Is it spring yet? I think we’re all a little tired of the winter weather that has hit us 3 times in the past 2 weeks. We’ve all had disruptions at work and with our kids’ school and of course with missing our Rotary meetings the past 2 weeks! Hopefully this will be the last winter weather we have this season. It was nice to spend time at home and out in the snow with the kids. I even got a few runs in on the sled down our drive way! The weather did make me think about all the upcoming events we have this spring for our club. Of course Casino Night is right around the corner on March 28th. We’ve been talking about it for months now so I won’t rehash the details again, but we do need everyone to do their part to make this a successful event. I’m excited to think that all of the proceeds from this event will go to support the charities that we sponsor each year.

When I think of spring, I always think about the start of baseball season. One of the favorite things I have done as a Rotarian was to volunteer at the Miracle League of the Triangle last year. I am working now to line up another date for our club to volunteer with them again this spring and should have a date within the next week. For those that don’t know, this organization puts on baseball games each weekend for kids with disabilities who otherwise wouldn’t be able to experience the awesome sport of baseball that so many of us played when we were kids. Each player is paired with a volunteer to help them get around the bases and to interact with during the game. The looks on the kids’ faces when they got a hit and made it all the way around the bases was priceless. I hope you will take the opportunity to volunteer with me when we go out to the field again this spring. The other baseball related activity that we typically do is a Carolina Mudcats game. We are working to put this activity together again for this spring. This is a great family activity and an opportunity to interact with Rotarians and their families outside of a club lunch setting. I’ll get these dates out to you as soon as I can!

One other spring activity that I’ve mentioned a lot is the District Conference. The conference is in New Bern from April 24th – 26th. There will be amazing speakers and programs and the opportunity for fun and fellowship. Dee Dee Heard is organizing a group dinner for our club on that Friday night. Please go ahead and register on the District website so we can get an idea of how many folks we have coming from our club. District Governor Matthew Kane and his team have worked very hard to plan a fun and informative weekend so let’s give him our full support and have a large crowd there to celebrate our Rotary year!

Warm weather is around the corner and the North Raleigh Rotary Club calendar is about to heat up with fun activities and volunteer activities! Now if we can just make it to a lunch meeting…

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