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 28th, 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
Joan Webster of the California Women for Agriculture
(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
Steve Lambert, Butte County Board of Supervisors on Oroville Dam situation
(Larry Bradley)
22 23 24 25
26 27 28
(Glenn Pulliam)
29 30 31

President Ravi Saip opened the meeting.  He asked Steve Plume to lead the pledge, which he did.  He then asked Mary Sakuma to lead us in a song.  She led us in “My Country Tis of Thee”.  Jim Patterson then gave the invocation.


Jim Patterson undated us on our street project.  It is still waiting approvals, including a determination on whether we can use the college volunteers or must pay prevailing wages since it is a public street.  Once that is done cost estimates can be prepared and we can begin raising the money.


President Ravi read an article about a member of the Montgomery Alabama Capital Club and his travels to Honduras and meeting a young girl, Anabel.  This resulted in his Club sponsoring a Lunches for Learning program in Honduras.  The program is benefiting 1700 students in Honduras by feeding them a decent meal at lunch. This helps be more alert which aids their learning.


March 7th:  Steve Plume will present Joan Webster of the California Women for Agriculture.


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


March 21st:  Larry Bradley presenting Steve Lambert, Butte County Board of Supervisors on Oroville Dam situation


March 28th:  Glenn Pulliam


April 4th:


April 8th: a District picnic.


April 11th: Dave Jessen


April 18th:


April 25th:  Ravi Saip


May 2nd: Roy Ellis


May 9th:  Jim Kirks


May 16th:  Hot Dog picnic at Durham Park


May 23rd:  Daryl Polk


May 30th:  No Meeting





Steve Plume introduced Norm Stump, former City of Chico Fire Marshal who was here to present K. R.’s program tonight.




The next meeting will be next Tuesday at the BCCC.  Steve Plume will present a program by Joan Webster of the California Women for Agriculture.  Although he left the topic to her, she will probably talk about water for agriculture, since that is one of her primary interests.




There will be a Board meeting next Tuesday, at 5:00 pm before the meeting.  Among the matters to be discussed is Mary’s report that the BCCC will be increasing our meal charges from $15 to $20 beginning March 14th.




From the District Governor:


I am pleased to announce that Assistant Governor Amelia Delatorre Ward from the Rotary Club of Redding has been chosen to serve as your District Governor for the 2019-2020 Rotary year.  

Congratulations to Amelia, and to her husband, Dennis.  I know you'll join me in wishing her well, and in offering our support during her years of service ahead.



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



Dora Burke, Dar Meyer’s friend, will be delivering the quilts she makes every year for Rotoplast at the April 8th Assembly.


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.




Again it was on a volunteer basis with President Ravi beginning.  He reported being stuck at Tahoe, with his wife, due to the snow and contributed $20.


Glenn Pulliam $5 because he showed up last Tuesday for a meeting which we did not have.


Dave Jessen contributed $20 for his third great grandchild.


Larry Bradley contributed $20 because it was his wife’s birthday among other things.


Must Be Present To Win

Glenn Pulliam was present to win the drawing of that name.




K. R. introduced Norm Stump, retired City of Chico Fire Marshal.  He talked about historic fires, both nationally and in Chico, with photographs of some.


From Rotary International:


Since it is one of our projects, Jim Kirks thought that this article from the Rotarian would be of interest.  Note the name change.

Rotary, Rise Against Hunger feed millions

By Anne Stein

Since it started packaging meals for hungry kids and others worldwide, the nonprofit Rise Against Hunger (formerly known as Stop Hunger Now) has packaged more than 300 million meals distributed in more than 40 countries. Volunteer efforts by Rotarians have played a huge part in the Raleigh, N.C., group’s success.  

“That first full year [2006] we had a goal of packaging 1 million meals and ended up with 1.7 million, ” explains the group’s CEO, Rod Brooks, a member of the Rotary Club of Cary, N.C. “In 2015, we packaged 60 million meals in 20 U.S. cities, and we’ve established meal packaging headquarters in six other nations. ” 

Each bagged meal contains rice, soy, and vegetables, fortified with 23 vitamins and minerals. One and a half liters of boiling water is needed for preparation, and the pack serves six people. 

Learn more about Rise Against Hunger on their website.

Though Rise Against Hunger partners with many groups, Rotarians really got things rolling for the organization in 2006, when then-District (7710) Governor Tim Mannix committed to packaging a million meals in a Rotary year. Rotarians in his district ended up assembling 1.4 million meals. Since then, U.S. Rotarians have packaged more than 25 million meals.

Rise Against Hunger works with so many Rotarians around the world that past District Governor Chris Jones is on staff full time to coordinate volunteer efforts with clubs. A page on the group’s website is devoted to the Rotary partnership.  

Rise Against Hunger is expanding its work globally in the area of sustainable development (hence the name change). These programs welcome Rotary participation and include efforts such as providing grants and technical expertise to Guatemala farmers who now raise tilapia. “Their success increased available protein in the local school feeding program, the farmers increased their income, plus we worked with local experts to design the farms to utilize natural springs,” says Brooks. One of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals is to end hunger by 2030. “I believe we can do that given the trajectory we’re on,” he adds, “but we have to keep it as a priority and be engaged, and that’s what we do through Rise Against Hunger.”

– Anne Stein

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