Ed Shook Golf Classic

Picture from the Frankie Lemmon School website that illustrates the personal instruction these children receive!

Picture from the Frankie Lemmon School website that illustrates the personal instruction these children receive!

As we approach the end of the month, we continue to prepare for the Ed Shook Golf Classic. It is scheduled for Sept. 30th at the Raleigh Country Club. This is the third year the North Raleigh Rotary club has partnered with the Frankie Lemmon Foundation with this golf tournament. The event is celebrating its 49th year and it has been highly successful over the years to bring needed resources to Wake County children who are in need for a specialized education.

The Frankie Lemmon School is dedicated to providing a superior education, advocacy and support for children 3-6 years old with intellectual impairment. A private, non-profit organization and contract agent of North Carolina‘s Wake County Public School System, Frankie Lemmon offers tuition–free instruction to eligible children from all socio-economic levels. For parents facing the multitude of challenges associated with raising a child with developmental delays, Frankie Lemmon School is a beacon of light in a world of uncertainty and fear.

Current needs for the tournament is to fill the remaining golf foursome slots that are available while selling raffle tickets. The levels of golf foursome includes the Mims level which is a $2,500 donation which includes one foursome-choice of AM or PM round; priority starting hole (subject to availability); $150 Pro Shop Gift Certificate per golfer; Sponsor sign; and complimentary raffle tickets. The Shook level requires a $1,100 donation and includes one foursome-choice of AM or PM round; $50 Pro Shop Gift Certificate per golfer and raffle tickets.

The raffle tickets cost $25/ticket or 5 for $100. There are four prize packages you can win, which include several varying prizes. The prize packages are:

#1-2 Carolina Hurricanes Tickets in the Champions Club, Ladies Michele Watch courtesy of Johnson Jewelers, Gift Certificate to Sawmill Tap Room and a golf club.

#2-2 Carolina Hurricanes Tickets in the Champions Club, 2 nigths at Dunhill with a $75 certificate to Harvest Moon Grill, gift certificate to ORO, and a golf club.

#3-2 Carolina Hurricanes Tickets in the Champions Club, 2 nights at Hilton Garden Inn Durham/Southpoint with a $75 certificate to Ruth’s Chris, gift certificate to Sullivan’s Steakhouse and a golf club.

#4-2 Carolina Hurricanes Tickets in the Champions Club, 2 nights at Hampton Inn Wilmington University, gift certificate to a popular downtown restaurant and a golf club.

As you can tell, these are some great prizes and the cost is very minimal. All of the proceeds will go to Frankie Lemmon School and the Rotary Club of North Raleigh.

Elizabeth Gardner, WRAL Meteorologist, Comes to North Raleigh Rotary

Picture taken from the Falls Whitewater Park website. This park would benefit many and be a great opportunity for families to spend time together.

Picture taken from the Falls Whitewater Park website. This park would benefit many and be a great opportunity for families to spend time together.

At this week’s meeting, we welcomed Elizabeth Gardner as she spoke about the proposed Falls Whitewater Park which would be located near the dam. It would become a destination park that would not only keep the whitewater enthusiast in town for their adventures, it would bring people from a two-hour radius of Raleigh to train and participate in this park.

It was a very interesting presentation and Elizabeth was very warm and inviting. She spoke with passion concerning whitewater rafting and the proposed park. They estimate it would cost $2.8 million to construct and are looking for businesses to partner with the City of Raleigh to fund it. Any donations are welcomed. For more information, please visit FallsWhitewaterPark.org

Global Walk 4 Water

The time to sign up for this 5k run/walk is drawing to a close and you should sign up for it today if you wish to participate. It will be held at the WakeMed Soccer Park on Sept. 29th. It hopes to be another great event and all proceeds will go towards water projects though out the undeveloped world. In addition to the 5k, there will be a 1-mile water carry event where participants can engineer their own means to carry water a mile to demonstrate how many people in our world have to carry water daily.

Report from Rotary Foundation District meeting last Saturday

District 7710’s Foundation Seminar was well run and very informative! As you know nothing happens without Rotary Foundation Funds!

A. Tim Mannix announced a 35% increase in Foundation giving over the previous year!

B. Paul Harris Society- District 7710’s goal is to increase our PHS members by 10%. PHS is $1000/ year or $83.33/ month.

C. District 7710 100% sustaining members total giving increased 21% over last year! Every Rotarian every year for as little as $8.34/ month! The Rotary Club of North Raleigh accomplished this, for the first time, in ’12-’13!

D. Polio Plus. We need an average of $1000/ year/ club on average to achieve this goal. Last year District 7710 raised $42,855 for Polio Plus!
We can have Cary Rotarian Dr. Leon Abbas present to us about this program. We can also purchase “Polio Plus” lapel pins at $.50 ea & sell at $5 ea or whatever the market will pay! What a great Polio Plus fundraiser!

E. Endowment Fund Investments can “Turn Good Intentions into Action” through legacy planning, trusts, wills, stocks, property, insurance and more! Funds can be designated by the donor. The minimum Bequest Society donation is $10,000.

F. Peace Scholars don’t exist without the Rotary Foundation! Since ’02 some 115 students from all over the world (from Australia to Zambia) have earned master degrees in Peace and Conflict Resolution. Currently 22 Peace Fellows from 17 countries are enrolled! The only two Peace Centers in the US are Duke University and UNC.

As you can see there’s a lot of Rotary that can’t happen without the Rotary Foundation being funded by Rotarians and friends of Rotary!