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 27th, 2018


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


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 “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”.  Jim Patterson then gave the invocation.




April 3rd:  No Meeting


April 10th:  Dean Fender from the Paradise Club will speak about the Rotary Foundation.


April 17th:


April 21st:   Rise Against Hunger boxing of meals at Durham High School Multi-Purpose room.  9:00 am.


April 24th:


May 1st:  Michelle Ramsey-Master Gardner program in Butte County.


May 8th: Haley Skeen (KHSL-TV) role as TV reporter.


May 15th: Picnic in Park with students.


May 22nd:


May 29th:  No Meeting


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



President Larry reported from the earlier Board meeting:

·       The Board has approved $15,000 in scholarships to Durham High students this year.  This together with the $4,000 in scholarships from Wayne Cook and $1,500 from the tips to the students donated at the Crab Feed brings our scholarships to this year to $20,500.  President Larry asked for the clubs approval.  On a vote of the members it was approved.

·       The Board has approve up to $7500 for repair of the pool heater at the recreation area.  .  President Larry asked for the clubs approval.  On a vote of the members it was approved..

Eric Hoiland reported that the membership committee will met at 5:00 pm before the meeting.  They discussed various approaches to producing new member prospects.  They also asked that members contact Eric about any new member prospects they have.  The committee will meet again at 5:00 before the April 10th meeting.


Glenn Pulliam is updating member’s information.  If you have had any change in email addresses, home addresses, business address, phone number, etc., get it to Glenn.


President Larry reported that the club had received a donation from the Durham Community Foundation in the amount of $2,145 toward our latest Putney Street project.  Steve Plume presented it to Jim Patterson.





Eric Hoiland introduced Ross Jannings (I think that was his last name, but I may have heard it wrong).


Ravi introduced Matthew (our program for the night) & Heather Ellis.


Steve Heithecker introduced our Student of the Month, Natalie Thorp and her sister Kim and father Wade Thorp.


Student of the Month


President Larry presented the Student of the Month plaque to Abby Wade, who is our Student of the Month for February.






There will be a Membership Committee Meeting at 5:00 pm, before the next meeting on April 10th.  The members of the committee are:  Eric Hoiland, Chair, Steven Heithhecker, Co- Chair, Dave Jessen, Larry Bradley, Jen Lui & Glenn Pulliam.





There will be no meeting next Tuesday.  The next regular meeting will be at the BCCC

on April 10th.  The program will be Dean Fender from the Paradise Club speaking about the Rotary Foundation.




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 Assembly Reports:


Seven member attended the Spring Training Assembly the past Saturday.  President Larry asked several of them to report:

Ravi thought meeting members of other diverse clubs in the district was helpful.  Steve Plume found the session on club communications to be interesting and plans to institute some of what he learned.  Steve Heithecker found the sessions on membership and available funding from the Rotary Foundation of local project to be helpful and will be looking into that further.  Dave Jessen was also interested in the funding of our projects from the Rotary Foundation.


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.  




President Larry noted that only 7 members attended the Spring Training Assembly.  He assessed Eric Hoiland $35 on behalf of all the members who failed to attend.  Eric volunteered to raise it to $55 to become a Bell Ringer.

Jim Patterson and Phil were each assessed $5 for speaking out of turn.

Dave Jessen then auctioned the Grinder for April.  Jim Kirks was the successful bidder at $45.


Must Be Present to Win Drawing:


Robert Olea was not present to win the drawing.




Ravi Saip introduced Matt Ellis.  Matt is the Manager of Air Traffic Control at the Chico Municipal Airport.  He has an interesting history getting to this position which, in addition to schooling, includes Vietnam, Korea, Ft Hood and Mather AFB.  He discussed air traffic control at the Chico Airport, but it was actually in the question-answer period that the most interesting information was given.






From Rotary International:


A nurse fights for peace

In a nation once wracked by civil war, Liberian Rotarian Elizabeth Sele Mulbah has spent much of her life leading efforts for peace and reconciliation.

A past president (2011-12) of the Rotary Club of Sinkor, Mulbah has a remarkable résumé. She began her career as a nurse, moved into teaching and administration, took on a leadership role at the Christian Health Association of Liberia, and worked at the United Nations Development Program.

She’s a co-founder of the Mano River Women Peace Network (Marwopnet), and through that organization played a major role in multinational diplomacy. She’s also an in-demand speaker, giving lectures at places such as the Carter Center and the U.S. Institute of Peace.



Illustration by Monica Garwood

Q: You started your career as a nurse but soon moved into administration, where you advocated for change in the profession. What were you seeking to change and improve in nursing? 

A: I’ve worked in training, counseling, and advocating for equal benefits, such as the right to the same period for maternity leave for working women whether married or not. I’ve advocated for on-the-job training for all, including support staff such as nurses’ aides. 

Q: You became active in peace work in the 1990s, during the Liberian civil war. How did that come about?

A: Women in Liberia were disappointed at the failure of previous peace conferences. Liberians were tired of war. In 1995, Marion Subah and I, who were working at the Christian Health Association of Liberia, were approved by heads of warring factions to facilitate a meeting to prepare them for the next peace conference. The planned one-day meeting extended to four days, and all parties were represented. It was successful.

Q: What are the origins of Marwopnet?

A: It began in 2000 when 10 women leaders from NGOs in the region came together to convince the leaders of Liberia and Guinea to return to the conference table until peace was achieved. We did this after learning that the two leaders had vowed not to sit under the same roof. They did return to the conference table, and peace was achieved. 

Today we shuttle between the leaders of the four Mano River countries (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Côte d’Ivoire), and when the need arises, we serve as election observers in these nations. Women as mothers are born peacemakers. 

Q: After the Liberian civil war, you worked in reconciliation and trauma healing. What exactly were you doing?

A: We first underwent our own training and then provided training for those traumatized by the war. We focused on teachers, health workers, and pastors to make sure conflicts were not transferred to the hospitals, schools, and churches where victims and perpetrators were bound to come together or interact. The goal was forgiveness.

Q: What organizations are you most active in today?

A: I am vice chair of the Governance Commission, which was created by the Accra peace accord in 2003 after Liberia’s most recent civil war, to design policies and recommend strategies to establish an inclusive, participatory, just, and accountable system of government. 

Q: What is your guiding philosophy in life?

A: That it does not matter who gets the credit when something is done to benefit mankind. And that no one is here by mistake.

– Anne Stein 


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