News and Notes – August 4, 2012

Chris Williams

Chris Williams, who shared his story during the Reggie Hodges’ presentation about the Durham Literacy Center also received attention from the Durham News along with the DLC’s move to new space secured from the state with the help of Rotarian Seth Jernigan, a long time supporter of the DLC. Click the link for the full story on The Durham News website.


Follow the link in the post for the August 6 Bulletin.

Program for Monday – Senator Richard Burr

U.S. Senator Richard Burr will address the club. President Don will introduce Senator Burr. Senator Burr’s senate website is here.



Tribute to the Retiring Bernadette

Executive Secretary Bernadette Jones always preferred working behind the scenes, doing the countless things that have kept our club running smoothly for the past 10+ years.

So she was rather uncomfortable taking center stage to receive plaudits from past president Arthur Rogers, bidding her farewell as she heads into retirement.

“She has an encyclopedic knowledge of Rotary,” past president Arthur said. “She very kindly corrects we presidents when we make bylaw mistakes, and we appreciate it. It’s amazing Bernadette was able to jump in and figure out the workings of our club.”

Bernadette got a lengthy and well-deserved standing ovation, and the club also applauded new Executive Secretary Sharon Lassiter, who already is discharging her duties with aplomb.

The 11 presidents under whom Bernadette has served pitched in to present her with a check as a token of gratitude.

She graciously accepted that. But when Jay Zenner tried to take her picture, she treated him like the paparazzi.

Submitted by Matt Dees.

Editor’s note: Bernadette can be forgiven for treating me like paparazzi…she’s had to try to clean up too many of my photos over the last couple of years to make them usable in the bulletin.  – JZ

Program Report: Corporate Governance – James Cox and Thomas Lee Hazen

Our program featured two experts on corporate governance, professors James Cox of Duke and Thomas Lee Hazen of UNC.

After a kind introduction from Rob Everett, the men took turns offering sage advice about selecting the right people for corporate and non-profit boards, among other things.

For starters, potential board members should know that their legal liability if the organization gets in hot water is slim to none, so that shouldn’t be a stumbling block. Good to know.

Cox discussed the problem of entrenched in-house auditors and recommended capping the length of service, just so they don’t get too cozy and can maintain some independence.

Responding to a question from Deana Labriola, Hazen said organizations should seek board members with some financial literacy. Very often board membership is something of a reward for big donors who might not bring that to the table. So Hazen recommended hiring a consultant to at least offer a crash course to your board.

The civic-minded folks in our club very often can be found in the leadership of many for-profit and non-profit organizations, so the two experts picked the right crowd for this how-to presentation.

Submitted by Matt Dees

News and Notices


Click through on the link to the pdf of the 7/30 Bulletin.

Calendar Reminders


The program on Monday is on Corporate Governance . More information


Wednesday is Rotary and Chicago at the DPAC.


Also, don’t forget Crayons2Calculators. More information at this post.

Program Write-up: District Governor Rick Carnagua asks “What is Your Rotary Moment?”

As President Don Stanger introduced our District Governor and listed his many accomplishments, the tone of Governor Carnagua’s speech was already set. Originally from Indiana and a graduate of Ball State with a degree in Finance, Carnagua has already had many careers, ranging from the pharmaceuticals industry to flooring. But it is his record of service, beyond Rotary, that truly impresses. He has clearly served his home of Cary well both on Boards at Parks and Recreation as well as Leadership Raleigh. As a Rotarian he has served as President, been named a Paul Harris Fellow numerous times and named Rotarian of the year twice. Just knowing what our own Vandana Dake does annually brought this into sharp focus: Rick Carnague has been a devoted Rotarian for 23 years.

Carnagua began by stating he was not “a podium guy” so he walked into our group as he spoke.   And explaining that he hasn’t worn a watch for over 12 years, he asked our own Newman Aguiar (and his Assistant District Governor) to watch his time for him.

He reminded the club that our district is large, encompassing 45 clubs and, as of today with the induction of Ernie Mills, Jr., we have 1,825 members. [Read more…]

News and Notes

Leadership Plan

At the meeting of July 16, President Don presented the Leadership Plan for the 2012-2013 Rotary Year.  The PowerPoint presentation that he used is available through this link in a pdf format.

Weekly Bulletin

The Rotary Bulletin that will be distributed at the meeting on July 23 is available in at this link in a pdf format.

July 23 Program

Our program on Monday will be the annual presentation by the new District Governor Rick Carnague. Details and the meeting location are here.

New Members and Paul Harris Fellows

Three new members were inducted last week and to Paul Harris Fellowships were awarded. Details and pictures will follow next week.