This week: May 4, 2018 - 2018 District Conference - College Park Marriott, College Park MD
May 4: 2018 District Conference - College Park Marriott, College Park MD

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Pete Grayson, The CART Fund, Rotary’s Coins for Alzheimer’s Research

March 30th

Peter Grayson is a District 7620 Area Governor and Chair of Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust (CART), a project of the Rotary Clubs of North America. See inside for details…

The CART Fund provides funds for cutting-edge research to cure Alzheimer's disease. CART started in 1996 with Rotarians voluntarily emptying their pockets and purses of change at weekly meetings.

One hundred percent (100%) of donated funds go to cutting-edge Alzheimer’s disease research. As of May 2016, the CART Fund has awarded $5.8 million dollars in 34 grants to recognized US research institutions. All administrative expenses of the Fund are paid from interest earned from invested contributions.

The Fund is governed by a Board of Trustees with representatives from the Rotary districts that support the program. The Fund is chartered as a nonprofit organization under the laws of the state of South Carolina.

From 2007 to the present, our speaker Pete Grayson has served as Attorney-Advisor (Ethics Counselor and Administrative Law), first with First Army Division East and currently with U.S. Army Cyber Command at Fort Meade. From 1993 – 2007 Pete was a private practitioner with the firm, Sanborn & Grayson in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He is a third generation Rotarian, and joined Rotary in December 1993. He held a variety of positions in the Rotary Club of Saint Paul, District 5960 in Minnesota, and in Maryland. Pete joined the Rotary Club of West Anne Arundel County in 2007 and rose to Area Governor in our District. He’s now chair of the Coins for Alzheimer Research Trust for the District.

Merrillee Pallansch

March 23rd

On March 23 we heard a fascinating presentation from Merrillee Pallansch, a delightful story-teller who held the club spellbound for a full half hour!

Joe Kravitz, Vocational Services Chair, on “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill

March 22nd

In 1908, a Georgetown Law School student, Napoleon Hill, worked part-time as a journalist in Washington DC, whereby he would interview successful people of the era. One of his subjects was the famed businessman and philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie. A granted short 3-hour interview expanded into 3 days of intrigue. Mr. Carnegie was so taken by Mr. Hill, that he offered him a job for 20 years…with no pay. After pausing for several seconds, Mr. Hill accepted the job. Dr. Joe Kravitz outlined some of the legendary world events, shaped by this talk, and how it made the world a better place. The information in this talk can help improve vocational service in the workplace, the community, the state, the country and the world. Success and failure are both lessons. This book can help any person learn how to use vocational service as a lifestyle to improve the lives of those all around you, near and far.

District Governor Greg Wims, who attended our meeting, endorsed the presentation and said it could be useful for other Rotary Clubs in our District. Thanks, Joe!
More information about Napoleon Hill can be found at