Seminar for Tomorrow's Leaders


Seminar for Tomorrow's Leaders is a RYLA initiative by Rotary District 7680 in North Carolina.  In partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership, the program has transformed the lives of students by delivering a research-based, empowering, leadership development program at the Charlotte regional universities.

This year, we are proud to partner with Davidson College to deliver our program to tenns in our area who have been identified as leaders and emerging leaders in their schools and communities. Students will have a unique opportunity to reside at this prestigious college for 4 days while forming lifetime bonds with their peers.

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Help Support Disaster Relief Efforts in Haiti In Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

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The District is in process of setting up a Donor Advised Fund at the Rotary Foundation. The District will have them credited to our Donor Advised Fund at the Foundation, and will use funds received into the fund to support relief efforts in Haiti and other locales damaged by the storm. Checks can be made payable to the Rotary Foundation and sent to the District at:

Rotary District 7680
P. O. Box 79132
Charlotte NC 28271

ShelterBox is the Rotary affiliated disaster relief organization and they are currently on the ground now providing emergency supplies and temporary housing. You can locate them online at or locally contact Paula Smith 704-607-2953 or Brian Smyth 704-409-5988 for more information and how to support their efforts.

Veterans Day at Dilworth-South End

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Lieutenant Colonel Michele P. Harper earned a standing ovation with her talk on Veterans Day. It was a tribute that is rare for speakers on our programs, but much deserved. Lt. Col. Harper, member of the North Carolina Army National Guard, talked about her role in Iraq during which she was awarded the Bronze Star and the Army Air Medal for her service. She deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2008 and served as the administrative officer for the 449th Theater Aviation Brigade. She currently serves as the North Carolina National Guard, State Chief of Army Aviation. Lt. Col. Harper talked about how she helped coordinate and control the helicopter rescues of over 2,000 people in southeastern North Carolina after the recent flooding. She showed some photos from those operations. Lt. Col. Harper also showed photos and talked about how Army National Guard helicopters help fight forest fires such as the ones raging in western North Carolina even as she spoke. She also showed pictures and talked about medical rescues of people injured in falls in the North Carolina mountains. Attendance for her Veterans Day program, at our first breakfast meeting, attracted a larger than usual crowd. One guest, Martin Waters, was recognized as a survivor of the sinking of the cruiser Indianapolis during World War II. He was one of only 316 who survived five days in the water after the ship went down. Photo shows members and guests that were veterans.

Citation for Meritorious Service Award

Past District Governor Luther Moore

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The Citation for Meritorious Service recognizes individual Rotarians who have demonstrated outstanding active service to The Rotary Foundation for more than one year. An individual may receive this award only once. Any active Rotarian in good standing may be nominated, except for current and incoming district governors, current and incoming RI directors, and current Foundation trustees. Eligible service includes: Service on Foundation committees at the club, district, or international level. Participation in Foundation grants or programs, Support of Ambassadorial Scholars, Rotary Peace Fellows, Group Study Exchange teams, or vocational training teams. Financial contributions to the Foundation, however notable, are not relevant considerations for this award. Luther is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Charlotte and District Governor for 2013-2014. During his term as Governor Luther was credited with hosting a million-dollar dinner that raised funds for the Rotary Foundation. He and his wife Sandra have hosted Rotary Youth Exchange students and been on Rotary service project trips to Peru and Honduras. Luther is a strong advocate for the Rotary Peace Centers and instrumental in the formation of the New Gen Peacebuilders program which originated in our District. Luther is a Paul Harris Fellow, Paul Harris Society Member and Major Donor.

District Governor Nominee Designate

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The district is pleased to announce that the Nominating Committee, chaired by iPDG Ineke Wilson, has selected Beth Trotter to be our District Governor for 2019-2020. Beth is a member of the Rotary Club of Mecklenburg County South. Beth served as club President from 2013-2014. During her tenure, the club earned Rotary International Presidential Citation, District Gold Club of Excellence, District Membership Growth Award and the District Club Service Award. Beth has a passion for Youth Exchange and the eradication of Polio. She was one of the inaugural group of Kilimanjaro climbers in 2012. Beth hopes to encourage and increase the funding of CART in our District to continue cutting edge research to cure Alzheimer's disease. Beth has perfect attendance since joining Rotary, is a Paul Harris Society Member and RLI graduate. Beth and Rodney have four married children, 9 grandchildren and eagerly await the arrival of two new grandchildren. She is currently serving her second term as assistant governor for seven clubs in area 9, the seven South Mecklenburg Rotary Clubs. She earned the 2016 outstading Assistant Governor Award.

Program and speaker who spoke on Veterans Day at Huntersville Happy Hour

Recommended by PDG Bob Wilson

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We are always looking for GREAT programs to inspire and inform our clubs. I’ve got a good one to recommend for your consideration. The speaker is a retired, three-star Lieutenant General, USAF, a pilot in Nam, Squadron Commander, Base Commander, and an excellent fighter pilot who helped in the early and ongoing development of the F-15 Eagle. His last assignment was as Commander US Forces, Japan (USFJ) and Commander 5th Air Force at Yokota Air Base, Japan. Previously he was the Director of Air and Space Operations for Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) and was responsible for ensuring the combat capabilities of USAF assets assigned to PACAF. On the morning of the 11th of September 2001 following the terrorists’ attacks in the CONUS, he was one of three Air Force General Officers assigned the mission of command for the air sovereignty over the airspace structure in the United States, OPERATION NOBLE EAGLE. His unvarnished perspective on many recent events, policies and politics is riveting and will galvanize your audience. General Waskow offers several programs, one which addresses the response that he coordinated in delivering humanitarian relief to those people ravaged by the Tsunami that struck Indonesia in 2004. You might recall that Rotary was also involved in this same relief effort, providing thousands of Shelter Boxes and other emergency aid. Check out the article in this month’s Rotarian Magazine about the Hospital that we helped to rebuild after the Tsunami hit. Tom has several program offerings. His topics include: * US military support to the Tsunami in Indonesia 2004 * The evolution of air combat training from Vietnam to the present * My hosting of President Bush (41) when he returned to Japan to celebrate the anniversary of his being shot down during WWII at ChiChi Jima * The USO of NC * My responsibilities during 9/11 (This was his program at Huntersville, Happy Hour….excellent) He is informative, humorous and communicates with both words and pictures. Three- star General Waskow received his bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the Air Force Academy and his Masters degree in business. He also was a Senior Executive Fellow at Harvard and a Seminar XXI Fellow at MIT.
Tom Waskow, Lt Gen USAF (Ret) Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Cell: 503-710-4689

Charlotte Rotary Club celebrates 100 years

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There are a lot of exciting things planned including some legacy projects that will last for another 100 years. They include: 100 Community Projects for 100 Years— Rotary Club of Charlotte members will undertake 100 community projects during the year in tribute to the 100 years of Rotary service that preceded them. Historical Public Art—A Legacy Project which will feature bronzed, fullsized benches of life-size figures that have the Rotary wheel on them; the first of which is a bench and baseball player placed at the entrance to the BB&T Baseball Park. Centennial Gala Celebration—Thursday December 16, 2016 is the actual anniversary date and the gala brought together 300 Rotarians and their families. It was held at the Charlotte Convention with dancing, food and fellowship.

Taylorsville Rotary Reindeer Romp

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Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Taylorsville, the race was held on November 26 beginning at Taylorsville Town Park at 9 a.m. The 8K race was held to raise money for the club’s Backpack Food Program and their annual Children’s Christmas Shopping Spree. The figures are still coming in but the Taylorsville Rotary Club raised about $9,000 from the race.

Wildfires in District 7670

Notes from our neighbor District 7670 Governor Gary Dills whose district covers the North Carolina Mountains.


In the Sevier County area, the residents are beginning their cleanup efforts. Many are displaced and living in hotels or other temporary quarters but they do not have any of the necessities. Residents can go to the Rotary Distribution Center at Boyd’s Bear to get for free whatever they need. The five local Rotary clubs and District 6780 have taken over management of the distribution centers in Sevier County. This is your daily update of the situation. We are serving between 2500 – 3000 people per day. This need is massive. We need your help. Don’t plan to supervise, plan to WORK, WORK, WORK! We have established a daycare for victims with counselors and dogs. It was opened yesterday and we have a group from UT heading that project for us. Today’s need include: Winter coats all sizes. Children’s sizes especially, warm gloves for all ages, shovels, rakes, water hoses, work gloves, mops and brooms, can openers All of the above items should be taken to: Rotary Distribution Center, Smoky Mountain Jubilee, 2119 Parkway, Pigeon Forge,TN 37863 There is still a great need for food for the residents who lost everything. Non-perishable food should be sent to: Rotary Distribution Center, BOYD’s BEAR, Traffic light #8, Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 The distribution centers are now being managed by the local Rotary clubs. This is a massive operation. They need between 150-200 volunteers per day at the distribution centers! If you can volunteer any time please contact Past District Governor Jerry Wear at 865- 228-1670 to schedule the times that you can help. We need monetary donations to pay for medicines that are desperately needed by people who lost their medications in the fire.
Please help. Your tax-deductible contribution can be made here:
Checks can be mailed to: Oak Ridge Rotary Community Fund, PO Box 4183, Oak Ridge, TN 37830 Attn: David Carr On the memo line write: Firestorm

District 7670 Governor

Veterans Park Ground Breaking

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The Lake Norman Huntersville Rotary Club would like to thank all their partners in the Veterans Memorial Fund Raising Efforts:
* American Legion Post 321
* The Sons of the American Legion Post 321
* Huntersville Happy Hour Rotary Club
* North Meck Rotary Club
• And most importantly all the people who purchased the bricks, benches and the flag pole. We set a goal of raising at least $60,000 and so far, have just over $57,000 after we pay for the personalized bricks. The Town of Huntersville and the Town Board of Huntersville. It takes a tremendous amount of effort and money to make Veterans Park become a reality and without the support of our town leaders, we would not be here today at this groundbreaking. Our Veterans deserve this dignified tribute for their unselfish service to our country and the Lake NormanHuntersville Rotary Club is very grateful to have played a small part of making it happen.

Pancakes for a good cause!


Rotarians, friends, family and the Charlotte community supported the Charlotte Providence Rotary Pancake Breakfast fundraiser Saturday morning November 5 at Red Rocks Cafe Charlotte Strawberry Hill!! Breakfast was served with a smile by our Rotary Interact students from East Mecklenburg High and Hickory Grove Academy! The club made over $2600 with revenue still being tallied. Proceeds will be used to support special causes in the local community such as Bruns Academy, Urban Ministry, Classroom Central, Providence home and others as well as internationally (Little Hearts Projects, Polio Plus and the Rotary Foundation).

Salvation Army

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The Salvation Army is a church and international charitable organization. With over 1.5 million members worldwide, consisting of soldiers, officers and adherents known as Salvationists. Salvation Army was founded in 1865 by Catherine and William Booth, who sought to bring salvation to the poor, destitute and hungry by meeting both their "physical and spiritual needs". It is present in 127 countries, running charity shops, operating shelters for the homeless and disaster relief and humanitarian aid to developing countries. So many Rotarians help during the holidays with bell ringing. From South Mecklenburg to Gastonia, from West Stanly to Taylorsville. Thank you for your service!

Statesville Fourth Creek Rotary gives and gives

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The Rotary Club of Statesville, Fourth Creek, presented a $1250 check to Iredell Christian Ministries. These funds were proceeds from the 2016 Laura Laws Golf Tournament and will be used by ICM to purchase food for Iredell County residents who are food insecure. Club President, Leon Ijames (right), and Chris Bates (center), are shown here presenting the check to Joy Morrison (left), Director of Iredell Christian Ministries. The club presented an $8000 check to the Children's Hope Alliance. This gift came from proceeds of the 2016 Laura Laws Memorial Golf Tournament. Chris Bates (left) and club president, Leon Ijames (right) are shown here presenting the check to Kristen Vaught (center), Developmental Officer for the Children's Hope Alliance.

South Mecklenburg Interact helps children in Peru


Matthews Rotarian Raffaele Beltram, his wife Marlene, fellow Rotarians and Esha, Interact Club President 2015-16 have received a proposal from the Salamanca de Monterrico Club in Lima, Peru for the use of the monies raised last school year 2015-16 by the INTERACT Club of South Mecklenburg High School, a total of $ 800. These monies were matched equally by the South Park Rotary Club and the Matthews Rotary Club, thus we have a total of $ 1,600 Current President Gilda and past president Emilio have submitted the following plan to benefit the Children with Cancer Home: Total available USD 1,600 Purchases: 1 Ozone water filter, 2 carbon filters (to replace current ones), electrical installation, 25 dinner sets (plates, cups, glasses, silverware), 4 metal bunk beds with two mattresses each, transportation, food and cleaning items.

Wadesboro Rotary donates 3D Printing at Anson High School

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Wadesboro Rotary Club secured a Rotary District grant worth $8,000, matched it and partnered with Anson High School’s Youth Career Connect STEM Academy to establish a $36,000 3D printing capacity within the curriculum. How exciting to see the new 3D printers in action creating the Rotary emblem!

Rotary Club of Cabarrus County becomes 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club

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On November 17, 2016, the Rotary Club of Cabarrus County celebrated becoming a 100% Paul Harris Club for the first time in its history. A goal set forth by the club's foundation chair Alan Goodman, the club worked hard to accomplish it through points and giving. "It was an important goal to our club in this 100th centennial year of the Foundation", said President Ben Rose. The club has worked hard to promote the Rotary Foundation to its members and emphasize giving to the Foundation as they can. 33 Paul Harris Fellows were installed on this day. District Governor Tom Smith, District Foundation Chair Joe Morris, and Assistant Governor JC McKenzie were present. The club did a promotion afterwards called "The Unselfie Selfie" where members expressed why they donated to the Foundation.

Statesville Officer Earns Troutman Rotary Club honor

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Statesville Police Officer Darin Bumgarner displays “service above self” every time he puts on the uniform, said Troutman Rotary Club’s Pam Navey. But it was Bumgarner's actions during an August incident that led to him being awarded the club's inaugural First Responder honor this week. Troutman Rotary President Deb Brown said the board agreed that Bumgarner’s response at a house fire, along with his everyday work with Statesville and as a part-time officer with Troutman, made him an obvious choice for the first honor the club bestowed.

In early August, just a few days before his wedding to fellow SPD Officer Attrie Wooten, Bumgarner was the first on the scene at a house fire. “Darin, without even thinking ... went into to the house,” Navey said.  He was trying to rescue an elderly woman and her disabled son from the house. The smoke was too dense and Bumgarner was not able to get all the way into the house, but his efforts helped lead Statesville firefighters to the two and both were rescued. While those actions garner headlines, Navey said, Bumgarner does great things behind the scenes every day.

Bumgarner served as a school resource officer at Statesville High School and made an impact on the lives of students in and outside of the classrooms, she said. He started a fishing club and shared his love of the sport with the students. He also monitored social media to halt problems before they escalated into crisis, she said. Bumgarner, a former semi-pro baseball player, coached others in the sport. Iredell County Board of Commissioners Chairman James Mallory said recognizing first responders, from police officers to deputies to paramedics, is something all local Rotary Clubs plan to do, and he congratulated Bumgarner on his selection for the first award.

Troutman Police Chief Matthew Selves, who attended the recognition breakfast, said Bumgarner is deserving of this recognition. “I have seen first-hand Officer Bumgarner’s approach on handling situations and working with troubled youth,” he said. “Officer Bumgarner’s heroic efforts on the day of the fire and his continued efforts to build better community relations with the citizens of Statesville and Troutman shows he deserved this recognition,” he said. Statesville Police Chief Joe Barone echoed Selves’ praise of Bumgarner. “I am very proud of Darin for the personal sacrifices he is willing to make on behalf of our citizens,” he said. “Darin, as well as all of our local law enforcement officers, truly understand and honor our oath of office. I am truly proud of Darin’s accomplishments and his service.” Bumgarner said he was pleased to be selected, not just for himself, but as a recognition of officers as a whole.

Rotary Club Beautifies Elementary School

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huntersvilleGardening beds have been created with plans to add a walkway, pollinator garden and more at Grand Oak Elementary. The idea for the garden came from Debra Carr, a second grade teacher at the school. She has taught at Grand Oak since it opened, and the garden has been something she has always wanted to create. She wants the garden to become an educational space for students where they can have lessons outside and learn about different plants. With the help of a district grant from the Huntersville Happy Hour Rotary, the first stage of the garden has begun.

Several beds have been created where vegetables and pollinator plants will be planted. On Saturday, Sept. 24, volunteers from the school, members of the Rotary Club, master gardeners and high school students worked to help put together the gardening beds. Debbie Jackson, president of the Huntersville Happy Hour Rotary, said “Our Rotary Club often works to help youth, and our volunteers heard about the garden project from a Rotarian whose child attended the school.

After meeting with Carr, our group became even more interested in helping.  The club committed $2,000 to assist with building the garden.” Jackson expects the garden will be an ongoing project that the Happy Hour Rotary Club will continue to support. To her, “the garden will not only be helpful in teaching children about plants and gardening but also in perhaps creating future farmers.” 

Charlotte End of the Week Rotary Delivers 20 Backpacks Filled With Supplies

The Administrators at Sterling Elementary were thrilled and very appreciative of all the items received. 20 backpacks

While at the school they learned that there is a great need for children's undergarments (new) and pants (new or gently used); ages 4-12.

So we believe they have found their next drive.
If you like to donate contact president Betty Kernizan - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Troutman Rotary Donates School Supplies

The Rotary Club of Troutman partnered with S.C.A.N. (Stop Child Abuse Now), a local nonprofit organization, and Elmers Corporation, to provide school supplies to the Troutman Middle School.Troutman1

Troutman Middle School has 60 percent of their students who are eligible are free lunch due to poverty levels.

S.C.A.N. provided 700 pencils. Elmers provided glue, glue sticks, paint pens, pencil sharpeners, paper cutters, and markers. The members of the Rotary Club of Troutman purchased art supplies, Kleenex, hand sanitizer, composition notebooks, folders, markers, pencils, earbuds, paint, and folders. Over $1,000.00 of supplies were provided.

Pictured are some of the 6th and 7th grade teachers, Bryan Paslay, principal of Troutman Middle School, SCAN and RCOT member Jamie Ottinger and Deborah Brown, president of the Rotary Club.

Charlotte Dilworth Rotary Club Reads to Students

Ten Dilworthians and seven teenage volunteers read to kindergarten students at the Team Read event at Sugar Creek Charter School this past Friday.Reading3

Each paired up with one or more students to read the books they had chosen at the beginning of the session.

The Team Read interns had brought in enough age appropriate books for each student to choose three. We could tell they were thrilled to get their books. After the class ended, Dilworthians were given a tour of the facility, a converted WalMart store.


Charlotte South Park Rotary Donates 96 Backpacks for the Students

The Charlotte SouthPark Rotary Club stuffed and donated 96 backpacks to the scholars at the Montclaire Freedom School site. Backpack2

They support Montclaire Elementary during the school year and extend their support into the summer through Freedom School.

This is a small club doing amazing things. Keep it up!

Charlotte Rotary Club Supports Youth Soccer

Carolyn Carlburg presents a check for $15,000 to Wayne Riley, Charlotte Coach Administrator for American Youth Soccer Organization. Soccer 4

These club funds will be matched with an additional District grant for $27,500 that will help secure soccer fields and related equipment for the Fall program. There are volunteer opportunities associated with this project.

Volunteering as a Coach
Coaching children is a very rewarding experience. And coaching your own child's team can be one of the most rewarding experiences of all! Do you have little or no experience with soccer? No problem! AYSO will teach you.

Contact: Wayne Riley - AYSO Charlotte Coach Administrator - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Youth Exchange Students

Youth Exchange Students "flocked" to the Duck event to benefit youth programs on Sept. 18.

Salisbury Rotary Club Gives Away Shoes

Salisbury Rotary Club gives away shoes Written by Shavonne Walker from the Salisbury PostNewspaper.

Salisbury ShoesKa'nia Osby, 8, laces her new shoes as her grandmother Linda Madison looks on. The third grader was among about 90 children who were invited to attend Happy Feet, a shoe giveaway event, sponsored by the Salisbury Rotary Club.

The Club obtained a matching grant from the Rotary International Foundation. The children were able to try on shoes and pick out the pair they liked at Shoe Carnival early Saturday morning.

Charlotte Knights and Rotary Club of Charlotte to Unveil Historic Public Art

Rotary Club of Charlotte Celebrating Centennial in 2016; Signature Project Provides Photo Opportunities

RotaryKnight 1In celebration of its centennial of service to Charlotte and the region, the Rotary Club of Charlotte has teamed up with the Charlotte Knights to install a work of historic public art at the main entrance to BB&T Ballpark at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 9, 2016.

“The Rotary Club of Charlotte has accomplished many great things in our hundred years of service to Charlotte and we wanted to make a permanent gift to the uptown community with this piece,” says Natalie English, president of the Rotary Club of Charlotte.

The installation is a cast bronze bench with a Charlotte Knights baseball player sitting with his arm on the back of the bench, inviting ballpark guests to sit down and be photographed next to him. The Rotary Club of Charlotte hopes it will be first of several installations around uptown Charlotte.

“The Charlotte Knights are thrilled to partner with the Rotary Club of Charlotte to add this beautiful piece of art to BB&T Ballpark,” states Charlotte Knights Chief Operating Officer Dan Rajkowski. “Charlotte Knights Charities and the Knights have been working on a concept that would not only enhance the entrance of our ballpark but would also create a memory for the many visitors that attend Knights games. We are very pleased with the end result and are proud to partner with the Rotary Club of Charlotte as they celebrate their 100th anniversary.”

Founded on December 1, 1916, the Rotary Club of Charlotte has started numerous other clubs in the region, had business luminaries and former mayors as presidents and members, and presents high-profile speakers at weekly meetings and gives back to the local and global communities. Some of the local organizations supported over the years include Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Charlotte Rescue Mission, Classroom Central, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, Trees Charlotte and Crisis Assistance Ministries. The club, which is one of the largest on the East Coast, also founded the Charlotte Boys’ Choir in the 1940s, supports local veteran and literacy projects and has given more than $700,000 in college scholarships to children of Charlotte-Mecklenburg fire, police, medic and sheriff’s office employees since 9/11.

To learn more about the Rotary Club of Charlotte Centennial, visit

Jordan Koletic Set to Studying Human Rights and International Studies

jordan KoleticJordan Koletic will be studying Human Rights and International Studies at the University of Glasgow from September 2016 till September 2017. Jordan will make a United Nations - Geneva Trip. The trip will introduce participants to a range of human rights and humanitarian organizations based in Geneva, providing more in depth engagement with those who work in the field of human rights. The $30,000 Rotary Global Scholars Grant was awarded through the Rotary Foundation, Rotary Club of Lake Norman Huntersville and District 7680 on July 21, 2016.

Rotary Family Health Days Ghana 2016 is fast approaching, Clubs are asked to consider a donation to this great cause which the clubs and District supported last year. The District will match club donations to this worthy cause.

Rotary Youth Exchange Student Receives Recognition

Liz RangelDistrict Youth Service Chair Lorena Garza reports that one of our Rotary Youth Exchange students has been selected as one of Charlotte's 30 Under 30 Professionals.

At only 17, Liz Rangel, is already making her marks in Charlotte. I met Liz through the Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) interview process, and she quickly impressed our team with her personality, accomplishments, maturity, drive, willingness to help her friends and family, initiative and curiosity. So much so, several volunteers started a "GoFundMe" campaign to raise more than $6,000 to partially fund her RYE year abroad that starts this month in Taiwan.

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