District News

RLI Announces 4-4-3 Program

The Rotary Leadership Institute has created a new cost incentive for clubs that send four or more to a regular Rotary Leadership Institute event.

Effective immediately, the new “Four for Three” (4-4-3) Incentive Program events will reimburse Rotary clubs for one registration for every four Rotarians that attend a single Rotary Leadership Institute event, no matter which Parts these Rotarians attend.

Annually there is a Rotary Leadership Institute session held in January in Cary. (Look for reminders starting in the November newsletter.)

This Fall, the Rotary Leadership Institute will be offering all three parts in Durham, NC,

Saturday, September 30, 2017

8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Duke Corporate Education

310 Blackwell Street, Durham

Click here to Register  or visit www.rli.org for more information 

The course fee is $95 which includes lunch and breaks.  All three parts will be offered.

Remembering Sam Owori

President-elect Sam F. Owori died July 13, 2017 from complications after surgery.

Sam, who was elected to serve as president of Rotary International in 2018-19, would have been the second African Rotary member, and the first Ugandan, to hold that office. He joined Rotary in 1978 and was a member of the Rotary Club of Kampala, Uganda.

Sam was highly respected for his high integrity, quiet confidence and consistent ethical standards.

Click on the picture or follow this link to view a memorial https://youtu.be/Nww1vVmGdXQ

Meeting the 1.2M Tree Planting Challenge

Rotary President Ian Riseley has issued a challenge. He is asking every Rotary Club to plant a tree for each of its members between July 1, 2017 and Earth Day, April 22, 2018. How are we going to do this?

The Rotary Way!  We plan. We work together. We find partners. We have fun.

The Plan:  District Governor Shafi asked me to convene a District Environmental Sustainability Committee. As chair, I’m asking three things. First, invite me to come speak at one of your club meetings. Second, consider forming a small environmental sustainability committee in your club. I will help. Third, check out the many ways you can support the 1.2 Million Tree Planting Challenge on the Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Action Group website at https://www.esrag.org/getting-started .

Local or global, for beauty or for food, tree planting is a symbol of Rotary’s commitment to the seeds we plant that produce long after we are gone.

Stay tuned!  I look forward to working with you!

Melissa J. Mills ( melissa.mills@gmail.com , 919-949-8733 )

District Names Global Scholar

Briana Acosta has been selected as the District’s 2017-18 Global Scholar and will begin her studies, in September, at the Center for Research and Higher Education in Social Anthropology in Chiapas, Mexico. Briana was sponsored by the Apex Sunrise Rotary Club. Five additional candidates vying for the one scholarship were sponsored by the East Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Sunrise Clubs. This year the slate of candidates was exceptionally well qualified and all participating clubs are commended for their efforts in the selection process.

Briana was recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Duke University with a double major in Cultural Anthropology and Global Health. Her goal at the Center for Research is to pursue graduate studies within The Rotary Foundation’s focus of Disease Prevention and Treatment. Her studies and research will focus primarily on the prevention of HIV/AIDs and other sexually transmitted infections among the migrant indigenous female youth of Mexico. Her ultimate goal is a Master’s Degree in Public Health and eventually a doctorate in that area.

In addition to her academic preparation Briana has completed field experiences in Kenya, in Chile and in Costa Rica. She has an advanced level in Spanish in both written and spoken proficiency.

In one of recommendations, the writer is quoted, “She is a wonderfully prepared and positioned to make the most of this extraordinary opportunity. She has both the intellectual firepower and the personal grace and charm to do it well”.

Clubs are encouraged to invite Briana to your club events to celebrate her selection as our scholar. She can be reached at briana.acosta321@gmail.com.

We wish Briana a successful year.

2017 Global Run 4 Water

The mission of Rotary District 7710’s GlobalRun4Water is to help provide clean drinking water and improved sanitation facilities to those in the greatest need.

Safe water and proper sanitation facilities help to liberate people so they can live healthier, fuller, and more productive lives. At the same time we strive to raise awareness among the community about the worldwide water crisis and improve Rotary’s public image as a major player in the water and sanitation cause. Register today here: https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Cary/GlobalRun4Water

District 7710 Rotarians – We need your help. Please consider doing the following:

– Ask your Club to be a Sponsor

  • Pint                    – $100
  • Quart                 – $250
  • Half-Gallon        – $500
  • Gallon            – $1,000

– Recruit Sponsors

– Invite your friends that run

– Follow us on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/events/1384510931586236/

Tim Allen Recognized by Rotary International

Rotary District 7710 Governor Rusine Mitchell Sinclair presented the Rotary International Rotarian Spouse/Partner Service Award to Tim Allen at the District Governor Installation Banquet on June 29, 2017.

The award citation reads as follows:

The Rotarian Spouse/Partner Service Award recognizes spouses and partners of Rotarians who have demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service through Rotary.

Only up to 100 awards are issued annually by Rotary International.
Recipients will be selected by an officer appointed by the RI

Candidates will be considered based solely on the humanitarian service they have rendered through Rotary, with an emphasis on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others.

An individual may receive the award only once.

Awardee Tim Allen:

Tim is a most worthy recipient of The Rotarian Spouse/ Partner Service Award. For over 20 years Tim has used his creative skills to design District Conference booklets, Duke/UNC Peace Fellow materials, and District Governor Installation programs. In fact, he designed the program for District Governor Shafi Parekh’s Installation Banquet this year. He has helped with more Rotary events than anyone can count while never seeking the limelight. District 7710 has greatly benefitted from his volunteer efforts.

Tim supported Past District Governor Carol Allen, his wife, leading up to and during her 2000-01 District Governor year and throughout her many years as a member of the Cary MacGregor Rotary Club. He has volunteered his many talents and time assisting Carol at the Duke/UNC Peace Center since its inception in 2001.

When Tim is not volunteering for Rotary, he enjoys mentoring young entrepreneurs and playing golf.

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:

  • Bring in a new member
  • Contribute 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
  • Participate in a Training Meeting

Our next District Governor is Shafi Parekh

Born in India to a father who was a businessman and Charter member of the Rotary Club, migrated to Pakistan with his family in 1947, schooled in England, came back and joined his family dairy and foods manufacturing company and joined Rotary in 1972. His wife, their son, and he moved West, in 1974 after running two milk plants for the US Navy, one in Cuba and Puerto Rico. They had another son and moved to Michigan working for General Mills making Yoplait Yogurt. Joined a Rotary Club in Michigan. From there to Dallas, Texas and another Rotary Club where he was President in 1990, board member and president of a local theater as well as serving on the boards of University of Texas Center for Translation Studies, and Center for Sower Learners. Here they were very involved in Youth Exchange and Group Study Exchange

He took an early retirement in 2003 and moved back to Pakistan where he and his wife Marjan lived for 5 years. Shafi joined another club in Karachi and served as president, district trainer, and district secretary. During his 5 years, his club was involved in over 20 Matching Grants, mostly as Host Club, digging tube wells, rebuilding a village of 126 homes destroyed by an earthquake, providing solar lamps for village homes, providing oncology diagnostics equipment for pediatric oncology hospital, went to Italy for fundraising for a Global Grant to buy brain surgery equipment for the same hospital.

Shafi and Marjan moved to Raleigh in 2008 after their son, Murtaza, joined a group gastroenterology practice, and their daughter-in-law, Donna Edwards, joined Wake Med as a Hospitalist.

Their younger son is an attorney with a firm in San Diego, California.

His passion is to serve and support the membership and the clubs. His focus during his tenure as District Governor is poverty alleviation through enhancing literacy, mainly female literacy which, he says, will be critical to sustaining the advances in Polio eradication, especially in Pakistan so as to prevent resurgence of Polio. He would like to support RI President Ian Riseley in his 1.2 million tree planting initiative worldwide to offset Carbon Emission as service to our future generations and our planet.