Rotary International


John F. Germ

Rotary District 5160 Governor:

Fred Collignon

Durham Rotary President:
Ravi Saip


Rowel Editor: Phil Price
Rowel Publisher: Jen Liu




January 17th, 2017


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


2017                                         Calendar for Durham Rotary


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)


1 2 3 4
5 6 7
(Clint Guss)
8 9 10 11
12 13 14
(Mary Sakuma)
15 16 17 18
19 20 21
No Meeting
President's Day
22 23 24 25
26 27 28
(K. R. Robertson)

President Ravi Saip opened the meeting at Steve Plume’s “upper room” over his Durham Auto Parts.  He asked Steve to lead the pledge, which he did, to a little flag on the wall.  He then asked Larry Bradley to lead the club in a song.  He led us in “America the Beautiful” at Steve’s suggestion.  Jim Patterson then gave the invocation..



January 21st :  Crab Feed


January 24th:  No Meeting due to Crab Feed.


January 31st:  Club Assembly-Crab Feed Review


February 7th:  Clint Goss


February 14th:  This was supposed to be the Valentine’s Party by Mary Sakuma but the BCCC is unavailable.


February 21st:  No Meeting due to President’s Day


February 28th:  K.R. Robertson.


March 7th:  Steve Plume


March 14th:  Steve Greenwood presenting Whiskey Tasting (1 hour program).


March 21st:  Larry Bradley


March 28th:  Glenn Pulliam






None tonight.



The next meeting will be the Crab Feed on this Saturday.



After that our next meeting will be on January 31st  back at the BCCC.  It will be a club assembly reviewing the Crab Feed.  It will also be elections for the Club. 


The nominating committee has nominated Dave Jessen for President-Elect,  Steve Plume for Treasurer, Jim Kirks as Secretary and Glenn Pullium as Assistant Secretary.  Of course Larry Bradley as the current President-Elect is nominated as President.


Board Meeting


There will be a Board Meeting at 5:00 pm, before the January 31st meeting.




Durham Crab Feed


Note:  The work schedule is attached at the end of this Rowel.  Note that for the Set-Up Committee the time for the setup has been changed to 4:00 pm.  Jim and Jim please be there at 4:00 pm.


Valentine’s Party Meeting?


As previously reported the BCCC is not available on February 14, 2017 when Mary Sakuma was planning a Valentine’s Party, so the meeting has been tentatively canceled.  However, members are working on a new restaurant in Durham, the “Midway Steakhouse” to host our meeting and party.  Stay tuned.


Durham Parade and Picnic


A member of the Durham Exchange Club spoke about the Parade this year being the 100th Parade.  The Exchange Club is going to do a real float for the Parade.  He proposed that we do one also, or at least contribute float prizes or help with the Picnic.  Roy is going to find out whether our Interact Club would want to assist with a float.  It will then be discussed at the Board Meeting on January 31st.   The Parade will be on May 13th.


Paradise Rotary Crab Feed



Dear  Rotary Crab Feed Participant,


Thank you for attending our Rotary Club of Paradise Crab Feed in previous years. Our 2017 Crab feed is scheduled for 5:30 pm, Jan 28th at the Paradise Veterans Hall. We want to take this opportunity to insure our Rotary friends and supporters have the opportunity to attend this year's all "you can eat" crab feed, with fresh cracked crab, shrimp, our signature tri-tip steak, salad and garlic bread. A no host bar, with silent and live auctions make this a great evening for all.


Music and dancing following dinner is by Jonathan Arthur and Sapphire Soul playing all the great tunes. The theme for the evening is the Wild West so guys and gals break out the western wear and get ready for a great party. Costumes are optional but add to the fun.


If you already have tickets, fantastic. If not, see: Vickie Perez at Wells Fargo Bank, Sherry Swim at PIP Printing, stop by A Stitch Above Embroidery (on Skyway0, your favorite Rotarian, or reply to this email or call 530-518-2002 for tickets. Tickets may not be sold at the door.


Put on your western outfit, bring your significant other and have a ROOTIN TOOTIN great time at Paradise Rotary’s Annual Crab feed. It’s the best.




Bring guests, who you think you can interest in becoming a member, to meetings.  We will be having a visit from the District Governor or an Assistant District Governor to assist us with membership.  In the meantime please invite Durham business owners and/or managers to one of our meeting.




None tonight.


Must Be Present To Win

None tonight.




The program tonight was a club assembly in preparation of the Crab Feed, conducted by Chris Hatch.  A lot of matters were discussed which should smooth the way for a great Crab Feed.



The Upper Room at Durham Auto Parts




From Rotary International:


Ordinary Rotarians can find themselves in extraordinary circumstances. In their own words, they tell us what it’s like to...


Be a POW

Asher Schroeder

Rotary Club of Maquoketa, Iowa

I was 18 when I was drafted. I turned 19 in Europe. I landed in Normandy a week after the D-Day invasion as a replacement for casualties that occurred during the initial assault. I was a part of the liberation of Paris on 25 August 1944. That November, I was with a group of soldiers that was surrounded for four days by Germans in the Hürtgen Forest in Germany. I had been wounded and was lying in a foxhole. We had been cut off from all supplies – ammunition, food, water, and medical supplies. The officer in charge decided to try to get the able-bodied out. They took off very early one morning and left 14 of us wounded behind.  

Later that day, German forces came through. Once they satisfied themselves that we were wounded, they told us to get back in our holes and to stay there, “as the next German group that comes through might shoot you.”


We were moved out by German litter bearers and taken to a collection point for wounded. I was taken to Düren, where shrapnel was removed from my wounded foot. Then I was moved to Siegburg, across the Rhine. They put me up in the attic of an old monastery, and I was there three weeks using crutches. I was lucky – the day after I left Düren, U.S. planes mass-bombed the city and flattened it. I would have been killed if I hadn’t been moved.

Then I was moved to a recovery camp west of Cologne and was there during the Battle of the Bulge. We found out about it after a big dogfight had erupted over the prison camp and planes were shot down. An American pilot who parachuted out landed in our camp and told us what was going on. We had no idea the Bulge was underway, so that was our introduction to that.

After that, I gradually could hobble around and was moved again, to a place outside Bonn. I had crossed the Rhine three times since being captured, and the last time I walked across.

The conditions seemed to deteriorate more and more with each camp. We were infested with lice, we were given what the Germans called “soup,” which was just things boiled in hot water with no seasoning. Once, we found the jaw of a horse at the bottom of the pot. We argued over who would get to pick it over. There were no lights, no heat, no running water, just tarpaper shacks. In the last three camps, our accommodations were straw on the floor. We were packed tightly in with only our bodies to keep us warm. 

When I was liberated, I had on the clothing I was wearing when I was captured five months earlier. My weight had dropped from 210 pounds to 128 pounds. At 6-foot-4, I was a bag of bones.

I returned to the States in May 1945. They gave us a free telephone call home. I was on top of the world, and my mother came on the line. After we visited for a few minutes, I asked how come Dad didn’t answer the phone. She said, you didn’t get any of our messages or hear from Red Cross? I said, you mean he’s dead? She said yes, he died on the day you were liberated, April 2. So what was the greatest day of my life turned into the most terrible day of my life. 

– As told to Heather Maher



Work with a therapy dog

Vanita Louie 

Rotary Club of San Francisco Chinatown

Moo Moo is a Brussels Griffon. That’s the kind of dog that Jack Nicholson has in the movie As Good as It Gets. She’s 9½ years old, and I’ve had her since she was three. I believe all dogs are special, but I’ve always known Moo Moo had a gift: She can sense when somebody is in distress. I saw that quality in her