Program Report: Bringing Your “A” Game – Peter Anlyan

Peter Anlyan knows about teamwork: after all, he has served as General Manager at the Durham Bulls and the American Tobacco Campus as well as Capitol Broadcasting. In a room full of leaders, Peter wanted to discuss “Bringing your A Game” and started us all off with a quote from a great woman, Margaret Thatcher: “Being in power is like being a lady: if you have to tell them you are, you aren’t.”

Though we may have all paid our dues or studied best practices, Peter stated that leadership could only occur when a person recognizes they are human. Then the path to being a good leader can begin.

He went on to present several observations from studies: that leaders overestimate the positives in an organization, for one, and how different a leader’s perception of work and productivity and morale may differ from those “on the front lines.”

I am certain that many of us recognized ourselves in this presentation, either for good or ill. Anlyan went on to discuss how mission statements need to be personalized for every individual on a team, and beyond this, one must know how they plan to engage others to complete the mission as well as why they do it to start with.

This also includes examining our own barriers to our success, and he went through many that drew silence from the crowd: being sarcastic as a defense mechanism or not admitting to what we do not know, were two. In conclusion, he wrapped up stating that teams work well when they are in “free flowing” dialogue, and that those most committed to their organizations are also aligned with their own values.

It made stating the four way test after this presentation even more resonant than usual!

Submitted by Deirdre Haj

Foundation News

Paul Harris Fellow – Ruth Dzau – Plus 2

Foundation chair Dallas Stallings presented Rotarian Ruth Dzau with a pin for attaining Plus 2 status as a Paul Harris Fellow. This means that she has met the $1000 threshold for fellowship three times. Rotarian Ruth has not only contributed generously to the Foundation coffers but also her time especially during her three year term on the Board.

In a note to President Don, Rotarian Ruth shared the following sentiments about the Foundation and Paul Harris Fellowships:

“The Durham Rotary members are truly committed to Durham in making this city a great place to live and to work. The contributions of money, time and energy to numerous significant Rotary projects over the years have had a positive impact on Durham in many ways. At the same time there is the realization that we are also members of a global community that has needs as well. The Rotary Foundation, especially through Paul Harris Fellow support, is key in partnering successful global and local endeavors. Philanthropy is so critical in making our world a better place. I look forward to the day when all my fellow Durham Rotarians will proudly wear a Paul Harris pin.”

Sustaining Membership

Sustaining members are those that contribute at least $100 to the Rotary Foundation annually. Foundation Chair Dallas reports that with the new invoicing procedure that includes a $50 contribution to the Foundation has meant that we have 28 new first time contributors to the Foundation. This is also part of a campaign to become a 100% Paul Harris club by the time of our Centennial.

Matching Program.

Foundation Chair Dallas asked past Chair Andy Barada to announce a matching program for Paul Harris Fellowship. This has been possible in the past through gifts to the club from contributors such as the late Bill Burns. For the rest of the year $500 gifts will be matched. This is a terrific opportunity to attain Paul Harris Fellowship status for a modest investment. Andy, Dallas and the rest of the club leadership encourage all members to take advantages of this opportunity.

Rotary Minutes: George Deaton – Lasting Impressions

For some reason George Deaton’s Rotary Minute reminded me of the movie Forrest Gump. It wasn’t because George was born in the Virginia mountains and described himself as a hillbilly, or, as he joked, an Appalachian American. In fact, it wasn’t because George reminded me of the character Forrest Gump at all. Forrest, you may recall was not too intelligent while George studied physics at Virginia Tech. And it wasn’t because the love of his life eluded Forrest all of his life while George met the love of his life on an internship during his college days and has stayed married for through 53 years, 6 children and 13 grandchildren.

The parallel that I found fascinating was that like Forrest, George had a knack of being present and involved in some truly historical events that spanned the same time frame as Forrest’s story including manned space flight, the birth of the internet, the assassinations of Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King, and the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

One of George’s passions that put him in the position to be a close witness to some of this history was his love of music and opera. Anyone who has heard George sing will not be surprised that this passion was an element in the courtship of his wife all those years ago and remains a passion that he now uses to help raise money for various organizations as one of the founders and members of Three Triangle Tenors.

George’s complete presentation can be read here and a recording of the Triangle Tenors performing O Sole Mio is here on YouTube.

Submitted by Jay Zenner

Rotary Minutes are brief summaries of biographical presentations made by Durham Rotary Club members. This practice was initiated by President Don to deepen our commitment to Rotary and each other with peeks into our backgrounds. They have also turned out to be very entertaining. 

Program Report: Veterans Day – Jordan Adair

One of the great Durham Rotary Club traditions has been to recognize the veterans in the Club along with a special program on Veterans Day. For many years these programs were organized by Walt Shackelford, who also played the anthems from the 4 major services and asked those from each branch to stand during the anthem of their branch.

Often the program was delivered by a soldier in uniform and they were often quite moving and inspiring. This year the program was a little different. The only uniformed serviceman at the meeting was a guest, Brian Knowles, who is stepson of Sam Miglarese and a Marine who has been deployed in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Also departing from our usual tradition, the program was delivered by Jordan Adair, the head of the English department at Durham Academy, who is of the age that fell between the Vietnam War and our Iraqi adventures and is not a veteran himself.

Mr. Adair, however, is serving in his own way by helping preserve the stories of many veterans through the teaching of a senior elective at Durham Academy entitled Literary and Artistic Responses to War. This class introduces his students to the stories of veterans by both bringing them to class and through projects to record the oral histories.

Of the several stories that Mr. Adair told, the most notable was of bringing General Norman C. Gaddis to the class. General Gaddis is an Air Force Veteran who was shot down after 72 combat missions and captured and held prisoner for five and a half years by the North Vietnamese. [Read more…]

Paul Harris Fellow: Toby Barfield

After a couple of delays, Past President Toby Barfield was presented his pin for becoming a Paul Harris Fellow Plus 2 indicating he has met the Paul Harris threshold of $1,000 three times. In accepting the pin from Rotary Foundation Chair, Dallas Stallings, Toby reaffirmed his commitment to the work, both local and international, the Foundation supports.  He also pointed out that putting aside a little over $83 per month for a year got a member to that $1,000 threshold in a year and challenged the club to become a 100% club with all member Paul Harris fellows.

Rotary Minutes: Tom Krakauer

Today’s Rotary Minute was presented by Tom Krakauer, a Durham Rotary Club Member since 1985 and a Paul Harris Fellow.

Tom shared his notes with me so I could relax and just listen to him and not worry about taking good notes myself. Of the four pages of notes that he gave me, I thought it was remarkable that only two brief paragraphs even mentioned his role in the development of what has become one of Durham’s defining institutions, the Museum of Life  and Science.

I wasn’t always so. When I came to Durhamin 1984 as the marketing director of CCB one of the first major events I was asked to help coordinate was a celebration of the bank’s attainment of what, in those days, was considered a significant milestone, its first billion dollars in assets. This was to be a affair for the employees and their families. After much debate, it was decided that we would do it at the Museum of Life and Science. The event went fine but the museum that had evolved from the Durham Children’s Museum, was a little funky. In Durham we embrace funky but the contrast between what it was then and what it became after Tom took over is pretty astounding and something that is hard to appreciate if you hadn’t seen its previous incarnations.

In fact, there are only a handful of institutions that have participated so actively in Durham’s revitalization and have simultaneously been defined for such a long time by the leaders who shaped them. The three that come to mind are Tom, Bill Kalkhof of Downtown Durham Inc., and Reyn Bowman, now retired from the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau. All members of our club, I might add.

But one of the purposes of the Rotary Minutes is to share things with the club that you might not already know. Tom is unquestionably a Renaissance man whose hobbies include birding, butterflies and genealogy.  In 2004, he retired from the Museum to take care of his wife Janet who had cancer. Janet died in 2005 after 36 years of marriage.

Tom was awarded a lifetime achievement from the Association of Science-Technology Centers, recognizing his role in promoting “Informal Science Education at the National, State and local levels.” The Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce also presented him with its Civic Honor Award, its highest award.

Tom mentioned second acts. He has two, and they may be closely related. He noted the special relationship he has developed with Lynn Richardson, the librarian for the North Carolina Collection at the Durham Public Library, who the club met when she provided a program for us on the Collection. One reason why the Chamber honored Tom was his role in the creation of the Museum of Durham History.  Any of you who did your early voting Downtown know that the new museum’s current location is the old transportation hub, which is an euphemism for bus stop, in that tangle of roads between the Civic Center and Brightleaf.

Durham funky, no doubt about it. But let’s look at that as a good sign because we know that Tom and his passion for museums and Durham will make it too, something very special.

Tom’s notes with more information about his birding and unique qualification for the Vice Presidency of the United States can be found here in notes he used to keep himself within the 7 minute time frame…something some Rotarians have failed to do, to their everlasting embarrassment.