Program Report: Dr. Sharon Elliott-Bynum – CAARE, INC

rotary721 012webStop up at CAARE headquarters in downtown Durham on 214 Broadway Street most any Thursday.  It’s senior aerobics day.  Sometimes, more than 80 silver foxes show up to shake their booties.  And, judging by a photo at Monday’s presentation, there’s a whole lot of shaking going on.

You would be correct if you believed you were witnessing a vibrant fitness program for seniors.  You would also have but one tiny piece of a much broader social-assistance story of service above self.   The story began small, as such stories do, with two sisters in Durham nearly 20 years ago.  The sisters were concerned about troubling disparities in health and mortality rates among the Durham region’s adult population.  So they launched CAARE mindful that statistics have faces and sometimes tears behind them. [Read more...]

Rotary Minute: Mercer Stanfield

mercerwebAnother great “Rotary Minute” preceding the invocation. This time Mercer Stanfield shared a little about himself with the rest of the club. Below are his remarks.

Good afternoon. My name is Mercer Stanfield and I have been in Rotary since 2005. I am a native of Wilmington where I was fortunate to be raised in a big close family. It was a great place to be raised. I went to Hampden Sydney College in Virginia, majored in economics, and immediately came back to Wilmington to live the rest of my life at the beach. Jobs were very hard to come by as everyone wanted to live there and I took the first one that I could find. [Read more...]

July Rotary After Hours

AfterHours2The July Rotary After Hours was one of the best attended ever…probably because it was hosted by Danielle Kasper the Washington-Duke and food was served. President Vandana snapped a few pics and sent them along. With all the hot and trendy restaurants that have opened in Downtown Durham, this was a reminder of what a wonderful place the Washington-Duke is to celebrate a special event or treat an out-of-town guest, or, shoot, just treat yourself.  The smiles prove it.  AfterHours1

Scholarship Winners

megshcolarshipswebMeg Solera introduced the final two scholarship winners. Victoria Gahrmann from the Durham School of the Arts received one of the scholarships through the Durham Public Schools Foundation. Alma Perez from Durham Tech received the Brown Family Scholarship as part of the Emily K Scholars to College program. Congratulations to both scholars and to Meg for another outstanding crop of recipients.

Rotarian Honored – Dr. Ingrid Wicker-McCree

Wicker-McCreeAwardRotarian Ingrid Wicker-McCree was honored by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators. Below is the press release on the award. Congratulations Ingrid! Thanks to Sam Miglarese for passing this along.


KANSAS CITY, Mo.— The National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) has announced North Carolina Central University Director of Athletics Dr. Ingrid Wicker-McCree as the recipient of its 2014 NCAA Division I FCS Administrator of the Year Award.

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Program Report: Desmond Miller – District Executive Mawat District BSA

DesmondMikeweb“On my honor, I will do my best…,” Senator Mike Woodard held up three middle fingers, “and I’ll bet many of you can fill in the rest of the Boy Scout oath.” Indeed, in my head, I continued, “…to do my duty to God and my country…” Woodard went on with his introduction of Desmond Miller, district executive for the Mawat District, Occoneechee Council of the Boy Scouts of America, saying, “I’m really jealous of Desmond, because he gets to wear his Boy Scout uniform to work every day!” [Read more...]

New Members: Sarah Schroth and Bayard Collins

NewMembersJulywebMembership Co-Chair Chris Combs inducted two new members Sarah Schroth and Bayard Collins. The two new members then introduced themselves.

After serving as the Senior Curator and interim Executive Director on several occasions of Dukes Nasher Museum, Sarah was named permanent Executive Director in June. She succeeds former Rotarian Kimerly Rorschach who has moved on to less sunny climes at the Seattle Art Museum. The announcement of Sarah’s appointment is here.

Right around the corner from the Nasher on Erwin Road,  Bayard Collins opened the Hungry Leaf restaurant.  Bayard was born and raised in Washington, DC and earned a BA in History from Duke University. He has since earned an MBA from Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Prior to business school, he taught English in Prague, CZ, worked at a winery in Sonoma (Fisher Vineyards), and spent four years working at a technology start-up in Palo Alto ( while living in San Francisco.

He is now the proud co-owner of Hungry Leaf, a fast-casual restaurant serving fresh, healthy and delicious food to the Durham community.

Fun facts: He has travelled to more than 20 countries and is a certified sommelier.

Bayard’s Linkedin profile is at and the restaurant website is

Everybody please welcome our new members.


Scholarship Recipients

scholarshipsMegwebThe Durham Rotary Club sponsored a number of scholarships last year through the Durham Public Schools Foundation and the Emily K Center. Meg Solera presented four of the recepients who then introduced themselves to the club.  From left to right are Meg, Evelyn Richard, Madison Clarke, Brittany Powell and Shazeeda Mohamed.

Paul Harris Fellow Award – Sheridan van Wagenberg and husband

SheridanPHFwebFoundation Chair Dallas Stallings presents Rotarian Sheridan van Wagenberg with a Paul Harris Fellow Plus 1. Sheridan also honored her husband with a Paul Harris Fellowship Award. Jeroen, an airline pilot, was off flying and couldn’t attend.

Honoring Willis Whichard

BillWhichardPortraitThe link is to a front page article this morning in the Herald-Sun reporting the July 1 presentation of former North Carolina Supreme Court Justice and Rotarian Willis Whichard’s portrait, which now hangs in the Supreme Court. Judge Willis served as Chief Justice from 1986 to 1998.