Rotary Minute: Brady Surles

BradyMinuteWebOn Monday our Rotarian of the Year gave his Rotary Minute.  Like many of us older Rotarians, covering the highlights takes more than a minute…or two. That is a challenge for taking notes so I always appreciate it when our minutemen can share their notes electronically. Here then is Brady’s “Minute” in his own words. -jz

What does Rotary Mean to me?

Two things come to mind immediately — Service and   International  Opportunities:

I retired as Professor of History in 2008 from the Virginia Community College System where I taught in Richlands and Abingdon for 34 years and my family and I lived in Abingdon.

When I retired, I received a rocking chair, which I have never used, and we moved immediately  to Durham for the same reason many retire to Durham, 3 wonderful grandsons. Then I found Sister Cities where I’m currently serving as President, and then I found Rotary.

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Rotary “Sponsors” Centerfest, Sept 19-20

KayCenerfestwebPast president Kay Gresham shared details about our Centerfest invollvement.

Our Rotary Club is a major Sponsor of Centerfest, the big Arts Festival of
the Durham Arts Council, Sat and Sun, Sept 19 – 20, with 26,000 in attendance.
This is a great opportunity to get our Rotary message to the public,
and DAC is counting on lots of Rotarians to make it successful.

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As a Palladium Sponsor, here is what is involved:

— Our Club will be listed in the Program Guide as an official sponsor -with our logo.
— We can wear our Rotary Aprons as volunteers
— Our Club will have Rotary banners at two of the entrance gates
— Our Club’s name will be on the volunteer t-shirts as a sponsor
— Saturday will be designated “Rotary Day at Centerfest”
— Rotary will have a “Sponsor’s Tent–Rotary Booth) (20′ x 20′) for all Rotary Clubs
— Our Club made a financial donation for the festival as part of the
100 Acts of Service, plus we need to provide in-kind support as Volunteers
for the Entrance Gates and the Sales Booths (cokes and t-shirts).

Sign up for two hour shifts on
or sign up with Kay Gresham and Sherry DeVries before or after our meetings.

Banner Exchange: Beirut

Lois and flag exchangewebPresident Lois Deloatch with visiting Rotarian and Immediate Past President Lina Fakhoury of the Rotary Club of Beirut Metropolitan from Districh 2452. Ms. Fakhoury is here to in Durham with a child entering Duke University.

Upcoming Programs: August

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Pic of the week – President Lois and Rotarian Jen Noble at the Crayons2Calculators warehouse .

 Rotary — Bulletin — 8-24-2015 (PDF)

August 24, 2015 – David Ferriero -Archivist for the United States

Archiving in an Electronic Age: Favorites from the National Archives

August 31, 2015 – Jane Brown, Senior Strategic Advisor – Business Development

BCBS/Mosiac: Accelerating Health Innovation in the Triangle

September 7, 2015  NO MEETING

Labor Day Observance

September 14, 2015 – Centennial Program: Arts – Centerfest


September 21, 2015 – Nasher at 10 Celebration – Sarah Schroth Exec Director

September 28, 2015 – Co-founders Alex Lemann and Colin Copeland

Open source in an Open City


New Members: August 17, 2015

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Chris Combs, co-chair of the Membership Committee officially inducted two new members, Bob Stevens, who was sponsored by Barry Curtis and Leigh Ann Hamby, sponsored by Lois Cranford and Doug Koenig. Please introduce yourself to them and welcome them to the club.

Program Report: Centennial – Todd Taylor Education Committee

ToddPresentingwebRotary President Lois Deloatch probably would have gotten the “time’s up!” buzzer from Vandana at Monday’s meeting, and all she did was recite the activities our club members have undertaken in thepast week: Fill the Bus school supplies drive. End-of-the-summer lunch and activities at East Durham Children’s Initiative. Rotary information booth at last Saturday’s farmer’s market. Welcoming and saying farewell to our international exchange students: Incoming Fern Piromsantikorn from Thailand; outgoing Adair Tomkins, heading to Bolivia; and Jack Saint Clair, returning from spending one year in Germany. Shout-outs to the families of Janene Tompkins and Shannon Leskin for hosting our global guests!exchangestudentsweb

When Rootin’-Tootin’ Todd Taylor stood at the lectern to deliver an update and a call to action for all members to “kick off the school year in Rotary style” we knew more acts of service were in the future for our Centennial year. Donning his cowboy hat, his raucous YEE-HAW got everyone sitting up and responding with a hearty HOWDY! of our own. Representing 13 programs, the Education Committee is one of our most robust groups. Throughout the school year, hundreds of schoolchildren are served, thousands of dollars are raised, and tens of thousands of hours are donated by Rotarians in Durham. While some programs are supported by other clubs in District Area Seven, the bulk of the activities are designed, developed, and implemented by members of the Downtown Durham club.

The RYLA program (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) provides a three-day leadership course to local high school students. Under Chris Hyland’s guidance, the interest has grown and we now get far more applications than there are positions. If you weren’t able to attend the meeting on Monday, get Todd to do his Valley-girl impression of the comments we heard from the teens that participated: “it was sooooo fun!”ExchangeStudents with Lois

While we don’t have numbers yet from this year’s Fill the Bus school supplies drive, we do know that this event has enjoyed widespread support from the community; we’ve grown from filling just one bus eight years ago to filling eight buses last year. There were numerous more collection sites this year, and our hope is that when the numbers are all in, we’ll surpass our goal of $120,000 in funds and supplies for the Crayons to Calculators warehouse.

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