Dwight Carlblom has been involved in international education for most of his professional career. He spent 22 years in Malaysia and five years in South Korea teaching and then heading international schools. He also spent six years in a college setting in Minnesota as Vice President of Student Development. During this time Dwight chaperoned groups of students on service trips to such countries as China, Singapore, Thailand, Laos, and Russia. Dwight returned to the States in July, 2014, as the Head of School at The Epiphany School of Global Studies in New Bern. One of the factors that drew Dwight to Epiphany was its emphasis on service to the community. The elementary school focuses on the New Bern community, the middle school expands beyond that to other parts of the United States and Canada, and the upper school has many opportunities every year for international travel/service projects. Dwight joined the New Bern Breakfast Rotary in August, 2016.
President Elect / Community Service Director
Don Masch is the president-elect of New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club. He is a retired VP, Government Relations and retired Army officer. Don has a BA in Political Science and a Master of Arts degree in National Security Affairs from the US Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. His military assignments included command and staff assignments in the US and overseas, the Army Staff and the Secretary of the Army’s Office office in the Pentagon. He also was an Army Intelligence analyst, and an Observer and Operations Officer with the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization in the Middle Eastg. Don has worked extensively with a number of associations and industry groups. He is a past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Defense Industry Association, and served on the Board of Directors at the American League of Lobbyists. He also worked extensively with USO-Metro DC on activities for military families and wounded warriors. Don currently serves as VP, Legislative Affairs for the Coastal Carolina Council/US Navy League, and is a Board member and volunteers at the Craven Country Habitat for Humanity.
Maggie Wynne joined the New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club in 2017. She has worked in the financial industry for the past 5 years. Maggie is Market Leader and Assistant Vice President of the Carolina Colours Branch of BB&T. Currently she sits on the board for the United Way and is an active participant in the New Bern Chamber of Commerce.
Randy Gray is a CPA Partner in a local firm. He has served as a Rotarian for 20 years, and is current treasurer of New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club. Randy’s Rotary achievements include: past President of New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club, sustaining Member of Rotary Foundation and three time Paul Harris Fellow. He has also served two years on the District Finance Committee and two years as District Conference Treasurer/Registrar.
Bruce Birnbaum is a Sales and Marketing Executive for Carolina Colours. He moved to New Bern in 1994 from Middleton in New York State’s Hudson Valley. Bruce has worked in Real Estate for (30) years. Bruce has been a member of New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club for 11 years. After taking some time off, he recently rejoined the Club.
Past President / Membership
Before relocating to Eastern North Carolina Richard Goldstein was a Rotarian for more than a decade. He was fortunate to be a member of the Club that inspired his father to serve at both the local and district levels, including District Governor. Richard’s father and mother were Paul Harris society members. So it is with fond memories and great pleasure that he joined the New Bern Breakfast Rotary and has also become a Paul Harris sustaining member. Richard is an insurance broker/agent specializing in Voluntary Benefits with AFLAC and through MSIS he educates and enroll seniors in Medicare supplements and other senior products from drug plans to dental vision and hearing programs. He also advises clients on life insurance, long-term care and annuities.
Club Service / Rotary Foundation
Deedra Durocher served as President of New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club from 2016 to 2017 and will now coordinate Rotary Foundation giving for the Club. She first joined Rotary as a member of the Wakefield Rotary Club in South Kingstown, Rhode Island in 1989, inducted into the club within the first year Rotary International permitted women to join as full members. During her years with Wakefield Rotary, she received her first Paul Harris Fellow recognition, was named Rotarian of the Year for 1995-96, served as Rotary Foundation Chair for five years, and chaired the Rotary’s Narragansett Fine Arts Festival for 24 years to raise funds for the club’s scholarship program. After moving to New Bern in December 2014, she joined New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club. She was presented an award for Most Outstanding New Member in June 2015 and served as the Club’s Rotary Foundation Chair for 2015-16. She has been both volunteer and staff at non-profits for much of her professional life and owned a camera store and portrait studio with her husband for 29 years. Deedra is currently employed as Volunteer & Resource Coordinator with Habitat for Humanity of Craven County. She is committed to the principles and goals of Rotary, making the 4-Way Test the basis of her daily personal and professional life.
Barbara Huffman de Belón
Barbara began her Rotary adventure in February of 2007, becoming a member of the Lehighton, PA Rotary Club, classified as an Information Security Consultant. Thanks to a PDG member within her club, she was introduced to both large and small clubs in her northeastern Pennsylvania district, and started in her service as the club’s greeter. In subsequent years, she served as vice president, followed by club president, and Assistant Governor for her cluster. Her service to Rotary International began in 2013 when she was selected for the governor track. Barbara served as Governor for District 7410 during the 2015-16 Rotary year. During that year, she shepherded a global water and sanitation project in San Pedro/Sula, Honduras. Along with governor duties, Barbara qualified as a Rotary Leadership Institute faculty and delivered courses throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey districts. She received her Rotary foundation Major Donor status in January, 2019. PDG Barbara is looking forward to becoming involved in both the New Bern Breakfast Rotary as well as the District.
Youth Service / Vocational Service
Cecilia Chittick has lived in Craven County for the past 12 years. She is a licensed teacher and worked at Saint Paul’s Catholic School for several years prior to taking over management of the family business of Home Inspection Professionals. Cecilia joined Rotary in 2015 and has taken on the responsibility of creating and running the Craven County Community Interact Club. She is also the Scholarship Chair for the Todd Denson Memorial Scholarship, and Co-Chair for the Annual 4 Way Essay Contest.
After graduating from East Carolina University, David Whitley worked in sales and sales management for 9 years with Motorola and then an additional 25 years with a local independent Motorola distributor. For the past 10 years, David has served as a Risk Advisor for SIA Group, a Property and Casualty Insurance agency. David has been a resident of New Bern for the past 35 years and has been a member of the New Bern Breakfast Rotary club for 26 of those years. He has served as Sargent-at-Arms, Community Service Chair, International Service Chair, Vocational Service Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, President and Assistant Governor. David strongly believes in the principles of Rotary and strives to apply the four way test to everything he thinks, says and does.
Assistant Directors and Committee Chairs
Club Service – Programs / Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms
Paige Lucas moved to New Bern in 2018 and joined New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club shortly after her arrival. She currently works in the nonprofit field with Rise Against Hunger. Previous experiences includes working as an environmental educator. In addition to her duties as the Programs Chair Paige also serves as the Club Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms. She has also served as the editor of the Club Newsletter (Sprocket). For her volunteerism in the Club Paige was honored with her first Paul Harris Fellow. Paige enjoys volunteering wherever she is needed and her favorites include the RCS “Soup Kitchen” and the Colonial Capital Animal Shelter.
Club Service – Newsletter
Barton joined the New Bern Breakfast Club after moving from Granby, Co. where he was president in 2009. Barton is a retired electrical engineer and software/firmware programmer who owned a consulting company in Southern California for 30 years.
Club Service – Health & Happiness / Assistant Secretary
Community Service – Grants Committee
Dick Mazziotti was a long time member of the Luray, VA Rotary Club and served as Club President from 2011 to 2012. He joined the New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club in 2016. Dick is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow. As chairman of the Community Grant Committee, he works with committee members to evaluate requests for grants from charitable organizations with local needs, Club members and other Rotary Clubs. Dick served as a United States Marine and subsequently retired from the Translation Company of America. With his wife, Dick is actively involved in the Therapy Dog Program visiting hospitals, nursing homes, autism camp and other places where a wagging tail can bring smiles. Dick is a private pilot with both instrument and glider ratings. For relaxation, he enjoys creating in stained glass and playing banjo.
Community Service – CART Program
John Griffin joined the New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club in April of 2006 and has been an active member ever since. Formerly he served as Newsletter Editor for the Leavenworth, Kansas, club, as President in 1988-89 for the Bailey’s Crossroads, Virginia, club, and was a member of the New Bern Evening club. In 2005 John retired from his service in research and development for the Federal Government and enjoys reading and genealogy. John also serves as Treasurer for the New Bern chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America and also as Treasurer for the Hunter’s Ridge of New Bern Home Owner’s Association. A multiple Paul Harris fellow, John has served the New Bern Breakfast Rotary club for a number of years as the CART Program chair, coordinating club contributions for research into Alzheimer’s disease.
Community Service – OktoberFest Co-Chair
Joni Bass has been a member of the New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club since 2012. She has served as Sargent-at-Arms, Service Project chairperson and is now the OktoberFest co-chairperson. For the past 20 years Joni has been employed at CarolinaEast Foundation as a Donor Database and Events Manager. Her leisure activities include traveling with her husband and visiting antique stores and vintage car shows. Joni joined Rotary because of both the local and international involvement in healthcare and education. She is a strong advocate of two key Rotary programs, eradicating polio and Alzheimer’s research because her family has been touched by both these debilitating diseases.
Community Service – OktoberFest Co-Chair
Eileen moved to New Bern in 2006 from suburban Maryland. She joined the New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club in 2008. Since that time, she has served as Vocational Chair, on the program committee, as secretary, presented Health & Happiness, and co-chaired the Oktoberfest. She is a 3-time recipient of the Paul Harris fellow award and enjoys the comradeship and good works that Rotary provides. She loves walking her labrador downtown, working out, gardening, volunteering, entertaining and travel.
Community Service – Kicks-for-Kids
Tom Gingrich is the owner of the Tom Gingrich State Farm Insurance Agency. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s degree from Boston University. Tom became a member of the New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club in 2009 and served as President in 2011-2012. He is a Paul Harris Fellow and member of the Bequest Society. Tom currently organizes the annual Kicks-for-Kids project. Outside of Rotary Tom is very involved with Garber United Methodist Church where he is Secretary of the Board of Trustees and serves on mission trips to Haiti. Tom is also the past Chairman of the Board of the Twin Rivers YMCA.
Community Service – Highway Cleanup
Allen Curtis is a native of New Bern, NC. After graduating from New Bern High School, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard as an avionics technician second class. Allen then had a 25-year career with UPS, which included customer account representative, shift supervisor, and logistics. Allen has served on the Garner, NC chapter of the American Red Cross Relay for Life Cooking for a Cure team for many years. As part of the team, Allen led the cooking team in preparing for annual community-wide barbeque fundraisers. Additionally, Allen has served in leadership roles in the Garner United Methodist Church as a finance committee member, mission projects, and youth group activities and almost 40 years of membership in the St. John’s #3 Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite and Sudan Temple.