Rotary Volunteering-100 Acts of Service

EDCI Summer Lunch Program - Picture from Ellen Reckhow

EDCI Summer Lunch Program – Picture from Ellen Reckhow

 1.  “Fill the Bus” -Near Office Depot -Sat, Aug 15 Need help 2-4; 4-6    

2.  EDCI Summer Lunch Program:  Need 2 Rotarians for our last day -Tues, Aug 11.
3.  Coming Aug 17 — Sign up time for Reading Rangers and other educational programs.
4.  Coming Soon — Rotary at Centerfest,  Sat & Sun, Sept. 19 – 20
 Our Club will work the entrance gates and also the booths selling cokes and t-shirts.
In addition, all Rotary Clubs will combine to have a 20′ x 20′ “Rotary Sponsor Tent”.

Are you interested in helping on Saturday or Sunday?  Go to SignupGenius to let us know:    

5.  Update Your “Individual Acts of Service” for 2015 Centennial Year:

Take a Kid to the Ballgame

Kid to the BallgameEverybody is a kid at heart a a Durham Bulls game. These kids are Rotarians who hosted some of the younger type at the August 2 game at the Durham Athletic Park. From the left are Rusine Mitchell Sinclair, the District 7710 Governor Elect, Durham Rotarian and City Manager Tom Bonfield ( professional ballplayer once himself,) Durham Rotary President Lois Deloatch and Durham Rotarian and County Commissioner Fred Foster.

Habitat Kickoff

HabitatFirstDayAlthough the location of our next Habitat Home might look like the lot was carved out of the jungle on some Caribbean island it’s really on Plum Street where it intersects with Angier Avenue just east of Downtown Durham.

A few minutes of basic instructions about safety and what the plan for the day was took place at 8:30 under a blue sky on a pleasantly cool Saturday morning. The goal for the day was to get the foundation ready for framing by laying plastic sheeting and attaching blue insulation board to the inside foundation walls. With advice to stay well hydrated the dozen or so volunteers completed the task while the sun heated up the atmosphere into the 90’s.

The number of volunteers was just about right to complete the goal in time to clean up at about 11:30, with a few also helping to build the front porch on an adjacent home that is largely framed but not yet under roof.

The picture below shows that home as well as two other Habitat homes that have been completed. A few blocks away on Driver Street another Habitat home is almost done. The impact by Habitat on this area of town was told during the formal kickoff at last week’s meeting in the Maureen Joy Charter School, also on Driver Street. There will be several Rotary Days on this home that we are soliciting volunteers for and for those that are willing to spend more time, volunteers are usually on the job Wednesdays through Saturday.


Program Report: Centennial Update and Habitat Kickoff

Dalla Placid Lois BlakewebOur meeting was held off-site at the Maureen Joy academy on Driver Street, also the location of the EDCI lunch program where several Rotarians don aprons to serve lunch on Tuesdays this summer. It’s a bright and cheery place.
Brady7-20webMany folks took their place at the podium to share some of the accomplishments of the Centennial Celebration’s 100 Acts of Service, which is now well over 1500. The first was Brady Surles who recently received the Rotarian of the Year Award and has co-chaired and organized and managed the 100 Acts of Service Program.

But the main attraction was the announcement that Habitat For Humanity is prepared to begin our next Habitat home. Rotarian Blake Strayhorn, who also runs Habitat, made the announcement and Past President Don Stanger, who chaired the board of Habitat for several years, introduced Placide Barada, the wife of Andy Barada, both of whom will be honored for their generous contribution to the Foundation that was designated for this home.Don6-20Web

Several of the Habitat staffers were there as well as Rotarian Joe Harvard, the retired pastor of Durham’s First Presbyterian Church and one of the founders of Durham Habitat. Accompanying him was his daughter, Rebecca Harvard Barnes, who is Habitat’s Faith and Community Relations Manager.

Habitat homes generate some touching stories and the presentation told two of them. One of them, about a mother and her young daughter and their journey to a new home, was told through a video.  When the daughter, now a young woman, appeared on the screen, I did a double take, and turned around to see Heather Graham, sitting beside Pastor Joe, fighting back tears.  When our eyes met I had to fight them back too. Heather is now the Habitat Annual Fund and Communications Manager.

Habitat HomeownerLakishaThen Blake introduced Lakeisha Minor who used slides of some old pictures to tell the story of another young mother and her efforts to buy a Habitat Home. Lakeisha was that young mother and is now the Director of Family Services for Habitat.

As someone who sells homes for a living, I know that most of the people in that room had many choices when they acquired their current homes.  Some bought for the yard, some for the kitchen, some for the proximity to a great golf course, some for the history of the home…there are lots of reasons when you have choices.  It’s easy to forget that there are many people in our community who yearn for nothing more than shelter that is safe, dry, not too cold in the winter and not too hot in the summer. HeatherGrahamWeb

One of the numbers that Brady shared was the number of Rotarians in the club who have done one or more of those “acts of service.” We’re past the halfway mark at about 115. The coming Habitat “build” will give guys like me the chance to rummage through a trunk somewhere and find an old dusty toolbelt to strap to our worst looking pair of jeans and try not to look too amateurish while we drive a few nails or cut a few boards on the project.

I know, a skilled framing carpenter with a nail gun, is a much more efficient way to build a house. Dammit though,  laughing and sharing and working next to someone like Andy Barada, a distinguished physician, on one side and the new homeowner on the other, driving nails on a snowy day, is a great way to go and a great way to get to know both the other folks and the Durham community.

Hope to see you out there guys…and you women too. There are few people more interesting than women who can handle a hammer.

Submitted by Jay Zenner

Rotary Opportunities – 100 Acts of Service

FarmersMarketTentWebRotary Painting Party”
Carolina Theatre
   July 27 – 30

We start Monday, July 27, after Monday’s Rotary Meeting beginning at 2:00 pm.
We will walk over to the Carolina and start the “taping” to prepare for painting.
If you cannot come after Rotary, then join us later — until 8 pm!
Sign up on SignUpGenius and indicate what  days and hours you can help.
Questions?  Contact Treat Harvey or Mimi O’Brien
Build a Habitat House”: 1st Work Day –
Sat, Aug 1, 8:30 — 11:30 am as we begin ”
The Andy Barada Rotary Habitat House”.
                     Join us for “Rotary Work Days”
Saturdays, Aug 1,  29 (8:30 a – 11:30 a)
Saturdays, Sept 12,  26 (12:30 p – 3:30 p)

Other Opportunities – “Acts of Service”
1)  “Fill the Bus” -with Crayons2Calculators.
Sat, Aug 15 at South Square -near Office Depot & Sam’s.
2 Hour Shifts:  8 am – 6 pm.
  Contact is Marge Nordstrom
2)  “Rotary Day at Centerfest”,  Sept. 19 – 20
Rotary Booth, and Work the Entrances – Sat & Sun

AND — Tell Us about Your “Individual Acts of Service”,
Apart from the club projects (Acts, Not hours!) – January – April.
(Recording for May and following months to be done later.)  Go to our Web page and click on the box about Individual Acts, OR
go directly to:

Centennial Request: Treat Harvey

TreatHarveywebTreat Harvey requests volunteer help with the painting of backstage areas of the Carolina Theatre in late July. More details coming soon.