District News

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.

North Raleigh Donates $25,000

North Raleigh Rotary Club presented a check to the Carolina Small Business Development Fund to support their innovative program Launch Raleigh.

In the picture are President Scott Tarkenton (left), Past District Governor and Past President Matthew Kane, Lenwood Long, President, Carolina Small Business Development Fund and Germaine McIver-Cherry, Associate Director of Business Services at Carolina Small Business Development Fund.

East Chapel Hill supports Dental Project

The Rotary Club of East Chapel Hill, lead by Team Leader, Ray Tseng, completed a week long medical and dental service project to treat over 1,000 children at the Nueva Vida Clinic, Nicaragua with a brigade of 33 Rotarians from multiple Rotary Clubs and volunteers from multiple states.

Ten stations ran simultaneously for four days, administering dental services including exams, emergency extractions, dental restorations, and preventive fluoride varnish.

Dentists also applied Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF), new to Nicaragua, on all teeth with cavities. SDF has been recently approved for use in the US, and has been touted as a dental public health “magic bullet” because it arrests the advancement of cavities, so that local dental teams can have time to repair teeth, without having the child experience pain, infection, or abscesses.

The Nueva Vida dental clinic team were taught to place stainless steel crowns on children, which have a 95% success rate in children, particularly in the face of the poor diet and hygiene habits that are characteristic of underdeveloped communities.

Brigade members also visited the local dental school, and forged a service and learning partnership between the Universidad Nacional Autonomico Nicaragua (UNAN) College of Dentistry, and Central Carolina Community College Dental Programs of Sanford, NC. This partnership will allow distance and collaborative learning for students from both institutions, and will provide graduating dentists in Nicaragua the opportunity to treat patients at the Nueva Vida Clinic throughout the year, thereby increasing the number of children served annually. It also provides the beginning of an international outreach presence for Central Carolina Community College.

Medical services were administered by Rotarian Bill Lambeth, a plastic surgeon from the Rotary Club of Raleigh, who saw up to 17 patients per day, removing growths and scar tissue in adults to help relieve pain and restore normal function of hands and legs. His nurse and assistant was his wife, Diana. Anna Wildermuth, a pediatrician, administered well and sick child exams, seeing up to 42 patients per day, for children as young as 2 days old. Dr. Wildermuth helped to address common problems, such as respiratory issues and sun exposure problems, and helped many young women start the road to motherhood on the right foot. Patients at the clinic came from near and far, with some traveling over 2 hours to visit the East Chapel Hill Rotary Club team.

A new element of our trip was outreach into two local elementary schools- Trinidad Norte and Trinidad Central in Ciudad Sandino. Rotarian Chadd Mcglone and Lisa Godfrey from Central Carolina Community College visited schools to observe and work one-on-one with elementary school teachers. Lesson plans focused on how science, technology, engineering and math educational skills are used in the real world. STEM skills were related to oral hygiene for children, in the hopes of enhancing the educational skills of the teachers, and to have teachers be involved in helping children to maintain good oral health. Funding from a “Teeth and Technology” global grant made these activities possible.

This trip is an annual service event for the East Chapel Hill Rotary Club and was the first trip to this new location. The Rotary club of Cuidad Sandino, Nicaragua provided outstanding staff and logistical support and committed tremendous resources to host the largest group ever to visit the Nueva Vida Clinic. In addition to the Rotary clubs of East Chapel Hill and Ciudad Sandino, this years’ trip was also supported in part by donations by the Rotary clubs of Carrboro Sunrise, Oxford, Raleigh, Swansboro and Warrenton. Additionally, this year’s trip was partly funded by a Global Grant from the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International and the Goodwill Community Foundation.

Thank you Barry Phillips

At the recent District Assembly, Barry Phillips was recognized by District Governor Rusine Mitchell Sinclair with a Meritorious Service Award.

Rusine summarized some of Barry’s roles in Rotary.

  • Served as District Governor 2007-2008
  • Served as the District 7710 representative to the Counsel of Legislation 2015-2017
  • Member of the Major Gifts International Committee 2015-2018
  • Served as Host Area Coordinator for Duke/UNC Peace Center 2012-2015
  • Served as District 7710 Rotary Foundation Chair 2014-2017

Barry has been very dedicated in his role as Foundation Chair for the District. He has spoken to many Clubs about The Rotary Foundation and encouraged contributions.

At the end of June, Barry will be passing on the responsibility of District Foundation Chair to Neman Aguiar.

Thank you Barry Phillips for your Dedication to The Rotary Foundation.

Service Above Self Award – Rick Carnagua

Rotary’s highest honor recognizes Rotarians who demonstrate Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self, by volunteering their time and talents to help others. The award nominations are reviewed by a committee of the Board of Directors and no more than 150 may be selected per year. During this Rotary year, only 117 were selected from 1.2 million Rotarians.

To deserve consideration for the award, the Rotarian must have performed continuing humanitarian service. The award is intended to recognize especially those who actively help others through Rotary. Financial contributions to the Rotary Foundation and performance in an elected or appointed Rotary assignment are not considered in selecting the recipient.

Rick Carnagua is a charter member of the Cary-Page Rotary Club that recently celebrated its 27th anniversary. He was club president in 1998-1999 and named Rotarian of the year twice by his club. He is currently the club’s Treasurer. He participates in many club service projects including Habitat for Humanity Salvation Army Holiday Bell Ringing, Ronald McDonald House, a Million Meals, Alzheimer family support, and Read & Feed.

Rick has served as District Secretary, Treasurer, and Governor in 2012-13. He has also served for many years as the District 7710 Chair of Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust (CART). In 2013, he developed a relationship with the Monumental Rotary Club in Santiago, Dominican Republic and led a service project building latrines to improve the sanitation of the countryside outside Santiago and teaching proper hand washing and sanitation. As part of his Dominican Republic Service Project, Rick has established a community fund where Rotary Clubs and individuals donate money to provide equipment and programs for local schools, books, sporting equipment for children, and basic necessities such tooth brushes and tooth paste, toilet paper, mosquito nets, sheets and towels, and shoes. This partnership has continued every year expanding its scope with the aid of global and district grants to include building children’s playgrounds and repairing homes in some of the poorest, rural areas near Santiago. Another Dominican Republic service trip will take place in February, 2017.

He created a very successful hands-on service project for his 2014 District Conference that focused on helping eradicate illiteracy in our local communities. The District 7710 Rotarians collected over 55,000 children’s books and donated them to agencies such as Communities in Schools, Book Harvest, Read & Feed, and YMCA’s of the Triangle.

Rick’s community involvement began with his service on the Town of Cary Parks and Recreation Commission – a group that helps develop strategic goals for the numerous parks and recreational programs offered in Cary, NC. Later, Rick chaired the Cary Comprehensive Growth Plan Committee that developed and reviewed plans for the long-term growth of Cary. He serves on the board of Read & Feed and volunteers weekly tutoring children, reading and providing books, and feeding them a nutritious meal. Rick works with The Center for Volunteer Caregiving. This program coordinates and provides volunteer services in the community to improve the lives of seniors, caregivers, and adults with disabilities. Rick has his own consulting company through which he provides both paid and volunteer services. He donates his time and financial expertise to a number of small non-profit organizations.

He and his wife Gail have one daughter and four grandchildren.