News & Notices

News from the club and its members and notices.

Program Report: Sarah Schroth- Proposed Duke Sculpture Garden and the Carol Dolci Exhibit

Sarah Schroth, today’s speaker, has headed the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke since 2013.  She has presided over perhaps the most lively period of the Nasher’s brief existence, since it was founded in 2005 as a successor to the smaller East Campus Art Museum.  She specializes in 18th century Spanish art and early in her career discovered unknown works from the period of El Greco and Velasquez.  Today she spoke on two topics: a new grand sculpture park for Duke and the current exhibition of a much neglected Italian Baroque artist, Carlo Dolci (1616-1686).

The sculpture park arose from a discussion about how to integrate the Nasher and the Rubinstein Center for the Arts, now nearing completion, across the street.  Sarah feels that the Nasher itself need not be extended “It is an optimal size for a university like Duke” she said.   The release to Duke (after the decease of its very elderly occupant) of a house adjacent to the Nasher was an added stimulus  to the new project. 

The Arts Center is just the most recent example of David Rubinstein’s ‘Giving Pledge’ philanthropy, adding to the Rubinstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library and a substantial contribution to the Sanford School of Public Policy.  After much discussion involving Sarah, Executive V-P and Duke Master Builder Tallman Trask, the plan is to take the Olmsted-designed Campus Drive and 144 acres of unused adjacent areas and create a sculpture park.

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Rotarian in the News: Chief CJ Davis on Megan Kelly in the Morning

Rotarian and Durham Chief of Police CJ Davis was one of four female Chiefs of Police that were profiled on Megan Kelly’s new show on her new network, NBC.

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Tues, 10/24     Welcome the Group at RDU & Train Station, 2:05 & 5:50 pm
Wed, 10/25     9:30 am, Full Day Touring Downtown and Lunch
Thur, 10/26     9:30 am, Tour of Duke; Downtown Tour, Rotary After Hours
Fri, 10/27         8-9 am End Polio Walk;  10 am Duke Gardens, Lunch,
and Bennett Place, Other Individual Options
Sat, 10/28        Farmers Market,  UNC Game,  Restaurant Dinner
Sun, 10/29       Options – Duke Chapel Service, Other Individual Options
Mon, 10/30     Mtns to Sea Trail;  Host Table at Rotary Meeting, Individual Options
Tue, 10/31       Farewell Group at RDU

Rotary Foundation: Nancy Marks Honors Family Members with Paul Harris Fellowships

Nancy Marks made Paul Harris Fellows of her two brothers Robert Eugene Smith (Bob)  and Charles Michael Smith (Charlie) and each of their wives in a surprise presentation at Monday’s meeting. Both wives are named Barbara but Bob’s wife minimizes the confusion by using her nickname of Babs.

Andy Esser, the Foundation Chair is on the left and Nancy’s daughter and former Club member Sara is on the right.

Bob and Babs have lived all their life together in Raleigh where Bob has finally, but reluctantly, decided to close his law practice, according to Nancy.  She also mentioning that he clerked with our own Judge Willis Whichard, “back in the dark ages.”

Charlie, is Nancy’s “baby brother.” He and his wife Barbara, served several Methodist communities in eastern NC, including twice in Durham County. They are now retired back to the Smiths’ hometown, Washington, NC. Charlie was a long time Duke Trustee, and continues to be involved.

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Program Report: Rotary Peace Fellows – Cristel Greiner Butchart

The Rotary Foundation was in the spotlight at today’s meeting.  Nancy Marks honored two brothers and their wives  with Paul Harris Fellow  Awards.    Thanks to a generous contribution by David and Carmen Durack and other District Rotarians a $1.5 million Rotary Peace Fellows Fund has been founded.  Peace Scholars at the Duke-UNC Center benefitting from this endowment will be named District 7710 Peace Scholars.

Giving a personal insight into the influence of the Rotary Peace Scholars program, Cristel Greiner Butchart, a Rotary Peace Scholar sponsored by our club, spoke about her experiences as a scholar and how that experience weaves its way into her current professional work.

Prior to beginning the application process a few years ago, she had already formulated a personal philosophy that emphasized conflict resolution in personal as well as international relations.  As a school teacher she had worked on curriculum development to promote safer schools.  She also worked in Myanmar on children’s rights and preventing child trafficking.  Even with all that experience behind her, she conceded that the grilling she got from the club’s Peace Fellow interview committee—B.C. Dash, Vandana Dake, Newman Aguiar and Arthur Rogers—was really rigorous!

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Peace Fellows Help Build Habitat Home

Past District Governor Newman Aguiar sent us a picture of the Rotary Peace Fellows together on Saturday. Newman exclaimed, “What a great group of Peace Fellows! working to build a home in partnership with Habitat Homebuyer Sharnika Harper!!