Mayor’s Award for “Promoting International Understanding”

Rotary Mayor's Awards 10-15-15

Lois Deloatch represented our club at the Sister Cities of Durham Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony on Oct. 15, when our club received the Sister Cities/Mayor’s Award for “Promoting International Understanding” at City Hall.  This is the second year for presenting these awards, which are a collaboration between Sister Cities and the Mayor’s Office.   All Sister Cities partnership have to be signed by the Mayors of the partner cities.

This award is presented annually to individuals and organizations in the Durham area who have developed programs to help the residents of Durham be more aware of the international nature of our Durham community.

The four Rotary clubs in Durham each received the award for their international projects around the world, especially water and sanitation, health and economic projects, in fourteen countries.  These projects link Durham residents with a Rotary Club in that country, which puts our club in touch with fellow Rotarians around the world.

This was especially obvious at the ceremony with the presence of Steward and Christine Atkin who received the award on behalf of the Rotary Club of Durham, England.  Others who received the award were Star Sampson, Principal of Holt Elementary Language Academy, the Durham Children’s Choir, and Tatiana Podletvikova of Kostroma, Russia.

Pictured are (L-R):  City Councilman Don Moffitt, Mayor Bill Bell, Christine Atkin (Rotary of Durham, England), Lois Deloatch (Rotary Club of Durham),  Phil Harbuck (North Durham Rotary Club), Phil Kearney (Southwest Durham Rotary Club), Bill Wicker (Sunrise Rotary Club), Stewart Atkin (Rotary of Durham, England), B. C. Dash of the Rotary Club of Durham who presented the awards on behalf of Mayor Bell.

Submitted by Brady Surles

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