Program Report: North Carolina School of Math and Science

rotary92214 016I’m no math whiz, so when I read this past spring that not just one, but two student teams from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) had placed in the top three in the ninth annual Moody’s Mega Math Challenge – out of more than 1,200 high schools – I was mighty impressed. So, I put in a phone call to Dr. Dan Teague, team coach and a math instructor at the school since 1982. When Teague told me that the students were preparing for exams and commencement and would not be available for a Rotary Club presentation, I asked him if we could regroup this fall.

And regroup we did. Teague has plenty of accolades on his résumé, including numerous honors such as the UNC Board of Governor’s Award, the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the W.W. Rankin Award, the highest honor given by the NC Council of Teachers of Mathematics. He recently completed a two-year term as second vice president of the Mathematical Association of America, the only high school teacher ever elected to the Association’s Executive Committee.

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Paul Harris Award: Kay Gresham

KayPHFwebFoundation Chair Dallas Stallings give a congratulatory hug to Past President and current Membership Committee Co-Chair Kay Gresham on achieving Paul Harris Plus 5. Congratulations Kay!

Program Report: Jessica Furman Brock – Durham Innovation District

LongfellowWebI was thrown off a little bit when the calendar information we provided on Monday’s presentation mentioned that the speaker, Jessica Furman Brock, would be giving an update on DDI. DDI to most of us means Downtown Durham, Inc. and is associated with its longtime and now retired leader, Rotarian Bill Kalkhof or its new leader Rotarian Geoff Durham. Adrian Brown, who when he isn’t organizing Rotary After Hours, earns his living with the Chamber of Commerce, quickly straightened out that confusion.

It turns out Ms. Brock really represents Longfellow Real Estate Partners of Boston, which is opening an office in Durham to help develop a healthy chunk of Downtown between the old Bulls Athletic Park and Duke Street and it’s not DDI but DID that we were to learn about.  That’s Durham Innovation District.

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Bull City Race Fest – Volunteer opportunty

BullCityRaceFestThe Area 7 rotary clubs (Durham clubs) will be running a “Water Station” at the Bull City Race Fest on October 19th, 2014.  The event benefits Habitat for Humanity and is expecting around 7,000 runners.  We have been asked by Joyce McKinney (Assistant District Governor Area 7) to have 12 volunteers from our club.  Our task will be to hand out water, sports drinks, gel packs and cheer on all runners on the morning of the race!  The timeframe will be 6:30am until 10:30am, on the corner of Watts & Minerva.  An online sign-up will be emailed to all members soon, or you can contact Susan Miller at, if you are interested in volunteering.