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 16th, 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
David Scirah Supervisor of the Construction Volunteer Program at Chico State

(Jim Patterson)
17 18 19 20
21 22 23
Judging the National Retriever Championship show.

(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 J. R. Gallagher  to lead the pledge, which he did.  He then asked Mary Sakuma to lead the club in a song.  Since the Olympics are still on she led us in “the Star Spangled Banner”.  Jim Patterson then gave the invocation.


After being recognized in the amount of $5 for his jokes in the last three meetings, President Ravi declined to tell a joke tonight.  So Steve Plume did.  Not much better.


President Ravi brought his memory stick again with two more video clips from Rotary International.  This time I had a little trouble figuring what subject of the first one was about, other than Rotary service.  The second was about Rotarians responding to an invitation from the Pope to come to Rome in the Year of Mercy which has similar goals to Rotary Service and the Rotary Foundation.




August 23rd:  Chris Hatch and judging the National Retriever Championship show.


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.






Jim Patterson introduced Rian Farley, Lance Smith (Forum publisher), Myles Pustejovsky (North Star Engineering), Jay Lowe (Northstar Engineering) Barbra Berger and Susan Murphy.  All were here for tonight’s program and our road project, which North Star Engineering is designing for us.  Some were at Jim’s table and some at the adjacent table so Jim covered both tables.  My table had no guests, but had preempted President Ravi by having our dollars on the table before he called on us.




Chris Hatch will talk about his experience as a judge of the National Amateur Retriever Championship in Vermont.


Harvest Festival Committee Meeting


The next Harvest Festival Committee meeting will be at the Italian Cottage (Skyway) on Wednesday, August 24th at 7:00 am.




Durham Rotary Board Meeting Tuesday, August 16, 2016 Minutes

Pres. Ravi Saip called the meeting to order at 5:09PM.  A quorum was present: 

Officers Reports:

Secretary, Jim Kirks:  Minutes of Board Meeting July 12, 2016 were sent to Board Member via email.  There were no corrections or changes.  The Minutes were approved as distributed.

Treasurer, K.R. Robertson:  Financial Report June 30, 2016.  There was discussion about reporting of Durham Rotary Foundation funds.   The Financial Report approved as distributed.

Treasurer K.R. presented the draft 2016-17 budget.  After discussion, It was moved by Jim Kirks, and seconded by Roy Ellis, that the 2016-17 budget be adopted as presented with two revisions: change other income from $0.00 to $1,100.00 and change International Service from $2,000.00 to $3,100.00.   Motion carried.

President Report, Ravi Saip: No report.

President Elect report, Larry Bradley: No report

Directors Reports:

Director of Club Service: Pres. Ravi Saip announced that Program Chair Mary Sakuma would be the Director of Club Service.

Director of Vocational Service: Because Durham Rotary is a small club, Pres. Ravi Saip announced that Mary Sakuma would become Director of Vocational Service/Club Service.

Director of Community Service: Rev. Jim Patterson has this position and reported on the sidewalk, gutter and drain project on Durham Dayton Highway.  Rev. Jim announced that he had six guests from the Community and Dave Chirah from CSU, Chico to talk about the project at the Rotary meeting tonight.

Director of International Service:   Pres. Ravi Saip asked Jen Liu to serve in this position and Jen agreed to the appointment.            

Director of Youth Service: Pres. Ravi Saip asked Roy Ellis to continue in this position and Roy agreed to the request.  Larry Bradley said that he is Camp Royal Chairman.

Rotary Foundation Chairman: Steve Plume will ask Rotarians to write checks for $26.50 which is the first amount contributed to the Rotary Foundation 100 years ago.

Membership Committee Chairman: Pres. Ravi Saip asked Glenn Pulliam to service in this position and Glenn accepted the appointment.

Old Business: Already acted on by adopting  2016-17 Durham Rotary Budget during the Treasurer’s Report.

New Business: Due to lack of time, there was a short discussion about changing from weekly to twice a month Durham Rotary meetings.  The Board asked that Pres. Ravi reschedule a full discussion of this topic at a later date.  Pres. Ravi asked Board members to review the pros and cons of this issue.

Pres. Ravi Saip adjourned the meeting at 5:54PM.

Respectfully submitted, Jim Kirks, Secretary 2016-17



Rotary Foundation


As Karl Diekman mentioned when he was here, and as reiterated by Steve Plume (our Rotary Foundation Chair) Rotary International has requested each member to contribute at least $26.50 to the Rotary Foundation this year.  The amount is the exact amount that the Rotary Foundation was begun with.  Steve indicates that he has received only one pledge of a donation, from our President, who forgot to bring his check.  Mary Sakuma then pledged a contribution.  Where are the rest of you?


From the New District Governor:

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




President Ravi recognized Chris Hatch, in the amount of $20, for missing meetings while he was in Vermont judging the National Amateur Retriever Championships.

Mike Wacker was recognized in the amount of $5 for missing last week’s meeting while on an Elk’s RV outing in Oregon.


Glenn Pulliam missed last week’s meeting while camping at Mount Lassen for his 35th anniversary.  He contributed $35.


Chris Hatch and Daryl Polk each had birthdays (actually, Daryl confessed to his twin brother’s birthday, not his).  Each contributed $7 electing to have “Happy Birthday” sung jointly for both of them. 


Must Be Present To Win

Chris Hatch got some of his money back by being present to win the drawing of that name.




Jim Patterson will presented David Scirah, who is the supervisor of the Construction Volunteer Program at Chico State who will construct our next road project connecting Putney Street to Goodspeed.  David Shirah is a lecturer in Construction Management Department at CSUS, a member of the Construction Industry Advisory Committee and faculty advisor to the Associate General Contractors Student Chapter.


David Scirah talked about the various volunteer constructions projects the Construction Volunteer Program has been involved in.  Each year, construction management students plan and lead a community service project from start to finish. Past projects have included:

Students spend months organizing and preparing for execution of the selected project. They are guided by a community advisory board and faculty from the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management (ECC).

Their next project is our road project in Durham.

From Rotary International:

Young member uses leadership positions to promote diversity, inclusion

Todd Jenkins, a member of the Rotary Club of Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA, talks to clubs all over the world about diversity and inclusion.

Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of Todd Jenkins

The way Rotary member Todd Jenkins puts it, he's the first generation in his family "to do everything": first to go to college, first to fly on a plane, first to visit another country, and the first to live across state lines.

Jenkins, 28, grew up in a low-income neighborhood in Columbia, South Carolina, USA. His family worked hard just to make ends meet. So travel and college seemed out of reach.

The eldest of ten children, Jenkins says his goal was to break out of the family status quo and set a positive example for his siblings. He credits his mother with helping him avoid falling into the cycle that was common for young African-American males in his community.

"For a lot of poor minority young men without hope, there were three paths: gangs, jail, or death," says Jenkins, who is a member of the Rotary Club of Fayetteville, Arkansas. "My mom wasn't going to have that for me, so she made sure my time and focus were on education and productive activities. It was all about the books and church activities for me."

With that support and his own dedication, Jenkins excelled in school, earning merit-based scholarships to the University of South Carolina for his undergraduate degree and Illinois State University for his master's.

The impact of being the first in his family to achieve success can't be overstated, he says.

"You don't have a path in your life painted for you. You can create your own path," says Jenkins, who earned master's and doctoral degrees with a focus on minority professional development. "I had to learn how to utilize every resource. I had to break down barriers. If I didn't, I would have gone into a shell of what society thought I should be. I hope I provided a platform for my family members to branch out as much as possible to become what they hope to be."

Rotary opens his world

Jenkins moved to Fayetteville in 2012 to complete his doctorate and take an administration job at the University of Arkansas. He found that campus life alone wasn't fulfilling enough, and was looking for a way to be more engaged in the community. The university's chancellor responded by inviting him to a Fayetteville Rotary club meeting, and Jenkins says he was hooked.

"I didn't know anything about Rotary at first, but after a couple of meetings, I was so impressed with the programs it had to offer," he says. "And the speakers were the movers and shakers of Fayetteville. Going to meetings was like a history lesson about the community I lived in."

When he became a Rotary member at age 24 — another family first — Jenkins was by far the youngest of its 200-plus members. But that didn't deter him from seeking out leadership positions.

Shortly after he joined, Rotary put Jenkins on a plane for the first time, landing him on another continent. His participation in a Rotary New Generations Service Exchange in Brazil took him to a "whole other level with Rotary," he says.

Jenkins spent three months there working on his doctorate, learning how Brazilian university administrators integrate with students. But he experienced more than just academic life; Jenkins says he learned to care about other people in ways he'd never thought he could.

"The same emotions I felt for my family in the U.S. I felt for my family in Brazil. Yes, we were culturally different. But there was so much in common," he says. "Exposure to different ways of life and different customs planted the seeds that would blossom into the things going on in my life now."

Investing in diversity and inclusion

Galvanized by his exchange experience, Jenkins returned to Fayetteville eager to promote change. He became his Rotary club's youth service chair and then district Youth Exchange officer, making him one of the youngest district leaders in Rotary. He's also served as the club's Rotary Youth Leadership Award chair, Rotaract faculty adviser, and Interact sponsor adviser.

When you ask Fayetteville club president Harrison Pittman what Jenkins brings to the club, he responds, "What does Todd not bring to the club?

"Since the day Todd joined, he's been a leader in many ways that have advanced Rotary principles and expanded our membership," says Pittman. "Todd is one of those special Rotarians who exemplifies what present and future Rotary is all about."

His district-level training enabled Jenkins to translate his club's business goals into tangible results.

He'd noticed that, typically, 40 to 50 of the club's 210 members didn't attend regular meetings but had paid for lunch anyway.

Seeing the empty seats as a missed opportunity, Jenkins proposed an Under 35 Rule to the club's board: Half of those available seats can be used to invite young professionals to the meeting free of charge. And if one of these guests decides to join, their dues and fees are cut in half.

Jenkins says this initiative has recruited about 12 new members since it was launched two years ago.

"If people in our community aren't exposed to Rotary, how are they going to know all that we do and accomplish? Bringing in young professionals with a financial incentive is a great way to holistically develop and fill in what's missing," he says.

Pittman is equally enthusiastic. "Young professionals considering joining Rotary are often constrained by the time and financial commitments," he says. "Our Under 35 Rule allows our club to say to interested young professionals: 'We care about you and want you to join us in changing our community and the world.' "

Tie-ing it together

Beyond Rotary, Jenkins is the founder and CEO of Bowtie Development, an international leadership management and professional development firm that focuses on bringing diverse people together to boost organizational productivity and performance.

His affinity for the necktie earned him the nickname "Dr. Bowtie." "I love it! I wish I could be called that all the time," he says with a laugh.

This month, Jenkins is leading a Young Professionals Summit in northwest Arkansas, an event cosponsored by Rotary clubs in the area. The summit's aim is to empower emerging leaders to create positive change within themselves, their workplace, and their community. Says Jenkins: "I want to showcase Rotary and encourage attendees to expose themselves to what we do."

To promote that goal, Jenkins speaks to clubs all over the world about diversity and inclusion. "I don't necessarily like using the word diversity. To me, diversity is 'fullness,' " he says. "I believe Rotary can achieve fullness through investing in our youth and diverse members. I often say to clubs, 'Let's color the Rotary pipeline with our programs like Youth Exchange and membership development.' Those are the people who already have a global experience, which I feel is crucial for Rotary's future.

"Diversity is inviting everyone to the party. Inclusion is allowing everyone at the party to dance the way they want to dance," he adds. "That's what I want for Rotary. Let's all continue the dance."

By Ryan Hyland

Rotary News


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