News & Notices

News from the club and its members and notices.

New Member: Teri Canada

We welcome back to our membership architect Teri Canada. Teri was inducted by Membership Committee member Shannon Leskin and was sponsored by Past President Arthur Rogers. That’s Arthur in the background as Teri flashes her Wolfpack loyalties. Here in her own words is a little bit about Teri’s background. We’re glad to have you back Teri. Please welcome Teri and introduce yourself if you haven’t met her before.

I am an Architect who has been living and working in Durham for the past 20+ years.  I moved to Durham after graduating from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. I previously worked for Isley Hawkins, MHA Works and The Freelon Group (now Perkins+Will).  I have been married for almost 18 years to my husband, Will Gilbert, and we have a 9 year old daughter named Morgan.  I recently started a new architectural firm, EVOKE Studio Architecture, along with two partners, Billy Askey and Edwin Harris.  We have been in business for over a year and are located in downtown Durham at 401 Foster Street.

I was an active Rotarian from 2006 until 2009+, but my activity dropped in Rotary due to my work travel schedule.  I am returning to Rotary because this organization has an excellent record of service that continues to significantly impact local, national and international communities.  I also remember the encouragement and support that I received from my fellow Rotarians when I previously served.  Many of those members kept in touch with me after I left the organization and they are also a key reason for my return.

I am happy to be given a second chance to serve as a Rotarian.  I look forward to working with my fellow Rotarians to accomplish great things in the coming year.

Thank you,

We Honor Mayor Bill Bell

The Rotary Club of Durham took the unusual step of paying tribute to long time County Commissioner and Mayor Bill Bell in a ceremony at the December 11th meeting. President Seth Jernigan made the introductions at the beginning of the ceremony by introducing Mayor Bell and other Rotarians that have served with him in Durham. Pictured above are Mayor Bell, Councilman Charlie Reese, City Manager Tom Bonfield, County Commissioner Ellen Reckhow, Councilwomen Cora Cole-McFadden, former Councilman and current State Senator, Mike Woodard, President Seth, Dave Ross, who was a neighbor of Mayor Bell when he moved to Durham with IBM in the early 70’s and Past President and former County Commissioner MaryAnn Black.

Mike Woodard delivered the tribute for the club.  His words are below:

In 2007 when I was on the City Council, I got an email from a resident who took us to task, “Stop what you’re doing. There is too much going on in Durham.”

Remember, this was a year before DPAC opened. I would love to talk with her now.

In the early 70s, when a young IBM engineer got involved in his neighborhood, no one could have predicted what Durham would become over the next 45 years—and what that young engineer would become.

No one—including that young engineer himself.

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Program Report: Fred Annand – The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy in North Carolina: A Bird’s Eye View of Conservation

Lynn Richardson, a lifelong member of the Nature Conservancy, introduced Fred Annand who is Director of Conservation Resources for this non-profit organization whose mission is to “protect the lands and waters on which all life depends.”  Lynn pointed out that coincidentally Rotary International has begun taking a keen interest in environmental issues.  Fred has worked for thirty-seven years with the Nature Conservancy in North Carolina.

Founded in the late 1940’s in the United States and with chapters in all fifty states, the Nature Conservancy has evolved into a global organization with more than a million members and with projects in Central and South America, Africa, Asia, Pacific Islands and elsewhere.  Fred points out that the work of the Conservancy has been grounded in science with about 600 current staff members bringing scientific backgrounds to their work.

In North Carolina, some 700,000 acres are protected by the Nature Conservancy working with individuals, corporations such as the giant landowner Georgia-Pacific and federal agencies including the Department of Defense.

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Rotary Minute: Arthur Rogers – Hosting a Rotary Peace Fellow

Good afternoon Rotarians!

The holiday season became even more special for my family 11 years ago when we met Mayer Ngomesia. That year, I signed on to be host counselor for Mayer, a Rotary Peace Fellow from Cameroon. Though he only lived with us for a week or so before moving into his own apartment, he quickly became part of the family. Mayer made it a point to spend a lot of time at our house the two years he was at Duke getting his master’s degree. And he spent a decade of Christmases with us! Even after leaving Duke and Durham, Mayer would fly home, as he called our house, to be with us for Christmas, often arriving late on Christmas Eve- sort of like Santa Claus!

Last November, my son Henry and I traveled to Zanzibar, Tanzania to see Mayer get married to his wonderful wife Lolem. Now they live in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and have other places to go for Christmas. We miss seeing Mayer at Christmas, but love knowing we have dear friends we can visit in far-flung places.

I’ve served at a host counselor for 3 peace fellows and I’m currently assisting Bumni with a 4th. It’s always a great experience and our club is well positioned to be a valuable resource for the fellows. Consider volunteering when you are asked this year and maybe you’ll be lucky enough to be selected!

Peace Fellow Cora Lavin

Our club recently acted as the recommending club for Cora Lavin to become a Rotary Peace Fellow.  Cora visited our Club and our Grants Committee meetings earlier this year, along with submitting an application for a Rotary Peace Fellowship.

Cora is from Durham and is a close family friend of Melissa Mills of our Club.  Cora graduated from UNC in 2012 with degrees in Communication Studies and Spanish. After college she worked in Guanajuato, Mexico for a year, where she taught English, created viable economic and social opportunities in the town, and researched the pattern of immigration to the United States. She has international educational and teaching experience, including conference presentations in the United States, Mexico and Venezuela. She was an English Teaching Assistant Fulbright in Venezuela from 2013-2014. She researched and developed English as a second language programs, curriculum and cultural activities, focusing on diplomacy between the US and Venezuela. She also worked as an English as a foreign language and ACCESS Microscholarship teacher and a teacher trainer at a Binational Center in Merida, Venezuela.

We are pleased to report that Cora received a 2018 Rotary Peace Fellowship!  Cora will begin the Peace Fellowship at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia and will be starting in February of 2019. We are very excited for Cora to have this Peace Fellowship opportunity!

Submitted by Arles Taylor

Program Report: Tim Whitmire – F3 Nation

The F3 Movement -Fitness, Fellowship and Faith.

At the first sign of puberty I was segregated in school from girls and it stayed that way for the next fourteen years including college and four years of teaching. Through all those years I was playing or coaching football…an all-male activity. During that time, most of my daydreaming was about bonding with the other gender.

So I never gave much thought to male bonding until many years later when I was invited to Durham Rotary and given the chance to rejoin about 15 years ago. At the time I was managing a medium sized real estate office that was all women, except me.  When Paige Wilson invited me to lunch I sat at a table with all men. It wasn’t until I got back to the office that I realized what I had been missing and immediately agreed to join.

Tim Whitmire, one of the co-founders of F3 was introduced by our President, Seth Jernigan, who is also a member of one of the local F3 groups.

The motivation for starting the movement came when Tim and his co-founder left an early morning workout group in Charlotte to found their own when the leader of the original group decided he didn’t want that group to grow anymore. The F3 movement has grown to about 1300 workouts per week and numerous groups, most of which are in the Carolinas but spreading rapidly.

Of the five characteristics that Tim described, the one that seemed to draw the rapt attention of some of the women I was sitting near was that the F3 workouts are men only. It did seem a little retro at a time when we had a women candidate garner more votes in the presidential election than any man or woman had ever done before. Tim was apparently asked about this before and pointed out that there were also groups of women (See Females in Action – FiAnation) doing the same thing.

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