100 Years of Durham Rotary

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Standing on the roof of one of the American Tobacco Campus' buildings, Centennial planners Brady Surles, Project Chair Don Stanger, Susan Ross and Andy Esser display a campaign logo on T-shirts that will be worn by Rotarians and other volunteers throughout the year.
Standing on the roof of one of the American Tobacco Campus’ buildings, Centennial planners Brady Surles, Project Chair Don Stanger, Susan Ross and Andy Esser display a campaign logo on T-shirts that will be worn by Rotarians and other volunteers throughout the year.

The start of 2015 means fulfilling your resolutions, and members of the Durham Rotary Club are no exception. The organization is celebrating its 100th year, and members have created a plan to expand community service.

Affirming the international organization’s motto of “Service Above Self,” Durham’s oldest and largest Rotary Club is dedicated to carrying out 100 local service acts this year.

“We are celebrating our centennial not by looking back but by looking forward,” Centennial Chair Don Stanger said in a press release. Don, also a former club president, has overseen nearly a year of planning for the club’s Centennial Celebration.

Rotary’s “100 Acts of Service Above Self” — the name they have given their centennial project — will support the elderly and disabled, back public schools, beautify city properties and lend a hand with civic, charitable and city events.

With committee and planning leaders like Rotarians Susan RossBrady Surles and Andy Esser hard at work, the club has crossed the halfway mark in meeting a $200,000 fundraising goal to finance their efforts.

“We will work in our 100th year and beyond to help all of our citizens as Durham continues its remarkable trajectory into the upper tier of prominent East Coast cities,” Don said. “We hope to generate far more than 100 new acts locally. We aim to inspire similar acts everywhere.”

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