Club Newsletter – January 2014

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International Project: Support Nicolas School, Bayonnais, Haiti

As part of our Club’s International Project initiative, a check in the amount of $560 was presented to Friends of OFCB (FOFCB) as a donation to purchase textbooks for a class at the NicolasSchool in Bayonnais, Haiti. Bruce Bailey, a Board Member with FOFCB accepted the check on the organization’s behalf.

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FOFCB is a not-for-profit organization that is built on a foundation of relationships between people in the U.S. and people in Haiti who are intensely focused on providing hope and improving lives. The organization works to provide resources to support OFCB Ministries and the development of the community in Bayonnais, Haiti. Areas of focus include Education, Emergency Relief, Medical Relief, and Capital Projects related to these areas.

The Nicolas School was built through resources provided by FOFCB and was opened in September 2013. Click here to view an inspirational video highlighting the construction journey of the school.

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Our Club Highlighted at Rotary’s International Assembly 2014

“Your club was highlighted at the International Assembly (training for all 537 District Governors from around the globe). President Ron Burton speaks about his “surprise visit” when he was in town for the Million Dollar Dinner event. Your club clearly made a lasting impression on President Ron that he felt compelled to share it with all of Rotary. My hat is off to all of you for making a difference in your local community and within Rotary. Well done!!”

~ Chris Jones, Past District Governor (2012-2013), Rotary District 7680

Click here for a video of President Ron’s speech.

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January 11, 2014 

Program: Barry Gullet, Director, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utility Department

Barry GulletMr. Barry Bullet, Director of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utility Department (CMUD) where he has been involved since 1978, gave an overview of the department’s operations and highlighted the mechanics, benefits and challenges associated with water supply and treatment.

Mecklenburg County uses about 100 million gallons of clean water per day. The water is pumped from the Catawba River (usually at Mountain Island Lake), and undergoes a purification process before it is released into the distribution system. That system, which has a structural backbone that is about 100 years old and that extends over 8,000 miles of pipes, is quite an expensive operation. A state of the art lab allows for quality control tests to be performed regularly in order for water to be distributed continually.

Because the water that we utilize has already been used, water treatment is a critical step in the water distribution process, but it faces some challenges. All of our medicine and certain chemical agents (like endocrine disruptors and anti-bacterials) wind up the water system. Although their presence can be detected even when present in traces, it is often unknown what the safe level of certain chemicals in our water should be. While water usage is decreasing due to the installation of flow-regulating systems, the sources from which water is taken have a fixed capacity and there’s also some concern over whether we will need more than we have.

A master plan is being designed to address some of the risks aforementioned. It’s hard to conceive a community without water and CMUD’s staff is committed to delivering quality water to the community at all times.

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January 18th 

Program: Adam Eberhart, Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Adam EberhartAdam Eberhart, Community Relations Coordinator for the CommunityBloodCenter of the Carolinas (CBCC) gave a very enlightening and informative presentation about the CBCC, the work that they do and why it is important for us to give blood.

Founded in 2001, the CBCC is an independent, locally-managed, non-profit community blood center. They serve 16 NC Counties and 3 SC Counties and are the primary blood supplier to the region’s patients and 21 hospital partners.

Blood collected by the CBCC remain in the local community. They collect red blood cells, platelets and plasma from volunteer donors to save local lives – every drop of blood collected is used to help people right here in the Carolinas.

There is always a need for donated blood. Donate now! Don’t wait until it becomes personal. 37% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood but only 5% do. Click here for more statistics on blood donation.

The CBCC partners with several local organizations to sponsor or host blood drives. Click here for more information on sponsoring a blood drive.

Giving Blood Saves Lives! Donate Today! Click here to see why (video).

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Let’s Make our Rotary Club Bigger & Better in 2014!

Our Club is launching a new initiative to help boost our membership – Community Networking Event of the Month.

Once a month, a group of at least 3 of us will attend a local networking event together. The key word here is “together”. If we approach this as a group (instead of individually) and actively and consistently get out into the community to spread the word about our club, it could be an effective way to attract new members into our club and, thus, make it more interesting.

These events will primarily be held on Weekday evenings.

The goal will be to network with as many people as possible, get the word out about our club, pass out and collect business cards and invite people to our meetings.

Please create your Rotary business cards. This is easy and very inexpensive through Your cards should include our website and information on our meeting location, day and time. (See Farah’s email for an example).

Be on the lookout for the Invitation to the 1st Community Networking Event of the Month!

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Club Administration

Club Dues: 3rd Quarter Club Dues are now past due. Timely payment is essential for Club Operations. Please submit payment to our Club Treasurer or mail to our Club Address – Charlotte End-of-the-Week Rotary, P.O. Box 31513, Charlotte, NC 28231.

Make checks payable to: Rotary Club of Charlotte End-of-the-Week.

Rotary Pin: Show your Rotary pride by wearing your Rotary Pin to EVERY Club meeting/event. ($1 fine)

Bring a Guest: Every Member bring at least 1 Guest each month to a Club Meeting. ($5 fine)

Club Fund: All fines collected go towards our Club Fund which will be used to purchase a Club Banner and other needed Club Supplies. Additional donations to the Club Fund are also welcomed.

Attendance: 100% Attendance per Quarter qualifies you for an entry into our Club Raffle. Prizes to be determined.

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2014 – 2015 Rotary Theme Unveiled at International Assembly

RITheme2014-2015RI President-elect Gary C.K. Huang chose Light Up Rotary as his theme for 2014-15. This was announced at the 2014 International Assembly in San Diego, California. Huang was inspired by the teachings of Chinese philosopher Confucious who said: “It is better to light a single candle, than to sit and curse the darkness.”

“The Rotary way is the Confucius way. The Rotary way is to light a candle. I light one, you light one, 1.2 million Rotarians light one. Together, we light up the world,” said Huang, who is a member of the Rotary Club of Taipei in Taiwan.

“Light Up Rotary is our theme, but it is more than our theme. It is how we live in Rotary, how we think in Rotary, how we feel, how we work,” Huang said. “It is how we make a difference — every day, in every club, every district, and every country where we serve.”

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Upcoming Events

Our Club
February 1, 2014 – No Club Meeting – Attend District Mid-Year Assembly
February 8, 2014 – Club Meeting – Speaker – Bahby T. Banks, Evaluation Officer, The Duke Endowment
February 15, 2014 – Club Meeting – Speaker – Tom Harman, Past Int’l Projects Chair, Ballantyne Rotary Club
February 22, 2014 – Service Project – District Tree Planting Project

District 7680
February 1, 2014 – 8:30am – 12:00noon
Mid-Year Assembly
Wingate University
220N Camden Road, Wingate, NC 28174
Registration Required on DACdb/District Database

February 15, 2014 – 8:30am – 4:00pm
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI)
Mooresville, NC
Registration Required on DACdb/District Database

February 22, 2014 – 8:30am – 12:00noon
Rotary Anniversary Tree Planting Project
Martin Luther King Jr Middle School
500 Bilmark Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28213
Registration Required on DACdb/District Database

Rotary International
June 1 – 4, 2014
Rotary International Convention,
Sydney, Australia

Visit our Club Calendar for a more comprehensive list of events.

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