Engaging in Rotary Can Change Your Life
by Leigh Hudson, District 7710 Governor
Engaging Rotary, Changing Lives is this year’s theme chosen by Rotary International President Ron Burton from the Rotary Club of Norman, Oklahoma.
Knowing that only a very small percentage of our 1.2 million Rotarians around the world are truly engaged in Rotary service, I’m honored to have this special opportunity as your District Governor to inform you about the many ways we can significantly change lives in our communities, right here and around the world.
Last month, President Ron reminded the attendees of the Rotary International Convention in Lisbon, Portugal that “Rotary service can change your life.” After 32 years of Rotary membership, I can tell you that many of the most meaningful events in my life would have never happened had I not shared a weekly meeting with my trusted Rotary friends.
Five years ago, I engaged Rotary in a very successful initiative that revived my club after years of decline. This project ultimately led me through 30 months of District Governor preparation and formal training. What I’ve learned and will continue to learn through Rotary service will enrich my purpose on this earth for the rest of my life.
Since 1985, many positive changes have taken place in Rotary. My challenge to you is to learn all that you can about Rotary so that you too can say, “I’m Proud to be a Rotarian.”
I look forward to visiting your club over the next 10 weeks and hope that you will plan to take advantage of this year’s District Training Assemblies and especially the District Conference in Asheville on April 4-6, 2014.
I look forward to a year of Engaging Rotary, Changing Lives.
Old Dominion/Rotary Golf Tournament
Submitted by Dave Weiss
|Central Johnson County Rotarians (from left to right) John Dunn, Keith Dimsdale, Richard Daugherty, Lin Byrd Sr.|
The 8th annual Old Dominion/Rotary golf tournament benefitting the Boys and Girls Home of NC was held Monday June 3rd at Pine Needles Golf Club in Southern Pines.
An enjoyable afternoon of golf and fellowship was had by all on this championship course that has hosted two US Women’s Opens in the recent past. The tournament raised $15,575 for the BGHNC and I will present a check in that amount to Gary Faircloth, President of the BGHNC at our upcoming July Board meeting. This year is the first time the field allotment has been filled. In fact, a few teams had to be turned away. A special thanks to PDG Charley Hatch for all his hard work to bring the event together. We are so appreciative of the support of District 7710 Rotarians each year in making this tournament a success in helping the kids at the BGHNC. This tournament has raised $130,800 over eight years. Rotarians do make a difference by continuing their years of support for the Boys and Girls Home. Save Monday, June 2nd for next year’s event!
Letter to Tornado Alley
Submitted by Rick Carnagua
July 5, 2013
Foundation for Oklahoma Rotary, Inc.
Bi-District Tornado Disaster Fund
PO Box 13800
Oklahoma City, OK 73113-3800
Attn: Governor Phil Moss
Dear Governor Phil,
Governor Phil, attached you will find a check for $12,500.00 from District 7710, located in North Central North Carolina. With the Tornado Disaster you recently endured we can only hope and pray this will help in some way to re-establish some of the homes, replace some of the personal loses or even help with some of the enormous medical bills our brothers and sisters in Oklahoma have endured.
In closing, using Governor Ricks Theme, we hope you find “Peace through Service,” and mine we pray this will once again help “Make Dreams Real.”
Service Above Self,
Governor Rick Carnagua
Chair, Disaster Relief
PDG Don Buckner
Chair, Charitable Trust Foundation