Service Projects

Overview of Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club Service Projects. “Service above Self” describes the membership of Cary-Kildaire perfectly. Volunteering is as much a part of our club as good fellowship. Whether we are gleaning sweet potatoes for St. Andrews, ringing the Salvation Army bell, repairing homes for the needy, or singing Christmas Carols and passing gift bags at a local nursing home, our Club’s focus is to strive for full participation and to have fun.

Family is a big part of Cary-Kildaire’s purpose as well. We have annual picnics in the fall, go to professional sporting events, have a ‘real’ Santa at our Christmas Party, and involve the Club’s family with a couple of needy families at Christmas complete with gifts and food to last through the holidays. Our Club supports the community family by recognizing outstanding citizens, awarding four-year and vocational scholarships to high school kids, and re-supplying a local needy shop several times a year.


Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club

Habitat for Humanity

What: Various Creation/demolition projects throughout Wake County, usually done during the summer months with the Boys & Girls Home Summer Enrichment Program

Backpack buddies

What: Prepare backpacks of food for low income children of Wake County

Dorcas Shop Volunteer

Hope Elementary School

What: Reading books in the classroom about the Rotary 4-Way Test to the students and talking to them about what it means to be a Rotarian and how it can apply to their lives

World's Greatest Meal to End Polio Now

What: Working with other clubs around the globe to hold local events to help raise funds to End Polio Now


What: Packing meals for a global world hunger organization

Food Drive

What: Collecting non perishable food and money

Miracle League

What: Participating as a buddy for baseball game and Adams elementary for kids with disabilities

Blanket Bundles

What: Collected canned goods and new blankets; each blanket was used to wrap 20 canned goods and delivered to the downtown Raleigh Rescue Mission

Christmas Gifts

What: Buy gifts and raise money for YMCA families

Christmas Caroling

What: Visit senior living center, sing Christmas carols, distribute fruit baskets

Salvation Army Bell Ringing

What: 2 hour shifts for 2 weeks with 2 people each time block at a local community business

Salvation Army Angel Tree

What: Help register family recipients of gift distribution

Salvation Army Toy Store

What: Distribute gifts to families for Angel Tree


The BGHNC is a residential home for children since 1954 that also provides foster care and adoption services . There are over 175 children in the daily care of the BGHNC. The Home is located on the shores of Lake Waccamaw in Columbus County, NC. Gary Faircloth, the President of the BGHNC, was a resident at the Home in the 1960’s and he has been back as it’s President since 2008. Cary Kildaire Rotary has supported the BGHNC over the years through the following activities:

1) Rotary Cottage - The BGHNC is a collaborative effort of support from 7 different Civic organizations , after which the on campus Cottages are named. The cottages provide housing to those kids living at the Home. The Rotary Cottage is approaching it’s 50th anniversary in 2016 and generally the residents have been high school boys. Cary Kildaire Rotary has been active in supporting and funding 2 major renovations (2005 and 2009) of the Rotary Cottage to help insure that the Rotary Cottage is the best on campus!

2) Rotary Day - Rotarians from across the state gather at the BGHNC each February to see first hand the good work the Home does in helping these kids from less fortunate backgrounds. It’s a wonderful day of fellowship with the kids and other Rotarians.

3) BGHNC leadership roles -Cary Kildaire Rotary has had 2 members serve on the Board of Trustees at the BGHNC - Past District Governor Charlie Hatch and 2015-16 Club President Dave Weiss

4) Cary Kildaire financially supports and actively participates in a Summer Enrichment Program for 5-6 kids from the Home. The kids come to the Triangle for 30 days and are presented with a host of social, cultural, educational and life skills training to help prepare them for living on their own as they transition out of the Home.

5) Donations to the BGNNC “Country Store”, which is a thrift shop run by the Home that serves the Columbus County area.

6) Cary Kildaire Rotary former member and Past District Governor Roger Phelps and his wife Mildred started an annual “Bill Phelps scholarship” in 2001, in memory of their son, for a student from the BGHNC that continues to this day.

7) Golf to benefit the children- Cary Kildaire Rotary has participated annually in the Old Dominion/Rotary golf tournament held in early June in the Pinehurst area. All proceeds benefit the kids at the Home and have raised in excess of $160,000 over the past 10 years. A fun day of fellowship and golf to help the children.

The Boys and Girls Home of NC is a wonderful organization and you will find it a rewarding experience to visit and support and be part of.

International Service Projects (2010-Present)

Matching grants have made helping the International family a tradition at the

Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club. Here are some of the projects:

Matching Grant #73829 - for funding to install 80 soak pits to recharge underground water supplies in Kolkata City and rural areas of West Bengal, India.

Matching Grant #74217 - for funding to provide potable drinking water to Our Lady of Lourdes School, Rivers State, Nigeria.

Water to Nigeria

Matching Grant #74572 - for funding to provide sanitation and drinking water facilities to three schools in Mussoorie, Uttrakahand, India.

Matching Grant #75112 – for funding to help provide a 4D Color Doppler Ultrasound Scanner to B.T. Savani Kidney Hospital in Rajkot, Gujarat, India.

Ultrasound Scanner

Matching Grant #76510 - for funding to help supply safe and pure drinking water to 66 primary schools located in RID 3060, Gujarat, India.

Matching Grant #76524 - for funding to help provide water filtration systems in 5 schools located in Beirut, Saida, Baalbek, and Mount Lebanon areas of Lebanon.

Matching Grant #76902 – for funding to help provide an Audiology Lab at the Virani School for the Deaf and Mute in Rajkot, Gujarat, India.

Previous Projects from years past:

  • Iraqi Adopt-a-Clinic Project
  • Medical Books to Ghana in West Africa
  • Ambulance to Paraguay (Cary-Kildaire and Clayton Rotary)
  • Solar Lighting to 17 schools in Cochabamba, Bolivia (Cary-Kildaire and NCSU)
  • Money for Textbooks for schools in Guatemala (District-wide)
  • Childhood Development/Diversity Project for Sweden (Cary-Kildaire + Crabtree Rotary)

SUPPORT OF ROTARY DISTRICT 7710 PROGRAMS - Cary-Kildaire has participated in many District programs; the most notable are RYLA and helping the Boys & Girls Home at Lake Waccamaw.


Cary-Kildaire has promoted a team of young men and women – high school Juniors – to participate in the RYLA training

program. We provide transportation to and from the location. When the students return, we invite them and their parents to

a Club meeting to review the strengths and weaknesses of the two-day seminar. We have all learned a great deal from these

reviews. The participants are hand-picked by the schools and are considered future leaders. Cary-Kildaire has participated in

the program from its inception.

DISTRICT GOVERNORS - Cary-Kildaire is proud to have two members elected as local District Governors: William Lefes, District Governor 1999-2000, whose classification is Foreign Affairs, and Governor-Elect Charles Hatch 2004-05, classification Computer Manufacturing. Both Bill and Charlie are Paul Harris Fellows, as well as Past-Presidents of our Club. Bill proved himself to be a progressive Governor with exceptional leadership skills. Charlie has spent his career in computer manufacturing. He is a planner, team player, and accepts his new role with inspired enthusiasm. He has his team in place – all hand picked. Charlie will be a strong advocate for District 7710; he has made a special effort to visit each club in the District, and has recently returned from Governors’ Training Session. We are also proud to have Roger Phelps as a member of our Club. Roger is a former District Governor from New York State, and his guidance has been very helpful to us through the years.

TRAGEDY INSPIRES SCHOLARSHIP - In September 1985, Charter Member James Atkins was taken from us by Cancer. James had given of himself to the community long before he became a Rotarian. He served for several years as Chairman of the Wake County School Board, and gave much support to Life Experiences. Knowing his interest in education, the Club Board voted to name our new scholarship program The James Atkins Memorial Scholarship Fund.

JAMES ATKINS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND - The Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club has established scholarships to assist deserving local students to attend colleges and universities of their choice ---- an investment in the future and well-being of our community. The James Atkins Memorial Scholarship supports a new student each year for four years at a university and two students each year to attend Wake Technical Community College. The Bill Phelps Memorial Scholarship supports a graduating senior each year at the Lake Waccamaw Boys and Girls Home to attend college.

Students selected by the Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club are outstanding in many ways – academics, school activities, community service, leadership potential and need. Some outstanding examples of achievement underscore the success of the James Atkins Memorial Scholarship and Bill Phelps Memorial Scholarship:

  • A James Atkins scholar completed requirements for a degree in Dentistry. She currently operates her own non-profit dental clinic for indigent and needy citizens.
  • A mother of two children, a James Atkins scholar began a career as a reporter. She now teaches journalism in a public high school.
  • After working as an accountant at IBM for seven years, a James Atkins scholar is now a systems analyst in the Budget Office of a major university. She also volunteers as a church youth group leader.
  • A James Atkins scholar is involved in community activities and works as a mortgage consultant at a major mortgage corporation.
  • After earning a Masters degree in Elementary Education, a James Atkins scholar teaches second grade in a public school.
  • With a Duke Medical School degree, a James Atkins scholar holds a residency at Emory University.
  • An honors graduate, a James Atkins scholar is a fourth year student in medical school.
  • A James Atkins scholar now works as a Senior Systems Architect at a major software company.
  • After completing a program in Architectural Technology, a Wake Tech James Atkins scholar helped design the new campus being developed in northern Wake County.
  • A Wake Tech James Atkins scholar now plies her skills in early childhood education at a childcare center.
  • After completing college, a Bill Phelps scholar and graduate of the Lake Waccamaw Boys and Girls Home is now working in the music business.

The scholarship is now worth $2,000 per year and is renewable each year for 4 years under certain conditions. We work through the local high school guidance offices and they should have the scholarship application forms by mid March. Check with your high school guidance office in March for the form.”

THE ‘PIG PICKIN’ IN THE PARK - Cary-Kildaire’s oldest and most successful fund-raising project is the Annual Pig Pickin’ In The Park, which began in 1986 to fund the James Atkins Memorial Scholarship Fund. The first year, with 250 attendees, profits funded one $1000 scholarship. Today, attendees are 750 persons, and profits provide $11,000 for scholarships, and additional funds for humanitarian projects. The event, held at Bond Park, provides food, fellowship, and entertainment for young and old: Bill Ellis’ BarBQ, bluegrass music, facepainting, and doorprizes. The Club organizes into 10 committees steered by the President-Elect.

SUPPORT OF ROTARY FOUNDATION - Over our first 20-years, Cary-Kildaire has an outstanding record of support for the Rotary Foundation, with fifty-eight (58) Paul Harris Fellows recorded. A prime incentive for Rotarians to give to the Rotary Foundation, during the early years of Cary-Kildaire, was the Polio-Plus Program, which generated many Paul Harris Fellows in that period, as well as Group Study Exchange, and other programs funded by Rotary Foundation. Thanks to Joe Knoll who Chaired the Rotary Foundation committee and encouraged us to give. And, currently there are approximately twenty (20) Sustaining Members of the Rotary Foundation.

CARY-KILDAIRE ROTARY FOUNDATION - Based on a ruling by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service on May 13, 1958, all Rotary Clubs in the U.S. were given 501(c)(4) status. This allowed clubs to collect funds for various programs exempt from payment of Federal Income Taxes, with the proviso that a Form 990-T is submitted to the IRS annually. While this helped clubs to collect funds, it did not provide contributors with the facility for charitable deductions.

In 1989 Rotarian Bill Lefes began to study the possibility for establishing a 501(c)(3) entity for the Club to enable contributions to be made as charitable deductions. In February 1997 the process of obtaining North Carolina State Certification for a Non Profit Corporation was initiated. By April 1997 the State’s certification and the IRS application for Recognition of Exemption was submitted to the IRS. The Foundation was operational by January 1998.

The purpose of the Cary-Kildaire Rotary Foundation is to collect, invest, and disburse funds for Educational and Humanitarian Assistance programs of the Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club.