.

Rotary International President Ian Riseley call this project “the gold standard” of Rotary projects. Out of 4,000 global grants currently active, this project was selected by The Rotary Foundation for a study on scalability. This means The Rotary Foundation is looking to this project as an example that can be copied by other Rotary Clubs in other countries.

In addition, they have been asked to share their teacher-training materials for the Culture of Reading ProgramTextbook Program, and Computer Centers Program with The Rotary Foundation to aid other Rotarians doing projects in the focus area of Basic Education & Literacy.

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.