Passing of the Gavel – Don Stanger to Bill Ingram

GavelIn a brief ceremony at the July 8th meeting, 2012-2013 President Don Stanger passed the gavel to 2013-2014 President Bill Ingram. New board members and officers were also sworn in.

Program Repost: Robert Ingram – The Future of RTP

101_1014I remember when I was considering moving to Durham almost 30 years ago riding by the freeway exits near RTP and wondering “where is it?” According to Bob Ingram, former vice-chairman of GlaxoSmithKline and now chairman of the Research Triangle Foundation, the organization that manages RTP, that reaction was, and is, fairly typical.

The original thinking was to spread it out to create a park like setting with lots of green and room for companies to expand. It was obviously successful and is still envied around the world. But even after all these years in Durham I can’t conjure up a visual image of RTP. I had an artist friend back in the late 80’s who tried to stir some interest in building a monumental triangle on the scale of the St. Louis Arch to correct the problem. Obviously, that went nowhere…RTP was booming, so why fix something that ain’t broke.

Now, however, under Bob’s leadership of the Foundation, it’s time for a reset. As he put it, “RTP has a proud brand, but it’s tired.” What he then described was the broad outline of a master plan that goes beyond branding and recognizes that additional competition and a changing environment, dictate a shift in approach. Employees are no longer as tolerant of long commutes and the only option to the company cafeteria being jumping in the car and going off site. He also cited the fact that many of the innovations are coming from smaller companies that interact and collaborate informally as we’ve seen develop in Downtown, especially in the American Tobacco Campus. Also contributing to the necessity for change is that many of the current buildings in the Park are reaching the end of their useful lives.

He described two target projects. The first at the intersection of Cornwallis Road and Davis Drive that would contain not only office space and lab space but shops, restaurants, and…something that was not allowed originally in RTP, residential development. If this sounds like what Downtown Durham has become, Bob was quick to point out that it would not be a competitor to Downtown but a complement. Personally, I buy that. Just like three or four good restaurants within a block or two of each other don’t compete as much as attract more diners for the experience. The whole can be more than the sum of the parts.

The second project would be at the intersection of 147 and Cornwallis and would be developed to take advantage of one of the area’s great strengths that the original founders of RTP recognized, three great research universities within 25 miles of each other. Nicknamed “Archie” after Archie Davis, one of those founders, it would seek to intensify that collaboration even more.

Bob was introduced by Don Stanger, who minutes earlier had assumed the title of Past President. It was a fitting conclusion for a very successful term. In fact, Don has brought Bob to deliver programs on several occasions. Each time Bob also manages to stir up memories for anyone who has observed the course of economic development in Durham for the last few years. He began by mentioning HC Cranford (Lois’ husband and Susan’s Dad) who along with Dr. Jim Davis founded the City of Medicine program and frequently solicited Glaxo’s participation. He also mentioned the three predecessors of his at Glaxo who recruited him from Merck, Joe Ruvane, Ernie Mario and Charlie Sanders. He also mentioned former city manager Orville Powell and former governor Jim Hunt who was relentless in persuading Joe Ruvane to bring Glaxo to RTP when they were also considering Atlanta and Austin.

It was pretty clear that as the new master plan for RTP starts to turn into reality, the next 20 or 30 years will be just as interesting and good for the region as the last 30 years. I’ll bet they will also create some monumental architecture that will leave a lasting visual impression.

Submitted by Jay Zenner

Polio Plus

photo (2)The Rotary Foundation and the Gates Foundation Further Collaboration

Rotary International and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have agreed to extend a fundraising partnership that could generate up to $525 million in new funding for polio eradication as we move toward the final phase in the effort to eradicate Polio from the earth.

Under the agreement, announced at Rotary’s annual meeting in Lisbon, The Rotary Foundation will match every new dollar on a two-to-one basis up to $35million a year through 2018.  All funds raised through the campaign will support immunization activities in polio-affected countries.  Rotary International and the Gates Foundation have partnered in the effort to eradicate polio since 2007.  “We are at a critical point in the fight to end polio,” said Rotary vice president John Germ, who is heading Rotary’s effort to complete the goal of eradicating poloi “We mut capitalize on this progress to finish the job.  We have a robust plan, the tools to reach each child, and with funding in place, we can win against this devastating disease.  Rotary and its partners remain committed to a polio-free world.”

Durham Rotarians are encouraged to participate in this golden opportunity.  Checks should be made to The Rotary Foundation and designated, “Polio Plus.”

Submitted by Dallas Stallings

Upcoming Rotary Program Schedule

July 8, 2013 –

Bob Ingram, Hatteras Venture Partners

Durham Community and RTP Strategy Update

Introduction by Don Stanger

July 15, 2013-

Alex Quigley, Principal Maureen Joy Charter School

Introduction by Chris Combs

July 22, 2013-

Leigh Hudson, Rotary District Governor

Clayton RotaryClub

Introduction by Bill Ingram

July 29, 2013-

Prinny Anderson, Principal

Design for Learning and Change

Consultant to Duke Corporate Education

Keeping your Team Engaged, Happy, Productive and Loyal

Introduced by Todd Taylor

August 5, 2013-

New RotaryYear Kickoff

Introduction by Don Stanger

Press Release: Durham Rotary Honored by District


The Durham Rotary Club

For Immediate Release

 June 26, 2013

 Durham Rotary Club Honored as Best in District


Durham, North Carolina: Durham has another volunteer and service honor to its credit, courtesy of The Durham Rotary Club.

Rotary International’s District 7710 includes 46 clubs across the Research Triangle region and surrounding communities recognized the Durham organization with its “Best Club in the District” award.

The Best Club award is only awarded by the District in years when one club is has clearly demonstrated an outstanding performance in Rotary’s commitment to “Service Above Self.”

Among Durham club programs recognized with annual 2012-2013 awards by District 7710 were those to promote childhood literacy through the club’s signature “Reading Rangers” initiative.  The District also recognized the Durham club for new membership growth. Past President Arthur Rogers was recognized with a “club builder” award for recruiting new members.

“We’re hitting on all cylinders,” said Don Stanger, outgoing club president for the 2012-2013 Rotary year.  “Thanks to hard work by many Durham Rotarians, we’ve made continued gains in our service goals in Durham, particularly in the area of literacy.

“We’re also pleased with our membership goals,” Stanger said. “Our membership of more than 200 community and civic leaders is diverse and reflective of our city.  It is energetic, enthusiastic and growing.

“Our Monday speaker’s program is becoming widely known as one of the Triangle’s go-to venues. Club programs have included senators, nationally recognized authors, medical pioneers and other community leaders.  In short, if you want to serve, and have fun while doing it, you need to consider membership.”

The Durham Rotary Club was formed in 1915 and is the oldest Rotary Club in Durham. It currently has more than 200 active and honorary members.

Interested individuals can visit the club site at


Contact:  Mark Lazenby (804) 335 5191 (

or Jay Zenner (919) 819 6666 (


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 Durham Rotary Club President Don Stanger and Vice President Meg Solera display award by Rotary International’s regional district recognizing Durham’s club as best among 46 clubs in this region of North Carolina.  The award is presented periodically to individual clubs for excellence.




Program Report: Dr. Mitchell Heflin – Dementia

MitchHeflinWebDr. Mitchell Heflin has been meaning to get to our Rotary meeting for some time. But as was quickly revealed by a show of hands, almost everyone has been touched by dementia in his or her lives, and as such, he is a busy man.

Dr. Heflin and his wife met in medical school at the University of Virginia, and luckily for us they both served their residencies at Duke, both in internal medicine, though Deanna, his wife focused on pediatrics and Mitch on geriatrics.  He is now Director of the Duke Geriatric Evaluation and Treatment Clinic and directs Duke’s Geriatric Fellowship Training Program and Duke Geriatric Center.

We didn’t get to know Dr. Helfin much, but we did get a thorough and comprehensive look at dementia and his approaches to family care. Perhaps we can tell the most about him though, as he continually emphasized diet and exercise as best prevention, and by his apology at perhaps getting too loud because he gets “excited and kinetic” when he speaks. And he referred to the change we all dumped in the Alzheimer buckets as a double entendre: change as in money, and change as in our mindsets about how we must take care of our older citizens in Durham.

We all laughed in recognition when he asked if we wondered about our own aging memories, but he defined dementia as memory loss that “disrupts your routine”, whether that is occupational, social or functional.

I hope we can link to his presentation, but I will summarize with this: Dr. Helflin suggests that with our aging population this will only become more costly and urgent.  As Ted Corvette noted when he introduced him, Dr. Helflin and his team’s approach requires the entire family be interviewed, involved and included, which takes half a day for each new patient. And that medicines now can only slow dementias and their onset, so with cures a ways off, prevention is key as is caregiver stress relief and symptoms management.

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Submitted by Deirdre Haj

Note: Below is the PowerPoint that Dr. Heflin used during his presentation.