News & Notices

News from the club and its members and notices.

Rotarians in Action

L to R – Ann Evans, Carver Weaver, Mimi O’Brien, Bryan Piccirillo

On October 20, several Rotary Club of Durham members volunteered at Durham Medical Orchestra’s concert “Baseball for All:  A Concert for a Field of Dreams” to benefit the Durham Miracle League field.

Baseball For All: a Concert to benefit the Durham Miracle League Field draws attention to and assists in raising funds for the new Durham field for the Miracle League of the Triangle. Located diagonally across from the Durham Bulls Stadium, this field will join two other Miracle League fields in the Triangle-one in Cary and one in North Raleigh. The Rotary Club of Durham has made a financial contribution for this field, which provides opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to play baseball without barriers. This concert, part of the Durham 150 celebration, was a great opportunity for Rotarians to support the Field of Dreams and Durham 150.

New Member: Stephanie Terry

Please join us in welcoming new member Stephanie Terry.

Stephanie Terry- Owner of Sweeties Southern Vegan Catering is a community organizer, sales & marketing specialist and vegan pastry chef with over 25 years of combined corporate, non-profit and bakery experience. Much of her corporate career was spent as a sales manager for the Marriot and Hilton hotel brands. She also has an extensive career as a community organizer, leading a multi-faith, nonpartisan, countywide, citizens’ organization dedicated to engaging members of the community to fully participate in decision making processes with leaders in the public and private sectors that impact social justice issues. She has served as a political strategist and organized several successful grassroots campaigns that include getting a living wage passed by the Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro NC, legislating a local Tenants Bill of Rights for apartment dwellers and negotiating a counties wide partnership to mitigate utility rate increases for residents in Efland, NC.  Stephanie’s community involvement currently revolves around food access, food equity and school lunch reform. She has served as a facilitator for a coalition of doctors, health advocates and community members dedicated to reducing sugar consumption impacts for underserved populations in Durham. She also serves as a James Beard Foundation chef advocate for school lunch reform.    

New Member: Talib Graves-Mann

Please join us in welcoming new member, Talib Graves-Mann.

Talib is a fourth-generation entrepreneur and embodies a self-described “Blue-Blood Hustle.” The entrepreneurial history of his family has fueled his passion to build innovative businesses. From 2015-2016, Talib Graves-Manns served as the Entrepreneur in Residence with Google for Entrepreneurs and Code2040 at the American Underground in Durham. Talib is the Co-Founder of four businesses: Knox St. StudiosPoint AB,  Life on Autopilot, and Black Wall Street Homecoming. Across all four organizations, he is responsible for business strategy and growth.

Talib holds a Bachelor of Science from Hampton University and a Masters of Business Administration from Wake Forest Universities Schools of Business. He is also the 2015 recipient of the Triangle Business Journal, Corporate Leader in Diversity Award.

New Member: Stelfanie Williams

Please join us in welcoming new member, Stelfanie Williams.

Stelfanie Williams has served as Duke’s vice president for Durham affairs since August 2018.  In this role, Williams leads and coordinates Duke’s diverse and innovative community efforts in areas such as economic development, affordable housing, early childhood, K-12 and workforce education, student engagement, neighborhood relations and community health.  She builds connections between Duke and Durham Public Schools, Durham Technical Community College and North Carolina Central University, as well as with non-profit and community-based organizationsPrior to joining Duke, Williams served as president of Vance-Granville Community CollegeA noted presenter and consultant on topics related to workforce development, Williams also is active on a number of public and private boardscivic organizations, and commissions. Among other honors, Williams was selected for the White House Regional Community College Summit in 2011, and in 2014 she was awarded the I.E. Ready Distinguished Leadership Award by NC State UniversityIn 2018, she was named “President of the Year” by the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges, and in 2019 she was selected as a Distinguished Alumna by NC State University. Williams received her undergraduate dual degree in public policy and Spanish from Duke and a doctorate in education from NC State University. 

New Member: Damjan Denoble

Please join us in welcoming our new member, Damjan Denoble.

Damjan Denoble founded Bull City Lawyer in 2016 and today serves as its Managing Partner.  Beginning in September 2017, Damjan has become the Executive Director of Mi Maletin, a legal non-profit focused on removal defense.  His current work at Bull City Lawyer involves managing the Firm, in addition to taking on family immigration cases.  His removal defense work is now focused on Mi Maletin.  Damjan is an Innovative Fellow and is sponsored by Christopher Gergen.

Centerfest: Durham Rotary Club Members in Action

Since 1974, the Durham Arts Council has brought the Durham community together with CenterFest. As Durham’s signature arts festival, CenterFest showcases juried visual artists from near and far, and fills multiple stages with music, dance, and more from local performers. Serious art shoppers are dazzled by world-class ceramics, paintings, jewelry, fiber art, woodwork, and everything in between – much of it from Durham and Triangle-based creators. Singers, dance troupes, choirs, bands, jugglers, magicians, and performers of every stripe provide continuous entertainment throughout the weekend. Kids have a blast at the Creative Kids Zone, food vendors keep guests fueled for fun, and Durham’s inspiring nonprofit and government services sector are on hand connecting with the community they serve. It all takes place in the heart of Durham’s historic downtown, a hub of local businesses and foodie culture that elevates the visitor experience! (excerpt from Durham Arts Council website)

Durham Rotary Club proudly volunteers at this event each year in an effort to assist the Durham Arts Council and to raise awareness of Rotary. We were saddened last year when the event was cancelled due to an impending hurricane. Several Rotary volunteers were out this year manning the gates, selling soft drinks, sharing the story of Rotary, and mingling with the residents of Durham. We love our city!