Upcoming Program Schedule and Bulletin – February 2, 2016

LevinPicture of the Week: Full house for the off-site meeting at the fabulous Levin Jewish Community Center.

Rotary — Bulletin — 2-8-2016 (PDF)

February 8, 2016 Arles Taylor: Intellectual Property Law in a Changing Research Triangle

Introduction by Don Stanger

February 15, 2016 NO MEETING – Presidents Day Holiday

February 22, 2016 Lynn Richardson: African American Archives at the Durham County Library and Geer Street Cemetery: A Historical Tour.

Introduction by Lois Deloatch

February 29, 2016 Author Andra Watkins – Not Without My Father: Journey on the Natchez Trail

Introduction by Rob Everett


Polio Plus Challange

EndPolioCNN“We are this close!”

Rotarians around the world can be proud of the accomplishments made in the effort to eradicate Polio from the earth.  BUT close is not complete!  At the beginning of this Rotary year, District Governor Newman, a faithful member of our Durham Rotary Club, challenged each Rotarian to make a gift of $30. per person to the effort to eradicate Polio.  Our club is near the finish line of our part of the challenge. We have given collectively at this point nearly $3400.  We need to complete the challenge by contributing the remaining $2750. before March 31 in order to achieve this Governor’s Star at this years District Conference when all clubs in the district who have  achieved their goals are recognized by The District Governor.  We hope that the Governor’s club will be among that group.

It is true that many of our members, of course, have already given more than $30. toward the eradication of this dreaded disease this year.  We are this close!  But close is not complete.  The Foundation Committee urges every member to make a gift to Polio Plus in order for our club to meet our goal.  There will be an opportunity as you come to our club meetings up to March 31 to make your gift.  If you have given, but can add to your gift, know that your gift will be greatly appreciated.  Lets not let our Governor down.  Better, lets not let those afflicted by this disease down.  We are this close!DallasStallingsPolio

Dallas Stallings and The Foundation Committee

Black History Month Parade

Phyliss Coley Black History Day ParadeRotarian Phyliss Coley, the Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and organizer of Durham’s Black History Month Parade last Saturday, addresses the Kickoff celebration.

Rotarians Danielle Kaspar and Club President Lois Deloatch with E’Vonne Coleman Cook of the DCVB at the Kickoff.BlackHistoryDayParade1


Rotary Minute: Christopher Gergen

ChristopherGergenMinuteWebChristopher Gergen, who we may know best as the creator of the Durham Rotary Innovation Fellows Program, provided a Rotary Minute today the ticked through many other initiatives he has been involved in, many with a similar theme often described as social entrepreneurship.

As an Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fellow himself at Duke, Christopher is also the CEO of Forward Impact a program to unleash the impact of the potential next generation of entrepreneurial leaders.

This work includes launching community-based strategies to develop and scale high-impact entrepreneurs including Bull City Forward in Durham, NC, Queen City Forward in Charlotte, NC, Moore Forward in Moore County, NC, HQ Raleigh, and Think House – an entrepreneurial living community in Raleigh.

Forward Impact also helps schools, universities, and communities develop transformational entrepreneurial leadership experiences with partners such as the Center for Creative Leadership, where Christopher is Innovator in Residence.

Forward Impact also consults with state and national clients including helping launch and scale the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation’s Social Entrepreneurship Initiative, Carolina CAN, and the NC Charter School Accelerator.

Christopher is co-author of the nationally acclaimed book Life Entrepreneurs: Ordinary People Creating Extraordinary Lives and co-authors a bi-weekly column on social innovation for the Raleigh News & Observer and the Charlotte Observer titled “Doing Better at Doing Good.”

Christopher was recently selected as a 2013 Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and serves on several local, state, and national boards including the NC Museum of Natural Science’s Citizen Science Council, Duke’s Nasher Art Museum, and the National Center on Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

In 1999, Christopher co-founded SMARTHINKING that became the leading online tutoring provider in the United States before being acquired by Pearson Education in 2011. Other ventures include starting a coffeehouse/bar in Santiago, Chile and “Entrepreneur Corps”—an AmeriCorps*VISTA initiative that placed 400 full-time business volunteers for a year of service in over 90 non-profits.

Previously, Christopher started LEAD!, a leadership, entrepreneurship, and service program for Gonzaga College high school students in Washington, D.C. and is a founding board member of the E.L. Haynes Public Charter School also in D.C.

Further experience includes serving as Vice President of New Market Development for K12 Inc. and Chief Operating Officer for New American Schools. Christopher received a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Duke University, a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the George Washington University, and his M.B.A. from Georgetown University.

Christopher is a third generation Durhamite.  His grandparents moved to Durham in 1936 when his grandfather became the chair of Duke’s Math Department, a position he held until his retirement thirty years later. His dad spent the first three years of his life on Monmouth Ave where Rotarian Barker French now lives and graduated from Durham High in 1959.

Christopher grew up in Washington, DC but came to Duke as an undergrad. He returned again to Durham six years ago with his family and now lives in Trinity Park where his kids go to Watts Montessori.

Program Report: Leaders of Tomorrow – NBMBA Association

BlackMBA TeamAt least as early as the Greek Socrates, philosophers and, by extension, educators have sought to inculcate in their students the habit and ability to think critically. All too often the promise falls short in this democratic age that seeks to make education universally available.  Today’s program, however, proved that critical thinking can be alive and well.  Five high school students who belong to the Raleigh-Durham Chapter of the National Black MBA Association demonstrated that somewhere along the way, someone or something nurtured their ability to gather facts, to reason carefully and without prejudice, and to draw independent conclusions or inferences.  Marion Johnson, Jr., the chapter adviser introduced the students:  Isaiah Forte-Rosa, Xavier Melton, Chantè Russell, Bryan Hager and Marion Bishop.  (I was seated at the back of the room, so my apologies if I did not get their names exactly right.)  These students, by the way, had no previous background in business administration, accounting or other business related disciplines.MarionWeb2

Founded in 1970 the National Black MBA Association has nearly 50 high school chapters.  The Association’s goal is to develop critical thinking skills to prepare students for whatever careers or paths they take in life.  Each year the NBMBAA purchases and distributes to its chapters a case study from one of the nation’s leading business schools.  The students’ task—with some guidance from volunteer mentors such as Past President Don Stanger—is to develop a business plan to achieve specific corporate goals.

This year’s case study was to develop a business plan for Whole Foods whose executives want to expand significantly, increasing the number of its stores from roughly 300 in 2012 to 1000 by 2022.

Don With NAMBAWeb1Spoiler Alert and to cut to the chase: the Raleigh-Durham NBMBAA students said it couldn’t be done while maintaining the core values of the company or taking undue financial risk.  They recommended extending the deadline to 2027.  Of the 26 competing teams the Raleigh-Durham team was the only one to say Whole Foods couldn’t achieve its goal within its time frame. It took gumption for these young folks to challenge Whole Foods corporate strategy but they did so in convincing fashion.  This is where critical thinking enters the picture.  The students laid out their case for us just as they had presented it in 25 minutes to the panel of judges.

Let’s just hit some of the highlights.

Whole Foods is debt free.  It finances construction of new stores through retained earnings.  To rapidly accelerate construction or to engineer mergers would require external funding with its attendant risks.  Time is also a major consideration.  To reach its goal of 1000 stores Whole Foods would have to add 80 stores a year.  It takes Whole Foods three years to open a new store—30% identifying and acquiring a site, 40% in construction, and 30% to find and train the right employees and managers.  Site selection is crucial.  Whole Foods has never closed a store, something of which the company is rightfully proud.

Whole Foods believes strongly in offering as many locally sourced, organic, pesticide-free products as possible.  Currently, some 700 farms are providing meats, vegetables, fruits, cheeses and other dairy products.  Depending on local farmers guarantees the high quality its customers expect and the local economy benefits.  Would there be enough local, organic farmers to meet the needs of 1000 stores?

The students also made some savvy positive recommendations.  Better use of technology, especially social media for advertising.  Improved IT security.  Online shopping.  Smaller stores—with larger and more profitable restaurant space—for college campuses.  Small stores stocked with Whole Foods less expensive “365” house brand for “food deserts.”  Cooking classes to demonstrate how wholesome, slightly more expensive organic foods, can be prepared economically.

It is little wonder that the Raleigh-Durham Chapter of the NBMBAA placed third—for the second time in three years—in the national competition.  Well done!

Submitted by Allen Cronenberg

Upcoming Program and Bulletin: February 1, 2016

Spelling BeePicture of the Week: Rotarians Mimi O’Brian, Michel Tharp, Shelly Green and Nancy Gordon checking notes after serving as judges at the annual Spelling Bee at Y.E. Smith School. Don Stanger and Jay Zenner joined the fun too but were out of camera range.

Rotary — Bulletin — 2-1-2016 (PDF)

February 1, 2016 OFFSIGHT – Center for Jewish Life

Marion Johnson – National Black MBA Association – Business Case Team

Introduction by Don Stanger

February 8, 2016 Details and Information Forthcoming

February 15, 2016 NO MEETING – Presidents Day Holiday

February 22, 2016 Lynn Richardson: African American Archives at the Durham County Library and Geer Street Cemetery: A Historical Tour.

Introduction by Lois Deloatch

February 29, 2016 Author Andra Watkins – Not Without My Father: Journey on the Natchez Trail

Introduction by Rob Everett