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 27th, 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
Camp Royal students to report on their experiences

(Larry Bradley)
19 20 21 22
23 24 25
26 27 28 29
30 31

This was President Ravi Saip’s demotion meeting.  He opened his last meeting as President, at the BCCC. 


He asked Jen Liu 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.  This time his prayer for desert was answered.




July 4th:  No Meeting


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


July 18th: Camp Royal students to report on their experiences


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’s diagnostic studies reported no fractures but sever degeneration in his back, which is causing him a lot of pain.  A card was circulated for members to sign.  Ravi will deliver it along with the Rotarian of the Year plaque to K. R.


President Ravi also presented a plaque to Jim Kirks for his service to the club including his services as secretary.


President Ravi then presented a plaque to Roy Ellis for his service to the youth.  Roy noted that when the Interact Club was started at Durham High School in 1991 it had 14 members.  This year it had 63 members.  Further this year we spent $25,000 in scholarships, students attending Camp Royal and a student attending Camp Venture.


Larry Bradley reported that the Camp Royal students had returned.  They will present the program on July 18th about their experiences.

Mike Wacker reported that the Camp Venture student was super enthusiastic about her experiences.




Larry Bradley introduced his wife, Nancy and his guests, John Moss (prospective member) and his wife Kendra.  Steve Plume introduced Jim Patterson’s wife, Nancy Patterson and President Ravi’s wife, Mary Saip.  Glenn Pulliam introduced his wife, Bonnie and Jen Liu’s wife, Pam.   Mike Wacker introduced his wife, Jan, and his guest, Jack Lee.  Phil Price introduced his wife, Cindy.




No meeting next week due to the 4th of July!  The next meeting will on July 11th.   It will be at the BCCC.  Butte County Sheriff Kory L. Honea will be our program.




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!




Proposed New Member Announcements.


The following have been proposed as new members of Durham Rotary:


John Moss.

Lloyd Webb, new DUSD superintendent

Nick Wilson, English teacher at DHS

Eric Hoiland, Butte College testing department


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.




Jim Kirks volunteered that he had two grandchildren in graduations, a granddaughter who will spend her Junior year in high school in Spain, a 13th anniversary and had traveled to 8 countries.  He had contributed $83 to the Rotary Foundation in a way that will produce a substantially greater benefit for the Foundation.


Phil Price volunteered that his grandson had graduated from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.   He contributed $20.


Must Be Present To Win

None tonight.



 President Ravi then turned the program over to Mike Wacker who conducted Ravi’s demotion. Mike first showed a video of several people dancing to “Tequila” all of whom had Ravi’s face.  Mike then reported on air traffic control radio traffic concerning Ravi being lost over the Pacific Ocean and finally getting back over California but running out of gas.  He landed on a road at taxied up to a gas station where the attendant reported to him that the airport was just across the road.  While reporting on this Ravi was outfitted in a flight jacket and cap.


The following members were then asked to make comments:  Roy Ellis, Larry Bradley, Steve Plume, Glenn Pulliam.  This was followed by eulogy by Jim Patterson.  Some of these comments were in the nature of a “roast” but the bottom line was that Ravi did a good job as our president.


Mike then presented Ravi with the Past President’s plaque, pin and badge.



 Then followed the transfer of the presidential powers to our incoming president, Larry Bradley.



Larry closed the meeting, but not until he had recognized Jim Patterson in the amount of $10 for slightly roasting him during his eulogy of Ravi.




From Rotary International:


2017 Rotary Convention offers five days of inspiring speakers, exciting events, and opportunities to connect with club members from around the world  

By Arnold R. Grahl

Rotary’s biggest get-together of the year is underway. More than 33,000 members from 174 countries have gathered in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, to renew friendships, find inspiration, and celebrate The Rotary Foundation’s 100 years of Doing Good in the World.

The Rotary Foundation Centennial bell, whose resounding clang marked the convention’s official start, was handcrafted in Italy by the Marinelli brothers.

The 2017 Rotary Convention’s opening ceremony took place Sunday at the Georgia World Congress Center, and included the presentation of the centennial bell. This special bell was forged at a 1,000-year-old foundry in Agnone, Italy, in honor of the Foundation’s centennial. The presentation marked the start of a five-day centennial celebration, which includes a book signing, a photo exhibit, and an enormous birthday party.

During the opening session, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal welcomed Rotary to Atlanta, and RI President John F. Germ emphasized opportunities for making connections during the convention.

“I hope that, as busy as all of you are going to be, you still make time for what might just be the most important part of every convention: meeting new people, and getting to know your fellow Rotarians,” Germ said.

Indian philanthropist Rajashree Birla, chair of the Aditya Birla Centre for Community Initiatives and Rural Development named for her late husband, pledged another $1 million for Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio. Birla has already contributed more than $10 million to the effort. Birla's company, Aditya Birla Group, has revenues greater than $40 billion.

Over the next four days, attendees will also hear from Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, about progress on our pledge to rid the world of polio. Ashton Kutcher, cofounder of Thorn, will be part of a panel discussion on human trafficking and the need to end modern slavery.  

Other speakers include WWE Superstar, actor, and Rotary polio ambassadors John Cena and golf icon Jack Nicklaus.

Monday through Wednesday, members will have the chance to attend breakout sessions where they’ll find inspiration for new service projects, polish their leadership expertise, and learn skills for building stronger clubs. Find the complete breakout session schedule  and slides from workshops.

Fellowship is the biggest part of any Rotary Convention, and the week wouldn’t be complete without Host Organization Committee  events welcoming attendees to Atlanta, showing off the city, and giving members a chance to get together and socialize. Check the committee's site for the latest information.

“If there’s one thing I’ve learned this year, it’s that when two Rotarians get together, and start talking about service--there’s just no telling where that might lead,” said Germ. 

Follow all our convention coverage as the action happens. Find photos, videos, live blog posts, speeches, and more. And share your convention experience on social media with #Rotary17.


Outgoing Rotary International President John Germ and his wife, Judy, reflect on their year in office and lessons learned from visiting Rotary projects around the world.


Candlelight Vigil to End Slavery and Human Trafficking: Rotary members joined Atlanta residents at a candlelight vigil Saturday night to bring attention to human trafficking. The program featured Dorsey Jones, who told how she survived trafficking in metropolitan Atlanta. Participants observed a moment of silence for victims.

Walk/Run to End Polio Now: Rotary members took part in a 3K walk/run around Centennial Olympic Park Saturday morning to raise funds and awareness for Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio from the world.

House of Friendship: The House of Friendship opened with a grand parade on Saturday morning. The bustling hall is where the Rotary world comes together to share ideas, best practices, and project successes. 



Bill Gates

Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill Gates, keynote speaker: Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will speak about our joint effort to eradicate polio.

Panel Presentation on the End of Modern Slavery: Ashton Kutcher, cofounder of Thorn, actor, entrepreneur, tech investor, producer, and philanthropist, will lead a panel discussion with Gary Haugen, CEO of International Justice Mission, and Bob Corker, U.S. Senator. 

"One Small Act: A Virtual Reality Experience": Thousands will gather to watch Rotary’s new virtual reality film and participate in one of the largest ever simultaneous VR viewings. Rotarians will use Google’s virtual reality viewer, Cardboard, to join the extraordinary journey of a child whose world has been torn apart by conflict.

Jack Nicklaus, keynote speaker: Jack Nicklaus, golf icon, philanthropist, and Rotary ambassador for polio eradication, will speak about sports, philanthropy, and the fight to end polio for good.

The Rotary Foundation's 100th Birthday Party: What’s a party without cake and ice cream? Guests will enjoy both as they celebrate the Foundation’s 100th birthday. 

Everyone you meet here this week, no matter how different they look, no matter where they’re from and what language they speak—everyone here is a part of your Rotary family. So don’t be shy. You might just find yourself a new friend, or your club a new partner. It all starts with a smile, and a hello—from one Rotarian, to another.

John F. Germ  
Rotary International president

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