Rotary International


K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran

Rotary District 5160 Governor:

Ken Courville

Durham Rotary President:
Mick Wacker


Rowel Editor: Phil Price




May 24th, 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 BCCC by asking Phil Price to lead the pledge, which he did.  Then he asked Larry Bradley to lead us in a song.  He led us in singing “America the Beautiful”. Then Jim Patterson gave the invocation.




May 31st:  No Meeting


June 7th:  There may or may not be a meeting, but if so, not at the BCCC due to the election.  Check your emails from Glenn.


June 14th:  Jen Liu


June 21st:  Mike Wacker


June 28th:  Mary Sakuma-Demotion Party





Dave Jessen introduced Danielle Gamble, Student of the Month for January, and William Askea, Teacher of the Year.  The other two tables had no guests and therefore contributed $1 each.  Later Danielle’s mother , Traci Gamble, arrived.  Len Forman introduced her.




Next week there will be no meeting due to Memorial Day.


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. Check your emails from Glenn.




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


Camp Royal Drivers Needed.


Also,  Larry Bradley is looking for drivers to transport students to the bus pickup point in Chico.  If you can help, please call him.




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




Ravi had sent an email to President Mike thanking the Club for the flowers sent to his wife as part of Mikes recurrent Rotary Flower’s program.  The Ravi was recognized for the program he presented at Sirs, during which he did not mention Durham Rotary.  There were 3 Durham Rotarians present so at $5 per Rotarian that was a $15 contribution.


Your editor was then recognized for his Birthday.  He requested a song, which the Club sang.  That was a $7 contribution.  Then there was something about missing 3 meeting, two of which while in Cabo San Lucas.  I think the contribution ended up somewhere in the area of $65.  I don’t know why, since it was raining there.




Well, not all the time (that was only for 15 minutes Saturday morning. 

Those two lounges chairs by the tree below are ours.



Daryl Polk contributed $20 for missing two meetings.


Glenn Pulliam had a birthday, without a song, and missed a meeting.  He contributed $26 to become a Bell Ringer.


Clint Goss did request a song for his birthday and so contributed $7.


Jen Liu, who attended a family wedding in Taiwan and missed a meeting contributed $50.


Delayed Student of the Month


Roy Ellis presented a plaque to our Student of the Month for January, Danielle Gamble.



For some reason my phone began taking black and white photos at this point.  I have no idea why.  I didn’t even know it would do that.  I had to reset the camera entirely to get it back to color, but not until after the meeting.  So I apologize for the following photos not being in color.







Teacher of the Year


President Mike then presented our Teacher of the Year award to William Askea.



He then spoke about his career of teaching and his love of helping the students.






Kimberly Jones, Assistant Director Facilities, Planning & Management at Butte College spoke about the future plans for further development at Butte College, including a new science building, renovation of the old science building for the ag program, replacement of the portable buildings and adding solar to the Chico facility.



Other Reports


President Mike reported receiving a letter from Stop Hunger Now thanking us for our assistance.  They reported having distributed 200,000,000 meals to date.


Larry Bradley reported having a conversation with Carolyn Edwards in which he told her that we had named a scholarship in the name of Jim.


Mary Sakuma will replace Glenn Pulliam as the Program Chairperson starting July 1st.


Must Be Present To Win

Jen Lue came back from Taiwan just in time to win this drawing.


From Rotary International:

Pope welcomes Rotary to Jubilee audience

Pope Francis greets Rotary International President K.R. Ravindran at a Jubilee audience at the Vatican on 30 April, where 9,000 Rotary members were special guests of the pontiff.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Vatican

Thousands of Rotary members, motivated by a special invitation from Pope Francis, gathered at the Vatican in Rome on Saturday to celebrate a message of compassion, inclusiveness, and service to humanity.

At midmorning, the group -- numbering some 9,000 members from 80 countries -- made its way through the congested streets of Rome, past the tight security surrounding St. Peter's Square, and settled into the area reserved for Rotary in front of St. Peter's Basilica for the Jubilee audience.

Francis, a 79-year-old Argentine, urged the crowd of more than 100,000, which included members of the police and armed forces from around the world, "to build a culture of peace, security, and solidarity around the world."

His message of peace resonated with Rotary members, including R. Asokan from Tamil Nadu, India. "His message about peace is about accepting. Rotary, which accepts all walks of life, can carry his message to all our clubs, therefore carrying his message to all our communities," says Asokan.

Though Francis is the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, his words often reach a wider audience. A poll published earlier this year found him to be one of the most liked and trusted world leaders.

That's what made this event at the Vatican so appealing, says Adriana Lanting, who traveled from California, USA, to attend. "To have such a transcending figure together with a transcending organization like Rotary in the same place is something I just couldn't miss," says Lanting, a member of the Rotary Club of Long Beach.

Madrid Zimmerman, another Long Beach member, isn't Catholic but says Francis has a knack for touching people's hearts regardless of where they're from. "Rotary has the same effect," she adds. "We may have different ways of expressing it, but our [Rotary] action in helping others comes from the same place.

"This event is a reminder that we only have one goal and that's to give service to those who need it. I think that's the message I want to bring back to my club," Zimmerman says.

After the Jubilee audience, Francis met with a small delegation of Rotary members led by RI President K.R. Ravindran. The pope spoke to Ravindran about the importance of vaccinating children against polio and encouraged Rotary to continue its efforts against this disease.

"I have been honored and deeply touched to have had the opportunity to meet Pope Francis earlier today, and to have heard him tell us to continue our fight toward polio eradication," says Ravindran, who is Hindu. "It has given me even more pride in Rotary's past, even more faith in its present, and even more optimism about its future, than ever before."

Mitigating the migrant crisis

On Friday, Rotary hosted a panel discussion in Rome to highlight efforts to alleviate the plight of refugees from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. More than 60 million people, including 11 million Syrians, have been displaced by war and violence over the last four years. Such extensive displacement has not been seen since World War II.

In the discussion, moderated by Vatican Radio, experts from the World Food Programme, the Jesuit Refugee Service, and UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency) talked about ways to help migrants start over in their new countries.

Rotary General Secretary John Hewko, speaking on the panel, pointed to several initiatives Rotary clubs have undertaken to integrate refugees into society, including computer coding schools and a vocational training project in Rimini, Italy.

"The plight of today's refugees is really a litmus test for today's compassion," Hewko said.

He encouraged audience members and panelists to use their connections to provide the resources and funding needed to address the humanitarian crisis.

After the panel discussion, Bonaventure Fohtung, a member of the Rotary Club of Upper Blue Mountains Sunrise in New South Wales, Australia, said that Rotary and the pope have the same agenda when it comes to helping migrants. Recently Francis took 12 Syrian migrants, three families including six children, back with him to the Vatican after visiting a camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. 

"We need to go home from this event and set an example. Each club should do something. Just one thing to help these refugees can make a remarkable difference," he added.

The two-day Rotary event in Rome, tied to the Vatican's Jubilee of Mercy and dubbed the Jubilee of Rotarians by organizers from District 2080 (Italy), also included benefit concerts and three fundraising dinners for polio eradication.

By Ryan Hyland

Rotary News




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