Rotary International


K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran

Rotary District 5160 Governor:

Ken Courville

Durham Rotary President:
Mick Wacker


Rowel Editor: Phil Price



April 26th, 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 Mike Wacker opened the meeting at the Chico Air Museum by asking Ravi Saip to lead the pledge, which he did. Then he asked Larry Bardley to lead us in a song.  He led us in God Bless America.  Then Jim Patterson gave the invocation.




May 3rd:  Roy Ellis will present Mike Ramsey, Butte County District Attorney.


May 10th:  Jim Kirks


May 17th:  Hot Dog Picnic with students


May 24th:   Daryl Polk will present Kim Jones from Butte College.


May 31st:  No Meeting


June 7th:  Jim Patterson


June 14th:  Jen Liu


June 21st:  Mike Wacker


June 28th:  Mary Sakuma-Demotion Party




Steve Plume introduced Dave's wife Sue at his table.  Jen Liu introduced his guest Bob Staples, KR's wife Sharon (A.K.A. Steve Plume's girl friend), Dar's wife Dora.  Dar also introduced his guest Bill Koehnen at their table.  Tom Vanella his guest Jim Mead at his table.  Ravi introduced his wife Mary, Jim's wife Nancy and his guest Greg Hudleson at his table.  He also introduced our program Rene Vercruyssen Jr. and his wife Chris.

There were also 3 Chico Rotarians Jeff Shepard, Patrick Brooks and Tim Colbie from the noon club.




Roy Ellis will present Mike Ramsey, Butte County District Attorney.




Giant Tickets Auction


Larry Bradley got the bid for the 4 tickets to see the Giants play the Diamondbacks on April 21st donated by Roy Ellis a couple of weeks ago.  Larry’s winning bid was $125.  But we haven’t had a report on the game yet.


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.   J. R. tend to this!




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




 Jen Liu was recognized $5.00 for neglecting the introduction of KR's wife Sharon and Dar's wife Dora at his table.  His excuse was they he thought they were regular members since they came to our meetings often.




Ravi Saip presented his program speaker/pilot Mr. Rene Vercruyssen Jr.  Rene gave us a fascinating background story and history on his presentation object, a historical WWII Army Aircorp trainer, a BT-13.  Back in the days when Chico was one of the training center for WWII pilots on the west coast.  At times, there could be a hundred of them parked on the tarmac at Chico Airport.  This particular BT-13 was located and acquired by him in the Florida Keys.  He donated his time and effort and shared this plane with Chico Air Museum as a Moving display item.

He often take veterans in this BT-13 for a free ride above Chico airport and the lucky veteran of the day in our club was Steve Plume.  Below are the pictures of the plane, Rene, Steve and the flight:


Must Be Present To Win

None tonight.


From Rotary International:

Presidential conference explores routes to peace

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

Rotary News


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