Club Newsletter – February 2014

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February 1, 2014 

District Mid-Year Assembly

In lieu of our regular Club Meeting, our Members attended the Rotary District 7680 Mid-Year Assembly. The event was held at Wingate University, Wingate NC in Union County. Our Club was well represented by several of our Members and we received special mention for being recognized at the District Governors’ International Assembly by RI President Ron Burton.

This event was an opportunity for us to network with other Rotarians. It included educational sessions and updates on future District and International events. Awards were also presented to various Clubs in the District based on their contributions to The Rotary Foundation.

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February 8, 2014 

Program: Dr. Bahby T. Banks, Independent Consultant, The Duke Endowment

Bahby T BanksBahby T. Banks is a past Evaluation Officer and current Independent Consultant with The Duke Endowment. She gave a very energetic and engaging presentation on the process of Program Evaluation.

Dr. Banks gave an overview of Program Evaluation. She talked about the different types of Evaluation – Formative Evaluation which is done on the frontend of a program, Process Evaluation, Outcome Evaluation, and Impact Evaluation which is typically done several years after a program has ended.

Her primary area of focus is Process Evaluation which deals with how a program is being implemented. This type of Evaluation looks at what is happening during the program (after it has started and before it ends) that can affect the outcome. She discussed Process Evaluation using the HIV/AIDS programs that she is involved with.

Bahby T. Banks joined The Duke Endowment in 2012 after working at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute where she oversaw planning, implementation and evaluation of the HIV Prevention Evidence Academy.

She earned a Ph.D. in Health Behavior and Health Education from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill. Banks was a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Emerging Leaders in Public Health Fellow and a Cyril O. Houle Emerging Engaged Scholar.

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February 22, 2014 

Service Project: District Tree Planting Project

For our 1st Quarter Club Service Project, we participated in District 7680’s Service Project to celebrate Rotary’s 109th Birthday. This was a Tree Planting event held in partnership with Trees Charlotte.

TreePlanting1As stated on their website, “Trees Charlotte was created as a public/private collaborative dedicated to planting 15,000 trees annually, primarily through volunteer efforts. The collaborative also educates Charlotte’s residents on the importance of the canopy and ways to plant and preserve trees. Among the myriad benefits, trees clean our air, ease storm water run-off, reduce our energy usage, cool our streets, parks, and homes, and provide natural beauty that is the envy of cities across the world.”

The event was held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Charlotte. After a brief orientation with an Arborist on how to plant trees, we grabbed our shovels and got busy digging holes and planting trees. This was a great team building exercise.

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Seventeen (17) Rotary Clubs were represented along with three (3) Rotaract Clubs and together we planted 425 trees.

We were also able to make a small financial contribution to the project. A check was presented to Luther Moore, District Governor and Phil Volponi, Project Co-Chair by our Club President Jon Putman and Foundation Chair/President-Elect Allison Burkett.

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Click here for more pictures.

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Seminar for Tomorrow’s Leaders (SFTL)

July 10 – 13, 2014

Wingate University, Wingate, NC

sftl_logo“When clubs choose to sponsor a student(s) for SFTL, they are choosing to invest in our youth through the development of leadership so students may learn to expand their leadership potential and make an impact in their own lives, schools, and communities.”

The Students:

  • Rising Juniors and Seniors in High School
  • Apply online at www.sftl7680.org. Deadline April 15th.
  • No cost to students selected to receive scholarships.

Our Club:

  • Plan on providing scholarship for 1 Student ($495)
  • Provide information to Guidance Counselors @ High Schools
  • Encourage students to apply. It could be a student you know.
  • In April, conduct interviews to select scholarship recipient. Must make selection by April 15th.

Mentors:

  • Club Members are encouraged to volunteer as Mentors.
  • Complete volunteer application at www.sftl7680.org.
  • This is an all day commitment from July 10 – 13th.

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Membership

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 www.vistaprint.com. 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 next Community Networking Event of the Month!

Unfortunately, our 1st event was cancelled due to the huge snow storm that affected the Charlotte-Metro area.

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Club Administration

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.

Member News: If you have news to share that you would like included in this e-Bulletin, please send the information to allisoncburkett@gmail.com.

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Upcoming Events

Our Club
March 8, 2014 – Club Meeting – Speaker – Tom Harman, Past Int’l Projects Chair, Ballantyne Rotary Club, Presentation on Water System/Project in Haiti.
March 15, 2014 – Club Meeting – Speaker – Mark Gilewicz, Water for Life Ministry
March 22, 2014 – Club Meeting – Club Assembly
March 29, 2014 – Club Social – TBD

District 7680
March 5, 2014
Charlotte Rotary Clubs Leadership Meeting
Socializing & Ordering Food – 6:00pm – 6:30pm; Meeting – 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Icehouse South End
2100 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC

April 25 – 27, 2014
District Conference
Grandover Resort, Greensboro, NC
More information to come.

May 6, 2014 – 4:30pm – 6:00pm Open Batting Practice; 7:00pm Opening Pitch
Rotary Family Night with the Charlotte Knights (Baseball Team)
The New BB&T Ballpark, Uptown Charlotte
Charlotte Rotary has secured the Piedmont Natural Gas Picnic Area as well as a block of seats for Rotarians to enjoy a ballgame together with family and friends. Wells Van Pelt (866-906-9829 or 704-554-6039) is coordinating the event and will have more information regarding this great event.

Ticket price $30 with all you can eat food and non-alcoholic drinks
Optional additional ticket price of $10 (includes $2 concession ticket) 

Tickets available to Rotarians through April 6th

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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