Matthew Kane, of Raleigh, will be appointed to the volunteer post of Rotary International district governor for 2014-15. He will be officially installed at a ceremony and dinner at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary on Tuesday, June 24 at 6 p.m.
Kane is president/owner of Cutting Edge Engraving, Inc., an awards and recognition company he founded 25 years ago.
As district governor, Kane will coordinate community and international service projects for the 46 Rotary clubs located throughout the greater-Triangle area. His responsibilities will include strengthening existing Rotary clubs and organizing new ones.
The outgoing governor for the 2013-14 term is Leigh Hudson, owner of Hudson’s Hardware & Outdoor Equipment located in Garner and Clayton. Hudson has been a Rotarian since 1986.
“I intend to pick up where Leigh left off with some new initiatives, to support those who need it most in our community and abroad and continue to increase awareness of Rotary,” Kane said. “Rotary is Service Above Self and putting the needs of others above our own. Our clubs plan to do that this year when implementing our service projects.”
All clubs in the district have been encouraged by Kane to start local community projects with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease in the coming year. Also on the agenda, with the help of a grant from The Rotary Foundation, Kane will bring 15 healthcare professionals here from Brazil for two weeks to study advances in Alzheimer’s research and best practices in caring for patients and their caregivers.
He’s also planning to host special service events called “Rotary Days” throughout the year, which will be fun, low-cost events open to the public.
Kane will serve as Rotary District Governor through June 30, 2015. He has many Rotarian accolades that have helped prepare him for the Rotary District Governor leadership position. He is a two-time Rotarian of the Year, former North Raleigh Rotary Club President, three-term chairman of the District Grants committee and has participated in a variety of International and local volunteer service projects. He also has perfect attendance in Rotary for six years.
Kane decided to join Rotary after going on a mission trip to Guatemala with his church in 1994. He saw the needs of the poor and wanted to find ways to help in his community and beyond when he returned home. He was able to involve his family – wife, Sonia and three children, Ryan, 27; Connor, 23; and Colleen, 20 – in Rotary through the hosting of exchange students from Japan, Brazil and Argentina. Both Connor and Colleen spent a year in Chile as exchange students.