Rotary Minute: Indira Everett

IndiraEverettMinuteIn her own words…

Good Afternoon,

I’m Indira Everett and it’s certainly a pleasure for me to provide today’s rotary minute and a little of my background. I am originally from a small town near Greenville NC called Williamston where my 86 and 84 year old parents still live. I have 1 brother who is 12 years older and lives in Odessa, Florida. And, I’m blessed to have married my high school friend Roosevelt Everett after not seeing him for 25 years. Roosevelt and I grew up living around the corner from each other and after high school went our separate ways…me to Raleigh to attend NC State University and he to England where he started his career in the Air Force and later retired in 2008. Today, we both currently work in Durham. I started working at Duke Energy in 2013 after its merger with Progress Energy where I had worked for 23 years, and my husband works in RTP. And, I have a 26 year old stepson who lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

As I thought about what I would say regarding my involvement with service and the community, I had to go back to the beginning and start with my childhood. Both my parents always taught me that “you reap what you sow” and so you should always be careful about how you treat others in word and deed. They taught me never to do things for recognition but out of a commitment to make life better for someone else.

Both my parents were educators, a teacher and a principal, and I always saw them giving back to their students and to those in the community through their church and in very informal ways. They would spend time mentoring young kids and sharing food for thought or just a meal if a kid was hungry and they still do that today. They never belonged to a formal Rotary club but they practiced rotary tenets every day. Growing up we had a garden across the street from our house and we raised vegetables that we shared with the less fortunate, particularly, the elderly. And today, my husband and I share that same passion for helping the less fortunate. I enjoy volunteering through my church where I have served as a trustee since 1998 and I especially like volunteering at homeless shelters, most recently at the Durham Rescue Mission where my husband and I coordinated a group of employees to serve the residents there.

Last November, we moved to Durham from Garner and we love the area. Durham had never been an unknown to me because I spent a lot of time visiting here when my brother attended NC Central. His roommate was your current county attorney, Lowell Siler, my god-brother. Today, I manage Duke Energy’s government and community relations at the local level covering 4 counties, Durham, Orange, Lee and Chatham and so my office really is in my car as I travel back and forth throughout the week trying to engage in each county.

One of my favorite parts of my job is that I get to reach out to the community and give back through advocating for foundation grants that support the community. In fact, in 2014, I helped secure over $204,000 for worthy Durham organizations including 18 Durham rotary member organizations like the Life and Science Museum, East Durham Children’s Initiative, Durham Tech, and the Durham Arts Council. It is certainly rewarding to know that my company has and continues to help make a difference in the community. So to me, I’ve found the perfect blend of personal and professional stewardship. Through rotary, I have the opportunity to hear about the needs in the community and actively participate by giving in so many ways through volunteer efforts or funding.  For the last few years, I coordinated efforts for our employees to donate supplies for the “Fill that Bus” campaign and clean-up efforts at Ellerbe Creek and SEEDS earlier this summer.  It truly is rewarding for me to sow into the community and in the lives of others through the means I’ve been blessed to manage, whether personally or professionally. So today, I want to thank you for joining me and sowing back into the community as well.

Program Report: Sarah Schroth – The Nasher at 10

The Nasher's Sarah Schroth was introduced by Past President Sam Miglarese

The Nasher’s Sarah Schroth was introduced by Past President Sam Miglarese

It goes without saying that The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University is one of the gems in Durham’s arts and culture crown. It’s hard to believe that the Museum is preparing to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of its opening — because time has flown by as Durham has grown and changed in ways that many of us would never have anticipated. The Nasher has truly played an important role in our community’s transformation. We’re grateful that Duke Alum, Raymond B. Nasher (now deceased), himself an art collector, felt strongly that the University needed a contemporary art museum in order to compete with Ivy League Schools, so he put up half of the $20 Million Dollars needed for construction and donated many items from his personal collection.

The Duke University of Museum of Art was founded in 1969 with the acquisition of 200 medieval works from The Ernest Brummer Collection, and was housed in an old science building on East Campus. Today, The Nasher Museum’s growing permanent collection includes some of today’s best contemporary art, with a rare focus on work by artists of African descent. Other major strengths in the collection include European medieval art, European and American paintings, outsider art, classical antiquities, African art and ancient American (Pre-Columbian) art.

The 66,000 square-foot Nasher Museum was designed by Architect, Rafael Viñoly. He is designated as a “black cloak architect” in honor of Frank Lloyd Wright, who frequently wore a black cloak. The centerpiece of Viñoly’s modernist design is a dramatic 13,000 square-foot glass-and-steel roof rising to a height of 45 feet above the great hall. Five concrete pavilions fan out from a central courtyard to house three large gallery spaces, auditorium, two classrooms, shop and café. The Museum presents a dynamic schedule of programs, including free Family Days, performing arts events, lectures, film series, and social gatherings. The building was opened to the public on October 2, 2005, where Mayor Bill Bell dubbed it “Durham’s Museum.”

Rotarian, Sarah Schroth, was named The Mary D.B.T. and James H. Semans Director of The Museum in June of 2013. Commenting on the Museum’s design, she notes, “It’s surprising when you walk in, because there are no columns to distract from the interior view.” The steel and glass roof is a Viñoly signature; the huge steel beams form a hexagon that’s cemented into the surrounding walls. “The sun, clouds, and trees cast moving shadows all day, season to season, with uninterrupted views. It’s almost a work of art in itself,” Sarah says.

Since 2005, the Museum has organized and presented 70 collections, including numerous leading-edge exhibits that travel to institutions worldwide. These include Archibald Motley; Jazz Age Modernist (2014), Wangechi Mutu; A Fantastic Journey (2013), The Vorticists: Rebel Artists in London and New York, 1914-1918 (2010) and Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool (2008), garnering national attention from publications such as The Wall Street Journal and New York Times. The traveling exhibition El Greco to Velázquez: Art during the Reign of Philip III was named one of Time magazine’s top 10 shows of 2008, and Sarah was subsequently named Knight Commander in the order of Isabel the Catholic granted by King Juan Carlos of Spain. She was sporting her golden lapel pin during her presentation Monday.

In celebration of the tenth anniversary, a retrospective book will be published in addition to a “homecoming” event planned for Sunday, October 4. Scheduled from noon until 4 p.m., the occasion is open and free to all. In addition, mark your calendar for “Nasher Unplugged,” a Downtown Durham block party which will include the unveiling of Time Bridge, a commemorative mural on the Foster Street side of the YMCA building designed by Nigerian-born abstract painter Odili Donald Odita. The artist says the mural was inspired by the City of Durham, “a city that has an awareness of the complexity of its individual interests, and at the same time is open to allow those interests to thrive together as a community.” Odita also has created a wall painting inside The Nasher’s Great Hall entitled Shadow and Light (For Julian Francis Abele), in honor of the African-American architect who designed most of Duke’s campus.

There are numerous exhibits currently at the Museum, including Sharp Focus: Ansel Adams and American Photography, now through November 29. Learn more about exhibits, events, and how you can support the one of our community’s great assets at

Submitted By: Carver Weaver

Upcoming Program Schedule – October 5, 2015

NewmanOctoberfestPicture of the Week: Past President and Current District Governor Newman and Ann-Louise at Octoberfest. This event is sponsored by Apex Sunrise Rotary Club and the Cary MacGregor Rotary Club.


Bulletin — 10-5-2015 (PDF)


October 5, 2015 – Rotary Innovation Fellows

Emily Egge; Geraud Staton; Nicholas Allen Introduced by Chris Gergen


October 12, 2015 – NO MEETING Columbus Day


October 19, 2015 – To Be Determined


October 26, 2015 – Duke Integrative Medicine

Dr. Adam Perlman, MD, MPH Associate VP Duke Health and Wellness Executive Director – Introduction by Arthur Rogers, III


November 2, 2015 – OFFSITE in the EVENING – McKinney

Details to Follow.

Foundation – Polio: We Are This Close

DallasStallingsPolioAt the Rotary International Convention thirty years ago, 1985, RI adopted a new challenge that seem unrealistic at the time.  Rotarians were challenged to begin a journey to eradicate Polio from the face of the earth.  Polio was a much dreaded disease at the time, leaving many people in our world, especially children, permanently crippled or worse. The theme slogan, END POLIO NOW,  has been a constant part of Rotary life ever sense.  Rotarians accepted this challenge in 1985 and today, thirty years later, we can actually see the end of Polio in sight.  According to recent reports from RI, there are only 36 active cases of Polio in the world today and they are in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

For years, now, as we have neared this goal of a Polio free world, we have been reminded by popular stars, politicians, ordinary people and a host of others that “We are this close…” to meeting our goal.  While this seems like a small goal in the remainder to a thirty year crusade, it really is not quite so simple.  Even if all current cases of Polio in these two areas were to be conquered, such areas must remain Polio Free for three years in a row to earn a clear certificate.

World Polio Day this year, then, has much for us to celebrate.  We will celebrate being “this close…” to eradicating a medical enemy that has crippled hundreds of thousands.  But we will also want to celebrate the lives of many volunteers who unfortunately lost their lives during this multi-year crusade.  They were murdered by people who sought to side-track this mighty effort.

To celebrate this year, join Durham Rotary Club in a walk around Duke’s East Campus on October 24.  Our club has invited clubs from other parts of the world with whom we have partnered in many RI projects to join us on this walk.   Wear your End Polio Now pin as a reminder to others.  Purchase and give a pin to a friend and encourage her/him to also wear it. And consider making a gift.  “We are this close…”, but we are not there yet.  We still need your financial involvement.

Hope to see you on the walk on October 24 at East Campus.

Dallas Stallings – Foundation Chair

Upcoming Program Schedule – September 28, 2015

newafterhoursPicture of the Week…a revived “Rotary After Hours” gathered at Tyler’s Tap Room on the American Tobacco Campus.

Rotary — Bulletin — 9-28-2015 (PDF)


September 28, 2015 – Nasher 10 Celebration

Sarah Schroth, Executive Director Introduced by Arthur Rogers III

October 5, 2015 – Rotary Innovation Fellows

Emily Egge; Geraud Staton; Nicholas Allen Introduced by Chris Gergen

October 12, 2015 – NO MEETING Columbus Day

October 19, 2015 – Congressman GK Butterfield

Civil Rights in an Era of Mass Incarceration  Introduction by Del Mattioli

October 26, 2015 – Duke Integrative Medicine

Dr. Adam Perlman, MD, MPH Associate VP Duke Health and Wellness Executive Director

Introduction by Arthur Rogers, III

November 2, 2015 – OFFSITE in the EVENING – McKinney

Details to Follow.

Centerfest Successful!

The 41st Annual Centerfest Arts Festival on September 19 – 20 was a huge success in its fourth year back in the heart of Downtown Durham. We had perfect festival weather and record attendance! A total of 34,765 people enjoyed great art and lively performances in downtown Durham throughout the 2-day weekend!  (last year was 26,377).

Thank You to the Rotary Club of Durham for playing a BIG role in creating a wonderful 2015 CenterFest Arts Festival!  On behalf of the Durham Arts Council Board and Staff, we are truly grateful to the 41 Durham Rotarians and three spouses plus 8 members from other Durham Rotary Clubs who covered really important cash positions at the festival Gates and Coke Booths.  Thank you for your enthusiasm, dedication and friendly welcome to all who came to CenterFest! 

The festival this year showcased 144 visual artists from 16 states, 70 performing artists and groups on six stages, over 40 community nonprofit, civic and government groups, great festival food, a Beer Garden with entertainment into Saturday evening, a fun Kids Zone, and many new festival activities.

There are also a lot of great shots on Instagram at #centerfest