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…]

Support Durham Public School Teachers!

Four Durham area Rotary Clubs are partnering with Durham non-profit Crayons2Calculators with a “Fill that Bus!” schools supplies drive for Durham Public Schools on Saturday, August 18.

Rotarians and the bus will be located outside of Office Depot, 4001 Chapel Hill Blvd. (at the corner of Shannon Rd. and Chapel Hill Blvd.), on August 18, and donors are asked to bring with them school supplies, to help fill the bus.

Thank you, Durham!  We had a very successful supplies drive to help support Durham Public School teachers and students. 

Results:  Over 90 Durham-area organizations contributed over $20,000 in school supplies and about $7,000 in cash as part of this record-breaking summer drive.


Crayons2Calculators aims to serve the educational and creative needs of students in the Durham Public School system by providing free school supplies to classroom teachers. Supplies help teachers be more effective and efficient in their quest to educate the next generation.  Teachers report that they spend on average between $500 to $1000 out of their own pockets to supply their classrooms each year and 75% say that a lack of supplies hinders their ability to implement their desired lessons.

The Problem

Durham, N.C. classrooms are under-equipped. Durham is a city grappling with poverty and inequality. Sixty percent of students in the Durham Public Schools qualify for free- or reduced-price lunch, which means they live at or near the poverty level.  Teachers often depend on parents to bring in supplies, but in a high poverty school, parents are struggling to make ends meet and cannot help.  Teachers simply do not have the tools they need to do their difficult job.

The C2C Solution

C2C believes education is society’s most important public investment. A first-class education prepares Durham students to be the next generation of active citizens, good parents, and community leaders. To ensure that all Durham students have equal access to educational resources, Crayons2Calculators operates a warehouse that provides school supplies to Durham teachers for free.

How C2C Does It

Through its storefront warehouse and special giveaway events, C2C directs supplies straight to Durham teachers. C2C operates a warehouse in Durham that opens for supply giveaway events. Teachers are invited and come to “shop” for supplies. In this way, C2C advocates for strong public schools and makes teachers feel appreciated by showing visible public support.  C2C runs two main programs – Monthly Shopping and Giveaway Events. Monthly shoppers are invited to come into the warehouse once a month to pick out approximately $50 worth of supplies.  At Giveaway events, teachers from Durham schools are invited once or twice a year to come and choose about $100 of supplies they need for their classes.


  • The Fill that Bus! campaign will accept donations of cash and school supplies from July 16 to August 18.
  • On August 18, a yellow school bus will be located outside the Office Depot, 4001 Chapel Hill Blvd. (at the corner of Shannon Rd. and Chapel Hill Blvd.), and donors are asked to bring with them school supplies, to help fill the bus.
  • In addition, donors may also drop off supplies during normal business hours at any of the collection locations (see, Partners) listed below.
  • Financial donations can also be made at the collection points or online on the Crayons2Calculators web page and click Donate. Checks should be made out to Crayons2Calculators. Financial contributions will be used to purchase additional supplies as needed.
  • Volunteers from Rotary clubs in Durham will be on board the bus to fill it with school supplies as they arrive.
  • Individuals are encouraged to drop off school supplies, and businesses and organizations are encouraged to host their own drives.

10 Most Needed Items

  1. Crayons (boxes)
  2. Folders
  3. Glue – Bottles
  4. Glue Sticks
  5. Index cards
  6. Markers (boxes)
  7. Pencils (packs)
  8. Rulers
  9. Scissors
  10. Spiral Notebooks

Other items: Calculators, Colored pencils (boxes), Composition Books, Construction paper, Copy paper – reams, Erasers, Hand Sanitizer, Highlighters, Loose Leaf Paper (packs), Pencil sharpeners, Pens (packs), Post-it notes, Supply boxes, and Tissues.


Durham Technical Community College – 1637 Lawson Street, Durham, NC 27703

Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University – 2001 Campus Drive, Durham, NC, 27705

Alliance Architecture – 204 Rigsbee Avenue, Durham, NC 27701

Fidelity Bank – 3016 Shannon Road, Durham, NC 27707

Cleggs Termite & Pest Control – 2401 Reichard St., Durham, NC 27705

The Kitchen Specialist – 3407 University Drive, Durham, NC 27707

Durham Chamber of Commerce – 300 W. Morgan Street, Suite 1400, Durham, NC 27701

Durham Magazine – 714 Ninth St. Suite 207-A, Durham, NC 27705

Duke University

  • Allen Building Lobby
  • Bryan Center Lobby
  • Lilly Library Service Desk
  • Perkins Administration Office
  • Smith Warehouse, Bay 6, South Side

Hedrick, Murray, Bryson, Kennett & Mauch – 3511 Shannon Road, Suite 200, Durham, NC 27707

Croasdaile Village – 2600 Croasdaile Farm Pkwy, Durham, NC  27705

1520 Magnolia Apartments – 1101 Exchange Place, Durham, NC 27713

Ward & Smith –

501 Realty – 4-B Consultant Place, Durham, NC 27707

Stearns Financial – 1450 Raleigh Road, Suite 105, Chapel Hill, NC 27517

American Red Cross – 4737 University Drive, Durham, NC  27707

Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau – 101 E Morgan St, Durham, NC 27701

Duke Corporate Education – 310 Blackwell Street, Durham, NC 27701

McPherson, Rocomora, Nicholson & Nordgren – 3211 Shannon Road, Suite 620, Durham, NC 27707

City of Durham

  • 101 City Hall Plaza, Durham, NC 27701
  • 807 E. Main Street, Bldg. 2, Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 – Department of Community Development

Caring House – 2625 Pickett Rd, Durham, NC 27705

Joe’s Diner – 2100 Angier Avenue, Durham, NC 27703

Durham Police Department

  • 921 Holloway Street, Durham, NC
  • 5285 North Roxboro Road, Durham, NC
  • #8 Consultant Place, Durham, NC
  • 3022-B Fayetteville Street, Durham, NC
  • 516 Rigsbee Avenue, Durham, NC
  • 505 W. Chapel Hill St., Durham, N.C. 27701

PSNC Energy –

Hutchings & Hutchings – 3620 Shannon Road, Suite 200, Durham, NC 27707

Investors Trust Company – 121 N. Columbia St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514


  • 218 Morgan St., Durham, NC
  • 2119 Chapel Hill Rd., Durham, NC

Self Help –

Independent Weekly

Durham Public Schools

Museum of Life & Science – 433 Murray Avenue, Durham, NC 27704

Cardinal State Bank, A Division of Yadkin Valley Bank

  • 115 E Carver St, Durham, NC 27701
  • 3400 Westgate Dr, Durham, NC 27707
  • 405 Main St, Creedmoor, NC 27522
  • 237 South Churton St, Hillsborough, NC 27278

Walker, Lambe, Rhudy, Costley & Gill – 240 Leigh Farm Road, Suite 100, Durham NC 27707

Community Affordable Housing Equity Corporation – 7700 Falls of Neuse Road, Suite 200, Raleigh, NC 27615

Eaton Corporation – 8609 Six Forks Road  Raleigh, NC 27615

Watts Baptist Church – 800 Watts Street Durham, NC 27701

Duke University’s Office of Durham and Regional Affairs – 700 W. Main Street, Durham, NC 27701

Morgan Creek Capital Management – 301 West Barbee Chapel Road, Suite 200, Chapel Hill, NC 27517

State Employees Credit Union

  • 504 S. Duke Street, Durham, NC
  • 3808 Guess Rd., Durham, NC
  • 3810 Ben Franklin Blvd., Durham, NC

Roadmark Corporation – 320 Muldee Street, Durham, NC 27703

Healing Waters, Healing Hands – 5019 Timberly Drive, Durham, NC 27707

Umstead Pines at Willowhaven Country Club – 253 Country Club Drive, Durham, NC 27712

Crossfit Durham – 410 West Geer Street, Durham, NC 27701

Wooden Orthodontics – 3925 North Duke Street, Suite 121, Durham, NC 27704

Colony Park Animal Hospital – 3102 Sandy Creek Drive, Durham, NC 27705

PS International – 1414 Raleigh Rd Suite 205, Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Rick’s Diner – 3710 Shannon Road , Durham, NC 27707

Brent Blaylock, DDS – 3206 Old Chapel Hill Road, Durham, NC 27707

Michael Richter, DDS – 3001 Academy Rd, Durham, NC 27707

Pulley, Watson, King & Lischer, PA – 905 West Main Street, Suite 21F Brightleaf Square, Durham, NC 27701

Empower Personal Training – 3211 Shannon Road #105, Durham, NC 27707

James A. Hoke, DDS – 3709 University Drive, Durham, NC 27707

Office Depot #122 – 4001 Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham, NC 27707

Durham Convention Center – 301 West Morgan Street, Durham, NC 27701

Wells Fargo Advisors – 3100 Tower Blvd, University Tower, Suite 1500, Durham, NC  27707

Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership – 110 Swift Avenue, Durham, NC 27705

Triangle Orthopaedics Associates

  • 4004 Ben Franklin Blvd., Durham, NC 27704
  • 120 William Penn Plaza, Durham, NC 27704

Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC – 1830 Chapel Hill Blvd., Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Smith Breeden – 280 South Mangum Street, Suite 301, Durham, NC 27701

Duke Faculty Club – 10 Faculty Club Drive  Durham, NC 27708

Durham Mother’s Club

Piper’s Deli – 3219 Old Chapel Hill Rd, Durham, NC 27707

Hollow Rock Swim and Racquet Club – 5100 Erwin Road  Durham, NC 27707

Sheer Bliss – 4015 University Drive, Suite F, Durham, NC 27707

Not Just Paper – 1010 W. Main Street, Durham, N C 27701

Gymboree Play & Music – 3515 Witherspoon Blvd., Durham, NC 27707

Parker & Otis – 112 S Duke St, Durham, NC 27701

Duke University Real Estate – Bay 9, American Tobacco Campus, Suite 950, Durham, NC 27701

Cozy – 770 Ninth Street, Durham, NC 27705

Locopops – 2604A Hillsborough Road, Durham, NC 27705

First Presbyterian Church – 305 E Main St, Durham, NC 27701

Durham Arts Council – 120 Morris Street  Durham, NC 27701

Kramden Institute, Inc. – 4915 Prospectus Drive, Suite J, Durham, NC 27713

The Play House Toy Store – 702 Ninth Street, Durham, NC 27705

Elmo’s Diner – 776 9th Street, Durham, NC 27705

Durham Regional Association of REALTORS – 4236 University Drive, Durham, NC 27707

Duke University Press – 905 W Main St # 19, Durham, NC 27701

Merrill Lynch – Southcourt Building, 3211 Shannon Road, Suite 200, Durham, NC 27707

Guglhupf Cafe, Bakery & Patisserie – 2706 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham, NC 27707

The Forest at Duke – 2701 Pickett Road., Durham, NC 27705

Liquidia Technologies – Research Triangle Park, NC 27709


For more information:

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Call or email Joyce McKinney – President, Southwest Durham Rotary Club; Phone:  919-308-2176; E-mail

Click here to download the campaign flyer.

About Rotary International

Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. There are 1.2 million Rotary members in 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Rotary clubs have been serving communities worldwide for more than a century.

Southwest Durham Rotary ClubMeets Thursdays at Hope Valley Country Club – 12:30 PM

Durham Rotary ClubMeets Mondays at the Durham Convention Center – 12:30 PM

North Durham Rotary ClubMeets Tuesdays at Parizade Cafe – 12:30 PM

Durham Sunrise Rotary ClubMeets Thursdays at the Millennium Hotel – 7:00 AM

About Crayons2Calculators

Crayons2Calculators (C2C) is a non-profit organization founded in 2006 to serve the educational and creative needs of Durham students.  C2C believes that a first-class education prepares students to be the next generation of active citizens, good parents, and community leaders. To ensure that all Durham students have equal access to educational resources, Crayons2Calculators operates a warehouse store that provides school supplies to Durham teachers for free.