Rotary Team Plants 25 Trees on Feb. 3

Rotary “Tree Planting Challenge” Team Goes to Work!
Pictured, L-R:
Front Row:  Robin Lowe, Susan Amey, Newman Aguiar,  new member Savannah Lennertz, new member Murray Forbes, new member Marcy Lowe;
Back Row:  Brady Surles, Peter Jacobi, new member Becca Johnson, Peter Lowe.

Our Rotary group of 10 (8 members, 2 family members), led by Peter Jacobi, partnered with Fullsteam Brewery and Keep Durham Beautiful for Tree Planting in the Northgate Park neighborhood on Feb. 3.  We planted 25 trees to add to our Club’s goal of planting at least 206 trees.
Our group included 3 new members and 1 who joined us prior to being inducted Feb. 5

Savannah Lennertz and Murray Forbes plant their trees: 










More Tree Planting Events We Are Co-Sponsoring:
March 2:    Arbor Day Celebration at Durham Central Park
March 10   At School of Science and Math
March 17   At Old East Durham
March 24   Family Friendly “Seedling Planting”  – Plant 300 seedlings

Marcy Lowe, husband Peter, daughter Robin planting trees as a family team.

Rotary “Tree Planting Challenge”

Rotarians Jenny Levine and Peter Jacobi joined 30 volunteers to brave the cold on Jan 6 to plant 60 trees on James Street, sponsored by Keep Durham Beautiful and led by Durham Urban Forestry.

We joined  neighborhood families, volunteers from TROSA and others.  Rotary International President Ian Riseley has challenged Rotarians to plant 1.2 million trees this year, one for each Rotarian worldwide.

Join our Rotary Tree Planting Challenge to plant 200 or more trees (a tree for every member of our Club) by the end of April 2018, with Peter Jacobi and Jenny Levine.
Rotarians, family members, and friends are welcome to participate.  We hope to have at least 20 participants for each tree planting event.
Sign Up Genius on our web page:   Or

Sat., Feb. 3,  1 – 4 pm.  Northgate Park.  Rotary co-sponsors with Full Steam Brewery.  50 Trees.  “Post Planting Celebration” at Full Steam.
Sat., Feb. 17, 1 – 4 pm.  Old West Durham, Rotary is lead sponsor.     50 Trees.
Fri., Mar. 2,  12 noon.    Arbor Day Celebration at Durham Central Park.
Sat., Mar. 10,  1 – 4 pm.  NC School of Science & Math.     37 Trees.
We partner with Chapel Hill-Carrboro Sunrise Rotary.   50 Trees.
Sat., Mar. 17.  1 – 4 pm.  Old East Durham/Edgemont,  Rotary is lead sponsor.  50 Trees.

More information is available at:

“Day of Service” at Urban Ministries, Feb 24

Sat, Feb. 24:  Join in the Rotary Day of Service at Urban Ministries  

  8 am – 10:30 am:  Breakfast shift cooks and serves for 300 members of the community.
 3:30 pm – 7 pm:   Dinner shift will decorate the Cafe, cook and serve dinner.
Dinner will be a more festive event with children’s activities and a raffle.
Contact Mal White for more information:

Rotary Leaders at RLI

7 members completed the Rotary Leadership Institute Training, Jan. 13.
Pictured are the 5 who completed Part III, the final step in the training:
L-R: Emily Page, Marge Nordstrom, Erik Benson, Kim Shaw, Geraud Staton.
Also:  Jenny Levine and Emilee Collins completed Part I.

Re-Scheduled: Rotary “After Hours”, Wed, Jan 31, Melting Pot

Re-Scheduled  ROTARY AFTER HOURS!   5:30 pm – 7 pm, Wed, January 31

                                   WHERE: The Melting Pot

            202 West NC Highway 54, Durham NC 27713 (Note: new location!)


Fellow Rotarians, please join us at The Melting Pot in their NEW location in Southpoint Crossing (same plaza as Kroger and City Barbeque).  This is a great opportunity to meet some of your fellow Rotarians outside of our normal meetings, share ideas about club activities and learn how you can become more involved in our club.  Complimentary Cheese Fondue, and drinks will be available for purchase.

QUESTIONS:  Contact Danielle Kaspar or 919.313.9604 (w) / 919.599.4224 (m)

Salvation Army Bell Ringing Project


                        50 Years of Rotary Bell Ringing

Thanks to the 63 members who participated in the Salvation Army Bell Ringing Project, Dec. 12 – 16, at Hope Valley Commons Wal-mart.
A special thanks to those who worked two or more shifts. We started this project in 1967.  Can you imagine how many bells we have rung in 50 years? This year we also had several musical groups:  Meg Solera and Vince Simonetti, Sherry DeVries and husband Mykola, and Deanna Labriola’s young daughter and friend who enjoyed singing Jingle Bells.