Rotary International


K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran

Rotary District 5160 Governor:

Ken Courville

Durham Rotary President:
Mick Wacker


Rowel Editor: Phil Price




Jun 21st, 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
Club Assembly
(Ravi Saip)
13 14 15 16
17 18 19
Mary Sakuma
20 21 22 23
24 25 26
Mary Sakuma
27 28 29 30

President Mike Wacker opened the meeting at the BCCC, with the official bell, which had been returned on the promise of a contribution of $101. Mike contributed the $101.  Mike then asked Steve Plume to lead the pledge, which he did.  Again, with both Larry Bradley and Mary Sakuma absent (she arrived later) he asked for Len Foreman to lead us in a song.  He led us in “My Country ‘tis of Thee”.  Then Jim Patterson gave the invocation, again asking for desert.  This time his prayer was heard, and we had frosted chocolate cupcakes.


Mike then read a letter from Dar Meyer indicating that he was withdrawing from the Club due to health reasons.




June 28th:  Mary Sakuma-Demotion Party.


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


July 12th: Ravi’s first meeting.


July 19th:  Mary Sakuma


July 26th:  Mary Sakuma






Former member, Georgie Bellin, stopped by briefly to tell us about Chico Rotary’s Demotion next Tuesday.




This will be the annual Demotion Party organized, this year, by Mary Sakuma.  Bring your spouses and significant others. 




Harvest Festival


Nothing more at this time.




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



Mary Sakuma contributed $118 in recognition for her promotion to Butte County Deputy Superintendent of Schools.  The odd number was because she was only $18 short of being a Bell Ringer and adding the second $100 made her a double Bell Ringer, but she didn’t want to get anywhere near the Bell to ring it.  I don’t know whether she was afraid of being accused of stealing it or whether she was afraid she couldn’t resist the urge to steal it.


Len Foreman contributed $10 for missing last week’s meeting and $29 for his anniversary.


Jim Kirks contributed $12 for his 12th anniversary.


Steve Plume contributed $30 for his trip to Boise, Idaho.


Brian Aquair was here for the first time after becoming a new father on May 17th.  The hat was passed for him to match in opening a savings account for the new baby boy Leland.  $160 was raised, however, due to the small number of members present it will be passed again next week.




President Mike, with the assistance of a slide show discussed the accomplishments of his year as Club President.


Must Be Present To Win

Travis Edsall was not present to win the drawing.


From Rotary International:

Council grants clubs greater flexibility in meeting, membership

Council member Dominque Dubois holds up a green card to indicate support of a motion while Sandeep Nurang ponders his response during the 2016 Council on Legislation.

Photo Credit: Monika Lozinska

The 2016 Council on Legislation may well be remembered as one of the most progressive in Rotary history.

Not only did this Council grant clubs more freedom in determining their meeting schedule and membership, it also approved an increase in per capita dues of $4 a year for three years. The increase will be used to enhance Rotary’s website, improve online tools, and add programs and services to help clubs increase membership.

The Council is an essential element of Rotary’s governance. Every three years, members from around the world gather in Chicago to consider proposed changes to the policies that govern the organization and its member clubs. Measures that are adopted take effect 1 July.

The tone for this year was set early, when the RI Board put forth two proposals that increase flexibility. The first measure allows clubs to decide to vary their meeting times, whether to meet online or in person, and when to cancel a meeting, as long as they meet at least twice a month. The second allows clubs flexibility in choosing their membership rules and requirements. Both passed.

Representatives also approved removing six membership criteria from the RI Constitution and replacing them with a simple requirement that a member be a person of good character who has a good reputation in their business or community and is willing to serve the community.

The $4 per year dues increase was based on a five-year financial forecast that predicted that if Rotary didn’t either raise dues or make drastic cuts, its reserves would dip below mandated levels by 2020. The yearly per capita dues that clubs pay to RI will be $60 in 2017-18, $64 in 2018-19, and $68 in 2019-20. The next council will establish the rate after that.

“We are at a moment in time when we must think beyond the status quo,” said RI Vice President Greg E. Podd. “We must think about our future.”

Podd said the dues increase will allow RI to improve My Rotary, develop resources so clubs can offer a better membership experience, simplify club and district reporting, improve website access for Rotaractors, and update systems to keep Rotary in compliance with changing global regulations.

Also because of this Council’s decisions:

By Arnold Grahl

Rotary News



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