New Member: Peter Hausmann

Please introduce and welcome new member Peter Hausmann to the Club. Peter was inducted by Membership Committee member Kay Gresham and was sponsored by Joe Harvard and Sam Miglarese. Below in his own words Peter’s introduction to the Club.

Hello All, my name is Peter Hausmann, I’ve lived in Durham since 2001. I started out here as Presbyterian Pastor. In the middle of a church renovation in 2006, I realized that I missed the world of construction; so I finished the project, and left to go work with CT Wilson Construction, the company that renovated our building. Since then, I redid the first phase of Golden Belt, worked on Duke School, Duke Regional Hospital, and have renovated a good number of churches, currently adding Beth El Synagogue to my list of current projects. In my free time I lift with any one of my three teenage kids, I travel with my husband and family, I volunteer on The Design Committee of Durham Central Park, I care about affordable housing here in the midst of our big spurt, and I occasionally pulpit supply in some area churches. I’m joining Rotary because both my Father and my step-father are Rotarians and have raved about it for years. I figured y’all are a good people with whom I can serve in a variety of different areas in Durham in and across the world. (I’m happy that my Step Father Larry could be here with my mother today for my induction and I’m grateful to fellow Presbyterians Sam and Joe for inviting me to come and see!) Thanks for letting me join in with you and I look forward to getting to know you.

Paul Harris Fellowships – Two New Pluses

Foundation Chair Andy Esser awarded two “Plus” pins to Club members. Please congratulate Roz Grace and  Allen Cronenberg for their continued commitment to the Rotary Foundation.

Program Report: Honoring Past Presidents

Dave Ross (President, 1973-74) kicked off a celebration of the 33 past presidents of Durham Rotary.

Don Stanger (2012-13) recognized the 17 or so past presidents who were at the meeting.  He then gave us a summary history of our great club.  As we surely all know, the first Rotary Club was formed when attorney Paul P. Harris called together a meeting of three business acquaintances in downtown Chicago, at Harris’s friend Gustave Loehr’s office in the Unity Building on Dearborn Street on February 23, 1905.  They chose the name Rotary because they had been used to meeting in rotation in each other’s offices. Soon the club grew big enough to require a single meeting place.

Rotary soon spread across the US and Canada.  A London club was formed in 1912.  In 1922 the name was changed to Rotary International and the club is now worldwide.

Rules in the Durham Rotary, as in all others, were tough at first and indeed for many years: attendance was strictly enforced, with fines for no-showers.  But as people became busier and more mobile, some latitude was permitted.

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Rotary Minute: David Durack

Club member Dr. David Durack used his “Rotary Minute” not to talk about himself but about another soldier in the war on Polio, his cousin Robin Miller, known in Northern Territory of Australia as the Sugerbird Lady, for administering 37,000 doses of the Salk vaccine flying a single engine plane over the vast territory which is the second largest state in the world. She also flew countless Flying Doctor Service flights for emergencies, flew 9 aircraft from the USA to Australia and wrote two books about her experience.

The presentation was made with a PowerPoint that contained numerous photographs of her including the one below taken shorty before her tragically early death from cancer with her cousin, who, if you look closely, looks familiar.

The full Power Point can be downloaded by clicking here:

Implicit in Dr. Durack’s Minute is the suggestion that contributing a few dollars to continue the fight against polio to complete the legacy of folks like Robin Miller is certainly a worthy act by any Rotarian.

New Member: Scott Warren

Please introduce and welcome new member Scott Warren who was inducted by Membership Committee member Erik Benson on Monday. Scott was sponsored by Committee Chair Marge Nordstrom.

Scott recently relocated to Durham from Savannah, GA, and is VP Sales at Talbert Building Supplies.  He grew up in Tennessee, is married to Lynn Warren, and has two adult children—son Taylor, and daughter Bailey.  He is a long-time member of Rotary, both in Wilson, NC and in Savannah, GA.  He has held executive management positions with lumber and building supply dealers in North Carolina and Georgia.  His hobbies include golf, hunting, and fishing.  He and Lynn are in the process of selling their home in Savannah and purchasing one here.

Program Report: Ann Rebeck – Lakewood Scrap Exchange

The Lakewood Scrap Exchange, located since 2014 in the former Center Theater in the Lakewood Shopping Center, is the country’s largest “creative reuse” space according to Ann Rebeck, development director.  It aims to foment a creative reuse “revolution.”  Although the Exchange sells donated items in its Thrift Store and Scrap Store, it is “more than a store.”  It has classes and workshops in the creative arts, provides workspaces for artists and artisans, an exhibition space for artists using reclaimed materials including metal, wood, and fabric.  Glass blowing is on the horizon.  It hosts workshops, parties and outreach events.  It provides school classroom workshops and after-school activities as well as professional development for teachers and others in the creative reuse of materials.

The “mother ship” of the concept of creatively reusing materials that would probably otherwise find their way into solid waste facilities was in Australia.  There, it was called the Reverse Garbage Truck.  It served as the model for Durham’s Scrap Exchange that was founded in the early 1990s.   One of the founders of the Scrap Exchange had worked in the Reverse Garbage Truck and brought the idea back to Durham.   Experiencing significant growth over the years, retail sales in 2016 topped $700,000 providing about eighty-five percent of the cost of operations.  The number of full-time and part-time employees continues to rise.  About 200 shoppers a day come through the retail store.  With a vision of developing a Reuse Arts District, the Scrap Exchange acquired the northern end of Lakewood Shopping Center in 2016.

Items sold in the Exchange’s two stores are donated by individuals and by about 250 businesses and industries in a 100 mile radius of Durham.  Ann pulled three reusable items out of her show-and-tell bag: an industrial-size spool for thread on which kids can paint or paste; a decorated tin canister for storing wine corks or similar items; and bottle caps.  She pointed out that in Durham, at least, plastic bottles can be recycled, but the caps cannot.  And the caps can be turned into terrific art projects.  A unique service is short term rental of home health equipment such as wheel chairs.  For a sample listing of typical items available for purchase, see the Scrap Exchange’s website (  For frequent shoppers, the website has a “new arrivals” page.  Purchases can also be made on Ebay.

Submitted by Allen Cronenberg