News & Notices

News from the club and its members and notices.

Visting Rotarian from Turkey

Turkey Visitor webOne of the old customs of Rotary is to exchange banners when visiting a distant club. Last Monday we were visited by Haluk Saltan. He and President Bill exchanged banners at the meeting.

New Member: Andy Esser

Andy Esser WebPast President Don Stanger introduced new member Andy Esser to the club during his induction.

Andy joined Edward Jones in 2008, leaving the practice of law to serve individuals, family business owners and professionals with retirement preparation and investment concerns.

Andy’s professional background lies in finance and law. In 2007 he was a lawyer for Schell Bray Aycock Abel and Livingston, a NC-based firm specializing in estate planning, business law and real estate transactions. While in law school, Andy worked for VA-based Walsh Colucci PC. He also clerked for the Hon. Marcia M. Howard, a federal judge in Florida. Prior to his legal career, Andy worked in Williamsburg, VA as a legal assistant, loan officer and on-air radio personality.

From 2009 to 2011 Andy was President of the Chapel Hill Jaycees. In 2009, he was a Fellow in both the E.A. Morris Fellowship for Emerging Leaders and the Institute of Political Leadership. Currently he serves on the investment committee for the NC Bar Association Foundation. An Eagle Scout, he coordinates Eagle Scout boards of review in Durham. He is also a member of the Kiwanis Club of Durham and sits on the council of Christ Church in Chapel Hill.

Andy earned his JD and BA from the College of William & Mary. He holds the AAMS designation from the College for Financial Planning. He was admitted to the NC Bar in 2008.

Andy lives in Chapel Hill with his wife Elizabeth, daugher Mary Alice and rescue dogs, Ginnie and Browning.


Program Report: Plans for the New Rotary Year – President Bill Ingram

BillPresentationCropwebGood news from President Bill Ingram during the club’s annual 2013-2014 New Rotary Year kick-off presentation:

Expect more streamlined meetings and briefer announcements.  Enjoy more time to listen, pose questions and interact with top-flight speakers who continue to enliven and enrich our Monday meetings.

Look for interesting new locations to socialize and network with colleagues at our popular Rotary After Hours program.  Speaking of networking, expect even better membership listings to promote professional and personal contacts.

Know that net membership growth is steady and up just a bit.

But these are only the appetizers – local goals to enhance the Durham Rotary Club’s membership experience.  This year’s leadership will work faithfully to make them happen.

The key goal is bigger:  Engage Rotary and help people.

It was a message stressed by Ingram across a detailed presentation of service goals and opportunities at our Monday meeting. By participating actively in our club and supporting the Rotary Foundation, members have access to and can be part of organized service opportunities now underway with partners across town and across oceans. As Ingram phrased it, “local contacts and global reach.”

Members know that this year’s Rotary International theme is “Engage Rotary, Change Lives,” the theme around which the presentation was organized.

“We need to make sure that every Rotarian has a meaningful role to play,” Ingram said as he outlined member opportunities to be part of programs ranging from helping generate literacy in Durham schools to promoting water purification and economic development in Africa and India.

Remaining as high local priorities are the Reading Rangers program at YE Smith Elementary School, Sister Cities of Durham, Crayons To Calculators, and Salvation Army bell ringing – among many others.

Activities by our international committee also had big billing. “Rotary is on all seven continents,” Ingram said, recalling one of many lessons learned during his recent attendance at Rotary International’s global conference earlier this year in Lisbon.  “There are two clubs in Antarctica.” (He entertained members with other lessons learned about baggage reliability at Air Portugal.)

Durham Rotary is actively planning a local Centennial Commemoration planning that will be supported by and sequenced by “100 acts of service above self” – what Ingram called the “big idea” now developing as a foundation for the historic upcoming date.

Ingram opened the annual presentation by showing a popular quotation circulated by 2013-2014 RI President Ron Burton: “All of us came to Rotary to get involved and to make a difference.  That’s when you find the inspiration, the excitement and the power to truly change lives.”

While President Bill described his opportunity to serve as president as a major personal accomplishment, we’ll take this opportunity to thank him for leading.

(Submitted by Mark Lazenby)

Service Above Self Award: Dallas Stallings – Foundation Committee Chair

DallasServiceAboveSelfwebThe 2012-2013 Rotary Year was a banner year for the Club’s efforts to raise money for the Rotary Foundation, Paul Harris Fellowships and PHF sustaining members. The man behind the success has been Dallas Stallings, a man who admits he has no problem asking for money when he believes in a cause. On Monday, Past President Don awarded a Service Above Self Award to Dallas for his leadership and guidance of the Foundation Committee.  Thanks for your service Dallas!

Program Report: District Governor Leigh Hudson

BillandDistGovwebI’ve listened to a lot of annual addresses by new district governors making the rounds of clubs to deliver the ritual message for the year. I hope I don’t offend anyone but they seldom rise to the level of great oratory. So, with low expectations, new District Governor Leigh Hudson may not have had to strive too much to impress. Nevertheless, the Rotarian seated to my right leaned over to me and commented that this was one of the best district governor addresses that he had ever heard. High praise from another long time Rotarian.

Reviewing my notes, it is pretty clear what District Governor Leigh did right. First he acknowledged the people in the room that have been involved at the district level that he’s worked with including future District Governor Newman, BC Dash, Past President Arthur, and Southwest Durham Rotarian Joyce McKinney, who as succeeded Newman in his role as an Assistant District Governor.

Governor Hudson also turns out to be a good storyteller and he told about moving from the Garner club to Clayton when he opened a second hardware store in the latter town. The club shrunk in membership, lost a couple of presidents mid-term and became just lunch for a dwindling number of members. He decided to engage and lead and built the club back up to about 45 engaged members.

He also told some interesting stories about Paul Harris and the founding of Rotary, way back in the early years of the last century. What Paul Harris had in mind was a group of “friends in business.” This is something that gets lost sometimes in a club like ours with so many members that are in government, academia, and non-profits or are simply retired. He went on to tell the story of their first service project, campaigning for public restrooms for women in downtown Chicago, something they were in a position to do as a non-political, non-sectarian organization. Governor Hudson also reviewed how the Rotary Foundation came about and its initial emphasis on scholarships. And then there was the origin of the 4 Way Test, which was the credo of the successful turnaround of an aluminum company that had made shoddy products.

He also told the story of how the gender barrier was breached by a 1987 Supreme Court decision brought by a California woman who wanted a leadership role in Rotary. Governor Leigh recalled a survey that was taken in 1989 in the Clayton club where everyone voted NOT to consider women for membership. That was about the time our club inducted its first women member. I remember this because it was the same meeting where I was inducted so it’s hard for me to imagine a club without women.

All this interesting storytelling had a point which was to illustrate the origins of his theme for his term. He created the acronym FLIDS, standing for Fellowship, Leadership, Integrity, Diversity and Service. This flows from new International Rotary President Ron Burton’s theme of Engage Rotary, Change Lives.

He pointed out that unlike the Masons, Rotary is not a secret society and that to engage we need to tell people about it, get them involved and let Rotary change their lives for the better. To illustrate engaging, he pointed to his own lapels with his own version of Rotary bling lined with buttons and pins. He then recognized our new President Bill and gave him a pin for his contribution to the current Polio Plus push and the 100% participation by the Presidents in our district.

Recognition, storytelling, a strong message and more recognition all presented with obvious enthusiasm make for a strong speech and a very promising Rotary year for District 7710. Our thanks and congratulations to new District Governor Leigh Hudson.

Submitted by Jay Zenner

New Paul Harris Fellows

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend but some gifts say much more about the character of a couple. A Paul Harris pin barely qualifies as bling but when given by one spouse to the other it shows both a deep commitment to each other and the Rotary tradition of Service Above Self.  At the year end celebration of now Past President Don’s term of office, three spouses became Paul Harris Fellows. Earlier in the week at the meeting another pin was given.

Dallas Stallings presents a Paul Harris Fellowship to his wife Donna










BC Dash presents a Paul Harris Fellowship to his wife Asha

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Foundation Co-Chair Andy Barada, who announced the presentations, with Harvey and Calla Sellner with Calla’s certificate.









Host of the celebration, Past President Don with his wife Bettina shortly after her presentation.