Community Service. CART, Tree Planting, Honor Flights, Swimarathon

Community Service encourages every Rotarian to find ways to improve the quality of life for people in their communities and to serve the public interest. Learn more in Communities in Action: A Guide to Effective Projects.
The 57 clubs in our District have developed hundreds of projects that serve their local communities. Club members create new projects for their clubs on a regular basis. The following are a few that can include Rotarians from all clubs. 



(NOTE: CART has a wonderful brand new online donation portal for all future donations, starting May 4, 2020: You login with your DACdb credentials. For DACdb login help, go here:

The CART Fund provides funds for cutting edge research to cure Alzheimer's disease. Many CART-funded research projects go on to receive much larger grants from the NIH and other research funding organizations. CART provides the startup funding to do research required for those larger grants.

CART started in 1996 with Rotarians voluntarily emptying their pockets and purses of change at weekly meetings.

What we do

One hundred percent (100%) of donated funds go to cutting edge Alzheimer’s disease research. As of May 2020, the CART Fund has awarded $9 million dollars in over 50 grants to recognized US research institutions. All administrative expenses of the Fund are paid from interest earned from invested contributions.

How we do it

The Fund is governed by a Board of Trustees composed of representatives from the Rotary districts that support the program. It is a 501(C)3 organization, Federal ID #31-1466051. The Fund is chartered as a nonprofit organization under the laws of the state of South Carolina.



Rotary founder Paul Harris was an ardent supporter of trees and he planted a tree on every continent he visited.

Rotary District 7680 is involved with several tree-planting initiatives to support the environment and educate the community.

Rotary District 7680 clubs are encouraged to support tree-planting initiatives with the support of partner organizations.

Rotary District 7680 and its clubs have helped to plant over 1,000 trees in the Charlotte area since 2013. Rotary has helped to raise more than $40,000 for tree-planting projects including grants.

Our next Rotary District 7680 tree planting will be January 30th in north Charlotte.  More info soon. We will help to support tree-planting initiatives with the American Chestnut FoundationTreesCharlotte and TreesDavidson (Davidson Lands Conservancy).

Contact: Sean Gautam, 704-430-8277, Charlotte North Rotary Club,



Queen City Honor Flights is committed to transporting veterans from Charlotte and surrounding areas to visit the memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifice. 

What started as a dream in 2005, HonorAir and the National Honor Flight programs have been responsible for flying over 150,000 WWII veterans to our nation's capitol to experience their memorial. This program has been expanded to include veterans of more recent conflicts. 




Probably February 2019

What is the Rotary Global Swimarathon?
A one-day, 24 hour swim to End Polio. Countries from all over the world organize swim events within the same weekend in an effort to raise money to End Polio. Swim 125 yards (5 lanes) and donate $5 to End Polio. Swimmers of all abilities are welcome. In February 2012 - Rotary Global Swimarathon (RGS) set Guinness world record for most swimmers swimming 100 meters in same hour - 4546 swimmers were recorded at 64 events (featuring 112 clubs) in 23 countries. $105,963 was raised for End Polio Now. 2016 will be the 5th anniversary, RGS team is looking to organize something very special - inviting back all the clubs who've taken part over the last 5 years plus giving a big promotional push to get even more clubs involved. The team would be looking towards participation from 50 countries and 10,000 swimmers taking part.

When is the event held?
The event is typically scheduled close to Rotary’s Birthday – 23rd February.

Who is the beneficiary of the event?
The funds raised for this project will benefit Rotary’s signature project End Polio Now. In District 7680, in 2015 we raised $3,105. With 2 to 1 match (up to U.S. $35 million per year) by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation we provided 9315 Polio vaccinations.

How can your club get involved?
Swimarathon is a fun and family event. Make it a membership drive. Invite your local swim teams, friends, family, guests and prospective Rotarians, to get involved. The event is promoted by leveraging technology and social media tools. In 2016, we look forward to raise $15,000 and provide 45,000 Polio Vaccinations.

If your club is interested in participating, please reach out to Kam Chandan –

Social Media
Twitter - Rotary Global Swimarathon | #ncrotaryswim

Interested? Do you work or have a contact with a local YMCA?
Contact: Kam Chandan at or 704-785-7887

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