Program Report: Bond Referendums in November Election

In the midst of an “interesting” campaign season, Michael Goodmon, Capital Broadcasting, talked about the flip side of this year’s ballot for Durham County. Introduced by Bill Ingram, Goodmon explained the 2016 Durham County Education Bonds ballot initiative. He said that “Durham has a history of getting things done when they need to be done. The city is booming but there’s lots more we need to do.”

Goodmon said that the four initiatives totaling nearly $170 million are all about education. $90 million to build a new Northern High School and deal with deferred maintenance issues. For the library, most will go to the Main Branch where they want to create a space for people to gather and learn.  Speaking of the Museum of Life and Science as “our gem,” he said that it draws people from all over the state and beyond and is in need expansion to deal with its success. He said that “we don’t talk about Durham Tech enough and that its portion will help it to expand its role in broadening the skill sets of our workforce. Gordon then called on his experts to speak of the four initiatives.

Bert L’Homme, Superintendent of Schools, said that in addition to the new High School renovations to other schools, including Eno Valley Elementary, will improve security, operational and energy efficiency. bert-lhomme-bonds-web

tammy-baggett-bonds-webTammy Baggert, Library Director, spoke of transforming the Main Branch of the Library with a new expanded facility. She said that architect’s renderings are available on the library’s web site.
Julie Rigby, Development Director of the Museum of Life and Science, said that the new parking deck, renovation of space, additional classrooms and exhibit space as well as exhibit maintenance will allow the museum to better handle the large numbers of visitors that they see.julie-rigby-bonds-web

bill-ingram-bonds-webBill Ingram, President of Durham Tech, explained that the bond will allow them add a new CAM department, automotive lab and space for HVAC and building trades.

Goodmon wrapped up by saying that the group has gained a number of endorsements and will have their web site live on Wednesday of this week. He reminded all to Turn Over the Ballot!

Submitted by Doug Butler

Upcoming Programs and Bulletin – March 17, 2016

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Picture of the Week: From the archives…Past President Susan Ross reads to children in the library of YE Smith.  Don’t forget to sign up for a volunteer activity in lieu of a meeting next week. See the post with all the details here.



Introduction: Vandana Dake



Introduction: Don Stanger



Introduction: Steed Rollins



Introduction: Steed Rollins

NOVEMBER 21, 2016  NO MEETING!! Thanksgiving                              


Introduction: TBA

Monday, Oct 24 is “Rotary Volunteer Day”

 Join Rotary Members who are leaders in these service groups!
They will be available to talk to you before & after Rotary on Oct. 17

1) You select  your Agency for volunteering  – individually or with a group.
You contact  the Agency Contact Person to work out details.

CARING HOUSE    Sheridan van Wagenberg         
Bring cookies/cake. Yard work. Organize closets.  Help with light house work.

CENTER for SENIOR LIVING  Mary Tyler Fore     
Socializing with participants in our Adult Day Health program.   Weeding the garden

Clean and organize our supply closet.  Take a load of things to the Scrap Exchange.

EDCI                   David Reese
Install Little Libraries and cleanup/install mulch at the Cherry Grove Park playground.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY    Roxanne Hall Little
“HabiTour”  of Habitat’s work, walk-through a Habitat home, chat with Habitat owners

KIDZNOTES    Katie Wyatt      
“Spectacular Volunteer” Orientation 10/29, 12:15-1:30pm Holton Career/Resource Ctr

Work with Animal Dept Keepers-indoors-outdoors, clean animal habitats.
Landscaping to maintain outdoor exhibitions, manual labor – mulching, pruning, etc.

NC ARTS IN ACTION         Marlon Torres     
8:15 – Arrival at Holt Elementary,     Sign-in at main office, meet Marlon Torres.
8:25 – 9:15: Observe Dance Class (Ms. Beckett’s Class);   9:30–10:30 –Debriefing

PROJECT BUILD (Gang Intervention)  Michelle Young
Lunch orientation meeting with staff .  Set up a clothing closet.

READING RANGERS Contact     Todd Taylor
Take a tour of Y. E. Smith School to find out about the Reading Rangers program.

SALVATION ARMY   Robert Viera 
Thrift Store: Sort/organize donations, organize sales floor.
Boys/Girls Club: Paint Teen Room; Library.
Corps Office:  Landscaping;  Paint parking lot lines;  Organize Food Pantry

SEEDS                  Emily Egge          
Organize kitchen-pantry;  Organize library, photos of books for social media

TROSA                Keith Artin 
Help at the Trosa Thrift Store –  Sorting, pricing donated items, clear out old items.

URBAN MINISTRIES         Gin Jackson
Tour Urban Ministries of Durham. Bag lunch provided (for clients weekdays)




Rotary Minute: Susan Ross

susan-ross-minutePast President Susan Cranford Ross used her Rotary Minute to tell the Club more about the business she started in 2009 when she completed a 29-year career as a senior fundraiser at Duke University.  The strategic fundraising consulting firm moss+ross LLC was started by Susan and long-time friend (and current president of the Raleigh Rotary Club) Mary Moss to provide services to the nonprofit and educational community in the Triangle. She said their business has always been interested in maintaining a strong “Triple Bottom Line” meaning the focus is on People and Place as much as Profits. The firm now has 18 experienced associates and has served more than 145 clients in its eight year history, including a number of major engagements at UNC and Duke.  Susan noted that a number of their past and present clients have Rotary connections including Durham Tech, EDCI, Urban Ministries, Durham Arts Council, the Center for Child and Family Health, Habitat Durham, the American Dance Festival, SEEDS, the Museum of Life and Science, Duke Gardens, the Durham Library Foundation, and TROSA.

Program Report: Joanne Pierce, Deputy Public Health Director of Durham County

peirceEquality and Equity

“Equality and Equity”  — how do we understand these terms as we struggle to understand why some people live longer than others?   Joanne Pierce presented us several ways to think about Equity for racial and low income people.
One example is a study she cited that argues zip codes influence people’s lives, with the comparison of two women who live in different zip codes.  One has access to good health facilities, grocery stores with fresh food, better roads and parks, access to good jobs, etc. compared to a person with little access to these things.  The study indicated that the person with access to these things may live to about age 88, but the other person may only live to about age 67.

Two events highlighted how we treat people of different “classes”.    A study of women who survived the sinking of the Titanic indicated that passengers in first class had a 94% survival rate, whereas passengers in third class only had a 55% survival rate.  The other example was a picture of the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain Sully had to land his plane in the Hudson River in New York City.  The picture showed passengers from the first class exit in a life raft, but the passengers from the rest of the plane were standing on the wing of the plane, hoping they would not sink before rescue vehicles arrived.

The issue then is not just Equality, but how do we address the question of Equity?   Are there factors in our systems which influence our life span and our quality of life?    The illustration of this was a study cited which used the Monopoly game to explain this.   Two groups of graduate students were assigned to play the game for a three hour period.  One group was allowed to play for the first two hours, while the other group had to wait.  Since the first group had the opportunity to accumulate property and wealth, they were well established when the second group was allowed to play.  The second group obviously did not have access to property to purchase, and they were constantly having to pay rent as they proceeded around the board.  This second group began to hope to “get in jail” in order to avoid paying the rents, and in general they began to give up since they saw no way to succeed.

The question for us to consider is what does this say about Durham, and how do we provide Equity so that all of our citizens have the opportunity to develop full and long lives?

Submitted by Brady Surles

After Hours: DAC Screening of Chairman Jones

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