Program Report: Cathy Stallup – Durham Center for Senior Life

Though the A/V system failed to cooperate, Cathy Stallup’s presentation to Rotarians on Monday was full of fascinating information. We all know that our community is growing rapidly, and will continue to do so, but it was startling to see that the number of senior citizens (aged 60+) will increase from 49,000, or 16% of the population, to nearly 70,000, or 20% of the population in just ten years. As Cathy said with a smile, “seniors rule! And if you’re not one yet, just wait awhile and you’ll get your turn!”

Cathy is Executive Director of one of Durham’s most valuable resources, the Durham Center for Senior Life (DCSL). In addition to the center downtown at 406 Rigsbee Avenue, there are three additional satellite facilities: one in Bahama at the Little River Community Complex; one at the W.D. Hill Parks and Recreation Center at 1308 Fayetteville Street; and one at Priess Steele, which is currently closed for renovations.

The Center provides numerous programs designed to assist and support seniors and disabled citizens such as transportation to and from the sites; congregate lunches five days a week; adult day health services to improve fitness in older adults, promote chronic disease self-management, and teach safe exercise and movement for those suffering from arthritis or other debilitating conditions. [Read more…]

Rotary Minute: Dallas Stallings

DallasMinuteWebDallas Stallings is literally the most visible Rotarian in the club since taking the reins of the Foundation Committee. If you have any doubt about that go to the website and use the little search tool and you will see post after post with Dallas presenting Paul Harris Fellow awards to other Rotarians and their family members.

Possibly, because of this, I assumed that Dallas had already presented a Rotary Minute to the club and I could just create a link to it rather the repeat an exhaustive biography. However, I couldn’t find one.

His Rotary Minute last week was begun with an invocation the rolled off his tongue as easily as you would expect from a Pastor with a half century of experience in the ministry as Dallas has, all of it at Churches in Virginia.

Dallas is a graduate of Southeastern Seminary and Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem where he acquired stories about Bones McKinney that probably didn’t make it into Bethany Bradsher’s book about the fabled basketball coach.

Dallas has also logged 47 years as a Rotarian and has been a member of our club since 2010. He has been leading the Foundation Committee for the last few years and deserves to share the spotlight as he presents the Paul Harris awards for running such a successful Foundation effort. He was recognized for these efforts in 2013 by President Don with a special Service Above Self Award. Both Dallas and his lovely wife Donna are Paul Harris Fellows, of course.

Since retiring in Durham, Dallas has also joined the Board of the Durham Symphony, which he calls the best kept secret in Durham.

His advice for members, especially new members of the club is to “get involved,” and “stay interested.”

Submitted by Jay Zenner

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, 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.