News & Notices

News from the club and its members and notices.

Foundation News

Paul Harris Fellow – Ruth Dzau – Plus 2

Foundation chair Dallas Stallings presented Rotarian Ruth Dzau with a pin for attaining Plus 2 status as a Paul Harris Fellow. This means that she has met the $1000 threshold for fellowship three times. Rotarian Ruth has not only contributed generously to the Foundation coffers but also her time especially during her three year term on the Board.

In a note to President Don, Rotarian Ruth shared the following sentiments about the Foundation and Paul Harris Fellowships:

“The Durham Rotary members are truly committed to Durham in making this city a great place to live and to work. The contributions of money, time and energy to numerous significant Rotary projects over the years have had a positive impact on Durham in many ways. At the same time there is the realization that we are also members of a global community that has needs as well. The Rotary Foundation, especially through Paul Harris Fellow support, is key in partnering successful global and local endeavors. Philanthropy is so critical in making our world a better place. I look forward to the day when all my fellow Durham Rotarians will proudly wear a Paul Harris pin.”

Sustaining Membership

Sustaining members are those that contribute at least $100 to the Rotary Foundation annually. Foundation Chair Dallas reports that with the new invoicing procedure that includes a $50 contribution to the Foundation has meant that we have 28 new first time contributors to the Foundation. This is also part of a campaign to become a 100% Paul Harris club by the time of our Centennial.

Matching Program.

Foundation Chair Dallas asked past Chair Andy Barada to announce a matching program for Paul Harris Fellowship. This has been possible in the past through gifts to the club from contributors such as the late Bill Burns. For the rest of the year $500 gifts will be matched. This is a terrific opportunity to attain Paul Harris Fellowship status for a modest investment. Andy, Dallas and the rest of the club leadership encourage all members to take advantages of this opportunity.

Rotary Minutes: George Deaton – Lasting Impressions

For some reason George Deaton’s Rotary Minute reminded me of the movie Forrest Gump. It wasn’t because George was born in the Virginia mountains and described himself as a hillbilly, or, as he joked, an Appalachian American. In fact, it wasn’t because George reminded me of the character Forrest Gump at all. Forrest, you may recall was not too intelligent while George studied physics at Virginia Tech. And it wasn’t because the love of his life eluded Forrest all of his life while George met the love of his life on an internship during his college days and has stayed married for through 53 years, 6 children and 13 grandchildren.

The parallel that I found fascinating was that like Forrest, George had a knack of being present and involved in some truly historical events that spanned the same time frame as Forrest’s story including manned space flight, the birth of the internet, the assassinations of Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King, and the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

One of George’s passions that put him in the position to be a close witness to some of this history was his love of music and opera. Anyone who has heard George sing will not be surprised that this passion was an element in the courtship of his wife all those years ago and remains a passion that he now uses to help raise money for various organizations as one of the founders and members of Three Triangle Tenors.

George’s complete presentation can be read here and a recording of the Triangle Tenors performing O Sole Mio is here on YouTube.

Submitted by Jay Zenner

Rotary Minutes are brief summaries of biographical presentations made by Durham Rotary Club members. This practice was initiated by President Don to deepen our commitment to Rotary and each other with peeks into our backgrounds. They have also turned out to be very entertaining. 

Paul Harris Fellow: Toby Barfield

After a couple of delays, Past President Toby Barfield was presented his pin for becoming a Paul Harris Fellow Plus 2 indicating he has met the Paul Harris threshold of $1,000 three times. In accepting the pin from Rotary Foundation Chair, Dallas Stallings, Toby reaffirmed his commitment to the work, both local and international, the Foundation supports.  He also pointed out that putting aside a little over $83 per month for a year got a member to that $1,000 threshold in a year and challenged the club to become a 100% club with all member Paul Harris fellows.

Rotary Minutes: Tom Krakauer

Today’s Rotary Minute was presented by Tom Krakauer, a Durham Rotary Club Member since 1985 and a Paul Harris Fellow.

Tom shared his notes with me so I could relax and just listen to him and not worry about taking good notes myself. Of the four pages of notes that he gave me, I thought it was remarkable that only two brief paragraphs even mentioned his role in the development of what has become one of Durham’s defining institutions, the Museum of Life  and Science.

I wasn’t always so. When I came to Durhamin 1984 as the marketing director of CCB one of the first major events I was asked to help coordinate was a celebration of the bank’s attainment of what, in those days, was considered a significant milestone, its first billion dollars in assets. This was to be a affair for the employees and their families. After much debate, it was decided that we would do it at the Museum of Life and Science. The event went fine but the museum that had evolved from the Durham Children’s Museum, was a little funky. In Durham we embrace funky but the contrast between what it was then and what it became after Tom took over is pretty astounding and something that is hard to appreciate if you hadn’t seen its previous incarnations.

In fact, there are only a handful of institutions that have participated so actively in Durham’s revitalization and have simultaneously been defined for such a long time by the leaders who shaped them. The three that come to mind are Tom, Bill Kalkhof of Downtown Durham Inc., and Reyn Bowman, now retired from the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau. All members of our club, I might add.

But one of the purposes of the Rotary Minutes is to share things with the club that you might not already know. Tom is unquestionably a Renaissance man whose hobbies include birding, butterflies and genealogy.  In 2004, he retired from the Museum to take care of his wife Janet who had cancer. Janet died in 2005 after 36 years of marriage.

Tom was awarded a lifetime achievement from the Association of Science-Technology Centers, recognizing his role in promoting “Informal Science Education at the National, State and local levels.” The Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce also presented him with its Civic Honor Award, its highest award.

Tom mentioned second acts. He has two, and they may be closely related. He noted the special relationship he has developed with Lynn Richardson, the librarian for the North Carolina Collection at the Durham Public Library, who the club met when she provided a program for us on the Collection. One reason why the Chamber honored Tom was his role in the creation of the Museum of Durham History.  Any of you who did your early voting Downtown know that the new museum’s current location is the old transportation hub, which is an euphemism for bus stop, in that tangle of roads between the Civic Center and Brightleaf.

Durham funky, no doubt about it. But let’s look at that as a good sign because we know that Tom and his passion for museums and Durham will make it too, something very special.

Tom’s notes with more information about his birding and unique qualification for the Vice Presidency of the United States can be found here in notes he used to keep himself within the 7 minute time frame…something some Rotarians have failed to do, to their everlasting embarrassment.

Reading Rangers Update – The Posse Grows!

Howdy Buckaroos, we have been on the Literacy Trail for a little while and thought it would be a good time to update you on our progress.  What a great ride we have had so far!  Dr. Lewis Ferebee spoke to our club and challenged us to make a difference in 20 children.   As of 30 October, we have 33 Rangers signed up and YE Smith Elementary school reports that we have already touched 80 children!  We have a particular focus on 12 students who need consistent assistance.  We would like to bump up this number. Of our 33 Rangers, all but one are Rotarians; one Ranger is from Duke Corporate Education. We are presenting to other individuals and groups as well to increase the number and awareness of the program to the wider community.    Every week more Rangers come on board.  Some Rangers have been working in a tag team fashion where two Rotarians alternate weeks.  This reduces the burden on each Ranger and yet provides consistency for the children.  The only down side is the overall reduction in the number of students receiving assistance.

Y.E Smith is extremely well run and thrilled to have the involvement of Rotary’s Reading Rangers.  Rangers check in and are initially escorted to the classrooms where the teachers are ready with materials for the Rangers to work on.   We work on literacy skills, especially reading, but sometimes we may be asked to assist with other things such as math.  The need is driven by the student and the teacher.

Currently, Rangers tend to volunteer on Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s, which is wonderful!  We would like to encourage new Rangers to help complete the week with more visits on Monday and Thursday.  This would give the students consistency and focus throughout the week, and should help the students make the greatest strides.   Given that many of these children do not have positive male role models, male Rotary Reading Rangers are encouraged; however, we want as many Rangers as possible.  Of our 33 Rangers, 45% are male.

We were treated to onsite training by the staff of YE Smith.  They covered some key principles and encouraged Rangers to encourage comprehension with reviews or materials read.  Rangers need to remind students to “think about thinking”, when they read.  An additional training opportunity will be conducted by the school near the end of November.  Tentatively we are considering 29 November at 4:30 PM at YE Smith.  The School wishes to share the Depth of Knowledge part of the Common Core Curriculum so the Rangers can reinforce the vocabulary the school uses when working with the students.

Finally, Y.E. Smith has a program that they call “Friday Clubs”.  These are held Friday afternoon to allow outsiders to share experiences, hobbies, or interests with the students.  If you have a passion, or would simply like to be a guest presenter at one of the Friday Club events, just let Todd Taylor know.

We have been published!  Check out these links:

http://www.durhamvoice.org/rotarians-don-reading-caps-to-promote-literacy/#more-9014

http://durhamrotaryclub.org/2012/08/reading-rangers/

We are encouraged by the efforts of our Ranger Posse.  Thanks to all for making such a difference.

Yee-haw keep moving along the Literacy Trail.

Submitted by Todd Taylor

Rotary Minutes: Ralph Rogers

It’s becoming clear that the five minutes that we established for the “Rotary Minutes” is not enough to summarize the lives and careers of some of our members. Even younger members like myself…I’m only 67…have found that limitation constraining.  For senior members like Ralph Rogers,  who is 20 years older, it should hardly get him through high school (Durham High, 1943), military service (the Big One, WW II) and college (Duke undergraduate and pharmacy school at Carolina.)

President Don has been reluctant to use the hook. Fortunately, I was saved from that embarrassment after I went well beyond that arbitrary limit and made it impossible for Don to try to rein in much more interesting and accomplished Rotarians than I, like Ralph.

Ralph’s professional career is notable enough. He took over the pharmacy that his father established in Durham at Mangum and Parrish Streets and ran it until the early 60’s when he sold it to go and found Mutual Drug Company, which for sixty years now has been providing services to independent pharmacies around the state.

However, one of the most fascinating things that Ralph reported on was the project he undertook in the late 50’s. As one of the organizers of an early effort to revitalize Downtown Durham he began documenting improvements with before and after pictures. One of my earliest memories of a Rotary presentation occurred in the late 80’s and was a slide show that Ralph put together of some of these photographs.

Another significant contribution to his home town was Ralph’s involvement in the establishment of mental health services in the community. However, the documentation of Downtown’s early transformation will likely cement his place in history. Fortunately, Ralph has collaborated with the folks at the Durham County Library to make the photographs available to the public along with his audio descriptions of what the pictures are showing.

Anybody interested in the history of Durham will find this indispensable. They are available here on the library’s website.

http://www.durhamcountylibrary.org/ncc/landscape/rr002.php

 

submitted by Jay Zenner