Humoring our Heroes

A group of enthusiastic Durham Rotarians ventured to Durham Regional Hospital to show their appreciation for the heroes that are working there. Of course, it was a fanfare with lots of humor. A sincere Thank you to all of the Healthcare Heroes from the members of the Durham Rotary Club.

The employees were so grateful as noted in the letter below:

“Sincere thanks again to you and the Rotary Club of Durham for spreading so much joy at the hospital on Monday evening. (Photos attached.) Our team members were smiling and so appreciative. I know you all brought a smile to my face every time I visited with you!

We appreciate all of the support, and you will always be members of our Duke Regional family

April Dudash

Manager, Internal Communications

Duke Regional Hospital

We Have Expanded

We are so happy to share that a new satellite Club of ours has been established in the Croasdaile Village development. Asst. Rotary Governor Jeff Blass visited one of our first meetings. The first ten members of our new satellite club are pictured above.

All of us present at our meeting are thankful for the great Q&A session held to better enlighten us about what is happening at Durham area clubs and, most important, at our sponsoring club.


New Member: Nick Tennyson

NICK TENNYSON was born in Arkansas and grew up in a little town north of Spokane, Washington. He graduated from Duke in 1972 with a degree and a commission in the Navy. Nick spent 5 years on active duty in Southern
California. He eventually retired from The Naval Reserve as a Captain. Nick lived in Suburban DC before moving to Durham in 1981 where he co-owned a home building company until 1989. During that time, he was a Member of the
RTP Rotary Club. Nick spent 25 years in Association Management. Nick waselected Mayor of Durham in 1997, and was re-elected in 1999,. His other period of public service was with The North Carolina Department of Transportation for about 4 years. Nick is married to Jennifer and they have 3 grown children. Nick is re-joining Rotary, in large part because his mom and dad loved the Organization and what it stands for and does. Nick is sponsored by Susan Ross. Welcome, Nick!

New Member: Jon Parker

JON PARKER is a third generation Durham resident. He is owner of Jon Parker Real Estate and with over 36 years’ experience, has hundreds of transactions under his belt. Jon is led to give back to the community by contributing time and resources to area non-profit organizations. He runs a social change organization that fronts as a real estate company. “Excellence is not a skill, it is an attitude.” Striving to provide the highest level of professional service has been the “North Star” in Jon’s real estate practice since 1984. Jon has three degrees from Duke. “Every day is a new beginning.” Jon begins his days with gratitude – and a mindful cup of coffee. Jon is sponsored by Emilee Collins.
Welcome, Jon!


Program: Michael Hutton – Data Security

Let’s start at the end.

When Michael Hutton finished his presentation on securing your data, time was running short, so when President Todd waved the microphone and asked it there were any hot questions, I grabbed it and asked whether the criminals stealing your data or taking it hostage were ever caught.

The answer was “not many” although apparently not for lack of trying. He mentioned the FBI and other law enforcement agencies who pursue these crooks.

Mr. Hutton, who was introduced by Rick Jorgensen, spent most of his career working for intelligence services in Washington doing risk assessment.  He is now a principal at Titan Risk Consultants and talked to the Club about the fundamentals and importance of Incident Response Plans in allowing a business to overcome cyber-attacks that compromise the integrity of their systems and information.

Yes, you can insure against cyber criminality, but you better be able to demonstrate that you have a risk management plan in place to both reduce the likelihood and recover in the event that a successful attack is launched. He defined Response Plans as a structured set of actions that a company takes when it has suffered any type of event that threatens their systems and information.  [Read more…]

New Member: Steven Day

STEVEN DAY resides in Chapel Hill and is the Executive Director for CalyxLiving, a Senior Living Organization, in Durham. Steven was a prior Member of The Rotary Club of Durham and transferred to The East Chapel Hill Rotary Club for approximately six (6) months due to his job and location at that time. He has since then changed jobs to CalyxLiving and returned back to us. Steven is looking forward to having many opportunities to give back to Durham businesses and developing strong relationships. He is, in particular, interested in Alzheimer’s Awareness. His hobbies include tennis, piano, and politics. Steven is sponsored by PDG Newman Aguiar. Welcome back, Steven!