District News

Roxboro Rotarians Bring Cool to Community

On the eve of the hottest weather the District has seen in many months, Roxboro Rotarians found a way to beat the heat.

The club agreed at its July 20 meeting to purchase a load of box fans for distribution to people in the community who don’t have the benefit of air conditioning in their homes. That decision came the day before temperatures topped out in the triple digits.

The next day, club members showed up at Lowe’s Home Improvement, where store managers offered to sell the fans at about 50 percent of their retail cost. That offer really allowed the club to spread its resources even further.

Club members loaded up 30 fans and delivered them to two locations: the Person County Senior Center and the Christian Help Center in Roxboro. Both those agencies already had fan giveaway programs in place, so there was no need to create a new distribution system.

The project is a good reminder that Rotary can be nimble and can respond to needs quickly when the situation arises.

Happy Feet at Boys & Girls Home

IPDG Rusine Mitchell Sinclair received an unexpected surprise at the August District Council meeting when Hensley Scott, District Boys and Girls Home Chair, presented her with a plaque from the Boys and Girls Home at Lake Waccamaw. The recognition was for providing all the young people residing at the Home with sneakers as part of Happy Feet for Kids!  She said: “I am used to giving other Rotarians awards so it was quite a shock when the plaque was for me.”

Happy Feet for Kids! was a District 7710 Service Project this past Rotary year focused on providing new sneakers for young people in foster care. During the year Rotarians and Rotary Clubs purchased sneakers for boys and girls and brought them to the 2017 District Conference where Rotarians placed them in RI logo backpacks, along with personalized labels. Upon learning of our campaign from Rotarian Mark Hackett, a co-chair for the project and member of the Baptist Grove Church in Raleigh, the congregation gave a generous $2100.00 donation to Happy Feet for Kids!  The partnerships with the Children’s Home Society of North Carolina, county foster care agencies within our district, and the Boys and Girls Home enabled our District to provide 777 pairs of sneakers to foster children throughout our District.

To a child in foster care, a pair of fashionable sneakers was an important gift and shows that others care about them. We learned at the 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta that foster care children currently in the system or who have recently aged out are at a higher risk of being trafficked because of possible abuse and neglect. Rotary International signaled they are tackling the issue of modern day slavery and human trafficking. Happy Feet for Kids! is a modest way of starting to create awareness of the plight of foster children right within our District.

Raleigh Rotarians get Busy

Habitat project July 15th with Habitat of Wake County building a home in the Crosstowne Village of South Raleigh. Raleigh Rotarians and six boys from the Lake Waccamaw Boys and Girls home assisted with interior framing and insulation work. Raleigh Rotary plans to conduct a similar event each quarter with the next Habitat workday in October 2017.

The Works is the City of Raleigh’s signature 4th of July celebration and Raleigh Rotary has partnered with the city to help make this an enjoyable event for the entire family by providing inexpensive refreshments and children’s games and volunteers to help staff various booths and activities across the downtown venue. Rotarians get a chance to make cotton candy, sell popcorn, cold water, and watermelon, offer free children’s games and prizes to youngsters and operate a dunking tank for entertainment for all.

Be a Difference Maker

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:

  • Bringing in a new member
  • Contributing 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
  • Participating in a Training Meeting


Clubs making a Difference

Here is the criteria for your Club to qualify for this year’s District Governor recognition:

  1. Have a net increase of at least one member from an under-represented demographic.
  2. Club participates in a literacy or poverty alleviation project
  3. Club collaborates in a project with at least one other Rotary club
  4. Club members receive the Governor’s “Be a Difference Maker”:
  • 20% for small club (clubs with less than 30 members)
  • 15% for medium club (clubs with 30-59 members)
  • 10% for large clubs (clubs with 60+ members)

And, to get a Club Recognition with Distinction. In addition to the above, participation at the All Clubs’ Conference of:

  • 20% for small club
  • 15% for medium clubs
  • 10% for large club

Rotary Foundation Update

Congratulations Rotarians you had a stellar year creating new records in four out of five categories of aggressive targets for giving to support our charity, The Rotary Foundation.

The Endowment Fund Goal was $50,000, with actual donations being $76,140. This does not include commitments made by our generous members through estate planning of $780,000.

The Polio Plus Goal was $75,000, with actual donations being $93,198. The district also donated $17,500 of available District Designated Funds (DDF) making a total of $110,198.

The Annual Fund Goal was $500,000, with the actual donations being $411,452. This is the third highest annual donation and there is still a chance for this figure to grow because The Rotary Foundation has not yet entered all of the donations for the month of June.

Other donations, where there was no goal set totaled $46,190

The total donations Goal was $625,000. The actual total donations were $626,980.

 2014/15 Actual 2015/6 Actual 2016/17 Goals 2016/17    Year to Date %
Annual Fund  $    372,011  $    422,711  $    500,000  $    411,452 82 %
Endowment Fund  $      36,050  $      37,510  $      50,000  $      76,140 152 %
Polio Plus  $      48,196  $      63,383  $      75,000  $      93,198 124 %
Sub Total  $    625,000  $    580,790 93 %
Other  $      24,100  $         8,425  $      46,190
Total  $    480,357  $     532,029  $    625,000  $    626,980 100%


Now for a summary of how you used those dollars available to clubs based on previous year’s donations to the Annual Fund. Collectively you put the money to work – making a difference in communities locally and world-wide.

The District Grants Committee approved 31 District Grants from 21 qualified sponsoring clubs with an additional 12 other clubs participating as contributors, resulting in 72% of District 7710 Rotary Clubs (33 out of 46) being involved in the District Grant process. Total District Designated Funds allocated was $104,581 for projects totaling $279,411.

The District Grant projects breakout into the following categories, of which four of the projects were International District Grants:

  • Community Building – 13 Projects       (42%)
  • Education – 8 Projects        (29%)
  • Food and Nutrition – 5 Projects        (16%)
  • Alzheimer’s Disease and Senior Care           – 4 Projects        (13%)
  • Disease Prevention and Treatment              – 1 Project          (3%)


The District Grants Committee approved four Global Grants sponsored by District 7710 Rotary clubs, which were subsequently approved by The Rotary Foundation. Additionally, two other GGs were partially funded by District 7710 at the request of District Leadership. The District Scholarship Committee approved one Global Scholarship.


Total District Designated Funds allocated was $49,800. The total amount of the projects supported was $742,347 and $28,455 was paid into the Annual Fund as part of the exchange program. In exchange for receiving District 7710 Global Grant District Designated Funds the clubs contributed 57% of the District Designated Fund amount which they donated to The Rotary Foundation’s Annual Fund. These funds bolster the regular giving from District 7710 members and clubs to the Annual Fund, increasing the amount of District 7710 giving.

Thank you to all of you who made donations and/or commitments to the Foundation. Each of us may have slightly different reasons why we support the Foundation, perhaps different areas of focus that appeal to our own humanitarian goals.

But what we have in common is the certainty that what we give will have the protection of an organization with a reputation for strong, open financial stewardship.

The Rotary Foundation gets the highest rating from independent organizations that assess how effective and efficient charities use donations. We can all take pride in why we give, what we give and how our gifts make a difference in the world.

The Rotary Foundation – For This Year

By Newman Aguiar

Thank you for your ongoing support of our Foundation. During the past 100 years, our Foundation has spent over $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects, led by Rotarians, that change lives both close to home and around the world. Because of your annual contributions, we are able to make lives better in our community and around the world.

District Governor Shafi Parekh has set some ambitious goals for our District this Rotary year:

  • Increase annual giving to the Annual Fund (SHARE) to $500,000.
    • In the 2016-17 Rotary Year the District gave $410,842
  • Obtain annual giving in the Endowment Fund at $50,000
    • In the 2016-17 Rotary Year the District gave $76,140
  • Obtain annual giving to Polio-Plus at $75,000
    • In the 2016-17 Rotary Year the District gave $93,198

Because of your generosity, we surpassed our 2016-2017 goals for Polio-Plus and the Endowment, under the leadership of District Governor Rusine Mitchell-Sinclair and District Rotary Foundation Chair Barry Phillips.

Your contributions to The Rotary Foundation will be vital to surpassing our 2017-2018 goals and continuing our strong tradition of doing good in the world.

To support our clubs, this year we have designated Area Foundation Chairs to work closely with your Club Foundation Chair. I am very grateful to the Rotarians who have agreed to serve in this new role:

Area 1:    Stanley Morton – Roxboro

Area 2:    Louis Mullinger – Wakefield / Wake Forest

Area 3:    William Smith – Central Johnston County

Area 4:    Jerry Jones – Garner

Area 5:    Leroy Reshard – Fuquay-Varina

Area 6:    William Palmer – Chapel Hill-Carrboro Sunrise

Area 7:    Dallas Stallings – Durham

Area 8:    Lisa Higginbotham – Apex Sunrise

Area 9:    Cleve Folger – Cary

Area 10:  Randy Lickey – Capital City – Raleigh

Your annual gifts, and the gifts of every Rotarian in our District, make it possible for us to support the many transformative projects that our clubs undertake to improve lives in our community and around the world. The impact is evident in the smiles of the children who received dictionaries, books and educational support through our projects that support literacy, and the joyful sounds of children playing on the new equipment we installed in the playground we built, and the realization that the food we packed will feed families in our community who are struggling with food insecurity, and the knowledge that fewer families will suffer from water borne diseases because of the clean water and sanitation we helped provide, and so much more.

“At the 1917 convention, outgoing Rotary president Arch Klumph proposed setting up an endowment ‘for the purpose of doing good in the world.’  That one idea, and an initial contribution of $26.50, set in motion a powerful force that has transformed millions of lives around the globe.”

Recognizing Rotarians of the Year

The last month has seen Rotary Clubs across the District recognizing individuals in their club that has made a significant contribution to the club.

Terri Black and Ian Rumbles, your District Newsletter Editors, were deeply honored to be named the Clayton Rotary “Rotarians of the Year.”

Sixth Annual Peak City Pig Fest

The Apex Sunrise Rotary Club has another successful event in the books. The 6th Annual Bone Suckin’ Sauce Peak City Pig Fest was held in Historic Downtown Apex June 15 & 16, and despite rain both days, the event was a successful fundraiser for the club.

The Triangle’s only BBQ competition sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) attracted 48 teams from all over the Southeast to compete for a purse totaling almost $13,000. The winning team was Old Colony Smokehouse from Edenton, NC. This was their first Grand Championship.

The event featured music, a beer garden, pig races, a rib eating contest and of course BBQ. The Apex Sunrise Rotary Club sold BBQ prepared by last year’s People’s Choice Winner Holly Springs BBQ Company, led by Rotarian Jon Hansel.

Rotary was visible throughout the event, with street banners, a Rotary balloon, and all Rotarians wearing “Rotarian at Work” T-shirts.

The Apex Sunrise Rotary Club will use the proceeds from the event to benefit local charities. Beneficiaries in the past have included Western Wake Crisis Ministry, Operation: Coming Home, Miracle League of the Triangle and the United States Veterans Corps.

Cary Central Recognizes Paul Harris Fellows

Cary Central Rotary Club held their annual installation banquet on June 26, 2017. We were pleased to have incoming Governor Shafi Parekh in attendance to induct our incoming officers. Our club of 27 active members was honored by having awarded nine Paul Harris Fellows this year. And just as important is the annual award of our Rotarian of the Year to one of our charter members Don Cooper.












Gordon Carson, Paul Harris Fellow chair (left), John Cox, Susan Carson, Russell Duncan, Kevin Swan, District Governor Shafi Parekh, Buck Fisher, Tom Landsittel and Doug Lewis. (Not pictured:  Nan Clark, Paul Stephenson)