District News

World’s Greatest Meal

The concept of the “World’s Greatest Meal” is to hold an event where all or a portion of the meal goes towards the EndPolioNow campaign.

Over the past three years, over 3,000 events have been held involving over 170,000 people in 72 countries. They have raised over $2 million, which when matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation means $6.5 million is going towards ending Polio.

Scott Rossi, Cary-Kildaire Club assists this group by recording all the events and the money raised.

Susanne Rea, an Australian Rotarian, who was afflicted with Polio as a child organized and Mukesh Mulhotra,,a Rotarian from Britain, established the World’s Greatest Meal.

Using the power of Facebook they encouraged groups to have a meal and donate the proceeds to Polio. Some have a frugal meal and donate what they were going to pay for a full meal. The smallest donation was $14 and the largest at a gala event in Brazil was $67,000.

Supply Store Helps Chapel Hill-Carrboro Teachers Get Supplies

supplystore2It’s a hot Tuesday in Chapel Hill, but teachers are waiting in a long

line outside of the American Legion. They’re waiting to get their chance to shop for school supplies, but without spending any of their money.

Each elementary school teacher or teaching assistant in the area was invited to come shop at the tenth annual Teacher Supply Store. The East Chapel Hill Rotary Club fundraises all year to be able to afford the $45,000 of school supplies given away just at this event.

Pat Phelan is a chairperson for the Rotary Club and is the 2016 Chairman for the Teacher Supply Store. He says the best thing about the event is seeing the appreciation from the teachers.  “They are so appreciative, they really, really do need it, and it’s just great to see such great smiles on their faces.”

Lynn Lehmann is the Executive Director of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation. She says the foundation’s job is shopping and organizing all of the supplies. She says the project got started as a way for the Public School Foundation to express to teachers that they matter.  “The idea was to mainly reward and make teachers feel honored and appreciated as they start the new school year. And I think that they do feel that.”

Nelson says that as she stands in line to receive the sharpies and cardstock she would normally have to buy herself, she does feel honored and appreciated.  “It’s just very generous, especially with the state budget cuts right now. Less resources, less parents are going to have to supply, so we’re just so thankful to the Public School Foundation and the Rotary Club for opening this up for us.”

Next year’s Teacher Supply Store will be for Middle and High School teachers. The East Chapel Hill Rotary Club will begin fundraising again as the school year begins.

Howard Selected As District Governor For 2019-20

With great pleasure, I announce that the 2016-17 District Nominating Committee has selected Marie Howard from The Rotary Club of Kerr Tar Region to be the District Governor in 2019-20.

After receiving a B.S. in Clinical Dietetics from Michigan State University, Marie served four years in the U.S. Army as an Army Medical Specialist Corps Officer, attaining the rank of Captain.  She also earned a M.S. in Clinical Nutrition from Finch University/Chicago Medical School.  After returning to civilian life, she worked in the medical nutritional, medical equipment, and biotechnology fields developing her skills in field sales, international training, and global market management.  Her impressive skills and business experience with Nestle Clinical Nutrition in Vevey, Switzerland will position her to be very successful in leading our District to meet its goals and strategic objectives.

After completing a very successful corporate career, she joined The Rotary Club of Oxford in 2011.  The same year, she founded a nutritional consulting business as a way to “pay it forward” to the community for her successful career and life.  Since joining Rotary, she has served two terms as President of The Rotary Club of Oxford and is now serving as the President of the recently formed Rotary Club of The Kerr Tar Region.  Marie has served as Assistant Governor for Area 1 since 2015.  Currently, she serves at the District level as Club Extension Chair and is a graduate of and facilitator for The Rotary Leadership Institute.  She and her husband, David, have hosted two Rotary Fellows and their families.  They are active supporters of The Rotary Foundation as Level 2 Major Donors and Level 6 Bequest Society Members.

Marie will be a great asset to the District Leadership Team in continuing the strategic advancement of our District.  Please extend your congratulations to Marie.

I offer my thanks to the District Nominating Committee, led by Chairman, IPDG Newman Aguiar, for their service in selecting a talented leader who will continue a tradition of dedicated service to the Rotarians of District 7710.
Yours in Rotary Service,

Rusine Mitchell Sinclair
District Governor

Hurricane Matthew Relief Efforts


Hurricane Matthew has left devastation and suffering in its wake and continues to create problems as floodwaters continue to rise and hundreds of people remain stranded.

In the United States, the storm is reported to have “killed at least 23 people as it churned across five states — six in Florida, three in South Carolina, three in Georgia, one in Virginia and 10 in North Carolina.”

The hurricane brought historic levels of rainfall to eastern North Carolina and has hit our state particularly hard.  It has been reported that “more than 1,400 people have been rescued from floodwaters, and 2,600 people stayed in shelters overnight Sunday. “  Over a million people in central and eastern North Carolina are without power.

Significant damage has been reported in the Bahamas and more than 1,000 lives were lost in Haiti.

Our District is accepting funds to support recovery efforts in North Carolina, the Bahamas and Haiti.  Funds designated for the Bahamas and Haiti will be sent to each Rotary District’s relief efforts, respectively.

If you decide you would like to make a contribution to this effort please make your check payable to District 7710 Charitable Foundation and write “North Carolina”, “Bahamas” or “Haiti” on the memo line to indicate which relief effort you would like to support. Your check can be mailed to PDG Rick Carnagua at 104 Frehold Court, Cary, NC  27519.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Yours in Rotary Service,


Newman Aguiar
Disaster Relief Chairman (2016-2017)
Past District Governor (2015-2016)
Rotary International District 7710
909 Demerius Street, Durham, NC 27701
Ph: (919) 433-1777 | Fax: (919) 956-9812
E-Mail  | http://www.rotary7710.org/

Photo Credit:  Hurricane Matthew Leaves Trail of Devastation With at Least 26 Dead Across 5 Southern States – ABC News

Happy Feet for Kids!

feet2Happy Feet for Kids! is the District-wide service project for 2017. We have partnered with the well-respected Children’s Home Society  of North Carolina to provide shoes for foster children in their care.

Our goal is to have Rotary Clubs purchase 500 pairs of athletic shoes for middle and high-school age students. At the District Conference in Raleigh being held April 7-8, 2017, Rotarians will sort, label, and pack the shoes in Rotary backpacks for foster children living in our District. The Children’s Home Society will distribute the shoes to the children.

feet3The 500 pairs of shoes represent the approximate distance we will travel on our way to the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta being held June 10-14, 2017.  What a way to make a difference!

To reach our goal, each club should provide pairs of shoes representing at least 25% of their membership.  The popular brands of shoes include:  Nike, Puma, Adidas, and Skechers.  Try to split your goal into 50% for boys and 50% for girls.  Your Assistant Governor will work with each club to break down the Area-wide Goals listed below:

Area Clubs AG Pairs of Shoes
1 Marie Howard 36
2 Susan Martin 25
3 Keith Dimsdale 36
4 Charles Marcom 42
5 Jennifer Piekarz 15
6 Nathan Byrd 57
7 Joyce McKinney 75
8 John Sperath 48
9 Scott Reynolds 79
10 David Hayden 87

Let your Assistant Governor know when club members have purchased shoes to keep track of our progress toward reaching our goal of 500 pairs of shoes.  You will also be recognized by District Governor Rusine Mitchell Sinclair with a Chuck Taylor All-Star high-top shoe pin (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Taylor_All-Stars ).  Donated athletic shoes can be collected by the club throughout the year.  When you reach your goal, you can notify your Assistant Governor and pick-up will be arranged or you can bring them to the District Conference in Raleigh on April 7-8, 2017.

District Hosts Global Scholar from Japan

Yutaka Endo will begin his studies at the University of North Carolina in September as a Global Scholar.  He will be hosted by Dave Stuckey and Bill Palmer of the Chapel Hill Carrboro Rotary Club.

Yutaka has earned a MD Certificate at Nigata University and has worked as an intern for two years, two years as a clinician in south east Asia and since May as a general practitioner in Japan.

His goal at UNC is to complete a Masters Degree in Public Health that will prepare him to work in impoverished countries, analyzing and creating policies that will improve community health.

Yutaka’s Global Scholarship of $40,000 has been approved by The Rotary Foundation and the Rotary Club of Niigata, Japan.

Let’s show Yutaka our American hospitality by inviting him to a club meeting and   other club activities.


July 4th marked a special day for Rotary in Granville County. The Rotary Club of the Kerr Tar Region was formally chartered by Rotary International on July 4th. This new club joins two other clubs in the county, the Rotary Club of Oxford and the South Granville Rotary Club.  The new Kerr Tar Club has a unique structure and meeting schedule.  Rather than meeting weekly, the Kerr Tar Club has two official meetings each month, typically one social get together and one service event. Optional meetings are also offered each month. The dues structure and the time commitment are kept to a minimum to attract members that might not be able to fit a weekly lunch or dinner meeting into their busy schedules.

The Kerr Tar Rotary Club service activities are focused in three areas:  mentoring youth, improving education and reducing hunger.  Projects include:

Mentoring Youth

  • Take a Kid to the Ballgame—Rotarians will reward children from the Oxford Housing Authority summer education program by taking them to a Durham Bulls game on August 7th.
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)—the club will sponsor 1-3 high school juniors to attend this popular leadership training program
  • Mentor Interact Club members in local high schools

Improving Education

  • Reading Buddies program at West Oxford Elementary School
  • A large education-focused project is under development

Reducing Hunger

  • Area Congregations in Ministry—support the food pantry through hands-on projects and food drives
  • Emergency Food Box program—participate in this program in conjunction with the Rotary Clubs of Oxford, Roxboro and Henderson

Please ‘Like’ the Kerr Tar Rotary’ Facebook page, where you will find all club meeting times and locations.  Additionally, club members and potential members can keep track of club events through a special Kerr Tar Rotary app for their smart phone.

If you would like to support this fledgling club, by supporting their ‘It’s Raining Cats & Dogs’ fundraiser. They will be  dropping plastic critters, with the closest to the target winning. There are a total of 25 prizes. The event will be held on September 10, 2016. You can purchase a “critter” or become a sponsor. Sponsors will receive publicity throughout the 2016-17 Rotary year!  Purchases may be made online here: https://squareup.com/store/kerr-tar-rotary/ or by contacting the club at: KerrTarRotary@yahoo.com .