RTA’s Joe Milazzo talks about Priorities for Regional Transit

Joe Milazzo, Executive Director of the Regional Transportation Alliance (RTA), talked about transportation plans and options for Wake County. Joe has been in this role since the RTA’s inception in 2002. In addition to directing the RTA’s activities and operations, he represents the group to civic, government, business and media organizations throughout North Carolina’s Research Triangle region and beyond. There are options in the plan for bus and rail transit. The RTA is currently surveying potential ridership in order to understand the potential for the different plans. Download the full PDF here: www.waketransit.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/WakeTransit-trifold-SENT-TO-PRINTER.pdf For more information about the RTA, check
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1 in 4 NC Children at Risk for Hunger

Wednesday May 13, 2015 Jill Staton Bullard, Co-founder and CEO of the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, discussed the fight against hunger in NC. She explained that NC has a Childhood Food Insecurity rate of 26.1% (595,240 children) according to Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap study. In the 7 counties they serve alone, there were nearly 116,000 applications for children to receive free or reduced price lunch for the 2012-2013 school year. That’s 43% of all children in these public school systems that are at risk of hunger. Statewide, the number increases to 56% of children on free or reduced price
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Casino Night in Local Publications

The Rotary Club of North Raleigh hosted it’s inaugural Casino Night Fundraiser earlier this year in March. The event was a major success and has garnered attention in the May issue of Walter Magazine and the June issue of Midtown Magazine. Casino Night committee chair Scott Tarkenton said, “I opened my May 2015 issue of Walter magazine today and came across the attached in the Whirl section, that features noteworthy events that have taken place in Raleigh.  What a pleasant surprise.  Front and center is a collage of photographs taken by Gene, along with the narrative composed by Linda.” He
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Prosthetics & Orthotics for the Poor of Guatemala

The speaker Wednesday was Brent Wright of EastPoint Prosthetics & Orthotics here in Raleigh. Brent spent several years of his childhood living in Ecuador with his parents. He saw, first hand, the poverty there and also in Guatemala. His business is making and fitting artificial limbs for people here in the US. He also spends a great deal of his time providing inexpensive prosthetic appliances to the poor in Guatemala.
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Good Weather for the Club Picnic

With perfect weather on the Wednesday before the picnic, we all thought for sure it would rain on picnic day but the weather held out and we had a great time. Members met at the Cedar Hills Rotary Park instead of the usual venue. Sassool had hamburgers and hot dogs instead of their usual cuisine. Stella Ray, supervisor of Total Life Center in Raleigh, was made a Paul Harris Fellow. It was a nice afternoon for Rotary.
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