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News for the Week of Friday, March 10, 2017

Past President David Hodgkins Will Tell Us “Great News from Alto Cayma” This Friday

Past President David Hodgkins will share “Great News from Alto Cayma, Peru!” for our March 10th program.

David started going to Alto Cayma in 2005 when a group from Dilworth Rotary went build a house for Lidia Pizzaro. Lidia put up half the cost of the concrete block house and our and individual members paid half the cost. Lidia now is the administrator for the Association Serving Alto Cayma.

Since then David has been to Alto Cayma18 times, often with Donna, his wife. David is on the Advisory Board of the Association. Ed King, Joe Morris and Richard Pockat also are on the Advisory Board.

David said that first trip by Dilworthians was organized after Jim and Glori Hintz of the University City Rotary Club made Dilworth award of the underprivileged people in Alto Cayma. Previously the club and members had been involved in projects in Central America and Bolivia.

The Dilworthian Editor Seeks Photo Assistance

Photos make our Dilworthian more appealing, so we need more photos.

Your editor needs photography assistance. I would like two volunteers to take photos at our meetings. They can coordinate with each other to decide who takes pictures at each meeting. I can provide the camera.

I would like the point person on various club projects to make sure someone in the group takes pictures of the activity. I will use a group picture. In addition I would like some action shots of whatever is being done. If our members are stocking shelves, sorting clothing donations, or planting butterfly weed, I would like photos of the members doing those things and not posed.

Dilworth Noting for March 10, 2017

RSVP and Money for Social Needed by March 10

Kate Richards needs your R.S.V.P. and money by March 10th for the March 22nd social at the Wine and Design Studio. The studio is at 1419 East Boulevard, Suite J, Charlotte, NC 28203.

The social will be from 5-7 p.m. Bring your own bottle of whatever you’d like to drink. Appetizers will be furnished. The charge is $15 per Dilworth Rotary member and $25 per guest.
Kate said, “We are going to paint! Canvas will be sketched with outline, then you are free to express yourself. Canvas, paints, brushes, and some instruction is included. RSVP to Kate Richards email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Dilworthians Help Plant Trees at School

By Angie Rikard

Three Dilworthians and two sons participated in the annual Rotary tree planting Saturday morning, February 25 President Pete Heuberger, Kay May, and Angie Rikard, along with Angie’s sons Ben, 8, and Lawson, 5, joined Rotarians and other volunteers from all over Charlotte to
participate in tree planting at Winding Spring Elementary School.

All of the volunteers were split into groups and given detailed instruction by a trained TreeMaster. President Pete is a return volunteer and looked so professional in his Rotary ball cap that he was interviewed by Fox News.

This is the second year that Angie and her boys have participated in the tree planting and it has become an annual tradition the family looks forward to sharing. Ret Turner and his wife, Diane, participated last year as well.

Besides getting dirty planting trees, the team enjoyed games Angie with Lawson, left, and Ben Rikard and activities provided by the Wildlife Federation and a delicious BBQ lunch provided by SMS Catering. They even found a hidden prize- a $25 Visa Gift Card that will be donated to the club.

TreesCharlotte is hosting a free TreeStore on March 18. Each Charlotte household is eligible for up to two free trees. Proof of Charlotte residency (such as a driver’s license, utility bill, etc.) as well as a valid email address must be provided in order to participate.
One of the missions of TreesCharlotte is to help the City of Charlotte and City Council reach their goal of 50% tree canopy by 2050. Therefore they must limit their efforts to expand the canopy within city limits and limit participation to Charlotte residents.

At the TreeStore, you will be trained on how to properly plant and care for your tree(s). Tree . Training is mandatory. You will then be asked to complete and sign a Stewardship Pledge Form with your home and email address (mandatory) and declare your pledge to take care of the tree(s) we provide. TreesCharlotte cannot guarantee species type or quantities. Trees are 6-10′ tall, and will not be reserved or transported. This is a first come, first served event as quantities are limited.

There are several more TreesCharlotte events scheduled this year. To learn how you can participate, visit

Member and Club News for March 17, 2017

Brad Goforth completed his seventh book. It should be up on Amazon Kindle. It’s called Desert Blooms. The books may be coming out on paperback soon.

No birthdays or anniversaries next week.

Members Matching CART Donations in March
Chuck Lapp, Ron Melvin

Rotary Anniversaries

John E. Barringer, March 1,1989, Past President
Hunter Bradford Goforth, March 7, 2008, Past President
Rohan Paul, March 4, 2016
Glenn A. Hines, March 1, 1995, Past President
Kay D. May, March 24, 2006, Past President
David R. Miller, March1, 1980, Past President
Richard J. Pockat, March 1, 1993, Past President

March 3rd Announcements

Local service – TreesCharlotte there were fully six of us (we can include Dr. Romy Cawood, right?). Kay May, yours truly, Angie Rikard and her two boys, and Romy. We planted 200 trees, and Angie and her boys found the prize hidden in the root ball of our tree, and they donated it to the club…a Vanilla VISA gift card!

Promising Pages-
Accepting Applications for Team Read Ambassadors Program

Share your love of reading with the under-served children in your community by applying for the Team Read Ambassadors Program. A nationally-recognized internship opportunity, Promising Pages is currently seeking the best and the brightest high school and college students to join our team this summer. Click here to see a video overview of the program

Why should you apply? Gain valuable communication, teamwork, fundraising and leadership skills while running a local, grassroots nonprofit organization. Learn to network with corporate sponsors and nonprofit partners. Make a powerful, lasting difference in the lives of children throughout Charlotte.

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!
How will you celebrate, on a boat, on a train, in the car or in the rain? We will be at Hidden Valley Elementary celebrating with Wilson’s World and with a few hundred of our amazing bookworms enjoying the Dr. Seuss books donated every year by Elevation Church.
Recruiting Proctors for CMS schools-On behalf of Teach For America-Charlotte region, we are actively recruiting proctors for End-of- Grade and End-of-Course tests. As testing season approaches, proctors are needed to help our teachers monitor students taking tests. Proctors assist the classroom teacher by observing students during testing. If you are not already a volunteer, please take a moment to complete the volunteer application at If you are a registered volunteer, please access your volunteer profile page by visiting, review your information, make any necessary updates (such as your school selection) and click submit. By doing this you’ll become an active volunteer. For more information please contact Ana Brown, district volunteer coordinator at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Centennial Giving initiative – please let members know they get special recognition for giving either $536 or $318 over and above normal giving to The Rotary Foundation. It’s on the honor system, and those who do need to email Steve Whitesell by March 31 at email hidden; JavaScript is required. In many cases, it will help propel someone to the next Paul Harris award level.

Friday, March 31 – next deadline for a lower registration
fee for the Atlanta RI Convention, June 10-14 (see below) – I think over 30,000 have already registered. It will be like nothing you’ve seen before. I understand Bill Gates has been confirmed as a speaker, and you and your club members will be amazed by it all. It is THE best way to create long term, dedicated Rotarians in your club, so please strongly urge your members to attend. You can register at : and book your hotel NOW at You’ll be billed for one night in May, then the balance at the Convention.

CART- Friday, March 31, yet one more deadline for today – for Karen Shore to receive club CART donations, to count for 2016-17 year. Mailing address is P.O. Box 1196, Mooresville, NC 28115.

Rotary Leadership Institute -Saturday, April 1, 8:30-4:30:, Mooresville, NC. Probably the closest to most of your club members – Dynamic, Interactive & Fun Event for New Rotarians and Prospective and Existing Rotary Club Leaders. Network, plagiarize, share and learn with the Do’ers of Rotary. Go to for details and registration. Presidents Elect, please encourage a few new board members to attend. Rotary leadership is a little easier with RLI under your belt.

Annual Duke-UNC Peace Center Spring Conference – Saturday, April 1, 8:30. 14th, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill, NC 27516. Class XIV graduating fellows will present on issues of international cooperation and conflict resolution to audiences from the university and surrounding area.

Rotary Soccer Project is ready to launch on March 12- upcoming speaker is Ron Wimberly, Providence Rotary Club Rotary District 7680 is launching the Charlotte Youth Soccer Organization (CYSO) program at 10 sites that will impact 2,000 children in underprivileged areas of Charlotte. The Rotary Club of Charlotte is leading this district grant project, but participation of ALL clubs and Rotarians is critical to its success. The program partner is American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO, ), which is a member organization of USSOCCER, and is also the world’s largest soccer club. The soccer program in Charlotte will be accessible to all children, from all economic backgrounds. Scholarships will be provided to those in financial need. The program will kick-off from March 12 and run through May. It will run every Fall and Spring thereafter with parent and volunteer support. About 10-12 trainers from the UK will come to Charlotte to train and coach volunteers.
Here is how YOU can help:
1. Host a UK trainer (even a week will help).
2. Volunteer for the 10 fields to help with games and set up.
3. Provide financial support from your Club to match the District
Grant funds.
4. Register as a new AYSO volunteer at Contributions from clubs will help to provide scholarship funds to children, and cover key expenses. The project is being fully managed by Rotarians, hence every dollar will be accounted for. This project has great national significance as it will help to bring the community together and create new opportunities for children from underprivileged backgrounds. Contact – Ron Wimberly at 704-589- 2798. More info at

Youth Service – NewGen Peacebuilders
Thanks to individual clubs that are supporting NewGen Peacebuilders scholarships again in Charlotte! More than 120 students representing 13 metro area high schools applied for the Spring 2017 cohort. A District 7680 matching grant is also being applied. Mark your calendars for Global Youth Service Day, April 22, when students present results of action peace projects to the public. Visit:


March 10
“Great News From Alto Cayma, Peru!” Past President David Hodgkins

March 17 Breakfast
“GE-NFL Head Health Research”, Peter Foss

March 24
Community Service, Crisis Assistance Ministry

Club Social
March 22, 5-7 p.m., Wine and Design Studio

District Conference
April 28-30, Daily schedule
Greenville, S.C. Hyatt Regency

International Convention
June 10- 14, 2017
Daily schedule