All Good Things Must Come To An End... Or Do They?
by Rick Carnagua, District 7710 Governor
I know you’ve heard that said many times. Yes, sometimes there must be an end to the good things. I also believe that sometimes the good things continue on.
This year, I, along with my wife Gail, have been blessed to serve you as district governor. We’ve seen firsthand all the good things that you and your clubs are doing. At the Governor’s installation banquet last year we outlined four major goals for the district in 2012-13.
1. We wanted to put special emphasis on C.A.R.T. by having a week set aside to raise additional money for the fund. You responded by contributing almost $8,000. That money will go directly to research to end this cruel disease. This good thing you did will keep on giving. Many people will benefit from what was done that one week last October.
2. Another goal was to make an impact on the problem of childhood literacy in our district. We set a goal to collect 45,000 children’s books. Your response was overwhelming and showed what can happen when we work together. We sorted and labeled more than 52,000 books at the district conference last April. Last month, Book Harvest (one of the agencies to receive books) gave out 6,350 books to 635 elementary school kids in Durham. This good thing you did will keep on giving. Those kids will benefit their entire lifetime from having those books.
3. The third goal was to put together a work team of district Rotarians to construct 40 latrines in the Dominican Republic. This past March, 19 Rotarians from seven of our clubs went to Santiago Dominican. They constructed 42 latrines and made lifelong friends with members of the Santiago Monumental Rotary Club. The team also gave hand-washing demonstrations in each of the villages. This gift of sanitation will keep on giving. The friendships that were made have continued as 10 people from the Monumental Club visited our District the first weekend in June. The relationship with the Monumental Club and the people of the Dominican Republic will continue, as another trip to construct more latrines has been planned for late January 2014.
4. The fourth goal was to raise money for The Rotary Foundation annual fund and to prepare clubs for the Future Vision program. Two training sessions were held to certify clubs in the new grants process. As I write this article, you have given a record amount to the Annual Fund. As you know, three years from now, 50 percent of that money will come back to our district to be used for local and global grants. This good thing will continue on.
Each of your clubs also did significant projects in your communities. Most of these projects will have long-lasting impact.
My year as district governor has come to an end. There have been so many things that Gail and I will remember. The good news is that the friendships and memories that we made do not come to an end. You brought Peace Through Service. Now it’s time for us to Engage Rotary, Change Lives.
District Installs New DG, Awards Clubs & Individuals
Leigh Hudson, Clayton Rotary club, was installed as the 89th District Governor for Rotary District 7710 during the June 18 Governor's Banquet at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary.
|District Governor Leigh Hudson and wife Pug.|
Governor Leigh will be placing special emphasis on increasing the membership of the district by 100 members.
He will also challenge clubs to have at least one project that addresses the problem of hunger in our district. Outgoing Governor Rick Carnagua celebrated the past year by presenting district and Rotary International awards.
Congratulations to these clubs and individuals who were presented awards:
Governor’s Best Club Award: Durham
District Membership Award: Small Club - Holly Springs +7 new members 33% growth
Medium Club - Crabtree +6 new members 16% growth
Large Club - East Chapel Hill +7 new members 5% growth and Durham +10 new members 5% growth
Rotary International Membership Development Award:
Retention of members - Clayton
Recruitment of new members - Chapel Hill
Rotary International Small Club Membership Growth Award:
Started with < 10 members grew > 10 - Cleveland School
Started with <15 members grew >15 - Angier and Warrenton
Started with < 20 members grew >20 - Fuquay Varina, North Durham and Smithfield
District Club Attendance Award: Cary Page 93% average attendance
Outstanding Community Service Project: Durham, North Durham, Southwest Durham, Hillsborough, Durham Sunrise. Provided comprehensive program to improve literacy in Durham schools.
Outstanding International Service Project: Cary Page - Dominican Republic Latrine Project
Outstanding Vocational Service Project: Cary MacGregor - Camp Confidence for Girls and Durham Reading Rangers
Rotary International Club Builder Award: Leon Abbas, Cary; Charlie Seay, Cary MacGregor; Arthur Rogers, Durham
Rotary International Spouse/Partner Service Award: This award is presented to only 100 spouse/partners in the world. It recognizes outstanding humanitarian service by a spouse/partner of a active Rotarian. The award was presented to Terri Stober, wife of Rotarian Clay Stober, RTP Club. Terri is the co-founder of Wags 4 Tags. This group rescues dogs from kill shelters, trains them and gifts them to servicemen and women returning from combat with injuries such as PSTD.
Rotary International Presidential Citation Award: Apex Sunrise. Capital City, Cary,Cary MacGregor, Cary Page Central Johnston Co., Chapel Hill, Clayton, Durham, Durham Sunrise, Hillsborough, Morrisville, North Durham, Oxford, Raleigh, Smithfield, Southwest Durham, Wake Forest and Wakefield..
Interact Clubs: Cary Christian, Clayton High, Fuquay-Varina High, Kerr Vance High. North Vance Senior High, Orange High, Person High, Roxboro High.
Photos from the Governor's Banquet June 18:
The Santiago Latrine Project That Keeps On Giving!
For the first time in many years, District 7710 did not have a GSE exchange trip planned. Instead, District Governor Rick planned sent a district-wide group of Rotarians in Action to Santiago in the Dominican Republic. Together with Dominican Republic District Governor Alexandra, DG Rick built 40 much-needed latrines in communities around Santiago using the matching grant program. Fate, hard work, and good-hearted Rotarians evolved this one-way trip in March 2013 into an amazing "exchange" event much like the GSE program. Our newly found amigo friends from Santiago thought enough of their 7710 gringo friends to return the visit by coming to Raleigh, North Carolina.
The group of 10 from Santiago Monumental Club included five Rotarians, four spouses, and one son -- Roberto Almonte (current president) & Marylin; Maria Palacios (next year president) & son, Rafael; Dr Robinson Abreu & Lulin; Pedro Genoa & Rosie; Cesar Lopez & Alba. They had planned a vacation to New York, but felt compelled to drive down to North Carolina to visit us. They continually expressed their amazement of how happy they were by singing the song that Liz LaBelle taught us all, "The More We Get Together, The Happier We'll Be."
So how do you show everything our District 7710 has to offer in a day and a half? It is impossible, but we tried to pack as much of the highlights in as possible. The 7710 volunteers from the Santiago trip gathered at the Harry home to greet the 10 amigos. A tailgate sampler served hot wings, spicy shrimp, pimento cheese sandwiches, fruit & dip, and desserts galore. Drinks included all of our local favorites plus a few bottles of Presidente beer for our visitors. The travelers then stayed in five 7710 homes (Kingsleys, Singers, Carnaguas, Johnsons and Harrys).
A miracle happened when all 10 Dominicans got an early start by going to breakfast at the Cary Page Rotary meeting that started at 7 a.m.! They like to party late in the Dominican Republic and start slower in the morning. Here, they learned we are early to rise! They presented us with a banner and expressed appreciation for our hard work and extended friendship. Ron Blackley presented their club with a birdhouse shaped like an outhouse. A Rotary wheel and Districts 7710 & 4060 were painted on the door just below the "moon-shaped hole." Liz LaBelle coerced the groups to sing "Nothing Could Be Finer Then to Be in Carolina in The Morning." The Dominicans led us in our theme song, "The More We Get Together, the Happier We'll Be."
Then off through downtown Cary, past the Cary train depot, city hall complex, WakeMed soccer stadium, state fairgrounds, PNC Arena, Carter-Finley Stadium, Hillsborough Street, NCSU campus, and Centennial Campus to the brand new NC State Hunt Library. After a scurried tour of three floors and tons of photos, it was off to the new NC Natural Science Museum. Rotarian and Director of Volunteers Tullie Johnson set up a Spanish hands-on tour that astounded everyone, including the "Gringo Rotarians." A walk past the Capitol took us to the Cardinal Club for a 28th floor view of Raleigh and a delicious buffet. We topped off the afternoon with a stop at Crabtree Valley Mall for ladies shoes and NC grilling gadgets. For dinner (you guessed it), the Everhart's country estate was the site of our best pig pickin’ and swimming event. The Dominican senoras became quite competitive with a new experience – a corn hole game! Of course, no pig pickin’ would be complete without a heated discussion of whose sauce was best – Rex's or Cody Williams' Rotaract Sauce. Both were scrumptious!
The next morning, Cesar Lopez took the entourage to Fort Bragg - Special Ops for a tour of the museums. Cesar had retired from Special Ops after serving in Iraq, Kuwait, and Central and South America. He shared several patriotic stories reflecting how much he and the Dominicans appreciated us. Then it was another 10-hour drive back to New York!
... And our story continues, as District Governor Leigh Hudson plans an even larger Dominican trip in January 2014. Stay tuned for how you can volunteer. Your club can assist the trip’s "Community Fund" to help purchase soap, toilet paper, mosquito sleeping nets and sports balls for the remote communities that we will visit. There is no doubt you will experience more than one Rotary Moment if you plan to go next year!
For questions about the “DR 2014 - Rotarians in Action” trip, ask any of the 2013 Latrine Team:
DG Rick Carnagua - Cary Page
DGE Leigh Hudson - Clayton
PDG Barry Phillips & Diana - Hillsborough
Liz LaBelle - Cary Page (2014 DR - PR)
Rex Everhart - Clayton
Charles Marcom - Clayton
Byron Johnson - Dunn
Larry Kingsley - Cary MacGregor
Phil Singer - Hillsborough
Andy Wright - Cary Kildare
Ron Blackley - Cary Page
Dan McFarlane - Cary Page
Cody Williams - Rotaract
Jay Dawkins - Rotaract
Jan Fagerberg - Wakefield
Jim Sproat - Cary Page
Randy Walker - Cary Page
George Harry - Cary Page
Book Harvest Gives Over 6,000 Books to Children
Ginger Young of Book Harvest reported recently that most of the books Rotary District 7710 donated to them are now in the homes of local low-income kids! They ran a huge Books on Break
book harvest at Glenn Elementary School in Durham in early June, where each of the 667 students picked out 10 books to take home and keep. Many, many of those books came from Rotary, and they sure helped Book Harvest meet a huge need in the community. Here are some pictures of the delighted book owners!
New Rotary Club of Raleigh MidTown Chartered
Submitted by Shafi Parekh
|The brand new Rotary Club of Raleigh MidTown.|
At an early January 2013 meeting of the West Raleigh Rotary Club meeting, Carole Meshot asked me what I thought about a midtown club and my immediate response was "Go for it!." I was on my way to Pakistan for a month and I said I'd help her upon my return.
The club would fill a special niche. It would be an evening club that would eliminate some of the barriers to membership development like, "Cannot take time out from work in the middle of the day," or "Cannot afford high cost of Rotary" since there would be no meal cost; and of course the age-old perception of Rotary being a good old boys' club.
One thing the new club could not do was steal membership from West Raleigh, and much as I had always wanted to be a charter member of a club I could not be a member of this club.
Carole, with a few of the West Raleigh members like Mary Conley, who was the only other transfer from West Raleigh, and PDG Vernon Harris, Jean Townsend, started the process with me helping. District Governor Rick sent two of his friends. Carole and her core team went about looking for new members and found them. To charter a new club, Rotary International needs 20 members. In the first month, before I got back, Carole already had commitments from around six or so, and before we knew it, by the end of May (due to shear doggedness on Carole's part), they had 21 people--which is the number we went with on the charter application.
There was, of course, a lot of encouraging support from the district leadership--past, present, and future--with Rick Carnagua, Leigh Hudson, and Tim Mannix coming and speaking at their pre-charter inaugural meeting and answering questions and PDG Don Buckner paying for the first meeting. Mathew Kane got funding for pins and certificates from North Raleigh and Vernon Harris and I were available to answer questions in their second and third meetings. The mandatory requirement of the Governor's Special Representative was given to me by DG Rick. The last hurdle was a sponsor club and although it is not mandatory to have a sponsor club, West Raleigh decided to sponsor Midtown by first voting at the board level and then getting their general membership to vote. The Rotary Club of Raleigh Midtown got its charter on June 10, 2013. All things coming together made the charter a reality in record time.
Midtown has an excellent mix of mostly young and also some mature individuals and this is the first club in the district that has more women than men with 12 of the 21 charter members being women. In addition to West Raleigh sponsorship, assistance was provided by some of its members to pay the charter fee of $15 per member. Two members of the West Raleigh club, Moe Hasan and Glenn Seymour, also contributed by introducing their children Sean Hasan and Blair Seymour to the Midtown club, with both of them becoming charter members. Last but not least, West Raleigh Vice President Kevin Bodiford arranged for Midtown to meet at their current meeting place, which is St. Timothy's Church. This also played a part in the successful start of Midtown.
The energy and "get-go" spirit is obvious in every meeting and Midtown is on its way to being a dynamic club in District 7710. It will be the cheapest make-up club in town, at just $5.00. I can also see this club being there to volunteer with other districts by lending its youth to club projects.
Midtown meets at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church on Six Forks Road by North Hills from 5:30 to 7:00 PM on the first and third Monday of the month. What a way to increase district membership by thinking outside the box!