Bulletin: Justin Sacco of LRC Properties

 

It’s always fun and interesting to attend off-site meetings; I generally learn some new, fun facts about various locales in our community. Monday’s meeting at Hi-Wire Brewery, however, might just take the cake. Samples of the company’s wares were available for those who ostensibly had the afternoon off, calling to mind Irish Rotary Club meetings where an open bar is a regular amenity.

Hi-Wire is located on Taylor Street, in a newly renovated but less visible portion of the old Golden Belt textile mill. The circa-1900 factory originally produced the cloth drawstring bags that loose leaf tobacco was sold in. Over the decades, Golden Belt reinvented itself several times, manufacturing everything from women’s hosiery to cigarette boxes (as cigarettes transitioned from roll-your-own to factory pre-rolled), but eventually was shuttered and the facilities were given to the Durham Housing Authority.

DHA tried to convert the buildings to residential units, with limited success, so the property remained vacant and fell into disrepair. Around 2008, Scientific Properties purchased Golden Belt, and handsomely renovated the Main Street-facing portion into stunning art galleries, office space, and the popular Cotton Room event space on the third floor. Much of the existing structure was preserved in accordance with historic covenants, including floor-to-ceiling windows and massive heart pine support beams.

In 2016, LRC Properties, in collaboration with Alliance Architecture, took over the Taylor Street side of Golden Belt, known as the Cordoba Property, the last un-restored brick-and-timber factory in downtown Durham. [Read more…]

Durham 150 – Volunteer to help with the opening ceremonies

 

The Durham 150 Opening Celebration is on Saturday, April 13 at The American Tobacco Campus from 10 am to 2 pm.  The event is rain or shine, but in cases of extreme weather, the event will be rescheduled to Sunday, April 14 from 12 pm to 4 pm.

We need a number for volunteers to help the event run smoothly and create a positive experience from start to finish.  You are welcome to sign up for as many shifts as you’d like.

Thanks for your time and energy to help make the Durham 150 Opening Celebration a great success!

 

Program Report: Goldie Byrd – Alzheimer’s

 

Judy Kinney, who runs the Durham Center for Senior Life and has been a member of the Club since November, introduced Dr. Goldie Byrd, the project leader for the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Disparities Engagement Network as well as the Executive Director of the Center for Outreach in Alzheimer’s Aging and Community Health (COAACH) at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro.  

Dr. Byrd began with some of the basics of the disease. Alzheimer’s, of course, is one type of dementia. There is no cure and nothing that slows down the progression.  The primary risk factor is age…it’s a disease that slowly destroys the brain and may be doing so for 15 years before any symptoms emerge. Ultimately it leads to death. 1 in 3 seniors will die of Alzheimer’s. 

Dr. Byrd was handicapped by having to condense a much longer presentation into 20 minutes, however, she approached it with good humor and several important themes emerged. 

First, if there is anything we can do ourselves to avoid or delay the disease is to TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES. She pointed out that Alzheimer’s is a neurological disease and the best defense is the same thing recommended for cardiovascular disease and lots of other problems that old age can bring with it, that is, healthy diet, exercise, stress reduction and, above all, don’t smoke.  The stress reduction piece of this formula always surprises me, but she pointed out that approaching life cheerfully reduces the chemicals the flood our system and protected us when avoiding saber tooth tigers was a major concern. I guess nobody lived long enough to get Alzheimer’s, which was only identified as a separate disease in 1906. Maintaining close relationships and keeping your mind active is also important.  [Read more…]

Program Report: Parks and Rec – Tom Dawson and Jason Jones

I don’t know if it was done on purpose but the previous week’s presentation from Rotarian Ashleigh Bachert about the Durham Sports Commission that she heads, but this week’s presentation from two of the assistant Directors of Durham’s Parks and Recreation department seemed to be the other side of the same coin.

Whereas a good deal of the focus of the Sports Commission is bringing events to the community along with dollars and hotel room nights, the Parks and Recreation Department focuses on Durham citizens. There is considerable overlap however in both the areas of facilities and in programming.

Our speakers, introduced by Danielle Kaspar (pinch hitting for Michael Kriston,) represented the two main arms of the department touching the public directly. The first to speak was Tom Dawson, a landscape architect by training, responsible for Parks and Planning. Jason Jones is a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP) and responsible for the programs organized for all those facilities. They compose half of the leadership team of the department that is directed by Rhonda Parker and includes Joy Guy, who handles Administration.

Listening to these guys was a bit humbling for me, a guy who has been around a long time here in Durham and a has been jock. I learned a lot. The first surprise was the scope of activities and facilities. 69 Parks? Who knew? 57 Playgrounds, 5 pools on over 2000 acres.

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New Member: King Kenny

King Kenney is Marketing Director at Duke Performances and Executive Director atSuperLit. King is a reputable insider with a unique understanding of how to inspire action.

As a copywriter and journalist, King regularly delivers engaging content to target audiences of diverse sorts. As a Founder and Director, he has a demonstrated history of empowering
communities with the message needed to seek cures for various ills that cause cyclical poverty.

King’s Sponsor is Sara Stephens. Welcome, King!

New Member: Bob Wiley

Bob Wiley is a Seattle area native. He attended Prep School, College and Business School in the Boston area.

He worked in consulting and in the investment business in Boston and New York.

Bob’s father (89 years old) has been a Rotarian for almost 50 years. In 1999, Bob joined Seattle # 4, established in 1910. At that time, it was the largest Club in the world with over 700
Members.

Bob enjoys music and the arts, hiking, sailing, and he is also a history buff.

He knows the difference active Rotarians can make in a community and from he sees after visitingwith us for several Meetings, this Club is clearly doing that. Bob stated that “he feels like he’s in the right room.”

Bob’s Sponsor is Bob Gutman. Welcome, Bob!