End Polio Walk

On Saturday morning, Oct. 24,  50 Rotarians and Friends walked the Duke East Campus to promote awareness of Rotary’s “End Polio Now” campaign.
Other clubs joining us were Southwest Rotary, Sunrise Rotary, E-Rotary, and Interact at NCSSM.  Afterwards, we had good fellowship at Mad Hatter’s for coffee and breakfast.  Rotarians from across the world and the USA joined us in this walk — India, South Korea, United Kingdom, New York City, Atlanta, and Hawaii.  We are expecting more information about others around the world who were walking for End Polio Now.

Submitted by Brady Surles

Upcoming Schedule: October 26, 2015

Picture(s) of the week:  Rotary After Hours at Rotarian Renee Leverty’s Pleiades Gallery Downtown on Chapel Hill Street. Renee is the one with the great smile and a halo in the last picture. Photo credits to President Lois.

Apparel Items have Arrived. Pick up t-shirts and other items ordered from Audrey Broadway at the Sergeant-at-Arms table on Monday.

Rotary — Bulletin — 10-26-2015 (PDF)

October 26, 2015 – Duke Integrative Medicine

Dr. Adam Perlman, MD, MPH Associate VP Duke Health and Wellness Executive Director – Introduction by Arthur Rogers, III

November 2, 2015 – OFFSITE in the EVENING – McKinney

Details to Follow.

November 9, 2015 – Veterans’ Day Program

November 16, 2015 – Centennial Program: International

November 23, 2015 – No Meeting – Thanksgiving

November 30, 2015 – Civil Rights in an Era of Mass Incarceration

Congressman G.K Butterfield Introduced by Del Mattioli

December 7, 2015 – Centennial Program: Community Development

December 14, 2015 Holiday Program – Durham Public Schools Performance

Introduction by Steed Rollins

Foundation – Polio: We Are This Close

DallasStallingsPolioAt the Rotary International Convention thirty years ago, 1985, RI adopted a new challenge that seem unrealistic at the time.  Rotarians were challenged to begin a journey to eradicate Polio from the face of the earth.  Polio was a much dreaded disease at the time, leaving many people in our world, especially children, permanently crippled or worse. The theme slogan, END POLIO NOW,  has been a constant part of Rotary life ever sense.  Rotarians accepted this challenge in 1985 and today, thirty years later, we can actually see the end of Polio in sight.  According to recent reports from RI, there are only 36 active cases of Polio in the world today and they are in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

For years, now, as we have neared this goal of a Polio free world, we have been reminded by popular stars, politicians, ordinary people and a host of others that “We are this close…” to meeting our goal.  While this seems like a small goal in the remainder to a thirty year crusade, it really is not quite so simple.  Even if all current cases of Polio in these two areas were to be conquered, such areas must remain Polio Free for three years in a row to earn a clear certificate.

World Polio Day this year, then, has much for us to celebrate.  We will celebrate being “this close…” to eradicating a medical enemy that has crippled hundreds of thousands.  But we will also want to celebrate the lives of many volunteers who unfortunately lost their lives during this multi-year crusade.  They were murdered by people who sought to side-track this mighty effort.

To celebrate this year, join Durham Rotary Club in a walk around Duke’s East Campus on October 24.  Our club has invited clubs from other parts of the world with whom we have partnered in many RI projects to join us on this walk.   Wear your End Polio Now pin as a reminder to others.  Purchase and give a pin to a friend and encourage her/him to also wear it. And consider making a gift.  “We are this close…”, but we are not there yet.  We still need your financial involvement.

Hope to see you on the walk on October 24 at East Campus.

Dallas Stallings – Foundation Chair

Upcoming Program Schedule – September 21, 2015

CourtCares_(Sept15)Picture of the Week.

Rotary Club of Durham President Lois Deloatch with Rotarian Judge Joe Webster, Rotarian Bucky Waters, Mayor Bill Bell and others at the Sept. 15 CourtCares Program. Judge Webster and staff of the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina in Durham launched CourtCares to introduce eighth grade students to the federal court system and inspire them to strive for positive outcomes in school and life.

Rotary — Bulletin — 9-21-2015 (PDF)


September 21, 2015  – Caktus Group: Using Technology for Good

Alex Lemann, Co-founder

September 28, 2015 – Nasher 10 Celebration

Sarah Schroth, Executive Director Introduced by Arthur Rogers III

October 5, 2015 – Rotary Innovations Fellows

Emily Egge; Geraud Staton; Nicholas Allen Introduced by Chris Gergen

October 12, 2015 – NO MEETING Columbus Day

End Polio Now – Walk the Walk


Little Libraries Built

We’ve seen at a several meetings the Little Library that was built by the JOE Houde and Todd Taylor and painted by our resident artist Carolyn Aaronson.  As part of the 9/11 community service day Durham Rotary teamed up to recruit almost two dozen volunteers to build and paint nine more of the “share one, leave one” little lending libraries that will be located around town.

The event was organized by Rotarians Forrest Perry of the YMCA, JOE Houde and Todd Taylor of Duke Corporate Education.

Houde is working with the East Durham Children’s Initiative and the Little Free Library national organization to find good sites in Durham.  Partners such as Book Harvest and the Durham Public Library along with independent donation drives such as the one held by the YMCA and Duke Corporate Education will provide books to stock the boxes.

About two dozen volunteers helped assemble and paint the new Little Libraries at “the Cage” at the American Tobacco Campus.  “We had several children really get into the painting” Houde said. “Several of the boxes are signed with little handprints.”

The Little Free Libraries provide locations where all varieties of books can be contributed, taken, returned and swapped out.  Little Libraries is a movement that has built and placed over 30,000 of these structures around the world.  The website of the organization is http://littlefreelibrary.org/ and it’s goal is to build literacy friendly neighborhoods.

“These facilities will dovetail nicely into our overall literacy efforts in the community,” said Todd Taylor, founder of the club’s popular “Reading Ranger” literacy and tutoring program at YE Smith Elementary School that encourages reading in the school year.  As a way to promote year-round reading through the summer months, the Durham Rotary Club partners with Book Harvest and other organizations to equip schoolchildren with summer book supplies.

“If the kids are that hungry for books, we will certainly try to feed that desire for new material,” Taylor said.