Durham Rotary Club
 

 



CHARTERED MAY 18, 1945

CHARTER OFFICERS
Joe Mead*, President
Gene Ray*, Vice-President
Ray Duer*, Secretary-Treasurer

CHARTER BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Albert Strong*
G.W. Sitton*
E.G. England*
Gerald Russell*

CHARTER MEMBERS
Charles Calkins* Walter Wageman* N. A. Christensen*
J.W. DeLapp* James Monk* W. L. Owings*
James Leister* M. C. Grant* Louis Edwards*
Charles Schab* Emory Liston* Mel French*
O. E. Tracy*  L. W. Pray* Woodrow Estes*
Wiley Wahl Sr.* C. A. Thompson* Wes Cole*

                                                                                        * Deceased

PAST PRESIDENTS
45-46 Joe Mead* 68-69 Jim Edwards 89-90 Walt Bender
46-47 Gene Ray* 69-70 Bill Dempsey 90-91 Roy Ellis
47-48 Buck Sitton* 70-71 Wayne Loveless* 91-92 Dar Meyer
48-49 O.E. Tracy* 71-72 Bob Druley 92-93 Al Lotspeich
49-50 Claude Alexander* 72-73 Gilbert Moss 93-94 Bernie Hieptas
50-51 Vernon Fish* 73-74 Arley Howsden 94-95 Don Bowlby*
51-52 Mel French* 74-75 Marvin Hasty 95-96 Jim Pattersen
52-53 Bob Edmiston* 75-76 Jerry Walters 96-97 Norm Larson
53-54 Gene Harris 76-77 Garrett Starmer 97-98 Richard Hothem
54-55 Don Phillips 77-78 Bob Birdseye 98-99 Steve Greenwood
55-56 Henry Morgue* 78-79 Jim Mitchell 99-00 Dave Jessen
56-57 Echo Lambert* 79-80 Hank Marsh* 00-01 Don McNelis
57-58 Gene Rideout* 80-81 George Boggs 01-02 Jen Liu
58-59 E.G. England* 81-82 James Moore 02-03 Larry Bradley
59-60 Stan Anderson 82-83 Rick Landess 03-04 Dave Mulqueeney
60-61 Pat Murphy* 81-82 James Moore 04-05 Jane Ziad
61-62 Del Birdseye* 82-83 Rick Landess 05-06 Bill Apger
62-63 Fred Montgomery 83-84 Greg Scott 06-07 Andy Farrar
63-64 Briant Woolley 84-85 Jim Patterson 07-08 Daryle Polk
64-65 Barry Bowen 85-86 Dan Davis 08-09 Glenn Pulliam
65-66 Austin Tozier 86-87 Bruce Norlie 09-10 Mike Crump
66-67 Jim Errington* 87-88 Ray Meighan    
67-68 Jim Petersen 88-89 Rick Farley    

"Serving Durham since 1945”

HISTORY

Rotary Club – “ Durham Rotary Seeks Rotary Charter At Dinner Meet 

 

            “ Durham , April 5. – Forty business men and guests met Tuesday evening for dinner in I.O.O.F. social hall to discuss the organization of a permanent service club for the Durham district.  A.M. Strong opened the meeting and introduced Joe Mead who in turn presented the special guests from Chico Rotary club.

 

            “It was voted to apply for a charter in Rotary International and until the provisional chapter is formally admitted to membership, it will complete its organization, meeting every Monday at 8 p.m. in I.O.O.F. hall.

 

            “Officers elected were Joe Mead, president, Gene Ray, vice president; Ray Duer, secretary-treasurer and Albert Strong, G.W. Sitton, E.G. England and Gerald Russell directors.”  [ Chico Enterprise, Thursday, March 5, 1945 , pg 3.]

 

CHARTERING DATE

 

            Durham Rotary was officially chartered on Friday, May 18, 1945 .  The dinner, served to the members and guests for the charter evening, prepared by Mrs. Sarah Franklin included Cole Slaw, Chicken and Noodles, Sweet Potatoes, String Beans, Sliced Tomatoes, Tea Rolls, Apple Pie and Coffee.  Other charter members were: Charles Calkins, J.W. DeLapp, James Leister, Charles Schab, Wesley Sitton, O.E. Tracy, Walter Wageman, James Monk, Alva Fenn, M.C. Grant, Emory Liston, L.W. Pray, Charles A. Thompson, Wiley Wahl, Sr., Walter L. Owings, Nels A. Christensen, Louis Edwards, Mel French, Woodrow Estes, and Wes Cole. [Program: Charter Night, Durham Club, May 18, 1945 .]

 

PROGRESS

 

            The 65-year history of Durham Rotary in Durham in 2010, also shows multiple years of well-led projects: Sidewalks at Durham Elementary (1963-1964); Putney Street (1984); Parking lot at the Memorial Hall (1987), which was co-sponsored by Durham American Legion Post 673; and the Canopy at Community Park (1987).  Finally, 31-member strong group of individuals continues the now 30-year tradition of Rotary’s Harvest Festival, which funds the multiple-year and multiple recipient scholarships to graduates of Durham High School .