CART is headed to ATLANTA!
CART in partnership with ADRAG (Alzheimer’s & Dementia Rotary Action Group) will have a booth at the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta from June 10th,2017 to June 14th,2017. A total of 22 to 24 CART/ADRAG personnel will man the booth at the RI House of Friendship each day from 0900 to 1800. The Rotary International exhibitor group is estimating a record crowd of 45,000 to 55,000 Rotarians and all hotels in the downtown Atlanta area are already sold out.
CART was started in the Sumter, South Carolina Rotary club in 1995 by Mr. Roger Ackerman and stands for Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust. CART is my passion because my wife Nancy died of Alzheimer’s in 2010 after an 11 year battle with this terrible disease. She was only 61. I plan to be the CART Chair for life if the Governors will have me and I am honored that the next 3 Governors have already asked me to continue on in the job.
To participate in our District 7730 a club may use blue plastic CART buckets at each meeting or some clubs put the contribution for CART in their annual budget or collect a special offering at times during the year. There is no set way to collect for CART and no set time frame to send me the checks: monthly, quarterly, yearly, the point is for all 50 clubs to contribute. I request that each Rotarian contribute $.25 (one quarter) per week for 50 weeks in the year for a total of $12.50 per year.
In 2011 there were 11 Rotary Districts participating in the CART fund in NC, SC, and GA. Over the 6 year period to 2017 we have added districts in Virginia, Tennessee and Florida to bring our total to 18 Rotary districts and we have received permission from Rotary International to speak with clubs and Districts nationwide. CART is growing and we are excited at what we could do for the research community if we could add more. The Fund gives grants for research that would not ordinarily get funded and is basically SEED money to get their research in front of a drug company and possibly into a clinical trial. In 2011 there were 63 research institutes that applied for CART grants: In 2012 there were 97 in the grant process. As the need for funds has grown each year CART has stepped up it growth and our contributions. In May 2017, the new recipients will be announced to receive 6 grants totaling $600,000 and our total giving for all years will be $6.4 Million and a total of 40 grants. The Fund is well respected in the research and grant community; the CART organization is proud of the fact that 100% of the gifts go towards the grants. The CART Fund has continually been recognized by the SC Attorney General as the number 1 charity in use of the gifts for its intended purpose.
Our District 7730 clubs have given over $9,000 as of February, 2017. Last year in 2016 we set a new record of over $22,000 and we hope to do even better by the end of the Rotary year. In the summer of 2016 one man, Jerry Kanter of the Kinston Evening Rotary Club, decided to challenge the district to match his contribution. His challenge was that for his 89th birthday he would swim 89 laps at a pool in Kinston, N.C. and asked other Rotarians to match his contribution of $1.00 per lap. Because he was being filmed on TV, Jerry had to beat his own challenge and he swam 101 laps. The response was overwhelming…friends and family across the country, strangers on Facebook, Rotarians in Districts all over the country and more sent checks totaling over $ 8,000.
This coming year, I would like to be invited to give more programs. Statistics say that Alzheimer’s disease will affect 10% of the membership in every club, almost 200 of our Rotarian brothers and sisters in our district. It would be great to have 100% participation in the clubs this year. In 2013 to add a competition factor to our giving to CART I was given permission by Mr. Roger Ackerman (the Father of CART) to create the Roger Ackerman District 7730 Golden Bucket. The way you win the Golden Bucket to keep in your club for one year is quite simple, give more to CART than the rest of the 50 clubs. There will be 2 Golden Buckets given each year; one for the most given and one per capita given. The contest runs from June1st to June 30th of each year. The Golden Bucket will be presented each year by the outgoing Governor at the installation of the New Governor for the next year. If you win the Golden Bucket 2 times you get to keep it at your club for life. The Kinston Evening Club has already won both Golden Buckets for 2 years running and has placed the Golden Buckets on display in the Kinston Library.
Call me or send an e-mail and I will give you a good program to get you started and it is always a photo opportunity to showcase Rotary in your local media.
Please make sure all checks are made out to the CART Fund Inc and sent to the following address:
Norman Rogers CART Chairman District 7730
7985 Castaway Lane NW
Ash, N. C. 28420 (C) 910-616-1205
For further information about CART go to http://www.cartfund.org/