100 Acts: MLK 2015 Day of Service

DonKenVandanaMichelOn January 19, The Durham Rotary Club, Durham Technical Community College, Duke University and United Way of the Greater Triangle joined together to pack 100,000+ meals to ensure that no one in our community goes hungry.

Here are a few more of the participants in this  Martin Luther King Day of Service 2015.

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Paul Harris Fellow Awards: Chris Combs and Don Draughon


Foundation Chairman Dallas Stallings presented Chris Combs with his Paul Harris Plus 1 award and Don Draughon with his Paul Harris award.

Rotary Minute: Arles Taylor

ArlesMinuteIn his own words, below is Arles Taylor’s Rotary Minute. 

As mentioned I am Arles Taylor and I am pleased to have the opportunity to present the Rotary minute for today.  Our club is full of so many inspirational Rotarians who truly live out Rotary’s ideals and so it is really an honor to be asked to speak today.

I am a North Carolina native. I grew up in the Sandhills of North Carolina, about an hour south of the triangle in a town called Carthage. Carthage is in Moore County near Pinehurst, just for a little more geographic reference.  I am a patent attorney here in town. My firm is Jenkins, Wilson, Taylor and Hunt. So really I am about as close as you can be to Carthage, North Carolina and still be a patent attorney. This reminds me of a presentation we heard here at the club by Bob Ingram. That is, Bob noted that thanks to the advent of and growth of the Research Triangle Park, North Carolina natives have been able to stay here in NC and take advantage of great professional opportunities.  And I am certainly an example of that. [Read more…]

100 Acts of Service – Kickoff!

LunchBags“100 Acts of Service” kicked off at the Jan 12 meeting:

At the meeting, Rotary members inscribed messages of motivation and inspiration
on over 100 lunch bags for use at Urban Ministries when they distribute lunches.
With the leadership of Patrice Nelson, we now have completed our first 100 Acts.

Also, 4 members participated on the planning committee for the Pop Up Museum
“My Durham Beginnings” project with the Museum of Durham History.

Total “Acts of Service” as of Jan. 12  =  104
Next:   Bring photos, objects, or stories to the Pop-up Museum event at the Durham

History HUB, 500 W. Main, on Sat, Jan. 31, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm.

Submitted by Brady Surles


Program Report: Joel Curran – Vice Chancellor for Communications – UNC-CH

JoelCurranConfession time…50 some years ago at a school far, far away, a philosophy professor and a math professor, both priests, got me out of an academic jam. Things started going downhill less than a month after enrolling as a naïve student/athlete when I discovered I was totally unprepared for an engineering curriculum. The priests might have bent a few rules but it let me find my true calling as a BS’er (English major) and finish my college career with a respectable GPA without any further help of that kind. I’m happy to say that that university is still there with its academic reputation intact.

Maybe that’s why I’m more sanguine than some that UNC will survive the embarrassing disclosure that some of their athletes found their way into courses that were not particularly rigorous and may have even been fraudulent.

Our speaker, introduced by Program Chair Rob Everett, was Joel Curran.  Mr. Curran was a high-powered public relations executive with ties to UNC when the school recruited him to become their Vice Chancellor for Communications. He began the job last December. When his office approached us via our website about presenting a program, it wasn’t explicit that it was motivated by this particular problem. However, it would be easy to draw that conclusion and was obviously on the mind of the overflow audience that included at least two UNC Trustees and Mr. Curran’s counterpart at Duke.

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Kinky Boots Coming


Join us on Wednesday, March 11 for KINKY BOOTS, winner of six Tony awards including best musical, playing at the DPAC at 7:30 p.m. Rotarians and their guests will gather at Tobacco Road for a reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. (includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts, wine and non-alcoholic beverages). $100 per person.

If you already have season tickets to Kinky Boots at another day/time, you can exchange them for tickets to our event and just pay for the party – $45 per person.

We’ve got 50 great seats reserved in the Orchestra (floor level) section.

Contact Carver Weaver for further information – weaverc@durhamtech.edu or 919-623-7888. Profits from the evening go to benefit the Brown Family Scholarship Fund.