Howdy Fellow Rotarians,

Can you believe we are starting our second quarter of the Rotary year? Wow! Time flies when you’re having fun! Speaking of fun… I have thoroughly enjoyed visiting your clubs and learning about your projects. We truly have an amazing district and I’m excited to see how we continue to grow. Thank you to everyone who participated in our Grow Rotary Membership Summit. The multiple locations with a dialogue-driven workshop style were a huge hit with our members! We had approximately 100 participants in attendance across the five locations.

How are you going to Create Hope in the World this quarter? I hope you all will join us at the Foundation Celebration on November 18 at the Great Wolf Lodge. It is a perfect weekend to bring the kids or grandkids along and make it a staycation. Ask for the special Rotary rate if you plan to stay the night on Saturday. We are thrilled to announce that Rotary International Director and Treasurer, Drew Kessler, will be our featured speaker for the evening. Are you close to a Paul Harris Fellowship? Are you close to Major Donor status? You can make it happen by November 1 and be recognized at the November banquet.

Finally, make sure you purchase your chance to win a free weekend for our district conference! We are headed to Charleston April 19-21, 2024 to celebrate our year of Creating Hope in the World. You won’t want to miss this special time together with fellow Rotarians and enjoy the lovely charm of Charleston. When you purchase the chance on DacDb for $20, you will be entered into the drawing for two conference registrations, two nights hotel at the Francis Marion for our district conference, and two nights of parking passes. Winners will be announced at the Foundation Banquet on November 18. You do not have to be present to win. But, hurry! You don’t have long to buy your chance!

I look forward to a huge crowd of Rotary members on November 18! See you there!



Rotary is grateful for partners like ShelterBox who help with front line work in times of disaster and need. Below is an update on Morocco’s recent earthquake and the ShelterBox response.

Early-stage disaster information

MOROCCO EARTHQUAKE: September 18, 2023

The ShelterBox response team has been meeting people affected by the earthquake and assessing the damage to villages in the mountains to decide what combinations of aid will be most suitable. The damage to villages we’ve visited is severe and there are rocks and rubble everywhere you look. Homes have collapsed on the side of the mountain, leaving people with very little in the way of shelter and belongings.

We’re looking to support thousands of people affected by the earthquake with tents, blankets, solar lights, and kitchen sets. More ShelterBox response team members are arriving in Marrakesh to work on getting aid into the country and to the communities most in need.

Emergency Response Manager, Dave Raybould reports, “We have been visiting communities in the mountains where whole villages have been left almost completely destroyed by the earthquake. Many people whose homes have been reduced to rubble, including children and the elderly, are living in communal tents facing uncomfortable heat in the day and the biting cold at night. It’s more difficult for people living higher in the hills to access help, with steep inclines and roads still blocked in parts. It takes time, although the need is huge, so that’s where we’ll be focusing our efforts to make sure families have their own shelters that will protect them from the weather as winter approaches. We are in touch with Rotary in the affected region. Rotary District D9010 and its District Governor. Our deployed team had a positive meeting on Thursday with Rotary in Marrakesh and other local organizations that Rotary has helped connect our team with.

Rotary Partnerships Manager for ShelterBox, Alex Youlten adds, “The Rotary network has provided invaluable introductions and connections to the local community, local authorities, and other local organizations. The team and District Governor Saadia and her network are working hard to identify the most vulnerable communities in some of the hardest to reach areas.” Rotarians in the United States have also been instrumental in liaising with our Response team and sharing local contacts in Morocco who are providing translators and building local relationships for our team on the ground.

How You Can Help:

It takes support from Rotary Clubs, Districts, and individuals to keep our warehouse full and able to respond in Morocco and elsewhere when disaster strikes. Please donate online at or mail gifts to: ShelterBox USA P.O. Box 103299 Pasadena, CA 91189-3299

If a ShelterBox Ambassador is unavailable in your district, I am happy to provide zoom presentations to district leaders and clubs.

Thank you for your continued support,

Bill Tobin
Rotary Relations Manager1 (805) 203-8668
m: (916) 616-6973

District Polio Party and Fundraiser, Saturday October 14, 2023, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Fun fellowship and food to raise awareness and funds for Polio eradication.

District Polio Party/Fundraiser, hosted by PDG Tom Smith and AG Paula Smith in association with the Charlotte South and Waxhaw Weddington Rotary Clubs. All Rotarians and guests are welcome. Food and drinks are provided and Rotarians are needed to provide the fellowship. No charge for the event, donations to The Rotary Foundation-Polio Plus will be gladly accepted.  This year we have added a wine raffle for a number of High Quality hard-to-find wines. Bring plenty of cash to buy tickets. All proceeds will go to End Polio Now.


Calling all talented high school students (Grades 9-12) across 14 vibrant counties in North Carolina! It’s time to unleash your creativity and join the Rotary D7680 Art Competition. This exciting opportunity invites you to craft an original 2-dimensional masterpiece that embodies the theme ‘Creating Hope with Art,’ utilizing any artistic medium of your choice, with the exception of digital, electronic, or photographic methods. Be sure to mark your calendars for the online digital submission deadline on October 31, and don’t forget to accompany your artwork with a brief, 60-word or less description of how your creation contributes to a more hopeful world. After the submissions, a panel of esteemed art experts will meticulously curate a shortlist of finalists, which will be announced on November 9th. Finalists will then have until November 15th to submit their original artworks. The moment of decision arrives as Rotarians from District 7680 cast their votes online to select the winners, who will be revealed with great anticipation on November 18, during the prestigious Rotary Foundation Banquet held at The Great Wolf Lodge. So, let your artistic talents shine, and together, let’s paint a brighter future filled with hope!

Rotary is an international organization of 1.4 million business professionals and community leaders united under the banner of service. Rotary District 7680, the host of the Create Hope with Art competition, includes the Charlotte and surrounding fourteen counties comprising 53 Rotary clubs and 7 Rotaract clubs and several Interact clubs in many of the high schools.  Create Hope in the World frames Rotary’s focus this year helping us all to remember that each action, no matter how small, has the potential to ignite a spark of hope and transform lives. Together, we get to affect positive change, inspiring hope in the hearts of individuals, families, and communities, both locally and around the world.

For more information visit

Thank you for sharing this exciting opportunity with high school students allowing for the experience to Create Hope with Art!

Dr. Aimy Steele, Rotary Assistant Area Governor, D7680

Debra Corbett, Rotary District Governor, D7680

Join the Art Competition Committee and help spread the word throughout our district about this new opportunity! To help with the committee, contact Jennifer Bell,

Register on DacDb for the Foundation Banquet.


Register for Queen City Honor Flight Celebration Here.

Per Article IV of the Rotary District 7680 Bylaws, We are hereby declaring the election for D7680 District Governor (DG) for Rotary Year 2026-2027 open for nominations. This is one of the most critical decisions for all clubs every year, so we suggest you and your members consider Past Club Presidents you believe would be a quality District Governor. We strongly encourage each club to consider nominating a candidate.

The deadline for Clubs’ suggestions & submission of a nomination has been set for October 20, 2023. The Nominating Committee to interview and select the DGND has been set for November 4, 2023, starting at 9 am.

Attached is the official District Governor Nomination form. Please use the form provided by District 7680 to complete all information required: DO NOT submit ANY additional information.

The Nominating Procedure for District Governor of Rotary District 7680 is attached, but here is a summary:

1) Candidates must have been an active Rotarian for at least seven years (as of July 1, 2026), and must be a Past Club President. A President currently serving in 2023-24 does not qualify. In addition, a candidate should be active in his or her Club and District activities and be a knowledgeable Rotarian.

2) Candidates do not present their own name for consideration but rather are nominated by the candidate’s club. The candidate must complete the attached District Governor Nomination Form. At the bottom of page 4 is the Club Statement of Candidate’s Qualifications, to be signed and completed by the Club President and Club Secretary.

3) Immediate Past District Governor Kam Chandan serves as the Chairperson of the Nominating Committee. The committee will consist of six Past Club Presidents and four Past District Governors.

4) The Chair of the Nominating Committee will complete the selection of the committee, and the Nominating Committee will interview all candidates on Saturday, November 4th, 2023.

5) In order to assure the integrity of the nominating process, neither members of the nominating committee nor the candidates for District Governor Nominee (designate) should know the names of the other candidates or nominating committee prior to interviewing candidates. And agree to be bound by the provisions against campaigning, canvassing, and electioneering for elective position in RI as provided in RI Bylaws section 13.010.

For any questions you have regarding the nomination process, contact iPDG Kam Chandan at

Thank you,
Kamlesh (Kam) Chandan
Proud Member of Rotary Club of Lake-Norman Huntersville
DG 2022-23 Rotary District 7680 – Birthplace of Rotaract



100 enthusiastic club leaders from 14 counties met in 5 locations on Saturday morning, September 23rd, to discuss how they can grow more to serve more.

This Summit format was dramatically changed to be a hands-on workshop with no PowerPoint or technology. Just 3-4 hours to think, write, share, listen, and write some more. Many clubs had 3 or 4 leaders, which was the point of 5 locations. The easier it is to attend, the more will attend. And the more who attend, the more likely the Membership Growth Plan they come up with will be implemented. Pretty straightforward.

We also had some unexpected ‘strategic by-products’ – club leaders in a region of the District talking more with one another than they have in years, coming up with joint club ideas such as Discover Rotary, service projects, and more. One plus one can be three.

The Membership Growth Plan consists of 5 Steps. The first three are designed to improve ‘attraction’, and the last two are designed to reduce ‘attrition’.

– Knowing your ‘whys’ and making your club irresistible.

– How to identify a lot of great new members.

– How to more proactively attract and invite them.

– Better onboarding and hence retention.

– Better member care and engagement, and again, retention.

Attendees spent about 2 hours brainstorming the 5 steps, and then about 45 minutes making decisions and consolidating them into the 5 Step Membership Growth Plan. Based on the number of great ideas discussed, the Plans will take some time to fully implement. That is why attendees were encouraged to take their Plans back to present it their board, in a Club Assembly, or both. As we all know, actions taken after a great event like this are what really matter.

Based on the energy and enthusiasm we experienced at every location, we think we’ve hit on a winning formula for future Membership Summits. We hope to have well over 100 attending the next one.


A NEW survey is available for all members to SHARE their voices! I DARE you to take a couple of minutes to CARE and SHARE. Your ideas and opinions are important and help shape the future of our district. Thank you for completing the survey; click here:

Are YOU Learning?

Personal growth and leadership development are two major factors that enhance the experience of a Rotarian.  Skills developed through our involvement in our clubs and districts can often lead to promotion in our vocations or in our application of the ideal of service in community life.  As Rotarians, we are called to act with integrity and high ethical standards in our personal and professional endeavors.  Continuous learning can encourage and foster each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve others.

The RI Learning Center offers education, at your own pace and on your own time, that helps club members achieve success.  For over a decade, the Learning Center has been helping people make the most of their Rotary journey.  If you have not connected, go to and sign into My Rotary.

You can select individual courses based on your personal interests through a wide variety of topics or you may choose Learning Plans that are designed with specific courses that focus on leadership or committee roles and responsibilities.

Categories of courses are About Rotary, Club Leadership, District Leadership, General Topics, Membership, Public Image, Service, The Rotary Foundation, Professional Development, and Learning Facilitator.  RI updates are made frequently, and the content is participant centered.  Connect and expand your knowledge of Rotary!


Phil Dyer, Public Image Coordinator Zone 19 & 20A at Rotary International, posted the following on Facebook:
Rotary International Brand Awareness
Hey Rotary Members and Friends,
I wanted to remind everyone about the fantastic resource we have at our disposal—the Rotary International Brand Centre! You can access it at It’s a world-class hub for all things related to our beloved Rotary brand.
👍 Do’s:
1. Visit the Brand Centre: Explore the wealth of resources available to reinforce our brand identity.
2. Educate Yourself: Use the materials to enhance your understanding of our brand and its importance.
3. Share Knowledge: Share these insights with fellow Rotarians to strengthen our brand collectively.
🚫 Don’ts:
1. Don’t Misuse the Brand: Please ensure our brand is used appropriately and consistently.
2. Avoid Unauthorized Changes: Stick to the official guidelines provided in the Brand Centre.
3. Don’t Forget to Acknowledge: Always give credit to the Brand Centre when using their resources.
I’ve included some key brand images from the centre to refresh your knowledge or help you start your journey into understanding our brand better. Take a look, and let me know what you think!
Remember, our brand is a reflection of our values and commitment. Let’s use it wisely to spread Rotary’s positive impact worldwide. 🌍💙
Explore the Brand Centre:
Let’s keep shining the light on Rotary’s incredible work! 🌟🤗


Remember the sense of discovery, excitement, and community you experienced in Melbourne? The new relationships you developed? The project ideas exchanged? Those opportunities and more are all awaiting you again at the 2024 Rotary International Convention in Singapore!

From 25-29 May, you’ll connect with old friends, forge new bonds, learn fresh ways to create impact and join us in Sharing Hope With the World.

Tell your club members about your awe-inspiring experience at the last Rotary convention and encourage them to join you at the biggest Rotary event of 2024.

Register now for savings. But don’t wait! This discounted rate expires 15 December 2023.

Sign Up Here.

Rotarian David Demperio’s “Dragonfly” 
sculpture installed at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
A 13-foot dragonfly sculpture is hovering by a pond in the Lost Hollow section at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, the creation of multi-talented local artist, musician and chiropractor Dr. David Demperio of Belmont Chiropractic Center.
Demperio, who is a member of the Belmont Rotary Club, announced the installation to fellow Rotarians at a recent meeting.
The work, which he calls simply “Dragonfly,” is on loan for as long as the Botanical Garden wishes to display it, he said. Dragonflies are not pollinators, but they are great to have in a garden because they prey on pests that are threats to plants and also prey on mosquitoes.
While he comes from a large family of artists and enjoys pottery, jewelry making, silk dying, watercolors, song writing, playing music with his band and making sculptures for his own garden, this is Demperio’s first major installation. He credits his wife, Lynette, also an award-winning artist, for her help on the dragonfly sculpture.
“The dragonfly is constructed from recycled metal parts,” he said. “The wings are from an old-style satellite dish, the head is an old air tank, the torso is a motorcycle tank and the tail is made from springs and gas cylinders. The legs are fabricated from forged rebar welded to tappets from a motor. Some of it is welded and some of it is bolted together.”

Demperio is working on several other sculptures, including more large-scale insects, which he hopes also may find their way to the Botanical Garden.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden features 380 acres of beautiful gardens and fountains plus a 13,500-square-foot visitor pavilion and a five-story orchid conservatory. For information on schedules, events and memberships, visit:

The Gastonia East and Gastonia Rotary Clubs continued a multi-year tradition on Tuesday, Sept.12 by serving a free barbecue meal to Gaston County First Responders to thank them for their service to the community and to honor the memory of 9/11. Members of the Gastonia and Gaston County Police Departments, the Gastonia Fire Department, Gaston Emergency Medical Services, the Gaston County Sheriff’s Department, School Resource Officers from around the County, law enforcement officers from surrounding Gaston County communities such as Dallas, Mount Holly, Stanley, and Cherryville, and local State Highway Patrol and N. C. Wildlife were all served either in person at Gastonia’s First United Methodist Church, or by pick-up or delivery to their headquarters or stations.

Each year, the two biggest Rotary Clubs in Gastonia pool their resources and provide dozens of volunteers to make sure that our community’s First Responders are honored and thanked for their service.

Rotary strives to improve the quality of life for people around the world and we do that through a variety of service activities. On September 13, Charlotte Queen City Impact Club which is a part of the Charlotte Dilworth Rotary Club, held a wonderful fundraising event to support the Queen City Honor Flight. The Honor Flight identifies veterans from World War 2, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and our conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and flies them to Washington DC for a day of visiting monuments to their service. Their flights are all paid for by the Queen City Honor Flight organizers who rely solely on donations from supporters like Rotary.
The Queen City Impact Club did a wonderful job of bringing together a lot of Rotarians and friends from around the community to help support this great cause.
A huge thanks to Choice Gray and to Nico Iannelli, a PDG in Rotary and the President of Queen City Honor Flight, and to Queen City Impact members Lorena Garza Prince, Allison Burkett, Dawn Peterson, Ahmed Kamel, Cynthia Prince, and Riley Hilsman who brought along a potential new Impact Club member! Many thanks to Dilworth Rotarians Darrell Bonapart, Rebekah Taff, and Hugh and Barbara Lewis. Also Cathy Burns from the Waxhaw-Weddington Club and of course, it was awesome to see Marcia Scheideman from the Gastonia Rotary Club!!
The Charlotte International Rotary Club invites our fellow clubs in District 7680 to partner with us for a water and sanitation project in South Sudan. Help us help others. Together, we can make a huge impact.

October 7: District Community Service and Social

November 18: District 7680 Foundation Banquet

December 9: District Social: Go Rotary! at the theater. The inaugural holiday production of Need a Little Christmas in Charlotte. Rotary group tickets are available for matinee and night performances.

January: Mid-Year Assembly

February 23-24: Go Rotary! Weekend of service. Plan a local project or activity and share the Rotary experience. Go Rotary!

April 19-21: Go Rotary! District Conference, Francis Marion Hotel, Charleston, SC.


To submit articles to the District Newsletter, please send to Jenny Kendrick at by the last Thursday of the month.