Opportunity to Serve

Just a quick reminder that we still have open slots to collect supplies at Sam’s Club on August 17, for our Durham Public School teachers.  Please go ahead and sign up so that we can make sure we have enough volunteers.


It’s Scholarship Season

We are proud to announce the recipients of our 2019-2020 Rotary Scholarships. Each recipient is eligible to receive a specified amount of money for two years when a minimum GPA is maintained. We wish all three of our recipients the best in their future endeavors and look forward to following their journeys.

Jessica Thompson is a recipient of the  Centennial Scholarship Award and will be attending North Carolina Central University.

Kwesi Aikens is the recipient of our Brown Family Scholarship. He will be attending UNC Charlotte.

Mareya Sanders is the recipient of our inaugural Brantley Deloatche Centennial Scholarship. She will be attending Spelman College.


Elena Mina, representing Student U, shared updates about the past recipients of the Rotary Scholarships. Each recipient has maintained the minimum GPA and will therefore receive scholarship funds once again this year. Adam Eigenrauch, Executive Director for Emily K Center expressed the value and importance of the Brown Family scholarship that is given to one of the graduating seniors at the center each year.

Elena Maina

Adam Eigenrauch

Program Report: Kim Shaw – Triangle Nonprofit and Volunteer Center

A few years ago, when Kim’s organization was still called the Volunteer Center and she was struggling with changing the name to something that better reflected the scope of what they did it was clear why the change was needed. As she explained to me why it was necessary, I became more amazed.  I had no idea, like many others, that that scope encompassed more than Durham or more than being a clearing house for those looking for opportunities to volunteer and organizations that needed help.  

The problem is that I’m not sure the new name, Triangle Nonprofit and Volunteer Center, does it justice either.  

Kim was introduced by Rotarian Danielle Kaspar, who serves on board TNLVC.  Kim’s background includes more than 25 years of leadership experience working in organizational development, marketing, communications, fundraising, human resources and finance. She is also an accomplished trainer.  Her experience includes executive management in several area nonprofits including the North Carolina Center for Voter Education, North Carolina Museum of Life and Science, the Interfaith Council for  Social Services and Discover Durham when it was the Durham Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.  

And as if her professional life wasn’t devoted enough to service, she has served as Chair of the Durham County ABC Board, the Triangle United Way, The American Red Cross and Junior Leadership Durham. She also serves on our own Rotary Club Board of Directors.  

Kim began her presentation with apologies for leaving her notes at the office. However, that may explain why she came across as so genuine and authentic as a preacher who knows the Bible from cover to cover.   [Read more…]

Rotary Children are Featured Mid-Summer Guests

More than a dozen children of members ranging in age from 6 to 16 joined club lunch Monday. 

They conducted a special raffle for donated prizes from local organizations such as the Girl Scouts, Bull City Mini, Burt’s Bees, Discover Durham, Durham Country Library, Hamilton Hill Jewelry and the Washington Duke Inn. Wyatt and Stella Jernigan lead the Pledge of Allegiance during opening formalities. Others took full advantage of Rotary lunchtime fellowship opportunities by mixing it up with parents and club members and learning about teenage leadership from Kim Shaw. The young guests also got to witness recognitions for three student beneficiaries of $2,000 scholarships, awarded to students from Emily K Center and Student U.   

Says new President Todd Taylor, “It’s never too early to build a sense of civic engagement by sharing experiences with our children. Things like this help to show them that a Rotary Club meeting can be fun, interesting, sometimes memorable, and a very comfortable place for them as they grow older and find it’s their turn to lead the community.” 


New Member: Lauren Phillips, Sponsored by Rory Gillis

Lauren Phillips, is an Account Representative with The Durham Magazine. Originally from Connecticut, Lauren has been in North Carolina since 2005. Campbell University led Lauren to North Carolina for undergraduate work – and she never left after that. Lauren is excited to meet and grow with Durham and is already dreaming about reestablishing Change The Triangle — a non-profit volunteer + social group that allows people to meet and make new friends. In her free time, Lauren can be found on the quiet back roads on her bike, riding to support various organizations such as The National MS Society and The V Foundation, as well as riding competitively with her race team. Lauren is thrilled to be joining Rotary. She is sponsored by Rory Gillis. Welcome, Lauren!

Passing of the Gavel

A new Rotary year is upon us as is evidenced by the passing of the Presidency from Brady Surles to Todd Taylor. Thank you Brady for your leadership and we are looking forward to the year ahead with President Todd Taylor.