Dune Grass Planting Project

Nags Head Youth Fishing Tournament

First Flight Meeting

Cerveza Above Self

New Members

First Flight Rotary logo with plane

Welcome to the First Flight Rotary Club!

We invite you to learn about Rotary and our club.

We meet 1:00 PM on Wednesdays at the Beachside Bistro in the Sea Ranch Resort,

1731 N. Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills, NC


To learn more, please contact us.

Our Fundraisers & Events

Events and Service Projects Calendar

      • July 3, 2024 – NO WEEKLY MEETING due to Independance Day Celebrations
      • July 10, 2024 – Weekly meeting at Sea Ranch Resort with presentation by the Human Trafficing Task Force
      • July 17, 2024 – Weekly meeting at Sea Ranch Resort with presentation by Albemarle Region United Way
      • July 22, 2024 – Dare to Care Clinic Volunteer Service Project Opportunity at the Community Care Clinic
      • July 24, 2024 – In lieu of our normal 1:00 PM meeting at Sea Ranch Resort,we will host A SOCIAL HOUR  AT 12:30 AT THE OUTER BANKS BREWING STATION (600 S Croatan Hwy, Kill Devil Hills). At 1:30 PM WE WILL LEAVE FROM THERE FOR THE TOUR.  

        425 Health Center Dr
        Nags Head, NC

        TIME: TOUR BEGINS AT 2:00PM 

      • July 30, 2024 – Dare to Care Clinic Volunteer Service Project Opportunity at the Baum Center
      • July 31, 2024 – No 1:00 PM meeting. Instead, we will be a Cervesa above Self Social starting at 5:30 PM in the Sea Ranch Resort Beachside Bistro. Live Music on the back deck by Phil Watson. Bring Family, Freinds and Perspective Members for a fun envening
      • Aug. 24, 2024 – Rotary Leadership Institute, Parts I, II & III in New Bern, NC at Garber Methodist Church, 4201 Country Club Road, Trent Woods, NC

Congratulations Jeremy Miller and Carl Classen

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People of Action – We are Rotary!

A collaborative effort by the Rotary clubs of the Outer Banks who processed over 2400 pounds of donated food at the Beach Food Pantry shows Rotary’s commitment to supporting those in need through “Service Above Self.”

By efficiently handling over 1 ton of donated food from a successful May 31, Dare Days Food Drive, local Rotarians from the Manteo, Kitty Hawk and First Flight Rotary clubs displayed their commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of others. Through their hard work and attention to detail, local Rotarians ensured that the donated items were properly organized, checked for expiration dates, sorted and ready to stock. These donations are key in supporting individuals and families facing food insecurity in our community.


First Flight Rotary Club members volunteer at Ruthies Kitchen

Together We Inspire through Service Above Self

84 Meals Prepared, Packed, and Delivered for Ruthie’s Kitchen Service Project. Embodying the Rotary Spirit of Community Support one life, one project at a time.

First Flight Rotary was well-represented at April 27th RLI Part I session in Kitty Hawk!
Participating in Rotary Leadership Institute is a perfect way to learn the nuts and bolts of Rotary, and to network and share ideas with Rotarians from around the region.

Lorri Barret, Outreach Director at Albemarle Area United Way speaks at July 17th Meeting

The Albemarle Area United Way Outreach Director Lorri Barrett shared United Way mission and how they partner with organizations in the Albemarle area to achieve that mission.

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One of the things members love about Rotary, is the international flavor of it’s membership and projects. The story below shares a project fundraiser to raise funds for donations to Rotary’s Rotary’s #1 Priority, the Eradication of Polio.

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Protecting our North Carolina Coastal wildlife explained by Victoria Blakey.

For many reasons the population of our shellfish such as oysters is declining. Victoria visited our club May 1, 2024 meeting to provide an overview of what the North Carolina Coastal Federation is doing to reinvest in growing these populations.


The three Rotary 4 Way Test Essay contest winners read their essays to our members during our meeting on May 15th.

Competitors prepared an essay on how they view the application of the Rotary 4 Way Test in their lives and the world around them. We heard 3 stellar essays by these very talented middle school writers defining the actual application of the test: 

  • Is it the truth?
  • Is it fair to all concerned?
  • Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  • Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

It is one thing to say the words. It is quite another to apply the words to our lives and daily relationships. Our contestants provided us with some excellent perspectives how the 4 Way Test would make each of them a better person.

The three contestants are:

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Register now for August 24th Rotary Leadership Institute in New Bern, NC

9 AM to 3:45 PM

Graber Methodist Church
4201 Country Club Road
New Bern, NC 28562

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Rotary Leadership Institute - Program Description

What to Expect

Whether in-person or virtual, events are one day in length with each event comprising five or six 50-minute sessions. Some virtual offerings might be spread over two days, with the same number of sessions spread over that time. Only one part can be taken at a time. Therefore, it takes three separate events to complete all three parts. Some people complete all three in a couple of months while others take a year or more.
Be sure to check the running schedule on the right side of this page and register for the event that is conducive to your needs.

RLI offers Rotary knowledge courses in three sessions (Parts I, II, and III, and each part consists of 4 in-person classes. Those completing each course are eligible for the next. There are graduate courses available to those who have completed the three-part RLI curriculum.  The courses are designed to provide leadership skills while advancing Rotary knowledge and understanding.

PART I – “THE ROTARIAN”  Your introduction to the RLI experience. Begin your day by meeting fellow Rotarians and your Rotarian Discussion Leaders. Emphasis is placed on providing an overview of Rotary programs and helping develop ideas that participants can take back to their Rotary Clubs. Courses include:  

My Leadership In Rotary

My Rotary World

Ethics & Vocational Service

Foundation I: Our Foundation

Engaging Members

Creating Service Projects

PART II – “ THE CLUB”  (a total of 4-sessions) The RLI journey continues, the depth of subject matter increases and focus is placed on fostering the qualities of a knowledgeable Rotarian by building on the basics learned in Part I.  Courses include:

Rotary Opportunities

Effective Leadership Strategies

Attracting Members

Club Communication

Team Building

Foundation II: Targeted Service

PART III – “My ROTARY JOURNEY”  (a total of 4-sessions) The final phase of RLI, courses become much more in-depth and detailed. Learn about opportunities available to you and your club through RI and how to best utilize them. Understand what it means to be a Rotarian and how you can use your RLI knowledge to better serve your club. Courses include:

Strategic Planning

Foundation III: International Service

Public Image and Public Relations

Building a Stronger Club

Making a Difference.

RLI Graduate Courses

For those who become RLI Graduates following successful completion of the three-part curriculum series of RLI Graduate Courses focused on one Rotary subject for the session and are comprehensive and detailed. Current Graduate Courses include Membership and the Rotary Foundation

Discussion Leader Training

RLI Graduates, by invitation only, may also take Discussion Leader Training as a precursor to being accepted as a RLI Discussion Leader, assisting other Rotarians in their RLI journey. Discussion Leader Training is also offered to non-RLI Graduates such as District Governors who want to learn the skills associated with, a RLI Discussion Leader that can be used in Club, District, or Zone training. Without being a RLI Graduate, the Discussion Leader Training Graduate may not lead RLI sessions.

Our upcoming Meeting and Speaker Schedule


      •  July 3, 2024 – no regular meeting due to holiday
      • July 10, 2024 – A presentation by the Human Trafficing Task Force
      • July 17, 2024 – A presentation by the Albemarle Region United Way
      • July 24, 2024 – Community Care Clinic Tour at COMMUNITY CARE CLINIC
        425 Health Center Dr, Nags Head.
      • July 31, 2024 – Cerveza Above Self Social at the Beachside Bistro starting at 5:30 PM

Please support our 5k Event Sponsors

Dare to C.A.R.E Vascular Screening

Appointment times are available for Monday, April 23rd at the Baum Senior Center.  If you, or someone you know, are eligible and would like a free screening, please contact Sandy Martin directly to schedule an appointment by calling 252-202-7632.

Eligibility Information

Rotarians may volunteer for this event and screenings taking place May 20, June 24 and July 22 by clicking here.

First Flight Rotary Club Newsletter Announcements

End Polio Now Update

No new Wild Polio cases reported this week.  We are now 4 weeks since the Onset of Paralysis of the most recent reported Wild Polio Case in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Week ending 7/19/24 

Credit:Terry Ziegler, Zone Rotary Region 36 END POLIO NOW Coordinator 2024-27

2024 Wild Polio Case Total – 17 – Afghanistan 9, Pakistan 8

2024 Circulating Variant Polio Case Total – 103  Angola – 5, Benin – 2, Chad – 5, DR Congo – 10, Ethiopia – 6, Guinea – 4, Indonesia – 4, Mali – 1, Mozambique – 1, Niger – 3, Nigeria  31, Somalia – 2, South Sudan – 6, Yemen – 21

2023 Wild Polio Case Total 12 – Afghanistan 6, Pakistan 6

 2022 Wild Polio Cases – Pakistan 20, Afghanistan 2, Mozambique 8

2022 Circulating Variant Polio Cases – 914 in 26 Countries


Total Wild Polio     


YTD 2024

















– in endemic countries:






– in post-endemic countries:






Throughout the year, the First Flight Rotary Club does a number of signature fundraisers. The money raised from these fundraisers support our First Flight Rotary Foundation.

The First Flight Rotary Foundation shares these funds with Outer Banks non-profit community organizations through grant requests. 

Your support of First Flight Rotary through our Signature Events, fundraisers and contributions to the FFRC Foundation, allows us to provide much needed support to those most in need in our community.

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Each day, our members pour their passion, integrity, and intelligence into completing projects that have a lasting impact. We persevere until we deliver real, lasting solutions.


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