Rotary International


John F. Germ

Rotary District 5160 Governor:

Fred Collignon

Durham Rotary President:
Ravi Saip


Rowel Editor: Phil Price
Rowel Publisher: Jen Liu




December 13th, 2016


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


2016                                         Calendar for Durham Rotary


1 2 3
4 5 6
Meeting at the Community Room of Durham Veterans Hall
(Dave Jessen)
7 8 9 10
11 12 13
Christmas Party
(Mary Sakuma)
14 15 16 17
18 19 20
No Meeting Due to Christmas
21 22 23 24
25 26 27
No Meeting Due to Christmas
28 29 30 31


1 2 3
No Meeting due to New Years
4 5 6 7
8 9 10
Club Assembly-Election of Officers
(Ravi Saip)
11 12 13 14
15 16 17
Crab Feed Planning
(Chris Hatch)
18 19 20 21
Crab Feed
22 23 24
No Meeting due to Crab Feed
25 26 27 28
29 30 31
Club Assembly
Crab Feed Report and Review
(Chris Hatch)

In President Ravi Saip’s absence Larry Bradley opened the Christmas Party meeting and asked Steve Plume to lead the pledge, which he did.  He then asked Mary Sakuma to lead the club in a song.  She led us in “God Bless America”.  Jim Patterson then gave the invocation.


Your Rowel editor has returned.  Much to the happiness of Jim Kirks, who handed me his note book when I appeared at the Christmas Party.  Anyway, to dispel miss-information, what I did was take a miss-step on stairs at the Sacramento Airport and ended up pulling my quadriceps muscles off of both knee caps.  Those are the muscles on the top of your thigh.  After surgery, the following day, to reattach them I spent about six weeks in a convalescent hospital getting therapy to get me back on my feet.  Still getting therapy two days a week, but I can walk, although there are still some limitations.  Had full leg braces until two weeks ago.  Now short ones.  I am told that full recovery takes 6 months to a year.  But I can now drive so I will be returning to meetings in January.  I want to thank the Club for the flowers and the visits. 


I also want to thank Jen, Jim Kirks and all others who assisted in getting the Rowel published during my absence.




December 20th:  No Meeting-Christmas.


December 27th:  No Meeting-Christmas-New Years.


January 3rd:  No Meeting-New Years.


January 10th:  and Club-Foundation Elections


January 17th:  Club Assembly-Crab Feed Preparation


January 21st :  Crab Feed


January 24th:  No Meeting due to Crab Feed.


January 31st:  Club Assembly-Crab Feed Review





Glenn Pulliam, Chris Hatch, Steve Plume, Jim Patterson and Roy Ellis introduce the guests at their tables.




The next meeting will not be until January 10th.  It will be elections for both the Club and our Foundation.  I don’t have any information on nominations for club officers, except that Larry Bradley is the President-Elect.


The Foundation will elect a trustee to replace Mike Wacker whose 3 year term expires 6/30/17.



None this week.



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




None tonight. 


Must Be Present To Win

None tonight.




Christmas Party


It was the Club Christmas Party, presented by Mary Sakuma.


We had a delicious dinner.  And there was dessert.


The Durham High School Jazz Band again played for us.


Following that Larry Bradley led us in signing Christmas Carols.


Then came the gift exchange with a lot of stealing of gifts and fun.


The rest is in the pictures below:


From Rotary International:


Rotary Foundation named World's Outstanding Foundation for 2016

Photo Credit: Rotary International/Alyce Henson

The Association of Fundraising Professionals has recognized The Rotary Foundation with its annual Award for Outstanding Foundation.

The award honors organizations that show philanthropic commitment and leadership through financial support, innovation, encouragement of others, and involvement in public affairs. Some of the boldest names in American giving — Kellogg, Komen, and MacArthur, among others —are past honorees.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from the AFP, which gives us even more reason to celebrate during our Foundation’s centennial year,” says Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Kalyan Banerjee. “The continued strong support of Rotary members will help us keep our promise of a polio-free world for all children and enable the Foundation to carry out its mission of advancing world understanding, goodwill, and peace. We look forward to another 100 years of Rotary members taking action to make communities better around the world.”

The announcement came on 15 November, known to industry professionals since the 1980s as National Philanthropy Day. The award will be presented in early 2017 at the AFP’s annual conference in San Francisco.

Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair-elect Paul Netzel is set to accept the award on Rotary’s behalf, and Eric Schmelling, director of fund development at Rotary, will speak at the conference. The event is expected to draw more than 3,400 senior-level fundraising professionals from 33 countries.

“While almost everyone is familiar with Rotary, not everyone may realize just how much of an impact Rotary and The Rotary Foundation have had on countless people and communities across the globe,” says Jason Lee, AFP president and CEO. “On behalf of the entire charitable sector and people around the world, all of us at AFP are honored to be able to recognize The Rotary Foundation as our 2016 Outstanding Foundation.”

AFP’s committee of judges cited Rotary’s comprehensive campaign to eradicate polio as a major driver of the selection. They also mentioned that Rotary applies a methodical, purposeful approach to support a wide variety of causes, from providing clean water to educating the next generation of peace professionals.

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