International

The International Service Committees include the Group Study Exchange program or GSE, the World Community Service Committee, the Million Meals Project Committee, and the Rotary Foundation.

Rotary Foundation – Paul Harris Fellows – May 15, 2017

Foundation Chair Andy Esser made to significant Paul Harris Fellowship awards. Immediately below Andy is pictured with Club Treasurer, Susan Miller being awarded here PHF +4 and Emilee  Collins her PHF +2. Please congratulate these two great Rotarians.

International Committee – Pune India Project

Leadership in Pune Toilet Project

One of the many successful project that our Club has participated in is the Pune India Project. The plaque pictures celebrates the original project that led to this one.

The objective of the project is the construction of 272 toilets in villages situated in Velha & Haveli Taluka of Pune District, Maharashtra, India.  Beneficiaries will be 272 families consisting of about 2000 persons in whose homes toilets with septic tanks will be  installed. This will prevent the contamination of the water source and will thus: a) prevent disease; b) improve sanitation; c) improve the health of the community by eradication of water borne illnesses, especially those of women (pregnant and nursing) and children d) will increase security and safety to adolescent girls and women.  The local club spearheading the project is Pimpri, District 3131.  Our club, Durham in District 7710, is the international partner club.  The current amount budgeted for the project is $65,250.  This project builds on a successful project where 204 toilets were constructed in Ambi Village, Pune, India, which was also spearheaded by the Pimpri Club.

Rotary Foundation – Paul Harris Fellows.


The Durham Rotary Roadshow went west again to the new JB Duke on the Duke Campus and then returned to TROSA on James Street before heading Downtown to it’s permanent home at the Convention Center.

At the JB Duke Hotel four special PHF awards were made. Judge Nancy Gordon was awarded her first PHF with points accumulated by friends who wished to honor her.  Nancy Marks was awarded her PHF Plus 5.  Susan Ross was awarded her PHF Plus 4 and Plus 5. Brand new member Lucia Powe jumped right into support of the Foundation with her first PHF at the beautiful new facility on Science Drive.

So that Rotary men were not totally shutout,  Tom Krakauer was awarded his PHF Plus 4 during the meeting at TROSA.

Please congratulate all these great supporters of the Foundation and Committee Chair Andy Esser who made all the awards. 

Foundation News

dallas-and-andyTwo significant things occurred on September 19. One was Dallas Stallings passing the Chairmanship of the Foundation Committee after a string of record years in building the participation in the Foundation. The second one is that Andy Esser accepted the Chairmanship following his leadership with Susan Ross during our Centennial Fund raising efforts. Dallas left big shoes to fill and Andy has…the capability to fill those shoes during this the Foundation’s Centennial year.

Optimism for the new year was bolstered when Burton King, Jodee Nimerichter, Anne Evans and Carl Evans all achieved new levels and Carl and Ann both became Paul Harris Fellowship Society Members.

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Paul Harris Fellow – Chris Rosati

Rosati Paul Harris FellowWith District Governor Rusine and new Foundation Chair doing the honors, our Community Service Award winner was presented with a Paul Harris Fellow award. Chris was introduced by Community Award Chair Dieter Mauch who noted that the nomination of Chris for the award was made by four separate Rotarians and certainly a record. Chris attended with his two daughters, two caretakers and Andrea Griffith Cash who just joined Chris’s organization Inspire Media. Rusine Andy Esser

More on Chris’s story and can be found at the program report from April, the announcement of the award at the year end celebration in July, and the Inspire Media website.

Paul Harris Awards: March 7 and March 14, 2016

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On March 7, Jim Leak, pinch hitting for Foundation Chair Dallas Stallings presented Paul Harris awards to Rotarians Brady Surles (Plus 1), Jodee Nimerichter (Plus 2), Shelly Green (Plus 2), Roz Grace (Plus 2), and Barry Curtis (Plus 2).  Andy Esser (Plus 1) and Aubrey Howell (Plus 2) were not in the picture.

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An even larger crowd were presented Paul Harris awards on March 14, this time by Dallas.  Left to right are David Ross (Plus 4), BC Dash (Plus 8), Gerry Musante (Plus 3), Dallas Stallings himself (Plus 5), Former Foundation Chair Ken Lundstrom (Plus 5), Robert Stevens (Plus 1), Phail Wynn (Plus 4), Sarah Schroth (Plus 1), Susan Ross (Plus 3), Allen Cronenberg (Plus 3), Melissa Mills (Plus 4), and Meg Solera (Plus 3).

This is an amazing demonstration of generosity to the Rotary Foundation in support of the projects it undertakes in our community and around the world.