Paul Harris Fellow: Dr. Larry Crane

Dr. Larry Crane is a retired Radiologist who joined the Durham Rotary Club in 2014. As a dedicated active community volunteer, Larry has served at The Museum of Life and Science as a volunteer, board member and chair of their fundraising campaign. He’s also worked with cognitively impaired elderly citizens at the Durham Senior Center. In this time of great polarization, Larry feels Rotary provides true fellowship and serves the entire community. He gives to the Foundation because it uses funds wisely for our community, nation and global good works. Larry is presented with his Paul Harris Fellow +5.

Paul Harris Fellow: Bill Ingram

Bill Ingram is President of Durham Technical Community College and was our guest speaker a couple of weeks ago. He has been a member of our club for 12 years and served as President in 2013. The thing Bill lobes most about Rotary is its’ diversity of race and ethnicity, experience, interest and thought. He appreciates the relationships and friendships that are born in the room every Monday where business men and women, non-profit leaders, developers, physicians, and entrepeneurs and even college presidents connect. Those friendships lead to great things being achieved in our community and across the globe. We present Bill with his Paul Harris Fellow +3.

Paul Harris Fellow: Rebecca Newton

Rebecca Newton became the President and CEO of the Carolina Theatre of Durham after spending 25 years in the internet industry. She always wanted to be a philanthropist and learned at Rotary that you don’t have to be a millionaire to be a philanthropist, so she committed to giving to the Foundation right away. She said, “For the cost of a good night out, one can support Rotary every month and make a much larger impact in the world.” She still has her nights out! Although she only joined Rotary in 2018, Rebecca has already earned her Paul Harris Fellow +1.

New Member: Mr. Jeffry Benjamin Hendriks

JEFF has been a Commercial Banker in Durham with BB&T for the past 16 years.  Jeff spends most of his professional time focusing on business development, customer service, and relationship management.  He received his B.S. from The University of North Carolina – Wilmington, in 1998, in Finance.  After attending college, Jeff returned to Durham where he was born and raised and started his banking career with Central Carolina Bank.  Jeff is married to Amey, also a Durham Native.  Together, they have 3 boys – Brycen, Kooper, and Wyatt — as well as 2 dogs.  Jeff enjoys spending time with family, anything outdoors, and time on Kerr Lake where the family has a second home in Clarksville, Virginia.  Jeff is sponsored by Past-President, Seth Jernigan.  Welcome, Jeff!


New Member: Dr. David Charles Sokal

DAVID received his Medical Degree in 1976.  After completing a Pediatric Residency, David joined The Centers For Disease Control, in Atlanta.  He sought an international assignment, and, due to his fluency in French, The Centers For Disease Control sent him to Burkina Faso, West Africa.  David worked there for 5 years, mostly on expanding childhood immunization programs.  Returning to the United States in 1987, David joined FHI 360, in Durham, and worked on HIV prevention and family planning research for 25 years.  In 2014, David co-founded The Male Contraceptive Initiative — a non-profit whose mission is to help develop new, non-hormonal, reversible contraceptives for men.  To date, The Male Contraceptive Initiative has awarded research grants of approximately $3 Million Dollars.  David and his wife have 3 sons and 1 grandson.  David plays duplicate bridge and enjoys kayaking and bicycling.  He is a long-time admirer of Rotary’s support for polio eradication and hopes to learn a lot from the folks in Rotary.  David is sponsored by Ann Evans.  Welcome, David!


Bob Taylor: Veterans Day

Our Rotary Choir

After the traditional rendering of the songs of the branches of the U.S. military, led by the Rotary Choir, President Todd Taylor introduced today’s program, his brother Bob Taylor. 

 Bob was diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, four years ago.   There were a few things they didn’t have in common, however.  Bob was no slugger and he is a diehard Red Sox fan.  

ALS has not stripped him of his spirit, grit or sense of humor.   His granddaughter once quipped “We can’t eat at that restaurant.  Peabod can’t get in. He has ASS.”  Well, ASS or not, Bob wasn’t going to be denied a good meal.  [Read more…]