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DISTRICT 7730 NEWSLETTER - September, 2020
September is Basic Education & Literacy Month
Succeeding and ExceedingBy Dawn W. Rochelle
As we begin the transition into Fall, we still experience uncertainty in so many areas of our lives. Something that has fueled me is visiting with Clubs via Zoom and some small in person gatherings. It has allowed me to learn more about many Clubs and Rotarians differently. In the small gatherings and on Zoom, I get to see your homes, your children, your pets, your partners. I envision that in many ways, this is the way that Rotary began; trying different ways and different spaces. I celebrate these opportunities and these different experiences with you as I see the pivoting that you as leaders are doing in your Clubs and more importantly in your communities.
Thank you as people are inspired when they see the moving forward. It creates hope. Read More
District Governor Nominee Applications Now Being Accepted!By Ellen Deaton
District 7730 is now accepting applications for District Governor for July 1, 2023-June 30, 2024. Southeastern NC is home to some of the longest serving Rotary Clubs in North Carolina. Comprised of 51 Rotary Clubs we are known throughout the world as servant leaders who get things done.Read More
District 7730 Awards for 2019-20By Douglas E. Wolfe
The Rotary Citation is Rotary International’s highest Club Award. Each year the incoming RI President sets a list of goals for Clubs. Each Club can pick and choose activities and if they complete the minimum number, they earn the Award. After the year ends, RI announces the winners and sends each of them a certificate. Historically about 5 % of Clubs worldwide earn the Citation.Thirteen Clubs
in our District earned the Rotary Citation in 2019-20, list below. That is more than 25 % of the District. Congratulations and thank you to the Clubs and Club Presidents for earning this great Award.
District 7730 also has a Governor’s Award each year. This past year’s District Governor Award had various activities that earned points. There were 2 levels this year, 75 points earned the District Governor’s Award and 90 or more points earned the District Governor’s Award with Gold Distinction.Fourteen Clubs
earned the District Governor’s Award this past year, list on page 2. Most of them earned the Gold Distinction as well. Special recognition must go to President Kathy Baker and the Fair Bluff Rotary Club.
Their current Membership is 11 and they are growing fast. But as the smallest Club in the District, they earned more points than any other Club. Kathy and the Fair Bluff Club earned 180 points, double the minimum for the Gold Distinction!! Congratulations Kathy and Team Fair Bluff.
To earn either of these Awards a Club must make a commitment for that year. None of the items are particularly difficult, but it takes 12 months of effort to complete and record the tasks. The tasks are things that every Rotary Club should be doing. If you are looking for ways to improve your Club, these Award activities are a great place to start. I hope that you and your Club will be an Award Winner during 2020-21.2019-2020 Rotary Citation Award Winners
2019-2020 District Governor Award Winners
- Beaufort Ole Towne
- District 7730 Passport
- Fair Bluff
- Jacksonville Breakfast
- Jacksonville South
- Leland Area
- Morehead City Noon
- South Brunswick Islands
- Wilmington West
- Beaufort Ole Towne – Gold
- Burgaw – Gold
- Clinton-Sampson – Gold
- District 7730 Passport – Gold
- Fair Bluff – Gold
- Jacksonville Breakfast – Gold
- Morehead City Lookout
- Morehead City Noon
- New River / Onslow
- Newport – Gold
- Shallotte – Gold
- South Brunswick Islands – Gold
- Wilmington Cape Fear – Gold
- Wilmington West – Gold
A Call to Action for Club PresidentsBy John R. Mohr
Fellow Rotarians, I am trying to finalize our District’s Annual Fund Goal and need your immediate assistance. We still have many of our clubs that have not submitted their Foundation Giving Goals in Rotary Club Central. Our goal is to have everything submitted by September 15th
. If you need assistance, please contact your Foundation Advocate or Area Governor and they will be happy to assist. I would appreciate your attention to this matter.PolioPlus Update-
The World Health Organization (WHO) on 25 August announced that transmission of the wild poliovirus has officially been stopped in all 47 countries of its African region. This is a historic and vital step toward global eradication of polio, which is Rotary’s top priority.
After decades of hard won gains in the region, Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative
(GPEI) — WHO, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Gavi, the vaccine alliance — are proclaiming the milestone an achievement in public health. They offer it as proof that strong commitment, coordination, and perseverance can rid the world of polio.
The last cases of polio caused by the wild virus in the African region were recorded in Nigeria’s northern state of Borno in August 2016, after two years with no cases. Conflict, along with challenges in reaching mobile populations, had hampered efforts to immunize children there.
Now that the African region is free of wild poliovirus, five of WHO’s six regions, representing more than 90 percent of the world’s population, are now free of the disease. Polio caused by the wild virus is still endemic in Afghanistan and Pakistan, in the WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean region.
This milestone is something all Rotarians should celebrate as we continue to make our life-saving impact on the entire world! Remember our District Polio Goal this year for each club is $50 per capita which can come from club donations, club member donations or a PolioPlus fundraising event.
Take action for World Polio Day: Get ready for World Polio Day on October 24th by promoting awareness, raising funds, and planning events. This year,calling attention to our efforts to eradicate polio is as important as ever. We've shown that we can defeat this devasting disease, as five our of six regions arenow free of wild poliovirus - but the fign is not over. Wild polio still paralyzes children in Afghanistan and Pakistan. As long as polio exists anywhere, it remains a trheat everywhere.
Thank you for everything you do for Rotary and our District 7730.
Rotary Foundation Chair
District GrantsBy Steve Joseph Hellersperk
Congratulations to all of our Rotary Clubs that have submitted District Grant Applications. You Rock!
See below for the list of District Grants awarded for the 2020-21 year.
Your Grants are funded by your contributions to the Rotary Foundation. The more you give, the more funds are available to come back to you to make more things happen. This year we had a fantastic response with a total of $102,000 of requests for District Grant funding. We had $59,000 available to fund the Grants. Kudos to your District Governor who made some special arrangements for you for this particular year to cover some of the difference. In the end all Clubs received Grants and those with multiple Grants were awarded those Grants up to the closest multiple to their allotment for the year.
Bottom line -- Again, the more you give, the more you get back.
- Our next deadline is December 4, 2020 – Date by which all Grant activity must be started. District will check the progress and projects should be cancelled if not started.
- Deadline for Project completion is March 31, 2021.
Thank you for participating. You are making it happen and that is what we as Rotarians do!
D7730 District Grants Chair
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Public Image - Basic Education & Literacy Month!By Robert F. Stinson
Our theme for September is “Basic Education and Literacy”. It is one of our 7 areas of focus and of increased importance as our students return to school this month. With the majority of students returning through either virtual classroom or with irregular schedules, there are opportunities for service projects to support our teachers. Check with your local school administrators. I assure you they can always use volunteer assistance.
We know that basic education and literacy are essential for reducing poverty, improving health, encouraging community and economic development and promoting peace. Here are some worldwide facts forwarded to us from the Rotary Club of Elmbrook in Brookfield WI.
- If all women completed primary education, there would be 66% fewer maternal deaths.
- A child born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to survive past the age of five.
- If all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people would be lifted out of poverty, which would be equivalent to a 12% cut in world poverty.
- Even after four years of primary schooling, as many as 250 million children cannot read and write.
For more ideas on visit: https://elmbrookrotary.org/Stories/september-is-basic-education-and-literacy-month
We also ask that you use the RI Vison Statement in everything you do. Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create change-across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
District Public Image Chair
Rotary Alumni for Club Growth in Changing TimesBy Christian B. Felden
Reconnect Week, 5-11 October, is an internationally celebrated time on the Rotary calendar dedicated to bringing together past Rotary program participants and Rotarians. This is your time to help program alumni renew their connection to Rotary.
Rotary Reconnect Week began in October 2015 and has been a big success for alumni and clubs. Last year, Rotary program alumni in more than 25 countries made new connections with local Rotary clubs. Online, clubs and districts utilized social media to engage thousands of alumni and Rotarians, and encouraged the sharing of alumni stories and photos.
Here are some local event ideas to inspire you. Hold events that are fun, inexpensive, and easy to plan:
- Social Events - Invite alumni to happy hours or networking events. Work with some alumni you know to create programming that will be interesting and useful. Encourage Rotarians you know to attend to make connections, too.
- Service Projects - Alumni are great resources for club or district service projects. They can bring fresh ideas and enthusiasm to support and expand your project’s reach.
- Club Visit - Alumni can be great speakers for a club. They can talk about their experience in their program or scholarship or they can talk about their interesting careers or projects. Inviting alumni to clubs helps them to understand the breadth of Rotary’s work and piques their interest in becoming a club member.
- Social Media - Social media platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram can be powerful tools to engage alumni. Invite alumni and fellow Rotarians to connect with one another virtually.
District Alumni Chair
Hunger is RealBy Dawn W. Rochelle on Friday, September 4, 2020
We know that hunger is real in our 14 counties in our Rotary District. Year after year, Rotarians are in action to stuff backpacks for children, deliver meals to seniors, organize food pantries, pack meals with relief organizations and so many other projects to help those in need. This year we are partnering with the over 1740 Rotary Clubs in Rotary Zones 33/34 with a big audacious goal to #Feed10Million. We know that our communities need us more than ever right now to relieve hunger in our communities.Read More
Give One Take One: The Law of ReciprocityBy Dawn W. Rochelle
Basic Education and Literacy has been a focus locally and globally for so many Clubs in our District for many many years. From dictionary projects to reading to students to book drives to so many other projects. Last year, with a Rotary International partnership with Save the Children and our District, we began to build a way for our District to establish a District wide project in Together We Read. Thanks to YOU, 26 new Little Free Libraries were established in our District!!Read More
Rotary Learning CenterBy Ellen Deaton
Want to learn more about Rotary? Check out the Learning Center on rotary.org. It is found under the LEARNING & REFERENCE
tab. If you are already registered on the site, you will have a profile. If not, it's easy to create an account
. From the MY PROFILE
tab, you can modify your profile, find announcements about new and upcoming courses, and join a community to discuss what you're learning.
Start with the tutorial on how to navigate the center. This covers what's available and how to make the most of it. When registering you can either proceed to the material immediately or save it for later, returning to it from the MY COURSES
tab. Your progress through each course is marked by a bar at the top of the screen. You can even print a certificate once all requirements are completed.
The Rotary Learning Center is a very powerful tool. Try it out today.
District Governor Elect
Rotary Learning Institute (RLI)By Steve Joseph Hellersperk
Due to the Corona virus all of our in person 2020 events are cancelled. Looking forward to potentially start with events either in person or via remote means in 2021
D7730 RLI District Chair
Just a few of our graduates this year!
Rotary Day at Boys and Girls Home - Quick Fact Sheet - July 2020By Vincent Juric
Ricky Creech named President/CEO for Boys and Girls Home!By Vincent Juric
Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina Board Chairman David Watt has announced Ricky Creech as the new President and CEO for the nonprofit organization.click here for the press release
District Membership Report - Hey Check out Maysville and Pollocksville!By John R. Scibal
Where does your club stand? Here's our latest membership reports broken down by clubs and areas. Congratulations to Maysville
! Is it something in the water? Keep up the good work!
Need help with membership growth? Call me now to set up a club program.
District 7730 Membership Chair
Here we Grow Again - New Members
New Members from August 1st through August 31st
|Member Name||Start Date||Club|
|Baxter, Glenn||8/26/2020||Sneads Ferry|
|Pict Broadfoot, Mike||8/12/2020||Southport|
|Pict Carter, Rees||8/6/2020||Pollocksville|
|Pict Cleve, William||8/6/2020||Pollocksville|
|PictPictPictPictPict Creel, James||8/26/2020||Morehead City Noon|
|Hassan Soomro, Muneeb||8/17/2020||District 7730 Passport|
|Hayes, Mary Beth||8/25/2020||Fairmont|
|PictPict Linkous, Julie||8/26/2020||Sneads Ferry|
|Morgan, Hoop||8/11/2020||District 7730 Passport|
|Pict Warren, Mindy||8/6/2020||Pollocksville|
Dr. Bahr and his team awarded first ever patent!By John P. Robertson III
Methodist University Rotaract Club Continues to be Active!By Magda G. Baggett
The Methodist University Rotaract Club continues to be active in spite of the restrictions placed on them by our current situation. They may not be able to meet in person but all are technology savvy! Zoom is king and they are using the Internet to its full capacity. Their first zoom meeting featured three of their past presidents, now university graduates and either starting their careers or enrolled in graduate school. They spoke of their many positive experiences in Rotaract and what Rotary has offered them in networks and support.
Their first event is a face mask decorating contest. Face masks were handed out throughout campus and once decorated, they were to be submitted by email for judging. The winning prize was a $25 Amazon gift certificate.
First Annual Raffle
This raffle for Beaufort Ole Towne Rotary Club will support our local community by funding grants for nonprofits. Due to COVID-19, our annual road race that funded local grants was canceled. Rotary is committed to supporting programs that do great work and provide critical services, more important now than ever, and your purchase will help us continue this tradition in Beaufort, Morehead, and Down East. Our club also supports Rotary International's mission of achieving world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs, including the global health campaign "End Polio Now!" https://beauforty-Rotary.rallup.com/beaufort-rotary/
Olivia Dawson-One of Wilmington Star News' 40 under 40 Award WinnersBy Ruth A. Glaser
Olivia Dawson, Tourism Assistant for Pender County, was named as one of the Wilmington Star News' 40 under 40 Award winners recently. A virtual award ceremony will be held on October 22nd and her profile will be published online on October 22nd and in a special section of the newspaper on October 23rd. Olivia is one of the Burgaw Rotary Club's newest members and has jumped in and gotten active serving as a Co-Chair of our Reach out and Read Program. Olivia is a military wife (her husband just returned from a one-year deployment),mother of two and the Director of the North Carolina Blueberry Scholarship Pageant.
Rotarians receive grant to help Share the Table and Roots of Recovery
By Lori Kirkpatrick, reposted from the Pender-Topsail Post & Voice (postvoiceonline.com)
Local Rotarians are working together to help feed Pender County residents in need of assistance. Coastal Pender Rotary Club in Hampstead and Surf City Rotary Club recently partnered to apple for a grant from Rotary International to help those who are food insecure. They have received the grant, which is making a difference for clients of two local nonprofits-Share the Table and Roots of Recovery. Read More
Passport Club's Scouting Program Stays Active During Covid-19By Patrick W Curley
Sea Scout Ship 7730 and Scouts BSA Troop 7730 (Girl Troop) have been chartered by the Rotary Passport Club since 2018 and are going strong. Both of the units meet together, as all girls are dual registered in both the Ship and the Troop, and rotate their meetings between the NCSU Center for Marine Sciences and Camp Albemarle in Newport. While all Scout units in the area have had to stop meeting since last year, the Scouts have been meeting regularly on line on the 2d and 4th Friday evenings. Scouts have been encouraged to participate in online Scouting programs and work on advancements from home. Recently the Scouts have conducted socially distant service projects that are helping our community organizations and serving the global community. Read More
Help our Scouts Clean our Beaches in our Virtual CleanupBy Patrick W Curley
Sea Scout Ship 7730 is participating in a world event to clean up our beaches and waterways. This project is part of the World Scouting Organizations, Scouts for SDGs
which are aligned to the six areas of focus
Rotarians and friends can help the meet thier goal of collecting and recording as much trash as possible. Here is how
The Marine Debris Tracker
allows us to make a bigger impact by logging the trash we're picking up. This data is automatically submitted to scientists all over the world working on ways to prevent ocean pollution. We can help make a global difference even from our own neighborhoods. Remember, you do not have to be on the beach to use the app.
The app can be downloaded on any smartphone. We have an account only for our Ship. This way, we can look back and see just how much trash our group collected over time. This can really add up!
1. Open the app and press "start tracking"
2. Click the NOAA list
3. Click "Use this list"
4. Click the turtle icon at the bottom of the screen
You will be prompted to login. Use this information.
Take a nice walk on the beach or in your neighborhood and record the trash that you collect.
It is our tradition at South Brunswick Islands Rotary to open our meeting with an invocation. Each member takes a turn. Last week member Amber Malave recited a poem she wrote. We were so touched we are sharing it with all of you.
By: Amber Malave
South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club
In times of revolving reproach
May we find guidance in like cause
Held in conviction
Wrapped in love
Intertwined through purpose
For the tapestry of humanity, we are
Simple tattered and worn threads
Individual, yet unified
Just as the sun sets
And new days arise
Our uniqueness combines
Painting a picture of possibility
Piece by part
Through joy and fortitude
Giving grace an ever-present start
As she weaves each of us, intentionally
Fellowship becoming the muse
Reminding us that in effort none shall lose
For we fulfill through action
With voices united
Echoing, cascading into the valleys
Even moored mountains
Strive quietly toward greatness
Never giving in
Never giving up
From seas to peak they call
Behind each drop of sorrow that may fall
Credence continuously protecting us against the storm
Commanding integrity to lead
Sheltering the lost
Protecting the meek
And hope she plants the seeds
As life evolves
May we each reach
Yet, remember to pause
Finding our hearts vigilant
Giving non to respite
Turning adversities challenge
Into a reason of might
To continue forward
To continue in thanks
For the opportunity to serve
Oliver's Entourage - Virtual Buddy Walk - October 9-11, 2020By Lin Kelly on Monday, August 10, 2020
Our walk this year will be October 10th and it will be a virtual walk. If someone wants to contribute they can make check payable to Coastal Buds and put Oliver's Entourage in the memo line. Checks can be mailed to Gary Younts at P.O. Box 1949, Shallotte, NC 28459 or can be dropped off at the Ocean City Chevrolet.
You can also click here
to donate.Link to Oliver's Website
SBI Second Annual Three Bridge Tour - November 7 2020
Tucked in the southeast corner of the state between Wilmington, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC you find the South Brunswick Islands.The South Brunswick Islands feature meandering waterways, miles of idyllic shoreline, an abundance of championship golf courses and a temperate climate. These features make our home a scenic paradise; an ideal retirement location and destination for relaxation.
Our area beaches - Holden, Ocean Isle Beach, and Sunset Beach - have all been recognized as some of the best beaches in the nation.We invite you to come experience the natural beauty and laid back lifestyle of the home so many of us have come to love.
The South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club's second annual "SBI Three Bridge Tour" offers you a unique opportunity to traverse our county and cruise across the three featured bridges of Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, and Holden Beach. Select a ride that is family friend or one that will challenge you; each promise to be memorable. Proceeds from this event will be used to provide experiences and opportunities that will enrich the lives of the children and youth in Brunswick County.
SBI Rotary Second Annual Three Bridge Tour will be held on November 7, 2020. Riders will be able to participate in either a 9.5 Mile (one bridge), 31 Mile (two bridges) or 63 Mile Race (three bridges).
NON-ROTARIANS CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
ROTARIANS CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
$40,00 in advance for all races.
$50.00 on the day of the race.
Purchase Includes Free T-Shirt
Jerseys are available for $80.00
Bibs are available for $100.00
SBI Partners with the American Red CrossBy Amber L Malave
South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming blood drive.
Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today!Drive Details:Site:
South Brunswick Islands Rotary ClubAddress:
670 Hickman Road NW, Calabash, NC, 28467Room Name:
Beulah Baptist ChurchDate:
Fri Oct 16, 2020Time:
11:00 AM - 04:00 PMBlood Program Leader Name:
Mike HebertBlood Program Leader Phone Number:
8057973631Click here to make an appointment
The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.
Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross blood program!
Download the Red Cross Blood Donor App on the App Store
, Google Play
or text BLOODAPP to 90999. Schedule appointments, view your blood type and results of your mini-physical, and track your donations.
Sheriff John Ingram Zooms with Shallotte RotaryBy Dianne W. Bennett on Friday, September 4, 2020
Our thanks to Sheriff John Ingram for zooming with us today!
Sheriff Ingram discussed the efforts that our local law enforcement face during COVID, protests and turbulent times. While he stated that in his 30 years of law enforcement, he has never seen times like this, he also shared that he is confident that our county is the safest in NC. He ended by saying he is honored to serve and to protect Brunswick County.
One of our members asked - "will you have another karaoke challenge?" The Sheriff promised some lighthearted fun for his department in the near future!
Join us on Thursday's for our lunch meeting on Zoom. Invite a friend by reaching out to Kelli Pratt for the evite and be sure to visit us on Facebook for the latest news in our club. https://www.facebook.com/shallotterotary
Car Raffle Puts a New Twist on 2021 Las Vegas NightBy Dennis R. Hetzel
The Covid-19 pandemic means that Shallotte Rotary can’t hold its annual Las Vegas Night in January, but club members are determined not to let the virus stop us from raising the thousands of dollars that the annual event nets to support local community groups.
Instead, Las Vegas Night will live on as the “Las Vegas Night Car Raffle” for 2021, and it’s imperative that all club members get involved with one of three committees – Marketing, Tickets and Sponsors. The goal is to sell at least $40,000 in sponsorships and raffle ticket sales while keeping the Las Vegas Night “brand” alive as a major, fun event that the Shallotte community anticipates every year.
The winning ticket holder in the January drawing will receive a red 2020 Chevy Spark from Ocean City Chevrolet, which also plans to return as a major event sponsor.Read More
Neither Rain nor Snow – Nor Hurricanes Nor Pandemics Keep Rotarians from Serving Their CommunityBy Darrell A Vickers
Southport Rotary initiated its newest member Michael Broadfoot and his son, Noah, into the world of “Service above Self” as they helped clean the intersection of Howe St. and River Rd. (Routes 211 and 87) in Southport. They were joined by Rotarians, Karen Collins, Dave Morgan, Clay Fairley, Mark Deans, Brenda Hagerman, Bob Hagerman, and Peter Braun on Friday, August 7. Photo courtesy of Carol Magnani.
2020 Go Jump in A Lake Virtual 5KBy M. Shawn Braswell
The Southport Rotary Club would like to invite you to the 12th running of the Go, Jump in the Lake 5K Race and 1.5-mile Fun Run/Walk. Thanks to COVID-19 concerns, this will be a virtual race with the finish line in a pool, lake, creek or anywhere else you can enjoy getting wet and can be completed anytime between September 5 and 30! This family-friendly activity promotes health and wellness in our community while raising funds for New Hope Clinic’s charitable healthcare programs, as well as for other Rotary-funded charities. Special thanks to Platinum Community Sponsors, Dosher Memorial Hospital, First National Bank and Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center, as well as all event sponsors.
Learn more about the virtual race or register https://its-go-time.com/go-jump-in-the-lake
Questions? Contact email@example.com
Wilmington Central Rotary is proud to have collected over 250 purses for the homeless.By Sue Rachunok
The Wilmington Central Rotary has collected over 250 purses for the homeless. The purses are filled with toiletries, cosmetics, and snacks for their recipients. Some of the agencies that will be receiving them are: Domestic Violence, 514 Revolution, Carousel Center, First Fruit Ministries, Kelly House, Good Shepherd, and others.Read More
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Interact Chair: Jennifer Hardee Vanasse
- For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rotaract Chair: Magda Baggett
- For more information: Rotaract@rotary.org
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Chair: Phil Panzarella
Youth Exchange Chair: Jean Hall
Interested in getting involved?
- You can find our clubs in Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Cumberland, Duplin, Jones, Lenoir, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, Robeson, Sampson and Scotland Counties!
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