Newman Aguiar Inaugurated District Governor

Newman and FamilyWebNewman Aguiar, Past President of the Durham Rotary Club was inaugurated as the 2015-2016 District Governor of Rotary District 7710. The Inauguration Banquet was held in the Durham Rotary Club’s regular venue of the Durham Convention Center.  The arrangements for the celebration where coordinated by Rotarian and Convention Center Manager, Durham Convention and  Visitors Bureau Chief and Rotarian Shelly Green and Durham Rotary and District 7710 Executive Secretary Sharon Lassiter.  Rotarian and State Senator Mike Woodard provided the invocation and Past President Susan Ross presented Past President Newman to the enthusiastic crowd of District 7710 Rotarians, Peace Fellows and guests. The District Governor’s banner was passed to incoming Durham Rotary President Lois Deloatch and current President Vandana Dake. The banquet also honored District Governor Matthew Kane, the District Leadership Team and incoming Club Presidents.

More pictures of the event are posted at the Durham Rotary Club’s Facebook page at

Upcoming Program Schedule and Bulletin: June 29, 2015


June 29, 2015

End of Year Celebration – Evening Event beginning at 5:30 PM.

July 6, 2015

NO MEETING – 4th of July Celebration

July 13, 2015  OFF SITE at Durham Tech

Ben Adams, KIPP administrator – Knowledge is Power

July 20, 2015 OFF SITE at Maureen Joy Charter School


Monday’s Bulletin:

Rotary — Bulletin — 6-29-2015 (PDF)

Shout Out: Melissa Mills

MelissaSanPauloWebMelissa took the podium to briefly talk about her experience at the Rotary Peace Conference that preceded the Rotary International Conference in Brazil this month. She also used the opportunity to promote a seminar that she has organized and will be conducting for the 21st Century Woman. More Information here.MelissaSelfieSPweb.

Rotary Minute: Lois Deloatch

LoisMinuteSanPauloReportWebPresident Elect Lois Deloatch used her second Rotary Minute to reflect a little on the impact of the Rotary International Conference from which she recently returned. To learn a little bit more about the woman who will lead us next year, her original Rotary Minute is at this link Below are her reflections on the conference in her own words.

At the Rotary International Conference in São Paulo, Brazil, Former President of Costa Rica and Nobel Peace Laureate, Dr. Oscar Arias, said that Rotary is a fellowship like none other. He noted there are more countries with Rotary Clubs than there are countries represented in the UN. He reminded us that our clubs have incredible impact, influence and reputations for collaboration, leadership, and achieving results in challenging environments and dire circumstances. Rotary makes a difference!  [Read more…]

Program Report: Professor John Staddon: Unlucky Strike

JohnStaddon and Jay TobaccoWebPrivate Health and the Science, Law and the Politics of Smoking

He has a spring in his step, a twinkle in the eye, a brilliant academic career, and an elegant British accent so flowing he could and should do voiceovers for the BBC when he retires. Even his hair flows thickly gray and dashing.

Yes, there are also books – five of them, including a memoir recounting a boyhood in wartime London, plus articles published in the likes of Atlantic Monthly.

The doctoral degree came from America – you guessed it – at Harvard.  He has conducted research at Oxford University, MIT, York and other elite global institutes of higher learning.

He’s also a local boy and fellow Rotarian.

For more than 30 years John Eric Rayner Staddon has served at Duke University as the James B. Duke Professor of Psychology, and professor of Biology and Neurobiology. For nearly six of those years, Staddon has belonged to the Durham Rotary Club. [Read more…]

Upcoming Program Schedule: June 22, 2015

JohnStaddonMinutewebJune 22, 2015: Professor John Staddon – Private Health and the Science, Law and Politics of Smoking

June 29, 2015: End of Year Celebration – Evening Event, No Daytime Meeting

July 6, 2015: NO MEETING – 4th of July Celebration

July 13, 2015: OFF SITE Ben Adams, KIPP Administrator – Knowledge is Power – Durham Tech

Today’s bulletin: Bulletin — 6-22-2015 (PDF)