New Member: Rich Haney

RICH HANEY has degrees in Biology and Mathematics from North Carolina State and Yale. After working at Princeton University Plasma Physics Lab for seven (7) years, Rich provided services along the East Coast to the pharmaceutical and financial services industries. In recent decades, he ran two (2) consultancies—Cellular Statistics, LLC and Big Data 2 Consulting, LLC. After
retiring, he started up Triangle Tutoring Services, tutoring mathematics and computer science, giving all proceeds to local 501(c) (3) organizations. Rich is a Trustee at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, a Member of the 100 Men In Black, a Chorus providing a ministry at local churches, prisons, and other venues. He competes in local triathlons and long-distance swimming events, and he enjoys participating in family life. Rich is sponsored by Elisabeth Wiener. Welcome, Rich!

Paul Harris Fellows: Ken Lundstrom, Susan Miller, Honorable Willis Whichard

L to R, Ken Lundstrom, Susan Miller, Honorable Willis Whichard

Ken Lundstrom has been a member of our club since 1995. He has been the Secretary of the club under four Presidents, serving on and chairing the Rotary Foundation for our club for years, chairing our Scholarship committee, serving on the Board, ringing the bell for The Salvation Army, working at many volunteer luncheons, Million Meals projects, Fill the Bus and Habitat for Humanity builds. It’s easy to see why he as a recipient of the Rotarian of the Year award. Ken has been given his Paul Harris Fellow +6.

Susan Miller joined our club in 2012. She is a CPA and partner with DMJ & Co in Durham. Susan is our Club’s treasurer and for those of you who don’t know it, that is a job in and of itself. She is a Paul Harris Society member which means she has committed to give $1,000 a year to Rotary International. We are happy to present Susan with her Paul Harris Fellow +7.

The Honorable Willis Whichard has been honored with a PHF award from a fellow Rotarian. The individual stated, “you make us better just by being in our presence. We could talk about your awards and honors, your education and career, but what we see in you every Monday is the way you live your life and exemplify playing out the Rotary Four Way Test. Congratulations and thank you for being in this club for the past ten years”.

Presentation: Civility Part 3

Discussion Facilitator Sam Miglarese

Discussion Facilitator Carver Weaver

Monday’s program departed from our normal routine of a program delivered by a guest or sometimes one of our own members. As the third and final program in a series on Civility, we shifted gears and each of the tables was given an index card and asked to discuss one of the elements of the 4 Way Test and record any conclusions that would be assembled and turned into some sort of report that might be shared with other clubs or the larger Rotary family.

Coordinator of Civility Series: Dallas Stallings

All this was organized by Dallas Stallings who credited Doug Butler with bugging him with the idea. This final chapter was handled by Sam Miglarese and Carver Weaver. We had a reading list that included two articles from the May copy of The Rotarian and two excellent programs that proceeded it.

So, there was a lot of activity in the room and I can’t report what happened at every table. At the one I happened to be at there were only 4 of us, all male, all grey beards and perhaps a little world weary. Our element was “Is it the TRUTH.” One of us was a life-long Republican and one a life-long Democrat (me.) We managed to navigate a discussion about whether people with a marketing background should be given some latitude around the truth. This was in reference to you know who, but as a long-time marketer myself, I could have taken strong issue with that. However, the discussion remained civil, I’m happy to say. [Read more…]

Paul Harris Fellows: General Ralph Haynes and Matt Kopac

L to R: General Ralph Haynes, Kay Gresham, Matt Kopac


Matt Kopac got his start with Rotary years ago as a cultural Ambassadorial Scholar to El Salvador and has experienced the power of global Rotary fellowship in at least five countries.  He and his wife Sarah came to Durham 10 years ago, he joined our Rotary Club almost immediately thereafter and became a Paul Harris Fellow.
Matt is the Sustainable Business & Innovation Manager for Burts Bees.  He also co-founded the Durham Living Wage Project, chairs the Durham Environmental Affairs Board and still finds time to come to Rotary.
He said by giving to the Rotary Foundation, he knows the money is well spent both by making an impact around the world and when part of that money comes back to our club from the Foundation by way of grants three years later to fund projects locally.
And before I give him his PHF+2, I noticed he’s wearing that nice KOPAC campaign button today, so for those of you who may not know, Matt is also running for a seat on the Durham Board of County Commissioners.  We are so very proud of our fellow Rotarians who step up and are always willing to do more for our community.
General Ralph Haynes retired from the US Army in 2004.  He became a Rotarian in Atlanta some 30 years ago and became a PHF.  He loves to and DOES travel internationally and owes part of that to his career in the army.  But a bigger part of his love for travel comes from the many friendships he has developed  through Rotary.
He just returned from three weeks in Europe where he and his wife, Patricia enjoyed seeing some of those fellow Rotarians who have become best friends.  He says not only is this organization one of enormous worldwide benefit for its participation in many programs such as polio, water, education, but it has been very successful in fostering international relations in the most peaceful way possible.  PHF+3.

Presentation: Civility with David & Christopher Gergen


David Gergen

Christopher Gergen

Civility in Government and Politics 

Monday’s program was a unique format with featured speakers father and son team David and Christopher Gergen sharing a virtual platform: Chris manned the lectern in Durham and David was beamed in via satellite from his home in Cambridge, Mass.  

Wishing to allow as much time as possible for the program, Dallas Stallings kept his speaker introductions brief. He commented that entrepreneur and educator Christopher was a likely candidate for burning out at a young age, as he is involved in so many high-energy initiatives, while noting that Chris’s father, David, was likely the driving force that taught his son to burn the candle at both ends.  

Political commentator and presidential advisor David Gergen was born in Durham, graduating from Durham High School in 1959 in the last segregated class there. After earning his bachelor’s degree at Yale, he returned to Durham where he interned in the office of North Carolina Governor Terry Sanford. There Mr. Gergen became deeply involved in civil rights concerns, most notably the Good Neighbor Council, which took him across the state “focusing on jobs, education, and basically keeping the peace (in the early 60’s) during a very tumultuous political period in the south,” he said.   [Read more…]

Paul Harris Fellows: Reginald Hodges, Roslyn Grace, Meg Solera

Pictured from L to R: Reginald Hodges, Roslyn Grace, Meg Solera


Reginald Hodges joined Rotary in 2012.  He retired as executive director of the Durham Literacy Center.  He’s been very active in Rotary serving on the Board under two Presidents and chairing the Sgt at Arms for two different years.
Reggie volunteers with the UMCA and is on the National Advisory Board of the Ackland Museum of UNC-Chapel Hill..
He and his wife met some 50 years ago while working in the Peace corp in West Africa where they lived for almost two decades.  Last year they gifted over 27 works of West African art to the Nasher Museum in Durham. PHF+2
Roslyn Grace joined Rotary in 2005 in DC then joined our club in 2013.  Ross retired from the International Medical Corp where she did everything from setting up and staffing new offices when needed to heading up HR.  She was actually a guest speaker at our Durham Club in 2006 before she every joined.
She currently serves on our Board of Directors, has been one of our most dedicated Salvation Army Bell ringers for the past consecutive 10 years and participates in almost every dinner, Centerfest, project and activity we have.  PHF+4.
Meg Solera joined Rotary in 2001 in California and became a member of our Durham Club in 2007.  Rotary was her way of emerging herself into a new town  and making friends in a place where she had just moved and knew no-one.
Her old club did a lot of volunteer and service work at that time whereas our club really didn’t.  When she suggested scholarship and progressive dinners, etc. everyone said, “Meg, that’s a great idea.  Whey don’t you head that up?”  So she was off and running.
She has been VP under two presidents, on the board. For two terms, chaired the scholarship and fellowship committees and been on the membership committee.  PHF+4