New Members – January 23, 2017

Please welcome new members Michael Priddy who was sponsored by Willis Whichard and Allie Balling who was sponsored by Arthur Rogers.

Rotary Minute – Katie Wyatt

In her own words with the invocation she shared.

I first came to know Rotary through my friendship with Justin Peele, a Rotary Peace Fellow. We attended Rotary together when he was a graduate student at the Rotary Peace Center in Buenos Aires before it closed. I loved the ritual and the ceremony that is shared the world over – and in being a member of Durham Rotary now – thinking about our Argentine friends sitting down to lunch to discuss how to support their communities at the same time as we do. The international reach of Rotary is inspiring, and unites us across the globe through service.

Invocation: By Rudyard Kipling – with an update by me in honor of the Million Women’s March on January 21.

(From ‘Brother Square-Toes’—Rewards and Fairies)

If you can keep your head when all about you

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,

Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,

And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:


If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;

If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken

Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,

And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:


If you can make one heap of all your winnings

And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,

And lose, and start again at your beginnings

And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew

To serve your turn long after they are gone,

And so hold on when there is nothing in you

Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’


If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,

Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,

If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,

Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,

And—which is more—you’ll be a WOMAN!

Members attend the Rotary Leadership Institute

Six Durham Rotary members learned a lot about being leaders in Rotary when they attended the Zone 33 Rotary Leadership Institute in Cary, Sat., Jan. 14.


L-R:   E-Club Members Jheanne Schack and Kathy Roadcup, joined with Durham Rotary Members Marie Baker, Geraud Staton, Erik Benson, Stan Morris, E-Club Member Eve Marion,  Brady Surles and Kim Shaw, and Asst. District Governor Joyce McKinney for a full Saturday of Rotary information and sharing ideas with other Rotarians from throughout Eastern North Carolina.

The workshops focused on Leadership Skills, Engaging Members, Service Projects, Ethics and Vocational Service, the Rotary Foundation, Team Building, Club Communications, and Strategic Planning.  We look forward to our club benefiting from the many good ideas this group gained from this Leadership Institute.

Meeting Cancellation – January 9, 2017

Because of anticipated road conditions the decision has been made to cancel the meeting scheduled for Monday January 9th, 2017. The scheduled program about the Innovation Fellows will be rescheduled for another meeting.

The Grinch

Due to the generosity of over 40 Rotarians The Grinch Theater event was a resounding success. We did the following:

~ we completely subsidized 22 children from the East Durham Children’s Initiative to attend the performance.

~we hosted the EDCI children, chaperones and staff at a pre-theater reception with sweets and beverages……in the former  DPAC President’s Lounge with space donated by DPAC.

~we had a wonderful Fellowship lunch of Rotarians, family and friends at Tobacco Road and then 30 of us attended the performance with great seats in The Grand Tier. This is one of our first events to include young children and truly was a family event.

~through pledges and ticket sales we raised $1,500 for the Brown Family Scholarship Fund, which will be awarded later this year to an economically challenged student graduating from the Emily K Center’s Scholars to College program.

Many thanks to all of you who supported this event, and to Carver Weaver who spent countless hours working with DPAC, EDCI and our Rotary Club to make this event successful.

Submitted by Meg Solera

Program Report: Christmas Program – December 19, 2016

The Durham Public School Program was preceded by the Durham Rotary Chorus led by Vince Simonetti as seen in several of the pictures above.

It was a very merry Monday at the last meeting of the year. Rotary member Steed Rollins introduced us to the K-12 Director of Arts Education for Durham Public Schools, Mary Casey. Ms Casey oversees the programming and continuity of the arts programs across the school system, and she invited the music students from Little River K-8 to our meeting.

The arts program at DPS has three important branches:

Arts Education – classes taught in visual and performing arts in the schools

Arts Integration – teaching arts within other classes, like science or English

Arts Exposure – exposing students to the arts around the triangle from museums to live performances like the Nutcracker

Leading the music program at Little River, the only K-8 school in the DPS system, Ms Kirlauski introduced us to her 70 elementary school students and 20 middle school students who wowed us with their holiday carols and piano performance. As a smaller school, Ms Kirlauski is able to teach piano to her students instead of band.

On piano we heard four middle school students perform Jingle Bells, Frosty the Snowman and Deck the Halls (duet).

For the carols Ms. Kirlauski’s assistant, Dr Dan Huff, professor of music at UNC, accompanied her on piano. Dr Huff is also Ms. Kirlauski’s father.

The middle school students tenderly sang “Winter Wonderland” and “Let it Snow.”

The elementary school students moved from the gentle “Who Has Seen the Wind?” to the more raucous “Please Let It Snow.”

Together the students brought down the house with a choreographed version of Mr. Santa that is a decades old tradition at Little River to honor the music teacher who started the tradition many years ago.

Mark you calendars for “An Evening of Entertainment” on Friday, March 3rd when DPS students will perform at DPAC. Ticket sales go to funding scholarships for students.

Submitted by Kate Elia