Rotary International


K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran

Rotary District 5160 Governor:

Ken Courville

Durham Rotary President:
Mick Wacker


Rowel Editor: Phil Price




January 5th, 2016


The  2016 Crab Feed will be held on January 16, 2016


2016                                         Calendar for Durham Rotary



1 2
3 4 5
Club Election
1) Club Officer Elections (Secretary & Treasurer for 2016-17 and President Elect Nominee for 2017-18)
2) Foundation Election
(Tom Vanella)
6 7 8 9
10 11 12
Club Assembly- Crab Feed Preparation
(Chris Hatch)
13 14 15
Crab Feed at Durham Memorial Hall
17 18 19
No Meeting due to Crab Feed
20 21 22 23
24 25 26
(Daryl Polk)
27 28 29 30


1 2
(Clint Guss)
3 4 5 6
7 8 9
Valentine's Day Party
(Mary Sakuma)
10 11 12 13
14 15 16
No Meeting
due to Presidents' Day
17 18 19 20
21 22 23
(Norm Larsen)
24 25 26 27
Chowder Cook Off at Corning (Rolling Hills Casino)
28 29

There was some very novel excitement as the meeting was about to start.  A very old, decrepit woman stormed though the door and was looking for Mike Wacker.  She was carrying a bag attached to a bunch of balloons.  It was Mag the Hag with a singing telegram.  Then, all of a sudden, she burst into song to the tune of" Ding-Dong the Witch is Dead".  
- - - 
"Ding-Dong, the bell is Back...
   It's long-been-gone, and that's a fact...
Ding-Dong, the dog-gone bell is back!!
So Mr. President, It's with great joy that I present
   this most elusive Ding-Dong bell!!

Whoever took this so very sorry...
    they couldn't get in on your amnesty,
      and couldn't return it anonymously!!!

They even went to confession
   to seek the big guy's forgiveness...
      and now they ask the same from you!
In fact, they're so ashamed,
   They've made a big donation in your name,
      as they return this Ding-Dong bell to you!!
Yes, Ding-Dong, the bell is back...
   Keep your eye on it ---don't turn your back!!!
      Ding-Dong, the dog gone bell is back!!!"

From:  One Very Repentant Perpetrator (or real Ding-Dong!)
- - - 
Then, a very happy President Mike ding-donged the meeting to order. The flag salute was led by Clint Goss, the blessing by Jim Patterson and Larry Bradley let us in signing Auld Lang Syne".




January 5th:  Tom Vanella and Club Elections.


January 12th:  Club Assembly-Crab Feed Preparation


January 16th:  Crab Feed


January 19th:  No Meeting due to Crab Feed.


January 26th:  Daryl Polk


February 2nd:  Clint Goss


February 9th:  Mary Sakuma’s Valentine’s Day Party


February 16th:  No Meeting.


February 23rd: Norman Larson


March 1st:  Brian Aguiar


March 8th:  Steve Plume will present Don Krysakowski from the Work Training Center.


March 15th:   Corn Beef Feed – Memorial Hall





No visiting Rotarians and guests.




The next meeting will be back at the BCCC.  It will be a club assembly on the Crab Feed, led by Chris Hatch.




Crab Feed


From Chris Hatch:


Let's make this the most successful Durham Rotary Crab Feed yet. Remember as a past president used to say "It's for the kids".

How can we do this?


(1) Keep our quality the same. People have come to expect it.

(2) Adhere to our cleanliness and sanitary procedures. The Kitchen and Serving crew have done a great job.

(3) Increase our membership, give Ravi your ideas and "help".

(4) Make a HUGE effort to secure an item or two for the silent auction. They need to be items of value ($100 or more in value). This is the variable to make a big improvement to the NET proceeds. The NET is how we do our scholarships and projects. Our customers like the silent auction and they support it, but only if we have quality items. How do you get item?

      (A) talk to your gardener about donating a month of care(guarantee it will bring new business).

      (B) duck club, donate a days hunt( turkey and pheasant too).

      (C) auto care providers, a complete service value of $100.

      (D) carpet cleaner

      (E) plumbing services.

(5) MOST IMPORTANT: Help Roy make calls to past donors. Call Roy and offer help. We can all help somewhere. Roy at (530)570-5696. Be the first to call.


Updating the Websites


The members are asked to go in the Club website at , click on “members”.  Then scroll down to your name, clicking on it to bring up the page with your information.  Then email Jen giving him any corrections, changes, and missing information. 


You will also receive an email from Tom Vanella asking that you update the information Rotary International has.


Please Do both!



Bring guests, who you think you can interest in becoming a member, to meetings, and to the Crab Feed. 


Dinner With RI President

There is a Dinner with RI President - Ravi Ravindran, the other Ravi.  The cost is $85.  It is at the Doubletree in San Jose, on January 3rd. 



Club Elections:


Club elections were held and the following were elected:


Election Results:  For Ravi's 2016-17 term:


Jim  Kirks was elected Secretary by a unanimous vote. 


KR Robertson was elected Treasurer by a unanimous vote with understanding that Brian Aguair would shadow KR and be trained and ready for the office in the 2017-18 year. 


Larry Bradley was elected President Elect Nominee for 2017-18.  Unfortunately, it wasn't unanimous because there was one vote for "Mag the Hag" (by Larry:-). 


Foundation Elections:


A new Director, Jim Patterson, was elected to replace our Phil Price. 




No recognition tonight.




Since the scheduled Winery program had to cancel, Chris Hatch held a Club Assembly on the organization of the Crab Feed on Jan. 16th. 


It was pointed out that there is a Masonic Crab feed the night before ours for $10 less BUT it doesn't have shrimp and is serving canned crab!  We need more items for the silent auction.  Stuff with a value of $100 or more is particularly good. 


A number of members returned tickets they had not been able to sell yet.  We still have a lot of unsold tickets.  Even though you turned in your excess - PLEASE, PLEASE CONTINUE TO SELL TICKETS UNTIL WE ARE SOLD OUT!  Darlye Polk at Tri Counties Bank (and Steve Plume at Napa Auto Parts) can give you tickets to deliver.


Must Be Present To Win

Probably none tonight.


From Rotary International:

Bringing social change and mobility through wheelchair project

Workers with Autonomy, Liberation Through Movement (ALEM) Rosy Roman Sánchez, Maria Isabel Nava Gómez, and Irene Martinez Duran arrive at their workshop in Cuernavaca.

Rotary International/Monika Lozinska


The common perception of the physically disabled throughout Mexico was that they are incapable of being productive members of society. Unable to work or provide for their families, they face discrimination, must be taken care of, and are kept at home.

But an organization called Autonomy, Liberation Through Movement (ALEM) is working to change all that. Founded in 2007, ALEM provides vocational training, encouraging and empowering people with motor disabilities to find meaningful employment. In addition, the group is providing a service that was sorely needed throughout central Mexico: wheelchair repair.

With the help of the Rotary Club of Cuernavaca-Juárez and the Rotary Club of Paoli-Malvern-Berwyn, Pennsylvania, USA, ALEM has been able to provide low-cost repairs for wheelchair users in their community. A Rotary Foundation grant is funding a mobile repair clinic that travels to neighboring central Mexican cities including Puebla and Veracruz. Local Rotary clubs arrange accommodations, meals, publicity, and a central location where the ALEM team can set up its mobile repair shop.

Erik Friend, co-founder and now president of ALEM, brought his experience as a mechanic to the organization, and presented ALEM as a potential project partner to various clubs in Mexico and the United States. Impressed with Rotary club involvement in projects that goes beyond funding, he became a Rotary member himself, joining the Cuernavaca-Juárez club.

“This project has benefits and contributions to society that are very interesting,” Friend says. “Some are simple, as people who have lost their mobility regain it by having their wheelchair fixed, but other benefits are more subtle, like the impact on the local culture and on society. People with disabilities now see that it is possible to work. We know that we are changing perspectives.”

ALEM has 10 people working out of its Cuernavaca-based workshop, all with physical disabilities and most of them wheelchair users. All workers are trained in various specialties, including painting, welding, and upholstery work.

Mayra Solano, director of ALEM, explains that the organization’s name is meant to emphasize the possibility of growth and change for anyone with a motor disability. She adds that the constant challenge is figuring out how to fight pre-established notions about the capabilities of people who must rely on a wheelchair.

“ALEM works in two parts,” says Solano. “One part is painting a picture in our country showing that even with a disability, in our case motor, there are still many options and we can integrate [these people] back into the world. The other part talks about the education needed, so they can become professionals and work. They have to learn new things -- to use their hands, to use their sight, to work in a team, to talk about ideas, and start working together.”

Providing low-cost wheelchair repairs is another important element of ALEM’s mission. Although replacement parts are relatively inexpensive, they still aren’t affordable for most wheelchair users in the community. With Rotary’s help, ALEM now charges only for labor, anywhere from about $3 to $18. With the ability now to bring the repair clinic to other communities, ALEM’s impact is that much wider.

“We [and the Rotary clubs] joined our efforts and started working together, but it goes much further than that,” Solano says. “It goes in the feeling and the spirit of Rotary, which is about working with the community, for the community. It’s the partnership that makes change possible.”

By Daniela Garcia

Rotary News



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