Rotary International


K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran

Rotary District 5160 Governor:

Ken Courville

Durham Rotary President:
Mick Wacker


Rowel Editor: Phil Price




February 9th, 2016


The  2016 Harvest Festival will be held on September 18, 2016


2016                                         Calendar for Durham Rotary



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


Sarah Gamble, a DHS graduate and scholarship recipient -  Update on her current achievements and future plans
(Brian Aguiar)
2 3 4 5
6 7 8
Don Krysakowski from the Work Training Center
(Steve Plume)
9 10 11 12
13 14 15
Saint Patrick's Day Corn Beef Feed at Memorial Hall
16 17 18 19
20 21 22
(Larry Bradley)
23 24 25 26
27 28 29
(Bruce Miller)
30 31

President Mike Wacker opened Mary Sakuma’s Valentine’s Dinner meeting by asking Steve Greenwood 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.




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 Aguar will present Sarah Gamble, a DHS graduate and scholarship recipient -  Update on her current achievements and future plans


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









The following spouses and significant others were introduced:

Pam Liu, Tanis Larson, Cindy Price, Jakie Goss, Jan Ellis, Jan Wacker, Nelda Miller, Mary Saip, Bonnie Pulliam, Nancy Bradley Sharon Robertson and Dora Burke. 


Also present was Jane Zaid, former member and former president of Durham Rotary.  Maybe we can get her back in the Club.




There is no meeting next week (2/16/16) due to President’s Day on Monday.


At next meeting Mary Sakuma will have her friend Dominique Angst, a school teacher from Switzerland, speak to us. 




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.


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.


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






None tonight.




Mary Sakuma introduced Luke Scherba who, with his wife, Kylee, operates the Studio One dance ballroom and Sherba Media.  He talked about growing up dyslexic and having difficulty in school but overcoming that in successfully operating two businesses.  Regarding Studio One (707 Wall Street, Chico) he, his wife, and several other dance instructors teach various forms of dance 6 days a week.  They teach West Coast Swing, Salsa, Tango and Ballroom.  He selected, randomly he said, a lady from the audience for some demonstrations.  Well he selected Mary, who later confessed that she was a shill because she has been taking lessons at Studio One.  See the demo below.  




Must Be Present To Win

None tonight.


From Rotary International:

Germ reveals ‘Rotary Serving Humanity’ as 2016-17 presidential theme

Rotary International President-elect John F. Germ announces his presidential theme 'Rotary Serving Humanity.'

Rotary’s founder, Paul Harris, believed that serving humanity is “the most worthwhile thing a person can do,” RI President-elect John F. Germ said, and that being a part of Rotary is a “great opportunity” to make that happen.

Germ unveiled the 2016-17 presidential theme, Rotary Serving Humanity, to incoming district governors on 18 January at the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.

“I believe everyone recognizes the opportunity to serve Rotary for what it truly is: not a small opportunity, but a great one; an opportunity of a lifetime to change the world for the better, forever through Rotary’s service to humanity,” said Germ.

Rotary members around the globe are serving humanity by providing clean water to underdeveloped communities, promoting peace in conflict areas, and strengthening communities through basic education and literacy. But none more important than our work to eradicate polio worldwide, he said.

After a historic year in which transmission of the wild poliovirus was stopped in Nigeria and all of Africa, Germ said we are closer than ever to ending polio.

“We are at a crossroads in Rotary,” he added. “We are looking ahead at a year that may one day be known as the greatest year in Rotary’s history: the year that sees the world’s last case of polio.”

Last year’s milestones leave just two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan, where the virus still circulates. Polio would be only the second human disease ever to be eradicated.

When that moment arrives, it’s “tremendously important” that Rotary is ready for it, said Germ. “We need to be sure that we are recognized for that success, and leverage that success into more partnerships, greater growth, and even more ambitious service in the decades to come.”

Germ, a member of the Rotary Club of Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, encouraged attendees to return to their clubs and communities and spread the word about Rotary’s role in the fight for a polio-free world.

“People who want to do good will see that Rotary is a place where they can change the world. Every Rotary club needs to be ready to give them that opportunity,” Germ said.

Enhancing Rotary’s image isn’t the only way to boost membership. “We need clubs that are flexible, so our service will be more attractive to younger members, recent retirees, and working people.”

He added: “We need more willing hands, more caring hearts, and more bright minds to move our work forward.”

By Ryan Hyland

Rotary News



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