Rotary International


Ian HS Riseley

Rotary District 5160 Governor:

Gary Vilhauer

Durham Rotary President:
Larry Bradley


Rowel Editor: Phil Price
Rowel Publisher: Jen Liu




March 13th, 2018


The  2018 Harvest Festival will be held on September 16, 2018


2017                                         Calendar for Durham Rotary



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
No Meeting
21 22 23 24
District Assembly at Butte College, Chico Campus
Meeting of Record
25 26 27
Matt Ellis.  Matt, manager of Air Traffic Control at the Chico Municipal Airport
(Ravi Saip)
28 29 30 31


1 2 3
No Meeting
4 5 6 7
8 9 10
Dean Fender from the Paradise Club will speak about the Rotary Foundation
11 12 13 14
15 16 17
18 19 20 21
Rise Against Hunger boxing of meals at Durham High School Multi-Purpose room.  9:00 am.
22 23 24
25 26 27 28
29 30

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




March 20th:  No meeting.


March 24th: Spring Assembly (meeting of record)


March 27th:


April 3rd:  No Meeting


April 10th: 


April 17th:


April 24th:


May 1st:


May 8th:


May 15th:


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





Mike Wacker introduced John Ryan of the Chico Noon Club.


Having no more visitors, President Larry asked Steve Heithecker to introduce the members at his table, which he did.  They were Roy Ellis, Jen Liu and myself.




There will be a Membership Committee Meeting at 5:00 pm, before the next meeting on March 27th.  The members of the committee are:

Eric Hoiland, Chair

Steven Heithhecker, Co- Chair

Dave Jessen

Larry Bradley

Jen Liu

Glenn Pulliam




There will be no meeting next Tuesday.  The meeting of record for that week will be on Saturday, March 24th at the District 5160 Spring Training Session at Butte College, in Chico.  So each of you must register for the conference.  Each of you should have received one or more emails from the District with a link to the registration form.  It looks like the announcement below, except that the “Register Now” will only work from the email addressed to you.  If you did not receive or cannot find the email then please contact our District 5160 Training Committee Co-Chairs:
Bev Stupek
Kathy Suvia

The next regular meeting at the BCCC will be on March 27th.  The program has yet to be reported to me.




President Larry reported from the earlier Board meeting:

·       The Board has approved $15,000 in scholarships to Durham High students this year.

·       The Board has approved up to $7500 for repair of the pool heater at the recreation area.

·       The Board had previously approved assisting the recreation district with updating the Memorial Hall and to that end has replaced the dishwasher.

These matters will be presented to the membership for a vote.

Eric Hoiland reported that the membership committee will meet at 5:00 pm on March 27th in the BCCC Bar.  They have a number of prospects.


Jim Kirks reported receiving a thank you from Eric Hoiland’s father for being permitted to attend the last meeting and the John Bidwell program.


Jim Patterson reported that the County has agreed to the next Putney Street project, which is installation of sidewalks between Putney and Goodspeed, so we can move ahead with the project.


Camp Royal Interviews:  The Camp Royal interviews will take place on March 15th between 8:30 and noon.  The interview committee will be Mike Wacker, Roy Ellis, Steve Plume, Larry Bradley and Glenn Pulliam.


Dave Jessen to attend a Pre-PETS Conference:  Our President Elect Dave Jessen is continuing to attended district conferences, including the Spring Assemblies listed below.


The District 5160 Conference will be at the Hyatt Regency in Incline Village May 4-6, 2018.  Reservations are going fast.  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.


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! 


Now that the Spring Training Assembly on March 24th is a meeting of record each of you need to register.  Each of you should have received one or more emails from the District with a link to the registration form.  It looks like what is above, except that the “Register Now” will only work from the email addressed to you.  If you did not receive or cannot find the email then please contact our District 5160 Training Committee Co-Chairs:  Bev Stupek or Kathy Suvia


District Governor Nomination:


Greetings from Paradise,

On Friday, Governor Gary Vilhauer announced the resignation of our District Governor Nominee, Amelia Ward, and that our District Governor Nominee Designate, Tina Akins will move into the Nominee role. As a result, the District Nominating Committee will select a Rotarian to serve as District Governor during the 2020-2021 Rotary year.


Nominations are now open. If there is a member of your Rotary Club that you would like to nominate, here are the steps:

1. The club president shall file the original nomination form, a resolution of the club, adopted at the regular meeting thereof, naming such candidate, and certifying that the candidate meets the qualifications for District Governor as provided in Article XV, 16.070 of the Rotary International Bylaws in the 2016 Manual of Procedure. (Attached)

2. The club secretary and candidate sign and return the Governor-nominee Data Form (Attached) along with:



Saturday, May 12, 2018

Applications must be received by this date for the candidate to be invited to interview with the Nominating Committee. Mail forms to me at 504 Nottingham Park, Paradise, CA 95969 or email to me at

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Candidates will be interviewed in person by the Nominating Committee. Location and time TBD.


If you have any questions, please let me know.

Yours in Rotary Service,



Pam Gray

Rotary Club of Paradise, CA

Chair, District Nominating Committee 2017-2018

530-877-4923 work/530-872-2462 home




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 membership committee will meet at 5:00 pm on March 27th in the BCCC Bar. 




Clint Goss contributed $10 for missing the last meeting due to illness.  Actually, President Larry assessed only $5 but Clint volunteered $10.


Must Be Present to Win Drawing:


President Larry was present to win the drawing.




Actually, we had no program so the meeting was adjourned so members could attend the Durham High School basketball game.  The girls won (41-24 over Modoc) and now proceed to San Francisco for the NOR CAL Division V Championship game.



From Rotary International:


Migration challenges inspire peace scholar

Rotary Peace Fellow Linda Low could not have known what world events would bring when she took a position as the communications manager for the Europe region of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in 2015. 

But shortly after she started her new job, the migration crisis began to overwhelm Europe. Low saw the waves of migrants and heard their stories firsthand. This challenging experience sparked her desire to help communities in conflict and ultimately led Low to the Rotary Peace Center at Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is studying the connection between the environment and peace.

Linda Low will speak on 10 February at the first of six presidential peacebuilding conferences in locations around the world between February and June

Illustration by Monica Garwood

Low will speak on 10 February at a conference on environmental sustainability and peace hosted by RI President Ian H.S. Riseley in Vancouver, B.C. It will be the first of six presidential peacebuilding conferences in locations around the world between February and June, focusing on the connection between building peace and Rotary’s areas of focus. 

Low spoke with The Rotarian about her work and how the environment affects peace.

Q: What’s your background? 

A: I am a communicator by trade. I started in corporate communications but always volunteered with the Red Cross in Vancouver. The more involved I got with the Red Cross, the more I realized my values really aligned personally with the work of organizations like this. They do disaster relief but also build stronger communities.

Q: You worked for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies a total of six years. What led you to leave this work to become a Rotary Peace Fellow?

A: Over six years at the Red Cross Red Crescent, again and again as we responded to crises, words that kept coming up were “climate change.” In the Syrian crisis, drought was happening in rural areas, and farmers moved into the urban centers where they were competing for limited resources. I remember thinking that if I had to be part of it I would go back and tackle climate change.

Then I received the gift of this generous scholarship from The Rotary Foundation and the opportunity to go to Duke and study the nexus between policy, environment, climate change, and community.

Q: Do you have a specific area of study in your program? 

A: I am focusing on the link between food waste and climate change. As food rots in landfills it creates methane, which is one of the most powerful greenhouse gases. In the developed world, we all waste food. If I don’t waste one banana, that’s not a great impact, but if everyone in my community, everyone in my state doesn’t waste, then there is greater impact. 

Q: What has been your experience as a peace fellow? 

A: Everything I have learned here is elevating my game. Coming into this program I could write a great story that could bring you to tears, but I did not understand the science and economics behind it. Now I understand science and economics. I can bring that holistic view to drive solutions that are truly sustainable. I want to mobilize people in every community to reduce food waste and help build healthier environments and secure food systems.

–Susie Ma


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