President’s Corner-April 2014

Well, the last three months of my term as president of the Rotary Club of North Raleigh has started with a bang. It has been a great nine months and we are looking to finish the year strong. With a new member to be added in May and the scheduled events of April and May, it will be a whirlwind couple of months. The month began with the 71st District 7710 Convention in Asheville, North Carolina. It was last weekend and everyone in attendance had a wonderful experience. We enjoyed some great company, heard from some very special people and
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A special week for Rotary and Interact Club

Last week was an incredible week for the members of the Rotary Club of North Raleigh and the Millbrook High School Interact Club…for separate and common reasons. On March 22nd, about 15 members and family members of the Rotary Club of North Raleigh gathered to plant trees/shrubs and then participated in a park cleanup at the Cedar Hills Rotary Park off Millbrook. This was the hands-on element for the club’s park beautification project…something members of this club have wanted done for many years. The project included installing a cement walkway from the parking lot to the picnic shelter and installing
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President’s Corner, March 2014

It is hard to believe the Rotary year is almost over with less than four months remaining as president of this amazing club. I have enjoyed every minute, though it has been a challenge at times and very time-consuming. I know the club will be in good hands over the next few years as President-Elect Jay Williams and President-Nominee Chris Morden start preparing to fill these shoes. Speaking of which, the duo will be heading to Greensboro this weekend for President-Elect Training Seminar (PETS) and I am sure they will return with much passion for Rotary and this club’s future…and
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What is the impact of Rotary on the world?

This is a very difficult answer to explain in such a few short paragraphs, but let’s discuss some of the ways it impacts the world. Rotary can be described as an international organization with projects throughout the world. Many of these projects are considered international projects, but in a way, they are all local projects, supported on an international level. This is the case since any project hoping to get a global matching grant needs to be a partnership with a host club, who will be instrumental in the sustainability of that project. In other words, if the Rotary Club
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President’s Corner-January 2014

As we approach the last six months of my term as your president, I am amazed at all of the things we have accomplished over such a short period of time. From the donation to Operation Coming Home to the 20+ participants to the Stop Hunger Now food packing day to assisting one of our member’s with her companies food drive, it has been an amazing six months with many more great opportunities yet to come throughout the remainder of this Rotary year. Some of the wonderful projects and events that will be coming over the next month include two
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President’s Corner: December 2013

After a week off to mourn the passing of my mother, it was great to get back to Rotary and the business at hand. The meeting this week was very inviting with many guest, a few returning guest, and a great speaker. It is just a matter of making them Rotarians, which they have proven to be Rotarians in spirit, we just need to make it official. The board meeting this week, which was postponed from last week, held some valuable information for the club…with some great information for club members and the community to see what Rotary is doing.
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Dr. Kevin Snyder speaks to guest of Rotary networking event!

Last evening, we had a wonderful presentation from a future Rotarian, Dr. Kevin Snyder. He spoke about Leadership and it moved many of those in attendance. One of the subjects he touched on was “thinking outside the box“. He didn’t speak in traditional terms, but talked about if we are truly thinking outside the box, or is it simply lip service. He gave us a little task, which Dee Dee Heard solved, and I wanted to include it here. The task is: you must connect all of the dots, using only 4 lines without picking up your pencil. See if
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President’s Corner-November 2013

Wow…what an exciting meeting this week! 1Lt Nathan Rimpf is an impressive young man with an extremely positive outlook on his situation. When he said “it was just a flesh wound” it made me wonder how many of us would have the same attitude. It is a valuable lesson that we can all learn and apply to our lives. I don’t remember who said it, but the old saying, “What doesn’t kill us only makes us stronger” must have been talking about the brave, selfless men of our Armed Forces like Mr. Rimpf. The money that our club donated to Operation Coming
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Another Great Week to be a Rotarian!

The North Raleigh Rotary club welcomed yet another new member this week when we introduced Matt Towler to the group. Growing is always an important aspect of the club and the addition of Matt is no different. We are thrilled to have him aboard. This meeting turned into a spontaneous club assembly as our speaker had to cancel at the last-minute to deal with a death. Nonetheless, the meeting went well and much information was covered. President Steven Nelson promoted the membership numbers. Despite a setback in the early months of the year, we are now even for the year
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