Upcoming Program Schedule: August 10, 2015

EDCI Summer Literacy ProgramwebAugust 10, 2015 – Levelle Moton – NCCU Men’s Basketball Coach

What Basketball Means to Durham

August 17, 2015  – Centennial Program: Education

Review and Reading Rangers Kickoff

August 24, 2015 – David Ferriero – Archivist for the United States

Archiving in an Electronic Age

August 31, 2015 – Jane Brown – Senior Strategic Advisor Business Development

BCBS/Mosiac: Accelerating Health Innovation in the Triangle

September 7, 2015 – NO MEETING – LABOR DAY

PDF — Rotary — Bulletin — 8-10-2015

Upcoming Program Schedule and Bulletin: June 29, 2015


June 29, 2015

End of Year Celebration – Evening Event beginning at 5:30 PM.

July 6, 2015

NO MEETING – 4th of July Celebration

July 13, 2015  OFF SITE at Durham Tech

Ben Adams, KIPP administrator – Knowledge is Power

July 20, 2015 OFF SITE at Maureen Joy Charter School


Monday’s Bulletin:

Rotary — Bulletin — 6-29-2015 (PDF)

Program Report: David Beischer – Croasdaile

GeorgeB2Boy, you know you’re getting old when you find yourself listening to presentations about the history of something and you knew some of the people involved.

Rob Everett introduced David Beischer, the genial 4th generation developer of the upscale Croasdaile neighborhood just north of I-85 and Hillsborough Road. Mr. Beischer brought with him a slide show of pictures, plats and maps illustrating the history of the development.

Croasdaile was originally a dairy farm owned by John Sprunt Hill who was not only a benefactor to UNC but also the founder of Central Carolina Bank. When I came to Durham in 1984, his son George Watts Hill was still the Chairman of the Bank. He was active primarily with locating and building branches. As the marketing director, I got to ride along with him as he scouted locations in his old black Cadillac. I’m not a good passenger anyway, but this duty provided some of the most terrifying moments of my life as we rumbled along with only occasional attention to other traffic. Ron Perkins who now works with Seth Jernigan at Real Estate Associates was often cowering in the back seat while I was in the front gripping the dashboard. Mr. Hill’s sister, Frances Fox, the original developer of Croasdaile and David’s grandmother, was also on the bank board at the time along with his brother-in-law Peter DeBose. Many of the bank events where held at Croasdaile Country Club, not surprisingly.

Two things struck me about this presentation that I thought were as revealing as the presentation itself. The first was the fact that sometimes we forget that Durham was a pretty decent place to live even before Bill Kalkhof and Reyn Bowman got the revitalization of Downtown in gear and dragged the town’s image into reality. While David was discussing the next phase of the development he joked about how this was possible because things like DPAC had made it more difficult for Raleigh real estate agents to grab the physicians and faculty coming to Duke and steer them away from Durham. We can laugh about it now but it was a real problem just a few years ago. I recognized this as a local real estate agent myself and began a blog on Durham luxury real estate in an attempt to both promote Durham and break into that market. I was not successful at the latter and stopped posting a couple of years ago when the upscale market here died altogether with the recession. But there is still a pretty good recap of the history of Croasdaile that I wrote for the site with many of the details that David shared at this link: http://durhamluxre.com/search-luxury-neighborhoods/croasdaile/

The second impression came unsolicited from the audience in the form of an endorsement for the quality of life in Croasdaile from Ellen Reckhow, a long time resident and a request from Hutch Johnson for David to talk some about the Fox Family Foundation, which David now manages as well as the development company. Sherry DeVries chimed in with gratitude for their support of the Arts Council. Somewhat sheepishly, David shared that 80% of the Foundation’s grants, which he said were purposefully not focused, go to Durham institutions. All this underscores in a different way the impact his family continues to have on Durham.

My most memorable Croasdaile moment had nothing to do with real estate, David’s family, CCB or the Croasdaile Country Club. Back during my public relations career, an associate, who had been invited, dragged me along to the 70th birthday party of Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder at his home in Croasdaile. My associate told me later that Jimmy had cornered him and asked him who the hell I was and what the hell I was doing there. I don’t know what kind of story he told about me but both Jimmy and his family were as cordial as they could be and, I’ve got to tell you, they sure knew how to throw a party.

Program Report: Bringing Latinos to the Table – Dr. Luke Smith

Let’s set up more seats at the table.  There’s plenty of room.  And a lot of human upside.

Dr. Luke Smith set aside his psychiatrist’s notebook Monday and made a persuasive public call for more inclusion across the community for a Latino population that is growing locally at the statistical equivalent of fast forward.

Dr. Smith acts as executive director and medical director of El Futuro, Inc., a Durham-based non-profit helping Spanish-speaking people and their families by providing behavioral health treatment for a population traditionally underserved in this important area of development.  He spoke to a near full house during our first luncheon since Thanksgiving.

“They really bring strength to the table,”  Dr. Smith said, noting low rates of organized community participation that can and should be be improved.  “It’s important for our prosperity that we welcome them to the table.  There is room at the table.  There is an open seat at the table. And when we bring them, we are not just going to be placating them.”

Among the numbers presented by Smith alongside photos of the people behind the numbers:

  • Latinos make up nearly 9 percent of the state’s population, a continuing growth trend that began more than two decades ago with job opportunities in the textile and poultry industries in a state the issued drivers licenses until 9/11.
  • Latinos are “underserved;” they comprise just under 4 percent of people served by the state mental health system, due to a wide range of factors including cost, fear of identification, fear of driving, insufficient “health literacy” and fear of perceived discrimination by providers.
  • Latinos are expected to make up 25,000 of 45,000 expected growth in individual residents in Durham County between 2010 and 2020.

Dr. Smith said El Futuro continues to yield clinical and functional successes among the people whom it has aided since a group of volunteer health professionals opened the doors in 2004.  Most are poor women and children, many who have experienced direct or indirect trauma.  Eighty percent of patients over a recent 3-month period demonstrated clinical improvements and nearly as many had functional improvements.  Ninety-nine percent reported feeling helped and respected.  They’d recommend it to a friend.

Dr. Smith himself trained in child and adult psychiatry at UNC when he moved to the RTP region in 2000 from Arkansas.  He described his engagement with the Latino community here as a “full immersion experience” that left him fluent in Spanish and fond of the cuisine.

In short, El Futuro works.  It’s moving the needle.  It’s helping to broaden the civic table a seat at a time.  And for El Futuro’s efforts, our club and our community are grateful.


Submitted By Mark Lazenby

Program Report – Casey Steinbacher – Chamber 2.0

Past President Mary Ann Black introduced Casey Steinbacher, President of the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, who filled us in why the Chamber is not the same organization that it was five, much less, ten years ago.

Casey has twenty plus years experience doing Chamber work.  She was lured to Durham from North Palm Beach in 2007.  Prior to that, she had been in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.  She has three daughters but her favorite topic of conversation is her four grandchildren.  She said if she had a Powerpoint, we would have been subjected to picture after picture of the most fill in the blank (beautiful, cutest, sweetest, adorable, above average—actually these are my words but you could read her mind) grandchildren in the world.  According to the Chamber website, if she won the lottery she would move all her children to Durham.

Casey noted that the Chamber is the largest business organization in Durham County with a simple focus: to advance economic development in Durham, and to provide essential services to its members. She recognized and thanked many members of Durham Rotary who play significant roles in the Chamber.  She pointed out that after the 2008 recession (and Durham businesses have mixed opinions about whether that business downturn has ended) a “new normal” emerged as a business model.  She said Durham, in general, has been rather successful in growing businesses—roughly $3.6 billion in investments and 11,000 jobs have come about in the last four years, much of it funded by initiatives started in the Chamber’s Vision 3D campaign.  [Read more…]

News and Notices


Click through on the link to the pdf of the 7/30 Bulletin.

Calendar Reminders


The program on Monday is on Corporate Governance . More information


Wednesday is Rotary and Chicago at the DPAC.


Also, don’t forget Crayons2Calculators. More information at this post.