Rotary International


John F. Germ

Rotary District 5160 Governor:

Fred Collignon

Durham Rotary President:
Ravi Saip


Rowel Editor: Phil Price
Rowel Publisher: Jen Liu




May 9th, 2017


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


2017                                         Calendar for Durham Rotary



1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9
Louie Mendoza, Butte County Ag Commissioner
(Daryl Polk)
10 11 12 13
14 15 16
Hot Dog picnic at Durham Park
17 18 19 20
21 22 23
Bruce Norlie, his new garage and his vintage automobiles
(Jen Liu)
24 25 26 27
28 29 30
No Meeting


1 2 3
4 5 6
No Meeting
7 8 9 10
11 12 13
Club Assembly
(Ravi Saip)
14 15 16 17
18 19 20
No Meeting
21 22 23 24
25 26 27
(Mike Wacker)
28 29 30

Acting President Steve Plume called the meeting to order.  He asked Steve Heithecker to lead the flag salute, which he did.  Then, Larry Bradley led Rotarians in “America the Beautiful.”  Rev. Jim Patterson gave the invocation.




May 16th:  Hot Dog picnic at Durham Park


May 23rd:  Jen Liu - Bruce Norlie, his new garage and his vintage automobiles


June 13th:  Club Assembly with Ravi reviewing his year.


June 27th:  Demotion Party by Mike Wacker.


If a Tuesday is not listed above, there is no meeting that week.




Larry Bradley introduced the red badge member Steve Heithecker and his program Louie Mendoza at his table.


Mike Wacker introduced Sharon, KR's wife at his table.




The next meeting will May 16th at the Durham Park.  It will be the Hot Dog picnic with the student scholarship winners and the Camp Royal attendees.


The subsequent meeting on May 23rd will be at Bruce Norlie's house on 9640 Lott Road in Durham.  Bruce is going to give us a program on his newly constructed garage and the 10 restored vintage automobiles kept in there.


Larry Bradley announced that we will be dark on July 4th and Butte County Sheriff Kory L. Honea will be the program on July 11th.




Roy Ellis reported that with the assistance of Chris Hatch, Steve Heithecker, Steve Plume and Mike Wacker, interviewed 21 students at DHS last Thursday.  All students interviewed came with impressive resumes.  Number of this year's scholarship recipients will be determined after the funding is finalized.


Larry Badley announced that we will sent 5 students to Camp Royal this year.  These students consisted of 2 boys - Grant Patterson, Josiah Badie and 3 girls - Ali Argo, Rachel Marrs, Natalie Thorpe.  Although we are sending 5 students this year but we only have to pay for 4 of them.  The slot for the 5th student is a slot paid for by another club in the district.


Mick Wacker reported that our Camp Venture student this year is Faith Simon.


Larry Bradley reported that our club has entered a float to this year's Durham Parade.  Parade will take place on this Saturday, May 13th.  He is working with Interact Club students and Roy Ellis to decorate the float and to advertise our services to the community.  Our float will be towed behind a 1935 flatbed pickup he borrowed from Paradise.


Jim Patterson reported on Putney street to Goodspeed program that North Star Engineering is almost completed with designs.  The project is currently pending county agreement on using volunteering works.


Jen Liu reported that our 'Rise Against Hunger' meal packaging event on Saturday, April 29th was another success.  With helps from about 25 DHS interact students and some of our members and their spouses (Mary & Ravi Saip, Sharen & KR Robertson, Jackie and Client Goss, Bonnie and Glenn Pulliam, Mike Wacker and Jim Kirts), we packaged 10,000 meal packets in record time.  Jen also passed around a Thank You note to DHS for their donation of facilities.  Below are photos taken during the event.


Without Larry Bradley's assistance this year, Glenn really have to work and sweat.....







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. 




Robert Olea contributed $25 for miss meetings. 


Roy Ellis contributed $100 for his new 3/4 ton Ford truck.


Larry Bradley was recognized $35 for his family reunion in a fancy beach house in Carmel.  He contributed an additional $15 on behalf of Luis Mendoza, Luie Mendoza's son for being student of the month.


Acting president was recognized by Sergeant at Arms, Larry Bradely for $5 for his minor transgression on Jen Liu's accent while he reports on 'Rise Against Hunger' event. 


Must Be Present To Win

Norm Larson was not present to win.




Larry Bradley presented Louie B. Mendoza Jr., Butte county Agricultural Commissioner Director of Weights and Measures.  Mr. Mendoza is also a graduate of DHS class 1980.


Mr. Mendoza gave us an overview on department's authority, funding, various programs on pest exclusion, pest detection, pest eradication and pest management.  He also covered agricultural programs such as nursery, apiary inspection and fruit & vegetable quality control.


He also covered his department's weights & measures programs that protect consumer interests.


From Rotary International:

Education breaks the cycle of modern slavery

By Nikki Kallio

While many people would like to think that slavery was a tragedy of the past, the truth is that it still exists today, with up to 46 million people enslaved worldwide.


The Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery (RAGAS) has a strategy for fighting this horrible problem, working at the local level. 


“It’s this Rotarian attitude – you give them a problem and instead of throwing their hands up in dismay, they start chipping away at it piece by piece,” says Carol Hart Metzker, a member of the action group. “Maybe slavery won’t be solved in my lifetime, but in two more years, we’re going to have a whole hamlet free.”

The students learn to use a computer, which is also used to document the project.


In a village in northeastern India, the action group is tackling the problem of debt bondage. With the help of 13 clubs, a district grant through the Rotary Club of Binghamton, New York, USA, and other sources, the action group is providing $36,000 toward the work of Schools4Freedom, a project of the organization Voices4Freedom. Schools4Freedom works with local partner organization Manav Sansadhan Evam Mahila Vikas Sansthan (MSEMVS) to battle debt bondage. 


The RAGAS project will support the efforts in one of those villages for three years. The name of the village, which is in the Uttar Pradesh state, is kept secret to protect the villagers and aid workers.


Poverty, illiteracy, innumeracy, and natural disasters that destroy crops or homes can leave villagers vulnerable to debt bondage in rural villages. 


“When people don’t have enough to eat, and they barely have the ability to keep a roof over their head and their family quite literally alive, they will often turn to whatever means are possible for survival,” Metzker says. 


Families may seek an arrangement with a business owner, who asks them to sign a contract that they can’t read and therefore can’t understand, and they inadvertently trade their freedom for survival, she says.


“The slaveholder creates a scheme such that the interest is more than the family ever makes, so no money really changes hands, and the family gets further and further into debt,” Metzker says. “That contract is never paid off.”

Of the village’s 400 residents, 132 are living in debt bondage, enslaved in the slaveholder’s brick kilns, farm, or construction projects, she says. “The others are at risk because they, too, are in abject poverty.”


Hundreds of thousands of people in Uttar Pradesh and the neighboring state of Bihar are working in forced labor in industries including agriculture, domestic servitude, commercial sex, stone quarries, or brick kilns, says Bhanuja Sharan Lal, director of MSEMVS. 


The problem is exacerbated by inaction on anti-slavery laws, caste discrimination, discrimination and violence against women, lack of effective protection for children, lack of training of front-line officials, and corruption, Lal says.


“Businesses and landlords, mostly in the informal sector, face no effective sanctions for holding and using people in forced labor,” he says. “The status quo survives because in many industries the business model relies on debt bondage as a means to control workers.” 


The Schools4Freedom project establishes a school, including funding for two teachers. Children receive school supplies and three years of hot lunches. The village gets a computer to document the project. A solar light is installed in the village to help protect children from snakebites and help prevent sexual assault against women. Women are trained in a trade.


“What’s so amazing about Schools4Freedom is that one removes all of these vulnerabilities,” Metzker says. “You strengthen the people and then you teach them that they have basic rights so that they can go and, in a sense, demand that freedom themselves.” 


Funds also pay for a simple school structure of brick pillars with a corrugated tin roof. It keeps the extreme heat and rain at bay, “but it’s not such an amazing building that someone can take it over,” she says. “It’s not so valuable that a slaveholder would burn it down to stop the process.”


Most important, the project pays for two front-line workers who are local and highly specialized in educating the villagers. The workers teach them that they have basic human rights such as freedom and access to government services – and all of this is done quietly at first, Metzker says.

Students learn the alphabet in the open-air school structure. 


“You have to know how to do it, when to do it, the safe way to do it so that the front-line workers themselves and the villagers don’t take the brunt of a slaveholder’s anger,” she says. “We can’t, as Rotarians, do that job.”


The school structure is usually the first sign to the slaveholders that something may be happening, and they may ridicule the children for getting an education, trying to convince them that it’s pointless.


“Does the slaveholder think about where that’s going in two or three years? The writing is on the wall,” Metzker says.


Sometimes slaveholders, not wanting to lose the labor, will create employment arrangements with the villagers. Other times, slaveholders become violent and the situation requires legal action, she says.


The three-year process ensures time for the entire village to see that it is in a position of strength. 

Additionally, liberated villages are connected to a network of other freed villages, to continue supporting one another, says Peggy Callahan, co-founder of Voices4Freedom.


The problem of debt bondage is insidious because it can entrap multiple generations. But with the project efforts, “not only will these people be free and educated and able to build a life of dignity, but their children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren will be born in freedom,” Callahan says.


Metzker, who is a member of the Rotary E-Club of One World D5240, became involved in anti-slavery efforts after a National Immunization Day trip to India in 2004, during which she visited a center for children who had been freed from slavery. She went on to write the book Facing the Monster: How One Person Can Fight Child Slavery and now works as a consultant to the Salvation Army’s New Day to Stop Trafficking program. She received Rotary’s Service Above Self Award in 2009-10.


“Someday, there is going to be such a huge difference because we realized there really is something you can do,” she says. “And we did it.”

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