No Bull 150 Update – Todd Taylor


The final months of the year are often a time that most of us reflect on the accomplishments of the year that has passed and plan for the year ahead.

Keeping with tradition, and after his usual introductory joke (this one about Hawaiian onions and accordions), President Todd Taylor used Monday’s gathering to catch Rotarians up on club deeds this past year.

Since November is Rotary Foundation month, it was a good chance to get caught up on club giving including outcomes for the No Bull 150 efforts which downtown Rotarians have supported wholeheartedly and without “nudging.”

The club’s No Bull funding initiatives for the year include:

  • The Second Century
  • Scholarships
  • The Foundation
  • Polio

Considering additional funding sources such as the Triangle Community Fund, family endowments and fundraisers, the Rotary Club raised more than $96,000 for the initiatives listed above.

See the slides below.


Todd’s presentation also included projects that have been accomplished including being a part of 44,000 eye surgeries in India in conjunction with Rotary International, shipping a large amount of medical supplies to parts of Africa very much in need of it as well as tallying a total of 708 hours and 350 total volunteer efforts.

Other projects supported include Take-a-Kid to the Ballpark, Reading Rangers, Backpack Buddies and more.

Club initiatives planned for early 2020 include MLK meal packing in January, the Alzheimer’s Caregiver’s Lunch in February, providing books for Books on Break and adding a roof to a Habitat for Humanity home.

Todd said the goal of 2019 has been a vision of how to be a more “viable and sustainable” Rotary club and that the goal is to continue moving forward next year. Onward and upward, Rotarians.

Submitted by Carlton Koonce

Program Report:Student Debt in North Carolina: Hardest Hit Communities

Robin Howarth, Senior Researcher, Center for Responsible Lending

Felicia Deloatch introduced our guest speaker

In her introduction of Robin Howarth, Past President Lois Deloatch spoke of her colleague’s background in Finance and Banking on the West Coast after earning Bachelors and Master’s Degrees from Stanford. Robin focused on Finance and Community Development as a visiting Professor at UNC after earning her Ph.D there. Since joining CRL in 2015, Robin has followed Student Lending along with other issues as Senior Researcher. The Center for Responsible Lending, founded by Self-Help, is based in Durham with offices in Washington DC and Oakland CA.

Robin highlighted the dimensions of the Student Loan Crisis with startling statistics. On a Federal level 44 million borrowers owe a total of $1.5 trillion. One-fifth of all US Households hold a portion of that debt. The average debt per student is $37,000. [Read more…]

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.

Centerfest 2019

Calling All Durham Rotarians!

The Durham Arts Council is bringing the 45th Annual CenterFest Arts Festival to downtown Durham, and you can be a big part of making it happen!

The Rotary Club of Durham is playing a big role in helping make CenterFest Arts Festival a wonderful event for our community again this year!  Our Rotary Club is a sponsor of the event and helps by providing volunteer Rotarians who are asked to sign up for a 2-hour volunteer shift to help at  CenterFest Entrance Gates and Coke Booths.  Your role is to greet visitors, accept gate donations, and sell Coca-Cola Beverages (donated by Durham Coca-Cola Bottling Co.) All proceeds support the festival and also supports arts education programs of the Durham Arts Council in schools and the community.

Dates:  Saturday and Sunday, September 21 & 22, 2019.


Over 130 visual artists from near and far will showcase their work, and 75 performing arts groups will provide continuous music, dance and entertainment throughout the festival including extended Saturday evening entertainment. Add in yummy local food trucks, festival foods, hands on activities and Durham’s inspiring nonprofit and government services booths and you have the best way to kick off the fall season!  Bring the family, bring your friends, bring the neighborhood!  Over 34,000 visitors are anticipated for this exciting event.  CenterFest is ranked in the Top 100 Fine Arts Festivals in the United States (#56), and was just named “Best Festival” by Triangle Downtowner Magazine.

Festival hours are Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 11am-5pm. In the Heart of Downtown Durham!


2019 CenterFest Presenting Sponsor:  Duke Performances


Program Report: Zach Maurides of Teamworks

Former volleyball player and the COO of Durham Magazine. Rotarian Rory Gillis introduced Zach Maurides, an entrepreneur and former Duke offensive lineman, who founded Teamworks, a time management app specifically designed for athletic teams.

In my extensive research I’ve concluded that most of the time you’ll find that the smartest guy on the team is an offensive lineman like Zach.

When Zach put up a slide with the logos of some of the 2000 customers, my eyes went right to the middle of it and landed on the Notre Dame logo, the school where I was an offensive lineman…when I wasn’t a blocking dummy or just being beat up as the smallest defensive lineman on the prep squad.

In those years I watched an interim coach win only two games my freshman year and a new coach, Ara Parseghian, miss a National Championship the following year by one bad quarter against Southern Cal but later winning his first National Championship in 1966. What Ara brought was organization. It was like going from the chaos of a “rave” in an old warehouse to a ballet in the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

As Zach zipped through his presentation, he made me wonder how we did it. But today’s football world is much different and makes my years seem a little quaint. There were no strength coaches, speed coaches, dieticians, physical therapists or sports psychologists and the training staff was one grumpy old guy and a couple of the managers he had taught to tape ankles. Throw in compliance guys and a tutoring staff and you get a better sense of the athlete of today must deal with.

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Scholarship Winners

Co-chairs Kim Shaw and Kim Suarez introduced two of our scholarships winners for this year Jalen Allen and Melisa Leal. Above they are pictured with Student U coordinator Eleana Maina and below with the President Todd, Kim and Kim and their families.

Jalen with attend North Carolina A&T to study Mechanical Engineering and Melisa is going to UNC Greensboro to study International relations.

Congratulations to Jalen and Melisa and their parents for their academic accomplishments. We wish them the best of luck and great grades.