News & Notices

News from the club and its members and notices.

News and Notes – August 4, 2012

Chris Williams

Chris Williams, who shared his story during the Reggie Hodges’ presentation about the Durham Literacy Center also received attention from the Durham News along with the DLC’s move to new space secured from the state with the help of Rotarian Seth Jernigan, a long time supporter of the DLC. Click the link for the full story on The Durham News website.


Follow the link in the post for the August 6 Bulletin.

Program for Monday – Senator Richard Burr

U.S. Senator Richard Burr will address the club. President Don will introduce Senator Burr. Senator Burr’s senate website is here.



Tribute to the Retiring Bernadette

Executive Secretary Bernadette Jones always preferred working behind the scenes, doing the countless things that have kept our club running smoothly for the past 10+ years.

So she was rather uncomfortable taking center stage to receive plaudits from past president Arthur Rogers, bidding her farewell as she heads into retirement.

“She has an encyclopedic knowledge of Rotary,” past president Arthur said. “She very kindly corrects we presidents when we make bylaw mistakes, and we appreciate it. It’s amazing Bernadette was able to jump in and figure out the workings of our club.”

Bernadette got a lengthy and well-deserved standing ovation, and the club also applauded new Executive Secretary Sharon Lassiter, who already is discharging her duties with aplomb.

The 11 presidents under whom Bernadette has served pitched in to present her with a check as a token of gratitude.

She graciously accepted that. But when Jay Zenner tried to take her picture, she treated him like the paparazzi.

Submitted by Matt Dees.

Editor’s note: Bernadette can be forgiven for treating me like paparazzi…she’s had to try to clean up too many of my photos over the last couple of years to make them usable in the bulletin.  – JZ

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.

News and Notes

Leadership Plan

At the meeting of July 16, President Don presented the Leadership Plan for the 2012-2013 Rotary Year.  The PowerPoint presentation that he used is available through this link in a pdf format.

Weekly Bulletin

The Rotary Bulletin that will be distributed at the meeting on July 23 is available in at this link in a pdf format.

July 23 Program

Our program on Monday will be the annual presentation by the new District Governor Rick Carnague. Details and the meeting location are here.

New Members and Paul Harris Fellows

Three new members were inducted last week and to Paul Harris Fellowships were awarded. Details and pictures will follow next week.

Rotary Supports the Emily K “Scholars for College” Program

Our Rotary Club administers two scholarship funds through the Triangle Foundation to support the youth in our community.  The Brown Family Scholarship, in memory of Fred and Shirley Brown, was recently awarded to Vianey Martinez.  The Rotary Board, in conjunction with the Brown Family determined that the goals of the Emily K Center’s “Scholars to College Program” aligned with the spirit of the scholarship and decided to award the scholarship to a graduating senior from the inagural class of Scholars to College.  These students demonstrate academic stamina, strong leadership skills, and serve as mentors and role models for younger students. All have a desire to further their education by attending college.

Vianey Martinez, (center in the picture) a graduate of Southern High School, graduated second in her class with a weighted GPA of over 4.6  She is a leader on campus, serving as Student Government Treasurer and President of the Future Business Leaders of America.  Vianey has authored several ‘My Views’ articles in the Durham News and has worked with SEEDS (South Eastern Efforts Developing Sustainable Spaces) throughout her high school years.  Vianey will be attending UNC Chapel Hill and plans to study business with the goal of entering the accounting profession.

With Vianey in the picture are Durham Rotary President Don Stanger, Ashlea Hitchcock, Programming and Partnerships Coordinator for the Emily K Center, Durham Rotary Vice President Meg Solera and Adam Eigenrauch, the Executive Director of the Emily K Center.

Bulletin and Upcoming Events – July 16

Check the Calendar for information about this week’s program

Author Stuart Albright will discuss his new book about his experiences in Durham.

President Don will review 2012-13 Strategic Plan

This will be another jam packed meeting

Board Meeting

The monthly board meeting will precede the regular meeting in a conference room at the Civic Center.


Go to the site and click this Link to the July 16 Bulletin in a bright new format. Bulletin7162012FINAL