Bulletin and Upcoming events – June 25

Bulletin

Click here for the pdf version of the June 25 Durham Rotary Bulletin

Program

Click on this June 25 Calendar Item for a description of the program to be delivered by Bob Ingram, former GSK co-chair and all around Durham citizen.

Honor

During the program on June 25 we will induct our annual Community Service Award winner into the Paul Harris Society.

Celebrate

Click on this June 25th Calendar Item and come enjoy an evening on The Eleanor Roof to celebrate the passing of the gavel to a new Club President.

Website Changes

We have made a couple of changes to the Durham Rotary Club website and next week we will register all our Club members as “subscribers” to the site.  To activate the subscription an email will be sent to the email address we have for you asking you to confirm that you want to subscribe.  Click the indicated link in the email and you will get a weekly update on club activities that are posted on the site.  We now have an ad hoc communications committee working on a number of improvements to both internal and external communications. Two of the members of that group, Deirdre Haj and Jeff Nelson are professional movie/video makers but they are in no way responsible for the poor production quality of this video explaining the changes.  It’s down and dirty but I believe illustrates the changes. Questions, suggestions and complaints can be forwarded to me at jay@jayzenner.com.

Christmas Program by the Chamber Ensemble of the Durham School of the Arts

For a number of years Mary Casey, the Director of K-12 Art Education for the Durham Public Schools has worked with Rotarian Malcolm White and our Executive Secretary Bernadette Jones to present a musical program for our Christmas program.

These programs are always special and many spouses and other family members make a point of coming as guests. This year was special too but a little different. Many years the performers are younger children and a big part of the musical experience is all wrapped up in enthusiasm with a bow of cuteness that evokes wide smiles as surely as eggnog.  A lot of the fun is observing the intensity, boredom, silliness, distraction and kids being kids especially between pieces.

What was different this year was that we got the first team, the all stars, the top performers which placed the emphasis on the music. Ms. Casey turned the program over toDurhamSchoolof the Arts principal David Hawks who in turn introduced Sean Grier who directed the DSA Chamber Ensemble. The Chamber Ensemble is an advanced level vocal music group at DSA that consists of junior and senior students.

Mr. Grier moved the ensemble through the performance with elegance and humor. The eight song set began with the Carol of the Bells and ended with the Hallelujah Chorus and, after a standing ovation, finished with Auld Lang Syne.  I’m no music critic but when a performance touches me emotionally enough to bring a tear to my eye I realize that they’ve taken me from the moment to another warm and comfortable place.

So, whether it’s the wide smiles evoked by the younger, less polished performers or the quieter joy delivered by talented juniors and seniors, this annual Rotary event never fails to light the Christmas spirit.

The other thing it does is remind us that DPS is slowly but surely becoming the world class system that was envisioned years ago when things really weren’t that great. Many of our Rotary efforts with the schools involve helping in areas that have struggled. It’s nice to see that magnet schools like DSA are part of the effort too and providing all students an opportunity to excel in their own way.
To learn more about the DurhamSchoolof the Arts, they have a very interesting website at  http://www.dsa.dpsnc.net/.