In June of 1986, with the blessing of the Rotary Club of Dover-Durham, Bill Skinner and Chris Hascall set out to establish a breakfast club for an area which would include Durham, Lee, Madbury and Newmarket.  Around a nucleus of Dover-Durham members, they grew to twenty-two, sufficient to petition District Governor Joe Hahn to seek a Rotary International charter for a club calling itself Durham-Great Bay.
 
The charter was signed in Evanston on December 2, 1986 and presented by the District Governor at Charter Night on January 24, 1987.  Twenty-six other clubs attended to welcome the new club into the district.
 
Membership has grown over the years and the club has become a microcosm of the community it serves.
 
Thirty presidents have led the club.  One charter member has served as District Governor.
 
District Governor:  Bill Skinner 1998 - 99
 
Chris Hascall 1986 - 87
Pat Miller 1987 - 88
Ron Tucker  1988 - 89
Bruce DeBerry 1989 - 90
Ric Erickson 1990 - 91
Bob Wood 1991 - 92
Bob Greenleaf 1992 - 93
Don Sumner 1993 - 94
Brian Burke 1994 - 95
Linda Pandolfi 1995 - 96
Arthur Bradbury 1996 - 97
Jaap DeJong 1997 - 98
Dave VanAllen 1998 - 99
Joe Murdoch 1999 - 00
Bill Drapeau 2000 - 01
Jane Marmentello 2001 - 02
 
 
Jim Myers 2002 - 03
Joe Pace 2003 - 04
Dave Leach 2004 - 05
Ron O'Keefe 2005 - 06
John Ramsay 2006 - 07
Sandy Heald 2007 - 08
John Belcher 2008 - 09
Rich Whitney 2009 - 10
Jud Porter 2010 - 11
Ron Rodgers 2011 - 12
George Rief 2012 - 13
John Belcher 2013 - 14
John Belcher 2014 - 15
Frank Biehl 2015 - 16
Frank Reinhold, Jr 2016 - 17
Andrew Corrow 2017 - 18