No Bull 150 Update – Todd Taylor


The final months of the year are often a time that most of us reflect on the accomplishments of the year that has passed and plan for the year ahead.

Keeping with tradition, and after his usual introductory joke (this one about Hawaiian onions and accordions), President Todd Taylor used Monday’s gathering to catch Rotarians up on club deeds this past year.

Since November is Rotary Foundation month, it was a good chance to get caught up on club giving including outcomes for the No Bull 150 efforts which downtown Rotarians have supported wholeheartedly and without “nudging.”

The club’s No Bull funding initiatives for the year include:

  • The Second Century
  • Scholarships
  • The Foundation
  • Polio

Considering additional funding sources such as the Triangle Community Fund, family endowments and fundraisers, the Rotary Club raised more than $96,000 for the initiatives listed above.

See the slides below.


Todd’s presentation also included projects that have been accomplished including being a part of 44,000 eye surgeries in India in conjunction with Rotary International, shipping a large amount of medical supplies to parts of Africa very much in need of it as well as tallying a total of 708 hours and 350 total volunteer efforts.

Other projects supported include Take-a-Kid to the Ballpark, Reading Rangers, Backpack Buddies and more.

Club initiatives planned for early 2020 include MLK meal packing in January, the Alzheimer’s Caregiver’s Lunch in February, providing books for Books on Break and adding a roof to a Habitat for Humanity home.

Todd said the goal of 2019 has been a vision of how to be a more “viable and sustainable” Rotary club and that the goal is to continue moving forward next year. Onward and upward, Rotarians.

Submitted by Carlton Koonce

Paul Harris Fellow: Guy Solie

Guy Solie has been a member of our Club since 1987, serving as President in 1996. He is most definitely a Paul Harris supporter many times over by awarding Paul Harris Fellowships to his wife Mindy, all three of their children, and two of their spouses. Their daughter-in-law, Ashleigh has had a difficult time scheduling a time to attend a meeting to accept her recent Paul Harris certificate and pin as well as one of Guy’s granddaughters, Lucy. For that reason, today we are proud to present PH Fellowships to Guy on their behalf. Guy still has other family members to go, so stay tuned to hear more future awards.

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!