Paul Harris Fellows

Ll to R – Brady Surles, Kim Shaw, Ken Cutshaw

Brady Surles is a retired Professor of History in the Virginia Community College System. Since coming to Durham in 2008, he has served as President of several community groups, and as a long time volunteer at the Carolina Theater. His best Rotary experience was serving as Co-Chair of our Club’s Centennial Celebration with the focus on “Acts of Service”. His passion is working with Sister Cities of Durham, having served as President for four years and now currently serving as the Executive Director. Sister Cities links Durham with cities in nine countries, with agreements signed by the respective Mayors. He coordinated the Sister Cities international exchange programs which focus on education, medicine, local government, business, art, music, and the environment. His favorite past time is being the grandpa for his three teenage grandsons who live here in Durham.

Kim Shaw is the Executive Director of The Triangle Nonprofit & Volunteer Leadership Center which works with over 1,200 nonprofits and more than 14,000 volunteers. She has more than 25 years of nonprofit leadership and conducttraining and retreats for both nonprofit Boards and staff. Kim has served on many area nonprofit boards, commissions and community project serving on the Triangle United Way as chair of the Durham nonprofit sector as well as Chair of the Durham County ABC Board.  She is serves on our Durham Rotary Club Board and co-chairs the scholarship committee.  

Ken moved to Durham 8 years ago and has been commuting first to Denver and then to New York for his corporate responsibilities unit 2018 when he began working from Durham.   We are glad to have him here in Durham instead of spending more time at RDU airport than Durham.  He remains involved in several enterprises including a restaurant holding group in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,  government relations work in Washington DC for several clients and on several Boards including United Lex, one of the larger legal service providers.

His first exposure to Rotary was as a college scholarship recipient from the Gatlinburg Tennessee  club.   A decade later the same club sponsored Ken for the young professionals exchange where he spent 6 weeks in Australia representing the Tennessee Rotary clubs.   After considering membership to Rotary for many years, he finally joined our Club this summer and we look forward to his active participation.

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