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.

Paul Harris Fellow Plus 1 – George Deaton

George Deaton with the United Methodist Retirement Home  has been a club member since 2003 and a Paul Harris Fellow since 2006. At the August 6th meeting he was awarded a pin for achieving Paul Harris Fellow Plus 1 status. The presentation was made by Rotary Foundation Chair, Dallas Stallings.

In accepting the award George addressed the meeting: “It is my privilege to support the Rotary Foundation, an organization that works to bring good health and prosperity to all the peoples of the world. I am grateful for out club members who support the Foundation and am hopeful that we can attain 100% member participation in donating to the Foundation. Together we can help conquer poverty and disease.”

Congratulations to George for achieving this significant milestone.

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Paul Harris Fellow – Laura Solie

At our July 30 Rotary meeting, Laura Solie was honored with a Paul Harris Fellow award given to her by her father, Past President Guy Solie.  In making his presentation, Guy noted that his family had early on been a supporter of the Rotary Foudation and that this presentation merely carried on a happy family tradition.  Laura, who has been involved with the Teach for America program, will be entering UNC, Chapel Hill, this month working toward an MBA degree.  Congratulations to Guy for this wonderful way to honor his daughter and to serve the interests of the Rotary Foundation and to Laura for being so honored by her father.

Vandana Dake is Rotarian-of-the-Year

Although word was out at the annual party at Watts Grocery earlier in June, outgoing President Arthur Rogers made it official at the June 25 meeting: Vandana Dake is Rotarian-of-the-year.

Whatever the club initiative or undertaking, “you’ll see Vandana’s fingerprints all over them, ” Rogers said before presenting her with a silver tray engraved with recognition that she is exhibiting “humanitarian” and “visionary” qualities through extensive service as a Rotarian in projects around the world and around the corner. Dake has devoted her energies, time and talent on behalf of the Peace and Ambassadorial scholarship programs, the Youth Exchange, international humanitarian projects in Venezuela and India, the UK Friendship Exchange, the Open World Russian Exchange, and the GSE Team from France. She has also been active planning projects in Guinea-Bissau and Neal Middle School and helping with the Progressive Dinner. On top of these efforts across the year, she became a Paul Harris Fellow +2. “She is just an amazing inspiration,” Rogers said as attendees gave our honoree a well-deserved standing ovation.

Submitted by Mark Lazenby.

Chicago Tickets Still Available

Tickets are still available but going fast for the Club’s evening at the Durham Performing Arts Center for a performance of Chicago with Christie Brinkley. All the details are here on the calendar for Wednesday August 1. Join the party and help raise money for the Durham Rotary Scholarship fund. 

Paul Harris Fellow: Courtney James

Foundation Chair Andy Barada inducted Rotarian Courtney James into the Paul Harris Society at the club meeting on June 18th. Courtney is a local Realtor and founder of Urban Durham Realty which is rapidly becoming Durham’s premier homegrown residential real estate brokerage firm. Courtney is a graduate of Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Her husband Luke and their three daughters live in Forest Hills just a bike ride away from her offices in Downtown Durham.

Rotarians become Paul Harris Fellows when their contributions to the Rotary Foundation reach $1,000.

Paul Harris Awards

Gerry Musante and Carolyn Aaronson

At the June 11 meeting, Dallas Stallings, a member of the BHF committee presented a PHF +2 to Dr. Gerry Musante. Later that evening at the club’s year end celebration, Dallas presented a PHF +8 to Carolyn Aaronson. He, and the Club, thanked both for their continued support of the programs and goals of The Rotary Foundation.

To date the club has raised over $12,000 of its $14,000 goal for the 2011-2012 year which ends on June 30. Please contact Dallas or Andy Barada if you plan to contribute by this fiscal year end.