Rotarian in the News: Chief CJ Davis on Megan Kelly in the Morning

Rotarian and Durham Chief of Police CJ Davis was one of four female Chiefs of Police that were profiled on Megan Kelly’s new show on her new network, NBC.

Rotary Foundation: Nancy Marks Honors Family Members with Paul Harris Fellowships

Nancy Marks made Paul Harris Fellows of her two brothers Robert Eugene Smith (Bob)  and Charles Michael Smith (Charlie) and each of their wives in a surprise presentation at Monday’s meeting. Both wives are named Barbara but Bob’s wife minimizes the confusion by using her nickname of Babs.

Andy Esser, the Foundation Chair is on the left and Nancy’s daughter and former Club member Sara is on the right.

Bob and Babs have lived all their life together in Raleigh where Bob has finally, but reluctantly, decided to close his law practice, according to Nancy.  She also mentioning that he clerked with our own Judge Willis Whichard, “back in the dark ages.”

Charlie, is Nancy’s “baby brother.” He and his wife Barbara, served several Methodist communities in eastern NC, including twice in Durham County. They are now retired back to the Smiths’ hometown, Washington, NC. Charlie was a long time Duke Trustee, and continues to be involved.

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Program Report: Rotary Peace Fellows – Cristel Greiner Butchart

The Rotary Foundation was in the spotlight at today’s meeting.  Nancy Marks honored two brothers and their wives  with Paul Harris Fellow  Awards.    Thanks to a generous contribution by David and Carmen Durack and other District Rotarians a $1.5 million Rotary Peace Fellows Fund has been founded.  Peace Scholars at the Duke-UNC Center benefitting from this endowment will be named District 7710 Peace Scholars.

Giving a personal insight into the influence of the Rotary Peace Scholars program, Cristel Greiner Butchart, a Rotary Peace Scholar sponsored by our club, spoke about her experiences as a scholar and how that experience weaves its way into her current professional work.

Prior to beginning the application process a few years ago, she had already formulated a personal philosophy that emphasized conflict resolution in personal as well as international relations.  As a school teacher she had worked on curriculum development to promote safer schools.  She also worked in Myanmar on children’s rights and preventing child trafficking.  Even with all that experience behind her, she conceded that the grilling she got from the club’s Peace Fellow interview committee—B.C. Dash, Vandana Dake, Newman Aguiar and Arthur Rogers—was really rigorous!

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Peace Fellows Help Build Habitat Home

Past District Governor Newman Aguiar sent us a picture of the Rotary Peace Fellows together on Saturday. Newman exclaimed, “What a great group of Peace Fellows! working to build a home in partnership with Habitat Homebuyer Sharnika Harper!!

District Endowment of a Peace Fellow

Rotarian David Durack and his wife Carmen presented Past District Governor and District Rotary Foundation Chair for 2017-2020, Newman Aguiar with a contribution to kick of the campaign to create an endowment to fund one Rotary Peace Fellow. Dr. Durack of the need to strive for peace in these troubled times.

Below is Newman’s letter announcing to campaign:

How are you celebrating World Peace Day?

In 1999, Rotary International approved the creation of Rotary Centers for Peace and Conflict Resolution.  As Rotarians, we believe that peace is possible.  But, we are people of action.  We don’t just talk about peace, we take action, by educating peace builders to make peace possible.

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Rotary Minute: Ann Evans

Some of you have asked me to talk about my work in Africa;  but today I want to use my Rotary Minute to talk about what it means to me to be a Rotarian.

It was two years ago that Melissa Mills met me at gate 4 of Center Fest.  As she collected my $5 donation to the Arts, she used that opportunity to talk to me about Rotary.  Then she directed me to the Rotary tent where I met Newman. Melissa followed up with a phone call, invited me to a Rotary meeting and on the 24th of October I became a Rotarian.

Since then I’ve attended 3 district meetings, joined the International Grant committee, the Education committee, attended Rotary International in Atlanta, volunteered for one of the events there, volunteered for Center Fest both last year and this year and participated in a walk to end Alzheimers.  Because of Rotarians in this club, I connected with Habitat for Humanity, joined fundraising for The Carolina Theatre, joined the Board of Sister Cities, became the co-treasurer for the Sister Cities Arusha, Tanzania committee and accepted the task of equipping a medical clinic in Arusha and a maternity center that is about to be built.  Since joining Rotary I also became a Paul Harris Fellow, then a Society member and I’ve got my sights on the legacy program.

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