Rotary International


Ian HS Riseley

Rotary District 5160 Governor:

Gary Vilhauer

Durham Rotary President:
Larry Bradley


Rowel Editor: Phil Price
Rowel Publisher: Jen Liu




May 1st, 2018


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


President Larry Bradley opened the meeting at the BCCC.  He asked Student of the Month, Garrett Hunt to lead the pledge, which he did.  He then led us in singing “God Bless America”.  Jim Kirks then gave the invocation




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


May 15th: Picnic in Park with students.


May 22nd:


May 29th:  No Meeting


June 5th:


June 12th:


June 19th:


June 26th:  Demotion


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


President Larry noted that the scholarship interviews had taken place.  He passed around the Durham High School student newspaper which had several article of interest, including one about John Moss’ son, the support of the dual enrollment program support by Durham Rotary and Durham Exchange Club and the Rise Against Hunger program.


Speaking of the Rise Against Hunger packaging of meals for hungry kids which occurred on Saturday, Apr. 21st at Durham High School Multi-Purpose room, see the story in Jen’s photos below:







Jen Liu and Steve Heithecker the Students of the Month with parents and siblings at their tables.  They were:

Josia Badie with his parents, Jynaia and Omar Badie, Lindsey Bryant with sister Karena and father John Bryant, Garrett Hunt with his mother Traci Hunt, and Caroline Grzanich with her mother Cathline Grzanich.


Dave Jessen Michelle Ramsey, our program for the night.


Students of the Month


President Larry presented Student of the Month plaques to our Students of the Month, Josiah Badie for January, Lindsey Bryant for February, Garrett Hunt for March and Caroline Grzanich for April as follows:





The next week Haley Skeen (KHSL-TV) will talk about the TV newsroom and her role as TV reporter. 




Rotary Champagne Omelet Brunch

Presented By Chico Rotary Club

Sunday, May 6th at 8:00am PST

Online sale ends: 05/05/18 at 5:00pm PST

Manzanita Place

Presented By
Chico Rotary Club

Chico, CA 95926


Brunch for A Cause! The Rotary Champagne Omelet Brunch is a fun, easy way to give back to the Chico community. You’ll enjoy a delicious breakfast of omelets, fruit, fresh breads and of course, champagne and mimosas. Funds raised are channeled back into the community through Rotary projects and scholarships giving your donation maximum local impact.

WHY Attend?

The value of your attendance is more than twice the ticket price. For every dollar raised, we amplify the value with thousands of volunteer hours and in-kind donations. These are Rotary dollars at work in your local community.



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.


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.




Jim Kirks explained that he had the Grinder for April because he went to Seattle.  He auctioned it.  Your editor, Phil Price got it for $70 (to cover his trip to Mexico the next two weeks.  He was also recognized for his birthday next week with a song.  He contributed $10 for that.


Ravi was again on the front page of the newspaper, this time for his visit to Washington, DC to meet with Congress persons.  He also had an anniversary.  Between Ravi and President Larry the math got a little confusing but he ended up contributing $56, I think.


Must Be Present to Win Drawing:


Steve Heithecker was present to win the drawing of that name.




Michelle Ramsey, a Master Gardner, spoke about the Master Gardner program in California and in Butte County.  If you have a question, and your garden is no more than 1 acre, the Hot Line, 538 7201, is available to you.



The California Master Gardener Program is part of the University of California’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR).  The mission of the Butte County Master Gardeners is to extend research-based education and technical assistance throughout the non-commercial gardening community and to foster successful gardening practices by helping individuals make informed decisions about plants, pests and the environment, with an emphasis on sustainability.

The first Master Gardener (MG) program in the nation was started in Washington State in 1972.  In 1980, California’s first MG programs were started in Sacramento and Riverside counties. In 2008, UC Cooperative Extension launched the Butte County MG program. We are graduates of an intensive 17-week course covering all aspects of home horticulture, including soils and fertilizers; weed control; botany; entomology; pest identification and control; watering systems; and much more. Courses are taught by UC Davis professors and UCCE experts.

Master Gardeners are based at the Butte County UC Cooperative Extension office in Oroville, where we answer questions at our “Hotline” number 530-538-7201.

Our gardening outreach projects include the development of a series of demonstration gardens at the Patrick Ranch Museum property between Chico and Durham on the Midway. Already planted there are a Mediterranean Garden and a garden of “Butte All-Stars”—both consisting of plants that do especially well in our environment.

Master Gardeners offer a series of workshops in the spring and fall each year, as well as adult education classes in Chico and Oroville through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). These classes and workshops have focused on a variety of home gardening topics, including gardening with edibles, sustainable gardening, drought tolerant gardening, and native plants.

Master Gardeners also present talks and workshops at local garden clubs and libraries, and work with young people in local schools and Butte County Juvenile Hall’s Fresh Start Farm. Master Gardeners regularly host information booths at a number of farmers markets in Butte County.


From Rotary International:


Submerged tree planting

Photos by Alyce Henson

Rotary members and Rotaractors in the Bahamas are taking Rotary President’s Ian H.S. Riseley’s tree planting challenge to the sea. In December, the group planted 50 red mangroves seedlings at Bonefish Pond National Park on the southern coast of New Providence Island. The tropical plants have roots that form a tangle that protects the shoreline against storm surges by trapping sediment the wave carries in. Members also dug a channel so the tidewater can flow to the plants. 

“When the sea levels go down, you’ll see our work,” says Adrian White of the Rotary Club of East Nassau. “When the sea levels go up, our will still be there, protecting our country.”

The club is planting more mangroves this month. 


The tangled roots of red mangrove build soil that protects the shoreline against storm surges. Rotarians are working with the Bahamas National Trust to rejuvenate the mangrove ecosystem at Bonefish Pond National Park, on the southern coast of New Providence Island.   


In addition to protecting the shoreline, red mangroves serve as the habitat for fish species that support the country’s fishing industry. Rotary President-elect Barry Rassin, in yellow, helps a group of Rotarians and Rotaractors plant trees in December, 2017.


Rotarians planted 50 mangrove seedlings during the planting day. “This is our version of planting one tree per member of each club,” says Adrian White, a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau. “When the sea levels go down, you’ll see our work. When sea levels go up our work will still be there, protecting our country.”


Rechea Delancy of the Rotaract Club of Nassau East, often drives by the park but had never visited before the project. “I think this is a good initiative for Rotaractors and Rotarians to lend a hand and protect their environment,” she says. 


Rotary volunteers planted mangroves at various stages of growth. The Caribbean is home to four of the 50 mangrove species found worldwide.


Rotary President-elect Barry Rassin, center, works alongside two of his club members to dig trenches that will bring water from the bay to the newly planted red mangroves.


A green ribbon tied around newly planted mangroves trees by Rotary and Bahamas National Trust volunteers signifies the new growing area at Bonefish Pond National Park.


“We used to think we needed to get rid of mangroves, and we put in sea walls,” says Shelley Cant-Woodside, director of science and policy for the Bahamas National Trust. “Now we know that’s the worst thing you can do.” 


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The tangled roots of red mangrove build soil that protects the shoreline against storm surges. Rotarians are working with the Bahamas National Trust to rejuvenate the mangrove ecosystem at Bonefish Pond National Park, on the southern coast of New Providence Island.   


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