Rotary International


K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran

Rotary District 5160 Governor:

Ken Courville

Durham Rotary President:
Mick Wacker


Rowel Editor: Phil Price




Jun 14th, 2016


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


2016                                         Calendar for Durham Rotary


1 2 3 4
5 6 7
Club Assembly
(KR Robertson)
8 9 10 11
12 13 14
Hunting in NZ by Travis Edsall
(Jen Liu)
15 16 17 18
19 20 21
Club Assembly
(Mike Wacker)
22 23 24 25
26 27 28
Demotion Party
(Mary Sakuma)
29 30


1 2
3 4 5
No Meeting due to 4th of July holiday
6 7 8 9
10 11 12
13 14 15 16
17 18 19
20 21 22 23
24 25 26
27 28 29 30

President Mike Wacker opened the meeting back at the BCCC, with a substitute Bell, the official bell having disappeared at  K. R. and Sharon Robertson’s home.  He then asked Dave Jessen to lead the pledge, which he did.  With both Larry Bradley and Mary Sakuma absent (she arrived later) he asked for a volunteer to lead us in a song.  Steve Plume did.  Then Jim Patterson gave the invocation.


Phil Price reported that he heard a rumor that the Bell had been found in a member’s car, after the meeting at Robertson’s home.  According to the rumor the person who found it was wondering what President Mike might be willing to contribute for its return so he would not have to continue as president next year.  Phil didn’t report the source of his rumor (the Constitutional privilege of the press to keep sources secret) but Jen Liu did allow as how he might be able to communicate any offer of Mike’s to the culprit.  So Mike offered a contribution of $101 for the return of the Bell.




June 21st:  Mike Wacker, Club Assembly+


June 28th:  Mary Sakuma-Demotion Party.


July 5:  No meeting due to holiday the day before.


July 12th: Ravi’s first meeting. 





None tonight.  In fact, only 13 members until Mary arrived late making it 14.  Where is everyone?




Next week President Mike will hold a Club Assembly reviewing his year as president.  And he may have something else.




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 Drivers Needed.


Larry Bradley is looking for drivers to transport students home from the bus drop off point in Chico.  Jen has tentatively volunteered, but must check with Pam.  But, 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.




Jim Patterson contributed $31 making him a double Bell Ringer for his grandson’s photo with the scholarship winners at graduation, which appeared in last week’s Rowel.


Mary Sakuma contributed $10 for being late and volunteered an additional $30 in honor of Glenn Pulliam’s recognition for being named “Teacher of the Year”.


Roy Ellis contributed $5 for missing a meeting.


Ravi Saip contributed $20 for an airplane photo in the ER.




Travis Edsall spoke about the trip to New Zealand he and his son went on and showed slides of their hunting trip and other areas of New Zealand they visited.  The following photos have been in the Rowel before, but show results of the hunting part of the trip.




Must Be Present To Win

Jim Patterson was present to win the drawing.


From Rotary International:

Altruism: Individual serving

Illustration by Dave Cutler

From the June 2016 issue of The Rotarian

The sun rises on a new school day. In rural Ganguli, India, 450 students climb aboard school buses. Five years ago they couldn’t have gone to school because the distance from their village was too far to walk.

In San Agustín, Ecuador, students used to attend classes in the town morgue when it rained, because their school had no roof. Since 2012, hundreds of children there have learned to read and write in a real classroom.

Quietly orchestrating these and other projects was Vasanth Prabhu, a member of the Rotary Club of Central Chester County (Lionville), Pa. When he was growing up in India, education was not free, and he saw how hard his father worked to pay for schooling for eight children. Understanding how school can change a person’s life keeps Prabhu working to provide education to those with no access to it, he says.

“I feel that everyone is a diamond in the rough,” he says. “But it must be cut and polished to show its brilliance.” So instead of spending his money on luxuries, he is using it to bring out that brilliance.

There are three ways we can deal with enormous problems and our emotional responses to them. We can let them overcome us until we feel too paralyzed to act. We can bury our heads in the sand. Or we can act. And when we help others, we often find that we benefit as well.

“Taking action allows me to exercise passion,” Prabhu says, “to give it a good place to go.”

James Doty, director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University, wrote Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart. “We’re adapted to recognize suffering and pain; for us to respond is hard-wired into our brain’s pleasure centers,” says Doty. “We receive oxytocin or dopamine bursts that result in increased blood flow to our reward centers. In short, we feel good when we help.”

Caring for others brings other benefits, too. “When we engage in activities that help, it also results in lowering our blood pressure and heart rate,” he notes. Research shows that it can help us live longer. And the good deeds we do can inspire others.

On the flip side, Doty says, “People can create mistrust or fear by implying that another group is threatening our safety. When that happens, fear or anxiety makes us want to withdraw into our own group and not care for others. Hormones are released that are detrimental to long-term health. But generally speaking, most people will be kind and compassionate to other people.”

For years, Peggy Callahan has told stories that are hard to hear. A documentary producer covering social justice issues, she’s also a co-founder of two nonprofits working to help people who are enslaved or caught in human trafficking. But perhaps paradoxically, her difficult work brings her happiness, and, thanks to neuroscience research, she understands why. “When you do an act of good, you get a neurotransmitter ‘drop’ in your brain that makes you happy,” she says. And there’s a multiplier effect: “Someone who witnesses that act also experiences that, and remembering that act makes it happen all over again.” She wondered how she could leverage that.

The result was Anonymous Good, a virtual community and website where people post stories or photos of acts of kindness they’ve carried out, observed, or received. For each act posted, website sponsors make a donation to feed the hungry, free people who are enslaved, plant a tree for cleaner air, or dig a well for clean water.

“One act of good is much more than simply one act of good,” says Callahan. “It’s part of a much bigger force.”

Like Prabhu and Callahan, P.J. Maddox – a member of the Rotary Club of Dunn Loring-Merrifield, Va. – has felt the joy of tackling issues that seem too big to face. Rotary projects she has supported include funding a nurse-led clinic in war-ravaged rural Nicaragua. She has also mentored and made a Youth Exchange trip possible for a student otherwise unable to participate because of hardships at home.

“Some problems are so complicated and huge, it could be easy to say, ‘Why bother?’” Maddox says. “But in addition to Rotary’s power of collective talents to make something happen, I realized that the outcome of these projects wouldn’t have been what they were if I wasn’t there. I realized that a single human being can change the world.”

As the sun sets around the globe – as students in India head back home on the school bus, as pupils in Ecuador close their books for the day, and as people in many places are well-fed, free, and happy – the world looks a little different. Because one individual extended a hand, there are people newly ready to change the world tomorrow.

Carol Hart Metzker is the author of Facing the Monster: How One Person Can Fight Child Slavery and a member of the E-Club of One World D5240.

By Carol Hart Metzker

The Rotarian



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