Rotary International


Ian HS Riseley

Rotary District 5160 Governor:

Gary Vilhauer

Durham Rotary President:
Larry Bradley


Rowel Editor: Phil Price
Rowel Publisher: Jen Liu




September 26th, 2017


The  2017 Crab Feed will be held on Saturday, January, 20 2018


2017                                         Calendar for Durham Rotary



1 2
3 4 5
No Meeting
Labor Day
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
Coach Clink from CSUC Men’s Basketball Program
(Jim Kirks)
27 28 29 30


2 3
Visit of District Governor Gary Vilhauer
(Larry Bradley)
4 5 6 7
8 9 10
No Meeting
11 12 3 14
15 16 17
Sherry Miller, Airport Manager.  At Air Spray
(Ravi Saip)
18 19 20 21
22 23 24
25 26 27 28
29 30 31
No Meeting
27 28 29 30

President Larry Bradley opened the meeting at the BCCC.  He asked Faith Simon, our Camp Venture student, to lead the pledge, which she did.  Jim Patterson then gave the invocation.  Larry led us in singing “God Bless America”.


Between President Larry and Club Secretary, Steve Plume, it appears that we will net about $22,000 from the Harvest Festival, substantially better than last year.




October 3rd: Visit of District Governor Gary Vilhauer.


October 10th:  No Meeting


October 17th:  Sherry Miller, Airport Manager.  At Air Spray.


October 24th: 


October 31st:  No Meeting.


November 7th:


November 14th:  No Meeting


November 21st:  No Meeting


November 28th:


December 5th: Christmas Party


December 12th: Meeting.


December 19th:


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





Jen Liu’s table had no visitors so we contributed $1 each. 


Mike Wacker introduced Faith Simon, our Camp Venture student, and her mother and grandparents.


Jim Kirks introduced Red Badge member, Erick Hoiland.


Steve Plume, who was sitting at a table by himself to perform his duties as Club Secretary, contributed $1.




The next meeting, October 3rd, will be the visit of District Governor, Gary Vilhauer.




There will be a Board Meeting at 5:00 next Tuesday to meet with the District Governor.






Nothing new at this time.



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.




Red Badge member Eric Hoiland was presented with his Blue Badge and contributed $7 for the honor.


Steve Plume reported a 9th grandchild and his birthday.  He contributed $9 for the grandchild and $10 for his birthday with a song.


President Larry contributed $20 for his birthday, without a song.


Mike Wacker reported on his RV trips north including attending his high school reunion.  He made no contribution as he has the Grinder.


Glenn Pulliam admitted to a new truck for which he contributed $12.




Prior to the program our Camp Venture student, Faith Simon, talked about her experiences at Camp Venture, which she described as a very positive experience for her. 


She learned a lot about starting a business which will be helpful as she starts CSUS as a business major and in the future.






The program was Greg Clink Coach of CSUC Men’s Basketball.  This is his 10th year coaching the CSUC basketball team.  His teams have held many records including this year’s NCAA West Region Championship.  He describe his unusual approach to selecting players and his requirements for his players to be good students, honest, passionate, hard workers, selfless and motivated.




From Rotary International:


Muslim and Christian women work together to prevent dengue fever in Indonesia

By Rotary International

In a world where intolerance and violence fueled by religious differences are seemingly increasing, one Rotary club in Indonesia is showing how diversity can help prevent a pandemic threat.

When the Rotary Club of Solo Kartini in Surakarta, Indonesia, formed 25 years ago, its members drew criticism from the predominantly Muslim community.

The club’s members were mostly Christians, atypical for a country where more than 80 percent of the population is Muslim. Religious leaders were skeptical of Rotary’s secular mission and wary of intrusion.

Undeterred, the club started recruiting more members. Today, the 72-member, all-female club includes both Muslims and Christians. 

And the effort they have put into breaking down barriers and fostering respect and understanding among club members has reinforced the club’s capacity to address dengue fever, one of the biggest public health threats in tropical cities like Surakarta.

Dengue fever is a virus transmitted by mosquitos that flourish in tropical urban environments like Surakarta. There is no effective treatment; once infected, victims experience sudden high fevers, severe headaches, joint and muscle pain, fatigue, nausea, and vomiting.

Launching an effective public health initiative to prevent the disease requires volunteers with deep knowledge and connections to the community who can craft specific and sustainable solutions. And that means being able to build relationships across religious, cultural and socio-economic lines.  

The Rotary Club of Solo Kartini in Surakarta, Indonesia, installed white tiles on more than 3,500 tubs. The tiles make it easier to see and clean mosquito larvae, which helps prevent dengue fever.

Photos by Tim Deagle

Rotary member Mariam Kartonagoro says her club’s diverse makeup – particularly its abundance of mothers and professionals of varied ages and backgrounds – enhances their effort to fight dengue fever. “The fact that we are different does not create trouble, but it strengthens our relationship,” she says.

In collaboration with the Rotary Club of Westport, Connecticut, USA, and the local ministry of health in Surakarta, the Muslim and Christian club members have been able to help reduce the risk for dengue fever by interrupting the breeding cycles of carrier mosquitos. 

The first step was to implement a startlingly simple, low-cost strategy: line the dark cement bathtubs, common in Indonesian households, with white tiles so mosquito larvae is easier to see – and remove. In five years, the club project modified more than 3,500 tubs in two neighborhoods.

But tiles weren’t enough. The club needed to change habits and behaviors that contribute to infections, which required building trust to educate the community.

“Our main focus is to educate and invite people to be aware of health issues, hygiene, and the importance of a clean environment,” says Rotarian Indrijani Sutapa, one of the dengue project leads. “This takes a very long time to teach.” 

Community social workers teach homeowners how to empty and scrub infested tubs twice a week, close the lid on water containers, and bury waste that can collect water.

“The fact that we are different does not create trouble, but it strengthens our relationship”.

Mariam Kartonagoro
Rotary Club of Solo Kartini in Surakarta, Indonesia

Siti Wahyuningsih, Surakarta’s director of public health, hopes to extend Rotary’s white-tile project to other parts of the city. 

“Health is a shared responsibility between government, society, and the private sector,” she says. “The government can’t do it alone. We as a community must embrace all of our strengths, and Rotary is a big one.”

The club hopes to see more people crossing cultural lines to help each other.

“Rotary has a very diverse membership, and we can be examples to others in the way we work. After all, when we give help, we do not ask about the religion of the person whose tub we replace. We think in a much more global way,” says Rotarian Febri Dipokusumo. “And we try to foster relationships with people who may have different beliefs or thoughts. We can become friends here in Rotary. Maybe this way, we can inspire Indonesia and the world.”

Rotary Club of Solo Kartini in Surakarta, Indonesia, formed 25 years ago. Today, the all-female club has 72 members and includes both Christians and Muslims.

Isfantin Bharoto, the club president, and Mariam Kartonagoro, the club's first president and current secretary, say building relationships with those who have different beliefs is a benefit of being in the Rotary Club of Solo Kartini.

The Rotary Club of Solo Kartini modified more than 3,500 tubs over 5 years.

To celebrate its 100th year, The Rotary Foundation is recognizing 20 global grants that exemplify what a project should be: a sustainable endeavor that aligns with one of Rotary’s areas of focus and is designed in cooperation with the community to address a real need. The Rotary Club of Solo Kartini, Indonesia, and the international sponsor, the Rotary Club of Westport, Connecticut, USA, are being honored. 

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