Rotary International


Ian HS Riseley

Rotary District 5160 Governor:

Gary Vilhauer

Durham Rotary President:
Larry Bradley


Rowel Editor: Phil Price
Rowel Publisher: Jen Liu




January 23rd, 2018


The  2018 Crab Feed will be held on Saturday, February, 10 2018


2017                                         Calendar for Durham Rotary



1 2
No Meeting
3 4 5 6
7 8 9
 retiring Judge Jim Reilley
(Steve Heithecker)
10 11 12 13
14 15 16
No Meeting
17 18 19 20
21 22 23
Tim Taylor, Butte County Superintendent of Schools
(Jen Liu)
24 25 26 27
28 29 30
Todd Kimmelshue, Golden State Farm Credit
(Larry Bradley)


1 2 3
4 5 6
Crab Feed Preparation
(Chris Hatch)
7 8 9 10
Crab Feed
11 12 13
No Meeting
14 15 16 17
18 19 20
No Meeting
21 22 23 24
5 26 27

President Larry Bradley opened the meeting at the BCCC, who were not expecting us.  He asked Steve Plume to lead the pledge, which he did.  Larry led us in singing “My Country T’is of Thee””.  Jim Kirks then gave the invocation.  


Since the BCCC was not expecting us they had no dinner prepared.  So we had Costco Pizza brought in.  I suspect that the BCCC was working on our schedule before the Crab Feed was moved from January 20th , and January 23rd was originally dark.  I hope they won’t expect us on February 13th, which was also a change with change in the Crab Feed.


President Larry reported that the work at the Memorial Hall has been completed and is ready for our Crab Feed.  He also announced that the Club has purchased a new dishwasher for the Memorial Hall, which will be hooked up tomorrow.




January 30th: Todd Kimmelshue, Golden State Farm Credit


February 6th:  Crab Feed Preparation Meeting


February 10th:  Crab Feed


February 13th:  No Meeting


February 20th:  No Meeting


February 27th:


March 6th:


March 13th:


March 20th:


March 27th:


April 3rd:  No Meeting


April 10th: 


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




Foundation Elections


Roy Ellis’ 3 year term expires on June 30, 2018.  The election was to elect a trustee for the three year term following the expiration of Roy’s term.


Nominations were opened and Roy was nominated for an additional 3 year term from July 1, 2018-June 30, 2021.  On motion, with a second, nominations were closed and Roy was proclaimed elected.




Jen Liu introduced Mary Ellen Garrahy, the Educational Events Manager for the Butte County Office of Education and our program for the evening.


Roy Ellis introduced Katy Thoma of the Corning Club and formerly of the Chico Noon Club.


Larry Bradley introduced Dick Wilson, a teacher at Durham High School with two students, Jorja Murphy and Hunter Peck




Will be January 30th at the BCCC.  Todd Kimmelshue will be our speaker on the current state of Golden State Farm Credit.




CRAB FEED:  Chris Hatch talked about the upcoming Crab Feed.  Auction items are needed so members need to be looking for those.  So far Roy has not received much.  Get busy.  This is a substantial part of the proceeds.  Also get your tickets sold.  Also, see the work schedule attached below.


Clam Chowder Cook-Off:  Mary Ellen Garrahy was here to promote Corning Rotary’s 13th Annual Clam Chowder Cook-off at the Rolling Hills Casino.  It will be held at the Rolling Hills Event Center on February 24, 2018.  I expect to have more information in future Rowels as soon as she emails me the info in MS Word.  We cannot get Adobe Acrobat document in the Rowel.


Advanced Southern Oregon University Credit Program:  Dick Wilson and his students were here to tell us about a new partnership between Durham High School and Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon.  Under the program high school students can take courses for college credit at the high school.  This is a lot easier than driving to Butte College to take such courses, but it costs money, which many of the student do not have.  Wilson it trying to get a donation of $1900 to cover this year for students who cannot afford it.  He hopes it will be a one-time request and that they will be able to get the program self-supporting, with the students raising the money.


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.


Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now):  The packaging meals for hungry kids will again take place in April this year.  I don’t have any details yet but it will be on April 21st.  Further information will follow.

The District 5160 Spring training schedule is set, and you don't want to miss the fun and fellowship, and informative sessions that you and your club leadership have requested.

Pick the assembly that's best for you and Save the Date:

March 24th      Butte/Chico area
April 7th          Solano/Sothern area
May 19th         Redding/ Northern area

Sessions will include:

Monterey, Mexico Wheel Chair Distribution:  Jim Kirks passed the following on.  He has done this and says:  “…it was a wonderful and amazing experience.”  He highly recommends taking advantage of this Rotary opportunity.  He says that the wheel chair distribution will be one of the highlights of your life!


“We are pleased to let you know that the Rotarians in Monterrey, Mexico have invited us back to distribute wheelchairs, help them in their community service efforts and to share in their warm friendship.  From February 28 to March 4, we will renew old friendships, create new one and open another chapter of Rotary success.


Attached to this correspondence is the trip information.  If you want to join us, please simply complete the application and send it to us with the deposit.  We will help you with the rest.


As a past traveler to Monterrey, you know that the local Rotarians have planned a lot of activities for our visit.  In addition to distributing wheelchairs, we will spend a day working side-by-side with the local Rotarians on their community service projects.  Also, Rotary Foundation Trustee Chairman, Paul Netzel, will be joining us.  In his honor, and to celebrate the Rotary Foundation, they have organized a special Gala event!


We expect that this trip will sell our quickly.  We hope you may join us again.  However, if you cannot, please feel free to share this with others in your club so that they enjoy the same experience you had in Monterrey.


Please let us know if you have any questions, or would like to join us. 


Bradford R. Howard


Howard Tours


516 Grand Avenue

Oakland, CA  94610

Phone:  (510) 834-2260

FAX:  (510) 834-1019





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.  Sell them tickets to the Crab Feed.




President Larry is still searching for money.  He asked Clint Goss about missing the last meeting, which Clint couldn’t remember.  So he assessed Clint $10 for the missed meeting and then another $30 for 30 years of perfect attendance.


Must Be Present to Win Drawing:


None tonight.




Mary Ellen Garrahy, with the assistance of her mascot, talked about the various Student Event planned by the Butte County Office of Education.









From Rotary International:

In the mountains of Poland, 26 children traumatized by violence get a chance to be kids again at Rotary camp

By Iuliia Mendel Produced by Monika Lozinska


Beneath the emotional scars of living in a Ukrainian war zone, Mykyta Berlet flashes the same mischievousness of any other 12-year-old boy headed to camp.


He wants to laugh, play pranks and on the last night of camp “we will cover everyone with toothpaste,” he says excitedly.


Mykyta and 25 other Ukrainian youths headed to the resort town of Zakopane in the foothills of southern Poland are naturally focused on fun. But their two-week respite organized by Rotary members has a higher purpose: To help the children heal and cope with the trauma they may encounter when they go home.  


Each camper has a parent or sibling killed or injured in the fighting in Ukraine. Psychologists at camp will guide them along the way during an itinerary that mixes escape and therapy.


Olga Zmiyivska, a member of the Rotary Club of Kharkiv Multinational in Ukraine, has brought children to the camp for two years and has witnessed its impact.


“After the trip, they are more willing to make contact and open their hearts,” she said.


1.      Valeriia Salohub, 13, father killed

2.      Mykhailo, 6, and Oleksandr, 8, Kruhlikov, father killed

3.      Valeriia Tkachuk, 12, father injured

4.      Andrii Tymkov, 12, father injured

5.      Dariia Lebkovska, 11, father injured

6.      Mykhailo, 8, and Zakharii Mazunov, 12, father killed

7.      Dmytro Tkachuk, 11, father killed

8.      Viktoriia Babich, 11, and Khrystyna Treban, 13, fathers killed

9.      Vladyslava Diachuk, 8, father injured

10.   Yurii Paskhalin, 12, and Vladyslav Tsepun, 12, fathers killed

11.   Ivan Bezruchak, 8, father killed, and Tymofii Zolotarov, 9, father injured

12.   Anastasiia Filonenko, 11, father killed

13.   Valeriia Salohub, father killed


War came into their homes


Thousands have died and millions have been displaced by the fighting between pro-Russia rebels and the Ukrainian military in eastern Ukraine. 


Growing up in the shadow of that nearly four-year conflict, most of the campers don’t remember a life without war. They tell unrealistic stories about battles and keep silent about real horrors. Some are guarded and hypervigilant. Others endure sleepless nights or nightmares. A few withdraw and emotionally shut down.


In Zakopane, nestled in the scenic Tatra Mountains, Rotary members give the children a chance to heal in a peaceful setting. The children sleep in comfortable cabins along a pristine lake flanked by green, rolling hills.


The program, called Vacation 2017 Zakopane: Well-Being for Ukrainian Kids, includes traditional camp activities and field trips along with support from mental health professionals. More than 100 children have attended over the past four years.

Psychologist and art therapist Olha Hrytsenko helps children work through their grief at Vacation 2017 Zakopane: Well-Being for Ukrainian Kids.


This year’s campers visited a mountain village to learn about local traditions, toured historic Krakow, and saw the castles, salt mines and hot springs of southern Poland. The routine activities are simple but powerful.

Yuriy Paschalin and Vlad Tsepun, both 12, became close friends after their fathers were killed by snipers. The field trips helped both boys start to relax and act like typical, curious children.



“This program allows these kids to stay kids and to live children’s emotions,” said psychologist and art therapist Olha Hrytsenko.


“They will observe and absorb another culture, attitude, and language, (and) will be able to compare and make conclusions about what is good and what is bad. It will help them to find themselves.”


Breaking their silence


When asked about their families, the children often talk about their parents, siblings, grandparents, and even their pets. Then the looks in their eyes change. Glints of childish fun disappear, along with any fussing or fidgeting. Instead, there is obvious pain behind their faces. And silence.


Like many children, 11-year-old Dima Tkachuk doesn’t want to talk about his dad’s death. Talking about death makes it all too real.


His father was killed in a military conflict zone; Dima’s mother also serves in the Ukrainian army and has been sent to the same area where Dima’s father was killed.


A person will always remember the loss of someone whom he or she loved. The task is not to forget but to find the essence of this loss and to learn how to be happy after this.


Olha Hrytsenko
art therapist


Dima, though, shared a glimpse of the stress on his family. He explained that since their mother left to join the fighting, his 18-year-old brother has turned to smoking and drinking alcohol.  


“Sometimes he does things that one cannot be proud of,” Dima said.


The psychologists and camp staff know not to pressure the children to open up. Instead they build trust through group games, outdoor activities, art therapy, and individual counseling with psychologists.


Children are more vulnerable to the psychological trauma of war, often causing them to withdraw, experts say. Re-establishing emotional connections is critical to healing. If left untreated, isolated children are more likely to experience domestic violence, addiction, and job loss later in life, research shows.


When a breakthrough does come, therapists listen or just sit quietly as the tears flow.


“It always takes time to survive loss. This time is needed to run the processes that we name ‘grief work,’ ” says Hrytsenko.


“A person will always remember the loss of someone whom he or she loved. The task is not to forget but to find the essence of this loss and to learn how to be happy after this.”


Dreams and beliefs


At the Zakopane camp, Valerie Tkachuk, 12, from Dnipro, Ukraine, was slow to trust others. Her answers were often short and sharp.


Her father was injured in combat while her pregnant mother was home caring for the family. Valerie shrank into herself, stopped communicating with peers, and started sleeping in her father’s sleeping bag on the balcony.


“That year was the most difficult in my life,” Valerie said.


She was asked to close her eyes and remember the most pleasant memory of camp in an effort to make her smile for a photo.


Eyes closed, Valerie started crying and opened up in a way she had not previously at camp.


“I am disturbed about my dad, as he is stressed for mom. And he is forbidden to have any stress, as he can have a heart attack,” Valerie said.


Valerie dreams of following her father’s path and becoming a military officer. 


Many children who grow up with war are drawn to the military. Their vulnerability, feelings of helplessness, and lack of trust make the strong image of a soldier appealing, experts say. 


Dima is set on a career in the army. Sasha Kruglikov, 9, whose father was killed in the conflict, already views himself as a soldier. He likes wrestling and karate and said he wants to defend his country when he grows up.


Creating a place to heal


When the conflict in Ukraine began in early 2014, Rotary members stepped up to help.


“We thought, why not organize vacations for kids whose childhood was affected by war,” says Ryszard Luczyn, a member of the Rotary Club of Zamosc Ordynacki, Poland.



Barbara Pawlisz, of the Rotary Club of Sopot International in Poland, and Łuczyn got support from the Poland-Ukraine Intercountry Committee. Rotary’s Intercountry Committees are networks of Rotary clubs in at least two countries, and they often work together on service projects or to foster peace between the residents of countries in conflict. Rotary clubs in Belarus, Poland and Ukraine participate in the network.


The Well-Being for Ukrainian Kids project started in 2014 with mixed results. The children, ages eight to 17, didn’t always get along. Their war trauma was recent, and communication between the age groups was difficult.


The Rotary members recognized adjustments were necessary, but they were not deterred. 


Since that initial effort, organizers narrowed the age range for campers to six to 12, and the number of Polish Rotary clubs that support the project has more than doubled to 83. 


Rotary District 2231 in Poland raised money to pay the travel and lodging expenses of the children and their caretakers. The project has also drawn support from clubs in Sweden and Slovakia. Ukrainian clubs were involved in selecting participants from all areas of the country. 


“It is always very difficult to find affected children in small towns and villages. So we appealed to all the Ukrainian Rotary clubs to help us,” says Anna Kaczmarczyk, a member of the Rotary Club of Zamosc Ordynacki, Poland. “Now we have children not only from large cities, but also from distant parts of the country.”


Does it work?


The changes in the children are obvious, Rotary members say.



Anna Kaczmarczyk, a member of the Rotary Club of Zamosc Ordynacki, Poland, is the first person to meet the children when they start their trip.


Kaczmarczyk is the first person to meet the children in Lviv, Ukraine, when they start their trip. They may be nervous, which can make them irritable and aggressive.

But after the program, they are relaxed, smiling, filled with a new self-confidence.


“We continue this program because we know how these children react, how they change, how they become more open to the world, and how they look at the world the way it should be for a child,” Kaczmarczyk says. “War takes from them their childhood. And they still have their children’s dreams.”


After the children return home, they send letters and pictures about their camp experiences to program organizers and Rotary members.


Children have drawn portraits, colorful scenes of nature, castles and the kings and queens who live in them, and dragons. Sometimes, they write letters about what they observed. One girl marveled at the clean streets and friendly people.


Whether they are magical stories or practical observations, the children carry warm memories home with them.


Kids who experience violence can be prone to violence themselves; this program shows them a different path.


“After such traumas as car crash, natural disasters, [or] wars, people often go to two extremes: Either they stop being afraid of everything or they start being scared of everything. I think these children will belong to the first category,” psychologist Hrytsenko said.


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2018 Durham Rotary

Crab Feed Fundraiser

February 10, 2018


Chairman: Chris Hatch


Co-Chairman:   Steve Plume


Committees and Chairs:


1)            Kitchen Committee: set up 5:00pm, pick up food 4:30pm

a)   Larry Bradley – Chair

b)   Chris Hatch Co-Chair

c)   Committee Members:

1)   Clint Goss

2)   John Moss

3)   Eric Hoiland

4)   Spiteri Deli

5)   Robert Olea


 2)            Serving Committee: set-up 5:00pm

a)   Glen Pullian Chair

b)   Committee Members:

1)   Daryl Polk

2)   Ravi Saip

3)   Interact


3)            Set up Committee: Decorations/theme, order Rotary Brochures for 1 at each place. Have cards made indicating Rotarys value to Durham. Set up tables at 4:30pm

a) Phil Price - Chair

b)  Jim Patterson Co-Chair

c) Committee Members:

1)  Jim Kirks

2)  Interact Club - 4


4)            Bar and soft drink Committee: Set up at 4:30pm

a)   Jen Liu – Chair

b)   Stephen Heithecker Co-Chair

c)   Committee Members:

1)   Mary Sakuma

2)    Guest Volunteers


5)            Ticket  Sales  Committee:  Could  possibly  hand  the Rotary  Brochures  and  Scholarship donation here. Set up at 5:00pm

a)   Steve Plume – Chair / Cash Boxes

b)   K. R. Robertson – Co-Chair

c)   Committee Members: 

1)   Jim Kirks

2)   Jim Patterson


6)         Silent Auction – Roy Ellis and Interact to set up silent Auction.  This is a very, very important aspect of our success.