News & Notices

News from the club and its members and notices.

North Durham Rotary Does Coffee Sale Again

Greetings! My North Durham Rotary Club is again selling Fair Trade Certified and organic Green Mountain Coffees to raise money for helping “to provide clean water to coffee producing countries. Countries where 30,000 people per day die due to water-related illnesses.” It’s called 5(4)H2O {Five for water = web: fiveforwater.org}. So far 6 countries have benefited from these efforts to provide clean water: Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Bolivia, Haiti & Honduras.

These are the 4 coffees available:

1. Organic House Blend – A hearty blend of medium and dark roasts. Deep, rich, and full-bodied.
2-. Organic Sumatran Reserve – Exotically lush, sweet, and heavy-bodied, born in the mountains of Indonesia.
3. Rain Forest Nut – A subtly sweet, delightful coffee with tastes of vanilla, caramel, cashew, and Brazil nuts.
4. Organic House Blend Decaf – This decaf blend of light and dark roasts has a full, mellow flavor and a smooth finish.

Can’t you smell the coffee brewing now! Ummmmm So Gooooooood To The Last Drop! No, Virginia, it’s not your mother’s/grandmother’s Maxwell House Coffee.

I am taking orders and filling them as fast as I get an order. We just received 2 cases of mixed flavors, or 48 bags to begin with. Can I count on you to get some from me? I will try to make whatever possible/acceptable accommodations I can to help get them to you ASAP.

They make great Christmas/Holiday gifts, especially to business offices, etc.; don’t you personally want a cup of this coffee brewed, especially after Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the 27th of November, which is now called Giving Tuesday. Will North Durham Rotary Club be a beneficiary along with The Rotary Foundation’s Donor Advised Fund and Rotary International who’ll help w/these countries for Water Projects?(What you may not know is that “Giving Tuesday” is launching as a national day dedicated to giving. This year, Giving Tuesday will be on 27 November, dedicated to creating a day for everyone to celebrate and encourage charitable contributions that support communities in need. The Rotary Foundation hopes to be one of the many charities helping to improve the lives of those in need by accepting contributions on “Giving Tuesday.”)

And the cost is a meager $10.00/bag. So how many can I count on you for? Ask your friends. Cash or checks payable to: The North Durham Rotary Club.

My contact information is as follows: email or cell best way to reach me.

Jim Leak: Email: jim.leak@gmail.com

Home: 919-490-6151 Cell: 919-630-1548

Your help and purchase will be greatly appreciated.

Yours in Rotary Service,

Jim Leak – North Durham Rotary Club

Paul Harris Fellowship – Matching Contributions

The Durham Rotary Club Foundation Committee Announces Double Matching Points for December Contributions

To encourage and assist Members to become Paul Harris Fellows, the Foundation Committee announces a one-time special for double-matching points through the December 17, 2012 meeting. All Members are eligible for the double match.  Members who used the dues check-off earlier of $50.00 are encouraged to make an early $50.00 contribution, which will equal 150 points toward a Paul Harris. Similarly, a check for $334.00 will result in a PHF – a tremendous benefit to Rotary International service, and to our Club.

Please contact Chairman, Dallas Stallings for details. Dallas’ phone is 919.419.0503 and his email is dallastst@gmail.com

 

Ringing the Bells

Ringing the bells for the Salvation Army is always a great way to get into the Christmas spirit but here are a couple of Rotarians that took it to another level.  That’s Vince Simonetti on the tuba and Meg Solera vocalizing during their shift on Wednesday. Maybe next year we can add a tambourine and a few of our great voices like George Deaton and Shelly Green and have a concert!

Rotary Minutes: Deirdre Haj

OK Deirdre, you were discovered in high school by Ed Sherin, went through SUNY Purchase with Wesley Snipes, Ving Rhames, Ron Eldard, Parker Posey, and Edie Falco, had roles in Dallas and Star Trek and worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, but what everybody really wants to know is how many degrees of separation are there between you and Kevin Bacon.

Lest anybody who wasn’t there think that Deirdre was just dropping names from her acting career in New York and Hollywood, her Rotary Minute actually revealed something much deeper. Besides her encounter with Mother Teresa as a teenage goodwill ambassador traveling with a chamber choir to Egypt and India, she shared her admiration for Dallas star Larry Hagman after hooking him up with a kid waiting for a liver transplant like Hagman had himself. She also described wanting to become a nun after a long recovery from a childhood accident in a Catholic hospital, something her Jewish parents didn’t seem to appreciate. It also gave her an appreciation for the great health insurance provided by her father’s employer, IBM.  Then, during the first Gulf war, she spent time as a political aide in Israel and struggled with reconciling her faith with that country’s policies.

It was in Hollywood though that she met her husband Joe at the Classical Theatre Lab doing Shakespeare. She shared that Joe, who is the Producing Artistic Director of the Playmakers Repertory Company over at UNC, is a first generation American and Catholic Palestinian. She described her daughter Samantha as a gorgeous, smart 12 year old who looks like she is 15 and whose mixed heritage which could uniquely qualify her to bring peace to the Middle East if it doesn’t blow up before she reaches voting age.

Of course, we know Deirdre as the dynamic Executive Director of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. She got into documentaries producing one on smoking in Hollywood films. Under her guidance Full Frame has not only become an important international film festival but is important to Durham’s economy and cultural scene as well as to the kids that participate in its annual camp for budding documentarians.

Deirdre did not encourage me to put her notes on the website but did volunteer to provide a list of her ten favorite movies. Can’t wait. In the meantime here’s a link to the Frank Stasio interview that she mentioned that would help explain how her meeting with Mother Teresa would affect her career. The link also has a pretty cool picture of her in her Star Trek role. http://wunc.org/tsot/archive/sot0308abc10.mp3/view

Submitted by Jay Zenner

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

Books on Hand

Books on Hand:  So every child can read!

Books on HandDurham area and Hillsborough Rotary Clubs are partnering with the East Durham Children’s Initiative and the Durham Literacy Center on a campaign to put books in the hands of our children.

If you’re reading this now, you know the value of literacy!

Maybe you’ve just finished a book – something that interested you, inspired you or simply entertained you. Maybe books are an important part of your life, or a foundation for your life’s success. During December and January, here’s an easy and effective way to share the joy of reading with children in our community.

The more that you read, the more things you will know.

The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.

 I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!, Dr. Seuss

Results:

Thank you to all our partners who helped make the book drive a great success!

51,856 books were collected and donated to local non-profits.  The Durham Rotary clubs contributed 7,427 books to this project.

Estimates for how many book were distributed on April 13, 2013:
Read and Feed – 17,500
Book Harvest – 12,500
YMCA – 5,000
Communities in Schools of Wake County – 5,000
Taken back to Henderson for local school – 500

Recipients of books in Durham:

Book Harvest – 12,500 books

Y.E. Smith Elementary School – 3,644 books

Neal Middle School – 588 books

 

Background:

There are many reasons for the variance in the reading literacy of children ages 4-7.  However, a 20-year international study published in 2010 revealed that a significant predictor of a child’s academic success in school was the presence of books in the home.  This result was consistent regardless of nationality, parents’ level of education, or parents’ economic status.  Those students with books in their homes reached a higher level of education than those who did not.  (“Family Scholarly Culture and Educational Success: Books and Schooling in 27 Nations”, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, Volume 28, Issue 2, June 2010, pp.171-197.)

The Problem

Twenty percent of Durham’s adults (25,000 individuals) are functionally illiterate, unable to cope with everyday challenges such as completing an application form, understanding medication directions or helping a child learn to read. The children of illiterate parents are burdened with a significant disability when they begin school. With no books in the home, not having been read to as children and poor listening skills, the children of illiterate parents are likely to start school not knowing nursery rhymes, the alphabet, or colors and without the vocabulary required to comprehend instruction. These children quickly become frustrated, fall behind and eventually drop out. In addition, the children of illiterate parents often see little reason for putting forth the effort needed to succeed in school.

Correcting the situation and stopping inter-generational illiteracy, requires the support of a diverse community of people who care.

The Solution

Put books in the hands of our children so every child will have the opportunity to read.  Our objective is to collect 45,000 used and new books for elementary aged children (K-5th grades) and distribute the books to Durham Public Schools and area non-profits that support literacy.  Our goal is to increase reading literacy of elementary school age children.

Details:

  • The Books on Hand campaign will accept donations of cash and books beginning December 10.
  • Donors may also drop off new or used books during normal business hours at any of the collection locations (see, Partners) listed below.
  • Financial donations can also be made at the collection points or online on the Books on Hand web page by clicking Donate. Checks should be made out to the East Durham Children’s Initiative. Financial contributions will be used to purchase additional books as needed.
  • Individuals are encouraged to drop off books, and businesses and organizations are encouraged to host their own drives.
  • Read a book to a child and share your joy of reading.  Join the Rotary Reading Rangers.

Most Needed Books:

Fiction: ABC books, 123 counting books, color books, types of holiday books, children’s stories, multicultural picture books.

Non-Fiction:  Country books, Science, Technology, Language, Weather, Sports, Biographies, Music, Mythology, Folktales, Fairytales, Hispanic Heritage.

Book Drive Recipient Organizations

Partners:

East Durham Children’s Initiative – 107 N. Driver St., 3rd Floor, Durham, NC 27703

Durham Literacy Center – 1905 Chapel Hill Road  Durham, NC 27707

Alliance Architecture – 204 Rigsbee Avenue, Durham, NC 27701

501 Realty – 4-B Consultant Place, Durham, NC 27707

Urban Durham Realty – 401 Foster Street  Durham, NC 27701

Durham Rescue Mission – 507 East Knox Street  Durham, NC 27701

City of Durham

  • City Manager’s Office – 101 City Hall Plaza, Durham, NC 27701
  • City Attorney’s Office – 101 City Hall Plaza, Durham, NC 27701

Self Help – 301 West Main Street  Durham, NC 27701

Durham Public Schools

Museum of Life & Science – 433 Murray Avenue, Durham, NC 27704

Croasdaile Village – 2600 Croasdaile Farm Pkwy, Durham, NC  27705

YMCA – 218 Morgan St., Durham, NC

Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau – 101 E Morgan St, Durham, NC 27701

Duke University

  • Allen Building Lobby
  • Bryan Center Lobby
  • Lilly Library Service Desk
  • Perkins Administration Office
  • Smith Warehouse, Bay 6, South Side

Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership – 110 Swift Avenue, Durham, NC 27705

First Citizens Bank – 4004 N. Roxboro Road, Durham, NC 27704

American Dance Festival – 721 Broad Street, Durham, NC 27705

American Red Cross – 4737 University Drive, Durham, NC  27707

Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC – 1830 Chapel Hill Blvd., Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Umstead Pines at Willowhaven Country Club – 253 Country Club Drive, Durham, NC 27712

Walker, Lambe, Rhudy, Costley & Gill – 240 Leigh Farm Road, Suite 100, Durham NC 27707

Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University – 2001 Campus Drive, Durham, NC, 27705

Triangle Orthopaedics Associates

  • 4004 Ben Franklin Blvd., Durham, NC 27704
  • 120 William Penn Plaza, Durham, NC 27704

Duke Corporate Education – 310 Blackwell Street, Durham, NC 27701

Moss + Ross –  4102 Westfield Drive, Durham, NC 27705

Sarah P. Duke Gardens – 420 Anderson Street, Durham, NC 27708-0341

 

For more information:

Visit the Books on Hand website.  Follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

Call or email Tammi Brooks – Durham Rotary Club; Phone:  919-308-4910; E-mail tammi.brooks@gmail.com.

For information about Rotary Reading Rangers, call or email Todd Taylor – Durham Rotary Club; Phone: 919-680-5030; Cell: 919-649-5568; E-mail todd.taylor@dukece.com.

To drop off books at the Durham Literacy Center contact Reggie Hodges – Durham Rotary Club; E-mail: rhodges@durhamliteracy.org; Phone: (919)  489-8383.

Click here to download the Books on Hand campaign flyer.

About Rotary International

Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. There are 1.2 million Rotary members in 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Rotary clubs have been serving communities worldwide for more than a century.

www.rotary.org/

Southwest Durham Rotary ClubMeets Thursdays at Hope Valley Country Club – 12:30 PM

Durham Rotary ClubMeets Mondays at the Durham Convention Center – 12:30 PM

North Durham Rotary ClubMeets Tuesdays at Parizade Cafe – 12:30 PM

Durham Sunrise Rotary ClubMeets Thursdays at the Millennium Hotel – 7:00 AM

Hillsborough Rotary Club – Meets Thursdays at the Village Diner – 7:00 AM

About East Durham Children’s Initiative

The East Durham Children’s Initiative (EDCI) is committed to changing outcomes and expectations for children and families living in a 120-block area of East Durham. Modeled after the Harlem Children’s Zone, EDCI aims to reach this goal by providing a pipeline of high-quality services that starts with children at birth and continues with them through elementary school, middle school and high school.

EDCI does not act alone. Working together with community members and partner organizations, EDCI develops and coordinates new and existing services to best meet the needs of approximately 3,000 children and youth living in the zone. EDCI works to identify barriers that might prevent EDCI kids from succeeding at school and then partners with local organizations to creatively reduce or eliminate those obstacles using strategies that have been shown to be effective.

http://edci.org/

About Durham Literacy Center

The Durham Literacy Center (DLC),established in 1985, provides vital literacy empowerment services in the Durham community. Through individual literacy tutoring for adults and classes for Durham County residents who speak a first language other than English, the DLC structured literacy programs empower the lives of residents who want to enrich their lives by improving their literacy skills. Each year, the DLC provides assistance to 550 Durham residents who lack basic literacy skills.

The DLC believes that by educating adults, we are also educating children. The DLC is one of the few organizations in Durham County that devotes 100% of its effort and resources to literacy. The DLC has helped give Durham residents the knowledge and skills they need to improve their lives and the lives of their families. In so doing, DLC has helped build a stronger community.

https://sites.google.com/site/durhamliteracy/