Rotary International


K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran

Rotary District 5160 Governor:

Ken Courville

Durham Rotary President:
Mick Wacker


Rowel Editor: Phil Price




May 17th, 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
Kim Jones from Butte College
(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

President Mike Wacker opened the meeting at the Durham Park by asking Ravi Saip to lead the pledge, which he did, facing Durham, figuring there was a flag somewhere in that direction. Then he asked Larry Bradley to lead us in a song.  He led us in singing “God Bless America”. Then Jim Patterson gave the invocation.


This was our Hot Dog picnic with Durham High School students and their families.




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






There were many students and many student’s parents and other relatives.  Also members’ spouses.  Too many the list here if I could have gotten all the names down correctly, which I couldn’t.




Next week Daryl Polk will present Kim Jones from Butte Community College back at the BCCC.


The June 7th program was supposed to be by Jim Patterson at the BCCC, however Glenn Pulliam reports he is looking for a field trip program for June 7th. That is election night and BCCC is going to be a polling place so we need to find another place to meet and have a program. If you have any potential locations and/or programs, please let me know ASAP.




Harvest Festival


J. R. reports that Cari Gillespie and he met with Gary Younie Jr from the Chico Strollers today to discuss the upcoming Harvest Festival. Items we discussed:

1.     Reviewed the Car Club flyer and discussed changes to flyer and poster for 2016

a.      Deleted mention of “Live Raffle”

2.     Discussed Commercial Vendor Booths

a.      Both Rotary and Car Club see this as an area that is difficult to manage (who is a craft fair person vs commercial)

b.     Car Club proposed that Rotary take over Commercial Vendor Booths

                                                    i.          In their proposal Car Club would give Rotary management over Commercial Vendors (Proceeds to be Rotary’s), while Car Club would ask for more share in the Car Show registration

a.      In 2015, Car Club sold 14 commercial booths @ $50 each = $700 (Rotary received $0)

b.     In 2015, Car Club had 182 cars @ $25 each (Car Club received $910, Rotary received $20 each = $3640)

                                                  ii.          What they are asking:

a.      Increase their take on the Car Show registration (maximum increase of $5 per car)

b.     Commercial Vendor management and monies to go all to Rotary



Please get back to J.R. with your thoughts and a decision on whether to amend the current agreement with the Car Club or leave the same.


Camp Royal Chaperones Needed


Fellow Rotarians-


It’s almost time again for Camp Royal. We are all excited about another amazing year and working hard to make it all happen. 


We are looking for six chaperones for the buses. We have made it a lot easier to participate this year.  DG Ken Courville will be assisting with the reverse transportation.  Here’s how it works.


You make the trip up with the bus and get to spend Sunday night at camp. We pay for dinner, breakfast, and your room.  You get to see how it all starts. After breakfast on Monday, Ken will transport you back to your point of origin. You will need to be available on June 12th and 13th.


If you want to go for the return trip, you meet up with Ken and he will transport you to camp on Friday. We will provide dinner, breakfast, a room, and you will experience our amazing talent show on Friday evening. You will then return home on the bus. Ken will make sure that you get back to your point of origin. You will need to be available on June 17th and 18th.


Buses run from Richmond Hilltop Mall, Concord Sun Valley Mall, and Davis Safeway. They all return to the same points. 


You will need to provide a completed youth protection certificate. We will pay the fee. If you are already certified, just let us know and we will verify.


This is a great opportunity for those of you who wonder what we do up there. You will be able to get a glimpse at how it all happens and enjoy an evening in a very special place, with amazing people.


Please contact me by email if you are interested and let me know which bus you prefer, as well as which direction. My email is or just reply to this message


Thank you for consideration.


Gary Collins

Camp Royal Chair



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




None tonight.



Students of the Month


The program started with Roy Ellis presenting Students of the Month plaques to our students of the month for April and May.  They were Megan Husa for April and Mary Freitas for May.


Camp Royal


Then Larry Bradley recognized three of the five student we are sending to Camp Royal in June.  They were Samantha Esau, Heather Lowe and Ellie Coffee.  The other two, Michael Giuffre and Jared Heath could not be here due to an important baseball game.





Scholarship Recipients


Scholarship Recipients


Roy Ellis then introduced the recipients of scholarships.  They are Mega Husa, Angelica Chavez-Rangel, Walt Askea (Interact Scholar) (absent from photos below), Mitchel Caswell, Joseph Crete (Wayne Cook Scholar), Ryan Cooper, Rose Flores, Mary Freitas, Danielle Gamble, Joseph Patters (Wayne Cook Scholar), Carmen Lucena (Wayne Cook Scholar), Zachary Argo, Jack Murphy (absent from photos below) and Sierra Slightom (Jim Edwards Memorial Scholar).


Lastly, President Mike Wacker present the check from the Ducky Derby tickets for the Sober Grad Night.



Must Be Present To Win

No drawing tonight.


From Rotary International:

Rotaract Outstanding Project Award recognizes innovative programs

Members of the Rotaract Club of Bugolobi, Uganda, participate in their annual 1000 Smiles project, which has been recognized as the 2016 Rotaract Outstanding Project Award winner.

Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of the Rotaract Club of Bugolobi

Though they were a long way from home, members of the Rotaract Club of Bugolobi, Uganda, felt confident they could tackle problems in rural Kanabulemu during their annual 1000 Smiles project.

Their original plan focused on curtailing the spread of HIV/AIDS. It's in the Rakai District, where the first case of AIDS in Uganda was uncovered in 1982 and about 12 percent of the population has been infected with HIV in recent years. But the Rotaractors discovered that problems in the village extended far beyond the disease.

"The community lacked water, the school was in a sorry state, and the medical center was in an even sorrier state, especially the maternity ward," says Anitah Munkudane, president of the Bugolobi club. "The condition was worse than we had imagined."

The Rotaractors still weren't prepared for what they found when they launched the project with the Uganda Health Marketing Group. They expected to treat 700 at the medical camp in Kanabulemu. More than 1,000 patients came.

Volunteers, including Rotaractors from other clubs and members of the club's sponsor, the Rotary Club of Bugolobi, provided comprehensive medical exams, dental screenings, medication, birth control, and more. And the troubled maternity ward? It got new mattresses to make childbirth more comfortable.

They presented benches and desks to the Keyebe Primary School and school supplies and uniforms to its pupils, many of whom are orphans. The team also helped install a borehole to bring much-needed water to the village.

For all of its exemplary work on the 1000 Smiles Kanabulemu Edition project, the Rotaract Club of Bugolobi was named the International Winner of the Rotaract Outstanding Project Award. Members will be honored at the Korea convention in June and will receive $500 to apply to a future project. The club will use it to help women suffering from fistula, says Munkudane.

Regional Winners

Rotaract Outstanding Project Awards recognized other clubs for projects -- one in each of six regions and an international multidistrict project -- for their excellent humanitarian work.

International multidistrict project: Twelve Rotaract clubs from five districts in Turkey and Russia for the Just Like You With an (+1) Extra! project. Members collaborated with the Down Syndrome Association to organize training for children and adults with Down syndrome. Participants learned how to apply effective communication and cooperation strategies to improve their daily lives and hone job skills.

Asia Pacific: The Rotaract Club of Metro Cebu-CIT Chapter in the Philippines for Project WASHEd-UP, which transformed the lives of kids at Tagatay Elementary School in a remote area in the Philippines. Club members constructed a tank to safely store rainwater, taught the importance of hygiene and sanitation, and treated students who had skin infections and intestinal parasites.

South Asia: The Rotaract Club of The Caduceus in Maharashtra, India, for the Jana Swasthya Project. Members established a digital disease surveillance system to study epidemiological trends. Harnessing the power of mobile technology, they replaced a paper data-tracking system, allowing government officials and experts to access live data with a few clicks.

Europe, Middle East, Central Asia: The Rotaract Club of Istanbul-Dolmabahçe in Turkey for Still Child! Rotaractors organized conferences in rural areas, where local experts, psychologists, and doctors educated residents about how underage girls who are married are, statistically, undereducated and prone to medical and psychological problems.

Sub-Saharan Africa: The Rotaract Club of Lagune de Cotonou in Benin for Notre Bibliotheque. Rotaractors and Rotary members converted an abandoned building into a library for the nearly 400 children who attend Zogbadjè Primary Public School. Not only did Rotaractors design, fundraise, and implement construction plans, they stocked the new library with more than 500 books.

Latin America: The Rotaract Club of Nova Geração Itabaiana in Brazil for Projeto Sergipe. Rotaractors enrolled 100 students in literacy and professional development courses. The club developed a network of community partners and volunteers that donated meeting space for classes and lectures, developed training based on volunteers' professional expertise, and distributed educational materials and resources to students.

United States, Canada, and Caribbean: The Rotaract Club of Birmingham, Alabama, USA, for Ready 2 Succeed. The project t matches high school juniors and seniors with Rotaract mentors to better prepare students for college. Over 75 percent of the program's participants, many first-generation college students, have enrolled in college programs.

By David Sweet

Rotary News, 13-May-2016

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