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THE HISTORY OF DISTRICT 7720, North Carolina.

A Part of Our History of Rotary in America

Prepared by the district and not verified by Rotary Global History

With all of the current emphasis on the need to increase membership in Rotary (from District Membership Seminars to RI President's Meetings on Membership) it's hard to imagine that in the early 1990's Rotary had grown so large in eastern North Carolina that it was too cumbersome to administer with the traditional district organization. But that is exactly what RI President Paulo V. C. Costa was dealing with when he announced the birth of District 7720 from Districts 771 and District 773.  These two districts had grown to about sixty-two clubs each with a combined membership of six thousand.  Change was needed.  So, with District 771 contributing twenty-three clubs and District 773 contributing 17 clubs, District 7720 was created.

On December 12, 1991, Nominating Committee Chair M. Wade Jackson, PDG, presented the first slate of officers:

      Joseph M. Norton - District Governor 1992-2993

      Albert I. Stroud - District Governor Nominee

      John R. Ball - District Governor Nominee Designate

      Guy Williams - Club Service Chairman

      Richard Baker - Vocational Service

      Joe L. Perry - International Service

      E. Newsom Williams - Community Service

Instrumental in the birth of this new district were W. Boyce Brown, DG 7710, and Charles Cooper, DG 7730.

 

The first District 7720 Conference was held in New Bern in October, 1992.  It was held in the Fall to help 'jump start' the new district.  The next Conference was held in May of 1994, setting the tradition of holding our conferences in the Spring.

 

In DG Richard Baker's year (1997-1998), RI gave permission to twelve districts world wide to try a new District Leadership Plan.  Because of the District's newness and its large geographical size, it was difficult to communicate effectively with the clubs, to promote knowledge about Rotary, and to identify potential leaders for the district level.  The District Leadership Plan provided for eight Assistant District Governors, each responsible for four to six clubs, who would become liaisons between those clubs and the District Governor.  PDG Jay D. (Rocky) Jacobs was the first District Trainer for Assistant District Governors.

 

The years have passed - with Ambassadorial Scholars, GSE Teams, Youth Exchange Program students, Paul Harris Fellowships, grants from RI Foundation, new clubs formed, and, always, great fellowship and Rotary "Service Above Self."  Now we are in the sixteenth year of District 7720.  All of the District Governors, their year of service, their Rotary Theme, and their contact information can be found in the District Directory or under "Committees" in our District Database on our web site.


 

acknowledgements to the District Board, Clubs, Members and Webmaster

posted by RGHF Webmaster Greg Barlow. October 2008