New Rotary History

A Century of “Service Above Self -100 Years of the Rotary Club of Durham

I guess when you start reading a “history” and can fill in some details from your own memory, you’re getting long in the tooth and may be history yourself soon.

Such was the feeling I had reading through my copy of the new history of our Club that I picked up at last Monday’s meeting.

The primary author of the book was our own Allen Cronenberg whose acknowledgement page cited the help of many Rotarians, some who contributed information and others who helped with the editing and layout. Primary among them was Past President Don Stanger, who conceived the idea and kept it moving from concept to the handsome and elegantly written volume that we now have.

In congratulating Don and Allen, I asked if they would like to share a little bit of the process they went through to get there. Both did, and I’m happy to be able to share their reflections here.

According to Don, “about 5 years ago, as we were beginning to plan for the Centennial celebration, I asked Allen if he would consider authoring a third book about the history of our club.” Allen was not just a random selection. As Don continued, “after all, he is an Emeritus Professor of History at Auburn University.”

There was scuttlebutt during the process that some things weren’t going smoothly, and Don admitted, “My lack of book editing experience and difficulty in working with our printer added to the time and work it took to bring it to fruition.”

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