Mid Year Assembly February 4, 2017

Fellow Rotarians I want to personally invite you to District 7680 Mid Year Assembly on Saturday February 4th at 9:00 AM at UNCC Downtown Charlotte 320 E. Ninth Street, Charlotte NC. • MAP

Join your fellow Rotarians to learn more and to exchange ideas on Membership, Fundraising, Projects, Effective Communications, District Conference and Atlanta Convention and more.

Who should attend: All Presidents, Presidents Elect, Secretaries, Membership and Foundation Chairs, Area of Service Chairs, Club Officers and Interested Rotarians.

Registration begins at 8:15am with breakfast snacks and drinks provided

  • General Session 9:00 - 10:15am
  • President Elect PETS 10:30am - 12:00pm
  • Breakouts 10:30am - 12:00pm

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Event Registration is a FREE and Parking is FREE - Make sure you have your parking pass printed out, the link to your parking pass will be included in your registration email confirmation.

Spirit of ‘45 Celebration

Honoring World War II Veterans

Sunday, August 28, 2016
Embassy Suites by Hilton • 5400 John Q. Hammond Drive NW, Concord, NC 28027
Hospice & Palliative CareCenter is recognizing World War II Veterans for their service to our country.
The dinner will include entertainment by “Letters from Home” and a special ceremony honoring World War II Veterans. There is no charge for WWII Veterans and one guest.
The public is invited to attend this very special event and can purchase tickets for $45 each. RSVP by Friday, August 19 to (336)768-6157, ext. 1622 or online at  www.spiritof45-2016.eventbrite.com
MOST IMPORTANTLY: Please share this information with every World War II veteran you know and invite them to attend.
Check-In Begins - 3:00 pm
Group Veteran Photo - 4:00 pm Followed By Program & Dinner

Young Leaders Summit

Are you a young professional?  Does your company hire young professionals?  Do you want to network with young professionals?  Does your club support the development of young professionals in Rotary and Rotaract?  Do you want to learn more about leadership?  If your answer is yes to any of these questions, you will want to register and attend the Young Leaders Summit held at Queens University on April 8 and 9. 

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Register now...  Space is limited!  While registration takes place on Eventbrite, you can access the details here:

Register NOW for Young Leaders Summit by Rotaract for Young Professionals 18-40 or send your regrets that you cannot attend by clicking here.

Youth Services Social

duck raceThe youth social and duck race in September was a great success. District Youth Service Chair Lorena Prince and her team: Fae Shaffer, Kevin Boyle and Ryan Pegarsch organized a wonderful event. Thanks to PDG Bob Wilson for offering the use of his marina and his staff. Thanks to Randy Marion as our main sponsor and thanks to Karen Steffens and the Youth Exchange students, who were a great assistance of collecting the ducks. 

Duck Race winners are:
$2,500   Ralph Bostian - Charlotte North
$1,250   Bill Lynch - Top of The Week c/o Dave Hare
$750    Tim Bobrowski - Huntersville Happy Hour c/o Scott Bolbock
$250     Aaron LePrell - Lake Norman Huntersville
$250     Ron Gomilla - Lake Norman Huntersville

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Rotary District 7680 Events

We have lots of events for Rotarians throughout the District to come together for service opportunities, social interactions, and professional development thoughout the year.

Youth Services Social and Duck Race

It's Duck Season Again!The 2016 Youth Services Social and Duck Race will be held Sunday September 18, 2016 at the Tail Race Marina in Mount Holly from 2 PM – 6 PM.

District 7680 is inviting all youth service program alumni, friends, family, and Rotarians to attend this event. There will be informational booths to showcase our Youth Service projects within the district. We will be featuring Early Act, SFTL, Interact, Rotaract, NewGen Peace Builders, and Youth Exchange. Our Goals is to sell 5,000 ducks!

Live DJ, a bounce house, boat rides, paddle boards, kayaks, and canoes will be available. Food and drinks can be purchased on site. Please bring your own lawn chairs.

Adopt A Duck

Adopt your ducks and cheer them to the finish line!!  You can adopt one Lucky Duck for $10 or increase your luck with a Quack Pack (three Ducks) for $25 or a Flock (15 Ducks) for $100. 50% of the ticket proceeds will go back to the selling club to help support their youth programs.

First Place Duck wins $2,500 and a chance at winning a new Camaro provided by Randy Marion Chevrolet.
Second Place Duck wins $1,250
Third Place Duck wins $750
Fourth & Fifth Place Ducks win $250 each

Corporate Sponsorships

Corporate sponsorships are $300 (50% of the proceeds will go back to the selling club to help support their youth programs)

Corporate sponsorships will receive:

  • Advertising on event website
  • Advertising on event social media
  • Placement of company name/logo on event promotional materials
  • Verbal recognition during event
  • Inclusion of company promotional item at event, if desired


Rotary Clubs, Rotaract Clubs, and Interact Clubs will have an opportunity to make more money by being a vendor during the event.  Please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information on how your club can participate.

Who will be this year's Duck?

Do you have what it takes to be the event mascot this year? An audition will be held at the kick-off party being hosted by Top of The Week Rotary Club and Charlotte-Evening Rotary Club on August 7th at 2pm at Sugar Creek Brewery. For more details please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Register and Adopt Ducks

To register and adopt ducks on-line please visit: http://goo.gl/J09MCK.  

Printed tickets are also available upon request or can be downloaded here as a PDF.

Foundation Banquet

An Elegant Evening to Celebrate a Century of Doing Good

Saturday, November 19, 2016
The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge

Reception: 5:30pm
Dinner: 7:00pm


$60 per Rotarian, $100 for Rotarian + Guest

Click here to make your dinner reservation

Hotel Info

A block of rooms available at a discounted price: $189+ tax.  First come first serve basis.

We’ll salute the life-changing work of the Rotary International Foundation during the last 100 years.
A jubilant gathering at one of Charlotte’s finest resorts.
Enjoy lucious food and drink, outstanding speakers and Charlotte’s Finest Jazz Trio

Hotel reservations: (888) 627-8048
A block of rooms available at a discounted price.  $189+ tax.  First come first serve basis or through October 29th

District Conference

April 28-30, 2017
Hyatt Regency, Greenville, SC

Join your Rotary Family for a weekend celebration in Greenville, SC. Walk through downtown for shopping, dining, and entertainment, tour historic districts, enjoy wine tastings at Victoria Valley Vineyards or chase speed at the BMW Performance Center. Learn more at www.visitgreenvillesc.com.

Registrations are now open on DACdb. You can also find there the link to the Hyatt Regency for our hotel block. Registration deadline is March 31, 2017.

2017 District Conference Promotional Video from Ken Dresser on Vimeo.

Here’s what we have planned!
Friday – Club Presidents-Elect Reception, Cocktail Hour, Dinner, Speakers, Catch-up with old friends and make new connections, Business attire.

Saturday – Breakfast, Sessions to increase your Rotary skills, Business casual attire

Saturday Afternoon – Enjoy Greenville with a planned group event (winery, brewery, zoo, river walk), or venture out on your own!

Saturday Evening – Receptions for Distinguished Rotarians and Major Donors, Cocktail Hour, Dinner, Celebration with Club Awards, Speakers on Rotary Serving Humanity, Post-Event Gathering for the young at heart, Dress to the Nines/Cocktail Attire.

Sunday morning – Breakfast, Rotarian Memorial Service, Applause for DG Tom and hear from Upcoming DG Scott, Business casual attire. Return to your club rejuvenated and fired up for Rotary!

Night out with the Charlotte Knights

May 2016

Rotary District 7680 Night with the Charlotte Knights
Share in the Fun at a Rotary District Social

4:30 to 6 - Open to watch batting practice (catch a ball?)
7:05p.m. Opening Pitch

Ticket price (To Be Determined) will include: all you can eat food and non-alcoholic drinks
Optional additional ticket price TBD.

Charlotte Knights
BB&T Ballpark (BRAND NEW), Uptown Charlotte
Block of seats held for Rotarians (420 bleacher seats/200 picnic tables--your choice/first come-first serve).

Thanksgiving Day Parade


Please consider joining us as we visit with children and raise their spirits at a time when their days need cheering up.

We will be featured in the Novant Charlotte Thanksgiving Day Parade which will be broadcast by WBTV on Thanksgiving AND Christmas Day.

Our volunteers will donate into a fund that will be split between the two major children's hospitals in our area, Hemby Children's Hospital and Levine Children's Hospital.

Distinguished Clown Corps has been organized in various cities across the nation. One exists in Toledo, one in Detroit and one in Atlanta.

The Atlanta Distinguished Clown Corps has produced a couple of videos that help explain the program:

  • The Distinguished Clown Corps
  • A day in the life of a Distinguished Clown

Come be part of this group of area business and community leaders and be a Gift to the World!

Ken Dresser at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 704-965-5195
Barbara Dresser at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 704-813-0644

Rotary Global Swimarathon

February 21, 2016

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 – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Social Media
Twitter - Rotary Global Swimarathon | #ncrotaryswim

Interested? Do you work or have a contact with a local YMCA?
Contact: Kam Chandan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 704-785-7887

Climb to the Everest Base Camp

Due to the recent earthquakes in Nepal and the devastating impact on lives in the region, we have decided to postpone the trek to the Everest Base Camp till October 2016. The itinerary will remain the same but with a postponement of 12 months to allow Nepal to recover. Read More

October 2016
WHAT: District 7680 Rotary trek to Everest Base Camp – October 2015

WHO: Randy Riley, Rotarian from Gastonia East Rotary Club is coordinating a trek to Everest Base Camp for October 2015 (similar to what Michael Cheng and Tom McNichol from the Shelby Rotary and Bryan Baker from Kings Mountain Rotary completed October 2014).

WHY: As with the Kili treks the plan is to use the Nepal trek to highlight and raise money for the Rotary Polio Eradication Fund and to visit with local Rotarians while in the country.

Please contact my blog – TrekforPolio.com for additional information. Also feel free to reach out to Jim Williams our mountain guide for the trek (his website and contact info is also on the blog. You can also Google - Jim Williams Mountain Guide and learn more about his exploits. Have known Jim for 5 years and used him as a guide in the Tetons.

WHEN: We are planning to depart USA Friday October 9 and depart Kathmandu Sunday October 25 for the return to the USA.

WHERE: We will be staying in "Tea Houses" or hotels, no tents. Porters will carry all of the necessary gear. You will carry your personal day pack with water and rain gear, etc.

More information at blog: TrekforPolio.com
CONTACT: Randy Riley at 704-905-1955 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

World Polio Day

October 24 is World Polio Day!

world polio dayClubs are asked to register and plan events around the live broadcast at 6:00 PM from the US Centers for Disease Control. Go to www.endpolio.org to register. Funding the final push to finish off polio is more urgent than ever as Nigeria has been placed back on the endemic country list.

Overall good progress has been made with only 26 cases year to date, but unfortunately we have had three cases in Nigeria and  has returned to the list of polio-endemic countries, following the World Health Organization’s confirmation of three cases of wild poliovirus in the northeastern state of Borno in August. While this news is disappointing, there has been significant progress toward ending polio in Nigeria, the rest of the African continent, and globally. There are two excellent articles in this month’s Rotarian magazine on polio.

Read more about the decision

Major Donor and Paul Harris Society Members

October 10, 2015

This wonderful two hour boat ride is a thank you to our existing Paul Harris Society members, our Major Donors, Bequest Society members and Benefactors. We invite all Rotarians who have stepped up recently to these giving levels to join with us.

A Paul Harris Fellow who takes the next step on becoming a Paul Harris Society Member is a member that commits $1000 a year to the Foundation as long as he or she is capable off sustaining that level of giving.

For out of town guests we offer the Davison Hilton Homewood Suites to spend the night. We are still in the process of details and time, but mark your calendar for this date. Fun and fellowship at its best.

For more info: District Chair Paul Harris Society – Kay May at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 704-280-4060

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