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 10th, 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
11 12 13
14 15 16 17
18 19 20
21 22 23 24
25 26 27


This was the Crab Feed.  President Larry Bradley opened the meeting at the Durham Memorial Hall.  He asked a member to lead the pledge and he led us in a patriotic song (I was taking photos, not notes)  Jim Patterson then gave the invocation.




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 over 300 visitors.




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 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



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. 




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.  Also, those you sold Crab Feed tickets.





The program was the Crab Feed.  The report is in the photos below.


Thanks to Robert Olea for submitting his photos.  The first 10 are his.


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. 












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).