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 23rd, 2017


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


2017                                         Calendar for Durham Rotary



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


2 3 4
No Meeting
5 6 7 8
9 10 11
Butte County Sheriff Kory L. Honea.
(Larry Bradley)
12 13 14 15
16 17 18
19 20 21 22
23 24 25
26 27 28 29
30 31

President Ravi Saip opened the meeting at Bruce Norlie’s automobile studio.  He asked Len Forman to lead the pledge, which he did.  President Ravi then asked Larry Bradley to lead us in a song.  He led us in “America”.  Jim Patterson then gave the invocation.




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.






Jen Liu introduced former members Bruce Norlie and Bill Dempsey.  Also Peggy Norlie, Bruce’s wife as well as the initiator of the Harvest Festival.


Larry Bradley introduced Bruce Norlie and Red Badge member Steven Heithecker.



No meeting next week!  The next meeting will on June 13th.   It will be at the BCCC.  It will be a Club Assembly reviewing Ravi’s year.

The following meeting will be on June 27th.  It will be the demotion party led by Mike Wacker at the BCCC.  Spouses and significant others are invited.  Please advise Mike if you are bringing your spouse or significant other.





Celebrate with us in Atlanta


Children getting drinking water

Next month will be 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.


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!  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.




Jen Liu was recognized for his week in Cancun and for his 30th Anniversary.  He contributed a total of $50 ($30 for the anniversary and $20 for Cancun).  He will also miss meetings while in Maryland for three weeks in June which he figures should be $10 per week, for a total of $30.


Phil Price contributed $50 ($40 for his 2 weeks in Cabo and $10 for his birthday).


Len Forman contributed $80 (2 missed meeting due to his wife’s surgery and the rest I did not get).


Ravi auctioned the Grinder for June.  Steve Plume contributed $55 as the successful bid.


Must Be Present To Win

None tonight.




Jen Liu introduced Bruce Norlie.  Bruce talked briefly about the history of the Harvest Festival.  When he was Treasurer of Durham Rotary, which had no fund raisers and no money for projects, much less scholarships, his wife, Peggy suggested a craft fair, which she has some experience with, and that was how it began, with a camp stove and hot dogs.


Bruce then talked about his reconstructed automobiles.  They are not restored automobiles.  Rather they are constructions from old automobile parts and may contain parts from many automobiles.  He considers himself an automobile sculptor, not a restorer.  He considers his shop an Art Studio.  His art works are in the following photographs:
























From Rotary International:


Tiwa Savage signs on as Rotary celebrity ambassador for polio eradication 

EVANSTON, Ill. (3 May 2017) – Nigerian singer/songwriter Tiwa Savage is the newest face to join Rotary’s ‘This Close’ public awareness campaign for polio eradication. A paralyzing and life altering disease, polio is on the verge of becoming the second human disease ever to be eliminated worldwide after smallpox.

Savage, who has been described by CNN as Nigeria’s biggest pop star, will help Rotary achieve its goal of a polio-free world by raising awareness about the vaccine-preventable disease. Savage administered a vaccine to children in Lagos in late April. Nigeria regularly conducts mass immunization campaigns to vaccinate every child under the age of five in the country.

Tiwa Savage is a Rotary celebrity ambassador for polio eradication.       Andrew Esiebo

The singer's participation in this program comes at a critical juncture. Last year, Nigeria experienced a polio outbreak that paralyzed four children after passing nearly two years without a case of the disease. Her involvement in the campaign will raise important awareness that will help ensure the outbreak is stopped. 

“This is a cause that hits close to home for me, not only as a mother of a small child, but as a proud Nigerian, whose country has been battling this disease for many years,” said Savage.

Savage’s musical career began when she was 16 years of age as a backup singer for George Michael. Before going out on her own, she worked with many other well-known musicians, such as Whitney Houston, Kelly Clarkson, Andrea Bocelli, Mary J Blige and many more. Tiwa Savage is also a successful songwriter. She was signed to Sony/ATV Music before establishing her own label 323 Entertainment which teamed up with Marvin Records in 2012. 

Last year, Savage signed with Roc Nation as a management client.  Already a superstar in her home country, her social media has amassed to a staggering 2.9 million followers on Instagram, 1. 8 million on Facebook, and 1.7 million on Twitter. 

Savage announced her new partnership with Rotary last week in New York City at a World Immunization Week event. As part of the ‘This Close’ campaign, Savage will be featured in ads raising her thumb and forefinger in the ‘this close’ gesture with the tagline ‘we're this close to ending polio.’ Since the initiative launched in 1988, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year to less than 37 cases in 2016.

The Nigerian music star joins other public figures and celebrities participating in Rotary’s public awareness campaign, including Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation;  actress Kristen Bell; Supermodel Isabeli Fontana; Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu; action movie star Jackie Chan; boxing great Manny Pacquiao; pop star Psy; golf legend Jack Nicklaus; conservationist Jane Goodall; premier violinist Itzhak Perlman; Grammy Award winners A.R. Rahman; Angelique Kidjo and Ziggy Marley; and peace advocate Queen Noor of Jordan.

Rotary launched its polio immunization program PolioPlus in 1985 and in 1988 became a spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative with the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and more recently the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

Rotary’s roles within the initiative are fundraising, advocacy, raising awareness and mobilizing volunteers. To date, Rotary has contributed more than $1.6 billion and countless volunteer hours to fight polio. Through 2018, every dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication will be matched two-to-one by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation up to $35 million a year. To date, more than 2.5 billion children have been immunized against polio, a paralyzing and sometimes deadly disease.  

About Rotary

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. To access broadcast quality video footage and still photos of Rotary members immunizing children against polio available go to: The Newsmarket

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