Rotarian Honored – Dr. Ingrid Wicker-McCree

Wicker-McCreeAwardRotarian Ingrid Wicker-McCree was honored by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators. Below is the press release on the award. Congratulations Ingrid! Thanks to Sam Miglarese for passing this along.


KANSAS CITY, Mo.— The National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) has announced North Carolina Central University Director of Athletics Dr. Ingrid Wicker-McCree as the recipient of its 2014 NCAA Division I FCS Administrator of the Year Award.

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Program Report: Desmond Miller – District Executive Mawat District BSA

DesmondMikeweb“On my honor, I will do my best…,” Senator Mike Woodard held up three middle fingers, “and I’ll bet many of you can fill in the rest of the Boy Scout oath.” Indeed, in my head, I continued, “…to do my duty to God and my country…” Woodard went on with his introduction of Desmond Miller, district executive for the Mawat District, Occoneechee Council of the Boy Scouts of America, saying, “I’m really jealous of Desmond, because he gets to wear his Boy Scout uniform to work every day!” [Read more...]

New Members: Sarah Schroth and Bayard Collins

NewMembersJulywebMembership Co-Chair Chris Combs inducted two new members Sarah Schroth and Bayard Collins. The two new members then introduced themselves.

After serving as the Senior Curator and interim Executive Director on several occasions of Dukes Nasher Museum, Sarah was named permanent Executive Director in June. She succeeds former Rotarian Kimerly Rorschach who has moved on to less sunny climes at the Seattle Art Museum. The announcement of Sarah’s appointment is here.

Right around the corner from the Nasher on Erwin Road,  Bayard Collins opened the Hungry Leaf restaurant.  Bayard was born and raised in Washington, DC and earned a BA in History from Duke University. He has since earned an MBA from Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Prior to business school, he taught English in Prague, CZ, worked at a winery in Sonoma (Fisher Vineyards), and spent four years working at a technology start-up in Palo Alto ( while living in San Francisco.

He is now the proud co-owner of Hungry Leaf, a fast-casual restaurant serving fresh, healthy and delicious food to the Durham community.

Fun facts: He has travelled to more than 20 countries and is a certified sommelier.

Bayard’s Linkedin profile is at and the restaurant website is

Everybody please welcome our new members.


Scholarship Recipients

scholarshipsMegwebThe Durham Rotary Club sponsored a number of scholarships last year through the Durham Public Schools Foundation and the Emily K Center. Meg Solera presented four of the recepients who then introduced themselves to the club.  From left to right are Meg, Evelyn Richard, Madison Clarke, Brittany Powell and Shazeeda Mohamed.

Paul Harris Fellow Award – Sheridan van Wagenberg and husband

SheridanPHFwebFoundation Chair Dallas Stallings presents Rotarian Sheridan van Wagenberg with a Paul Harris Fellow Plus 1. Sheridan also honored her husband with a Paul Harris Fellowship Award. Jeroen, an airline pilot, was off flying and couldn’t attend.

Honoring Willis Whichard

BillWhichardPortraitThe link is to a front page article this morning in the Herald-Sun reporting the July 1 presentation of former North Carolina Supreme Court Justice and Rotarian Willis Whichard’s portrait, which now hangs in the Supreme Court. Judge Willis served as Chief Justice from 1986 to 1998.

More Attention for the Reading Rangers

JayEditorialCommunications guru Mark Lazenby has worked with Vice President and Chief Reading Ranger Todd Taylor and Ranger Jay Zenner to get placement of a guest column by Jay in the Herald-Sun through Herald-Sun editor Bob Ashley.  Over the years, Bob has been part of club programs and supported many of our efforts to publicize our efforts. This particular effort was targeted at expanding the volunteer base of the Reading Rangers by showing that even a reluctant Ranger often can do something  for a kid and feel great about becoming part of “the village” needed to prepare our children for a good life and good citizenship.

This kind of placement is about as good as it gets in a general circulation newspaper but we can increase it’s impact through social media. The link below is to the column on the Herald-Sun’s excellent website. You can help by sharing it in your own social media accounts including, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Pinterest, etc. Let’s “go viral” with the message that if a grouchy old guy that can read can help a kid, than you can too.

Foundation Awards: Andy Barada, B.C. Dash and Sharon Lassiter

BaradaFamilyPHFwebThe start of a new Rotary year is always special but this one was made more special by the return of Andy Barada, a member since 1985 and former chair of the Foundation Committee. Andy brought his family to honor his wife Placide and his children with Paul Harris Fellow Awards. Taylor is his son and Grace is his daughter. Placide’s award was her Plus 2. Andy’s family was in town to spend the week. He had his three grandchildren present as well and son-in-law and daughter-in-law.

BCDashandAshaPHFwebB.C. Dash was also honored with the Paul Harris Society Award. It requires the recepient to give a total of $1000 to the Rotary Foundation every year. That amounts to about $85 a month and most members of this Society have this charged to their credit card. The gifts can be a combination of many gifts to the Foundation including regular gifts, Polio Plus or other gifts.

SharonPHFThe Club also awarded a Paul Harris Fellow Award to Executive Secretary Sharon Lassiter for her service to the club and keeping so many things on track including regular club communications.

Congratulations the the whole Barada family, Sharon, and once again to BC for their generosity and support of Rotary and it’s good works.

New Member: Jim Leak

webMembership Co-chair Kay Gresham inducted long time Rotarian Jim Leak into our club. District Governor Elect Newman Aguiar then introduced Jim to the club.

Jim Leak is a Rotarian of over 38 years who comes to the Downtown Club because our emphasis on local and international projects is in sync with his current interests.  As a retired banker who is the part-time managing partner for family business holdings, he has enjoyed having more time to devote to Rotary over the past few years.  [Read more...]

Rotary Minute with Tom Kerns

TomKernMinutewebIn an interesting departure from tradition, new club president Vandana Dake asked Tom Kerns to combine the invocation with his own Rotary Minute, our popular meeting feature designed to get to know each other better.

Since Tom is the son and namesake of Dr. Thomas Kerns, an ophthalmologist with what was originally McPherson Hospital in Durham from the mid 1950’s until his retirement in 1998, Tom III often gets the question about whether he has lived his whole life in Durham. Tom’s characteristic response is “not yet.” This is often followed with a question about whether he grew up here. Tom allows that he gives the same answer.

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