2017 Community Service Award: Ray Fredrick – The Bouncing Bulldogs

Community Service Award

For the Annual awarding of the Community Service Award for a non-Rotarian who has made a significant contribution to the community, Committee Chair Dieter Mauch described the selection process and the and how the selectee is honored as well as the field of nominees. He then introduced Danielle Kaspar who nominated the current winner who then made the award.

This Year’s Award presented by Danielle Kaspar

Below is Danielle’s presentation of the award:

It was my honor and pleasure to nominate Coach Ray Fredrick for Durham Rotary Club’s Community Service Award.   I’d like to tell you a little bit about him and the Bouncing Bulldogs.

Coach Fredrick retired from teaching in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools System in 2007, after teaching P.E. for 30 years in the State of North Carolina. He earned his B.S. Degree in Health and Physical Education from Western Carolina University, and Advanced Certification in Administration and Supervision from North Carolina Central University. Coach Fredrick has received numerous awards, including the highest award for service in North Carolina, given by the Governor, The Long Leaf Pine Award.

As an internationally recognized teacher, he has presented innovative jump rope techniques at camps, workshops, in-service meetings, and conventions world-wide. He has coached the Bouncing Bulldogs for 31 years.

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Phil Freelon – Paul Harris Fellow

For his service to the community and the arts, Andy Esser, the Chair of the Rotary Foundation Committee presented our speaker Phil Freelon at Paul Harris Fellowship, Mr. Freelon. who is also a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects, described three of his major projects celebrating this country’s African-American heritage during his enlightening and entertaining presentation.

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.

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.


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.