News & Notices

News from the club and its members and notices.

Program Report – Latino Community Credit Union

One of my more disturbing dreams is being lost in a town where I know I have a place to go but can’t find it, nobody can understand what I’m saying and my wallet seems to have disappeared. If the dream is really bad, I’m under-dressed…or worse.

Rotarian Jenny Levine introduced a program about the Latino Community Credit Unions mission to integrate immigrants into the financial mainstream. Our two presenters were Gabe Treves, a Development and Community Affairs Senior Specialist and Silvia Rincon, Director, Office of the CEO.

In the kindergarten class that Don Stanger and I tutored in this year, there were several Latino students who spoke virtually no English.  The challenge with one young guy was to get him to even say his name and acknowledge your presence.  Happily, by the end of the year, his natural gregariousness had fully emerged and the challenge was to get him to sit still for a few moments. He may not have won any reading awards, but at least he wasn’t so overwhelmed by the bad dream he was waking from. This ignited the flares of empathy and appreciation for the courage that it takes to face the difficulties of settling in a strange country, often with few resources.

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Rotary International Convention – Rotary Minute June 11, 2017

Day 2 at  the International Conventions in Atlanta. The video is produced by RI. The picture below it is from President BC and shows some of the Rotarians from Durham at Dinner in Atlanta.


Rotary International Convention In Atlanta – June 10.

President Elect Seth Jernigan has asked us to share the “Convention Minutes” videos being posted from the convention itself. Here’s the first one from June 10.

Program Report – Jodee Nimerichter

 Our fellow Rotarian, Jodee Nimerichter, certainly has a passion for modern dance. She has been the Director of the American Dance Festival since 2012, having worked with ADF several times during the previous 20 years.  She grew up dancing in Colorado, but did not encounter modern dance until she was a young adult and immediately fell in love with it, saying she “was overwhelmed with it”.   Dance is described as a non-verbal art form, and modern dance emerged as an approach different from ballet, with a focus on individual creativity.  Those who rebelled against ballet wanted to have the freedom to have their own voice – to tell stories, to be athletic – lyrical – sad – happy.  The ADF webpage quotes the New York Times saying ADF is “One of the nation’s most important institutions” for dance, and as “The world’s greatest dance festival” by the New York Post.

As the director, she travels around the world to personally see all dance groups that she schedules to come to Durham.  This means that Durham hosts the oldest and largest modern dance festival in the world. Founded 80 years ago, ADF moved to Durham in 1977, thus celebrating 40 years in Durham – What a treasure!

What is the impact on Durham and the world?  This 2017 season includes 71 performances with 30 dance companies at different venues in Durham and also the NC Art Museum, with 9 commissioned works.  The international impact on Durham comes from providing training for dancers and production managers from over 30 countries with 420 international participants.  With a budget of $3.8 million in 2017, ADF has a $500 million impact on the Durham area.  Their funds come from grants, donations, tuition fees, and ticket sales.  ADF has helped establish modern dance festivals in 20 countries. 

With studios on Broad Street, they now provide year round programs and classes.  Also, they have enabled 2,000 school classes to attend a dance performance.  During the festival, three special kids shows are held at DPAC at a reduced price.  Jodee shared a video which highlighted the 40 years of ADF in Durham.
Jodee encouraged us to see one of the ADF programs, and concluded that “art forms like dance may adapt to changing times, but dance will always be with us.”

For more information about the 2017 performances the website is Jodee Nimerichter was introduced by Rory Gillis.

Submitted by Brady Surles

“Celebration & Fair” – June 26

  “End of the Year” Celebration Meeting
12 Noon — 12:30:   Visit the “FAIR”
     Enjoy Appetizers
Enter Door Prizes Drawings

Information about the 5 Categories of Service
— Community Service
— Youth and Education Service
— Vocational Service
— International Service
— Club Service

12:30  “Celebrate” at the Meeting
Light Luncheon with Awards & Installing Officers

Close of Meeting:  Re-Visit Displays
   Enjoy Dessert — Pick Up Door Prizes

New Member – Cara Rousseau

Please introduce yourself and welcome new member Cara Rousseau. Cara was inducted and introduced briefly on May 22. She is shown here with her sponsor Shelly Green.

Cara joined the Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau in 2017 as VP, Partnerships & Engagement. In this capacity, she is creating a new partnerships program for DCVB and working with the team to enhance the experience for Durham’s visitors. Prior to DCVB, Cara led digital strategy at Duke University after serving as director of partnership initiatives for the Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina. She worked previously at the City of Durham’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development. She holds an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School and has an undergraduate degree in economics and political science, both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Cara and her husband Nate live and play in Downtown Durham with Raidyn, their Rhodesian Ridgeback.