New Member: Brian Alvo

Brian Alvo is the Founder of NextGen Center. The concept of service is the cornerstone of Brian’s career path. That service began as a civilian analyst with The United States Marine Corps — and then as Executive Director of a nonprofit educational foundation in Nicaragua. With an MBA from Duke University, Brian has over 10 years of diverse professional experience spanning multiple industries. As a Director of Corporate Development at LabCorp, Brian led strategic teams to realign and grow divisional business into national programs. He was also the VicePresident of Business Development and Strategic Accounts at one of the fastest growing technology companies in Durham – where he helped grow the company from 14 to 50+ team members in less than 2 years’ time. Brian is sponsored by Elisabeth Wiener. Welcome, Brian!

Paul Harris Fellows: Peter Jacobi and Katina Rogers

L to R: Dr. Peter Jacobi, Katina Rogers, Anna Jones, Kay Gresham


Dr. Peter Jacobi practiced family medicine in Durham for decades before recently retiring. He joined Rotary in 2017. One more great thing that Andy Barada did for our Club was to bring Peter to us. When Peter was inducted, he said one of the things he likes – REALLY LIKES – about Rotary is that we are an organization that wears our patriotism and tolerance on our sleeve. He believes the Rotary Foundation teaches us that anyone can be a philanthropist. He appreciates that the Foundation affords us the opportunity to combine and multiply our resources then bring those combined resources back to our local community.

Katina Rogers joined our Club not quite a year ago. However, she attended her FIRST Rotary meeting at the age of 14 with her Fatherand helped translate for him as he received an honor from a Rotary Club in Omaha. Katina now has a home renovation companyand also a handcrafted purse and accessory line in Durham. She has been very active with our Club this year. It’s always exciting to award our new members, as is the case with Katina.

Presentation: Medicare and Medications – What’s new and why you should care

When I took my seat at Monday’s meeting, I chided Jay Zenner because I hadn’t received his usual reminder that it was my turn to write up the program for the bulletin. He replied, “Well, we only have one more meeting after this, and it’s the holiday music program, so I thought you would figure it out.” As our speaker began to wrap up her presentation and I was scribbling frantically in my notebook, trying to make sense of the convoluted scenario she was explaining, Guy Solie leaned over my shoulder and said, “I can’t wait to see how you write this up. This topic is incredibly complex!” To which I responded, “Yep, I probably should have gone with the holiday music write-up.” 

My usual practice is to email a draft of my article to the speaker for editing prior to submitting it for publication – thank goodness. My journalistic skills are insufficient to even scratch the surface of the topics that were covered, but I can assure readers of one thing: Senior PharmAssist is an incredibly valuable resource in our community and provides services that need to be scaled to serve all Americans, because negotiating our current system of Medicare and Medicaid  is amazingly complicated and are only getting more so.   [Read more…]

Paul Harris Fellow: Guy Solie

Guy Solie has been a member of our Club since 1987, serving as President in 1996. He is most definitely a Paul Harris supporter many times over by awarding Paul Harris Fellowships to his wife Mindy, all three of their children, and two of their spouses. Their daughter-in-law, Ashleigh has had a difficult time scheduling a time to attend a meeting to accept her recent Paul Harris certificate and pin as well as one of Guy’s granddaughters, Lucy. For that reason, today we are proud to present PH Fellowships to Guy on their behalf. Guy still has other family members to go, so stay tuned to hear more future awards.

Paul Harris Fellow: Dr. Larry Crane

Dr. Larry Crane is a retired Radiologist who joined the Durham Rotary Club in 2014. As a dedicated active community volunteer, Larry has served at The Museum of Life and Science as a volunteer, board member and chair of their fundraising campaign. He’s also worked with cognitively impaired elderly citizens at the Durham Senior Center. In this time of great polarization, Larry feels Rotary provides true fellowship and serves the entire community. He gives to the Foundation because it uses funds wisely for our community, nation and global good works. Larry is presented with his Paul Harris Fellow +5.

Paul Harris Fellow: Bill Ingram

Bill Ingram is President of Durham Technical Community College and was our guest speaker a couple of weeks ago. He has been a member of our club for 12 years and served as President in 2013. The thing Bill lobes most about Rotary is its’ diversity of race and ethnicity, experience, interest and thought. He appreciates the relationships and friendships that are born in the room every Monday where business men and women, non-profit leaders, developers, physicians, and entrepeneurs and even college presidents connect. Those friendships lead to great things being achieved in our community and across the globe. We present Bill with his Paul Harris Fellow +3.