Chicago Tickets Still Available

Tickets are still available but going fast for the Club’s evening at the Durham Performing Arts Center for a performance of Chicago with Christie Brinkley. All the details are here on the calendar for Wednesday August 1. Join the party and help raise money for the Durham Rotary Scholarship fund. 

Paul Harris Fellow: Courtney James

Foundation Chair Andy Barada inducted Rotarian Courtney James into the Paul Harris Society at the club meeting on June 18th. Courtney is a local Realtor and founder of Urban Durham Realty which is rapidly becoming Durham’s premier homegrown residential real estate brokerage firm. Courtney is a graduate of Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Her husband Luke and their three daughters live in Forest Hills just a bike ride away from her offices in Downtown Durham.

Rotarians become Paul Harris Fellows when their contributions to the Rotary Foundation reach $1,000.

Program Report: Bill Kalkhof and DDI

Rotarian Steed Rollins introduced fellow Rotarian Bill Kalkhof, President of Downtown Durham Inc. for a report on developments in our Downtown.

I’ve reported at least two other presentations Bill has given to the Club and each time I’ve been faced with the same dilemma. Bill delivers so much information in such a rapid fire style that there is no way to capture more than the essence of it in 400 words. So this time I’m not going to even try. Instead I’d like to share a few impressions that may bring some perspective especially for newer residents of Durham and members of the club.

First, I have never heard Bill speak when he didn’t acknowledge that I was on the original board of DDI if he knew I was in the audience even though it has been at least 15 years since I’ve had an active role in the organization. Effective leaders instinctively do a lot of that kind of stuff and Bill is great at it. [Read more…]

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.

Bulletin for June 18, 2012

Click here for a pdf copy of this week’s bulletin.

Bill Kalkhof to Speak

Click the link for details about Bill Kalkhof’s presentation on the 18th.