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.

Centennial Kickoff Party – January 26, 2015

CentKickoffParty6Past President Don Stanger greets Rotarians and guests in the historic power building on the American Tobacco Campus for the Centennial Kickoff Party.  High points of the celebration came when Andy Barada was honored for his contributions to the Foundation and Andy Esser and Susan Ross announced excellent progress on the way to our $200,000 goal. Susan promised that we wouldn’t stop when the goal was reached.

A beautiful selection of finger food was provided by the Durham Catering Company.

Paul Harris Awards: January 26, 2015


Foundation Committee Chair Dallas Stallings presented Paul Harris Fellowship awards to Sherry DeVries, Janene Tompkins, Arthur Whitehurst (Plus 1), Todd Taylor (Plus 1) and Larry Crane.

Andy Barada Reaches Major Donor Level Two

CjentKickoffParty3At our opening party celebrating 100 years of “Service Above Self”, the Durham Rotary Club was pleased to make a significant award to Andy Barada.

Andy has recently reach “Major Donor Level Two” status.  A major donor to The Rotary Foundation is a member who has contributed $10,000 to The Foundation.  Level two simply means that said donor has doubled that amount for The Foundation.

Andy and Placide Barada have long supported the work of The Rotary Foundation and for several years, Andy served as Chair of our club’s Foundation Committee.  The Baradas’ gifts through The Foundation contribute toward Rotary International’s goal of international understanding and peace.  Such support  reaches through out the world to promote humanitarian and educational programs that make a difference in the lives of some of our world’s neediest citizens.

Andy and Placide’s gifts help to improve living conditions for needy families locally and globally.  They increase food production and clean water for some of the poorest places on the globe.  These gifts support classrooms and educational materials, allay the suffering of the sick and disabled by providing immunization, medical treatment and rehabilitation.

Just as important, of course, is the fact that the work of The Rotary Foundation provides new channels for international understanding and brighter hopes for peace.  We congratulate Andy and Placide for their continuing support of The Foundation and for the example which they set for the rest of the members of The Durham Rotary Club.CentKickoffPary5

Paul Harris Fellow Awards: Chris Combs and Don Draughon


Foundation Chairman Dallas Stallings presented Chris Combs with his Paul Harris Plus 1 award and Don Draughon with his Paul Harris award.

Paul Harris Fellows

PHFJan2015WebFoundation Chairman Dallas Stallings recognized three Rotarians with Paul Harris Awards. Sam Miglarese, Paul Harris Fellow Plus 1, Matt Kopec, Paul Harris Fellow Plus 1, and Jim Leak, Paul Harris Fellow Plus 7. Congratulations to all.

Paul Harris Society

PaulHarrisSocietyMembersTen Durham Rotary Club members were recognized as members of the Paul Harris Society. The Society, which was named after Rotary’s founder, recognizes Rotary members and friends of the Rotary Foundation who contribute $1,000 or more each year to The Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or approved Global Grants. The purpose of The Paul Harris Society is to honor and thank individuals for their generosity in their annual support of the Rotary Foundation.

From left to right in the Bob Yowell, Arthur Rogers, Vandana Dake, Carolyn Aaronson, Newman Aguiar, Craig Brown, B.C. Dash, Don Stanger, Lois DeLoatch and Jim Leak.

More information about the Paul Harris Society can be found at the HERE on the International Rotary Website.