END POLIO NOW – Walk on World Polio Day Friday October 24th

End PolioYou’ve heard of a flash mob, how about a flash walk?

Join President Vandana, Jim Leak and others across from the Whole Foods on Broad St. for a walk along the stone wall of Duke’s East Campus and then grab a cup of coffee or breakfast and join the fellowship at the Mad Hatter.

We are coordinating our walk with our Sister City Rotary Club in Durham, UK whose president is also walking (he’s a polio survivor) and raising money to End Polio Now.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is matching all Rotary dollars 2 to 1 so each dollar contributed equals $3 with the match.  $550 has already been raised for the match by the Durham Rotary. Please consider a donation of your own in cash, check or a pledge to be delivered Friday.

Contributions and pledges can be sent to Jim Leak 3703 Stonegate Dr. Durham, NC 27705 or to Sharon Lassiter at PO Box 51572, Durham 27717.  Or you can email your pledge to Jim at jim.leak@gmail.com or Sharon at slassiter38@nc.rr.com.  Jim’s phone number is 919.630.1548. Sharon’s is 919.868.0212.

Submitted by Jim Leak.

ShellyVandanawebShelly Green makes her birthday contribution to the Sunshine Box. Shelly has been walking a lot lately and is becoming a shadow of her former self but it’s all good and she looks fabulous and it hasn’t hurt her beautiful voice and makes us really wonder what the significance of the $55 amount of her contribution really is.  Happy Birthday, Shelly!


Rotary Minute – Craig Reed

CraigReedThe venue for out October 13th meeting at the Urban Ministries headquarters wasn’t ideal acoustically for an aging guy with some aging hearing aids so I missed most of the detail of Craig Reed’s Rotary Minute but one thing I do know about Craig that we share in common…we both have been employed by Home Depot as over-educated plumbing associates.  My feet couldn’t take it any more and I left about a year ago and Craig has risen to a much higher level in his store than I did, supervising the plumbing and kitchen and bath areas.

Fortunately his Linkedin profile at https://www.linkedin.com/pub/craig-reed/62/439/627 documents his other role with ITT Technical Institute and his past service with Campbell University and the Marine Corps Community Service organization and a whole lot more. But please don’t underestimate the value of what you can learn by working at Home Depot. Just ask me about the reliability of Sharkbite connectors or the flush power of modern toilets. 

Program Report: Patrice Nelson – Urban Ministries of Durham

PatriceAndSusanWebIf you want to get to know a fellow Rotarian, in my opinion the best way to do it is share an hour with them ringing the bell for the Salvation Army in front of a Walmart.  I spent one of those hours with Patrice Nelson, who hosted the club at Urban Ministries of Durham’s facility on Liberty St. across from the library. In fact, that made writing up her Rotary Minute back in April of 2013 easy because I already knew the person behind the details of her journey.  Susan Ross shared some of that background when she introduced Patrice. Patrice grew up in a middle class black family in D.C., where she found a calling in “making cities better” that took her to MIT for a degree in urban planning, and then to Kansas City, Philadelphia and now Durham to practice her craft. More about that journey is here at http://durhamrotaryclub.org/2013/04/rotary-minute-patrice-nelson/.

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