“Service Above Self” – Volunteer Recognition

On June 5, we recognize these members for Projects in March – May
Student Video Conference to India                Tom Bagby,  Michael Tharp
Books on Break                                            Michael Tharp,  Jenny Levine
RYLA                                                              Chris Hyland                               

Previous Recognitions, 2016 – 2017:
Projects in July — Aug
Fill That Bus                                     Michelle Young, Marge Nordstrom
EDCI Summer Camps                    David Durack,  Harvey Sellner,  Ellen Cassill
Projects in Sept — Nov
Centerfest                                          Lisa Miles
End Alzheimer’s Walk                    Doug Koenig
CART Challenge Days                     Marie Baker
End Polio Walk                                  Geraud Staton
Salvation Army Bell Ringing          Mal White, John Cross, Patrice Nelson
Projects in Dec – Feb
MLK Meal Packing                           Carver Weaver
Alzheimer’s Caregivers Lunch        Nancy Gordon, Emily Page, Nancy Marks
MLK Meal Packing                            Carver Weaver
Salvation Army Bell Ringing           Peter Jacobi

Program Report: Ellen Andrews – Church World Services Refugee Program

Durham native Ellen Andrews is the Director of Church World Service’s (CWS) Immigration and Refugee Program, one of two organizations of its kind in Durham. During the past eight years, she and her colleagues have assisted over 2,500 individuals from more than 20 countries to resettle into new homes, new jobs, and new lifestyles in the Triangle area. Club President B.C. Dash commended Ellen on her work in the community, noting that many Rotarians’ lives have been touched as we welcome these newcomers to our country, allowing them to reclaim their dignity and build new lives marked by hope and opportunity.

CWS-Durham (cwsrdu.org) opened its doors in 2009, and works to welcome refugees and immigrants from around the world. As a faith-based global humanitarian organization, CWS is also known for managing CROP fundraising walks. Staff and volunteers base their resettlement work on an empowerment-focused declining model of support designed to enable new arrivals to embark on a path toward self-sufficiency, and ultimately, become completely in control of the direction of their new lives. CWS staff ensure refugees immediate access to food, shelter, and medical care, in addition to providing legal counseling, employment services, and links to community partnerships.

Ellen outlined the thought process that refugees go through before deciding to abandon their home country. “Most of them want, and plan, to return home someday, but unfortunately that is often not the case,” she explained. “While some families, usually those with greater financial resources, have time to plan their escape, many are forced to make a very emotional decision in a short window of time.” Families must decide what, and whom, to take: will elderly family members or small children slow them down? Will travelling be dangerous? How long will the journey take? Do we have financial resources? If so, how long will they last, and how will we access them?

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Rotary Foundation – Paul Harris Fellows – May 15, 2017

Foundation Chair Andy Esser made to significant Paul Harris Fellowship awards. Immediately below Andy is pictured with Club Treasurer, Susan Miller being awarded here PHF +4 and Emilee  Collins her PHF +2. Please congratulate these two great Rotarians.

EDCI Summer STEAM Camp, June 19 – Aug 4

Classroom Volunteers for EDCI STEAM Camp — Mornings, 9:15 – 11:15!
We have another opportunity, as we did last summer, to work with classroom teachers in the EDCI STEAM Summer Camp. This is a free day camp for rising 3rd – 5th grade students in East Durham.   Classroom volunteers assist students in a variety of hands-on STEAM activities led by a professional/educator. during the 9:15 – 11:15 morning sessions. You can play a vital role in encouraging and inspiring the students!  Sign Up Genius Link here and Web Page:   http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f44a8ae2da7f49-volunteers

President BC Dash Honored by Past Presidents

At their May 18 Past Presidents’ Council meeting, President BC is presented with a framed photo to recognize his year of service. Pictured are President BC and Past President Vandana Dake.

Photo credit to Past President Lois Deloatch.

International Committee – Pune India Project

Leadership in Pune Toilet Project

One of the many successful project that our Club has participated in is the Pune India Project. The plaque pictures celebrates the original project that led to this one.

The objective of the project is the construction of 272 toilets in villages situated in Velha & Haveli Taluka of Pune District, Maharashtra, India.  Beneficiaries will be 272 families consisting of about 2000 persons in whose homes toilets with septic tanks will be  installed. This will prevent the contamination of the water source and will thus: a) prevent disease; b) improve sanitation; c) improve the health of the community by eradication of water borne illnesses, especially those of women (pregnant and nursing) and children d) will increase security and safety to adolescent girls and women.  The local club spearheading the project is Pimpri, District 3131.  Our club, Durham in District 7710, is the international partner club.  The current amount budgeted for the project is $65,250.  This project builds on a successful project where 204 toilets were constructed in Ambi Village, Pune, India, which was also spearheaded by the Pimpri Club.