Year End Awards for the 2016-2017 Year

This the awards segment of the Power Point used in the June 26 meeting to recognize over 40 Club Members for their service.


June 26 Awards from Jay Zenner on Vimeo.

Nicholas Fagan Award – Newman Aguiar

The Nicholas B. Fagan Award was established in 1985 to honor the memory of Nick Fagan, a long-time Rotarian and Secretary of Durham Rotary. Nick’s always positive attitude, warm encouragement of his fellow men during bad times and good, his own labor and financial contributions on behalf of those less fortunate, and his tireless efforts on behalf of Rotary International, exemplified the motto of Rotary, “SERVICE ABOVE SELF.” The Fagan Award may be presented once each year to a member of Durham Rotary whose deeds embody this motto.

In practice, the Fagan Award is rarely given. Since it was created 32 years ago it had only been awarded nine times: J.B. Brame in 1985, H.C. Cranford, Jr. in 1986, Marcus E. Hobbs in 1992, Art Christakos in 1997, Andy Barada and Reggie Ponder in 2000, Bob Yowell in 2010, and Lois Cranford in 2013. On Monday Newman Aguiar became the tenth recipient.



Newman Aguiar has been an outstanding citizen by contributing valuable service to the

Durham Community in several areas such as:

Initiating the Community Observer Patrol (COP) in Durham and

Serving on the Durham Mayor’s Gang Reduction Initiative and

Serving on the Mayor’s Crime Cabinet and

Serving on the Board of Directors of the local Chapter of the Red Cross and

Serving on the Board of Directors including a term as Chair, for Durham Social Service and

Serving on the Board of The Durham Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (DCVB) and he

Still serves on the Durham Roundtable and

WHEREAS, Newman Aguiar was elected a member of the Durham Rotary Club on 26 July 2004 and has been a Paul Harris Fellow for over a decade, and

WHEREAS, Newman Aguiar successfully Presided over the Durham Rotary Club in 2010 and has served this year as Founding Chair of the Council of Past Presidents of the Durham Rotary Club and

WHEREAS, Newman Aguiar has enjoyed participating in Rotary activities beyond the Club level, and attended many Rotary International conventions and traveled to foreign Rotary Clubs with friends from Durham Rotary Club on “Friendship” visits and

WHEREAS, while serving as District Governor in 2015-2016 and after, he has adapted and improved a very comprehensive monthly report that is used by the D7710 District Governor and assistant Governors to monitor key data around membership and Rotary Foundation financial support and

WHEREAS, he has initiated a separate District 7710 Endowment Fund with the goal of funding an incoming Rotary Peace fellow to the Duke/UNC Rotary Peace Center each year and

WHEREAS, he has used his extensive technical expertise to facilitate making complicated Rotary Grant programs available through a web-based training portal to the great advantage of incoming Club Presidents in District 7710 and

WHEREAS, Newman Aguiar has demonstrated his commitment to live by the code of Rotary’s Four Way Test — Truth, Fairness, Good Will & Better Friendships, and Benefit to All — as well the ideal of “Service Above Self,”


NEWMAN AGUIAR is awarded the Nicholas B. Fagan Award


Exemplary Service to the Durham Rotary Club.



Rotarian of the Year – 2016-2017 – Carver Weaver

Most of the time the Rotarian of the Year is awarded to a Rotarian who has had an especially impactful year. But sometimes they reflect a number of years of high level service…a Rotary lifetime achievement award, if you will. Certainly that is the case with Carver Weaver.

The number of fundraisers she has organized is legend, from selling posters to complex coordination with DPAC, the Club, and EDCI to raise scholarship money and give kids a taste of Durham they may never have experienced before.  She has handled them all with little fanfare and great success.

Through her community connections, she has brought us and introduced talented speakers. She even used her writing skills to take a regular turn in the program write-up rotation for several years. Until her recent retirement, all this while working at demanding jobs with the Chamber and Durham Tech.

Carver Weaver truly exemplifies Service Above Self and is a great representative of the Club and the Durham Community.


Program Report for June 26, 2017 – Passing the Gavel

Even for the end of the Rotary Year,  there was a lot going on during our meeting of July 26.

First we had a mini-trade show.  Tables with easels were set up and the major committees where given a chance to staff the tables, talk about the committee’s activities and recruit new folks to join the group. Finger food was placed strategically so no one starved while this was happening. Each table also had “door prizes” and each participating member was given several tickets that they could deposit at the tables. Each table drew for their own prizes.

Second, instead of the usual buffet, sandwiches were served in the hall and taken into the ballroom. The program began with the Rotary Chorus serenading those gathered  with a song entitled Oh Rotary, with lyrics by Shelly DeVries and sung to the tune Oh Christmas Tree. The lyrics were part of the program slide show so everyone could sing along. Ok, it probably won’t inspire a Broadway musical, but it was fun.

Third, our unofficial Chaplain, Dallas Stallings, provided a moving invocation appropriate for the passing of the gavel.


Fourth, we had a new member induction, which isn’t unusual, but this one was Durham’s Mayor Pro-Tem, Cora Cole-McFadden (see separate post.)

Then we had a number of award ceremonies that are the subject of separate posts as well.

Finally, there was the passing of the gavel from outgoing president B C Dash to new president Seth Jernigan who then swore the new directors in and thanked those who were going off.

It’s a rule that the outgoing president must make a joke about how much he or she is glad someone else is taking over. B C was no exception but anyone who doubts his sincerity is probably not alone. This man loves Rotary. 

New Member: Cora Cole-McFadden

Please introduce yourself and welcome new member Cora Cole-McFadden, Mayor Pro-Tempore of the city of Durham. Below is a biography.

Cora Cole-McFadden is a past member of the West Durham Baptist Church where she had been since childhood.  She served as Sunday School Superintendent, a member of the Board of Trustees, the Celestial Choir, and the Board of Christian Education.  On July 9, 2015, she became a member of St. Mark AME Zion where she sings in the Inspirational Singers Choir, a member of the Missionary and R.L. Speaks Ministry.

Cole-McFadden, a native of Durham, has been a member of the Durham City Council since 2001. She retired from the City of Durham in 2001 after holding public service positions for 32 years in the state retirement system.   She served as the first African-American woman department head in the City of Durham and is the first African-American woman to be named Mayor Pro Tempore.

Cole-McFadden has served as a champion for uplifting our youth and including them in the decision-making process for matters that pertain to them and issues of interest to them.  Cole-McFadden’s zest and zeal for youth resulted in the creation of the first City of Durham Youth Council [now Durham Youth Commission], the Hillside High School Drama Club’s first production and appearance at the Carolina Theater, “Perilous Times,” “Youth Teen Scene” a monthly television production by youth.  She now advocates for Lakeview Lakeview Middle/High Alternative School.

Her efforts to change the way the City did business were recognized throughout the region for Durham having the reputation of strong commitment for inclusion of underutilized groups in its conduct of business and employment opportunities.

Cole-McFadden serves as City Council liaison to numerous boards and committees including the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors; the Upper Neuse River Basin Board of Directors until 2005; Housing Appeals Board; Joint City-County Planning Committee; Homeless Services Advisory Committee; the Mayor’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities; Carolina Theatre Board of Directors; and the Durham Cultural Master Plan Advisory Board.  Cole-McFadden also serves on several City Council subcommittees, including chair of the Audit Services Oversight Committee; Chair, Insurance Subcommittee; chair, Passenger Vehicle-for-Hire Committee; Chair,  Personnel and Council Procedures Committee; Chair, Northeast Central Durham Committee,  Co-chair of the Housing Task Force of the Mayor’s Poverty Reduction Initiative and the Durham Public Schools Leadership Team.

Her community service has included 1st Vice-Chair of the Durham Branch NAACP; Past Chair, Durham County Democratic Party; Charter Member, and Past Chair, Ebonettes  Service Club; United Negro College Fund, Star Panelist;  1st Vice-Chair, Durham Chapter, National Council for Negro Women;  2nd Vice-Chair, Top Ladies of Distinction;  Chair, Civic Committee, of the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People.  Cole-McFadden was the first woman to serve as Chair of the Durham Community Martin Luther King Steering Committee, the first African-American woman department head in City of Durham government, and the first recipient of the City of Durham’s Diversity Change Agent Award, now named in her honor and awarded annually at the City of Durham ‘s Employee Recognition Luncheon.

She was featured in the March/April of Southern City, a publication of the North Carolina League of Municipalities.  She is one of three alumni of North Carolina Central University named as a “Living Legend” to be honored at the Living Legend Scholarship Gala in August.

Cora is the proud mother of two children – Lori McFadden and Larry McFadden, Jr and the proud grandmother of three granddogs – Faith, Frankie and Dallas.


New Member: Tammie Sellman – June 19, 2017

Please welcome new member Tammie Sellman who was sponsored by Robert Viera.

My name is Tammie Sellman and I am the Community and Resource Development Director for The Salvation Army of Durham, Orange and Person Counties and The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Durham. I have been with this organization since February 2016. I reside in Holly Springs, NC with my husband Mark, my daughter Logan (15) and my son Parker (12). It has been a pleasure getting to know this great little city that many of you call home. In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching my children play sports, attending functions at my church (Hope Community Church) and simply being with my family.   I have a lengthy resume of volunteering and fundraising so I am therefore looking forward to getting involved with the Rotary Club of Durham.