Meeting Cancellation – January 9, 2017

Because of anticipated road conditions the decision has been made to cancel the meeting scheduled for Monday January 9th, 2017. The scheduled program about the Innovation Fellows will be rescheduled for another meeting.

The Grinch

Due to the generosity of over 40 Rotarians The Grinch Theater event was a resounding success. We did the following:

~ we completely subsidized 22 children from the East Durham Children’s Initiative to attend the performance.

~we hosted the EDCI children, chaperones and staff at a pre-theater reception with sweets and beverages……in the former  DPAC President’s Lounge with space donated by DPAC.

~we had a wonderful Fellowship lunch of Rotarians, family and friends at Tobacco Road and then 30 of us attended the performance with great seats in The Grand Tier. This is one of our first events to include young children and truly was a family event.

~through pledges and ticket sales we raised $1,500 for the Brown Family Scholarship Fund, which will be awarded later this year to an economically challenged student graduating from the Emily K Center’s Scholars to College program.

Many thanks to all of you who supported this event, and to Carver Weaver who spent countless hours working with DPAC, EDCI and our Rotary Club to make this event successful.

Submitted by Meg Solera

Program Report: Christmas Program – December 19, 2016

The Durham Public School Program was preceded by the Durham Rotary Chorus led by Vince Simonetti as seen in several of the pictures above.

It was a very merry Monday at the last meeting of the year. Rotary member Steed Rollins introduced us to the K-12 Director of Arts Education for Durham Public Schools, Mary Casey. Ms Casey oversees the programming and continuity of the arts programs across the school system, and she invited the music students from Little River K-8 to our meeting.

The arts program at DPS has three important branches:

Arts Education – classes taught in visual and performing arts in the schools

Arts Integration – teaching arts within other classes, like science or English

Arts Exposure – exposing students to the arts around the triangle from museums to live performances like the Nutcracker

Leading the music program at Little River, the only K-8 school in the DPS system, Ms Kirlauski introduced us to her 70 elementary school students and 20 middle school students who wowed us with their holiday carols and piano performance. As a smaller school, Ms Kirlauski is able to teach piano to her students instead of band.

On piano we heard four middle school students perform Jingle Bells, Frosty the Snowman and Deck the Halls (duet).

For the carols Ms. Kirlauski’s assistant, Dr Dan Huff, professor of music at UNC, accompanied her on piano. Dr Huff is also Ms. Kirlauski’s father.

The middle school students tenderly sang “Winter Wonderland” and “Let it Snow.”

The elementary school students moved from the gentle “Who Has Seen the Wind?” to the more raucous “Please Let It Snow.”

Together the students brought down the house with a choreographed version of Mr. Santa that is a decades old tradition at Little River to honor the music teacher who started the tradition many years ago.

Mark you calendars for “An Evening of Entertainment” on Friday, March 3rd when DPS students will perform at DPAC. Ticket sales go to funding scholarships for students.

Submitted by Kate Elia

Poinsettia Deliveries

police-station-poinsettias firestation-poinsettiasIt’s an annual tradition to deliver Poinsettias to the police and firefighters. The number sort of depends on who doesn’t show up to pick up plants that they’ve ordered.

A very handsome couple delivered several to Police Headquarters on Chapel Hill Street while Past President delivered to the fire station Downtown.


MLK – Day of Service


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Salvation Army Bell Ringing

The smiles reflect the joy of the holiday and the fellowship of Rotary. Thanks to the many Rotarians that participated this year. In the pictures are Ellen Cassilly, Lois Deloatch, Brady Surles, BC Dash, Mal White, Meg Solera and Vince Simonetti and one of his favorite tubas. Merry Christmas.