Rotary International


Ian HS Riseley

Rotary District 5160 Governor:

Gary Vilhauer

Durham Rotary President:
Larry Bradley


Rowel Editor: Phil Price
Rowel Publisher: Jen Liu




October 17th, 2017


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


2017                                         Calendar for Durham Rotary



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
Dr. Ashley Kendell, CSUD forensic
(Jim Kirks)
25 26 27 28
29 30 31
No Meeting


1 2 3 4
5 6 7
8 9 10 11
12 13 14
No Meeting
15 16 17 18
19 20 21
No Meeting
22 23 24 25
26 27 28
29 30

Past President Ravi Siap, in Larry Bradley’s absence, opened the meeting at Spiteri’s.  He asked Jim Kirks to lead the pledge, which he did.  Jim Patterson led us in singing “America the Beautiful”.  He then gave the invocation.  


We then had Shephard’s Pie for dinner.  Following dinner we proceeded to the Chico Municipal Airport terminal building, for the program.




October 24th:  Dr. Ashley Kendell, CSUD forensic anthropologist. 


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:


December 26th:  No Meeting


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






The next meeting, October 24th will be back at the BCCC.  The program will be Dr. Ashley Kendell, CSUD forensic anthropologist. 



The District 5160 Conference will be at the Hyatt Regency in Incline Village May 4-6, 2018.  It is not too early to make your reservations.  They are going fast.  In fact, early registrations ends October 31st.  Check the District website to register for the conference, including meals, and to get hotel rooms at a special price, while the last.


From the District Governor:

Fellow Rotarians,

We have received inquiries about how best to help the victims of the fires that are devastating Northern California.

Rotary District 5160 is working with the other Northern California Districts and Rotary International to set up a Donor Advised Fund in the Rotary Foundation to provide funds for rebuilding needs in the fire areas of all our districts. We will send out an announcement when the fund is ready to accept donations.

Two other funds are available now to support individual fire areas. There may be other funds and we will notify you when information becomes available. As we become aware of clean-up and rebuilding efforts we will notify Rotary Clubs and members.

For clubs and Rotarians who want to donate to immediate relief efforts, donations to the Red Cross and Salvation Army will go to the front-line efforts. Please check with these organizations to find out what they would prefer as donations. District 5130 recommends from past fires that cash and/or gift cards are most needed.


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.  See the letter below on membership from Rotary International.



Dear club leader,

Did you know that almost 19,000 visitors to have expressed interest in joining Rotary since July 2016? Rotary staff alerts districts to these prospects through the Membership Leads page on My Rotary, and districts, in turn, assign them to clubs. 

By asking about joining, these aspiring members are telling us that Rotary offers a unique experience and that they want to learn more. Are we doing everything we can to engage with them and ensure that their experience with Rotary is positive?

Mark your calendars for the webinar Hot, Warm, and Cold Leads: Engaging Your Prospective Members on Monday, 23 October, 17:00-18:00 Chicago time (UTC-6). On the registration page, you can check the webinar’s time for your time zone. 

After registering, you’ll receive a confirmation email with information on how to join the webinar. All registrants will receive a copy of the slides and a recording of the presentation afterward. 

After the webinar, you’ll be able to:
•    Respond to leads in the way that works best for your club
•    Check and update the status of a lead online
•    Apply best practices for effectively following up on leads, and working with your district 
•    Find prospective members that are waiting to hear from your club

Membership Development team



Ravi Siap presented Sherry Miller, Chico Airport Manager.


Sherry Miller is Airport Manager of Chico Municipal Airport (CIC); a Commercial Service Airport serving the City of Chico and surrounding communities. She currently serves as the Immediate Past President of the Association of California Airports (ACA) and represents the North-East Region of the state.


Her Administrative responsibilities include short, medium and long range strategic planning, attract reliable air service, budget preparation, airport planning and land use; airport maintenance oversight; training and development of maintenance staff.  In addition, Sherry is responsible for all other aspects of Airport Administration including liaising with FAA, Caltrans, BCAG, SWRCB, County and City officials; creating new airport revenue, lease generation and leasehold compliance.


Before coming to CIC Sherry worked for the City of South Lake Tahoe for seven years as the Airport Director and the County of San Diego Airports System for eight years as Principal Airport Manager.


With the help of volunteers, including member Robert Olea, the terminal building has been redone inside.  See the wood in the photo above.


She talked about efforts to get an airline providing regular air service in Chico, the interest some have shown, the guarantees necessary and grants to assist with those.  She discussed a new terminal and changes in the runways to accommodate other uses, including Ravi’s tankers.


By the way from my photo archives below is the airline we had in the 1950s:




The members attending the meeting with a picture of a World War II trainer in the background.  This was when the airport was an Army Air Corp training facility.  I remember them and P-38s flying over all the time when I was out playing in the yard in the early 1940s.






From Rotary International:


Pakistan and Nigeria replace paper-based reporting with fast, accurate cellphone messaging

By Ryan Hyland Photos by Khaula Jamil


Mobile phones and simple text messaging may be the keys to victory in the world’s largest public health initiative: the eradication of polio. 


As the disease retreats from the global stage, thriving in only a few remote areas in three countries, it’s up to health workers to deliver vaccines and share information with speed and accuracy. 



Health workers in Pakistan are receiving cellphone and e-monitoring training at the Rotary Resource Center in Nowshera, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. 


Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative are strengthening the lines of communication by giving cellphones to health workers in Pakistan and Nigeria, where a single text message could save a life. 


In Pakistan, Rotary has been working to replace traditional paper-based reporting of maternal and child health information, including polio immunization data, with mobile phone and e-monitoring technology. 


Community health workers across the nation have received more than 800 phones through a partnership with Rotary, the Pakistani government; Telenor, the country’s second-largest telecommunications provider; and Eycon, a data monitoring and evaluation specialist. Organizers plan to distribute a total of 5,000 cellphones by the end of 2018. 


Health workers can use the phones to send data via text message to a central server. If they see a potential polio case, they can immediately alert officials at Pakistan’s National Emergency Operations Center. They also can note any children who didn’t receive the vaccine or parental refusals – and record successful immunizations. In Pakistan, the polio eradication effort aims to reach the nation’s 35 million children under age five.


The result is a collection of real-time information that officials can easily monitor and assess, says Michel Thieren, regional emergency director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergency Program. 



Pakistan health workers are replacing traditional paper-reporting with accurate and timely cellphone-based reporting. 


“Cellphone technology signals tremendous progress in the polio eradication program,” says Thieren, who has directed polio-related initiatives for WHO in Pakistan. “The data we collect needs to have such a granular level of detail. With real-time information that can be recorded and transcribed immediately, you can increase accuracy and validity.


“This gives governments and polio eradication leaders an advantage in the decisions we need to make operationally and tactically to eliminate polio,” Thieren says.


Beyond polio

Health workers also are using mobile phones to monitor a multitude of maternal and child health factors. 


Pakistan’s child mortality rate ranks among the highest in the world, according to UNICEF, with 81 deaths under age five per 1,000 live births. 


But mobile technology can help reduce those deaths, says Asher Ali, project manager for Rotary’s Pakistan PolioPlus Committee. 


“Our health workers, including community midwives, are tracking pregnant mothers,” Ali says. “When a child is born, they can input and maintain complete health records, not just for polio, but for other vaccines and basic health care and hygiene needs.”


They also can monitor infectious diseases, such as malaria, tuberculosis, and influenza-like illnesses, as well as child malnutrition and maternal health concerns. 


“If there is a problem with the baby or the mother, we can send information to the government health departments immediately, so they can solve the issue quickly and adjust their strategies,” Ali says. 


Cellphones also facilitate follow-up visits with families, because health workers can send appointment reminders over text message. 


Proliferation of phones

Mobile phone use worldwide has spiked recently, with about 7 billion subscribers globally, 89 percent of them in developing countries, says WHO. Even people living on less than $1 a day often have access to phones and text messaging, according to WHO. Cellphones are used more than any other technology in the developing world. 


Rotary and other nonprofit organizations are leveraging this fact to boost a variety of health initiatives. 

The Grameen Foundation conducts a “mobile midwife” program that sends daily texts and weekly voice mails to expectant mothers, offering advice during pregnancy and the first year of the child’s life. UNICEF provides similar support to mothers, with a focus on nutrition throughout pregnancy and the first two years of a child’s life. 


Mobile phones also are helping in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa. The British nonprofit Absolute Return for Kids uses text messages to remind patients about medications and upcoming appointments. 


The Ugandan health ministry’s mTrac program, a mobile text messaging data collection network run in conjunction with UNICEF and other organizations, has a broader focus. Nearly 30,000 workers at 3,700 health centers submit weekly reports through their phones and receive surveys, alerts, and other communications. Questions go out to health workers about medical supply levels, conditions in clinics, and other critical issues.


Members of the Rotaract Club of The Caduceus, India, collaborated with the Jana Swasthya Project in 2015 to screen more than 8,000 people for oral health conditions, hypertension, and diabetes during Kumbh Mela, one of the world’s largest Hindu festivals. The project established a digital disease-surveillance system to study epidemiological trends, replacing a paper-based data-tracking process and allowing officials to access live data with a few clicks. 


In 2016, after Nigeria saw its first polio cases in almost two years, Rotary and WHO officials rushed to replace traditional reporting with a cell-based system in the northern state of Borno, where the new cases were identified. The mobile phone initiative has since expanded to more than 11 states. 


“Traditional paper reporting was misleading our program. The information we were getting was not entirely accurate. This gave us the sense that we were doing better than we actually were,” says Boniface Igomu, program coordinator of Rotary’s Nigeria PolioPlus Committee. “With cellphones, we’re identifying problem areas quickly and acting accordingly.”


The country has yet to see a polio case this year. 


Nigeria is also using cell-based mapping technology to identify areas that polio immunization teams have missed. Health workers test stool samples from children arriving from remote areas and log reports of acute flaccid paralysis. This effort started in Borno but has expanded to three additional states, Igomu says. 


After more than 1,000 people died earlier this year in Nigeria from meningitis, the country used the same digital tools in emergency vaccination campaigns, he adds.


“Mobile technologies are the type of innovations that can fill in the gaps of our program and finally help us end polio for good,” Igomu says. “Their uses have never been more important than now.”



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