Polio Plus

photo (2)The Rotary Foundation and the Gates Foundation Further Collaboration

Rotary International and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have agreed to extend a fundraising partnership that could generate up to $525 million in new funding for polio eradication as we move toward the final phase in the effort to eradicate Polio from the earth.

Under the agreement, announced at Rotary’s annual meeting in Lisbon, The Rotary Foundation will match every new dollar on a two-to-one basis up to $35million a year through 2018.  All funds raised through the campaign will support immunization activities in polio-affected countries.  Rotary International and the Gates Foundation have partnered in the effort to eradicate polio since 2007.  “We are at a critical point in the fight to end polio,” said Rotary vice president John Germ, who is heading Rotary’s effort to complete the goal of eradicating poloi “We mut capitalize on this progress to finish the job.  We have a robust plan, the tools to reach each child, and with funding in place, we can win against this devastating disease.  Rotary and its partners remain committed to a polio-free world.”

Durham Rotarians are encouraged to participate in this golden opportunity.  Checks should be made to The Rotary Foundation and designated, “Polio Plus.”

Submitted by Dallas Stallings

Upcoming Rotary Program Schedule

July 8, 2013 –

Bob Ingram, Hatteras Venture Partners

Durham Community and RTP Strategy Update

Introduction by Don Stanger

July 15, 2013-

Alex Quigley, Principal Maureen Joy Charter School

Introduction by Chris Combs

July 22, 2013-

Leigh Hudson, Rotary District Governor

Clayton RotaryClub

Introduction by Bill Ingram

July 29, 2013-

Prinny Anderson, Principal

Design for Learning and Change

Consultant to Duke Corporate Education

Keeping your Team Engaged, Happy, Productive and Loyal

Introduced by Todd Taylor

August 5, 2013-

New RotaryYear Kickoff

Introduction by Don Stanger

Press Release: Durham Rotary Honored by District


The Durham Rotary Club

For Immediate Release

 June 26, 2013

 Durham Rotary Club Honored as Best in District


Durham, North Carolina: Durham has another volunteer and service honor to its credit, courtesy of The Durham Rotary Club.

Rotary International’s District 7710 includes 46 clubs across the Research Triangle region and surrounding communities recognized the Durham organization with its “Best Club in the District” award.

The Best Club award is only awarded by the District in years when one club is has clearly demonstrated an outstanding performance in Rotary’s commitment to “Service Above Self.”

Among Durham club programs recognized with annual 2012-2013 awards by District 7710 were those to promote childhood literacy through the club’s signature “Reading Rangers” initiative.  The District also recognized the Durham club for new membership growth. Past President Arthur Rogers was recognized with a “club builder” award for recruiting new members.

“We’re hitting on all cylinders,” said Don Stanger, outgoing club president for the 2012-2013 Rotary year.  “Thanks to hard work by many Durham Rotarians, we’ve made continued gains in our service goals in Durham, particularly in the area of literacy.

“We’re also pleased with our membership goals,” Stanger said. “Our membership of more than 200 community and civic leaders is diverse and reflective of our city.  It is energetic, enthusiastic and growing.

“Our Monday speaker’s program is becoming widely known as one of the Triangle’s go-to venues. Club programs have included senators, nationally recognized authors, medical pioneers and other community leaders.  In short, if you want to serve, and have fun while doing it, you need to consider membership.”

The Durham Rotary Club was formed in 1915 and is the oldest Rotary Club in Durham. It currently has more than 200 active and honorary members.

Interested individuals can visit the club site at www.durhamrotaryclub.org.


Contact:  Mark Lazenby (804) 335 5191 (mark.lazenby@gmail.com)

or Jay Zenner (919) 819 6666 (jay@jayzenner.com)


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 Durham Rotary Club President Don Stanger and Vice President Meg Solera display award by Rotary International’s regional district recognizing Durham’s club as best among 46 clubs in this region of North Carolina.  The award is presented periodically to individual clubs for excellence.




Program Report: Dr. Mitchell Heflin – Dementia

MitchHeflinWebDr. Mitchell Heflin has been meaning to get to our Rotary meeting for some time. But as was quickly revealed by a show of hands, almost everyone has been touched by dementia in his or her lives, and as such, he is a busy man.

Dr. Heflin and his wife met in medical school at the University of Virginia, and luckily for us they both served their residencies at Duke, both in internal medicine, though Deanna, his wife focused on pediatrics and Mitch on geriatrics.  He is now Director of the Duke Geriatric Evaluation and Treatment Clinic and directs Duke’s Geriatric Fellowship Training Program and Duke Geriatric Center.

We didn’t get to know Dr. Helfin much, but we did get a thorough and comprehensive look at dementia and his approaches to family care. Perhaps we can tell the most about him though, as he continually emphasized diet and exercise as best prevention, and by his apology at perhaps getting too loud because he gets “excited and kinetic” when he speaks. And he referred to the change we all dumped in the Alzheimer buckets as a double entendre: change as in money, and change as in our mindsets about how we must take care of our older citizens in Durham.

We all laughed in recognition when he asked if we wondered about our own aging memories, but he defined dementia as memory loss that “disrupts your routine”, whether that is occupational, social or functional.

I hope we can link to his presentation, but I will summarize with this: Dr. Helflin suggests that with our aging population this will only become more costly and urgent.  As Ted Corvette noted when he introduced him, Dr. Helflin and his team’s approach requires the entire family be interviewed, involved and included, which takes half a day for each new patient. And that medicines now can only slow dementias and their onset, so with cures a ways off, prevention is key as is caregiver stress relief and symptoms management.

For more information, go to: http://www.dukehealth.org/services/geriatrics/about

Submitted by Deirdre Haj

Note: Below is the PowerPoint that Dr. Heflin used during his presentation.


The Dedication of DRC Habitat House

President Don, long a board member and past president of Durham Habitat, pinch hit for Sam Nichols and Ted Corvette who led the club’s effort to raise money, organize volunteers and build this Habitat home on Gunter Street in Durham.  This five bedroom house is amazing.

Rotary Minute: Deana Labriola

DeanaminutewebI was on my way to the Doctor’s office while at last week’s Rotary meeting and not feeling well at all and, frankly, not looking forward to taking notes on Deana’s “minute.” But what happened was that I got engrossed in her story (not the first time I’ve had this problem) and noted only four things. 1. Her family ran a bar in a Chicago suburb that was open almost around the clock. 2. Her mother is an over-achiever to this day and during Deana’s teen years in the 80’s came out of the closet as a gay woman. 3. Deana put herself through undergraduate school with a combination of athletic and academic scholarships.4. She was practicing law in New York and was a block away from the WTC on 9/11.

With nothing to fill in the blanks, I asked Deana for her notes. Turns out that are as well done as everything Deana does for the club and I suppose for her clients, family and other volunteer venue at the Y.

So, I urge anyone who wasn’t there…or was there and was as foggy as I was… to read the whole presentation below.              -JZ


–          To really give a picture of me, it’s probably best to talk about those people and experiences that influenced me most

–          I was born and raised in the southern suburbs of Chicago.  My dad owned a small town bar (set in Chicago).  The bar had been in my family 50 years.

–          My mom was an overly ambitious college student at the time she met my dad.  They were 19 and 22 respectively.  Married at 19, pregnant at 20. 

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