Rotary International


John F. Germ

Rotary District 5160 Governor:

Fred Collignon

Durham Rotary President:
Ravi Saip


Rowel Editor: Phil Price
Rowel Publisher: Jen Liu




August 2nd, 2016


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


2016                                         Calendar for Durham Rotary


1 2
Grant Lundberg, CEO of Lundberg Family Farms
(Jen Liu)
3 4 5 6
7 8 9
Mary Sakuma will present a program based on her travels to Germany and Switzerland
(Mary Sakuma)
10 11 12 13
14 15 16
(Jim Patterson)
17 18 19 20
21 22 23
(Chris Hatch)
24 25 26 27
28 29 30
(Roy Ellis)


1 2 3
4 5 6
No Meeting
Due to Labor Day
7 8 9 10
11 12 13
Harvest Festival Preparation at Durham Park
(JR Gallagher)
14 15 16 17
Harvest Festival Preparation Day at Durham Park
(JR Gallagher)
Harvest Festival y at Durham Park
(JR Gallagher)
19 20
No Meeting
Due to
Harvest Festival
21 22 23 24
25 26 27
Club Assembly on the Harvest Festival
(JR Gallagher)
28 29 30

President Ravi Saip opened the meeting and asked visitor Dan Davis to lead the pledge, which he did.  He then asked Mary Sakuma to lead the club in a song.  She led us in “My Country Tis of Thee”.  Jim Patterson then gave the invocation.




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.







Jen Liu introduced his wife, Pam, and his program, Grant Lundberg.  Roy Ellis’s table had no guests so all contributed $1.  Steve Plume introduced former member and past president of our club Dan Davis, now of the Prescott, Arizona Breakfast Club.




District Governor Fred Collignon last week had a certificate for Roy Ellis in recognition of his work with our youth, but Roy was not here.   So President Ravi presented it.

President Ravi passed around a thank you note from Danielle Gamble for her scholarship.  There was also a letter from Heather Lowe thanking us for sending her to Camp Royal.


President Ravi remembered to bring the memory stick he forgot last week and, with Jen’s help, showed two video clips from Rotary International.  The first on water in Ghana and the second on Rotary Foundation’s contributions helping with water, employment, displaced student, fighting disease, education and generally doing good around the world.




Mary Sakuma will present a program about her travels in Germany and Switzerland.




Rotary Foundation


Steve Plume, our Rotary Foundation chairperson, reported that the Rotary International has requested each member to contribute at least $26.50 this year.  The amount is the exact amount that the Rotary Foundation was begun with.


From the New District Governor:

Fact #1:   Saturday, August 27 is District 5160's Rotary Foundation Fun Day at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.  See below for how to purchase tickets online.

Fact #2:  Share this email with your friends and family!

What a great way to spend a day.  We did the math. Take a family of four to Six Flags, and with entrance, food and parking, your walk-in price is over $360.  Take advantage of this terrific offer, and your family of four INCLUDING parking and INCLUDING great food, is $180!  How can you beat that?

Check out the details below, and keep these things in mind - 

- Save big $$
- Have a wonderful day!
- Mouth-watering BBQ lunch!
- Induct our new Club Presidents!

Fact #3:  Get your tickets now. Space is limited.

Fact #4:  You in the NORTH:  Want to stay in Vallejo Saturday night?  Contact Marriot Hotel, 707-644-1200. Located across the street from the park.   Rotary special room rate, $219/night, is offered if booked by July 26. 



Bring guests, who you think you can interest in becoming a member, to meetings.


Conference in Oregon

Join us August 11-14 at the first annual Stove Summit

This summer, StoveTeam International joins InStove to co-host Stove Summit in Cottage Grove, Oregon.

Stove Summit is a four-day conference dedicated to solving global humanitarian and environmental challenges through a combination of field demonstrations, capacity-building workshops, presentations by clean-cooking thought leaders, and networking with stove-sector professionals. Sign up to attend Stove Summit (link:
Stove Summit is a unique opportunity to learn about the state of the art in improved cookstoves from the leaders in the field, funders, partners, and experts in project implementation and evaluation.
Representatives from the following groups will present at Stove Summit:

International Lifeline Fund
Burn Design Lab
Trees Water People
Aprovecho Reseach Center
Oregon State University, and
Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

Additional workshops will focus on stove designs, rocket stove building, effective philanthropy, and measuring impacts.
Attend Stove Summit, and stay the following week for
Stove Camp, hosted by Aprovecho Research Center.
We hope to see you there!
Sign up to attend Stove Summit today!



President Ravi recognized Roy Ellis in the amount of $10 for the Comanche Ride and a horse camping trip with the Larsons plus an additional $26.50 contribution to the Rotary Foundation. 


He recognized both his birthday and K. R.’s birthday.  Each requested a song so each contributed $7.


Sargent at Arms, Larry Bradley recognized President Rave $5 for a poor joke and $10 for being late to the meeting.


Must Be Present To Win

Steve Plume was present to win the drawing of that name.




Jen Liu presented Grant Lundberg of Lundberg Farms.  He talked about the history of Lundberg Farms and their products.  He also distributed rice cookies covered with chocolate and bags of Quinoa, a different grain which is not well known, but which my wife knows about and was happy to get.  See in Jen’s photos below.



 From Rotary International:


(I may have included this before, but in view of what is being propose for our meetings I thought it appropriate).

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:

Learn more about the Council on Legislation

See vote totals

By Arnold Grahl

Rotary News



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