July ends with a Great, World-Class speaker

The first month has come to a close for the 2013-14 Rotary year and it ended with a great speaker, Kevin Duffus. Before Kevin took the podium, past member Dr. Gabe Rich presented our club president, Steven Nelson, with a friendship flag from his new club in Wilmington. He said he was sad that he had to leave the ‘greatest’ club in the district, and went on to state, the he was fortunate to find and join the ‘greatest’ club in his new Rotary district. We at the club miss his presence at our meetings, but hope him the best
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Member Spotlight-Matthew Kane

“He welcomed me on my first visit to the club and shared with me the great things the club was doing, such as Guatemala Literacy Project. Over the years, he has shown to be a mentor for me as I prepared for the presidency of this astounding club”.- Steven Nelson, President 2013-14 In life, we have limited opportunities to meet and get to know people who make us want to be better people. People, who live their lives with integrity and honor who exemplifies ‘Service Above Self’ are rare.  Rotary is fortunate to have several members who emulate this philosophy
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The New Rotary Year is off to a Banging Start!

If you missed the meeting this week, you missed a great one. A great speaker, wonderful brags and gratitude was given at this meeting. To start off, we had a great brag from visiting Rotarian Dr. Joe Gordon who attended our meeting to brag on the newly retired Dr. Ed Smallwood. Mr. Gordon was in one of the first NC State Veterinarian classes and spoke many words of praise for Dr. Smallwood. Dr. Smallwood is a great example of a North Raleigh Rotary member. He is very generous with his time and resources both to the club, his community and
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President’s Corner, July 2013

As we start the new Rotary year, we are embolden with new ideas and new visions for the club. We look to all of the ‘great’ things accomplished last year while looking forward to another successful year. Before we look forward, we must look back to see what we did well and to identify the challenges facing our club. As this is an open letter to the entire world, the challenges identified here will be limited, but most of the members understand the main challenges facing our club. As your new president, it is my objective to identify the successes
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Two Evenings…Two Installation Dinners!

On Tuesday, June 18, 2013, the Rotary District 7710 had its annual Installation Dinner at the Prestonwood Country Club in Cary. During this event, the outgoing District Governor Rick Carnagua recounted the many successes of the district during the 2012-13 Rotary year. He recounted the C.A.R.T (Coins for Alzheimer Research) special promotion week where the 45 clubs throughout the district collected $8,000 in one week for this worthy research efforts. At the District Conference, we heard from one of the research physicians as he praised this effort and reminded us that every single dollar collected went directly to research. Another
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Rotary Year Coming to an End!

In Rotary, the calendar year is July to June of each year, so as we approach June, we are approaching the end of this Rotary year. As such, we start looking back on the year to see what was accomplished at the district and club levels. Each year, the clubs look back on the year to see what accomplishments and what challenges they faced to determine a direction for the future. At the Rotary Club of North Raleigh, it is no different. We are looking back on the year to see where we could improve for next year. The current
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4th Annual North Raleigh Rotary Golf Tournament

Time is nearing for the annual North Raleigh Rotary golf tournament at Wildwood Green Golf Club. It is shaping up to be a great event with a wonderful turnout. It is scheduled for April 22nd with a 1 pm shotgun start. The driving range will open at 11 am with lunch around 11:30. One thing that makes this event special this year is the club’s decision to dedicate this year’s tournament to the memory of our recently departed member and friend, Jack Andrews. As you previously read, he was a very beloved and active member of our club. An avid
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A Farewell to a Great Rotarian

Later today, several members of the Rotary Club of North Raleigh will gather with friends and family to bid farewell to a great friend and an even better Rotarian. Junius (Jack) Andrews was a formidable man in our community. Jack was born in Asheville, but moved to Raleigh as a child and became a lifelong resident of this city. He married in 1947 and was married to Alma Andrews for fifty-two years before she passed several  years ago. After graduating from Needham Broughton High School, he entered the United States Navy and served his country during World War II. Recently,
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Rotary is in a Category of One!

Last weekend, I had the privilege of attending the President-Elect Training Seminar (PETS) in Greensboro, North Carolina. It was an amazing experience and one that will follow me the rest of my life. At the seminar, we had several leadership sessions designed to equip us to be leaders in our club for the coming year. As the President-Elect for the Rotary Club of North Raleigh, I attended to learn more about Rotary and its impact on the community and the world. During my time there, I was fortunate to hear from Past Rotary International President Bill Boyd from New Zealand.
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Welcome to the Rotary Club of North Raleigh

Rotary 2013-14 I wanted to take a moment to welcome you to the Rotary Club of North Raleigh. We at the club are open to new members who are searching for an opportunity to serve their fellow-man both through local, national and international efforts. At Rotary, our motto is “Service Above Self”. Rotary is a civic organization for business and professional people to gather together for both business networking, but ultimately, to give back to society. Rotary International has over 1.2 million members worldwide. Rotary started in 1907 in Chicago and has grown to its current membership. Members have donated
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