Rotary International


K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran

Rotary District 5160 Governor:

Ken Courville

Durham Rotary President:
Mick Wacker


Rowel Editor: Phil Price




April 12th, 2016


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


2016                                         Calendar for Durham Rotary



  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
Visiting Almendara Winery in Durham
(Bruce Miller)
20 21 22 23
24 25 26
Visiting Chico Air Museum
(Ravi Saip)
27 28 29 30


1 2 3
(Roy Ellis)
4 5 6 7
8 9 10
(Jim Kirks)
11 12 13 14
15 16 17
Hog Dog Picnic at Durham Park
(Roy Ellis)
18 19 20 21
22 23 24
(Daryl Polk)
25 26 27 28
29 30 31
No Meeting
Memorial Day

President Elect Ravi Saip opened the meeting back at the BCCC by asking Dar Meyer to lead the pledge, which he did. Then he asked Larry Bradley to lead us in a song.  Larry led us in “God Bless America”.   Jim Patterson then gave the invocation.




April 19th:  Bruce Miller will take us to the Almendra Winery & Distillery in Durham.


April 26th:  Ravi Saip will present a program at the Air Museum.


May 3rd:  Roy Ellis


May 10th:  Jim Kirks


May 17th:  Hot Dog Picnic with students


May 24th:  Daryl Polk


May 31st:  No Meeting


June 7th:  Jim Patterson


June 14th:  Steve Plume


June 21st:  Mike Wacker


June 28th:  Mary Sakuma-Demotion Party







Dave Jessen introduced Mike Crump, former member and president of  Durham Rotary and Butte County Director of Public Works, who was Dave’s program for the evening.


I introduced Jim Patterson’s son, John Patterson, and his grandson, Grant Patterson.


Jen Liu introduced Georgie Bellin, Chico Rotarian and former Durham Rotarian.




Bruce Miller has set up next week’s meeting at Almendra Winery & Distillery for tour and tasting.  Almendra Winery & Distillery is at 9275 the Midway in Durham.  That is on the west side of the Midway a little past the Memorial Hall.  There will be a 10.00 tasting charge, that is for glass and 1/2 of wine.  Bruce will need a head court by the 15th . Bring your spouse and guest.


Eagle Scout Project


Grant Patterson showed slides and talked about his Eagle Scout project which was the construction and installation of an announcer’s booth at the baseball field.   Also a new flagpole.

A hat was passed to collect some money to help him defray the cost of the project.  He has all the necessary badges so with the completion of the project he is not eligible for his Eagle badge.



Giant Tickets Auction


Roy Ellis has generously donated 4 tickets to see the Giants play the Diamondbacks and the bidding is now open. Here are the details:


Giants vs the Arizona Diamondbacks

Thursday, April 21st at 12:45

Lower Box 104 Row 6 Seats 7-10

4 tickets @ $42.00 is a $168.00 value


Bidding is now open and will close this Friday, April 15 at 12:00 p.m. (noon). If you want to bid on these tickets, email Glenn Pulliam at or respond to his email sent to all members Tuesday evening, after the meeting


Report on the Food for the Stop Hunger Now Project


Report from Jen:


Despite a late start, we had another successful Stop Hunger Now meal packaging event with your support and participation, that include your spouses.  We also had help from members of Paradise Rotary Club, Paradise Interact Club besides our own interact club.


The truck with meal packaging material arrived late around 9:30pm.  Event director called me ahead of time saying that the truck can't go above 55 mph due to some gear shifting problem.  My personal opinion is that he had a party last night and overslept. 


Although we started late, around 10:00am but we still manage to wrap everything up, that's 10,152 properly packaged meal by 12:30pm.  Many thanks to the veterans and the rookies like Chris Hatch and Tom Vanilla.


Bruce came through for us again with his excellent BBQ tri-tips sandwich lunch at the end of the event.  President elect also agreed that we should provide volunteers with good coffee in the morning to kick of the event for the next year.


Attached are some pictures I took during the event.  There are sized down for e-mail purpose.  Let me know if you like to have the originals.



It’s Spring, the weather is gorgeous, we just enjoyed an outstanding District Conference……. and  it’s time to begin plans for our next Rotary year.

Announcing:      Rotary District 5160's  Spring Training Assemblies

When:                North Assembly, Saturday, April 30,  9:30 am – 2:30 pm

                          Red Bluff High School, Red Bluff     

                           South Assembly, Saturday May 14,  8:30 am – 1:30 pm

                           Benicia High School, Benicia  

What:                 A chance to learn more about so many different topics

Who:                  Rotarians, Interacters, Rotaracters, Youth Exchange, everyone!

Why:                  Why REGISTER?  So we have enough coffee, food, and chairs!



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.




President Elect Ravi asked Roy Ellis about a Comanche Ride.  Roy reported that it was just the Spring Ride at his ranch and not the “Big” ride this summer.  He also reported that he had already contributed $10 for this ride.


Len Foreman contributed $5 because he had to leave early to attend a grammar school band concert.



Dave Jessen introduced Mike Crump, Butte County Director of Public Works and former member and president of Durham Rotary.  Mike talked about the bridge replacement project on the Midway over Butte Creek.  The project will take about 18 months and will result in the closure of the Midway for that period.  Most of the people effected in the area recommended it be done that way rather than building a new bridge next to the existing bridge and keeping the existing bridge open, which would have cost more and taken more adjacent land.  He also mentioned some other projects that will be taking place.


Must Be Present To Win

Believe it or not, your editor actually was present to win the drawing.  It has been so long I thought my name was no longer in the cage.


From Rotary International:



Korean attendees participate in a technology lab session at the International Assembly on 21 January. In daily one-hour workshops, incoming district governors practice using Rotary’s online tools, such as Rotary Club Central and Rotary Showcase

Photo Credit: Rotary International/Alyce Henson




Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair-elect Kalyan Banerjee introduces the Foundation goals for 2016-17, which include ending polio and strengthening members’ awareness and support of the Foundation. Foundation Trustees have set a target of $300 million in total giving for the year.

Photo Credit: Rotary International/Monika Lozinska


Clint Schroeder (far right), governor-elect of District 5000 in Hawaii, USA, and his spouse, Jason, discuss how to celebrate The Rotary Foundation’s centennial year with incoming district governor Peter Chandler and his spouse, Christine, of England, during a breakout session.

Photo Credit: Rotary International/Monika Lozinska





Dr. Hamid Jafari (center), director of polio eradication for the World Health Organization, accepts Rotary’s Polio Eradication Champion Award from RI President K.R. Ravindran on 21 January. Ravindran noted that Jafari has been a good friend and partner to Rotary and has contributed his technical expertise and guidance.

Photo Credit: Rotary International/Monika Lozinska

A group of attendees from Denmark wave the Danish flag during the Grand March.

Photo Credit: Rotary International/Monika Lozinska


Korean incoming district governors and spouses perform a Korean dance during Festival Night.

Photo Credit: Rotary International/Alyce Henson


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