Rotary International


John F. Germ

Rotary District 5160 Governor:

Fred Collignon

Durham Rotary President:
Ravi Saip


Rowel Editor: Phil Price
Rowel Publisher: Jen Liu




February 7th, 2017


The  2017 Harvest Festival will be held on September 17, 2017


2017                                         Calendar for Durham Rotary



1 2 3 4
5 6 7
Jim Donahoo, President of Durham Exchange Club
(Clint Guss)
8 9 10 11
12 13
Valentine’s Party at Midway Steakhouse
(Mary Sakuma)
15 16 17 18
19 20 21
No Meeting
President's Day
22 23 24 25
26 27 28
(K. R. Robertson)


1 2 3 4
5 6 7
(Steve Plume)
8 9 10 11
12 13 14
Single Malt Scotch Tasting by Paul Bissett
(Steve Greenwood)
15 16 17 18
19 20 21
(Larry Bradley)
22 23 24 25
26 27 28
(Glenn Pulliam)
29 30 31

President Ravi Saip opened the meeting.  He asked Len Foreman to lead the pledge, which he did.  He then asked Larry Bradley to lead us in a song.  He led us in “God Bless America”.  Jim Kirks then gave the invocation.


President Ravi showed two video clips from Rotary International.  One related to Rotary’s assistance in the Ukraine in providing necessary heart surgery to young children.  The other related to the progress of a polio patient who originally was paralyzed from his waist down and his plea to get vaccinated.




February 13th:  The Valentine’s Party by Mary Sakuma at the Midway Steakhouse in Durham


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





K.R. introduced his wife, Sharon, and his daughter, Susan.


Steve Plume introduce the following contingent from Durham High School:

Colleen Coutts, faculty advisor for Interact.

Samantha Esau, Interact President

Carolyn Grzanich, Interact member and participated in the Crab Feed.

Ellie Coffee, Class President and Student of the Month.

David and Sabine Coffee, Ellie’s parents.


Larry Bradley introduced:

Michael Dufray, Student of the Month.

Chris Dufray, Michael’s brother and former recipient of awards and scholarships from Durham Rotary.

Angie Dufray, Michael’s mother.  His father was also present but I didn’t get his name.

Vance Boyd, a Colusa Rotarian.

Also a Steven whose last name I did not get.


Lastly we also had Bob and Sue Donohue who presented our program.




This will be Mary Sakuma’s Valentine’s Day Dinner.  Note that it will be on Monday night, Feb. 13th, not on Tuesday.  It will be at the Midway Steak House in Durham.  Mary and Roland will be there. Mary may or may not be able to sing due to lingering illness but Roland is solid.





Ellis Coffee and Michael Dufray were our Students of the Month for the past two months.  




An award was also presented to Colleen Coutts, faculty advisor for Interact, for all the help she has given us with the students.



And the whole contingent from Durham High School.





Corning Rotary’s Wine, Food & Art Festival


It’s time for Corning Rotary’s annual Wine Food & Art Festival, to be held at Rolling Hill’s Event Center on February 25th from noon to 8:00 pm. A big part of the festival is the clam chowder cook-off.

Please consider this our invitation for your club to participate in the cook-off. There is no entry fee and the basic ingredients will be provided. The cook-off rules, the products list and flyer for the event are attached. Each team will be given six entry tickets to the festival and this year the cook-off time will be from noon to 4:00 pm. 

                     Besides having fun and bragging rights for first place, cash prizes will be awarded for first ($500), second ($300) and third ($200), based on people’s choice. Lastly, every club that would like to sell tickets can retain 50% of its sales.

Should you have any questions, need additional information or want tickets please contact or by phone at (530) 624-5086.    




You Asked for It; You’ve Got It!
Spring Assemblies are in the works!

Rotarians, be sure to Save the Date as your District continues to morph our training opportunities to better respond to what club presidents and members have requested! For more convenience, we offer FIVE Area Assemblies this spring, instead of the usual two. That means attending should be easier than ever! AND, the subjects are those you requested and felt your members most wanted or needed:

· Member Development Today
· Must Know Info for New Members (ABCs of Rotary)
· Successful Service Project Strategies
· Awesome Fundraising Projects
· Planning Ahead for Your Club

So please SAVE the DATE and plan to join us at the spring AREA ASSEMBLY coming soon, closest to you:




Probable City/Location



April 8, 2017

North Valley (Beernuts)

Chico or Hamilton City


April 22, 2017

Mountain and Redding/Red Bluff



May 6, 2017

Mid-Valley and Solano



May 13, 2017

Lamorinda, Diablo Valley, Delta Antioch and 680 Corridor

Rossmoor or Pleasant Hill


June 3, 2017


Berkeley to Pinole



Celebrate with us in Atlanta


Children getting drinking water


It's just a few months until we'll be together at the Rotary Convention in Atlanta - 11-14 June - celebrating The Rotary Foundation's 100th anniversary, networking with old and new friends, and enriching our Rotary experience. If you haven't registered yet, there's still time, and you can save if you register by 31 March. If you've already registered, be sure to invite your Rotary friends.


The Host Organization Committee has planned several exciting events to enhance your stay in Atlanta. For the kickoff event, on the evening of Saturday, 10 June, the dress code is casual, as you'll sit under the stars in Centennial Olympic Park and be entertained by first-class bluegrass music. Grammy Award-winning performer Ricky Skaggs will get everyone up on their feet clapping and dancing to the fiddle and mandolin, and cloggers will perform in their country style. Food and drinks will be available from food trucks and beverage carts stationed at strategic locations. We're anticipating a packed event, so purchase your tickets early!

From Monday through Wednesday, 12-14 June, you can choose from more than 100 breakout sessions on a wide variety of topics. Here's a sneak peek at topics being developed for Atlanta:

Be sure to check the website regularly for more program highlights.



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.




President Ravi asked for volunteers for recognitions.

Len Foreman was recognized for missing the last two meetings.  He contributed $20.

Phil Price was recognized for missing last week’s meeting while in Las Vegas.  He contributed a $31 bill for copying the Crab Feed place mats.

Glen Pulliam contributed $20 for a visit to Disneyland in the rain.  He one-upped Phil by not submitting a bill he had for the Crab Feed.

Roy Ellis reported that he had driven his pick-up through water three times this year without losing it, as he did previously.  He contributed $??.??.



Clint Goss introduced Bob and Sue Donahue.  He is President of the Durham Exchange Club and formerly the Supervising Park Ranger for the City of Chico.  She is President of the Far West Heritage Association.  They spoke about and showed photos of two recent trips they have taken.  The first was a River Cruise out of Amsterdam.  The second was a cross-country drive ending at the Little League World Series.  There he was one of two selected to throw out the first pitch.  This was because he had played in that Series many years ago.


Must Be Present To Win

Jim Patterson was not present to win the drawing of that name.

PETS Conference Poster for Larry


Roy’s Tori made this for Larry to be used at the Pet conf.



From Rotary International:

Rotarian builds his own iron lung replica to teach a new generation about polio


Roger Frank wants to inspire people to donate to polio eradication. 


Dispatched to Ghana with a fellow British Rotarian to scout club service opportunities, Roger Frank hadn’t planned their visit to coincide with National Immunization Days, but the pair – Frank and Dr. Carl Hallam – jumped, unhesitating, into the thick of inoculations. During a four-day stretch in October 2015, nearly 2,000 children in the area were protected from poliomyelitis. The effort galvanized Frank, who brainstormed for a way to do even more at home: How could he promote polio eradication when few of his countrymen gave much thought to the scourge?

Recalling the fear that gripped the UK, the U.S., and elsewhere during the height of the polio epidemic in the early 1950s, Frank, a past president of the Rotary Club of Upper Eden, thought of the iron lung, a device largely relegated to museums and history books. The lifesaving mechanical respirator was a potent, if depressing, symbol of the debilitating disease. An iron lung, Frank reasoned, would educate younger generations who grew up free of the fear created by polio, a virus that is spread easily, during the 20th century. 


He hoped to borrow a model to put on tour to serve as a reminder that the polio fight remains unfinished. “I spent the last three months of 2015 looking for an iron lung in hospitals, etc.,” says Frank, 65. “I had hoped to source an original unit, but they have all been scrapped and those that remain are in museums, and they would not part with them. Being fully committed to the project, I had no other option than to build an iron lung myself. 


“This proved quite a challenge,” even for a retired mechanical engineer and self-described “nut and bolt man,” particularly after he resolved that only a fully functioning machine would do. “I learned many years ago that the dafter the project, the easier it is to get good publicity for the cause,” he quips.



Roger Frank put his engineering background to good use, rolling and welding all the steel components himself.

Using the outline dimensions of a unit in the Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds as a reference, Frank rolled and welded steel for a cylindrical main chamber, fabricated tracks for a mattress that slides into and out of the unit, and cut access doors and windows. “I cajoled various local companies into assisting with the project,” he says, particularly painting the unit and a trailer used to transport it; Upper Eden club members also assisted. “I suppose in some ways people are used to my harebrained ideas, and not one of them declined to support the project,” he adds. Frank, who bore most of the construction costs, concedes that most of the 650 hours he spent over four months on the heavy metal labor of love were devoted to the trailer, itself a showcase worthy of a Rolls-Royce Phantom. 


“To finish the job, he then created visual displays to fit into and onto the trailer, including a television program of iron lungs being used ‘for real,’” notes Ben Lyon, the club’s immediate past president. “The finished result is a stunning promotional and educational tool in aid of polio eradication.” Onsite, a computer-controlled sequence activates the lung, in thumps and whooshes, for five minutes before triggering a YouTube video about iron lungs. 

For many polio patients, the apparatus was crucial to surviving the disease’s early stages, when their muscles were too weak, or paralyzed, for independent breathing. The lifesaving mechanical respirators were a common sight, lined up in rows at hospitals. The stricken, mostly young children, were confined in the chambers, normally for at least two or three weeks, exposed only from the neck up, with mirrors above their heads providing their only glimpse into the world around them amid the machines’ cacophony.


Most people, especially young ones, are totally dumbfounded by the whole spectacle.


Roger Frank

As a static exhibit the lung is lifeless and really comes alive when the motor starts and the end bellow operates. I think it really helps give people an understanding of how it would be to be locked in it,” Frank says. “Also the drive unit, or mechanism, is quite noisy and adds to the atmosphere, just as the original units did.”


Frank, who notes that his replica has been booked for the Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland conference in April, makes the display available to Rotary clubs that agree to arrange transportation and staff it to raise funds and awareness for End Polio Now. It has been deployed to agricultural shows and schools, with area club members staffing the unit. 


“Most people, especially young ones, are totally dumbfounded by the whole spectacle, and after watching the video are mesmerized and stand motionless for quite a few seconds,” says Frank, “I suppose in awe, or taking in how somebody could spend [nearly] their entire life in such a machine.”


On occasion, a “lucky” visitor might be invited inside the lung.


Roger Frank shows this video during his iron lung presentation. 


Sara Dumbell, a journalist with BBC Radio Cumbria who reported on the project, says: “I get sent on many exciting jobs, but getting to see a real life-size replica iron lung was a first for me. The iron lung itself was hugely impressive. I’m 28, and so the major UK outbreaks of polio were a little before my time, but it was deeply moving to learn about how so many children across the world were forced to live in these machines.


“I couldn’t leave without trying out the iron lung for myself, but having the metal lung separating your head and body at the neck I found to be the most uncomfortable feeling,” she adds. “I must admit I was quite relieved when I was allowed out.”


With a nod to the red End Polio Now donation buckets at the ready, Frank says, “I kid people that it is £1 to get into the unit and £50 for me to let you out.”

– Brad Webber


Roger Frank crafted the trailer to give his iron lung a setting that would educate people about polio past and present. 



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