News and Notes

Leadership Plan

At the meeting of July 16, President Don presented the Leadership Plan for the 2012-2013 Rotary Year.  The PowerPoint presentation that he used is available through this link in a pdf format.

Weekly Bulletin

The Rotary Bulletin that will be distributed at the meeting on July 23 is available in at this link in a pdf format.

July 23 Program

Our program on Monday will be the annual presentation by the new District Governor Rick Carnague. Details and the meeting location are here.

New Members and Paul Harris Fellows

Three new members were inducted last week and to Paul Harris Fellowships were awarded. Details and pictures will follow next week.

Rotary Supports the Emily K “Scholars for College” Program

Our Rotary Club administers two scholarship funds through the Triangle Foundation to support the youth in our community.  The Brown Family Scholarship, in memory of Fred and Shirley Brown, was recently awarded to Vianey Martinez.  The Rotary Board, in conjunction with the Brown Family determined that the goals of the Emily K Center’s “Scholars to College Program” aligned with the spirit of the scholarship and decided to award the scholarship to a graduating senior from the inagural class of Scholars to College.  These students demonstrate academic stamina, strong leadership skills, and serve as mentors and role models for younger students. All have a desire to further their education by attending college.

Vianey Martinez, (center in the picture) a graduate of Southern High School, graduated second in her class with a weighted GPA of over 4.6  She is a leader on campus, serving as Student Government Treasurer and President of the Future Business Leaders of America.  Vianey has authored several ‘My Views’ articles in the Durham News and has worked with SEEDS (South Eastern Efforts Developing Sustainable Spaces) throughout her high school years.  Vianey will be attending UNC Chapel Hill and plans to study business with the goal of entering the accounting profession.

With Vianey in the picture are Durham Rotary President Don Stanger, Ashlea Hitchcock, Programming and Partnerships Coordinator for the Emily K Center, Durham Rotary Vice President Meg Solera and Adam Eigenrauch, the Executive Director of the Emily K Center.

Program Report: Stuart Albright – The Power of a Diverse Public Education

Stuart AlbrightStuart Albright, a much honored teacher at Jordan High School, spoke to the club about his recently published book Bull CityStuart graduated from UNC with a degree in English and Creative Writing and from Harvard with a Master of Education.  Besides teaching English and Creative Writing at Jordan High for the last ten years, he also coaches football—undoubtedly a rare combination.  Apparently he teaches well but I suspect it is also his charisma and enthusiasm that inspires student creativity and excellence.  In 2006 he was named the Durham Public Schools Teacher of the Year.  Two years later, he received the National Milken Educator Award which Teacher Magazine calls the “Oscar” of teaching citations.   Those are not the accolades earned solely by well-crafted lectures and consistently superior student scores on standardized tests!

Stuart’s first two books were non-fiction, but they serve as prologue to his recently published novel.  Blessed Returns is an account of a summer spent working in the hard scrabble slums of Camden, New Jersey.  Sidelines: A North Carolina Story of Community, Race and High School Football, published in 2009 tells the stories of how high school football eased the transition from segregated school systems in nine North Carolina communities, including Durham and his native Gastonia. [Read more…]

Bulletin and Upcoming Events – July 16

Check the Calendar for information about this week’s program

Author Stuart Albright will discuss his new book about his experiences in Durham.

President Don will review 2012-13 Strategic Plan

This will be another jam packed meeting

Board Meeting

The monthly board meeting will precede the regular meeting in a conference room at the Civic Center.


Go to the site and click this Link to the July 16 Bulletin in a bright new format. Bulletin7162012FINAL

Newman Aguiar New Assistant District Governor

On June 27th at the Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, our own Past President Newman Aguiar was inducted as one of the ten Assistant District Governors along with District Governor Rick Carnagua.  Newman’s area includes the 4 Durham clubs and Hillsborough.  He will be working to support the Presidents of these five clubs and the goals of District Governor Rick. Congratulations to Newman!

Program Report: Durham Literacy Center – Reginald Hodges

A few years ago club member Gaston Warner, who was with the Duke Divinity School but about to leave to join Zoe Ministries, gave us a presentation about that organization’s mission to empower orphans in  Africa. In parts of Africa where disease, war, famine and other causes left children to fend for themselves, Zoe goes into communities where these children are already living and brings them together in supportive groups to feed and protect themselves from violence and exploitation.

One of the questions that Gaston got from the audience was whether there was anything like this going on in the US. Without hesitating a second Gaston exclaimed, “Of course! That’s what gangs are all about.” I remember this vividly because I think I was one of many in the audience stunned by this response. My naïve conception of gangs was that they were minor-league crime syndicates formed to wreak havoc on the community and each other. [Read more…]