100 Acts: Volunteer Opportunities March- April


We hope you will consider volunteering for some of these 100 Acts of Service projects:
1.  Center for Senior Life-“Music in My Mind”:   One on one sessions with people with dementia to help them listen
to their favorite music.   This is a great music therapy program, presented by Cathy Stallcup, Exec Director, on March 2.
No music training necessary, just a willingness to help, and spend 45 minutes with someone who can use your help!
Rotary Contact:    George Deaton

2.  Farewell Dinner for Japanese college students — They are here in Durham for English immersion and to stay with host families for learning about American culture, coordinated by Toyama Committee of Sister Cities and DTCC.
5:30 – 8 pm,  Tues, March 10.  St Phillip’s Episcopal Church, 406 E. Main Street.     Serve as “welcoming hosts”.
Rotary Contact:      B. C. Dash

3.  SEEDS:   Help with Spring Planting at this “community education gardening”.
Saturday mornings:  March 14, 21, 28;  April 11, 18;  May 2
Rotary Contact:    Lizzie Ellis-Furlong

4.  Serving Meals and Packing Lunches:  Teams of 6 – 8 to serve meals at Durham Rescue Mission, and packing lunches
at Urban Ministries.    Mornings,   Lunch time,  Dinner time.      Flexible Dates.
Rotary Contacts:        Judge Craig Brown,  Ernie Mills, Jr.,  Patrice Nelson

5. Career Night at Emily K Center, 6:15 – 8:15 pm, Thursday, March 19
Present to small discussion groups about career possibilities in your field of expertise
Rotary Contact:                 Todd Taylor

Program Report: Bethany Bradsher – Bones McKinney

Feb20SpeakerWebBethany Bradsher is an author living to our south in Greenville, South Carolina, and for this, her second visit to our club, she came to speak about her new book “Bones McKinney: Basketball’s Unforgettable Showman”. Bethany’s last book introduced her to this remarkable character from Durham, and once she learned a bit about him she became hooked. So she sought out to interview his six children, former colleagues and players, and write this new biography about a chain smoking Pepsi drinking minister who played basketball.

Bones came to Durham with his single mom at the age of five. His legend is hard to sort out from the truths about him, but his outline is clearly remarkable. After all, a high school drop out that played at both UNC and NC State, was an enlisted man and a preacher, well, right there you have the makings of a pretty incredible yarn. But Bones McKinney’s influence on basketball cannot, and now will not, be forgotten.

She explained that it was McKinney’s way of making the game fun that really had an impact, as well as being a top-notch player. As opposed to the corporate, (her word) way of college hoops now, his was one of showmanship and good-natured fun, but coupled with a deep inside knowledge of the game.

In the seasons he played with Durham High School from 1938-40 they won 69 straight games, traveling up and down the coast beating other state champions, and becoming the most successful high school team in North Carolina history. He dropped out of high school, and most of his teammates went on to play at Duke. Bones played at State, but had his college years interrupted by World War II, where he served at Fort Bragg for four years, and then returned to school and played at UNC. He was only there for five months, but while a Tar Heel he played in the national championship. A new league called the NBA had just started and Bones (named for his tall and skinny frame) was signed to the Washington Capitols team by Red Auerbach himself.

His on the court antics would attract and keep fans attending with a professional league that was not as popular as baseball or football. He would get up into the stands and eat someone’s popcorn, or remove the organ player from his seat because he didn’t like the music he played during foul shots. He eventually became the coach at Wake Forest, and had a 1960 Life magazine photo profile capture his wild antics. In fact, a seat belt was placed on his chair to keep him seated while coaching.

Most important was his huge love of the game; he was an innovator who also for one of the first coaches to recruit African American players.  This included Lew Alcindor (most of us know him as Kareem Abdul Jabbar,a name Bethany oddly did not use).

In the end my favorite comment about this remarkable man came from our own Dallas Stallings, who remarked that McKinney was his fraternity’s faculty advisor, so when chaperoning parties, he got “all the Pepsi and cigarettes he could ever want.”

Submitted by Deirdre Haj

Editor’s note: For those who missed Ms. Bradsher’s presentation on Monday, her biography of Bones McKinney and other books are available at Amazon.com, including Kindle versions?

Paul Harris Awards: February 23


Foundation Chair Dallas Stallings awards Seth Jernigan his PHF Plus 1, Tammi Brooks her PHF Plus 2, Jim Leak his PHF Plus 8 and hangs on to his own award for achieving PHF +4.


Dallas also announced that Todd Taylor, Dave Ross, Sheridan Van Wagenberg and Melissa Mills became new Paul Harris Society Members. Absent were also new Paul Harris Society Members Marty Morris and Gerry Musante. Paul Harris Society members have committed to contributing $1000 annually to the Rotary Foundation.

New Members – February 23

FebNewMembers2webPlease welcome new members Julie Wells and Michelle Young and returning member Wade Gresham.  Sponsors are Sam Miglarese, Don Stanger, Newman Aguiar and Dave Ross.

Rotary Minute: Susan Ross – Fund Raising Update



This would not have been Susan’s first Rotary Minute…She has already done one as part of the “Past Presidents” Minutes that you can see here. So Susan took the opportunity to quickly review the commitment of not only herself, but also her mom, Lois Cranford and her dad, H.C. Cranford and then update the members present on the current effort to raise funds during our Centennial year. The goal, as everyone knows, is to raise $200,000 and we are well on the way with pledges of more than $155,000 plus another $36K plus in matching funds still to be harvested. She made it clear that we will not stop there, since the needs and potential projects are many. She did urge those that haven’t pledged yet to consider allowing the funds to be allocated to the separate fund for local projects that will not go through the Rotary Foundation. This will give us much more flexibility to meet local needs. Questions can be directed to Susan or fund raising co-chair, Andy Esser.

If you have lost track of your Centennial Pledge form you can print one out here.

Upcoming Events on the District Level – From District Governor Elect Newman

NewmanNewPlease register and join us for these important upcoming events in April.

  1. April 10, 2015 – Annual Peace Symposium
    Registration Fee:  $55
    Register from DaCdb – rotary7710.org (Click Member Login, click Calendar)
    This is an event hosted by Zone 33 and speakers include:
    John Kenny, The Rotary Foundation, Trustee Chair 2014-15, Rotary Club of Grangemouth, Scotland
    Ryan Rowe, Rotary Peace Fellow in 2010. Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Canada and a Master of Public Health from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina.
    Diana Mao, Co-Founder, President of Nomi Network which is a nonprofit that creates economic opportunities for survivors and women at risk of human trafficking.
  2. April 11, 2015 – 12th Annual Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center Spring Conference
    Registration Fee:  $20 (Free for students)
    Visit http://rotarypeacecenternc.org/ and click Register Now.
    This event is hosted by the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center where the graduating class presents their work.
  3. April 24-26, 2015 – District Conference in New Bern
    Registration Fee:  $150
    Register from DaCdb – rotary7710.org (Click Member Login, click Calendar)
    Don’t miss this important celebration with Rotarians from across our District.