Paul Harris Fellow Award: Emilee Collins

Andy Esser awards Emilee Collins herPaul Harris Fellowship pin. Emilee is now Plus 2. Emilee also is the current Club Secretary and President designee.

Paul Harris Fellow Award: Carver Weaver

Carver Weaver, last year’s Rotarian of the Year, receives her new Paul Harris Fellowship pin for entering the Plus 5 level. Foundation Chair Andy Esser makes the award. Congratulations Carver.


Mobile DACdb

Frustrated trying to find the phone number or email address of one of your Rotary buddies?

Turns out there is a mobile site that puts the directory at your fingertips on your smart phone. The mobile site is It WILL ask for your user name (usually your email address,) your password and the Club number (6099.) Once you log in for the first time you can save those setting and get into it quickly. That’s one of my cats, Lily helping me try it out. This is NOT an app on the phone so you have to use the browser and remember the URL (

Don’t remember your password? We can’t access it but we can give you a new one.  Use the Contact Form (in the Contact tab at the top of the page) to request a new one. You can request what you would like to use and if it isn’t something profane we will honor your request.

If you travel a lot and like to visit other clubs when you do, there is a Rotary Club Locator app that can reside on your smart phone. Search for it at the app store on your phone. It’s free.


Program Report: Non-Profits Working Against Child Abuse


As school kids, we tried to ace our tests, thanks in large part to homes where we felt safe and loved without condition.

As adults, at club lunch on Monday, we learned a more alarming use of the word – as an acronym for “Adverse Childhood Experience,” or child abuse. In professional parlance, “ACE” stems from a national research study that documents links between adverse childhood experiences and adult health and social problems.

Four leaders at Triangle-based non-profit organizations working to mitigate child abuse locally and across North Carolina, in a joint appearance, described the enormous human, social and economic costs of unchecked child abuse and ways we can help. Providing the updates to underscore April’s designation as National Child Abuse Prevention Month were fellow Rotarians Kevin Spears and Rachel Galanter, both at the helm of two non-profits. Joining them were Wanda Boone, a visiting presenter, and Muffy Grant, another visiting presenter standing in for Rotarian Sharon Hirsch.

Spears, director of development at The Center for Child and Family Health, said more than 20 percent of homes in North Carolina report having teenagers who have described experiencing three or more adverse childhood experiences.

ACEs includes abuse physically, emotionally or sexually; neglect in physical or emotional forms; and household problems including parental divorce, incarceration, substance abuse, mental illness or mothers who are being treated violently. ACE victims are more prone to obesity, smoking, heart disease and sexually transmitted disease. “The more ACEs someone experiences, the more likely these outcomes are,” Spears said, noting that the costs to Durham County alone are estimated to range from $41 million to more than double that in a given year.

Galanter, executive director at Exchange Family Center, said the organization works to inform families, create support groups, build social connections, encourage resilience and help entire families understand how environment affects the development of a child’s social and emotional skills.

Grant, representing Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina, the statewide chapter of the national organization, encouraged members to provide financial support, take part of community events to raise funds and awareness and to watch “Resilience,” a documentary film now in current circulation that showcases the problem, the consequences and efforts to mitigate ACEs.

Boone, director of Together for Resilient Youth, said her organization works as a “coalition of coalitions” to coordinate wide-ranging efforts to help abused children and to build emotional resilience.  “You are more than the worst thing that ever happened to you,” Boone said.

With good forces in fight against child abuse, Rotarians spent several minutes in questions-and-answers discussing ways the organizations can coordinate their specific missions with each other.

Submitted by Mark Lazenby

Ned Hedgpeth: Rest in Peace

We are sad to inform the club that long-time fellow Rotarian, Dr. Edward “Ned” McGowan Hedgpeth, Jr., passed away on Saturday, March 31, 2018.

A Memorial Service to celebrate his life was held on Thursday, April 5, 2018, at The St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.   Interment will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The North Carolina Society To Prevent Blindness, or to St. Stephens Church.

The family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham.

Ned’s entire obituary is here on the Hall-Wynne web site.

It’s Books-On-Break Time Again!

Books on Break 2018 – Volunteer Request




WHEN:  May 4 (set up) and May 7-9

SIGN UP: 2018 Durham Rotary Books on Break

NEED:            55 volunteers to set up a pop-up bookstore; assist kids in selecting 10 free books each; and clean up afterwards.

 No Experience Necessary! Orientation and training done on site. 

 HOW:             Seeking volunteers for 2.5 hour shifts to help kids choose their books.  Your friends, family, and colleagues are welcome!

WHERE:         Y. E. Smith Media Center (2410 E. Main St. Durham, NC 27703)

                           Recommend parking on the street by the ball field past the school.

THEME:         Olympic Reading Team

CONTACT:    Mimi O’Brien or Jenny Levine