Rotary International


Ian HS Riseley

Rotary District 5160 Governor:

Gary Vilhauer

Durham Rotary President:
Larry Bradley


Rowel Editor: Phil Price
Rowel Publisher: Jen Liu




August 8th, 2017


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


2017                                         Calendar for Durham Rotary



No Meeting
2 3 4 5
6 7 8
Glenn Ward re: Thermalito Power Plant Rebuilding

(Larry Bradley)
9 10 11 12
13 14 15
Alyssa Cozine of Catalyst on domestic violence
(Larry Bradley)
16 17 18 19
20 21 22
23 24 25 26
27 28 29
30 31


1 2
3 4 5
No Meeting
6 7 8 9
10 11 12
Harvest Festival preparation in the Park

13 14 15 16
Harvest Festival Setup in the Park
(All Members)
Harvest Festival Event in the Park
(All Members)
18 19
No Meeting Post Harvest Festival
20 21 22 23
24 25 26
Post Harvest Festival Review
27 28 29 30

President Larry Bradley opened the meeting at the BCCC.  He asked K. R. Robertson to lead the pledge, which he did.  President Larry Bradley then led us in singing “America”.  Jim Patterson then gave the invocation.




August 15th:  Alyssa Cozine of Catalyst, who will speak about domestic violence.


August 22nd:


August 29th:


September 5th:  No Meeting


September 12th:  Harvest Festival preparation in the Park


September 17th:  Harvest Festival


September 19th: No Meeting


September 26th:


October 3rd:


October 10th:  No Meeting


October 17th: 


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




The President’s Corner


President Larry read thank you letters from the Chico Air Museum for the $100 we contributed to the museum and from Betsy Leverenz for the books we contribute to the Intermediate School library.


President passed around a flyer about a Community Resources Fair on September 27th (6:00-7:30 pm).




Chris Hatch introduced Red Badge member, Eric Hoiland.


Phil Price was permitted to introduce Glenn Ward, Hydroelectric Mechanical Supervisor for the Department of Water Resources, even though it was sitting at President Larry’s table, having been stolen from Phil’s table by Larry.  Consequently, Phil’s table was not recognized for not having a visitor at their table.


Dave Jessen introduced Red Badge member John Moss.





The next meeting will next week, August 15th.  It will be at the BCCC.  It will be Alyssa Cozine of Catalyst, who will speak about domestic violence.  President Larry has suggested that we bring our spouses or significant others.  He thinks she may be more comfortable speaking with women present. Let Larry know if you will be bringing someone so he can tell the kitchen.




A message to all District 5160 Rotarians:

Calling all District 5160 Rotarians to join me in September for fantastic fellowship and an abundance of useful information that will enrich your life, both as a Rotarian and a professional.

This time, we've got 18 breakouts designed to enhance your Rotary/club experience and enrich your professional life and leadership skills.  Classes include the incomparable Candy Pierce and George Chaffey sharing their secrets to success in public speaking. Maybe your favorite will be the panel discussions, with topics that include review of the best community and international projects, just to name a few! The full agenda will be emailed to you in a couple of weeks.


Saturday, Sept 9.  Coffee at 8 AM .  Simpson University,   2211 College View Dr.  Redding
Continental breakfast AND lunch included.

Also at these seminars, we’re offering the Grants Management Seminar Part III. This 3rd installment of the training is intended for Presidents Elect, and President-Elect Nominees, but everyone is welcome. Simply register below. Also, read the attached class synopsis that I mentioned. The entry for this class has a bit more information. Questions? Please ask!

Gary Vilhauer
District Governor 2017-18
Rotary International District 5160


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.


Proposed New Member Announcements.


The following has been proposed as new member of Durham Rotary:


Nathan Steffen.  He is teaching political science classes at Butte College.  He is also teaching political science classes for the University of North Dakota over the Internet





President Larry recognized Jim Kirks as a double Paul Harris fellow.  He asked him about his travel plans this month.  Jim will be visiting various relatives and friends in various locations but will return just in time for the Harvest Festival.  He contributed an additional $100 to become a Bell Ringer.  That is in addition to the $100 he had contributed to the Paul Harris Foundation last month.


President Larry then asked Dave Jessen what he had done while he had the Grinder.  Dave disclosed that he had visited Fort Bragg.  He also noted that 92 people has shown up for his father’s 100th Birthday party.


Dave then auctioned the Grinder.  Mike Wacker got it for $75.00.  Mike reported that he intended to visit Oregon for the Eclipse and then attend a class reunion in Yreka and travel to MacArthur.


Ravi Saip missed the last meeting because he was attending a City Counsel meeting in support of the efforts to get an air service back to the Chico Airport.  He was excused.


Chris Hatch missed the last meeting because he was at Lake Almanor with his sister.




President Larry presented Glenn Ward, Hydroelectric Mechanical Supervisor for the Department of Water Resources.  Mr. Ward showed a video of overhead photos of the various parts of the State Water Project beginning in the north state and ending in southern California.  He talked about the hydroelectric facilities his is current involve in repairing including the facilities under Lake Oroville and those between the fore bay and after bay.


Must Be Present To Win

Roy Ellis would have won it if he had been present.


From Rotary International:


Rotary Community Corps lets local volunteers tap into our organization’s network

By Brad Webber Illustrations by Jing Zhang

Mobilizing more than 200,000 volunteers across 92 countries, the Rotary Community Corps expands Rotary’s reach by bringing the knowledge and talents of local people to projects in their communities. 

Sponsored by a local club, corps members are not Rotarians but can tap into the Rotary network. 

Conceived as the Rotary Village Corps during the term of RI President M.A.T. Caparas in the late 1980s, the Rotary Community Corps (RCC) was initially viewed as a program for the developing world. 

Even today, most of the 9,400 RCCs are concentrated in India, followed by the Philippines and Africa. About 60 are sponsored by clubs in the United States; Canada hosts four. Every community corps differs in size and scope. Meet four of them.

Leticia, Colombia

In 2010, rains thrashed Colombia, flooding nearly 4,000 square miles of farmland and coastal villages – including Leticia, an impoverished community reliant on the shrimp harvest. 

“It was completely flooded. You had to go house to house in boats,” says Carolina Barrios, a member of the Rotary Club of Cartagena de Indias, which delivered essentials to the community of about 400 people in the immediate aftermath of the storm. “But when the floods passed,” Barrios says, “we could not just leave this community by itself.”

The Cartagena Rotarians wanted to help revitalize Leticia. But the journey there was difficult – a 45-minute drive from Cartagena, followed by another 45 minutes aboard a motorboat. 

“This community doesn’t receive a lot of assistance because it’s so far away,” says Barrios. 

To bolster the relationship, the Rotarians recruited residents for a Rotary Community Corps.

“We got a leader from each block,” Barrios says. “All the elected leaders in Leticia are women. At the time, our club was also all women. It was easy for us to relate to them.”

Initially, Barrios says, the members of the RCC of Leticia were not always on the same page. “But they have developed the ability to solve problems in an amicable way, because they know they are important to the community.”

One thing the village struggles with is adequate sanitation. “We asked them for their solutions,” says Barrios. Asking people from the community to do their own assessment and come forward with solutions to problems is a core principle of RCCs. 

After putting together a needs assessment, the Leticia RCC members worked with districts 4271 (Colombia) and 5280 (California) and the Rotary clubs of Los Angeles and Woodland Hills, Calif., on a $38,000 global grant to install a basic sanitation system that included 25 septic tanks and 25 bathrooms, each including a toilet, shower, and sink. 

Members of the RCC monitor the system to ensure that it is working properly. 

Using other funding, the corps also beautified a church that serves as a community hub, equipping a small room with computers, improving a playground, and planting trees. 

New friendships have developed. We have music, we have dances, we eat together. The RCC members consider us part of the family. It’s also been important for our growth as a club.

Carolina Barrios
Rotary Club of Cartagena de Indias

In 2015, the high school that serves Leticia and the nearby village of El Recreo faced closure. 

Members of the Rotary club encouraged the women in the RCC to go to the municipal offices and advocate for their rights. The appeal spared the school and brought a new Rotarian into the Cartagena de Indias club – the local secretary of education, Clara Inés Sagre Hernández – and resulted in a new RCC in El Recreo

“New friendships have developed,” Barrios says. “We have music, we have dances, we eat together. The RCC members consider us part of the family. It’s also been important for our growth as a club.” 

Panay, Philippines

In 2011, when Jerry Olson was president of the Rotary Club of Metro Roxas, Philippines, some members suggested investigating how the club could bring clean water to Ameligan, a remote ward, or barangay, on the island of Panay. 

Olson, now chair of the District 3850 (Philippines) Rotary Community Corps Committee, says the club applied for a Rotary Foundation grant, enlisting the Rotary Club of Pomona, Calif., and District 5300 (California) as international partners.

**“We did our homework on how to make the project sustainable,” Olson says – one that would be managed by local people in a new RCC and would provide potable water, helping prevent waterborne diseases and allowing hundreds of children to spend time in school instead of fetching water by ferry from across the river. 

Anchored to withstand the tidal currents of the Panay River, a 5-kilometer line now conveys fresh water to 60 households in the barangay. The line was laid by hand by RCC members and a dozen Rotarians. 

“As a club, we went to Ameligan with professional trainers to teach the residents how to manage their RCC and the water project,” Olson says. “By March 2012, we had laid the piping and built five water stations.” A sixth has since been added.

About 10 members of RCC Genesis Ameligan maintain and administer the water system, collecting payments from the owners of homes linked to the line, as well as from individuals who buy water by the can. 

“The RCC pays the water bill, and the profits are kept in a bank account for maintenance and upkeep,” Olson says. “After super Typhoon Yolanda hit in 2013, the system had many breaks due to trees uprooting, but there was more than enough in the account to repair the damage.”

For Rotary clubs thinking of starting an RCC, Olson says it’s important for the prospective members to take ownership and to understand that their RCC is for them.

“The first step is for club members to go to the area and explain the benefits of having an RCC and see if people really want to form one,” he says. “Then take this information back to the Rotary club and see if the members are willing to put in the time to make the RCC a vibrant one.”

Training corps members, particularly when complex projects such as water systems are involved, is key, says Olson, who adds that continuing oversight by the Rotary club helps ensure sustainability.

“Also, you will need to visit with RCC members four times a year,” he says. “An RCC can also work with their sponsor Rotary club to apply for a global grant if they have a need in a certain area.”

In Ameligan, Olson notes, “The RCC improved the water system by expanding it to more areas on the island that before had never had a clean source of water.” RCC members also plan to use a surplus of $1,200 toward improvements.

Parker, Colorado

Once they leave the public education system, people with developmental disabilities in the United States often lose their social support system and opportunities for friendship and personal development, says Kam Breitenbach, a member of the Rotary Club of Parker, Colo.

**“When they turn 21, the school district is done,” says Breitenbach, a longtime Special Olympics basketball coach who was a special education assistant while her children were growing up. “There’s no place for them to learn or do any leadership activities.” So in 2010, she asked her club’s board of directors to consider starting an RCC for adults with developmental disabilities.

“They said, ‘We’ll try it for six months, and then we’ll review it,’” Breitenbach says. Seven years later, the Parker Rotary Community Corps is still going strong. More than 50 members with varying ability levels participate in service projects and hold meetings patterned after Rotary club meetings. 

“We never had that review,” she notes.

The Parker RCC’s projects range from putting on homecoming dances and proms to stuffing backpacks for needy schoolchildren and filling grocery bags for a local food pantry. In December, the corps members were busy organizing a holiday breakfast at a local senior center and putting the finishing touches on 100 fleece blankets intended for facilities including a local hospital. 

Expecting success from people with special needs yields dividends in self-confidence, notes Breitenbach

“When we first started we had a member, Doug, say he would not run for office in the RCC because he didn’t want to be put on the spot,” she says. The RCC had a ShelterBox display at a community event called the Parker Days Festival, and Breitenbach urged people to ask the corps members about the exhibit. “Doug said that changed his life, because he found he could talk to people and they would listen.” He has been the RCC’s sergeant-at-arms for four years.

Enterprising, enthusiastic, and entrepreneurial, the Parker RCC once raised $1,000 in four hours with a car wash. In 2016, the group made a $3,500 donation to End Polio Now. “Everybody knows them all over town,” Breitenbach says. “The members have all kinds of opportunities they would not have without Rotary.”

Swindon, England

In the United Kingdom, induction (or hearing) loops help broadcast sounds for people with hearing loss by generating a magnetic field that is picked up by hearing aids and cochlear implants to lessen background noise and bring conversation to the forefront. 

Under the Equality Act 2010, such loops should be installed in most public buildings, including libraries and council offices. But without anyone trained to activate them, many of the audio-frequency systems (which are based on World War II technology developed by the Royal Navy to detect enemy submarines) remain idle.  

Heeding the call of member Dave King, who worked with a nonprofit focused on hearing loss, the E-Club of West of England started a Rotary Community Corps in the town of Swindon to address the problem.

Tim Mason of the Rotary Club of Cosham, who had started Britain’s first RCC in nearby Malmesbury, formed a steering committee that included the borough councilor and officials from a local hospital and an international insurance company. They recruited 15 people, including two Rotarians. By December 2016, two-person teams from the Let’s Hear in Swindon RCC had checked more than 500 loops around the town. 

“With Let’s Hear, there was a groundswell of people who wanted to improve the situation” for the hearing impaired, and community groups across the country have begun to replicate the project, says Anthony Horn, past governor of District 1100 and a member of the Rotary Club of Swindon Phoenix. 

While England is a latecomer to adopting the RCC model, Horn and Mason see promise for hands-on, technical projects. Members of the RCC in Malmesbury focus on flood control, monitoring the water level of the Avon River, and checking that sluice gates remain free of debris. 

“There was a need for a service group that could help the town,” says Mason. “Rotary Community Corps is a good way for us to recruit volunteers and get them interested in Rotary. It’s an ideal platform for people to start learning what Rotary is all about.”


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