Program Reports

The program write ups as they appear in the meeting bulletins.

Upcoming Programs and Bulletin – April 25, 2016

April 25 Picture of the WeekPicture of the Week: A rare picture these days from a Rotary gathering without any women in it. This is from the Wine Dinner at Nana’s earlier this month. (There were women there, just not many pictures taken.)

Rotary — Bulletin — 4-25-2016 (PDF)

Shelly Green Spelling Bee webJPGApril 25, 2016 Shelly Green, DCVB Upcoming Events

Introduction: Seth Jernigan

May 2, 2016 The Proposed Durham Loop – Around We Go – A Panel Discussion

Matt Gladdeck, DDI, Moderator: Bob Chapman, Developer – Panelist: Wesley Parham, City – Panelist.

Introduction: Arthur Rogers and Rob Everett

May 9, 2016 Councilman Steve Schewel – Affordable Housing in Durham Pt. 2 Forging a Plan

Introduction: Rob Everett

May 16, 2016 Hank Scherich – Measurement Inc.

Introduction Lois Deloatch

May 23, 2016 OFFSITE – Dr. Edward Buckley – Duke Eye Center (Aeri Auditorium)

Introduction: Judge Craig Brown and Don Stanger

May 30, 2016 NO MEETING – Memorial Day

Program Report: Kevin McDonald – TROSA

Lois Keith and Kevin McDonald. webJPGIf this were 20 years ago, I would have been sitting in class at my high school in Fort Wayne, Indiana…waiting for the bell to ring at the end of the day so practice could begin.

Practice was never an option for me after the age of 12. It started with middle school volleyball, then basketball, and track and cross country. I put in countless hours after school working to improve my athletic ability. And then time outside of those practices…in the driveway. In Indiana, in case you don’t know…the weather is cold and gray from about December to March, right during basketball season. That never stopped me or my dad from going out and practicing. After my games, at 9pm. After an Indiana University victory, trying to replicate the game winning shot or free throws…dad trying to emulate Bobby Knight.

My team won one game between 7th and 8th grade combined. I scored 12 points in that game. My team scored 24. I won’t forget that game, but I forget all the rest. In fact, I really only remember my best game in high school too, when I scored 17 points and hit 3 three-pointers against one of the best teams in our league. I remember when I was at my best. And I remember the practice I put in to have those moments.

All of my time and energy outside the classroom seemed to focus on being a better basketball player, or faster runner…little did I know that what all of that time was really doing was preparing me for my future.

What I recall most distinctly are the people who shared these experiences with me. I remember riding the bus with kids i barely knew at age 12, who have become my lifelong best friends. And even more impactful than all of them: my coaches.

Coaches who never received awards, accolades, or championship trophies. Coaches who spent more time with us kids than they did their own kids. Coaches who reinforced my faith in god, taught me good music – Simon and Garfunkel and James Taylor, and gave me confidence as a leader. These coaches were on the sidelines, but they were also in the stands: my parents. All of them helped to shape me into the woman I am today. For that, I am extremely grateful. Some of them will never know the impact they made on my life, because they are no longer here.

I lost my biggest fan and favorite teacher of the game of life, my dad, when I was 24 to ALS – Lou Gehrig’s disease. I had been living in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the time, working for the Lobo sports marketing department – because I wanted to prove I could to myself that when I spread my wings, I would fly. Shortly after he passed, I accepted a job at UNC-Chapel Hill and moved across the country again. My job in college athletics required many hours of work each week. I did that for another nine years, then transitioned to the School of Medicine in hopes of finding a more fulfilling career and more time for me. It was around this time that I bought my first home on Gregson street and moved to ‘the real Durham.’ I was making a difference by helping to educate medical students through my fundraising efforts. However, it never truly fulfilled me. After managing our endowment funds over a five-year period, I began to feel that finance might be a good fit for me. It was not until my first few months as a financial advisor that I felt the direct and positive impact I could bring to families in Durham.

Going back to my dad…unfortunately for him and my family, my dad also suffered through dementia which, at its time, was not a symptom of ALS. After he passed, research was published that attributed dementia to ALS.

And that is where the excitement of Rotary ties in for me personally and professionally with its focus on Alzheimer’s research. In fact, i am extremely proud that Edward jones investments announced earlier this year their partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association to the tune of $5 million going towards research to end Alzheimer’s. It is as if everything has aligned itself and I am thrilled to be giving back to my community through rotary.

I have learned from so many people throughout my life. My coaches. My teammates. My parents. My two older brothers. My wife and my kids. Practice was such a huge part of my life as a young person. I would like to think that I am still practicing. Lord knows I am practicing my parenting skills – eventually blocking out the bad days and remembering my best days. I look forward to creating some memorable times within rotary, my new teammates here in Durham, and thank you for letting me join you.

Program Report: Bill LeFerve – Duke Gardens

Bill at Duke GardensOccasionally, our club is required to meet offsite when the Convention Center hosts a large meeting or exhibition. In the case of Monday, April 4, preparations at the center were being made for Durham’s own Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. (Note: Monday, April 11 meeting will be offsite at TROSA.) Rotarians were treated to the delightful Doris Duke Center at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, surrounded by thousands of blooms in all of their springtime glory.

Sign at Duke GardensRotarian Bill LeFevre, executive director of the gardens, provided an interesting and sometimes humorous overview of the gardens’ history, followed by a walking tour. LeFevre holds a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Design and a master’s degree in Public Horticulture Administration, and was appointed Duke Gardens’ first full-time director in 2007. Since then, more than $10 million in capital projects have been created, including the Toyama Sister Cities Pavilion, the Pine Clouds Mountain Stream Japanese Garden, and the relocation of the century-old Roney Fountain from East Campus to the Rose Garden.

The Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden, a pilot project of the national Sustainable Sites initiative, was also completed. This area displays, demonstrates, and teaches about plants that provide people, animals, birds, and insects with food and shelter, and features the Burpee Learning Center, which Durham architect and fellow Rotarian Ellen Cassilly repurposed from two historic North Carolina tobacco barns. Several aging wooden bridges have been replaced with artisan metal ones.

LeFevre explained that Duke Gardens has an annual operating budget of about $4 million; about one-third in cash and in-kind support comes from Duke University. The remainder is raised through numerous channels, including wedding rentals, musical performances, educational programs, membership fees for Friends of Duke Gardens, individual and corporate donations and sponsorships, and Terrace Shop purchases. There are is no admission fee to garden visitors, but parking rates are $2 per half hour.

Bill was introduced by President Lois

Bill was introduced by President Lois

Like the community and the university which surround them, Duke Gardens has accumulated numerous accolades for its world-class horticulture and excellent programs. In 2016, Condé Nast Traveler bestowed its “20 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America.” Best Colleges Online named it one of “50 Most Amazing University Botanic Gardens in the U.S.” and Best of Hip Green Scene called it “Best Public Garden to Stroll” in 2015. In 2014, the gardens placed fourth on an international list of “50 Most Stunning University Gardens and Arboretums” and The Huffington Post honored them among the nation’s “insanely beautiful public gardens.”

The gardens are truly a living museum, with bulbs, plants, and trees propagated on-site as well as purchased from exclusive nurseries throughout the southeast. LeFevre conservatively estimates the number of visitors each year to be around 300,000, and admits his biggest challenge is how to accommodate the growing number of people not only on the property, but with adequate restrooms, parking, accessibility, and other services. In the meantime, it’s one of our Durham’s crown jewels, delivering beauty year-round above and beyond its vision statement, which reads, in part, “(Duke Gardens is) an indispensable and lasting feature of life at Duke University, accessible to all, providing outreach and respite to a diverse and vibrant local community and visitors from around the world.”

Submitted by Carver Weaver

Program Report: Jerry Mack – Eagles Football


Jerry Mack and AnnaNCCU Head Football Coach Kicks off First Spring Meeting

Fresh off his second season as head football coach at NCCU, a record-setting 15 wins already in hand, Jerry Mack kicked off our club’s first meeting of Spring by highlighting how the right mix of vision, sacrifice and passion can drive success on the field and later life. Coach Mack was introduced by Rotarian Anna Jones.

These virtues represent Mack’s 3-play roadmap to get there.

“Anybody who touches North Carolina Central … I want them to come out being better,” Mack said at Monday lunch. He told a full house that he works to teach players to find a vision for success in their own lives, be willing to sacrifice and do what it takes to gain the skills and move ahead with passion for something they care about.

Mack took the helm in late 2013. His appointment followed a series of assistant coaching positions at other schools including the University of South Alabama, University of Memphis, Jackson State and University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

At each of these programs Mack served in deputy coaching positions and helped develop champion wide receivers, tight ends, quarterbacks and champion teams.

“I learned a lot,” Mack recalled. “I grew a lot.”

Judging by the numbers alone, the Eagles are quickly adapting to Mack’s own passion for the game, its ups, downs and broader life lessons.

In his first season as a head coach, Mack led the 2014 Eagles to the most victories in the program’s Division 1 Football Championship Subdivision tenure with a 7-5 record and a share of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championship. The team also earned a win highly coveted by many – victory over the arch-rival Aggies of North Carolina A&T in late 2014. Mack guided the Eagles in 2015 to an 8-3 overall record and a 7-1 conference mark to repeat as MEAC co-champions. This included another win against the Aggies.

Mack puts in long hours in the job. He said he is helping young men to build personal success stories that will serve them through life. “I tell all these guys that life is long if you make bad decisions.”

Each individual success, Mack said, keeps him hard at coaching. “Those are the things that touch my heart. Those long nights when it gets tough and tiresome, those are the things that keep me going.”

Mack played football at Jackson State and Arkansas State University, where he lettered three years before earning a bachelor’s degree in management information systems in 2003. He completed his master’s degree in PE at Delta State in 2006.

Mack and his wife, Starlett, have two sons, Jaden and Jaxon, and one daughter, Skyler.

Durham Rotary will be cheering hard next season, and extends thanks to Mack for taking time to attend lunch and open his personal version of the life playbook for success and fulfillment.

(Submitted by Mark Lazenby)

Program Report: Dr. Paul Feldman

Program Feldman WebThis program reminded me why I opted for Physics for Dummies instead of chemistry as a required science course at UNC back in the day.  Actually, Paul Feldman did a great job explaining the medicine and technology of an exciting new treatment for diabetes that promises to deliver a year’s worth of medicine without the bother of injections or pills.  The device is as small as a matchstick, is implanted subcutaneously in the abdomen and is powered by the body’s fluids—no need for external pumps or batteries. The medicine and its delivery system is currently in Phase III trials with the expectation that FDA approval will come this summer.

Paul Feldman related the story of how two groups of scientists converged to produce the promising treatment.  This story could well be a business school case study on entrepreneurship and the synergy between science and technology.

Paul’s educational journey led to a bachelor’s degree from Duke and a Ph.D. from Cal-Berkeley.

At Glaxo Smith-Kline where he worked for 27 years, Paul became interested in gastrointestinal by-pass surgery, a procedure that not only produces weight loss but happily also promotes remission of diabetes type II. A new GSK research group began looking at peptides as treatment for diabetes.  It was discovered that a combination of two peptides proved most effective.  How to deliver these peptides proved elusive.  Peptides are commonly injected because they are destroyed in the intestines and stomach.

A reorganization of GSK and the closure of research facilities at RTP in late 2014 turned out to be a blessing in disguise.  Paul and five others, with the help of venture capital, established a new company, Phoundry Pharmaceutical to continue research in peptides.  An amical separation from GSK also facilitated their plans.  GSK not only gave the new company lab equipment and reagents, probably more important was an agreement that allowed Phoundry to retain intellectual property rights to its research.

Hearing of the promising peptide research of Paul and his group, Intarcia—headquartered in Boston and the second biggest privately held biotech company—expressed an interest in having discussions with Phoundry.  Paul traveled to Boston in June, only expecting to negotiate a licensing agreement.  Instead, Intarcia subsequently made an offer to buy out Phoundry.  Paul made one demand.  His research team would remain in North Carolina. Feldman with implant web

What made the merger so appealing was Intarcia’s expertise in delivery of medicine with its matchstick size pump. This product has the potential of being a blockbuster.  Diabetes is now a global crisis with the number of cases projected to nearly double by 2030.

The deal closed in December 2015.  Paul is now Head of Discovery and Translational Medicine at Intarcia Therapeutics.

As a gift to the community, the company is sponsoring a Habitat House for a veteran with Don Stanger who was scheduled to introduce Dr. Feldman but was under the weather and could not attend.

Submitted by Allen Cronenberg      

Program Report: Rodrigo Dorfman and Second Chance PSA

Dorfman ProgramOccasionally someone will suggest that I should shoot video of our programs and I smile and say “that’s an interesting idea” while thinking “Oh gosh, it difficult enough to put together a few coherent sentences once or twice a month, but video…”

The assumption, of course, is that you just set up the camera and let her rip and you’ve produced a video. But the few times I was hands-on involved in the production of a video or TV commercial during my marketing career, I learned that really effective videos involve a bunch of skills both technical and artistic.

The program revolved around a video public service announcement shot and directed by Rodrigo Dorfman. Mr. Dorfman describes himself as a “Multimedia producer – border hopper – human hyphen – lover of revolutionary consciousness” on his Twitter feed, and the program he provided touched on all these areas. His accomplishments as a multimedia producer have earned him a page on Wikipedia and in the online catalog of movies, He is a native of Chile but lives now in Durham.

Mr. Dorfman was introduced by Past President Don Stanger, Rotarian Judge Craig Brown and activist Jackie Brown, the former CEO of The Durham Economic Resource Center. The three of them conceived, produced, and raised funding for a PSA that will become the heart of a multi-media communications campaign that will involve them and other members of Mayor Bill Bell’s Poverty Reduction Initiative Jobs Committee, now led by Rotarian and County Commissioner Wendy Jacobs and Councilwoman Jillian Johnson.

Funding was provided by the Rotary Centennial fund, the greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, the Morningstar Law Group, and the City of Durham.

Mr. Dorfman screened the video and two others that he shot as illustrations of his work and then talked a little about this genre, which he described as a new form of media. The Durham PSA featured Mayor Bell, Judge Brown and another Judge, Elaine Bushfan and two local people, a woman and a man, both ex-offenders, who got their second chance employment through changes to North Carolina Law that provides incentives to hire ex-offenders. Chuck Wilson of C.T. Wilson and Ann Woodward of The Scrap Exchange were also featured in the short video.

Second Chance PSA 3mn FINAL from Rodrigo dorfman on Vimeo.

The other short videos where done for the Latino Credit Union and the Raleigh Magnet Schools program. What all three had in common was that they used stories to make their points. Mr. Dorfman shared that the big lesson that he learned while developing his skill was the importance of listening.

He also believes that he has found a niche here in Durham with hundreds of NGO’s (including many represented in our Club) that combines his love of the community with his filmmaking, storytelling and entrepreneurial skills to do good.

Asked how he got involved in this form of art, he told a story of when as a young man in Chile, he helped distribute forbidden anti-government news reproduced on CD’s and distributed manually.

In the midst of both a project to upgrade our own story on our website and put together an effective new member orientation, the buzz around a few tables was about moving in a multimedia direction that included video. I wouldn’t be surprised if this wasn’t also occurring to many of our members that run community organizations.

While Mr. Dorfman’s international recognition is chronicled in and, a better sense of his talents and ambitions is available on his own website, If you have a few minutes or more to explore, it’s fun.

Submitted by Jay Zenner