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Annual Rotary Putt-Putt-for-Polio

Save the date for Putt-Putt for Polio May 11, 2024

Putt-Putt for Polio is a fun, family way to fight polio at home and around the world.

Held each May, Putt Putt for Polio includes a round of golf at Professor Hacker’s Lost Treasure Golf and Professor Hacker’s then gives all of the proceeds to Rotary to fight polio!

Paul Alexander – 70 years an Lung Survivor

Many younger people now don’t recall the ever-present fear of contracting polio. Widespread use of the anti-polio vaccine came into being during the 1950’s and has made polio much more unlikely to inflict young people today. However, polio still exists in several countries where vaccines are not as accepted…and polio could spread back home from these places unless efforts continue to vaccinate worldwide.

We hope you will join us this Spring 2024 and take a swing against polio!




Join us Mother’s Day Weekend on Saturday morning for a fun 5K at Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve. As we have merged with North Banks Rotary Club over the winter of 2023-2024, we now get to help organize this special charity event on the Outer Banks.

Race Details:
SATURDAY – MAY 11, 2024

  • Adult 5K – $40
  • Teen 5K – $35
  • Elementary School Kids/GOFAR 5K – $20
  • “Double” – $48
  • Fun Run! – $15

For more detailed information visit the North Banks Rotary webpage here

With nearly 40 years of history, the Nags Head Woods 5K is the longest running Charity race on the Outer Banks. In the last 10 years alone, the race has raised close to $150,000 for Rotary to donate back non-profits that serve the Outer Banks. Some of the past Rotary Grant recipients have included:

Interfaith Community Outreach
Beach Food Pantry
Food for Thought
Hatteras Meals on Wheels
Outer Banks YMCA
Outer Banks Kiwanis Foundation Scholarship Program
The Nature Conservancy/Nags Head Woods
Maine and Taill
Dare County Arts Council
Room at the Inn
First Flight High School Model UN Club
River City Community Dev. Corporation
G. E. M.
Community Care Clinic of Dare
Outer Banks Cancer Support Group
Coast Guard Mutual Assistance
Imagination Library
and many more!

The Baptists on Mission Dental Free Clinic began in 2019 after Hurricane Dorian hit the island.

The mission to Ocracoke took place March 22/23. The truck arrived on Thursday the 21st and left on Sunday the 24th. FFRC supported this Dental Clinic mission. Member PDG Stan Keeler participated as one of the greeters. 

Rotary’s goal is to create a permanent funding stream from local Rotary clubs to support missions to Ocracoke Island and Hatteras Island. A mission that took place March 24-25, 2023 served 67 patients. The cost of treatment provided then was $39,880.00 of which Rotary clubs contributed $1,106.74. The goal in zone 33 is for the 6 clubs in the Outer Banks area to contribute $200 each.

PDG Stan took a day trip to Ocracoke to visit the Baptist on Mission Dental Bus. Funding for the March 22/23 weekend clinic was completely raised by District 7720 Rotary Clubs. Over 60 residents were scheduled for treatment during this 2 day clinic.

The BOM dental bus provides free dental services such as preventive dental cleanings, fillings and extractions and includes an onboard waiting area, X-ray machines, and 2 private areas for dental procedures.

The First Flight Rotary Foundation is accepting donations for continued services on the Outer Banks, with planning for a clinic in Hatteras in the near future. If you’d like to contribute to the BOM Dental Clinics in our area, donations to the FFRC Foundation can be made at the link below. Please specify BOM Clinic when making your donation.

There are some hurdles to getting Hatteras off the ground and one of them is funding. The funding will be approximately the same as Ocracoke at $1,200 per visit. The one hurdle that we can help with is funding.

ALSO: There is a need for professional volunteers: Dentist, Hygienists and Dental Assistants. Please canvas your dentist, friends and colleagues and ask them to pass on the information about potential volunteer dental professional to PDG Stan Keeler will pass along their contact information for the lead Dentist, Dr Steven Smith.

First Flight Rotary Foundation –

#firstflightrotary #TheWorldNeedsMoreRotarians

Tasting and Pairing of Bourbon and Appetizer Experience for Charity

Buddy Byrum, Owner and Distiller at Buffalo City Distillery, explains the fine points of enjoying bourbon and whiskey when paired with appetizers that enhance the flavor profile of the beverage.

This is the first Bourbon Taster hosted by the First Flight Rotary Club at the Sea Ranch Resort in Kill Devil Hills, NC. The Bourbons and Whiskeys were provided by local distiller Buffalo City Distellery and the Appetizers were provided by Beachside Bistro in the Sea Ranch Resort.


In all, 25 tasters enjoyed a wonderful evening of tasting finely crafted spirits with perfectly matched appetizers. In addition to tasting great liqueur and food, attendees also learned a lot about distilling, selecting grains, ingredients and equipment that goes into a high quality experience.

In addition to the tasting event, attendees participated in a 50/50 Raffle as well as received door prizes.

Proceeds from the event are being donated to the Beach Food Pantry and the Outer Banks Relief Foundation.

Club leadership is hopeful of making this an annual event with our next tasting event to possibly be scheduled for January 2025.