Even though it was summer, football was the featured topic at nearby Duke club events when head football coach Carl Franks '83 went on the road in July and August for his annual preseason tour. His first foray was Charlotte at a luncheon for sixty-five people. The president of the Duke Club of Charlotte is Katherine Lambert '95.
Franks shared the season's hopes with nearly seventy-five fans at the Duke Club of the Triad. Club president Nicole Arnold '00 hosted the dinner, held near Greensboro. Hosted by the Duke Club of the Triangle, a dinner on campus featured the entire football team and a tour of the new Yoh Football Center. Approximately seventy-five club members attended. The Triangle club's president is Nancy Bolinger M.S.M.E. '87, Ph.D. '91.
Once the season opened and the Blue Devil team took to the road, club events sprang up at various venues. For the September 14 game against the Northwestern Wildcats, the Duke Club of Chicago pulled together a pregame tailgate barbecue. Matt Sample '96 is the Duke club president for Chicago.
Gridiron fans gathered at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland, for a pregame barbecue when Duke played Navy on September 28. That event was jointly sponsored by the Duke Alumni Association and the Iron Dukes.
On November 16, the Blue Devils take on the Yellow Jackets at Georgia Tech and fans take on a truly Southern tailgate barbecue before the game. The Duke Club of Atlanta, whose president is Ann Wooster Elliott '88, is host for the event.
The Duke Club of Wilmington, North Carolina, got the jump on the basketball season in August. Seventy-five alumni and friends attended a dinner to hear Chris Collins '96, assistant men's basketball coach, and Iron Dukes director Jack Winters share insights on the coming season. Ted Humphrey '61 is the Wilmington club's president.
"Three Decades of Duke Basketball," a panel discussion sponsored by the Duke Club of Washington, D.C., on September 18, featured sports journalist and author John Feinstein '77 and some former Blue Devil hoops stars. Following a reception at the Fulbright Center at the law firm Hogan & Hartson, Tate Armstrong '77, Mark Alarie '86, and Clay Buckley '92 shared memories and views of Duke basketball today, before opening the program to field questions from the audience of a hundred. Hardy Vieux '93 is the DCW president.
Blue Devil supporters rally around the team whenever, and wherever, they play. Since the Blue Devils are playing two exhibition games against British professional teams on October 13 in London, the Duke Club of London has arranged a block of tickets and a party after the first game for fans abroad. Tim Warmath '84 is the club's president.
For November 30, when Duke plays UCLA in the Wooden Classic in Indiana, the Duke Club of Indianapolis has planned a pregame brunch at the Indiana Roof Ballroom. Sally Wills '78 is the club's president. And for the ACC-Big Ten Challenge on December 3, when Duke plays Ohio State, the Duke Club of the Triad is host to a pregame dinner at the Greensboro Coliseum.