Rotary International


K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran

Rotary District 5160 Governor:

Ken Courville

Durham Rotary President:
Mick Wacker


Rowel Editor: Phil Price




May 3rd, 2016


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


2016                                         Calendar for Durham Rotary



1 2 3
District Attorney Mike Ramsey
(Roy Ellis)
4 5 6 7
8 9 10
Dr. Stewart Monroe on geology
(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


1 2 3 4
5 6 7
(Jim Patterson)
8 9 10 11
12 13 14
(Jen Liu)
15 16 17 18
19 20 21
(Mike Wacker)
22 23 24 25
26 27 28
Demotion Party
(Mary Sakuma)
29 30

Pres. Mike Wacker called the meeting to order.  He called on Glenn Pulliam to lead to flag salute, which Glenn did.  Then Pres. Mike called on Mary Sakuma.  Mary led Rotarians in “God Bless America.”  Then Rev. Jim Patterson gave the invocation.




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:  Jen Liu


June 21st:  Mike Wacker


June 28th:  Mary Sakuma-Demotion Party






President asked Glenn Pulliam to introduce the guest at his table.  Glenn introduced John Waterman.  Then, Dave Jessen introduced the guests at his table Dora Burke and Sharon Robertson.  Next, Roy Ellis introduced the guests at his table District Attorney Mike Ramsey, Chris Prater, Bob Staplea and Jack Lee.



On Tuesday, May 10th, Dr. Stewart Monroe will present a program on geology.

The following week, May 17th, will be the picnic in the Durham Park with DHS students.   

On May 23rd, Daryle Polk will present a speaker from Butte College.

Glenn Pulliam asked for a show of hands of Durham Rotarians that would like to help with the elections on June 7th.  Glenn recorded the names and will notify the Butte County Office of Elections of our willingness to help.

John Waterman, Paradise Rotarian, invited Durham Rotarians to support the Chocolate Festival in Paradise.  He has $50.00 tickets for a Chocolate and Wine Tasting.  If four Durham Rotarians buy tickets, John will donate something nice for our Crab Feed silent auction.



Pres. Mike reminded the Club that there will be a Board of Directors meeting at 5:00pm preceding the May 10th Durham Rotary Club meeting at Butte Creek Country Club.

Pres. Mike thanked Jen Liu for last week’s newsletter.

Roy Ellis reported that eleven students have been interviewed for scholarships.  There are two more students to interview.  Also, Wayne Cook has given Durham Rotary a check for $4,000.00 for scholarships.  On May 17th, Durham Rotary will recognize DHS students at the Picnic in Durham Park.

Pres. Mike announced that there is $2,000.00 more available for scholarships this year as a result of the successful fund raising.

Larry Bradley shared that tonight is the Junior Livestock Auction dinner, but he chose to be at Durham Rotary to hear Dist. Attorney Mike Ramsey.  There is $1,000.00 in the Durham Rotary budget to purchase livestock at the auction.


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:               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.




Pres. Mike asked Len Foreman if he would prefer to pay $10 for missing last week’s meeting or $12 to ring the bell?  Len decided to be a bell ringer.                                                          

Pres. Mike recognized Steve Greenwood for working out of town last week.  Steve contributed $5.00.

Glenn Pulliam missed the meeting last week as he was at the Masonic Family Center attending the Teacher Awards Banquet.  Glenn contributed $5.00.

Then Pres. Mike called on Mary Sakuma for missing last week’s  meeting.  Mary was recognized for $5.00 since she was working late at her office.

Ravi Saip thanked Durham Rotarians for their generous donations to the Chico Air Museum. $400.00 was raised by passing the hat during last week’s visit to the Museum.

Rev. Jim Patterson offered to arrange a meeting on Temperance for June 6th.  It was announced that on the first Tuesday of the month, Butte Creek Country Club is going to be using the entire facility for Country Club activities.   Durham Rotary will need to find an alternate meeting site on the first Tuesday of the month.




Roy Ellis introduced Mike Ramsey, who has served 38 years in the Office of the Butte County District Attorney.   He has been reelected multiple times as District Attorney since he was hired as a Deputy District Attorney.  District Attorney Ramsey spoke extensively about a recent situation involving the possible housing a Sexually Violent Predator from Solano County in a residence on Bell Road in Chico.  In 2010, Mr. Smith was convicted by a jury in Solano County of being a Sexually Violent Predator (SVP).  A judge ruled that Mr. Smith was eligible to be released from Coalinga State Hospital and reside in supervised in a community.  The State Hospital Agency had a contract with a private firm to supervise Mr. Smith and find him housing.  Because of objections to Mr. Smith, an SVP, the firm began renting rooms from motels for Mr. Smith and hiring two guards at the cost of $7,000.00 a month.  Eventually, it was determined that there wasn’t a community in Solano County where Mr. Smith could be housed and this opened up the opportunity to find housing in a different county.  Eventually the firm found a converted garage apartment that could be rented for $3,500.00 a month on Bell Road in Chico for Mr. Smith.

However, there were thousands of public objections to housing Mr. Smith in Chico.  A neighbor contacted Butte County Code Enforcement to report that the garage had been converted with securing the necessary permits.  The garage was red tagged by Code Enforcement.  The owner of the property, a contractor, decided not to rent the garage to house Mr. Smith.  The firm decided to not pursue moving Mr. Smith to Butte County and the Bell Road neighbors were officially notified of this decision by the Butte County Sheriff and Butte County District Attorney.


Must Be Present To Win

Roy Ellis was present to claim the $10.00 MBPTW prize.


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