New Member Orientation, 11:30, Aug 29, for TEAMS & Service Opportunities


“Rotarians working with EDCI, one of our Service Projects”

All new members of this past year who missed the Aug. 8 New Member Orientation
are invited to a Special New Member Orientation at 11:30, Monday. Aug. 29.
Come learn about opportunities for Service Projects, and join a TEAM with other New Members,
hosted by a Past President for fellowship and information about our Club projects and activities.


Program Report: Bouncing Bulldogs

Bouncing bulldogs 1 web“Durham is the place to be. Shake someone’s hand and say, ‘Durham is the place to be!’ I know that’s right. Shake someone’s hand and say, ‘I know that’s right!’  There’s no bad kids in Durham County! Shake someone’s hand and say, ‘There’s no bad kids in Durham County!’”  

– Ray N. Frederick Jr, Director and Founder, Bouncing Bulldogs

Like sharing peace at church on Sunday, we started the Bouncing Bulldogs program this past week with exaltation to Durham and shaking hands with our neighbors. Our preacher was the charismatic and innovative founder of the church of jump rope, a.k.a. the Bouncing Bulldogs, Ray N. Frederick Jr.Bouncing bulldogs 2 web

Rotary member, Danielle Kaspar, introduced Coach Frederick and the team, and highlighted some of their biggest achievements: seven-time Grand National Champions, winning for the sixth straight year this past June in Braga, Portugal; they’ve been featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal and featured on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric; and, they’ve taught and performed all over the U.S. and in several countries including Australia, China, Israel, and South Africa, just to name a few.

Coach Frederick himself has been the recipient of numerous awards including the highest award for service in North Carolina, The Long Leaf Pine Award.

Those of us who have lived in the triangle for a while, have likely witnessed the incredible acrobatics of the rope skipping demonstration team at halftime of a UNC or Duke basketball game, at a corporate event, or as part of an outreach program at a public school. While the physical accomplishments of the team members, ranging in age from 5 to 29 years, are astounding, the mission to help all children grow physically, as well as emotionally and socially is equally impressive.

Bouncing Bulldogs 3 webTheir mission was on full display in the Marriott ballroom on Monday. After a high energy performance (see video), Coach Frederick brought up members of his team to help present the non-profit’s achievements, and to answer questions from our members.

A young team member named Anna not only presented their own mission statement but impressed us with her knowledge of the Rotary and our mission. Coach Frederick went on to explain the similarities between the Bouncing Bulldogs, Rotary and the Durham community in regards to the three Es. Environment – we encourage a positive environment for all. Education – we prioritize education. Education gives kids power and we can help them use it in the right way. Experience – it doesn’t matter where kids are from, it matters where they end up. We use our experience to nurture all kids.

When asked by a Rotary member how he selects his team, he was succinct. A positive attitude is the most important, then they have to be self-motivated, maintain a B average in school and talent is the last factor in his selection process.

As a non-profit, Bouncing Bulldogs has never had a payroll and has never been in debt. They survive off of the donations of others, and have been doing so for 27 years. This year marks an important milestone as they raise funds for their first dedicated jump rope gym. If you care to contribute to their effort, you can do so here.

Submitted by Kate Elia who also shot and edited the Bouncing Bulldogs video below.  

Editors note: At the end you will see a picture link to another video that was shot by Jen Noble.  My only contribution was to load them to my Vimeo account and embed in the post. – Jay

Bouncing Bulldogs – Large



Upcoming Programs and Bulletin – August 22, 2016

Lois Cranford and Susan Ross at Fill the BusPicture of the Week. Past President Susan Ross helps her mom, Lois Cranford deliver school supplies for the Fill-the-Bus Campaign that she collected at the Carillon where she has been living for the last few years. Hope to collect some more pictures of the event this week.

Rotary — Bulletin — 1-4-2016 (PDF)

District Governor MitchellAUGUST 22, 2016  DG RUSINE MITCHELL SINCLAIR

Introduction: B. C. Dash


Introduction: Tom Bonfield


Observance of The Labor Day Holiday


Introduction: Don Stanger


Introduction: Don Stanger


Introduction: Mary Ann Black

OCTOBER 03, 2016  TBA


Introduction: Bill Ingram


Introduction: Vandana Dake


I Want the One Over There…

first year teacher giveawayCrayons2Calculators will open the 2016-17 school year with the First-Year Teacher Giveaway on Saturday, August 27 from 9:30 am – 12 noon.  This is the third year that Durham Rotary Clubs have sponsored the event with both a grant for materials as well as volunteer help.  In 2015 nearly 150 brand new teachers selected more than $20,000 worth of supplies to help get their very first classroom off to a great start.  We anticipate another great turn out in 2016.

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Scholarships Press Release – August 2016

Marge Nordstrom, and Meg Solera, our champions of student scholarships and External Communications guru, Mark Lazenby put together the press release below and sent it to local media. We hope to see it in the Herald-Sun and Durham Magazine and their online properties with the attached pictures. Congratulations to the students, their parents and their mentors at Student U and the Emily K Center.

Press Release Scholarships

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Obituary: Lucinda McMichael Paris, wife of Rotarian John Staddon

Obit Lucinda ParisLucinda McMichael Paris, much loved wife, mother and friend, died at Duke Hospital on August 4.  She is survived by her husband John Staddon, her sister Charlotte Pelon of Durham, and two children: Charlie Paris who lives near Boulder, CO, and Anne Paris, who lives with her husband Barclay Collins and two daughters in Arlington VA.

Cindy was born on June 19, 1937, in Winston-Salem NC, but grew up in Durham.  She went to Duke and UNC before graduating with a master’s degree in library science. She was for many years the Head of Collections at the downtown Durham County Library and before that Head of the Parkwood branch.  Latterly, she worked for a while as Managing Editor of the scientific Journal of Neuroscience, but was happy to leave when computers began to take over.

Cindy was a writer who published both short stories and poetry.  She had been working on a novel about Fuegia Basket, the young native girl being returned to her people on Tierra del Fuego by James Fitzroy, captain of HMS Beagle, during the voyage that took young Charles Darwin round the world in the early nineteenth century.  Cindy maintained her literary interests to the end.  She was a member of Durham’s 106-year-old Halcyon literary club and regularly  attended a weekly writing group organized by her longtime friend Laurel Goldman in Chapel Hill.

Cindy was able to travel widely with her husband John.  Her first trip outside the US was to Brazil, where she visited places from Sao Paulo in the south to remote Belem at the mouth of the Amazon river.  Next, she spent a year in Germany.  She became friends with families in many countries, from Brazil to Mexico, Italy, Germany, Australia and also England.  In later years, she and John spent several months each year in York, a medieval city in the north of England, a place and a culture she loved. Her last trip was a very happy voyage from Southampton to New York on the Queen Mary 2.

“Say not in grief ‘she is no more’ but live in thankfulness that she was.”

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in Lucinda’s memory to the Durham County Library: or to the Duke Lemur Center