District News

Take a Kid to the Ballgame

At the Take-A-Kid to the Ballgame at the Durham Bulls Park, the Bulls played the Gwinnett Braves and, unfortunately, lost 5-2. While the Bulls lost, the winners were the many children who were treated to an evening of food, fun, and friendship by a large number of Rotarians around our district.

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Old Dominion Rotary Golf Tournament raises $18,768 for Boys & Girls Home

A steady rain fell over the course as the participants completed the final holes of the 2016 Old Dominion Rotary Golf Tournament at Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club earlier this month, but it did not dampen the spirits of the fundraising event for the Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina (B&GH).

bghome2The annual event led by Old Dominion Freight Line and Rotary clubs from throughout the state raised $18,768 to support B&GH. This event has raised more than $163,000 over 11 years.

Located in Lake Waccamaw, the non-profit agency is committed to providing a comprehensive array of services for children and youth who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or other family dysfunction. B&GH offers adoption, family and therapeutic foster care, as well as residential care on the Lake Waccamaw campus.

“What was done today helps some of the most deserving children we have ever served,” said B&GH President Gary Faircloth. “We are currently serving 230 children through foster care, traditional residential care, and the school located on our campus.”

Since opening in 1954, B&GH has helped nearly 5,000 children break the cycle of neglect and abuse.

“You can never make a better investment than that in the life of a child,” said Old Dominion Freight Line representative Chip Overby during the event’s closing reception. “When I think about this tournament and these children that we are serving I am reminded of the story of Mr. Harris.”

bghome3Overby shared that Mr. Harris worked on a 5000-piece puzzle gifted to him for seven years. As the puzzle work neared the end, the realization hit that one of the pieces was missing so it could not be completed. The puzzle was no longer being produced so the company could not send a replacement piece. The local newspaper learned the story and helped rally the community to pay for the single piece to be produced so the puzzle could be finished.

“That is what you are doing participating in this tournament,” Overby said. “You are completing the puzzle.”

Boys and Girls Homes provides an array of services for children and youth who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or other family dysfunction. The campus features a  public charter school with a middle and high school curriculum, vocational education, recreation facilities, farm, chapel and cottage life.

More about the Boys and Girls Home of North Carolina

We will continue the traditional events for this Rotary Year:

The Summer Enrichment Program:  This is a summer, four week program allowing four to six girls and boys to visit the Raleigh/Cary area to experience living outside the Boys & Girls Home before they leave.  The girls stay for two weeks, then the boys come for two weeks.  Thanks to the Cary Rotary Clubs for their sponsorship and leadership with this experience for the residents.

The Annual Rotary Day:  This is an annual event held on the campus every year on the second Sunday, which this year is February 12, 2017. This annual event starts with a church service at 11:00 AM, followed with a lunch. After lunch, there will be a short program from the Boys & Girls Home, then each club will have an opportunity to present contributions to the BGH.  After the program, we will visit the Rotary Cottage hosted by the current residents.

12th Annual Old Dominion Rotary Golf Tournament:  This is a state wide tournament sponsored by Old Dominion Trucking Company with all proceeds going to BGHNC.  This year’s date is June 5, 2017 in Pinehurst.  PDG Charlie Hatch will coordinate this event for the district.  More information will follow.

Our goal this year is to increase the District 7710’s contribution by $10,000.  Thanks to 7710 Rotarians for over 50 years of supporting the Rotary Cottage and BGHNC.

Young Professionals Summit

The Southland Young Professional Summit in Atlanta, Georgia from June 9th-11th was full of excitement, fun and problem-solving. Five representatives from District 7710, Jheanne Schack (e-Club), Catherine Doyle (Raleigh Midtown), Jason Potts (North Raleigh), Marie Howard (Kerr Tar Region) and Joyce Mckinney (Southwest Durham) attended the summit. Young Rotarians and Rotaractors, from ages 25 to 45  from zones 33 and 34 came together to figure out what the problems and solutions are to recruiting and maintaining young professionals (YPs) in Rotary.

The summit was energetic and a place where ideas and action were catalyzed for change. We came away knowing that YPs don’t want to be sold something but want to buy into ideas and something bigger themselves. We found that the ideal way to get more YPs involved in Rotary is the same way we recruitment new members in general. The majority of YPs join for professional development and for community service, but stay in Rotary because of the fellowship and the fun they have in being a part of their community and global organization that changes the world.

As a district, we decided to tackle YPs involvement by continuing and supporting our district’s YP committee, the New Generations Committee, that engages in quarterly socials and community service. In addition, we are planning a professional development workshop on topics that appeal to young professionals such as public speaking, communication, and networking. The summit was an experience that changed my perspective on Rotary and will be an experience I will never forget.

Apex Sunrise’s 5th Annual Peak City Pig Fest Raises $60k for Charity

Event Draws 30,000 people, 48 cook teams to Apex

pigfest1The Apex Sunrise Rotary Club is proud to announce that the 2016 Bone Suckin’ Sauce Peak City Pig Fest, held July 17-18 in Historic Downtown Apex, was its most successful ever. The KCBS-Sanctioned BBQ competition drew a crowd of 30,000 and 48 BBQ cook teams from across the United States. As a result, the Apex Sunrise Rotary Club raised more than $60,000 for area charities, as well as Rotary-sponsored causes. District Governor Rusine Sinclair attended the event. This year’s Grand Champion team was McAdoo Heights BBQ from Greensboro, NC.

Because of the success of this year’s event, the Apex Sunrise Rotary Foundation has been able to donate $15,000 to Western Wake Crisis Ministry of Apex. The foundation also supports other area charities including NC Victims Assistance Network ($3,500), the Miracle League of the Triangle ($3,500), US Veterans Corps ($5,000), Apex High School Interact Club and the West Virginia Flood Victims Rotary disaster relief effort.

“In its short six year history, the Apex Sunrise Rotary Club has been able to make a tremendous impact in our community thanks to events such as the Peak City Pig Fest,” said club president Tom Haynie.  “Thanks to the leadership of last year’s president Lisa Higginbotham, our club is set to have another successful year. We are so proud that our club can support so many area charities as a result.”

The Peak City Pig Fest was proclaimed a State Championship by Governor Pat McCrory. That means the Grand Champion qualifies for the American Royal Invitational in Kansas City and has a chance to compete in the Jack Daniels International representing the entire state.  This year it is also a qualifying event for the World Food Championships.

About the Peak City Pig Fest

The Peak City Pig Fest is the Triangle’s only KCBS-sanctioned barbecue competition.  The KCBS is the nation’s largest sanctioning body with more than 400 contests each year. It has been ranked as one of the top 10 barbecue competitions in the country.  Held annually in Historic Downtown Apex, the Peak City Pig Fest features 48 cook teams from around the country competing in four food categories:  chicken, pork ribs, beef brisket and pork barbecue.  The teams compete for their share of prize money totaling more than $13,000.  For more information, visit www.peakcitypigfest.com.

Crabtree Rotary present $10k to Ronald McDonald Home Charities

Members of Crabtree Rotary Club and their guests gather at Agora Restaurant in downtown Raleigh on a sweltering summer evening to officially install their 2016-17 officers.  During the event, a check for $10,000 was presented to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Carolina.

Destination Dix

dix2On Saturday, August 23rd, thousands of people came out to the City of Raleigh’s inaugural celebration to mark purchasing the Dorothea Dix property from the State. The purpose was to invite people to visit this beautiful 300-acre property, many for the first time, as the City begins to develop this tract into a world-class city park. The day’s events included notable bands, children’s rides, food trucks, a tethered hot-air balloon ride, and the sale of local goods.

Despite high temperatures and humidity, 30 Rotary Club of Raleigh volunteers joined with 13 Midtown Rotary Club volunteers to staff four booths. We supported the City by selling water and ice-cold watermelon, which was a big hit of the day. All totaled, the two clubs raised $2,577. This is not the first time these two clubs have partnered together, because they have joined forces on The Works (July 4th) as well as Wide Open Bluegrass, both of which are held annually in downtown Raleigh.

Durham Rotary Names 2016 Scholars

Alexandra Zagbayou, Executive Director Student U (left), Tiwana Adams, Frank Adams (Durham Rotary Centennial Scholar), Fahsyrah Knight (Durham Rotary Centennial Scholar), Sylvia Knight, Fahim Knight and Meg Solera, Co-Chair, Scholarship Committee, Durham Rotary Club

Alexandra Zagbayou, Executive Director Student U (left), Tiwana Adams, Frank Adams (Durham Rotary Centennial Scholar), Fahsyrah Knight (Durham Rotary Centennial Scholar), Sylvia Knight, Fahim Knight and Meg Solera, Co-Chair, Scholarship Committee, Durham Rotary Club

The Durham Rotary Club selected five 2016 scholars from Durham Public Schools who have achieved academic excellence and need assistance to continue their educations.

Marge Nordstrom, co-chair of the Durham Rotary Club Scholarship Committee, said, “The goal of our 2016 Rotary Centennial and Brown Family scholarships is to make their future education dreams a reality. Each student will start their college education with a $1000 scholarship.”

Named as Durham Rotary Centennial Scholars were Fahsyrah Knight, Frank Adams, Khalik Weaver, and Brenda Durhan Velazquez of the Student U program.

Named as the Brown Family Scholar was Pamela Gonzalez of the Emily K program.

Each of the students and their parents attended weekly club meetings on July 11 and July 25 at the Durham Convention Center.

“Our club is proud to help them achieve their education goals,” Nordstrom said.

Adam Eigenrauch, Executive Director, Emily K Center (left), Troy Weaver, Kahlik Weaver (Durham Rotary Centennial Scholar), Florentina Gonzalez, Pamela Gonzalez (Brown Family Scholarship recipient), Blanca Velazquez, Brenda Duran Velazquez (Durham Rotary Centennial Scholar), Alexandra Zagayou, Executive Director Student U, and Meg Solera, Co-Chair Scholarship Committee, Durham Rotary Club

Adam Eigenrauch, Executive Director, Emily K Center (left), Troy Weaver, Kahlik Weaver (Durham Rotary Centennial Scholar), Florentina Gonzalez, Pamela Gonzalez (Brown Family Scholarship recipient), Blanca Velazquez, Brenda Duran Velazquez (Durham Rotary Centennial Scholar), Alexandra Zagayou, Executive Director Student U, and Meg Solera, Co-Chair Scholarship Committee, Durham Rotary Club

Student U is a college-access organization founded in the proposition that all students in Durham have the ability to succeed. Student U creates a pipeline of services to support students through middle school, high school, and college.

Brown Family Scholarship recipients are members of the Emily K program.  The K to College programs of the Emily K Center develop educated student leaders who achieve in school, gain entry to and graduate from college, and ultimately break the cycle of poverty in their families.

5th Annual Global Run 4 Water

runforwaterSun. Sept 25, 2016 – 4:00 p.m.
WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary

The event includes a 5 km run/walk and a 1 mile water carry challenge. Over $40,000 has been raised over the last five years, which has been used to support clean water projects in Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Lebanon, Peru, Tanzania, Uganda and Flint. Michigan, USA.

Clubs are encouraged to support the event by being a sponsor of at least $100.

To have a presentation on the program contact Scott Rossi at scott@mediscribe.com or by going to the website http://www.rotarydistrict7710rotaryglobalrun4water.com/