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 30th, 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
Andy Pickett, Deputy CAO in Butte County
(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

Pres. Ravi Saip called the meeting to order.  Len Foreman led the flag salute.  Larry Bradley had Durham Rotarians sing “Home on the Range.”  Rev. Jim Patterson gave the invocation.

Pres. Ravi showed videos of Rotary International in action.  We viewed a water project that brought the water directly to homes in Guatemala.  Another video showed a polio immunization project in the Ivory Coast.




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.






Mike Wacker introduced the guests at his table.  The other two tables contributed $1.00 each per person for lacking guests.


Next Meeting


Durham Rotary will be dark on September 6th due to the Labor Day Holiday.  Our next meeting will be September 13th with a BBQ at the Durham Park.

Roy Ellis needs information on who the Durham High School Interact officers are for 2016-17 as we need to obtain Interact volunteers to work at the Harvest Festival.




Steve Plume reported that there were two polio cases in Africa.  We still need to donate to end polio.  Dr. Anderson has passed away.  Dr. Anderson was responsible for a twenty-year project that resulted in eliminating the disease of small pox world wide.  Steve collected a check for $26.50 from Pres. Ravi for the Rotary Foundation.  Rotary is asking everyone to contribute a minimum of $26.50 or more. $26.50 was the amount that started the Rotary Foundation 100 years ago.  The Rotary Foundation is now one of the 10 largest foundations in the world.

Larry Bradley announced that there was a Harvest Festival Breakfast that covered many issues.  Unfortunately, Phil Price has been hospitalized and volunteers are needed to fill in for Phil at the Harvest Festival.  Members need to follow up with sponsors as sponsor money is greatly needed.  Dollar General has volunteered to provide ice for the Harvest Festival.  1,000 pounds of ice will be needed.

Pres. Ravi read a thank you letter from a scholarship recipient.  Tanis and Norm Larson thanked Durham Rotary for the 60th wedding anniversary bouquet. 


Roy Ellis is planning posters that will emphasize that the money received from the sale of Ducky Derby tickets will go to the Durham High School Sober Graduation party.  For each $5.00 ticket sold, Durham Rotary receives $4.00 for local projects.



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



Pres. Ravi recognized Norm Larson for $40.00 for his 60th wedding anniversary.

Then Pres. Ravi recognized himself for $10.00 for a picture in the paper of an Air Spray plane and $5.00 for missing last week’s meeting.

Rev. Jim Patterson stood up to be recognized for $5.00 for being recognized for the first time for one of his prayers by President Elect Larry at last week’s meeting.

Dave Jessen rose to be recognized for missing last week’s meeting due to his son’s 51st birthday.  Dave contributed $5.51 (a penny for each year of his son’s life plus $5.00 for missing the meeting.)

Brian Aguirre contributed $12.00 in gratitude for his new born son doubling in weight in three months.

Glenn Pulliam donated $10.00 in honor of his fellow Rotarians due to their embarrassingly poor self introductions.

Jim Kirks contributed $10 for Durham Rotarians ($5.00 for Jen Liu and $5.00 for Mike Wacker) who called to offer him help with Quick Books.  It was impressive to have Rotarians call to offer help without Jim having to beg people for assistance. 

Must Be Present To Win

Robert Olea wasn’t present to win.  The pot grows to $20.00 for the next drawing.



Roy Ellis introduced our speaker Andy Pickett.  Andy Pickett, Deputy CAO in Butte County,  responsibilities focus primarily on the public safety functions (Sheriff, Jail, DA, Probation, Courts, Grand Jury, Fire).  He has been in Butte County going on nine years.  Prior to Butte County Andy worked as a Risk Analyst and Administrative Analyst at the County of Sonoma for about 15 years.  Andy Pickett holds a BA in International Affairs from Sonoma State University and an MPA from the University of San Francisco.

Because Andy has noticed that people often focus on his accent and are distracted from listening to what he has to say.   Andy began his talk by telling us he was born in Argentina and moved to the States when I was 10.  He lives in Chico with his wife Cindy and two teenagers.  In his spare time Andy likes to backpack, motorcycle, and anything to do with Soccer.
Andy shared that people are using libraries more to get a handle on all the tremendous amounts of information flooding our lives via the Internet.  Due to the prison realignment, a new jail is needed to accommodate inmates that will be incarcerated for years, not months.

The Butte County Supervisors made some hard decisions when the economy took a down turn.  Twenty per cent of the employees were laid off.  Changes were made to retirement and benefits.  The County is now in good shape.

The increases in County Fire Service expenditures are outstripping the increases in general fund revenue.  This is not sustainable.  The Supervisors have asked Andy to look into three alternatives: 1 - Status Quo with Service Reductions, 2 - Stand alone County Fire Department, and 3 - Forming a single Countywide Fire District.



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