John F. Germ
Rotary District 5160 Governor:
Durham Rotary President:
July 26th, 2016
The 2016 Harvest Festival will be held on September 18, 2016
2016 Calendar for Durham Rotary
No Meeting due to 4th of July holiday
Also board meeting at 5:00pm
Camp Royal Students
DG Fred Collignon's Visit
Grant Lundberg, CEO of Lundberg Family Farms
Mary Sakuma will present a program based on her travels to Germany and Switzerland
President Ravi Saip opened the meeting stating that he had nothing prepared for the meeting. Someone suggested that with his involvement in airplanes, he was winging it. Anyway, he asked Dave Jessen to lead the pledge, which he did. He then asked Larry Bradley to lead the club in a song. He led us in “God Bless America”. Jim Patterson then gave the invocation.
August 2nd: Jen Liu will present Grant Lundberg from Lundberg Family Farms.
August 9th: Mary Sakuma will present a program about her travels in Germany and Switzerland.
August 16th: Jim Patterson
August 23rd: Chris Hatch
August 30th: Roy Ellis
September 6th; No Meeting due to holiday the day before.
September 13th: At Durham Park in preparation for the Harvest Festival.
September 17th: Harvest Festival preparation day.
September 18th: The Harvest Festival.
September 20th: No
September 27th: Club Assembly on the Harvest Festival by J. R. Gallagher.
VISITING ROTARIANS & GUESTS
Jim Kirks introduced District Governor Fred Collignon, of the Berkeley Club, and his wife, Joan. Jim also introduced Arnie Gustafson, Assistant Governor from the Orland Club.
The other two tables had no guests so all contributed $1.
District Governor Fred Collignon presented a plaque to Larry Bradley in recognition of his contributions to Rotary including his work with the students attending Camp Royal. He also had a plaque for Roy Ellis, but Roy was not here.
Minutes of Board Meeting With District Governor
From Club Secretary, Jim Kirks:
Durham Rotary Club - Minutes of the Board of Directors - July 26,
President Ravi Saip called the meeting to order at 5:11PM.
Present: Mike Wacker, IMP, Rev. Jim Patterson, Community Service Director, KR Robertson, Treasurer, Jim Kirks, Secretary, Glenn Pulliam, Jen Liu, Steve Plume and Larry Bradley.
Pres. Ravi introduced Rotary District 5160 Governor Fred Collignon. Gov. Fred announced that this is the 100th anniversary of Rotary District 5160. The first Rotary Club in the District is the Berkeley Rotary Club. The District 5160 Convention will be held in Berkeley on the U.C. Berkeley campus. The UC Berkeley Rotaract Club is the largest one in the USA. Both Rotaract and Interact clubs will be invited to participate. This is a first for Rotary District 5160 conventions. Rotary Clubs are invited to bring posters of what we are most proud of. District Gov. Fred then asked Durham Rotarians what projections they were most proud of.
Rev. Jim Patterson cited the Putney Street rebuilding of curbs, gutters, and drainage to improve access to the schools. There was complete community and county government involvement from July through October 1984.
Larry Bradley pointed out that Durham Rotary built the canopy over the picnic area at Durham Park.
Steve Plume shared that Camp Royal and scholarships are important to him because students are enhanced by it.
Jim Kirks recalled the Stop Hunger Now food packaging at a District 5160 Conference at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico. Because it was highly rated by attendees, he recommended that Durham Rotary sponsor a Stop Hunger Now event. The Club has done food packaging with the Interact Club members at Durham High School for the past three years. Jim has now shared Stop Hunger Now with his Church based on the Rotary experience. It was so successful that his Church has started raising funds to do it again in 2017.
KR Robertson mentioned the canopy and picnic tables and benches at the Durham Park.
Glenn Pulliam cited the Tanzania Water and Sanitation Project which he got three President Elects to support as Chico Rotary needed a three-year commitment. The Club along with 30 more Rotary Clubs has continued to support the Project.
Jen Liu shared how the Durham High School Interact Club is very active. It supports the Durham Rotary Club’s fund-raising projects.
Pres. Ravi Saip mentioned that Durham Rotary Club is continuing the curb, drain, gutter and sidewalk project from Putney Street to Goodspeed St. on the north side of Durham Dayton Highway. Mike Crump, Butte County Director of Public Works, has authorized his staff to prepare specifications for the project. North Star Engineering is willing to do the plans pro bono. David Shirar will present the project to CSU, Chico and Butte College for construction students to work on for experience. An account within the Durham Rotary Foundation should be set up to receive donations to pay for the cost of the material for this project. Rev. Jim Patterson volunteered to be the Project Coordinator.
Immediate Past President Mike Wacker cited youth programs. He also mentioned the Harvest Festival that has continued for more than thirty years.
District 5160 Gov. Fred continued to explain that the District 5160 conference will have the theme of “A Summer of Love.” It will emphasize youth. A survey of former Rotary youth group members showed that 65% of former Interact and Rotaract members would join Rotary if asked.
We are not tracking youth when they leave Rotary youth programs. Some issues are:
1. Youth don’t hear what Rotary does.
2. Youth want more experience in service with Rotarians.
3. Look at parents of Rotary youth as possible Rotarians.
4. Youth don’t know what is the Four Way Test and due to this lack of
knowledge don’t enter the Four Way Test Speech
5. Ask students and Rotary youth to send back selfies.
6. Mentor students by calling them after six months of an activity or
presentation of scholarships.
Durham Rotary during the last four years has gained four members and lost seven members. The lost are of veteran members. However, there is a 100% retention of new members. We are retaining 78% of our members. Rotary in the USA has lost 19% of its membership. However, Rotary District 5160 has gained 450 members and lost 430 members. This is the first year of a gain in Rotary District 5160 members.
When members are moving, ask them if you can help them join a Rotary club where they are moving.
Arne Gustafson of the Orland Rotary Club is the Assistant District 5160 Governor for the eight Rotary Clubs in our region. Brian Gray of the Paradise Rotary Club is Foundation Chairman for the District. In November, there will be a Rotary foundation event at the Almendra Winery in Durham. There will be 100 tickets available because space is limited at the Winery.
David Vodden of the Willows Rotary Club will be the Membership Chairman for the District. There might be a social event at thunder Hill near Willows and a picnic for the region’s Rotary Clubs at Durham Park in the spring.
Rotary Foundation grants help fund project of District 5160 Rotary Clubs. There are more projects submitted than funds available. An increase in giving to the Rotary Foundation will help fund more projects. It is the goal for each Rotarian to contribute $100 annually to the Rotary Foundation.
There being no further business, Pres. Ravi Saip adjourned the meeting at 5:51pm.
Jen Liu will present Grant Lundberg from Lundberg Family Farms.
REPORTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
From the New District Governor:
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Bring guests, who you think you can interest in becoming a member, to meetings.
Conference in Oregon
President Ravi recognized himself for forgetting his thumb drive to show a video on the club’s equipment that Jen Liu had set up for him. He contributed $5.
President Ravi then recognized Mike Wacker, Jim Kirks, Dave Jessen, Steve Greenwood and Phil Price for missing the last meeting. All contributed $5 each. Actually Mike contributed $50 but I cannot read my notes as to why.
Must Be Present To Win
K. R. Robertson was present to win the drawing of that name.
President Ravi introduce District Governor Fred Collignon. The District Governor spoke animatedly about various matters. He probably would have spoken longer but his wife kept track of the time and show him by her fingers the time he had left.
He talked about the birthday of District 5160, Youth Services, the Foundation, Polio Plus, Membership and the problem of membership retention, our prior local projects and our participation in international projects, the effects of this District on the world and the next District Conference on the Berkeley Campus, which will include Rotaract and Interact.
From Rotary International:
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 Rotary International web site is: www.rotary.org
District 5160 is: www.rotary5160.org
The Durham Rotary Club site is: www.durhamrotary.org
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