Rotary Minute: Rick Jorgensen

Long time Treasurer of the Durham Rotary Club, Rick Jorgensen,  took the podium for his Rotary Minute, a new addition to the regular meeting agenda where members of the club tell the assembled crowd a little bit about themselves.  Rick’s turn at bat was actually preceded by Dallas Stalling last week but your webmaster was caught napping and didn’t capture the moment. But we’ll make it up.

Rick, of course, is a CPA working at the firm of Hutchings & Hutchings with Past President Phil Hutchings. Both his wife Tanya and daughter Ellen have been Rick’s guests at occasionally. This reporter met Rick long ago when he was a neighbor and real estate agent with Fonville Morisey. I did know of his interest in bird dogs but did not know that he was a couple of jumps away from being a master jumper when he was with the 82nd Airborne. As he describes it in his Linkedin profile he was “defending the free world from communist aggression.”

For more about Rick, that Linkedin profile is

Welcome New Member – David Jacobs

Sheridan van Wagenberg sponsored new member David Jacobsand introduced  him during his induction into the club.  David is a born and raised citizen of Durham. He graduated from Northern High School and continued his studies at Durham Tech and Mount Olive College and is presently working on his BA in Business Administration while serving as the Emergency Medical Coordinator of the city of Durham. He has served 25 years with the Durham Fire Department Emergency area.  Part of his current duties are improving the first responder program by making it more citizen friendly.

We welcome David to the club and the fellowship of Rotarians around the world.

Mitzi Viola – Paul Harris Plus1

On Monday August 13, Foundation Chair Dallas Stallings presented a Paul Harris Plus 1 award to Mitzi Viola.  The award was accepted by Vice President Meg Solera for her friend Mitzi who could not be present.

As Dallas recounted Mitzi’s response to the award he shared what she had written. “‘I give to the foundation for the same reason I have served local nonprofits for 20 years. We are all equally valuable individuals, without regard to the situations into which we are born.  However, our birthrights are neither equal or fair.  The vast majority of people in the world are born into situations that do not steer them toward successes. Much of the world lacks the basic resource – nutritious food, clean water, adequate shelter. Bill Gates calls this the ovarian lottery – the chance you will do poorly or well based on this game of chance. Although chance is not fair, there are myriad ways each of us can help equalize the distribution of chance each and every day.  The Rotary Foundation in this way is an equalizer.  Through projects that provide basic and necessary resources to groups in need while encouraging partnerships and local involvement, the foundation offers dignity and local participation while improving the quality of life for our brothers and sisters whose birthrights are simply not as lucky our own.  In this way, each of us is honored through our work. A Paul Harris Fellowship is not about recognition of me or any Rotarian. It is a chance to make the world look more like God’s kingdom on earth, and in that way it is sincerely and honor and give. It is not an end in itself but rather the launching point for the question, “That is good. What’s next?”

4th Annual Progressive Dinner

Saturday, October 13th…Save the date for the Rotary 4th Annual Progressive Dinner

This is our Club’s premier Social/Fellowship event of the year.  Here is your opportunity to bring a spouse, partner or simply come alone to mingle, dine and meet new folks in a casual setting.  We meet up for appetizers, then are given an envelope with the dinner host’s name and address (with a map) and split up to dine at one of eight catered dinners hosted at the homes of fellow Rotarians (within a ten minute drive of the appetizer location).  Following dinner, every host hands out envelopes giving directions to our dessert location which is always held at a Rotarian’s place of business (also no more than a ten minute drive) where we all meet back up to enjoy delicious goodies and beverages, and wrap up the event.

This is a great opportunity for new and ‘seasoned’ members of our Club to meet people and socialize together. $30/person includes scrumptious appetizers, dinner with wine, and a lovely dessert.

No one knows which home they will be assigned for dinner, but we mix it up annually and everyone has a great time.

No football conflicts (trust me I’ve checked), so jump on board and save the date.  Sign-ups will begin in two weeks at our regular meeting and spots fill up quickly as we can only accommodate approximately 65 total guests (including hosts).

We currently have six of our eight house hosts ‘on board’ and need two more.  If you would like to be a host, drop me a line.  No cooking required, just room for eight at your table.  Food and beverages delivered to you earlier in the day.  Simply warm and serve.

Questions?  Email Progressive Dinner Chairperson Meg Solera

August Rotary After Hours

Yes, that is a Christmas tree in the background even though it’s August…just part of the wacky decor at City Beverage.

Yes, that is Carolyn Aaronson on her first Rotary public appearance after her hip replacement. The hip is new but the smile is the same.

Yes, that is a child, Eric Miller’s son in fact, wondering what in the dickens he’s doing here.

Yes, that is president Don working his way to the bar again with an empty glass.

Yes, there was a great crowd but it couldn’t have been the free first round host Seth Jernigan promised because everyone was trying to pay for their own.

OK, I let him buy me one.

Submitted by Jay Zenner

George L. Maddox – 1925 – 2012

The Durham Rotary Club family is saddened this week by the loss of longtime member and friend to many, George Maddox. George was a Paul Harris Fellow and a member of our club since 1983.  Our deepest sympathies go out to Evelyn and their family during this difficult time.

– Don Stanger, President Durham Rotary Club


George L. Maddox

DURHAM — George L. Maddox, Ph.D., age 87, died on Thursday, August 9, at Duke Hospital.

Dr. Maddox was a pioneer in the field of aging who found his way from McComb, Mississippi to a lifetime of scholarship and advocacy for an aging society. He was at once a scholar and a teacher whose contributions spanned over several decades.

Dr. Maddox was born on July 2, 1925, in McComb, Mississippi. In high school, Dr. Maddox excelled in academics and as left guard on the football team, which won the Big Eight title and Toy Bowl in 1941, defeating a team that featured Doc Blanchard. He was active in music, participating in the high school band, winning medals for solo performances, and playing trumpet in a local dance band, the “Top Hatters”.

In 1943, Dr. Maddox volunteered for the US Army and served as a First Sergeant in an infantry company. He crossed the Rhine at the famous Remagen Bridge as a member of George Patton’s army. After the war ended in Europe, he was sent to the Pacific, where he served in the Philippines for the remainder of the war.

In 1946, George Maddox married Evelyn Godbold, his junior high school sweetheart. Both George and Evelyn attended and graduated from Millsaps College in Mississippi, where he began a lifelong commitment to civil rights. He earned a master’s degree in social ethics from Boston University in 1952, followed by a doctorate in sociology and labor relations from Michigan State University in 1956.

Dr. Maddox’s career as a professor and scholar began at Millsaps College, where he served as professor and chairman of the Department of Sociology. He accepted a fellowship at Duke University Medical Center in 1959. He subsequently joined the faculty of the Department of Sociology at Duke University, where he quickly rose to the rank of professor. In 1972, Dr. Maddox was appointed Director of the Duke University Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. A decade later, he served as Chairman of the University Council on Aging and Human Development. During his years at Duke University, Dr. Maddox had sabbaticals and fellowships at St. Thomas Hospital (England), the London School of Economics, the University of Toronto, and Green College at Oxford University. He was named Professor Emeritus at Duke University in 1995, but remained active in aging research and policy until last year. And, until recently, he was a devoted volunteer at Lakewood Elementary School.

Dr. Maddox was a pioneer in the field of aging and received many prestigious recognitions and awards for his groundbreaking research on late life, his contributions to aging policy and practice, and his service to older adults. He was President of the Gerontological Society of America and recipient of their highest award for research on aging, The Robert Kleemeier Award. Dr. Maddox was a founding member of the National Advisory Council for the National Institute on Aging. He served as Secretary General of the International Association of Gerontology. Dr. Maddox was honored by the State of North Carolina with the Governor’s Long Leaf Pine Award, recognizing outstanding public service.

Dr. Maddox was a superb and devoted teacher. He received many awards for his teaching and mentoring of undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty. Among these was the Distinguished Mentorship Award of the Behavioral and Social Sciences section of the Gerontological Society of America.

Duke University honored Dr. Maddox with the Humanitarian Award in recognition of his work in civil rights, his service to older adults and the organizations that serve them, and his work improving educational opportunities in the Durham public schools.

Dr. Maddox’s strongest commitment was to his family. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; his daughter, Patricia Maddox of Winter Park, Florida; his son and daughter-in-law, David Maddox and Marta Tellado of New York City; and his brother and sister-in-law, Robert M. Maddox and Lynn Maddox of McComb, Mississippi.

Arrangements are by the Cremation Society of the Carolinas, Raleigh. Gifts in remembrance may be made to the Durham Rescue Mission, 507 East Knox St., Durham, NC 27701 or TROSA, 1820 James Street, Durham, NC 27707.