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 8th, 2018


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


2018                                        Calendar for Durham Rotary



Michelle Ramsey-Master Gardner program in Butte County.
2 3 4 5
6 7 8
Haley Skeen (KHSL-TV) role as TV reporter.
9 10 11 12
13 14 15
Harvest Festival Meeting at Jim Brinson Activity Center in Durham
16 17 18 19
20 21
BBQ at Durham Park with DHS Students

23 24 25 26
27 28 29
No Meeting
30 31


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3 4 5
6 7 8 9
10 11 12
13 14 15 16
17 18 19
20 21 22 23
24 25 26
(Ravi Saip)
27 28 29 30

Pres. Larry Bradley called the meeting to order.  He asked Mike Wacker to lead the Pledge of Allegiance, which Mike did.  Then Pres. Larry lead Ro tarians in singing “God Bless America.”
Next Rev. Jim Patterson gave the invocation.




May 15th: Harvest Festival meeting at Jim Brinson Activity Center in Durham.


May 21st: BBQ at Durham Park with DHS students.


May 29th:  No Meeting


June 5th:


June 12th:


June 19th:


June 26th:  Demotion


I do not have a calendar of meeting for July and after.


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






Pres. Larry introduced Haley Skeen Watts from TV Station KHSL




Tuesday, May 15th at Jim Brinson Activity Center, NOT at Durham Park NOT at BCCC.

The May 15th meeting will focus on the Harvest Festival on Sunday, Sept. 16th.

Monday, May 21st  BBQ at Durham Park with Students from DHS.   NOT at BCCC

Tuesday, May 29th Durham Rotary dark due to Memorial Day Holiday.

Tuesday, June 5th is Election Day.  The County Election Dept. has asked for volunteers to help with the precinct delivery site across from Cal Skate.  Glenn Pulliam needs eight volunteers.  He got a good show of hands, but could use more volunteers.





Roy Ellis has donated four tickets for Section 104 seats at the Giants vs. Padres game on Sunday, June 24th.  Pres. Larry will auction the tickets off at the May 15th Durham Rotary meeting.




Larry Bradley shared that the first Rotary International Director from the Western U.S. was a woman who spoke at the District 5160 Conference about her joining and dropping out and then rejoining Rotary.

Eric Hoiland reported that the Membership Committee met before our dinner meeting and focused on creating a flyer promoting Durham Rotary.

Pres. Larry announced that the Scholarship Committee met and 14 DHS seniors will get $1,000.00 Rotary scholarships and one will get the Interact $1,500.00 scholarship. 
Rev. Jim Patterson was recognized for $10.00 for his grandson Grant Patterson getting a Rotary Scholarship and becoming an Eagle Scout. 



Pres. Larry closed the meeting by announcing that the Davis Sunset Club has paid for the fifth student from DHS to attend Camp Royal.  Pres. Larry said her name is Johanna Gallegos and she
is an excellent student.  He personally thanked a member of Davis Sunset Club for paying for
Johanna fees for Camp Royal.  The Davis Rotarian responded that they are glad that someone
was able to fill there empty slot for this worthy Rotary program.


Pres. Larry reported that the updated information for the Craft Fair and Harvest Festival has been mounted on the web site.  The Car Club is being contacted to update it information.




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.



Pres. Larry called on John Moss and asked if John had asked his son about the news paper article.   John said he forgot to and Pres. Larry said he would recognize John for a $1.00 per week until John talked to his son about the news article.

Pres. Larry called on Glenn Pulliam and learned that Glenn has a son that is getting married and
Glenn has a birthday later this month.  Pres. Larry recognized Glenn for $33.00 to make Glenn a
triple bell ringer.


Must Be Present to Win Drawing:


None tonight.




Pres. Larry introduced Haley Skeen Watts from TV Station KHSL.  Haley stressed that the news media must be a watch dog of government and business.  Getting current news is changing because everyone has a cell phone.  Social media like Facebook often is the first source for news.

The difference is that commercial media is fact checked as opposed to social media which isn’t fact checked.

Advertising brings in $20,000,000.00 and pays salaries at KHSL.  There has to be a balance between the peope who are served by KHSL as family and her children and husband who are family.  Haley strives for the best.

Haley has to get up at 2;30AM to check scanners and wire services.  She does interviews with news makers on channels 10, 12 and 24 from 5:00AM to 7:00AM.   There are phone calls constantly during the day.  Her news programs have a local format.  She will do state news to show how it has a local impact.

Haley vets news stories by attributing quotes to person who said it.  She has done retractions when it turns out someone gave her false information.

Sometimes a story is sales driven.  Haley has the ability and right to say that someone else needs to cover a story if she is uncomfortable with it.

Her wildest interviews have been when college students jump in front of the camera or when high winds blow over the camera.



President Larry pointed out that $150,000 is available in Rotary District 5160 for local projects
funded through the Rotary International Foundation.  Durham Rotary is interested in qualifying
for one of the RI Foundation grants.  We can apply if our club become certified.

Pres. Larry called on Jim Kirks, Durham Rotary International Foundation chairman.  Jim reported that he has downloaded the RI Foundation reports from the RI website.  Only one Durham Rotarian has contributed to the RI Foundation this year.  Jim told the Rotarians we can do better.  Pres. Larry asked Rotarians to raise there hands and pledge to make donation to the
RI Foundation of $25.00 or $100.00.   Jim is to receive checks from Rotarians to mail to RI Foundation.  Jim also mentioned that one can donate to RI Foundation via the RI web site.  It is
very easy to have a donation deducted monthly from one checking account or charged to one’s credit card.  It is a easy way to support the work that RI Foundation does locally and around the world.


The Rotary Foundation is doing GREAT!

As a member of the District Grants Committee, the annual GRANT SEASON has started! All on line applications now. Very streamlined. We will have about $160,000 this year to give out to our Clubs. It is not too late to apply!

Grants are reviewed, massaged, and finalized in June. Then the committee meets in July to finalize what projects get approved, and for how much. You - a Rotarian in Distict 5160 - can be a part of this process. Lots of e mails, but only one half day meeting a year! And you get to spend $160,000.00! Very fun!!

POLIO is almost gone - yes, really truly "THIS CLOSE"!! Only 8 new cases this year so far. None in Nigeria (again) for 20 months. A country has to be POLIO free for 3 years to be classified as non endemic. Nigeria did this once, and then POLIO came back. It has been a very long road, but we will never give up. Just Pakistan and Afghanistan now. Imagine, all those mountains, all those people with no address. It is difficult just to find the kids to give them the magic drops.

Bill and Melinda Gates are still matching 2 to 1 YOUR contribution. We are not done yet! Every $100.00 gives about 75 vaccinations....imagine, 75 kids that will never get that crippling disease because you are generous, and thinking of them. People you will never meet.

Let me know if you have any qustions about The Rotary Foundation. I don't know it all, but I have a great "rolodex" of people that know more than I do!

Have a great day, and THANK YOU for all you do,

Area Foundation Rep


From Rotary International:


World Bank and Rotary International celebrate International Women’s Day

By Ryan Hyland Photographs by Karen Sayre

Three Rotary women were recognized on 7 March at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., USA, for their commitment to improving lives through innovative humanitarian projects. 

The celebration, hosted by the World Bank Group Staff Association, and sponsored by Rotary International and investment firm Oppenheimer & Co., was one of many events held this week to mark International Women's Day, which is on 8 March each year. It highlighted the positive changes women make around the world. Annette Dixon, vice president of the World Bank for South Asia, moderated the event. 


Dr. Geetha Jayaram, a member of the Rotary Club of Howard West, Maryland, USA, addresses mental health issues for poor women in developing countries.


Danielle De La Fuente, a member of the Rotary Club of Coronado Binacional, California, USA, shares how her organization, The Amal Alliance, empowers refugee children around the world.


Marie-Irène Richmond-Ahoua, past PolioPlus chair for Côte d’Ivoire, talks about the strides Africa has made toward becoming polio free.

Speaking to more than 300 people, with thousands watching the livestream, Dr. Geetha Jayaram, Marie-Irène Richmond Ahoua, and Danielle De La Fuente, all Rotarians,  told their stories and explained how their work helped poor women in India gain access to mental health care, vaccinate hundreds of thousands against polio in West Africa, and empower refugee children around the world. 

"These are women of action who are making a huge contribution to the world," Dixon said. "They have given a lot of themselves to their initiatives and are playing a leadership role for many women."

Jayaram, a member of the Rotary Club of Howard West, Maryland, USA, and a recipient of the Rotary Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award, told the audience that her mental health clinic has provided nearly 2,000 poor people, mostly women, each year with comprehensive care in more than 200 villages in southern India. 

The Maanasi Clinic, founded by Jayaram, has been recognized by the World Health Organization for its effort to advance mental health care in developing countries. Its services also focus on vision, hearing, geriatric care, and vocational rehabilitation. The clinic, which operates in partnership with St. John's Medical College, has received funding from the Rotary Club of Columbia, Maryland, and Rotary grants. In total, the clinic has reached nearly six million housholds since it began in 2002.

"I never expected I would feel so fulfilled and gratified by these women who have so little, who will welcome you in their home and share their most intimate details of their lives," Jayaram said. "That is a large gift to me and our workers."

Jayaram is an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Marie-Irène Richmond-Ahoua, a member of the Rotary Club of Abidjan-Bietry, Côte d’Ivoire, talks with audience members at the International Women’s Day celebration at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., USA.

Marie-Irène Richmond-Ahoua, a member of the Rotary Club of Abidjan-Bietry, Côte d’Ivoire, served as Rotary’s PolioPlus chair for her country and now helps coordinate immunization activities in West Africa. She is an international communications consultant and worked as an outreach adviser for the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire. 

Richmond-Ahoua was recognized by Bill Gates at the 2017 Rotary Convention in Atlanta for her role in polio eradication and peace.  

"Volunteering has brought me much happiness, and some tears. It has allowed me to see the world through different lenses," Richmond-Ahoua said. "We must believe in what we are doing regardless of the challenges we will face."

She adds: "And my greatest reward? The smile of a mother after her childr has just been immunized." 

Danielle De La Fuente, a member of the Rotary Club of Coronado Binacional, California, USA, is co-founder of The Amal Alliance. The nonprofit group empowers refugee children around the world through social development and educational programs. She worked at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., where she fostered good relations across the Middle East South Asia.

De La Fuente told the audience that 65 million people have been forcibly displaced worldwide, 77 percent of whom are children. "Imagine a world where children have no dreams," De La Fuente said. "That is a reality I choose not to accept."

"The need for compassionate people has never been greater than now," she adds. "What is our future if our next generation is unable to dream? I call on all of you to take action and make a difference." 


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