District News

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”!

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! “