District 7670, which encompasses the Rotary clubs of Western North Carolina including Cashiers, has had fantastic participation in the District's Coins for Alzheimer's Research Trust (CART) Fund. Program participants in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia raise funds to provide the “seed” money for cutting edge, high impact research in hopes of finding a cure/prevention for Alzheimer’s disease.
Together, the District has donated over $46,000 in the 2013-14 season. This money is funding four separate research awards to the following recipients. Please click through on each person's name to learn more about their accomplishments in the field of Alzheimer's Research and the work they continue to do to better understand, treat and cure this disease.
Alzheimer’s disease is claiming more and more victims worldwide every day. Over 5.5 million Americans are now victims and medical scientists predict that unless a prevention/cure is found that the number of American victims will grow to 16 million within the next 20 to 25 years. Further, that without a cure, one out of every 10 living Americans will ultimately become victims. It is now thought that every 70 seconds an American is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease (1238 Americans daily). It is estimated that 75 percent of the world’s victims live outside of the United States.
Gary graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VPI) with a degree in Business Administration. Immediately after graduation he joined the United States Air Force and served four years and held the rank of Captain at the time of discharge. His career included accounting, finance, and investments, including public accounting; real estate investment, development, and management; and financial consulting.
Gary and Demi have been married for 46 years and are working on their “bucket list”: traveling and Rotary. Gary’s Rotary experience includes club president of the Rotary Club of Mt. Dora, FL (1976 – 1977). He has been a member of the Rotary Club of Franklin since January 2006, having served as the Community Service Director for two years and Club Honor Air Champion. For District 7670, he served as Assistant Governor for two years; District Honor Air Chairman for three flights; and is currently the Annual Programs Fund chairman. Gary was the recipient of the District Service Award for Distinguished Service as the Honor Air Chairman for the year 2010-2011. Gary has worked on special projects for the District including training for the new Foundation grants programs and the recent Project Overload.