Clifton Pike is the current President of the New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club. He joined the Club in 2015. Clifton has worked in the financial industry for over 20 years as mortgage loan officer, a vice president financial center manager and most recently as a Wealth Management financial advisor for Merrill Lynch serving the Craven, Pamlico and Carteret County. In addition to his service in Rotary, Clifton is an Assistant Scout Master for a local Boy Scout Troop.
Deb Iannitto is Co-owner of World Wide Marine Training in Oriental, NC. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, she put her degree from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science in Boston to good use in Public, academic and school libraries in Delaware, North Carolina, Virginia and Florida. Deb is a Charter Member and Past President of Henrico East Rotary, Richmond, and was a Member of Oriental Rotary. She joined the New Bern Breakfast Club in 2013. Deb was born to a Rotary family. Both her father and grandfather were Rotarians. Deb also volunteers at the Hospice Thrift Shop in Bayboro.
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
Deedra Durocher is the immediate Past-President of New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club and will also be serving as the Membership chairperson. 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.
Deirdre Kiernan is a teacher of English at New Bern High School and is the New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club’s Interact Adviser. She also serves as the Club’s New Generations Chair. In addition, Deirdre, who joined Rotary in 2009, is on the District 7720 Governor’s Board as Co-Chair of New Generations. The New Bern High School Interact Club has won the International Rotary Presidential Citation three (3) times: most recently for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 Rotary years. New Bern High School Interact Club members have traveled to England, Ireland, Wales and most recently to India where the students had the opportunity to assist in the distribution of polio vaccines to children under the age of five.
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.
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 it’s 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.
Dale Elks joined the New Bern Breakfast Club in 1986 and over the 31 intervening years he has served as Club President, two terms as an Assistant District Governor (1996 to 1998) and as District Governor (2001-2002). Other District service positions have included Conference Chair 1996 and 1998, Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar Chair (2001 to 2009), and District 7720 International Service Chair (2006-2007). Dale has also served as an instructor for President Elect Training Seminars (PETS) in the Carolinas from 2001 to 2006. He is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and a level 2 Major Donor to the Rotary Foundation. Dale worked in conjunction with the Oriental Rotary Club to raise $10,000 from the District in order to obtain a Rotary Foundation Grant that would supply and furnish a medical and dental clinic in Chacala, Mexico. A year later Dale raised another $10,000 and with the hands on and monetary assistance of the Rotary Club of Shawnee Mission, Kansas, construction was completed. The facility was fully equipped with an additional $40,000 in District and Foundation grants and opened in August 2009. Dale has owned his own business ~ Dale Elks Estate Planning ~ since 1980 and specializes in estate planning and life and disability insurance. He is a member of the Million-Dollar Round Table, AALU (the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting) and The Forum 400 representing the 400 most successful financial planning practices in the United States.
Assistant Directors and Committee Chairs
William T. Cheesman is a retired federal employee. He joined the Oakland, Maryland Rotary club in 2004, where he served as Chairman for fundraising activities, Sergeant-at-Arms, and Club President. Bill moved to New Bern in 2013, and became an active member of the New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club. Currently, he is the Sergeant-at Arms and volunteers his time to help with club activities, such as “Kicks for Kids”, Oktoberfest, and RCS Food Kitchen. Bill is a Paul Harris Fellow and looks forward to the total worldwide eradication of Polio.
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.
Gene Foster (Past President)
Gene Foster is currently Director of Commercial Excellence with Honeywell’s Smart Energy Americas Gas business having been with Honeywell for 19 years. He is a certified Lean Expert and is working toward Lean Master certification. Gene has been a member of the New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club since 2010, where he served as club President (2015-16), Membership Chair (2016-17), and Foundation Chair (2017-18). Prior to this he was a member of the Rotary Club of Central Johnston County in Smithfield, NC. He is the recipient of multiple Paul Harris Fellow recognitions, and is a Member of the Paul Harris Society, Benefactor, as well as the Bequest Society. Gene is a graduate of the Rotary Leadership Institute and is currently serving as the Assistant District Governor for Area 8, District Endowment Chair and member of the District Finance Committee in Rotary District 7720.
Linda MacDonald joined Rotary in 1998 as a Charter member of the now disbanded New Bern Evening Rotary Club, and was named Rotarian of the Year in 2000. She has been a member of New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club since 2002, and is a three time Paul Harris Fellow. Linda served as Community Chair with New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club for several years, and has a long history of involvement in Interact. She organized and supervised 2 oversees exchanges to England between the New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club and several clubs in England and Wales.
Lori Ann Prill
Lori Ann Prill has spent a large part of her career as a real estate professional in the North East and now in North Carolina. Before selling her real estate company and moving to New Bern in 2015 Lori volunteered in and around Stroudsburg, PA for more than 12 years. Lori joined Rotary in January 2016 because it was a great fit for her desire to serve the local community. She particular enjoys volunteering at the Community (Soup) Kitchen as well as participating in fundraising and hands on activities within Rotary and New Bern. In addition to her real estate expertise Lori is a certified Life coach and has applied these skills towards mentoring and supporting private clients as well as the disadvantaged in the area. She is also a volunteer at Carolina East Medical Center in Surgery Waiting as well as a volunteer literacy tutor for Basic Skills students at Craven County Community College. Lori believes that joining the New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club has been one of the best decision she has made.
Cinda Hill moved to New Bern from Boston in 2010, and quickly became an active volunteer in her new community. Since she first accepted an invitation to join the New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club in 2011, Cinda has demonstrated her enthusiasm for local and international Rotary projects. In 2014-2015 Cinda served as Club president. Since serving as Club president Cinda has been actively involved with the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) and currently serves as the District 7720 RYLA chairperson. She regularly works at the RCS Community Kitchen and the annual Kicks for Kids program that buys shoes for Craven County School children in need. Cinda also wholeheartedly supports Rotary’s ongoing fight for the worldwide eradication of polio.
Health & Happiness
Dick Peebles is a 5 year US Army Veteran as a Supply Officer. He has 30 years experience as a consultant/trainer/facilitator in the automotive industry, working with Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru, Jaguar and Land Rover. Dick joined the Club in 2014 and lives the Rotary motto by volunteering as a member of Habitat For Humanity of Craven County Board of Directors, a guide at Tryon Palace’s Stanly and Dixon houses, a VITA Volunteer Income Tax Assistant with the Internal Revenue Service and Chair of Centenary United Methodist Church’s Missions Committee.
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.
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.