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 24th, 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
Special Veteran’s Day program by Gary Bright
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

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


There was a little problem.  There was a mix up and BCCC had not prepared dinner for us.  K.R.s’ wife, Sharon, went to Costco to buy pizzas.  So we finally had pizza for dinner after the program.  Anyway, many thanks to Sharon Robertson for getting us dinner.


President Larry mentioned World Polio Day, which was today. 


He also read a thank you note from Betsy Leverenz for the books we donate to the Durham Intermediate School library.




October 31st:  No Meeting.


November 7th:  Special Veteran’s Day program by Gary Bright.


November 14th:  No Meeting


November 21st:  No Meeting


November 28th:


December 5th: Christmas Party


December 12th: Meeting.


December 19th:


December 26th:  No Meeting


January 2nd:  No Meeting


January 9th:


January 16th:  No Meeting


January 20th:  Crab Feed


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






Steven Heithecker’s table had no guests so each contributed $1. 


Jim Patterson introduced visitors Racheal Marrs (our October Student of the Month), Kelly Marrs (Racheal’s mother) and Grant Patterson (our September Student of the Month).


Jim Kirks introduced Ashley (our program) and Scott Kendell.  He didn’t introduce Sharon Robertson because she was out getting pizza.




There will not be a meeting next week due to Halloween.  Our next meeting will be November 7th at the BCCC.  Our program will be Gary Bright who will present a special Veteran’s day program.




Durham Community Center:  President Larry announced the new Durham Community Center open hours will be November 15th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm.

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:


The five Northern California District Governors have worked with the Rotary Foundation to set up the Northern California Fire Recovery Fund (DAF) account within The Rotary Foundation. The fund is now ready to accept contributions from Rotarians and others.

The Northern California Fire Recovery Fund (DAF) has been established to streamline the flow of contributions from Rotarians and others looking to assist fire victims. The fund will be directed by the account-advisers listed below in consultation with the affected districts.

The account-advisers will work with local Rotary clubs and districts, as well as relief agencies, to address the needs of people in affected areas. Account-advisers will make grant recommendations for projects providing longer-term support and recovery (e.g. funding for Rotary Foundation Global Grant projects).

The Northern California Fire Recovery Fund Account-Advisors are:

Ronald Gin, District Governor for District 5150

Douglas McDonald, District Governor for District 5190

Bob Rogers, District Governor for District 5130

Sandra Sava, District Governor for District 5180

Gary Vilhauer, District Governor for District 5160

Please read the attached for more information on the Northern California Fire Recovery Fund (DAF) and on ways to contribute.

Two other funds are available to support individual fire areas. Also, 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, District 5130 and the Rotary Club of Weaverville recommends from past fire experience that cash and/or gift cards are most needed.



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.




None tonight.




Dr. Ashley Kendell, CSUD forensic anthropologist, presented a program on forensic anthropology.  Actually, I think she gave us her CSUC course in a half hour.  Her expertise covers forensic anthropology, bioarchaeology, skeletal trauma, digital osteological data curation and ancestry determination.  She talked about those matters and her assistance to law enforcement regarding determining trauma to bodies and location of bodies that have been buried.  Extremely interesting.







Must Be Present to Win Drawing:


Clint drew Mike Wacker’s name and he was present to win.



From Rotary International:


Since Larry mentioned it, below are three News Releases from Rotary International regarding Polio and World Polio Day.  The last article is a day late, because World Polio Day was yesterday, October 24th.

Rotary and the Gates Foundation host fifth annual World Polio Day to highlight progress in the fight to eradicate the disease

By Ryan Hyland Photos by Alyce Henson

After another year of dwindling polio cases, Rotary leaders, top health experts, and celebrities said on 24 October — World Polio Day — that the paralyzing disease has never been closer to being eradicated globally.

A special livestreamed presentation — End Polio Now: Countdown to History — featured the people who work tirelessly to end the disease and reviewed the progress that the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) has made.

Co-hosted by Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the 45-minute program took place before a live audience at the Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle, Washington, USA, and was streamed online to viewers worldwide. Mark Wright, news host for the local NBC television station and president of the Rotary Club of Seattle, and CNN news host Fredricka Whitfield led the event. 

Wright updated the audience on the latest figures of polio cases saying that the total number of cases caused by the wild poliovirus so far this year is 12, with seven cases in Afghanistan, five in Pakistan, and none in Nigeria. This is a 70 percent reduction from 2016 and is the lowest count of polio cases in history.

“The scale of the effort is staggering,” he said. “Every year 2.2 billion doses are delivered to 430 million children, through a sophisticated vaccine supply and logistics network.”

Sue Desmond-Hellmann, the Gates Foundation’s chief executive officer, began the event by praising Rotary members and front-line health workers for their dedication to ending the disease. 

Desmond-Hellman said, "Nothing would be possible without the efforts of thousands of volunteers across the world who, somtimes in perilous situations, deliver and adminster polio vaccines to protect children. That's worth celebrating."

She added, "Those unsung heroes are also in the company of Rotarians. Everywhere around the world, Rotarians show us, with their quiet but inspiring determination, how you can make it possible for 16 million children to be alive and walking."

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Sue Desmond-Hellmann, the Gates Foundation’s chief executive officer, praised Rotary members for their dedication to eradicating polio.

At the Rotary Convention earlier this year, the Gates Foundation and Rotary renewed their long-standing support for ending polio: Rotary committed to raising $50 million per year over the next three years, with every dollar to be matched by two dollars from the Gates Foundation. The agreement will yield to up to $450 million for eradication efforts. 

Rotary has spent more than $1.7 billion on polio eradication since 1985. Earlier this month, Rotary gave $49.5 million in grants to support immunizations and surveillance activities led by the GPEI. 

Rotary Vice President Dean Rohrs took the stage to highlight some Rotary members who are raising funds for polio eradication in creative ways. One example was the Rotary Club of Viljoenskroon, South Africa, which is putting End Polio Now piggy banks in local businesses. Members of the Rotaract Club of Curitiba Oeste, Paraná, Brazil, put on a rock concert and donated all ticket sales to End Polio Now. 

Rohrs said that Rotarians are holding more than 2,700 events like these worldwide for World Polio Day.

"History is a tricky thing, and for many reasons, we latch onto the same narratives, the same household names over and over again,” Rohrs said. “However, beneath the surface lies complexity, and the unsung heroes — and the heroes that I know best are my fellow Rotary members.”

She added that members "bridge different cultures to reach every community. We persuade parents that two drops of vaccine are critical to each child’s health. We participate in national immunization days on a huge scale, like in Pakistan where we have protected more than 40 million children under the age of 5. And we also spread awareness and raise funds for the cause."  

Dan Kopf, economics reporter for the news website Quartz, talked about the economic impact that eradicating polio could have. He noted that it’s much less expensive to prevent diseases than it is to treat them. 

Immunizations are estimated to save low- and middle-income countries $20 billion each year, he said. 

According to Kopf, the benefits of polio eradication spending will outweigh the costs by nearly $50 billion between 1985 and 2035. And in that time, 8 million lives will have been saved. 

In a question-and-answer session, Jeffery Kluger, science editor at Time magazine, and Jay Wenger, an epidemiologist and director of the Gates Foundation’s polio eradication efforts, talked about the latest developments in the polio eradication fight. Wenger noted that strong surveillance and mass vaccination campaigns "have gotten us to a place where we've seen fewer areas of circulation of the virus than ever before."

"The bottom line here is we have to reach every kid with the vaccine. That's our target," Wenger said. 

Polio partners have agreed that they won't say the world is polio-free until traces of the virus are no longer detected in the environment, even if cases of polio-related paralysis disappear before then.  

The event included a showing of the trailer for “Breathe,” a feature film that tells the story of British polio survivor Robin Cavendish, who contracted the disease in Kenya in 1958. Paralyzed from the neck down, Cavendish and his wife, Diana, spent the rest of his life advocating for people with disabilities. 

The film’s stars, Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, and its director, Andy Serkis, encouraged the audience by video to keep up the fight to end the disease. 

Other celebrities who participated in the event included WWE Superstar John Cena, Nigerian pop star Tiwa Savage, and Paralympian and polio survivor Ade Adepitan.  

In his video address to the audience, Adepitan said the day the world is declared polio-free could be “the greatest day of the human race so far.” 

Entertainment included a video that featured celebrity adventurer Bear Grylls, who explained the cold chain needed for polio vaccinations. The audience also watched a video that showed how surveillance is playing a crucial role in finding where poliovirus is circulating. The event closed with a video of Rotary members saying what polio eradication means to them. 

Claudete Sulzbacher, a member of the Rotary Club of Santa Cruz do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, who has organized more than 1,600 fundraising events, said “We don’t have barriers, we don’t have borders, we can promote peace, and we can change the lives of so many people.”

Rotary gives $49.5 million to help eradicate polio and challenges the world to continue the fight to end the disease

EVANSTON, Ill. (Oct. 17, 2017) — With just 12 confirmed polio cases so far in 2017, the world is on the brink of eradicating polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed hundreds of thousands of children each year.

To recognize this historic progress, Rotary clubs worldwide will host events in conjunction with Rotary International’s fifth annual World Polio Day celebration on Oct. 24.

This year, the event will be co-hosted by Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and held at the foundation’s headquarters in Seattle. The program will feature an update on the global fight to end polio and an array of guest speakers, celebrities, and public health experts. People around the world can view the livestream of the event at on Oct. 24 at 2:30 p.m. Pacific time. 

“Rotary and its partners are closer than ever to eradicating polio,” says Michael K. McGovern, chair of Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee, which leads the organization’s polio eradication efforts. “World Polio Day is the ideal opportunity to celebrate our successes, raise public awareness, and talk about what is needed to end this paralyzing disease for good.”

Without full funding and political commitment to eradication, the disease could return to countries that are now polio-free and put children everywhere at risk.

Rotary is giving $49.5 million in grants to support immunization and surveillance activities led by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

Some of the funds will support efforts to end polio in the three countries where polio remains endemic:

Further funding will support efforts to keep six vulnerable countries polio-free:

An additional $7.74 million will go toward surveillance activities in Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean region.

In a show of solidarity and to raise awareness and funds for polio eradication, Rotary clubs around the globe will host nearly 1,900 events for World Polio Day. They include:

"To protect all children from polio, world governments and donors must see through their commitments to fund critical work and support rigorous disease surveillance in both endemic and at-risk polio-free countries,” says McGovern. Rotary has committed to raising $150 million over the next three years, which will be matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, yielding $450 million for polio eradication activities, including immunization and surveillance. 

Rotary started its polio eradication program PolioPlus in 1985, and in 1988 became a partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, along with WHO, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation later became a partner, too. Since the initiative launched, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases in 1988 to just 37 cases in 2016. Rotary has contributed a total of more than $1.7 billion — including matching funds from the Gates Foundation — and countless volunteer hours to protect more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries from polio. 

About Rotary

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. Visit and for more about Rotary and its efforts to eradicate polio. Video and still images are available on the Rotary Media Center.

Livestream makes event available to all

By Rotary International

You don’t have to buy a plane ticket to participate in this year’s World Polio Day festivities at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s facility in downtown Seattle, Washington, USA. You can watch the event live on 24 October at 14:30 Seattle time (UTC-7) for an update on our global campaign to eradicate polio. A recording of the livestream will be available later.

Livestream details

Go to to watch the livestream in English.   

This year, Rotary will also livestream the event in Portuguese, French, Korean, Italian, German, Spanish and Japanese. The livestream is only viewable using Chrome on your desktop. If you do not have Chrome, you can download it here for free.

  1. Go to
  2. Enter the code “endpolio
  3. Select your language
  4. Watch the livestream


Sue Desmond-Hellmann, the Gates Foundation’s chief executive, will discuss this year’s progress with attendees, including Rotary members, Gates Foundation staff, and supporters, as well as the audience watching worldwide via livestream. Only 11 new cases of wild poliovirus have been reported so far in 2017, all in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Other speakers will include Jay Wenger, director of the Gates Foundation’s polio eradication efforts; Dean Rohrs, vice president of Rotary International; wrestler John Cena and singer-songwriter Tiwa Savage, Rotary polio ambassadors; Ade Adepitan, a Paralympian and polio survivor; and Jeffrey Kluger, senior editor at Time magazine overseeing science and health reporting. 

Claire Foy and Andrew Garfield, stars of the upcoming movie “Breathe,” and director Andy Serkis will also speak. “Breathe” is based on the true story of a polio survivor who became an advocate for others.

Rotary clubs across the globe have registered more than 2,000 events in their communities. Tell us how your club will mark the occasion. 


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