New Members- Joseph Houde and Elizabeth Ellis-Furlong


Please welcome to membership in Durham’s oldest and largest Rotary Club, Joseph Houde a corporate trainer who was sponsored by Todd Taylor, and Elizabeth Ellis-Furlong (Lizzie) the new director of Durham Literacy Center who was sponsored by Reggie Hodges, the old director of the Durham Literacy Center.

New Paul Harris Fellow – Julie Ketner Rigby

JulieRigbyPHFWebJulie Ketner Rigby of the Museum of Life and Science accepts her Paul Harris Fellowship pin from Foundation Chair Dallas Stallings. Congratulations to Julie!

Rotary Minute: John Cross

JohnCrossWebJohn Cross introduced himself as a banker who has been in Durham with PNC Bank here in Durham for two years as a Commercial Banking Relationship Manager. Banking has been his career since he graduated from Wake Forest in 2004 with a BS in Analytical Finance. He made it clear that he had instructions from President Vandana to keep it short and devote some of his time to the question of why he is a Rotarian.

His Linkedin profile  catalogs such skills in credit analysis, asset based lending, treasury management, underwriting and cash flow forecasting which might lead you to believe that he’s the banking equivalent of a nerd. But he showed no signs of that at the microphone. In fact, he grasped the task of explaining what being a Rotarian meant with unusual eloquence, especially for someone just beginning his second year.  He described the opportunity as being a spoke in the Rotary wheel and part of the good accomplished by Rotary around the world.

In his first year he enjoyed being a Reading Ranger and looked forward to being part of the Salvation Army Bell Ringing this year. He thanked the members of the club for welcoming him and becoming part of the Club.

Program Report: Centennial Kickoff – Don Stanger

WhiteLogoWebFor over a year Past President Don Stanger has led an effort to plan for the hundredth year celebration of the Durham Rotary Club.  Don described this presentation as the transition from planning to execution.

The first order of business was to reveal publicly for the first time the logo for the year long program that was created through a joint effort by talented help from the staffs of President Vandana’s Alliance Architecture and the Convention and Visitors Bureau led by Shelly Green.

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