K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran
Rotary District 5160 Governor:
Durham Rotary President:
February 2nd, 2016
The 2016 Harvest Festival will be held on September 18, 2016
2016 Calendar for Durham Rotary
Valentine's Day Party
due to Presidents' Day
Chowder Cook Off at Corning (Rolling Hills Casino)
Don Krysakowski from the Work Training Center
Saint Patrick's Day Corn Beef Feed at Memorial Hall
President Mike Wacker opened the meeting by asking Steve Plume to lead the pledge, which he did. He then asked Mary Sakuma to lead the club in a song. She led us in “God Bless America”. Jim Patterson then gave the invocation.
President Mike reported receiving a letter thanking us for the $1,000 contribution to the digitization project at the Library.
It should also be reported that Jim Kirks has returned after back surgery following an accident in Seattle.
February 9th: Mary Sakuma’s Valentine’s Day Party
February 16th: No Meeting.
February 23rd: Mary Sakuma will have her friend Dominique Angst, a school teacher from Switzerland, speak to us.
February 27th: Chowder Cook Off at Corning Rotary
March 1st: Brian Aguiar
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
VISITING ROTARIANS & GUESTS
The next meeting will be Mary Sakuma’s Valentine’s Day Party with spouses and significant others invited.
Mary reports: I spoke with Nikki, the new person in charge of food and beverage at BCCC. As I suspected, none of the arrangements that I had requested for the Rotary Valentine party had been noted (that may be one of the reasons for the change in management...). Anyway, after a brief discussion, Nikki kindly agreed that they could accommodate us for next week, both in the room location and in the special menu. :) We will be in the main center room (where the dance floor is). The program will feature Luke Scherba, a young entrepeneur who owns multiple businesses based out of Chico, including Studio One Ballroom. Luke will be talking about his various businesses, including the dance studio, and he'll even bring a dance partner along to do some dance demonstrations and talk about the health benefits of dancing. He is a very smart and creative guy, and I really think you'll like this program! And by the way, he and his wife would like to move to Durham someday (potential member?). Spouses and other guests are welcome to this event. (See attached flyer.) The menu will include: pork loin, rice pilaf, salad, and a brownie sundae for dessert. The cost is $25 per person, due in part to the special menu and to cover the cost of a small token for each guest.
I do need your RSVPs right away, however, so please respond to this message and let me know whether you are able to attend! Call her at (530) 200-0616 or email her at
See the flyer attached hereto.
REPORTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Glenn Pulliam’s latest program schedule for the rest of the years is below. Look for your name and get your programs arranged early.
February 2 – Clint Goss
February 9 - Valentine’s Party - Mary Sakuma
*February 16 - Club
dark (President’s day)
February 23 – Mary Sakuma
March 1 – Brian Aguiar
March 8 – Steve Plume
*March 15 -
Corn Beef Feed – Memorial Hall
March 22 – Larry Bradley
March 29 –
April 5- Travis Edsall
April 12 – Dave Jessen
April 19– Glenn Pulliam
April 26 – Ravi Saip
May 3 – Roy Ellis
May 10 –
*May 17 - Jen Liu/Roy Ellis - Hot Dog Picnic at Durham Park with Interact, Camp Royal and Students of the Month as our special guests
May 24 – Daryle Polk
*May 31 - Club dark
June 7 – Jim Patterson
June 14 – Jen Liu
June 21 – Mike Wacker
June 28 – Mary Sakuma – Demotion Party
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
Updating the Websites
The members are asked to go in the Club website at www.durhamrotary.org ,
Bring guests, who you think you can interest in becoming a member, to meetings.
District Conference at
Yolo County Fairgrounds
Friday Apr-01-2016 to Sunday Apr-03-2016
Two weeks ago, Glenn Pulliam’s contribution of $50, for missing a meeting while in Mexico was to be waived if he produced desert at last week’s meeting. He didn’t, but was been given a reprieve to this week. He did come through earning the waiver of the recognition.
Len Forman missed last week’s meeting. He was given the same deal as Glenn. Desert in two weeks or $10.
Polk missed last week’s meeting while at a bank function. He contributed $10.
Ravi Saip also missed last week’s meeting but claimed a meeting at K. R.’s house qualified as a makeup.
Mary Sakuma, who missed last week’s meeting reported that she will make up.
Bruce Miller was celebrating his birthday. He asked for a song from K. R., which he got, and contributed $7.
Brian Aguair auctioned the Grinder which was purchased by Dave Jessen for $50.
Clint Goss’ program did not work out. He contributed $20.
Must Be Present To Win
Jim Patterson was present to win the drawing of that name.
From Rotary International:
Actress and humanitarian Sharon Stone gives the peace sign after speaking at the Rotary World Peace Conference on 15 January in Ontario, California, USA.
Photo Credit: Rotary International/Ryan Hyland
On 2 December, a terrorist attack killed 14 people and wounded more than 20 others in San Bernardino, California.
Less than two months later, an event nearby focused on peace: the Rotary World Peace Conference. The two-day meeting on 15-16 January brought together experts from around the world to explore ideas and solutions to violence and conflict.
The conference was the first of five Rotary presidential conferences planned for this year.
San Bernardino County official Janice Rutherford, a member of the Rotary Club of Fontana, California, told attendees at the opening general session that the conference couldn’t be timelier.
“Now more than ever, we need to come together and create peace and reduce human suffering,” said Rutherford, who declared 15 January 2016 Rotary World Peace Day and a Day of Peace for San Bernardino County. “We appreciate your commitment to exploring these options and taking them back to your community and the rest of the world.”
More than 150 leaders in the fields of peace, education, business, law, and health care led over 100 breakout sessions and workshops. Topics ranged from how to achieve peace through education to combating human trafficking to the role the media has in eliminating conflict.
Hosted by Rotary districts in California and attended by more than 1,500 people, the conference is an example of how Rotary members are taking peace into their own hands, said RI President K.R. Ravindran.
“We can’t wait for governments to build peace, or the United Nations. We can’t expect peace to be handed to us on a platter,” said Ravindran. “We have to build peace from the bottom, from the foundation of our society. The valuable information you leave with at the end of this conference will aid you in managing conflict in your personal lives, local communities, and potentially around the world.”
Actress and humanitarian Sharon Stone urged conference attendees to find tolerance within themselves as a way to develop compassion and understanding for others. Noting that today’s technology makes it easy to learn about diverse cultures and beliefs, Stone encouraged Rotary members to embrace differences while learning about others’ work.
“The more we understand the darkness of our enemies, the better we know what to do, how to respond and behave,” said Stone.
Rotary is inching the world closer to meaningful change, said the Rev. Greg Boyle, executive director of Homeboy Industries, a Los Angeles-based gang intervention and reentry program.
“Rotary decided to dismantle the barriers that exclude people,” said Boyle, a bestselling author and Catholic priest. “You [Rotary members] know that we must stand outside the margins so that the margins can be erased. You stand with the poor, the powerless, and those whose dignity has been denied.”
Rotary’s most formidable weapon against war, violence, and intolerance is its Rotary Peace Centers program. Through study and field work, peace fellows at the centers become catalysts for peace and conflict resolution in their communities and around the globe.
Dozens of Rotary peace fellows attended the conference to promote the program, learn about other peace initiatives, and help Rotary clubs understand the role they can play.
Peace Fellow Christopher Zambakari, who recently graduated from the University of Queensland in Australia, said the conference is a chance to increase awareness of what others are doing to achieve peace.
“Some people have only a local view toward peace,” said Zambakari, whose consulting firm in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, provides advisory services to organizations in Africa and the Middle East. “An event like this, with so many diverse perspectives, can open up connections and different possibilities to how we all can work towards a more peaceful world."
Other speakers included Carrie Hessler-Radelet, director of the U.S. Peace Corps; Judge Daniel Nsereko, special tribunal for Lebanon; Gillian Sorensen, senior adviser at the United Nations Foundation; Steve Killelea, founder and executive chair of the Institute for Economics and Peace; Dan Lungren, former U.S. representative; and Mary Ann Peters, chief executive officer of The Carter Center and former U.S. ambassador to Bangladesh.
By Ryan Hyland
The Rotary International web site is: www.rotary.org
District 5160 is: www.rotary5160.org
The Durham Rotary Club site is: www.durhamrotary.org
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DURHAM ROTARY PRESENTS:
A SPECIAL VALENTINE’S DINNER EVENT
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2016 @ 6PM
BUTTE CREEK COUNTRY CLUB
ENJOY A SPECIAL EVENING OF FOOD AND FUN FOR DURHAM ROTARY MEMBERS, SPOUSES/SIGNIFICANT OTH- ERS AND GUESTS!
THIS YEAR’S PROGRAM FEATURES LUKE SCHERBA, YOUNG ENTREPENEUR AND OWNER OF STUDIO ONE BALLROOM AND SCHERBAMEDIA. YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS IT!
COST: $25 PER PERSON
INCLUDES DINNER AND DESSERT
RSVP BY THURSDAY, FEB. 4, 2016
TO: MARY SAKUMA
(530) 200-0616 or: