Members attend the Rotary Leadership Institute

Six Durham Rotary members learned a lot about being leaders in Rotary when they attended the Zone 33 Rotary Leadership Institute in Cary, Sat., Jan. 14.


L-R:   E-Club Members Jheanne Schack and Kathy Roadcup, joined with Durham Rotary Members Marie Baker, Geraud Staton, Erik Benson, Stan Morris, E-Club Member Eve Marion,  Brady Surles and Kim Shaw, and Asst. District Governor Joyce McKinney for a full Saturday of Rotary information and sharing ideas with other Rotarians from throughout Eastern North Carolina.

The workshops focused on Leadership Skills, Engaging Members, Service Projects, Ethics and Vocational Service, the Rotary Foundation, Team Building, Club Communications, and Strategic Planning.  We look forward to our club benefiting from the many good ideas this group gained from this Leadership Institute.

Salvation Army Bell Ringing, Dec. 13 – 17

rotary-bell-ringers-2015-emily-oliver-susan-ross-webNot all us Rotarians are this attractive and the weather isn’t always this nice but for you who haven’t tried it before, Ringing the Bells is worth the time on many levels even on a cold blustery day.

A newer member of the Club, Captain Robert Viera of the Salvation Army, with present to us on Monday and give us an overview of what happens when those red buckets are emptied and the money collected is put to use.  That’s why we’re doing it but it has a couple of other payoffs.

The big thing is that it really puts you in the Christmas spirit. Almost everyone that has done this has been struck with the generous spirit of many of those that give and who even when they don’t look terribly prosperous. It’s strange but we would not collect as much if we set-up outside Nordstroms rather than Walmart. Most poignant is seeing young parents handing coins to their 4 or 5 year old kids teaching them the spirit of giving.

The other thing veterans bell ringers will often recommend is to sign up with someone you don’t know very well. You’ll have plenty of time to become friends. And because you are both Rotarians, you’re getting to know someone worth knowing.

The link to the sign up genius is below. For the next couple of weeks or until we’ve filled all the slots, a smaller version of the picture above of Emily and Susan will be in the sidebar like it is now with the link as well.

(BTW, you can leave a few dollars yourself and you’ll feel even better. Don’t have the time? Committee members Mal White, Patrice Nelson and John Cross will take a check or cash.) 

Monday, Oct 24 is “Rotary Volunteer Day”

 Join Rotary Members who are leaders in these service groups!
They will be available to talk to you before & after Rotary on Oct. 17

1) You select  your Agency for volunteering  – individually or with a group.
You contact  the Agency Contact Person to work out details.

CARING HOUSE    Sheridan van Wagenberg         
Bring cookies/cake. Yard work. Organize closets.  Help with light house work.

CENTER for SENIOR LIVING  Mary Tyler Fore     
Socializing with participants in our Adult Day Health program.   Weeding the garden

Clean and organize our supply closet.  Take a load of things to the Scrap Exchange.

EDCI                   David Reese
Install Little Libraries and cleanup/install mulch at the Cherry Grove Park playground.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY    Roxanne Hall Little
“HabiTour”  of Habitat’s work, walk-through a Habitat home, chat with Habitat owners

KIDZNOTES    Katie Wyatt      
“Spectacular Volunteer” Orientation 10/29, 12:15-1:30pm Holton Career/Resource Ctr

Work with Animal Dept Keepers-indoors-outdoors, clean animal habitats.
Landscaping to maintain outdoor exhibitions, manual labor – mulching, pruning, etc.

NC ARTS IN ACTION         Marlon Torres     
8:15 – Arrival at Holt Elementary,     Sign-in at main office, meet Marlon Torres.
8:25 – 9:15: Observe Dance Class (Ms. Beckett’s Class);   9:30–10:30 –Debriefing

PROJECT BUILD (Gang Intervention)  Michelle Young
Lunch orientation meeting with staff .  Set up a clothing closet.

READING RANGERS Contact     Todd Taylor
Take a tour of Y. E. Smith School to find out about the Reading Rangers program.

SALVATION ARMY   Robert Viera 
Thrift Store: Sort/organize donations, organize sales floor.
Boys/Girls Club: Paint Teen Room; Library.
Corps Office:  Landscaping;  Paint parking lot lines;  Organize Food Pantry

SEEDS                  Emily Egge          
Organize kitchen-pantry;  Organize library, photos of books for social media

TROSA                Keith Artin 
Help at the Trosa Thrift Store –  Sorting, pricing donated items, clear out old items.

URBAN MINISTRIES         Gin Jackson
Tour Urban Ministries of Durham. Bag lunch provided (for clients weekdays)




CART Bucket “Challenge Days”

Our special CART Bucket “Challenge Days” are helping us get closer to our goal of $5,000 for this Rotary year.   The table with the highest amount on “Challenge Days” gets prizes!
Aug. 29 = $329 – High table was $62 with Prizes from Burt’s Bees
Sept. 19 = $193 – High table was $72 with Prizes from Alzheimer’s Assoc.
Next “Challenge Day” is Oct. 31 —   How “High” Can We Go?

You can still donate to the “End Alzheimer’s Walk” for one of our Teams.



End Alzheimer’s Walk Sat, 9/24

Six Rotarians participated with the Triangle End Alzheimer’s Walk on Sat., Sept. 24 at the Durham Bulls Ball Park.
        You Can Still Donate Online to either of our Rotary Teams:
1)  Durham Rotary “Recent Members” — for New Member Teams
2)  Durham Rotary Club Team  — for all other members
You may need to copy and paste these links.

CART Buckets – 9/19: Prizes for High Table

The “Alzheimer’s Task Force” challenges each table to make the largest
donation in their C.A.R.T. Bucket at our meeting on Sept. 19.

On August 29 — Total donated = $354 – High Table was $62.
.     So — How much can we donate on Sept. 19?