Rotary International


John F. Germ

Rotary District 5160 Governor:

Fred Collignon

Durham Rotary President:
Ravi Saip


Rowel Editor: Phil Price
Rowel Publisher: Jen Liu




October 11th, 2016


The  2017 Crab Feed is on Saturday, January, 21st 2017


2016                                         Calendar for Durham Rotary


2 3

Monday Night Football at
Steve's House
(Steve Greenwood)

4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11
Dr. Peter Magnusson on Cardiology
(Roy Ellis)
12 13 14 15
16 17 18
(Steve Plume)
19 20 21 22
23 24 25
(Len Foreman)
26 27 28 29
30 31


(Jim Patterson)
2 3 4 5
6 7 8
(Phil Price)
9 10 11 12
13 14 15
(Bruce Miller)
16 17 18 19
20 21 22
No Meeting Due to Thanksgiving
23 24 25 26
27 28 29
(Brian Aguiar)

President Ravi Saip called the meeting to order. He asked Dave Jessen to lead the salute to the flag.  Which Dave did.  Then Pres. Ravi asked Larry Bradley to lead Rotarians in a patriotic song.  Larry began singing “God Bless America” and Rotarians joined in.  Afterward, Pres. Ravi invited Rev. Jim Patterson to give the “Invocation,” which Rev. Jim graciously did.

While we finished eating dinner, Pres. Ravi showed videos about Rotary around the world.



October 18th: 

TBA by Steve Plume - Please see a separate email announcement.


October 25th: 

TBA by Len Foreman


November 1st: 

TBA by Jim Patterson


November 8th: 

TBA by Phil Price

November 15th: 

TBA by Bruce Miller


November 22nd: 

No meeting due to Thanksgiving


November 15th: 

TBA by Brian Aguiar


Introduction of visitors and guests


Roy Ellis introduced guests at his table:  Mary Sakuma, the best looking Durham female Rotarian, Jan Ellis, Dr. Magnuson and his wife, Scott Wineland and Ms. Cooper.

There were no guests at Pres. Ravi’s table and he assess the Rotarians at his table  $1.00 each.




Mary Sakuma announced that Durham Rotary would not be meeting at BCCC next week.  Please watch for an email announcement of a different meeting location or the possibility that Durham Rotary will be dark on October 18th.

Len Foreman is responsible for the Rotary program on October 21st.  Rev. Jim Patterson’s  November 3rd Rotary program is to be announced.  Steve Greenwood is looking into Durham Rotary meeting at Original Pete’s Restaurant on the Skyway on November 8th.  The restaurant has a banquet room and is near the Butte County Service Center where Durham Rotarians will be volunteering to help on Election night.



Pres. Ravi invited Rotarians to volunteer to be recognized.   First he called on Mary Sakuma for information about the Butte County Office of Education radio advertisements.  Mary volunteered to be recognized for $25.00.

Dave Jessen volunteered Larry Bradley to say something.   Larry shared that he attended a sub-district meeting of President Elects at the home of Assistant District Governor Arne Gustafson in Orland.  They are gearing up for the 2017-18 Rotary year.  Larry volunteered to be recognized for $10.00 and Dave Jessen volunteered to be recognized for a matching $10.00.

Clint Goss agreed to be recognized for $10.00 for missing last week’s Rotary meeting.

Larry Bradley volunteered that Pres. Ravi didn’t recognize Larry for his recent birthday. $10.00 was voluntarily given by Larry for his unrecognized birthday and as Sergeant-at-Arms he recognized Pres. Ravi for $10.00.

Steve Greenwood announced that he bought a new pickup truck today and agreed to contribute $20.00.

Roy Ellis reported that he would not be present for his anniversary and volunteered to contribute $23.00 for his and Jan’s 23rd anniversary.

Pres. Ravi recognized Phil Price and Jen Liu for not getting the right amount for the funds raised for the Durham High School Sober Graduation Party.  The correct amount is $2,300.00.   Pres. Ravi said that $23.00 for Phil Price and Jen Liu was an appropriate amount for the recognition.



Pres. Ravi stated that the Harvest Festival was great.  More people are needed to work at the event.

Pres. Ravi thanked Steve and Keri Greenwood for hosting Monday Night Football at their home last week.

Pres. Ravi shared that there will be a great Durham Rotary Christmas Party.




Bring guests, who you think you can interest in becoming a member, to meetings.  Let’s also work on getting existing members to attend.  Attendance has been sparse the last few weeks.




Glenn Pulliam has eight volunteers for helping on election night at the South Chico Receiving Station.  Glenn needs one more volunteer.



Glenn Pulliam who was present to win $10.00.




Roy Ellis introduced Dr. Magnuson.

Dr. Magnuson noted that the Enloe Medical Center’s cardiac referral region extends north to the Oregon border and south to Sacramento.  

In the 1960s - Coronary patients were given six weeks bed rest and morphine for pain and one hoped for the best.  There was a 25% mortality rate.
In 1965 - Coronary Care Unites were established.
In 1968 - Paramedics were introduced.
In 1970s - Coronary patients were given three weeks bed rest and the mortality rate declined to 20%.
In 1974 - Echo cardiograms and pacemakers were introduced.
In 19979 - Cardiac rehabilitation instituted.
In 1980s - There were rudimentary thrombosis “clot busting” medications.

Bypass surgery has been around for forty years.  Now there is angioplasty and other procedures.

In 1980s, there was the first generation of coronary stents.  Then there were defibulators,
implanted heart monitors and cardiac rehabilitation for congestive heart failure.

The Future includes advanced imaging such as CTA and MRA.  Left ventricle assist units such as the Impella will support the patient.  There will be biodegradable stents, an Aortic valve replacement, and robotic surgery using DaVinci machines.


Exercise, Exercise, and Exercise.   Walk 20 to 30 minutes per day.

Eat a Mediterranean diet which includes nuts and fresh produce, fish and poultry, whole grains, and Olive oil.

Use medications based on medical evidence.


Cardiac Medical facilities are aging, shortages, physicians aging.  There is a need for younger physicians trained in new techniques.  There is a lack of room to expand.

There is a project to move the Cardiac Program to the old operating rooms which will triple the capabilities of the cardiac care resources at Enloe Medical Center making it a one stop Cardiac Care Center.

The reimbursements for Medicare and Medical are based on population.  There are higher reimbursements for medical procedures in urban areas because the cost of living is higher in urban areas.  Reimbursements for rural area are lower and Chico is defined as a rural area. 

We can attract young doctors to Chico based on our rural lifestyle and the opportunity to participate in building something new.


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Skydivers raise thousands for polio eradication

The first time Noel Jackson jumped out of a plane at 14,000 feet, it had nothing to do with raising money for polio eradication.

The Michigan dentist had received a gift certificate to go skydiving from his staff because they knew he was into adventure.

“It is definitely a defining moment,” says Jackson, a member of the Rotary Club of Trenton, Michigan, USA, of that first jump, done in tandem strapped to a professional skydiver. “The rush of the free fall is beyond anything I have ever experienced before. Just the speed and acceleration is unbelievable. You don’t even have time to figure out if you are enjoying it or not -- it’s just a sensation that happens.”


But Jackson did enjoy the sensation. So much so that he agreed to do another jump, with Shiva Koushik, a Rotarian friend in nearby Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

The two men were waiting for this second jump when their wives came up with the idea of enlisting other jumpers and raising pledges for polio eradication.

So, in August 2014, a jump in the skies of northeastern Michigan raised $15,000 for Rotary’s polio eradication campaign. Matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the effort contributed $45,000 to the cause.

Since 1985, when Rotary committed to polio eradication, the organization has contributed more than $1.5 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize children against the disease. In that time, the number of polio cases has dropped 99.9 percent, and only three countries remain where the virus has never been stopped: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. While World Polio Day, 24 October, serves as an important opportunity to remind the world of the need to finish the job, raising money and awareness is a year-round effort for many.

Late-night recruiting

Julie Caron, a member of the Rotary Club of Toronto Skyline, heard about plans for the Michigan fundraising skydive after being invited to speak at a leadership training event in Koushik’s district.

“We were in one of those friendship rooms after the conference … when Koushik began talking about the skydive,” Caron says. “We all got really excited and signed up.

“I don’t like to back out on things I say I’m going to do, even if it’s the middle of the night,” Caron  says. So she began raising money and drove down to Michigan to do the jump.

She also took the idea back to her own club, whose members are mostly young professionals looking for fun things to do. This past July, 10 members from Toronto Skyline and surrounding Rotary clubs plunged earthward in their own tandem skydive, raising several thousand dollars for polio eradication.

Caron hopes to make it a yearly event.

“Polio eradication is definitely something I am passionate about,” she says. “It’s not a hard fundraiser to put together at all. You just call around and pick a place, and then you begin asking people if they would rather jump or pay up in pledges.”

Jackson, who’d jumped out of the plane in his “Captain Rotary” outfit, says he personally raised $4,700 for the Michigan skydive using Caron’s approach.

“I would go up to people and tell them we were skydiving for polio and give them two options,” says Jackson. “I would tell them I was paying $180 out of my own pocket to jump, so if you are not going to jump, you have to pay $180. Most people would say, ‘OK, you got it.’ ”

Floating like a bird

Koushik and his wife are active in other ways to rid the world of polio. They have been on several trips with their Rotary district to immunize children in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India, and particularly enjoy showing off their native country, India, from which they emigrated to Canada about 30 years ago. They are planning to take part in another National Immunization Day in Pakistan next year.

Still, the skydive will hold a special place in Koushik’s heart.

“This is one of the highlights of my polio eradication efforts,” he says. “It’s such a feeling of freedom. The first time out of the plane, you have very little idea what is happening; you are free-falling so fast. But once that parachute opens, you look around and say, ‘Wow!’ It’s such a great feeling to be able to float like a bird.”

By Arnold R. Grahl




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