New Member: Stelfanie Williams

Please join us in welcoming new member, Stelfanie Williams.

Stelfanie Williams has served as Duke’s vice president for Durham affairs since August 2018.  In this role, Williams leads and coordinates Duke’s diverse and innovative community efforts in areas such as economic development, affordable housing, early childhood, K-12 and workforce education, student engagement, neighborhood relations and community health.  She builds connections between Duke and Durham Public Schools, Durham Technical Community College and North Carolina Central University, as well as with non-profit and community-based organizationsPrior to joining Duke, Williams served as president of Vance-Granville Community CollegeA noted presenter and consultant on topics related to workforce development, Williams also is active on a number of public and private boardscivic organizations, and commissions. Among other honors, Williams was selected for the White House Regional Community College Summit in 2011, and in 2014 she was awarded the I.E. Ready Distinguished Leadership Award by NC State UniversityIn 2018, she was named “President of the Year” by the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges, and in 2019 she was selected as a Distinguished Alumna by NC State University. Williams received her undergraduate dual degree in public policy and Spanish from Duke and a doctorate in education from NC State University. 

New Member: Damjan Denoble

Please join us in welcoming our new member, Damjan Denoble.

Damjan Denoble founded Bull City Lawyer in 2016 and today serves as its Managing Partner.  Beginning in September 2017, Damjan has become the Executive Director of Mi Maletin, a legal non-profit focused on removal defense.  His current work at Bull City Lawyer involves managing the Firm, in addition to taking on family immigration cases.  His removal defense work is now focused on Mi Maletin.  Damjan is an Innovative Fellow and is sponsored by Christopher Gergen.

Centerfest: Durham Rotary Club Members in Action

Since 1974, the Durham Arts Council has brought the Durham community together with CenterFest. As Durham’s signature arts festival, CenterFest showcases juried visual artists from near and far, and fills multiple stages with music, dance, and more from local performers. Serious art shoppers are dazzled by world-class ceramics, paintings, jewelry, fiber art, woodwork, and everything in between – much of it from Durham and Triangle-based creators. Singers, dance troupes, choirs, bands, jugglers, magicians, and performers of every stripe provide continuous entertainment throughout the weekend. Kids have a blast at the Creative Kids Zone, food vendors keep guests fueled for fun, and Durham’s inspiring nonprofit and government services sector are on hand connecting with the community they serve. It all takes place in the heart of Durham’s historic downtown, a hub of local businesses and foodie culture that elevates the visitor experience! (excerpt from Durham Arts Council website)

Durham Rotary Club proudly volunteers at this event each year in an effort to assist the Durham Arts Council and to raise awareness of Rotary. We were saddened last year when the event was cancelled due to an impending hurricane. Several Rotary volunteers were out this year manning the gates, selling soft drinks, sharing the story of Rotary, and mingling with the residents of Durham. We love our city!

Presentation: Anita L. Holt – The Forest at Duke

Comedy Central could not have topped Monday’s meeting, but that is another story.  Anita Holt’s presentation on retirement care in this area and nationwide had its own share of one line zingers.  Many of today’s retirees would say “I may be old, but I got to see all the best bands.”   

Rob Everett who introduced Anita said that many club members have requested a program on retirement.  He could think of no one better able to tackle this issue Anita Holt who, for the last four and a half years, has been President and CEO of The Forest at Duke.  With more than twenty-five years in the field of elder care, club member Anita has observed enormous changes and challenges in recent years. 

 One notable national trend has been the changing demographics of retirement communities.  No longer is “The Home” the domain of widows occasionally interrupted excitedly by the arrival of “a new guy.”  Increasingly, couples—something on the order of sixty percent—are moving in, ranging in age from “leading edge Boomers” to the elderly.    [Read more…]

New Members

L to R – Tony Brown, Liz McFarlane, Kim Rehberg

Congratulations and a warm welcome to our three new members of the Durham Rotary Club.

Tony Brown is sponsored by Susan Ross

Liz McFarlane is sponsored by Bill Ingram

Kim Rehberg is sponsored by Indira Everett

Paul Harris Fellows

L to R – Bob Wiley and Erik Benson

Bob Wiley first joined Rotary twenty years ago in Seattle where he also became a Paul Harris Fellow. That particular club is the fourth oldest club in the United States established in 1910. His 90 year old Father is in his 48th year as a member of that club. Luckily for us, Bob joined OUR Durham Club in March of this year and we gladly presented his PHF + 1 on September 23rd. Congratulations to Bob.

Erik Benson joined our club in 2015 and hit the ground running. He has attended all levels of RLI training. He served as Brady’s VP last year. He is on the membership committee and was extremely instrumental in developing the  “New Member Team” concept for on boarding new Rotarians into our club. He volunteers at Centers, participates in numerous projects. Erik and his wife Laura are also busy raising three very active children. He was presented with his well deserved first Paul Harris Fellowship.