Centennial Kickoff Party – January 26, 2015

CentKickoffParty6Past President Don Stanger greats Rotarians and guests in the historic power building on the American Tobacco Campus for the Centennial Kickoff Party.  High points of the celebration came when Andy Barada was honored for his contributions to the Foundation and Andy Esser and Susan Ross announced excellent progress on the way to our $200,000 goal. Susan promised that we wouldn’t stop when the goal was reached.

Paul Harris Awards: January 26, 2015


Foundation Committee Chair Dallas Stallings presented Paul Harris Fellowship awards to Sherry DeVries, Janene Tompkins, Arthur Whitehurst (Plus 1), Todd Taylor (Plus 1) and Larry Crane.

Andy Barada Reaches Major Donor Level Two

CjentKickoffParty3At our opening party celebrating 100 years of “Service Above Self”, the Durham Rotary Club was pleased to make a significant award to Andy Barada.

Andy has recently reach “Major Donor Level Two” status.  A major donor to The Rotary Foundation is a member who has contributed $10,000 to The Foundation.  Level two simply means that said donor has doubled that amount for The Foundation.

Andy and Placide Barada have long supported the work of The Rotary Foundation and for several years, Andy served as Chair of our club’s Foundation Committee.  The Baradas’ gifts through The Foundation contribute toward Rotary International’s goal of international understanding and peace.  Such support  reaches through out the world to promote humanitarian and educational programs that make a difference in the lives of some of our world’s neediest citizens.

Andy and Placide’s gifts help to improve living conditions for needy families locally and globally.  They increase food production and clean water for some of the poorest places on the globe.  These gifts support classrooms and educational materials, allay the suffering of the sick and disabled by providing immunization, medical treatment and rehabilitation.

Just as important, of course, is the fact that the work of The Rotary Foundation provides new channels for international understanding and brighter hopes for peace.  We congratulate Andy and Placide for their continuing support of The Foundation and for the example which they set for the rest of the members of The Durham Rotary Club.CentKickoffPary5

Program Report: Centennial Year Kickoff

40yearsPlusKatie Spencer, Director of the Museum of Durham History, and A Special Recognition of our Club Members with 40++ Years

Today kicked off the countdown to the 100th anniversary of Durham Rotary.  Eleven Rotarians who have been in the club 40 or more years were recognized.  This was followed by interviews of 3 club members about their early impressions of Durham and how Durham has changed over the years.

Brantley Deloatche enjoys the distinction of having been the earliest member to join the club, in 1946.  Not long after, in 1949, Ralph Rogers, Jr., became a Rotarian.  Other 40++ year members include: Past President Jim Hedrick (1962), Past President Jim Davis (1966), Past President David Ross (1967), Past President Bob Yowell (1972), Seth Warner (1975), Past President Phil Hutchings (1976)­­­­­­­­­, Jack Hughes (1966), Joe Murray (1967), and Ike Murray 1968).  It was later pointed out that there were no women among the honorees because Rotary was a men’s only organization until the late 1980s.  But, Honorary Member Lois Cranford is regarded as the “First Lady of Rotary.”

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100 Acts: MLK 2015 Day of Service

DonKenVandanaMichelOn January 19, The Durham Rotary Club, Durham Technical Community College, Duke University and United Way of the Greater Triangle joined together to pack 100,000+ meals to ensure that no one in our community goes hungry.

Here are a few more of the participants in this  Martin Luther King Day of Service 2015.

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Paul Harris Fellow Awards: Chris Combs and Don Draughon


Foundation Chairman Dallas Stallings presented Chris Combs with his Paul Harris Plus 1 award and Don Draughon with his Paul Harris award.