Valentine Luncheon at Levin JCCDurham area Rotarians hosted another successful recognition luncheon for Alzheimer’s caregivers at the Jewish Community Center in Durham on Valentine’s Day. The Pitchforks, the oldest a cappella group at Duke University, provided the entertainment.

The Pitchforks from Duke

Upcoming Program Schedule – NO MEETING February 15, 2014

convention center hallFebruary 15, 2016 NO MEETING – Presidents Day Holiday

February 22, 2016 Lynn Richardson: African American Archives at the Durham County Library and Geer Street Cemetery: A Historical Tour.

Introduction by Lois Deloatch

February 29, 2016 Auth
or Andra Watkins – Not Without My Father: Journey on the Natchez Trail

Introduction by Rob Everett

Want to Rent your home out during the Duke graduation this spring?  See the note below that came into the website as a comment on one of the posts.

My name is Joey Komada and I’m with the Rotary Club of Palos Verdes Peninsula California. My daughter is graduating from Duke business school on May 15th and I’m looking to rent a home to sleep 8 people for that weekend from May 12 through the 15th.
Would any of you know someone who would have a home to rent out for that weekend?
Please contact me ASAP if you do at or you can call me at 310-617-6354. Thank you so much.
Thank you so much in advance, Joey Komada

Upcoming Program Schedule and Bulletin – February 2, 2016

LevinPicture of the Week: Full house for the off-site meeting at the fabulous Levin Jewish Community Center.

Rotary — Bulletin — 2-8-2016 (PDF)

February 8, 2016 Arles Taylor: Intellectual Property Law in a Changing Research Triangle

Introduction by Don Stanger

February 15, 2016 NO MEETING – Presidents Day Holiday

February 22, 2016 Lynn Richardson: African American Archives at the Durham County Library and Geer Street Cemetery: A Historical Tour.

Introduction by Lois Deloatch

February 29, 2016 Author Andra Watkins – Not Without My Father: Journey on the Natchez Trail

Introduction by Rob Everett


Polio Plus Challange

EndPolioCNN“We are this close!”

Rotarians around the world can be proud of the accomplishments made in the effort to eradicate Polio from the earth.  BUT close is not complete!  At the beginning of this Rotary year, District Governor Newman, a faithful member of our Durham Rotary Club, challenged each Rotarian to make a gift of $30. per person to the effort to eradicate Polio.  Our club is near the finish line of our part of the challenge. We have given collectively at this point nearly $3400.  We need to complete the challenge by contributing the remaining $2750. before March 31 in order to achieve this Governor’s Star at this years District Conference when all clubs in the district who have  achieved their goals are recognized by The District Governor.  We hope that the Governor’s club will be among that group.

It is true that many of our members, of course, have already given more than $30. toward the eradication of this dreaded disease this year.  We are this close!  But close is not complete.  The Foundation Committee urges every member to make a gift to Polio Plus in order for our club to meet our goal.  There will be an opportunity as you come to our club meetings up to March 31 to make your gift.  If you have given, but can add to your gift, know that your gift will be greatly appreciated.  Lets not let our Governor down.  Better, lets not let those afflicted by this disease down.  We are this close!DallasStallingsPolio

Dallas Stallings and The Foundation Committee

Black History Month Parade

Phyliss Coley Black History Day ParadeRotarian Phyliss Coley, the Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and organizer of Durham’s Black History Month Parade last Saturday, addresses the Kickoff celebration.

Rotarians Danielle Kaspar and Club President Lois Deloatch with E’Vonne Coleman Cook of the DCVB at the Kickoff.BlackHistoryDayParade1


Rotary Minute: Christopher Gergen

ChristopherGergenMinuteWebChristopher Gergen, who we may know best as the creator of the Durham Rotary Innovation Fellows Program, provided a Rotary Minute today the ticked through many other initiatives he has been involved in, many with a similar theme often described as social entrepreneurship.

As an Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fellow himself at Duke, Christopher is also the CEO of Forward Impact a program to unleash the impact of the potential next generation of entrepreneurial leaders.

This work includes launching community-based strategies to develop and scale high-impact entrepreneurs including Bull City Forward in Durham, NC, Queen City Forward in Charlotte, NC, Moore Forward in Moore County, NC, HQ Raleigh, and Think House – an entrepreneurial living community in Raleigh.

Forward Impact also helps schools, universities, and communities develop transformational entrepreneurial leadership experiences with partners such as the Center for Creative Leadership, where Christopher is Innovator in Residence.

Forward Impact also consults with state and national clients including helping launch and scale the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation’s Social Entrepreneurship Initiative, Carolina CAN, and the NC Charter School Accelerator.

Christopher is co-author of the nationally acclaimed book Life Entrepreneurs: Ordinary People Creating Extraordinary Lives and co-authors a bi-weekly column on social innovation for the Raleigh News & Observer and the Charlotte Observer titled “Doing Better at Doing Good.”

Christopher was recently selected as a 2013 Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and serves on several local, state, and national boards including the NC Museum of Natural Science’s Citizen Science Council, Duke’s Nasher Art Museum, and the National Center on Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

In 1999, Christopher co-founded SMARTHINKING that became the leading online tutoring provider in the United States before being acquired by Pearson Education in 2011. Other ventures include starting a coffeehouse/bar in Santiago, Chile and “Entrepreneur Corps”—an AmeriCorps*VISTA initiative that placed 400 full-time business volunteers for a year of service in over 90 non-profits.

Previously, Christopher started LEAD!, a leadership, entrepreneurship, and service program for Gonzaga College high school students in Washington, D.C. and is a founding board member of the E.L. Haynes Public Charter School also in D.C.

Further experience includes serving as Vice President of New Market Development for K12 Inc. and Chief Operating Officer for New American Schools. Christopher received a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Duke University, a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the George Washington University, and his M.B.A. from Georgetown University.

Christopher is a third generation Durhamite.  His grandparents moved to Durham in 1936 when his grandfather became the chair of Duke’s Math Department, a position he held until his retirement thirty years later. His dad spent the first three years of his life on Monmouth Ave where Rotarian Barker French now lives and graduated from Durham High in 1959.

Christopher grew up in Washington, DC but came to Duke as an undergrad. He returned again to Durham six years ago with his family and now lives in Trinity Park where his kids go to Watts Montessori.