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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Member Spotlight: Falling in Love with Rotary

It is always a special moment when two people find each other in a way that causes a lifetime commitment to each other. For Jake and J.J. Jolliff, that moment occurred thanks to their involvement with the Rotary Club of North Raleigh.  JJ joined the club in 2002 and Jake’s first wife passed away in 2003 after more than 50 years of marriage. They began to date in 2005 and married the following year.   Jake, who was honored at the Holiday party this month for his many years of service to the club, had an early experience with Rotary.
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Party…Party…Party: A North Raleigh Rotary Holiday event

What a wonderful evening at the Carolina Country Club in Raleigh? Nearly 80 Rotarians and family members gathered to share the Holiday season on Wednesday, Dec. 18th.  The evening began with a social hour with a cash bar to be followed by dinner. President Steven Nelson called upon Rotarian George McGill to lead the gathered  in grace prior to the meal. The program included several presentations to members of the club with Past Presidents Mack Parker and Erik Grunwald being honored as Paul Harris Society members, which means they have committed to donate at least $1,000 a year to the
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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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A Passion for Cars…A Passion for Service: Erik Grunwald

Erik Grunwald joined the Rotary Club of North Raleigh in 2001 after a member of his church invited him to lunch one day. It was shortly after the 9-11 attack on our country. At the time, he reported that his “life really had no community involvement beyond church”, and this attack on our nation opened his eyes to helping others. With two grandfathers who were Rotarians, it seemed a perfect fit for him to join this group of business professionals trying to make a difference in the world.  While visiting the club, he saw first hand how Rotarians interacted with
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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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Here we Grow Again!

At this week’s meeting we inducted a new member, Matt Johnson and he makes the third new member we have added this year with two more waiting over the next couple of weeks. This is great for the club and great for its future. October is Foundation month and with it comes a focus on our efforts globally to ‘do good’ in the world. Hearing from our District Foundation Chair Tim Mannix, the numbers and impact that Rotary has in the world is astounding. The Foundation is the charity arm of Rotary and it is impressive that less than 10%
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