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 16th, 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

President Ravi Saip opened the meeting at the Durham Park.  He asked Mike Wacker to lead the pledge, which he did.  President Ravi then asked Larry Bradley to lead us in a song.  He led us in God Bless America.  Jim Patterson then gave the invocation.




May 23rd:  Vintage Automobiles at Bruce Norlie’s house - 9640 Lott Road.


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


June 27th:  Demotion Party by Mike Wacker.


July 4th:  No Meeting


July 11th:  Butte County Sheriff Kory L. Honea.


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


Larry Bradley reported on the float entered in the parade and the assistance of the Interact Club.


Ravi asked all present to introduce themselves and guests.  The students introduced their parents and the members their spouses.


Mary Sakuma congratulated the students, noting that she was Superintendent at Durham USD for four of the years that these students were in school, and that she is particularly proud of them.  She also announced that the Butte County Superintend will be retiring and that she intends to run for the position.


President Ravi noted that due to the weather this would be a short meeting so we proceeded to the hot dog dinner. 









The next meeting will May 23rd.   It will not be at the BCCC.  It will be at Bruce Norlie's house at 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.






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.




None tonight.





Must Be Present To Win

None tonight.



Roy Ellis reported that we gave $19,000 in scholarships this year.  But before getting to the scholarship winners he introduced the last 4 Students of the Month (March, April, May & June) for this year who are shown in the photograph below.  They are


March:  Heather Lowe

April:  Lauren Keene

May:  Samantha Esau

June:  Melissa Cisneros



He then introduce the scholarship winners who are shown in the photograph below:


Jared Heath         (Wayne Cook Award)
Madison Lowe       
(Wayne Cook Award)
Jenifer Jenkins     
(Wayne Cook Award)

Luis Mendoza
Hannah Simon
Savannah Southam
Mackenzie Paddock
Taylor Abouzeid
Heather Lowe
Ellie Coffee
Lauren Keene
Carly Hines
Cody Arvonen
Michael Giuffre
Melissa Cisneros



Larry Bradley then introduced four of the five the students we are sending to Camp Royal this year.  They are Racheal Marrs, Natalie Thorpe, Josiah Badie, Grant Peterson.  Ali Argo was not present.  All but Ali are shown in the photo below.




Lastly, Mike Wacker then introduce Faith Simon, the student we are sending to Camp Venture.  She is shown, with her parents in the photo below.




From Rotary International:

Rotary Foundation named World's Outstanding Foundation for 2016

The Association of Fundraising Professionals recognized The Rotary Foundation with its annual Award for Outstanding Foundation at its 2017 conference in San Francisco.

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.


Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair-elect Paul Netzel accepts the Award for Outstanding Foundation, on Rotary's behalf, at the Association of Fundraising Professionals 2017 conference.



The announcement came on 15 November, known to industry professionals since the 1980s as National Philanthropy Day. The award was presented 2 May at the AFP’s annual conference.


Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair-elect Paul Netzel accepted the award on Rotary’s behalf, and Eric Schmelling, Rotary's chief philanthropy officer, also attended the conference. The event drew more than 3,400 senior-level fundraising professionals from 33 countries.


“In our Centennial year, we are deeply honored to receive this recognition from the Association of Fundraising Professionals,” said Netzel.


AFP’s committee of judges cited Rotary’s comprehensive campaign to eradicate polio as a major driver of the selection.


“With the generous support of our members and partners, we’ve taken on some of the toughest humanitarian challenges in the world, none more so than the devastating disease of polio,” said Netzel. “We will defeat polio, and it will be a landmark achievement for global public health.”


The committee 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.


“This award helps to spread our belief that service to humankind truly changes our world, and for that reason, it is the greatest work of life,” said Netzel.


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