Join the 82 Rotarians working on 100 Acts


Boy Scouts Spring Food Drive   — Bring on Monday, April 27

May 1 – 6:  “Books on Break”:  shopping with kids for summer reading.

Set up;  Assist kids in selecting their books.  Contact Mimi O’Brien

Sat, May 16:  EDCI  Refurbish the Playground and Children’s Room:
10 am – 2 pm.  Need 10 more:   Rotary Contact   Sam Nichols, David Reese

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Coming Events:
EDCI Summer Program — Hosting lunch and helping with Activities
Back Pack Buddies with Y. E. Smith
Begin Habitat House
Bull Moon Ride fundraiser with Habitat for Humanity
PROUD Summer Program — Conduct Leadership Sessions
Am Dance Festival     — Helping with visiting faculty
Full Frame “School of Doc”  for Teenagers
Planning for Reading Rangers, World Peace Day, Vision programs, Centerfest

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Rotary Rangers Event in District Newsletter

Todd in District NLCommunications guru Mark Lazenby got more exposure for the Reading Rangers/YE Smith video hook-up with elementary students in India. If you haven’t seen the new “flipbook” newsletter, check it out. It is a real treat.

Anna Jones featured in The Rotarian

AnnaInRotaryMagOur own Anna Jones was featured “Up Front” in the May edition of The Rotarian (with Jeff Bridges on the cover) the magazine distributed to Rotarians all over the world for Anna’s work putting together the story of her father in the documentary, Chairman Jones: An Improbable Leader. Thanks to Mark Lazenby for passing along the link to the story on magazine’s website including the video trailer of Anna’s labor of love. The video is also embedded below.

Anna from Web

100 Acts: Rotary & the History HUB

HistroyHubOur Rotary club was a major sponsor of the new exhibit at the Museum of Durham History, “Durham Beginnings:  1865 – 1885″, which had its grand opening on April 12.  The exhibit features several families of the Durham area during that period as the area grew immediately after the Civil War.

The exhibit also includes the picture of our eleven Rotary members who were recognized for 40 plus years of membership when the MoDH conducted our program with interviews on January 26. The public is invited to see the exhibit during the next several months.

Pictured here are Rotarians who attended the opening on April 12, with Katie Spencer, Executive Director of the Museum of Durham History:
Front Row,  L-R:  Ralph Rogers, Tom Krakauer, Lynn Richardson, Brantley Deloatch.
Back Row, L-R:  Brady Surles, Katie Spencer, Susan Ross, Don Stanger.

Submitted by Brady Surles

Program Report: John Guss: Bennett Place Site Manager

GussBennettPlaceProgramWebWe did not gather last Monday to diss Virginia. Many club members including your club newsletter editor hail from it. Several of us including your correspondent spent long decades living and working there and loving on it.

But Virginia can be a bit of a hog at the communal table of American history.  And in matters of the American Civil War, particularly in the pecking order of important historic sites, the Old Dominion sports some mighty sharp elbows that it is not afraid to use.

On April 26, John Guss, site manager of Bennett Place, Durham, NC, plans to push back. [Read more…]

100 Acts: Recruiting


Mimi O’Brian shares a big smile and the opportunity for 64 volunteers to help out on the Books on Break project. Be sure to check the tables at every meeting during the Centennial year for volunteer opportunities. David Reese was also there last week recruiting 20 volunteers to help clean up a Cherry Grove Park playground at the church near EDCI’s office on Driver Street recognizable by its multi-colored picket fence.