Rotary International


K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran

Rotary District 5160 Governor:

Ken Courville

Durham Rotary President:
Mick Wacker


Rowel Editor: Phil Price




January 26th, 2016


The  2016 Harvest Festival will be held on September 18, 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

President Mike Wacker opened the meeting by asking Steve Plume to lead the pledge, which he did.  He then asked Larry Bradley to lead the club in a song.  He led us in “America (My Country, Tis of Thee)”.  Jim Patterson then gave the invocation.


It was reported that while Jim Kirks missed the Crab Feed while in the hospital due to an injury to his back in Seattle, he sold 49 Crab Feed tickets.  Congratulations Jim.  Anyway, he is on the mend.


Laura Page, Doug LaMalfa’s representative who attended the Crab Feed, sent a letter complementing us on the Crab Feed.


Mitch Caswell also sent a letter, thanking us of his being selected a Student of the Month.


Jen Liu found a large box containing Harvest Festival T-Shirts from 2006 which he tried to sell for $5 each.  He has a couple of takers.  Jim Patterson contributed $5 not to take a T-shirt.




February 2nd:  Clint Goss


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


February 16th:  No Meeting.


February 23rd: Norman Larson


February 27th:  Chowder Cook Off at Corning Rotary


March 1st:  Brian Aguar


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


March 15th:  Corn Beef Feed at Memorial Hall


March 22nd:  Larry Bradley


March 29th:  Bruce Miller





None tonight. 




The next meeting on February 2nd, at the BCCC, will have a program presented by Clint Goss.


Following that, on February 9th, will be Mary Sakuma’s Valentine’s Day Party with spouses and significant others invited.  Mary will have music from Studio One.




Chowder Cook Off


The annual Chowder Cook Off will take place at the Corning Club on February 27th.  Our members Mary Sakuma, Jen Liu, Travis Edsall and Bruce Miller are expected to compete again.  Actually, there is more than Chowder at this event.  It is the Corning Rotary Wine Food and Art Festival. Admission is $10 and includes a wine glass, a wine tasting ticket, a ticket to vote for your favorite chowder and $5 slot play courtesy of Rolling Hills Casino! It is on February 27th  from Noon to 8 pm, at the Rolling Hills Casino.


District Conference at Yolo County Fairgrounds
Friday Apr-01-2016 to Sunday Apr-03-2016



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.




Last week, Glenn Pulliam’s contribution of $50, for missing a meeting while in Mexico was to be waived if he produced desert at this meeting.  He didn’t but has been given a reprieve of one more week.


Dave Jessen missed the Crab Feed while in Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco) Mexico.  He contributed $100. 


Brian Aquiar also missed the Crab Feed so he contributed the price of two tickets, $110.


Clint Goss was recognized for his 58th Anniversary in the amount of $42.




Chris Hatch conducted a club assembly critique of the Crab Feed.  He reported that everyone liked the crab Save Mart had gotten from Washington.  The cost was not as high as he had feared.  We sold 305 tickets.  There was also praise for Spiteri’s rigatoni, and members of his staff that assisted.  The Silent Auction produced $6,300.  The overall proceeds were $13,600 or was it $12,000 (I heard both numbers).  Anyway, the best yet.  There was again discussion of reserving tables.

Must Be Present To Win

Mary Sakuma was not present to win the drawing of that name.


From Rotary International:


History of The Rotary Foundation

At the 1917 convention, outgoing RI President Arch C. Klumph proposed to set up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” In 1928, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International.


Growth of the Foundation

In 1929, the Foundation made its first gift of $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children. The organization, created by Rotarian Edgar F. “Daddy” Allen, later grew into Easter Seals.


When Rotary founder Paul Harris died in 1947, contributions began pouring in to Rotary International, and the Paul Harris Memorial Fund was created to build the Foundation.


Evolution of Foundation programs

1947: The Foundation established its first program, Fellowships for Advance Study, later known as Ambassadorial Scholarships.


1965-66: Three programs were launched: Group Study Exchange, Awards for Technical Training, and Grants for Activities in Keeping with the Objective of The Rotary Foundation, which was later called Matching Grants.


1978: Rotary introduced the Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grants. The first 3-H Grant funded a project to immunize 6 million Philippine children against polio.


1985: The PolioPlus program was launched to eradicate polio worldwide.


1987-88: The first peace forums were held, leading to Rotary Peace Fellowships.


2013: New district, global, and packaged grants enable Rotarians around the world to respond to the world’s greatest needs.

Since the first donation of $26.50 in 1917, the Foundation has received contributions totaling more than $1 billion.


District leaders set to celebrate Foundation’s centennial

The Rotary Foundation has been improving lives since 1917. Learn about our work and help us celebrate 100 years of doing good in the world.


Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Ray Klinginsmith asked district governors in training at the International Assembly to lead the celebration of the Foundation's centennial year, 2016-17.


"You are the primary contacts between the Foundation and our 34,000 Rotary clubs in the world. The success of the centennial celebration is largely in your hands," said Klinginsmith at a 19 January general session. "Catch the spirit and spread the word about the importance of celebrating our success."


Since the Foundation was established in 1917, it has spent more than $3 billion on programs and projects to improve the lives of millions worldwide, said Klinginsmith.


The centennial celebration officially kicks off in May at the Rotary Convention in Korea and culminates at the 2017 convention in Atlanta.


District plans for the centennial

Governor-elect Tom James Markos of District 5100 in Oregon, USA, says he is proud to be serving during such a historic year. He plans to promote the centennial not only to his district's members, but also through local media.


"We need the public to be aware of what we've accomplished," says Markos, who has set a district goal of raising $1 million for the Foundation during the centennial year.


Bill Proctor, incoming governor of District 7080 in Ontario, Canada, believes the centennial year is an opportunity to "refocus and reeducate" members on the importance the Foundation's work.


"We have so many accomplishments to celebrate," said Proctor. "We need to use the momentum of the celebration to strengthen the Foundation's future."


By Ryan Hyland

Rotary News




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