Rotary Minute: Geraud Staton

Rotary Minute GeraudGeraud Staton has introduced himself before when he joined the Club as one of the innovation fellows. Last October he mentioned  being in the Air Force during Desert Storm and doing a stint as a private investigator. He also described himself as a top notch oil changer. His fellowship project targets what he described as the 15% of entrepreneurs that are “necessity driven.”

Instead of repeating any of this, Geraud started talking about heroes. A hero is defined  by Webster’s he said, “is a person who is admired for great or brave acts, or fine qualities.” It is someone who inspires us.

This to set us up for a story about, oh, someone like Kareem Abdul Jabar or Martin Luther King, right?

Wrong. At seven or eight years old his first hero was Sammy Davis Jr. If nothing else this told us that Geraud has developed the comedic timing of a Jimmy Kimmel or a Todd Taylor.

He also told of the story of his father wanting to make him aware that there was a wider world than East LA and taking him to, of all places, Las Vegas, where an encounter on the street began a youthful obsession with the quick draw.

Now I can relate to that since my brother and I killed each other hundreds of times in quick draw contests snatching our toy revolvers from holsters strapped to our thighs.

Mastering the quick draw was not a great or brave act, Geraud admitted, but it did inspire him that he could be bigger than his surroundings.

He then mentioned how Christopher Gergen described Rotary  as community leaders  doing service to the world…the whole world. Polio eradication, education, clean water and community development. Bringing it back to Webster, he said that sounded like Rotary was an organization that “is admired for it’s great and brave acts, and it’s fine qualities.” It inspires and he became one.

One last thing he related. The quick draw champion of Hollywood is not Sammy Davis Jr.  It’s Jerry Lewis.

Where does he get this stuff?


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Atlanta RI Convention

Newman promoting AtlantaDistrict Governor Newman Aguiar encouraging members to take the bus to Atlanta to the Rotary International Conference in 2017.  Sign up now on the DacDB.

Program Report: Hank Scherich and Measurement Inc.

Lois and Hank ScherichPresident Deloatch introduced Hank Scherich, the CEO of Measurement Incorporated which he founded in 1980.  Dr. Scherich received his doctorate in Educational Psychology from Southern Illinois University, an MA in Education with a Specialization in Guidance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BA from University of Ottawa at Ottawa, Kansas. Hank is an outstanding community partner and supporter of Durham and Downtown Durham. Boards he serves on include Downtown Durham Inc., The Durham Chamber of Commerce, Hayti Heritage Center, Carolina Theater and the Duke University Eye Center.

Dr. Scherich began by saying he wanted to share three stories: how they got here, MI and Downtown Durham and how they run the company.

Before coming to Durham he had been a high school teacher and guidance counselor and a grad student, teaching, doing research and managing a dormitory. He then went to work for the Educational Testing division of Houghton-Mifflin.

Dr. Scherich arrived in Durham in mid 1977 when he began a job with NTS Research Corporation. His wife was pregnant, he was driving an old Buick LeSabre and they were living in the basement of some friends in Hillsborough while they looked for a home. Their first home was on Woodrow Street next to what was then Watts Hospital and is now the NC School of Science and Math.

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Upcoming Programs and Bulletin – May 23, 2016

Vandana and BC Peace Fellows GraduationPicture of the Week: President Elect BC Dash, his wife Asha and Past President Vandana Dake at Peace Fellows graduation.

Rotary — Bulletin — 5-23-2016 (PDF)

Upcoming Programs

edward-g.buckley-md_0May 23, 2016 OFFSITE – Dr. Edward Buckley – Duke Eye Center (Aeri Auditorium)

Click here for more info and map.  The address is 2351 Erwin Road. Turn in Eye Center Drive to park. This does not show on Google Maps but is between Douglas St and the main circle entrance to Duke Hospital.

Introduction: Judge Craig Brown and Don Stanger

May 30, 2016 NO MEETING – Memorial Day

June 6, 2017 – Ele Ross, St. Augustine Literacy Project

Introduction: Steed Rollins

June 13, 2016 OFFSITE – RTI Campus – details to follow

Introduction: Carver Weaver

June 20, 2016 – Lynn Richardson: African American Archives at Durham County Library & Geer St. Cemetary: A Historical Tour

Introduction: Lois Deloatch

Governor’s Installation Banquet


Installation of 2016-17 District Governor

Rusine Mitchell Sinclair

District Officers, Assistant Governors & Club Presidents


Salute 2015-16 Governor Newman Aguiar

The North Ridge Country Club

6612 Falls of the Neuse Road

Raleigh, North Carolina 27615

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM  – Reception including cash bar

7:00 PM – 9;00 PM – Dinner & Installation Ceremony

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