Rotary International


John F. Germ

Rotary District 5160 Governor:

Fred Collignon

Durham Rotary President:
Ravi Saip


Rowel Editor: Phil Price
Rowel Publisher: Jen Liu




June 13th, 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 the BCCC.  He asked Steve Plume 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 27th:  Demotion Party by Mike Wacker.


July 4th:  No Meeting


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


July 18th:


July 25th:


August 1:  No Meeting


August 8th:


August 15th:


August 22nd:


August 29th:


September 5th:  No Meeting


September 12th:  Harvest Festival preparation in the Park


September 17th:  Harvest Festival


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




President Ravi reported that K. R. Robertson is in significant pain and can no longer sit at his computer to do his Club Treasurer duties.  Steve Plume had taken over those duties.


The 5 Camp Royal students were brought to the Ramada Inn last Sunday by their parents and transported to Camp Royal.  The will return Saturday. 


Larry Bradley reported that the Harvest Festival Committee met this week.  They have been having problems getting information on contacting the craft people, but have finally gotten some information from the lady who assisted a prior member last year.  They should be getting the information out to those craft fair people who set up booths last year.  They are still working on sponsorships, which actually provides most of our income from the Harvest Festival.  If you know any business who might be a sponsor, let the committee know.   




Larry Bradley introduced his guest, John Moss, who is interested in becoming a member of Durham Rotary.


Len Forman introduced David Lodden of the Willows Club, who was here to promote his club’s golf tournament this Saturday.  David Lodden spoke to the club briefly about the Willows Club and their Golf Tournament this coming Saturday, June 17th.  He also spoke about the Thunder Hill Park and raceway west of Willows, where he works.  They are still doing the youth driving program that we used to send young people to.




No meeting next week!  The next meeting will on June 27th.   It will be at the BCCC.  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.




Golf Tournament in Willows


The Willows Club is holding a golf tournament the coming Saturday, June 17th at 9:00 am.  It will be held at the Glen Golf & Country Club.  Call Leslie at 570 9317 or Roger at 514 0581.  Email  $65.00 per player includes Cart, BBQ Lunch, Drink Ticket, Range Bucker, Raffle Ticket & More.  It will feature 4 Player Scramble, Hole in One, Long Drive, Closest to Pin, Putting Contest, etc.

District 5160 Hoedown! Awards & Installation Dinner 

It’s our District’s annual Awards and Installation Dinner. As always, the event will be full of fun, fellowship and great food. The theme for this year is a Western Hoedown, so come join the fun in your western duds. Our own, Cowboy Bud Wolf, is gonna read a couple of his cowboy poems.  You can belly-up to the no-host bar, so bring plenty of cash!

So, Cowboys and Cowgirls, here’s the lowdown:
Date: Saturday, July 8th.
Time: 5:00 to 9:00 PM
Location: Woodland Community Center, 2001 East St,  Woodland, CA

Cost: $40 per person, but if you buckaroos wait till June 15th, it’s gonna be $50 bucks. NOW for our District 5160 Hoedown! Awards & Installation Dinner


Here's some info for a nearby hotel:
Best Western Shadow Inn, 584 North East Street, Woodland
Discount Rate: $85 per night   

We hope all you dudes and dudettes will come join the fun, celebrate your 2016-17 achievements and support your new club presidents. But leave your pistols and chewin’ tobacco at home!


New Member Announcement.


John Moss has been proposed as a new member of Durham Rotary.



New Member Announcement


John Moss has been proposed as a new member of Durham Rotary.


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.





Clint Goss volunteered that it was his birthday and that he had attended the graduation of a grand-daughter at Fresno State.  He contributed $50.


Glenn Pulliam reported that he has retired from elementary education and needs to change his classification.  He contributed $50.


President Ravi volunteered that he had attended a niece’s wedding near Laytonville.  He contributed $20.


Mike Wacker reported that he had taken an RV trip to Oregon.  He contributed $20.


Dave Jessen reported on his travels to Colorado and other places in May, when he had the Grinder.


Must Be Present To Win

None tonight.





The program was President Ravi recounting his year as president.  He noted that it had been a difficult year for him because work has been stressful and coming to meeting with the fun group that Durham Rotary is, was helpful.  He did not accomplish all that he had planned during his year as president but was happy about the many good things that occurred. 


He mentioned that the Harvest Festival and Crab Feed were successful.  We continued our Students of the Month program.  At the Rise Against Hunger packaging of meals for hungry kids on April 29, 2017, with the help of Interact students we packaged 10,000 meals by 11:00 am.  We also contributed $2,900.00 to the meals being packaged (for more information on that, see below).  Speaking of the Interact Club it is a huge success at Durham High School.  A highlight was his attendance at the Durham High graduation to present the scholarships Durham Rotary is awarding this year (except that through a miss-communication he did not have the actual scholarships to hand out).




He did hand out plaques to Steve Plume (for his finance work for the Club and stepping up to take over the Treasurer’s duties); Jim Patterson (for his promoting the sidewalk projects); Glenn Pulliam (for assistance in organizing programs); Roy Ellis (for his work with the youth); Jim Kirks (for his international work, including the wheelchair program in Mexico).  Well, Roy and Jim were absent so they will receive theirs later.


He also announced that he intends to present K. R. Robertson with the Rotarian of the Year award.


Regarding the Rise Against Hunger packaging of meals project Ravi mentioned see the email Jen received:


Dear Jen,

Thanks for joining us in the fight against hunger. We are happy to share details at the end of this email about the destination of your meal shipment.

The meals you packaged will make a big impact in the lives of people around the globe. My, age 6, lives in a community where unpredictable droughts and flooding create instability for many farming families. Her family struggles to afford food, typically eating just two small meals each day. Although life is difficult for them, My is a very cheerful, lively child.

Since receiving Rise Against Hunger meals at school, My’s physical health and academic performance have improved greatly. She hopes to become a doctor so she can help those in need.

My is only one of the tens of thousands of children in countries all over the world who receive Rise Against Hunger meals at school. Since 2005, volunteers like you have helped package more than 310 million meals for distribution to 74 countries.

To provide support for children like My around the globe, please consider making a gift at
We are delighted to announce that the meals from your meal packaging event on 4/29/2017 have been shipped in a container totaling 285,120 meals from our Southern California warehouse. If this is the second email you have received, your meals have gone to impact multiple partners.
The meals will be received by our in-country partner Convoy of Hope in El Salvador.


Providing nutrient rich meals such as those provided by Rise Against Hunger in food insecure communities is Convoy of Hope’s (COH) initial step in its strategy to address hunger and undernutrition. COH holistic approach includes interventions that are nutrition-specific, addressing immediate needs, nutrition-sensitive, supporting long-term food security initiatives such as agricultural training and access to clean water, and that build an enabling environment for sustainable development such as micro-enterprise initiatives. Rise Against Hunger meals will serve 20,000 beneficiaries in El Salvador in 100 different feeding centers such as public and private schools in areas where food insecurity is greatest as determined by annual needs assessments.
Visit for more information on how you can support Rise Against Hunger and continue your involvement in the fight against hunger. Follow us on Facebook at for updates, videos and photos from the field. Thank you for volunteering with Rise Against Hunger. We appreciate your dedication and commitment to the vision of a world without hunger.


Ryan Pond
Program Manager
Rise Against Hunger Southern California













































































From Rotary International:


Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announce $450 million commitment to end polio

ATLANTA, Ga. (June 12, 2017) – Today in Atlanta Rotary President John Germ and Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, announced a commitment of up to $450 million to support the eradication of polio.

To an audience of nearly 40,000 Rotary members attending the humanitarian organization’s annual convention, Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation renewed their longstanding support for ending polio – a paralyzing, life-altering scourge on the verge of becoming the second human disease ever to be eliminated. Rotary committed to raise $50 million per year over the next three years, with every dollar to be matched with two additional dollars from the Gates Foundation. This expanded agreement will translate into $450 million for polio eradication activities, including immunization and surveillance over the next three years. This critical funding helps ensure countries around the world remain polio-free and that polio is ended in the remaining three endemic countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan.

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and RI President John Germ announce new pledges toward the polio eradication effort at the Rotary Convention in Atlanta. 

“In 2016, fewer children were paralyzed by polio than ever before, thanks to the dedication of Rotary members and our partners,” said Germ. “The paralysis of even one child by a preventable disease is unacceptable, and I'm proud to see our members redoubling their commitment to ensure we reach every single child with the polio vaccine.”

In a partnership spanning a decade, Rotary and the Gates Foundation, along with the other Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners, have led the effort to end polio worldwide. This funding extension reaffirms a commitment established at the 2013 Rotary Convention in Lisbon, Portugal, when the Gates Foundation pledged to match Rotary contributions two-to-one, up to $35 million per year through 2018. Rotary, including matching funds from the Gates Foundation, has donated more than $1.6 billion to polio eradication. 

“The vision of eradicating polio began with Rotary, and its support of that effort has been unwavering for more than 35 years,” said Gates. “Rotary’s commitment to raise $150 million over the next three years to end polio forever is a testament to the compassion, generosity, and kindness of more than a million Rotarians around the world.”

Today’s announcement comes on the heels of the news that world governments and other donors have pledged to contribute US$1.2 billion total to the GPEI for polio eradication efforts. The government funding—also announced today at the Rotary Convention—will substantially help to close the US$1.5 billion funding gap, allowing partners to immunize 450 million children every year and support rigorous disease surveillance in both endemic and at-risk polio-free countries. While the government funding announced today makes considerable headway in the fight to end polio, continued support from donors remains vital to achieve a polio-free world.

The global eradication of polio has been Rotary’s top priority since 1985. Through the Global Polio Eradication Initiative – a public-private partnership that includes Rotary, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and UNICEF – the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year at the start of the initiative to just 37 cases in 2016.


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