Community Service

The Community Service committees include the East Durham Children's Initiative, the Poinsettia Fundraiser, The Scholarship Committee and the Salvation Army Bell Ringing Committee.

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.


Fill That Bus

Fill That Bus webMarge Nordstrom took the podium to announce the kickoff of this year’s Fill That Bus effort to benefit Crayons2Calculators and provide school supplies to close the deficit encountered in many of our schools and take the pressure off of teachers to spend their own money provide the bare necessities to their students.

This year’s very ambitious goal is to collect over $120,000 in money and school supplies.

Fill the Bus Day will be Saturday August 15, 2015 at the same location it has been at for the last couple of years, at South Square between the Office Depot and Sam’s Club. If you want to plug that in to you GPS, the address is 4001 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham NC 27707

Rotarians should use this link to sigh up to volunteer on the collection day.  

If you see names there you don’t recognize, don’t panic and think you’re signing up for the naval reserve or something. These are Rotarians from other clubs in District 7710. This is a   great way to meet Rotarians from other clubs.

Contact Marge at if you have any questions.

This information will also be available through a link to the Fill the Bus logo in the sidebar on the right until the day of the event.

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:

Annual Community Service Award

Dieter Mauch, the chair of the selection committee presented the award to Dr. Victor Dzau for his contributions to the community while he served as the Chancellor for Health Affairs at Duke University and President and CEO of the Duke University Medical Center.  Since Dr. Dzau, who is now President of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, could not attend the event, a video was produced and shared with the audience at the annual celebration. In the very gracious acceptance, Dr. Dzau is joined by his wife and our fellow Rotarian Ruth Dzau, herself a person very actively involved in the Durham community. Congratulations to Dr. Dzau.

Little Library Team

The team behind the little library poses in front of it. Left to right Carolyn Aaronson, President Vandana Dake, JOE Houde, Latisha Judd, David Reese and Todd Taylor.

Rotary “100 Acts of Service” Summer Opportunities

Rotary EDCI Playground WorkdayWe are using the SignUpGenius program – for you to register.
(Easy to use — your e-mail and create a password)
See the links below, or our web page:

1.  EDCI Summer Lunch Program: Tuesdays,  11:30 – 1:00 pm,  June 16 – Aug 14

2.  Am Dance Festival:  June 10, 11, and July 4, 5, 25, 26

Provide Airport Transportation for summer faculty and international choreographers
3.  11th Annual Juneteenth Celebration, Sat, June 20. Downtown Durham, E. Main St.
Festival activities plus Health Fair,  1:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Need Rotarians to assist with Registration at the Health Fair
4.  Carolina Theatre Painting Project, July 28 – 31.  Spruce up some interior walls.
5.  PROUD Camp – Leadership Talks, June 26 – Aug 14
Contact Lois Deloatch if interested.
6.  School of Doc -Youth at Full Frame, June 15 – July 24
Filled — thanks to all for volunteering.
Also — Record Your Individual Acts of Service,
apart from the club projects (Acts, Not hours!)
Go to our Web page and click on the box about Individual Acts, OR
go directly to: Next:  Helping Habitat build the Rotary sponsored house.