2016 Spring Assembly

Wednesday March 30th marked the 2016 Club Assembly. Chris Morden talked about membership goals and the impact on our Presidential Citation award. Next year’s goals are going to be tougher to meet. We need to recruit 4 members under 40 and 2 new female members. Matthew Kane and Steve Ramirez talked about the Micro-lending Matching Grant program the club sponsored in Columbia. Matthew also discussed the District’s Disaster Relief Committee and the recent Carolinas PETS. The District’s Disaster Relief Committee supported efforts in Flint Michigan, the Bahamas hurricane and the South Carolina hurricane. Funds for these efforts were gained from
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Global Health Begins at Home

Dr. Jim Harrington, Executive Director of the Gillings Global Gateway™ UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, talked about global health. His presentation is available below. The club also recognized its RYLA participants. 2016-03-16 Global Health Begins at Home from Rotary Club of North Raleigh More about Dr. Harrington: Photos from the meeting:
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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Members of the Rotary club of North Raleigh and their families participated in the Club’s annual Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner social. Host families did not know who their guests would be and guests did not know the identity of their hosts until arrival. Most members agree this is one of the more fun socials the club has each year and it gives them a chance to get to know members they may not be familiar with from the weekly meetings. Congratulations are in order to Dee Dee Heard and JJ Jolliff for a job well done organizing this event.
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Johnson County Music and Memory Project

Doug McClentic visited the club on Wednesday March 9, 2016. Doug is a member of the Clayton Rotary Morning Club, and chair of the Johnson County Alzheimer’s Music and Memory Project. His passion for a better quality of life for those who are suffering with Alzheimer’s and those who care for them stem from his experience with his Grandfather who had Alzheimer’s and his Grandmother who cared for him until his passing in 1973. The Music and Memory project is low cost. They provided iPod Shuffles and about $100 of music from iTunes to each patient. The results of the
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Mayor McFarlane’s 2016 State of the City Address

Monday March 7, 2016, Raleigh, NC Mayor Nancy McFarlane delivered her annual State of the City Address. The address was held at the Raleigh Convention Center and hosted by the Rotary Club of Raleigh. Chris Morden and Mike Wienold from the North Raleigh club both attended. Attendance was sparse with the exception of the Rotary community. Rotarians from other clubs were out in force to join the member of the Raleigh club. City Council and other elected officials and staff were also in attendance to support the Mayor. Public attendance appeared to be low. The mood of the address was
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Author Andra Watkins Walked the 444-Mile Natchez Trace

Our speaker this past Wednesday was New York Times bestselling author Andra Watkins. Andra is a Past President of the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. She is past District Communications Chair for District 7770-Eastern South Carolina, founder of the District 7770 Friendship Exchange program, a two-time Rotarian of the Year, a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, a Paul Harris Society member, and recipient of her District’s Distinguished Service Award. Her latest book is the memoir Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace. Andra Watkins needed a wing man to help her
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