Rotary International


Ian HS Riseley

Rotary District 5160 Governor:

Gary Vilhauer

Durham Rotary President:
Larry Bradley


Rowel Editor: Phil Price
Rowel Publisher: Jen Liu




November 7th, 2017


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


2017                                         Calendar for Durham Rotary



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


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

President Larry Bradley opened the meeting at the BCCC.  He asked Mike Wacker to lead the pledge, which he did.  Larry led us in singing “My Country Tis of Thee”.  Jim Patterson then gave the invocation.  


President Larry indicated that there had been a Board meeting before this meeting.  The primary issue had to do with the Crab Feed.  Due to a water leak much of the floor at the Veterans Hall has been damaged and must be replaced.  That will likely not be done by January 20th our planned Crab Feed date.  Tentatively it will be rescheduled for February 10, 2018, however, some things need to be checked out for conflicts, before that is firm.  It was determined that the cost of tickets will be $60 this year.


The Board also authorized a check in the amount of $2500 to the Safe and Sober Graduation event.


The Board also authorized a contribution to the Durham Adopted Family Project.


The Board directed the issuance of a check for $3580 to the Camp Royal committee to cover 4 attendees next year.




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.  MLK Day


January 23rd:


January 30th:


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






The only guest tonight was Gary Bright our program for the meeting.  He was introduced by Steve Plume




There will not be a meeting next week due to Veterans Day nor on November 21st due to Thanksgiving.  Our next meeting will be November 28th at the BCCC.  Our program has not been determined. 




Mike Wacker announced the Christmas Party:



Durham Rotary Christmas Party


6:00  PM   Tuesday    December 5th I 2017


Butte Creek Country Club



Dinner Menu


Coming Soon




Music provided by Durham High School Jazz Band with Caroling led by President Larry




Ravi's Rotary Rotating  Gift Exchange


(Participation optional)


Bring one gift ($20-25 value) for each couple or single




This is a great opportunity to bring guests to a fun evening

and to introduce them to Durham Rotary.




DEADLINE to reserve your party is Tuesday November 21st


Call: Mike Wacker@ 891-6828 or email





Note that you must let Mike know that you are coming and whether you spouse or anyone else is coming with you.  This is a good party to bring friends to get them interested in Durham Rotary.



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. 

In the meantime please invite Durham business owners and/or managers to one of our meeting.  The Christmas party is a good event to invite someone to.




President Larry presented District Governor’s Make a Difference Certificate to Eric Hoiland (he missed the meeting when the District Governor was presenting the certificates.


Steve Plume and President Larry had photos in the Durham Forum.  Each contributed $10.


Mike Wacker contributed $5 for a photo of his former video store in Durham.


Jim Patterson thought that he didn’t have to be recognized for his 86th birthday since there was no meeting that week.  But that didn’t work.  So he requested a song, which he sung to himself.  That cost him $20.


The following were recognized for missing meetings:

            Erick Hoiland contributed $10 for missing one meeting.

            Ravi Saip who was on a business trip to London.  He contributed $40.

            Daryl Polk contributed $20 for missing 2 meeting while on vacation.
            Dave Jessen avoided a contribute since he had just purchased the Grinder for $46.50.

            Glenn Pulliam contributed $40 for missing meetings while visiting his children in Washington, D.C., Portland, Maine and Manhattan.

            Robert Olea contributed $50 for missing 5 meetings.

            Jim Kirks was recognized for the following which appeared in a national newsletter published monthly by the National Resource Center for Osher Institutes:


 OLLI at California State University, Chico 

"Poetry for Pleasure" Reflects Generations of Leadership

The Poetry for Pleasure class has been in the OLLI class schedule for two decades. Started originally by Virginia Peterson in 1997, it was then one of only a dozen classes on the Prime Timers' schedule. For those newer to OLLI, the Prime Timers' Learning-in-Retirement program was founded on the CSU, Chico campus nearly 30 years ago and evolved into an Osher institute with the first endowment award in 2007. The Prime Timers' legacy remains influential, largely through OLLI's continued focus on volunteerism and member-driven classes.


In 2003, Jim Kirks joined Prime Timers, eventually enrolled in the class and then began teaching the class. As head of the North State Library for 27 years prior to his retirement, Jim had a deep appreciation for literature, but never imagined himself leading a class on poetry.  "There was a time in my life when I wrote poetry inspired by a woman I was then courting." Jim explained. One of these poems even became the inspiration for an elementary school mural.  "That was a long time ago," Jim continued. "Until George's class, I'd totally stopped writing or reading poetry."


The longevity of the class is owed to its motto: poetry for pleasure, according to Virginia Peterson. "I started the class 20 years ago with some guiding principles," she explained. "No poems by amateurs, no showboats, and always take turns."


In the six years since Jim took over, more than 100 OLLI members have enrolled in the class, bringing a new poem to each class meeting to share with the group. Many participants, including Ramona Peters, weren't huge fans of poetry before attending the class. "My appreciation for poetry grew as I was exposed to such a wide range of poems," she shared. Her sister, Lucille Schell echoed the enthusiasm. "Reading the poems aloud was especially satisfying," Lucille said. "I liked poetry as a girl, but the class helped us all connect in a way we wouldn't have otherwise."


Current Peer Leader Jim Kirks said he especially loves the diversity of writings he's encountered as a result of the class. "The spirit of this class encourages research and exploration," Jim explained. "In all the time I've led the class, only one poem has ever been repeated." It is this novelty-throughout all of the years the class has been offered by different leaders-that keeps Poetry for Pleasure relevant and fresh.


Submitted by: Ann Nikolai, program director, OLLI at California State University Chico 





Steve Plume introduced Gary Bright who presented a special Veteran’s day program.  Gary came in his Marine Corp uniform. He talked about his time in the Marine Corp including time in Vietnam where he flew helicopter gun ship giving support to troops on the ground including rescuing groups of Marines about to be overrun by the enemy.  He showed a video that was made of his time in the Marines with view from the helicopter of many of the attacks on the enemy.  What he wanted to get across was how proud he was as a Marine and to participate in protecting the American way of life and that we should all thank people we see who are serving in the military.


Must Be Present to Win Drawing:


Clint drew Robert Olea’s name and tonight he was present to win.  That should encourage him to get to the meetings.


From Rotary International:

Rotary helps wildfire victims


Rotary clubs and the Rotary Foundation are helping victims of deadly wildfires in California.

More than 220,000 acres have been scorched and more than 40 people have been confirmed dead.

“The magnitude of the devastation that is occurring in the North Bay and wine county is vast and far-reaching. The recovery and rebuild is going to be a long process but we are confident that we can lead the way in bringing these communities back. Rotarians know how to get things done and won’t stop until we reach the finish line,” said Bob Rogers, Rotary 5130 District Governor.

The Rotary Foundation has set up a special fund to collect donations. You can contribute here to The Northern California Fire Recovery Fund #615.

If you have questions about how you can help, contact

Rotary clubs and districts are also collecting funds for disaster relief in their communities. Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation do not administer these funds but provide this information as a service. More information can be found on their websites. 


'Breathe' details life of British polio survivor Robin Cavendish, who contracted the disease in Kenya in 1958

By Dave King, Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland

As Rotary prepares to celebrate World Polio Day on 24 October,  an inspiring new film depicting the devastating impact of polio is hitting theaters.

Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy star in the love story “Breathe,” now playing in select U.S. theaters and scheduled for wider release over the next month. The movie tells the story of British polio survivor Robin Cavendish, who contracted the disease in Kenya in 1958. 

At the age of 28, he was paralyzed from the neck down, confined to a hospital bed with a respirator, and given just months to live. 

However, with the encouragement and help of his wife, Diana, Robin was able to leave the hospital and spend the rest of his life advocating for people with disabilities and popularizing a new wheelchair with a built-in respirator.

“People were frightened by polio. People would shout at us in the street complaining about my father being in a wheelchair when he should have been in the hospital.”       Jonathan Cavendish

Rotary is working with the film’s producer, Robin and Diana’s son, Jonathan Cavendish, to promote the organization’s work to eradicate polio.

Speaking at the film’s European premiere in London, Jonathan, who is featured in the movie, described Breathe as “probably the most expensive home movie ever made.”

“The message of this film is that you can achieve anything if you have the right people around you,” he said. “If you put everything into your relationship and really go for it, life will start looking rosier and better.”

Jonathan joined Eve Conway, vice chair of Rotary International’s End Polio Now: Countdown to History Campaign Committee for Europe, for a question-and-answer session with the audience after the film’s screening in Leicester Square to launch the London Film Festival.

“The thing to remember about the 1960s is that we were all frightened about the things we didn’t know,” Jonathan said. 

“Nobody had ever met anybody with that degree of disability. People were frightened by polio. People would shout at us in the street complaining about my father being in a wheelchair when he should have been in the hospital. Can you imagine that? 

“However, my dad was a very nice, inspirational, and charming man — something which has been captured in the film. My dad wanted to put everyone else at ease and imbued that spirit with other disabled people who he encouraged to move out of the hospital.”

Since Robin Cavendish died in 1994, polio has declined sharply.  Now, thanks to the work of Rotary and its Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners, there are just a handful of cases worldwide. 

Robin’s mother, Diana Cavendish, who is played by Foy, said she loved watching the film. 

Speaking at the red carpet premiere hosted by the British Film Institute, the now-83-year-old said, “I decided I was going to adopt a very detached attitude. My grandson told me to pretend it is somebody else. But I think they have made a really good job of it. 

“It is a long time ago, but when it all first happened, people who were as badly disabled as Robin were told they weren’t to leave hospital. If it hadn’t been for the legendary professor Teddy Hall and his revolutionary chair, we wouldn’t have got anywhere.”

Golden Globe winner Foy, who starred in “The Crown” and “Wolf Hall,” described Diane as a down-to-earth and very humble woman. “When I met Diane, everything about her impressed me,” Foy said. 

“She is an extraordinary woman, with her strength, her bravery, and her love for her husband. Everything she did is extraordinary, and I am really pleased the story has been told.”

This true story of love with no limits is directed by Andy Serkis and written by Academy Award-nominated writer William Nicholson (“Les Miserables,” “Everest,” and “Gladiator”).

“Robin and Diana were extraordinary people,” Serkis said. “They broke the mold. They were mavericks of their time, not settling for the limitations they were given about living life in a hospital waiting for death. 

“It was about the risks that they took, and then the joy they had as a result of that which then went on to inspire millions of others. It is quite extraordinary.”

At the heart of this movie about polio is a celebration of positivity, bravery, and human possibility, a theme which struck a chord with Academy Award nominee Garfield (“Hacksaw Ridge,” “Silence”), who plays Robin Cavendish.

 “Robin Cavendish fought for value of life. He fought to make life meaningful and not just survive it, but to live a rich and connected life.”  Andrew Garfield


“Out of such loss and suffering, they created such joy, and that’s just an inspiration for all of us,” Garfield said. 

“What I saw in their story was a template of how to live. How to live a life of meaning with the inevitable loss incorporated into one’s life. To laugh at the universe, to laugh at the cosmic joke, the absurdity of the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune which befall all of us in some ways.”


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