Rotary International


K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran

Rotary District 5160 Governor:

Ken Courville

Durham Rotary President:
Mick Wacker


Rowel Editor: Phil Price




March 29th, 2016


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


2016                                         Calendar for Durham Rotary



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
16 17 18 19
Saint Patrick's Day Corn Beef Feed at Memorial Hall
20 21 22
Peggy Moak, Butte County Treasurer-Tax Collector

(Larry Bradley)
23 24 25 26
27 28 29
Pam and Brian Gray of the Paradise Club talking about their motorcycle trip to Sturgis

(Glenn Pulliam)
30 31


  1 2
3 4 5
Gale Wineries in Durham.  It is located at 9345 Stanford Ln
(Travis Edsall)
6 7 8 9
3rd Annual Durham Rotary/Interact Joint Stop Hunger Now event at DHS's Multipurpose Room
10 11 12
Mike Crump, Butte County Director of Public Works, who will talk about the new bridges on the Midway
(Dave Jessen)
13 14 15 16
17 18 19
(Bruce Miller)
20 21 22 23
24 25 26
(Ravi Saip)
27 28 29 30

President Mike Wacker opened the meeting by asking Steve Greenwood to lead the pledge, which he did. Then he asked Mary Sakuma to lead us in a song.  She led us in singing “My Country ‘Tis of Thee (America)”.  Jim Patterson then gave the invocation.


President Mike passed around a thank you note for our contribution to the Miss Butte County Scholarship.  He also passed around a note from Sarah Gamble the scholarship student who spoke to us a few weeks ago.




April 5th:  Travis Edsall will take us to Gale Wineries in Durham.  It is located at 9345 Stanford Ln


April 9th:  Stop Hunger Now Packaging Project at HS


April 12th:  Dave Jessen will present Mike Crump, Butte County Director of Public Works, who will talk about the new bridges on the Midway.


April 19th:  Bruce Miller


April 26th:  Ravi Saip


May 3rd:  Roy Ellis


May 10th:  Jim Kirks


May 17th:  Hot Dog Picnic with students


May 24th:  Jen Liu


May 31st:  No Meeting





Glenn Pulliam introduced Maureen Wisner, Vicky Perez, Travis Barker, Pam Gray and Brian Gray of the Paradise Club.  He also introduced Arnie Gutherson (sp?) of the Orland Club.  Len Forman introduced Sandy Williams and Donna ????? of the Paradise Club.  Dave Jessen introduced Sharon Robertson, Jan Wacker and another lady whose name I didn’t get.  He also introduced Phil Koenig of the Paradise Club. Ravi Saip’s table had not guest and so each member at that table contributed $1.





Travis Edsall has arranged for us to meet at Gale Wineries in Durham. Guests are invited however, in order to make sure we have enough food, Travis needs a head count. The address for Gale Vineyard is 9345 Stanford Lane, Durham. From Chico, head south on the Midway. Turn left when you reach the four way stop in Durham and head east. Just before you get to the bridge over Butte Creek, you will turn right on to Stanford Lane. About 1/4 mile down Stanford Lane, you will see a small Gale Vineyard sign on your right.




Food for the Stop Hunger Now Project


The packaging of meals will take place Saturday, April 9, 2015 beginning at 9 am in the High School Multi-Purpose Room.  Jen Liu expects that we will have help from the Interact Club.  He needs about 50 people including you and your spouse or significant other.  The work should conclude about noon.  He is working on a lunch as was provided last year when the work was done.


Paradise Club Anniversary Event


The Paradise Club his holding an Evening Celebration at the Paradise Elks Club, 1100 Elk’s Lane, Paradise.  It will be on Thursday, April 14th from 6 to 9 pm.  They will have a special guest, Dr. Sylvia Whitlock, PDG and the first women club president in Rotary History.  The tickets are $25 for a dinner of chicken with Portabella mushrooms.  Business attire.  Tickets may be purchased online at


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. 




Bring guests, who you think you can interest in becoming a member, to meetings.  Steve Plume is planning a past members meeting.




Ravi Saip recounted his attendance at PETS.  He was given credit of one of his two missed meeting.  However adding the other to the photos of his airplanes in the ER and the Rowel he contributed $50 making him a Bell Ringer.

Steve Greenwood missed a meeting but had the Grinder.

Dave Jessen missed a meeting and had a birthday for which he got a song, so he contributed $17.

Daryl Polk and Mary Sakuma each missed a meeting and each contributed $10.



Glenn Pulliam introduced Pam Gray, PDG and Brian Gray of the Paradise Club.  They spoke to us about their motorcycle trips to the annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota.


Must Be Present To Win

Len Forman was present to win the drawing.


From Rotary International:

Institute equips regional leaders to advance Rotary’s story

Regional leaders from around the globe gathered at Rotary World Headquarters for a four-day training institute in early March.

Regional leaders from around the globe gathered at Rotary World Headquarters in Evanston in early March for training they will use to inspire members in their respective areas.

Several participants - most of whom will begin their term on 1 July - noted that the true measure of the institute's success will be how well the information they learned is transmitted to Rotary members.

"We have to realize that training doesn't stop at the district level," said Michael Boyer, a Rotary public image coordinator from Pismo Beach, California, USA. "We train people really well to be governors and club presidents but we have to realize that we also have to train our members in how to talk about Rotary."

Boyer said his goal is to ensure that members can discuss Rotary's brand in a clear and compelling way. "We have to make our club presidents understand they can't just stand in front of their club and say, 'Go invite members.' They actually have to train members in how to ask and what to say," he said.

A major goal of the four-day regional leaders training institute was to equip these leaders -- regional Rotary Foundation coordinators, Rotary coordinators, Rotary public image coordinators, and endowment/major gifts advisers -- to help club and district leaders strengthen club membership, focus and foster Rotary's humanitarian service, and enhance the organization's public image.

Many participants were impressed to learn about new tools available on, which they practiced using during multiple workshops.

"I have used for years but I have realized these past couple of days how much more advanced it has become," said Alasdair Seale, an endowment/major gifts adviser from Edinburgh, Scotland. "I didn't realize, for example, that there are alumni reports that include Group Student Exchange students, vocational training teams, Ambassadorial Scholars, and Rotaractors. They are all clearly a target for membership."

Patrick Coleman, a regional Rotary Foundation coordinator from Luanshya, Zambia, said members need to be encouraged to use

"(What we are learning) is very exciting because we are bringing Rotary into the 21st century," Coleman said. "We have members who brag about being born before the age of computers. But that's a bit like saying, 'I was born before cellphones so I am not going to use one.' We're here, we need to use these tools."

Sherri Muniz, a Rotary coordinator from San Antonio, Texas, said the value of the institute for her was being able to share ideas.

"The program itself is designed to teach us teamwork," Muniz said. "But we are building connections with people who have success stories, with people who have similar challenges, and those connections will last us far beyond the end of the institute."

By Arnold R. Grahl

Rotary News



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