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 district goal he talked about was the book collection goal of 45,000 books. This district went far above and beyond this effort by collecting a total of over 52,000 books for local organizations such as Wake Read and Feed and Book Harvest. At District Conference, many Rotarians gathered to sort and label each of these books. What an amazing accomplishment when people come together for a shared goal.
The third goal he referenced was the Dominican Republic latrine project. Due to the efforts of 19 Rotarians who traveled there, the district put together 40 latrines and built lasting relationships with Dominican Republic Rotarians. Several of these Rotarians recently traveled here to visit some of the clubs that were instrumental in this project. It was so successful that Incoming District Governor Leigh Hudson has planned a return trip to continue to build latrines and install water purification systems.
Finally, District Governor Carnagua talked about the money raised by this district for the Rotary Foundation. It was reported that the district was just shy of $300,000 with just a few weeks remaining to accomplish this goal.
Incoming District Governor Leigh Hudson gave an impassioned speech about the two major focuses for the district for 2013-14: membership and the Rotary Foundation. His goal is to increase the district membership by 100. It is an awesome goal, and one that we can obtain if we share our story with our community.
The following day, Wednesday, June 19th, the Rotary Club of North Raleigh conducted its annual Installation Dinner at the Carolina Country Club courtesy of Past President Warner Hall and his wife.
At this dinner, outgoing President Adam Gottsegen planned a wonderful evening which included the awarding of several Paul Harris Fellows from the club. The club was extremely generous this year with the awarding of 13 new or additional Paul Harris Awards. We were honored to have District Governor Leigh Hudson present to present the Paul Harris awards as well as conducting the Installation of the new officers.
District Governor-Elect Matthew Kane presented the club with the distinguished award of being a Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member Club. This means that every member of our club donated at least $100 in 2012-13. It made this club unique among the district in that very few clubs of our size has ever accomplished this status.
President Adam Gottsegen made some closing remark to outline some of the great successes of the year. He included the amazing response from the membership to donate their time to tutor young students with the Wake Read and Feed. Fourteen members and family members stepped up to attend the training and volunteer weekly. He went on to praise the club for its generosity with the Foundation giving. He also presented President-Elect Steven Nelson with the Unsung Hero award and the prestigious Rotarian of the Year award to new member and future Membership Director, Scott Tarkenton.
He finished his remarks with the introduction of the new president of the Rotary Club of North Raleigh, Steven Nelson.
Incoming President Steven Nelson began his remarks by asking those gathered what Rotary means to them. He went on to tell the members what Rotary means to him. His touching story of the young Guatemalan girl he met three years ago and her bright future due to the efforts and generosity of this club to provide her a textbook so she can have an education that her parents did not have. With the combined effort of the over 400 Rotary clubs in North America who have donated to the Guatemala Literacy Project, there has been nearly 150,000 students touched with the opportunity to get an education.
In his closing remarks, Steven Nelson mentioned that he would give his best effort to this club as their president for the 2013-14 Rotary year. In return, he asked the members to give this club their best effort. He finished by declaring that if we all give our ‘best effort’, we can prove to the district, Rotary International, but most importantly, to our community that “this is a great club, with great people, doing great thing”.
The evening was a huge success and the future for this club is promising. It will not be easy, but with the efforts of every member of this club, we can see some amazing results in the coming years.