News & Notices

News from the club and its members and notices.

August Rotary After Hours

Yes, that is a Christmas tree in the background even though it’s August…just part of the wacky decor at City Beverage.

Yes, that is Carolyn Aaronson on her first Rotary public appearance after her hip replacement. The hip is new but the smile is the same.

Yes, that is a child, Eric Miller’s son in fact, wondering what in the dickens he’s doing here.

Yes, that is president Don working his way to the bar again with an empty glass.

Yes, there was a great crowd but it couldn’t have been the free first round host Seth Jernigan promised because everyone was trying to pay for their own.

OK, I let him buy me one.

Submitted by Jay Zenner

George L. Maddox – 1925 – 2012

The Durham Rotary Club family is saddened this week by the loss of longtime member and friend to many, George Maddox. George was a Paul Harris Fellow and a member of our club since 1983.  Our deepest sympathies go out to Evelyn and their family during this difficult time.

– Don Stanger, President Durham Rotary Club


George L. Maddox

DURHAM — George L. Maddox, Ph.D., age 87, died on Thursday, August 9, at Duke Hospital.

Dr. Maddox was a pioneer in the field of aging who found his way from McComb, Mississippi to a lifetime of scholarship and advocacy for an aging society. He was at once a scholar and a teacher whose contributions spanned over several decades.

Dr. Maddox was born on July 2, 1925, in McComb, Mississippi. In high school, Dr. Maddox excelled in academics and as left guard on the football team, which won the Big Eight title and Toy Bowl in 1941, defeating a team that featured Doc Blanchard. He was active in music, participating in the high school band, winning medals for solo performances, and playing trumpet in a local dance band, the “Top Hatters”.

In 1943, Dr. Maddox volunteered for the US Army and served as a First Sergeant in an infantry company. He crossed the Rhine at the famous Remagen Bridge as a member of George Patton’s army. After the war ended in Europe, he was sent to the Pacific, where he served in the Philippines for the remainder of the war.

In 1946, George Maddox married Evelyn Godbold, his junior high school sweetheart. Both George and Evelyn attended and graduated from Millsaps College in Mississippi, where he began a lifelong commitment to civil rights. He earned a master’s degree in social ethics from Boston University in 1952, followed by a doctorate in sociology and labor relations from Michigan State University in 1956.

Dr. Maddox’s career as a professor and scholar began at Millsaps College, where he served as professor and chairman of the Department of Sociology. He accepted a fellowship at Duke University Medical Center in 1959. He subsequently joined the faculty of the Department of Sociology at Duke University, where he quickly rose to the rank of professor. In 1972, Dr. Maddox was appointed Director of the Duke University Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. A decade later, he served as Chairman of the University Council on Aging and Human Development. During his years at Duke University, Dr. Maddox had sabbaticals and fellowships at St. Thomas Hospital (England), the London School of Economics, the University of Toronto, and Green College at Oxford University. He was named Professor Emeritus at Duke University in 1995, but remained active in aging research and policy until last year. And, until recently, he was a devoted volunteer at Lakewood Elementary School.

Dr. Maddox was a pioneer in the field of aging and received many prestigious recognitions and awards for his groundbreaking research on late life, his contributions to aging policy and practice, and his service to older adults. He was President of the Gerontological Society of America and recipient of their highest award for research on aging, The Robert Kleemeier Award. Dr. Maddox was a founding member of the National Advisory Council for the National Institute on Aging. He served as Secretary General of the International Association of Gerontology. Dr. Maddox was honored by the State of North Carolina with the Governor’s Long Leaf Pine Award, recognizing outstanding public service.

Dr. Maddox was a superb and devoted teacher. He received many awards for his teaching and mentoring of undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty. Among these was the Distinguished Mentorship Award of the Behavioral and Social Sciences section of the Gerontological Society of America.

Duke University honored Dr. Maddox with the Humanitarian Award in recognition of his work in civil rights, his service to older adults and the organizations that serve them, and his work improving educational opportunities in the Durham public schools.

Dr. Maddox’s strongest commitment was to his family. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; his daughter, Patricia Maddox of Winter Park, Florida; his son and daughter-in-law, David Maddox and Marta Tellado of New York City; and his brother and sister-in-law, Robert M. Maddox and Lynn Maddox of McComb, Mississippi.

Arrangements are by the Cremation Society of the Carolinas, Raleigh. Gifts in remembrance may be made to the Durham Rescue Mission, 507 East Knox St., Durham, NC 27701 or TROSA, 1820 James Street, Durham, NC 27707.



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.