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.

 

Paul Harris Awards

Gerry Musante and Carolyn Aaronson

At the June 11 meeting, Dallas Stallings, a member of the BHF committee presented a PHF +2 to Dr. Gerry Musante. Later that evening at the club’s year end celebration, Dallas presented a PHF +8 to Carolyn Aaronson. He, and the Club, thanked both for their continued support of the programs and goals of The Rotary Foundation.

To date the club has raised over $12,000 of its $14,000 goal for the 2011-2012 year which ends on June 30. Please contact Dallas or Andy Barada if you plan to contribute by this fiscal year end.

Program Report: The Dixie Classic

The Classic: How Everett Case and His Tournament Brought Big Time Basketball to the South—Bethany Bradsher

Prior to the frenzied atmosphere of ACC basketball tournaments and “March Madness,” the Dixie Classic was one of college’s premier hoops events.  The brainchild of legendary NC State basketball coach Everett Case, the Dixie Classic was launched in 1949 and ran until 1961 when a point-shaving scandal organized byNew Yorkarea mobsters led to its demise.  Tipping off just after Christmas in Reynolds Coliseum on the NC State Campus, the tournament was played over three days.  The holiday event opened with each of the Big Four—NC State, UNC, Duke and Wake Forest—playing non-conference opponents selected from some of the most competitive programs in the country including Penn State, Minnesota, Cincinnati (remember Oscar Robertson) and Johnny Green at  Michigan State.  During the Everett Case era, NC State dominated league play and practically owned the Dixie Classic.  In its twelve year history, the Wolfpack won the tournament seven times; UNC captured three titles; and Duke andWakeForesteked out one apiece.  No outside team ever won, but a few came close.

Bethany Bradsher gave a riveting account of the Dixie Classic.  Bethanyis the author of The Classic: How Everett Case and His Tournament Brought Big Time Basketball to the South.  A sports nut since childhood in Houston, she became interested in ACC athletics when she came to college in North Carolina and since the mid-1990s has been covering ACC sports as a journalist.  Casting around for an interesting sports story after having written Coaching Third, a baseball biography, a friend suggested the Dixie Classic.  She realized she was on to a great story when she saw “grown men’s eyes light up at the mention of the Dixie Classic.”  Interviews with fans—some of whom had been boys whose Christmases were made by Santa who left tickets to the Classic in their stockings—and former players brought passion and detail to the book.  One of those interviewees was club member Bucky Waters who played on an Everett Case team in the Dixie Classic era. [Read more…]