Rotary International


Ian HS Riseley

Rotary District 5160 Governor:

Gary Vilhauer

Durham Rotary President:
Larry Bradley


Rowel Editor: Phil Price
Rowel Publisher: Jen Liu




June 5th, 2018


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


2018                                        Calendar for Durham Rotary


    1 2
3 4 5
Patrick Ranch Tour
6 7 8 9
10 11 12
Bill Curry on  managing subcontracts for space programs
13 14 15 16
17 18 19
Experience as an USMC Pilot
(John Moss)
20 21 22 23
24 25 26
(Ravi Saip)
27 28 29 30


1 2 3
No Meeting
4 5 6 7
8 9 10
11 12 13 14
15 16 17
David Little, Editor of Chico ER
18 19 20 21
22 23 24
25 26 27 28
29 30 31

 President Larry Bradley opened the meeting at the Patrick Ranch.  He asked Ravi Saip to lead the pledge, which he did.  Larry led us in singing “God Bless America”.  Jim Patterson then gave the invocation.  




June 12th:  At the BCCC with Bill Curry discussing the Hubble Telescope.  It is a ladies night.


June 19th: John Moss will speaking on his experiences in the Marines.


June 26th:  Demotion


July 3rd:  No Meeting


July 10th: 


July 17th:  David Little, Editor of the Chico ER


July 24th:


July 31st: 



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



President Larry noted that our Camp Royal students need to be picked up at Durham High School next Monday morning and delivered to the Ramada Inn for their transportation to Camp Royal.  Dave Jessen volunteered to do it.


Steve Plume noted what a good job our President did at the Durham High School graduation when handing out the scholarships, noting the connection between the scholarship money and the students help at our two money making events.


President reported that he had purchased, for Durham Rotary, Brandon Moss’ (John’s son) pig at the Silver Dollar Fair. As a thank you he received a basket with nuts, olives, wine, etc.  He auctioned it to members.  Erick Hoiland got it with a bid of $110.


Dinner was Mountain Mike’s pizza our in the lawn of the Patrick House.





Steve Heithecker, President of the Far West Heritage Association, introduce Karen Lobach, Director of the Patrick Ranch.






The June 12th meeting will be back at the BCCC.  Our speaker for the evening William "Billl" Sims Curry.  Bill Curry has a long and varied career in government contracting.  He has conducted workshops on contracting and ethics based upon books, research papers and articles he has authored. The focus of Bill's talk will be on managing subcontracts for the Hubble Space Telescope and interactions he had with an astronauts.  It is a ladies night so invite your wife or significant other.




Sidewalk Project


President Larry reported on the meeting he and Jim Patterson had with the County.  Essentially, the won’t let us do the project.  The project has to be done by County employees at the prevailing wage rate.  Larry will leave it to the incoming President to make the final decision, but his recommendation is that we abandon the project and either return donated moneys or convince the donors to let us use the moneys on another project.




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.


District Awards and Installation Dinner


Dear District 5160 Rotarians,

Two important things to cover this morning -- read on.

1 --  SAVE THE DATE!  Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 14.  It's our annual Awards and Installation Dinner, and this one has fun written all over it.  Details and registration link will be coming out shortly, but here's a clue:  Start to think like a movie star.

2 -- Staying in Woodland the evening of July 14?  There are many reasons why you might:

For all of the above, you might want to take advantage of a very short-term hotel discount we've secured.   Here's the scoop

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites 
2070 Freeway Dr
Woodland, CA 95776 lists it for $159.  This rate is $145.  The thing is, it's ONLY AVAILABLE THROUGH JUNE 15. 

Stay tuned for more info -

Tina Akins, District 5160


Dear fellow Rotarians,

Whether you are a club president, a district governor, or a Rotary committee chair, we all spend May and June busily preparing for the upcoming transition in July. Soon, another Rotary year will come to a close. But it’s not an ending. In so many ways, it’s just the beginning.

There is only so much we can do in the 365 days we’re given. Our Foundation was founded a century ago and exists today because we Rotarians have a long-term vision — our commitment to end polio and our dedication to sustainable global grants projects are two examples. While we may not see the result of a Rotary project during a given Rotary year, the seeds we plant today will be harvested as rich fruit in the years to come.

This year, we are on target to achieve our goal of raising $360 million, thanks to the generous support of you and so many of your fellow Rotarians and friends. Just think for a moment — of that money, how much will become drops of polio vaccine next year, and whose lives will those drops save? How much of it will be used to fund literacy initiatives? How many people’s lives will be transformed by a global grant water project in two, four, or 10 years?

The Rotary Foundation’s impact grows with each passing year, and so does its reputation. This year, for the 10th consecutive year, Charity Navigator — the leading independent charity evaluator in the U.S. — gave the Foundation a four-star rating. Our Foundation ranks among the top 1 percent of charities it evaluates.

The Rotary Foundation remains on a strong footing, and it will continue to grow and prosper, because we Rotarians work together so well, annually handing off leadership to our trusted friends. As I pass the torch to Past RI President Ron D. Burton, who will bring his unique talents and leadership to the position of trustee chair in July, I know that our future is in good hands.

Rotary leaders also regularly pass the torch to the next generation, which is eager for the chance to serve. Today, more than 200,000 Rotaractors are dedicated to making a difference on the issues that matter to our world and their communities. Show them how The Rotary Foundation can help them achieve their dreams of Doing Good in the World.

I encourage you to invite the Rotaractors you know to get involved with The Rotary Foundation by applying for a scholarship or peace fellowship, partnering with a Rotary club on a global grant project, joining a Rotary club while they are still members of Rotaract, or giving a gift to support Rotary’s humanitarian work around the world. By taking the action of engaging younger professionals today, we are preparing Rotary’s future leaders to leave their own legacy.

Our Rotary Foundation brought so much good into this world in its first century. And with your support, it will continue to do so well into the future. If you haven’t made a contribution yet this Rotary year, I hope you will consider doing so today. And as you go forth, continue to support the Foundation and let others know about its work. You may never hear it with your own ears, but somewhere, future generations will thank you for it.

Paul A. Netzel
Chair, The Rotary Foundation 2017-18




Phil Price auctioned the Grinder which he has had for May.  The successful bidder was Chris Hatch for $75.


Clint Goss was recognized for his 82nd birthday last week.  He contributed $10 and Happy Birthday was sung to him by the club.


Ravi Saip missed two meetings and contributed $40.


Dave Jessen missed one meeting and contributed $20.


Must Be Present to Win Drawing:


None tonight.




Karen Lobach, Director of the Patrick Ranch, talked about the history of the house and of the prior occupants, particularly, Hester Patrick and Bea Compton.  She then took us on a tour of the house.  She had planned on taking us around the property and showing us the other things going on, however, we ran out of time, since some of our members had election duties.  So we will come again, next June. 




The following is from the Patrick Ranch web page:



“Visit the Patrick Ranch Museum and experience the agricultural history of the Sacramento Valley. Displays, artifacts and tours weave the stories of the Ranch into your visit. Learn about the soil, water, and climate, and the people who harnesses them. The museum’s grand 1877 farm house, Glenwood, a century plus of pictures, farm receipts, manual and furniture , 260 year old Valley Oaks and rich alluvial soil provide an unparalleled springboard for first hand research and discovery.

In 2001, the home and its surround acreage were bequeathed to valley residents by the last ranch owner, Hester Grim Patrick. Hester and her husband William Garrison Patrick (who predeceased her in 1981), championed the promotion, documentation, preservation and appreciation of history throughout their lifetimes. In keeping with Hester’s wished, the goal of the PRM is:

The preservation and interpretation of the agricultural history of the Sacramento Valley, including social, cultural and economic aspects.”

Glenwood, the museum’s grand farm house, has been restored to earlier times when it was at the peak of its grandeur, social activity, and influence. It is representative of the farm families who resided on similar larger acreages of the time. The lives of contemporary ranchers such as Morehead, Durham, Burdick, Troxel and Bidwell, all of similar backgrounds, socio-economic stature, and farming expertise, are being brought into focus as well.

Researchers are delving into every aspect of local agriculture with the goal of documenting the evolution of each crop and collecting the agriculture artifacts most pertinent to the advancements of each.”


At the conclusion of the program, President Larry presented Steve Heithecker, in his capacity as President of the Far West Heritage Association, a check for $1,000 as a donation to the Far West Heritage Association.  As a member of the Board of Directors of the Far West Heritage Board of Directors I add my thanks to that of Steve.  Having a conflict of interest, we abstained from the vote on the gift.


From Rotary International:

Rotary wins Best Nonprofit Act for its polio eradication work 

By Ryan Hyland

Rotary’s commitment to eradicating polio worldwide won Best Nonprofit Act in the Hero Awards of the One Billion Acts of Peace campaign, an international global citizens’ movement to tackle the world’s most important issues. 

A Rotary vaccination team immunizes children against polio at a railway station in Karachi, Pakistan. 

Khaula Jamil

The campaign is an initiative of PeaceJam Foundation and is led by 14 Nobel Peace Prize laureates, including the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Rigoberta Menchú Tum, with the ambitious goal of inspiring a billion acts of peace by 2020. 

Each year, the campaign picks two finalists in each of six categories for their work to make a measurable impact in one of the 10 areas considered most important by the Nobel laureates. Winners are chosen by people from around the world. 

Rotary and Mercy Corps were the two finalists in the Best Nonprofit Act category. Rotary and the five other winners will be recognized at a ceremony on  June in Monaco. Betty Williams, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977 for her advocacy for peace in Northern Ireland, will present the award. 


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