Upcoming Program Schedule May 18,2015

Rotary_CherryGroveCleanup21_5162015In the picture, three strong Rotary backs (Jay, David and Sam) plus Mimi, who is strong in many ways, get instructions before beginning the Cherry Grove Playground clean up.

Upcoming programs:

May 18, 2015 – Lorenzo Mejia, Dementia Care Specialist – The Challenge of Alzheimer’s

May 25, 2015 – NO MEETING – Memorial Day

June 1, 2015 – Centennial Program: Education

June 8, 2015 – Coach David Cutcliffe – Service and Duke Football

100 Acts: EDCI Playground Work Day

Playground flyer

14 Rotarians, plus EDCI Staff and community volunteers worked together to “spruce up” the Kaboom playground and offices of EDCI on Saturday, May 16.  We painted, weeded, cleaned up the grounds, and re-organized a multi-purpose room.

Rotary EDCI Playground Workday Painting

Darrell Miller (below) led a group of neighborhood children in painting the playground fence.

Our group gathered around our wheel barrow full of rakes, hoes, etc., as we finished another great Rotary project!

Rotary EDCI Playground Workday



ACC Baseball Tournament

AccBaseballwebPast President Bill Ingram introduced Lee Folger, the Director of Baseball Tournaments for the Durham Bulls to promote the ACC Baseball Tournament being held at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park May 19 to May 23. Besides emphasizing what a fun family oriented event it was, he also described what the event means as a showcase for the community and Downtown Durham since it exposes fans from all over since the conference now covers territory from New England to Florida, and, of course, Indiana, home of the Fighting Irish. Here are three websites that Lee passed along with all the information you need about the tournament and the Fan Fest with entertainment, food trucks, face painting and fun. See you there!






Centennial Program: International Projects – Tony Hopp – Southwest Durham Rotary

rotary 5 11 15SpeakerWebMonday’s presentation brought another update on “service above self” projects for Rotarians; this one focused on international projects. Tony Hopp, a member of the Southwest Durham club, is the president of their Foundation as well as the International Committee chair. Hopp says that he loves being part of Rotary for the same reason that many of us do: serving communities both locally and around the world gives him a deep sense of satisfaction and an even deeper sense of appreciation for the quality of life that we often take for granted. He noted that while the Rotary Club International motto is “Service Above Self,” the Rotary Foundation slogan is “Doing Good.” [Read more…]

Rotary Minute: BC Dash

RotaryMinuteDashwebWe all know BC Dash as a man who wears his passion on his sleeve…and his lapels and his hat. And that passion is Rotary. If BC was in the military, his dress uniform would have more campaign ribbons than a grizzled sergeant with a 40 year career.  BC displayed the hat during his Rotary Minute and it contains pins and patches from the many Rotary activities that he has participated in. But while he could be resting on his laurels BC is bringing that passion and energy to preparation for taking the reins of the club in 2016- 2117. Those who know him well also know him as personally very generous and a man of great humor.  Here in his own words is some of the background information he shared with us.

Bhabesh C. Dash obtained his M.B.A. from the University of Geneva Switzerland (now IMD International, Lausanne, Switzerland.)

BC worked in senior management positions in a multi-national company in India and England before coming to the USA in 1970. He served as a senior administrator at a major US public sector health organization and was Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He managed several other business organizations and currently as President of RAM International Inc., is facilitating  international joint ventures for technology companies. The company website is at www.dashcorp.com.

In Rotary, B.C. completed all parts of the Leadership Institute, was foundation Committee Chair and was  a District Committee member for International Youth Exchange and is currently on the District 7710 Grants Committee. He has hosted inbound international youth exchange students, Group Study Exchange visitors from foreign countries and Rotary Peace scholars from Myanmar, Mexico and India. He is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and a Member of the Paul Harris Society of Rotary International
. He is on the Board of the Durham Rotary Club and is currently Chair of the Rotary D-7710 Area 7 Grants Committee.

BC is married to Asha and has two children, a son living in Chapel Hill and a daughter living in Phoenix. AZ. His wife and children are all Paul Harris Fellows of Rotary International.

Asha worked with multi-national companies such as Kodak, Xerox and GE. She and BC enjoy travel, reading and most spectator sports. BC loves to golf and swim.

Things that BC has done that might surprise you; they certainly surprised me:

1. BC played professional football…the kind with the round ball I presume.

2. He was a film star in…Bollywood?!


100 Acts: EDCI Summer Lunch Program (& Little Libraries): 11:30 – 1:00, Tuesdays, June 16 – August 11

Join David Reese in supporting the EDCI Lunch Program and Little Libraries.

We need 7 volunteers each Tuesday, June 16 – Aug 11, to help with serving Lunch
for the EDCI Summer Lunch Program — approximately 100 lunches for families
in East Durham!!
WHEN:    Tuesdays for Nine Weeks,  11:30 am – 1:00 pm.
WHERE:   Maureen Joy Charter School,  107 S. Driver Street.

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