Rotary International


Ian HS Riseley

Rotary District 5160 Governor:

Gary Vilhauer

Durham Rotary President:
Larry Bradley


Rowel Editor: Phil Price
Rowel Publisher: Jen Liu




February 6th, 2018


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


2017                                         Calendar for Durham Rotary



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
25 26 27
(Steve Plume)


1 2 3
4 5 6
An interview of John Bidwell
(Jim Kirks)
7 8 9 10
Crab Feed
11 12 13
14 15 16 17
18 19 20
21 22 23 24
25 26 27

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


President Larry reported that we had spent $2350 on a new dishwasher for the Memorial Hall.


President Larry also reported that we have donated $1000 to help students, who cannot afford it, get advanced credit at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon this year.  They expect to have their own fund raisers in the future.  He also noted the article in the Chico ER about the new partnership between Durham High and Southern Oregon University, that we learned about two weeks ago.



February 10th:  Crab Feed


February 13th:  No Meeting


February 20th:  No Meeting


February 27th:  Steve Plume


March 6th:  Jim Kirks will present an interview of John Bidwell.


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.






There were no visitors, but nearly 100% of the members, except Mike Wacker and Glenn Pulliam who are traveling.




Will be the Crab Feed this Saturday.  See the work schedule below.


There will be no meeting on February 13th (recovering from the Crab Feed).  There is also no meeting on February 20th (President’s Day the day before so the BCCC will be closed on Tuesday instead of Monday).


The next meeting after the Crab Feed will be February 27th at the BCCC.  Steve Plume will obtain a program.


On March 6th, Jim Kirks will bring us a very special program to which all spouses and significant others are invited.  The program will be:


A Conversation with Major John Bidwell, Rancho Chico, 1858

Take a trip back in time to hear John Bidwell recount his adventures on the trail and in California. The year is 1858, and John Bidwell is 39 years old. He holds the rank of major in the California Militia. He has been in California since 1841, and has been living on Rancho Chico for nearly ten years.

 Everything you will hear is either a direct quote from Bidwell or an abridgement of his words. All the incidents really happened to him – no need to make anything up. The only fictional element is the lady reporter. Bidwell was interviewed several times during his life, but not as early as 1858.

 John Bidwell is portrayed by Nick Anderson. Nick is a fifth generation Chicoan and has always been fascinated by history. He spends most of his free time performing in plays for various theater groups in the Chico area including The Blue Room Theater, Chico Theater Company, Chico Cabaret, Theater on the Ridge, Northern California Ballet and Butte College. He has been in 60 productions over the last nine years. When not doing theater he can be found working for Results Radio as a disk-jockey on 106.7 Z-Rock and has worked in radio for 15 years. He loves music, and film and portraying John Bidwell at Bidwell Mansion events.

 The fictional lady reporter, Mrs. Letitia Norris, is played by Nancy Leek, who also put together the script. She is a retired librarian and an author and editor of books on Northern California history, including John Bidwell: The Adventurous Life of a California Pioneer.  She is a member of the board of directors of the Bidwell Mansion Association and the Association for Northern California Historical Research. She is, unfortunately, not a native of Chico, but she loves living in Chico and researching local history. She has a history blog at



Dave Jessen to attend a Pre-PETS Conference:  Our President Elect Dave Jessen attended a Pre-PETS conference at which he learned that Rotary is in the process of creating group memberships for businesses and family memberships.


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 managed to manipulate the information so I could get it in this Rowel.  See the rules attached after the Crab Feed work schedule.  Left is a photo of the announcement.


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 this year on Saturday, Apr. 21st at Durham High School Multi-Purpose room.  The truck will be there between 8:00am and 8:20am.  We'll need a few member to help with setup.  Event starts at 9:00am and generally ends at 11:30am or so.  Water and a light lunch will be available after the event.


President Larry announced that we have paid $2944.08 for the meals to be packaged.  This project is part of our International Service.


District 5160's Spring Training Assemblies are here!

District 5160’s Spring Assemblies are planned for THREE dates and locations for your convenience.  Register now for one of these assemblies! NOW for Spring Training Assembly - Chico
Saturday March 24    Butte College, Chico Center    Chico, CA NOW for Spring Training Assembly - Fairfield
Saturday, April 7     Angelo Rodriguez High School     Fairfield, CA NOW for Spring Training Assembly - Redding
Saturday, April 14     Simpson College     Redding, CA

All three Assemblies have the same schedule, great breakout sessions...and free lite breakfast and free lunch!  Your Club President-Elects were busy at their training this weekend. They chose topics they thought you would most want and need.  The agenda will be sent to you at a later date., and is guaranteed to include topics for everyone. 


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.


A new membership committee has been formed.  The members are:

Eric Hoiland, Chair

Steven Heithhecker, Co- Chair

Dave Jessen

Larry Bradley


President Larry reported that Norm Larson wishes to remain a member.  He has received no information on Brian Aguiar.




Is seems that Ravi just can’t’ keep from getting his picture in the newspaper.  He contributed $5 this time.


Dave Jessen was recognized for his 41st anniversary.  He contributed $41.


K. R. was recognized for his 40th anniversary but he contributed an extra $10 ($50 total) to become a Bell Ringer.


John Moss’ son was crowned Winter Homecoming King at Durham High School.  John contributed $65 to become a Bell Ringer.


Must Be Present to Win Drawing:


None tonight.



The program was Chris Hatch working out the logistics of various aspects of the Crab Feed this coming Saturday.  The work schedule is attached below.  Be there on time.  Actually some members will be bringing table from the storage shed at 3:00 pm.  My set up committee will begin at 4:00 pm, not 4:30 listed in the schedule.


Roy still needs more big ticket items for the silent auction.  Just ask.  If you come up with one contact Roy.


There about 5 tickets unsold.



From Rotary International:

Rotary gives $53.5 million to help eradicate polio

EVANSTON, Ill. (Jan. 25, 2018) — With 22 confirmed cases in 2017 to date, and just one case in 2018, the world is on the brink of eradicating polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed hundreds of thousands of children each year.

Rotary gives $53.5 million to help eradicate polio and challenges the world to continue the fight to end the disease.  Photo by Khaula Jamil

Rotary is giving $53.5 million in grants to support immunization and surveillance activities led by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).

More than half of the funds will support efforts to end polio in two of the three countries where polio remains endemic:

·       Afghanistan: $12.03 million

·       Pakistan: $19.31 million

Further funding will support efforts to keep 10 vulnerable countries polio-free:

·       Cameroon: $1.61 million

·       Central African Republic: $428,000

·       Chad: $2.33 million

·       The Democratic Republic of Congo: $6.48 million

·       Ethiopia: $1.82 million

·       Iraq: $2 million

·       Niger: $1.71 million

·       Somalia: $3.29 million

·       South Sudan: $835,300

·       Syria: $428,000

An additional $731,338 will fund research to be conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO), and another $518,000 will go toward technical assistance in West and Central Africa.

While significant strides have been made against the disease, polio remains a threat in hard-to-reach and underserved areas and conflict zones. Despite a historically low case count, as long as a single child has polio, all children are at risk, which underscores the need for continued funding and political commitment to eradication. 

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 GPEI, along with WHOUNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation later became a partner. 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 22 confirmed cases in 2017 (as of 25 January). 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.

The Rotary International web site is:


District 5160 is:


The Durham Rotary Club site is:


The Rowel Editor may be contacted at:


The deadline for the Rowel 6:30 am on Wednesdays.


The Editor’s photographs published in the Rowel are available, upon request, in their original file size.  Those published were substantially reduced in file size. 











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)   Steve Heithecker - Co-Chair
c)   Committee Members:

1)   Mary Sakuma


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:  Guest volunteers

1)   Jim Kirks

2)   Jim Patterson


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




Rolling Hills Casino-Corning Rotary Club

Clam Chowder Cook-Off

February 24, 2018



   People's Choice.

   1st place wins$500 and trophy that will be passed to the winning club each year, 2nd place wins $300, and 3rd place wins $200.

    Each team entered will receive 6 tickets to the festival.

   Chowder needs to be prepared on site at the competition.

        Contestants can set up and start chowder prep as early as 8:30 am, the morning of the event.

    Doors open at 12:00 pm until8 pm. In order to qualify for the People's

Choice awards, chowder must be served from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Teams consist of no less than 3 members and no more than 10, three team members or less in a booth at one time is recommended.

    Rolling Hills Casino will provide the ingredients for each team (refer to products list).

        Each team will be assigned an 8'x8' booth space, two 6' tables, garbage can, sanitation bucket, chaffing dish to hold chowder for service, serving dishes, spoons, and whatever basic ingredients are requested.

    Each team is responsible for its own cooking utensils, pots, and cooking stoves (propane).

    On request Rolling Hills Casino could provide a chowder base, either cream based or tomato based, which could then be doctored up to each team's specific recipe.

    Each team must prepare at least 10 gallons. This amount could change depending on the amount of contestants.

    Rolling Hills Casino will provide warming ovens for prepared chowder to ensure serving temperature.

    Guests will receive free samples of each contestant's chowder.

The guest will then vote by placing their voting ticket in the respective contestants voting container  provided by Rolling Hills Casino.

   Voting will be based on booth presentation and best chowder.

There is no overall event theme and each team can select its booth theme.

Having FUN is a must at the event.



Rolling Hills Casino - Corning Rotary Club

Clam Chowder Cook-Off

February 24, 2018



Products List (provided by Rolling Hills Casino):



1.  Canned Chopped Clams , 5 cans =51 oz. cans

2.  Red Rose Potatoes Diced , 20 lbs.

3.  Yellow Onions ,5lbs.

4.  Carrots - your choice of amounts

5.  Celery- 5lbs.

6.  Clam Base , 2 ea. llb.

7.  Milk , 6 gallons (If you use cream please bring your own)

8.  Butter -10 lbs.

9.  Flour -10 lbs.

10. Bacon- 2lbs.  raw product  (if using)

11. Old Bay Spice -1 can



Each team must make a minimum of 10 gallons of clam chowder.  Remember that the chowder must be ready to serve at 12:00 pm and we will be serving until4:00 pm. Rolling Hills will have the ingredients available on Friday, February 24th for those desiring to pick,up the ingredients provided by Rolling Hills Casino ahead of time, otherwise the ingredients will available by 9:00 am Saturday.



Check in time is 9:00 am Saturday. Teams are responsible for all recipes, ingredients (not provided by the Casino), utensils, cookware, gas stove, and holding equipment. Food must be held at 145 degrees or higher. There will be no to,go or carry out available.



Should you have any questions about the Chowder cook,off set,up or rules please feel free to contact Corning Rotary Club member Tony Cardenas (624,5086). Should you have any specific questions about the chowder ingredients please feel free to contact  Rolling Hills Chef Hobart (209,6883).