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 12th, 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 BCCC.  He asked John Moss to lead the pledge, which he did.  Larry led us in singing “God Bless America” again (third time in a row).  Jim Patterson then gave the invocation.   




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:


August 7th:


August 14th:


August 21st:


August 28th:


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


President Larry reported that we had received a letter thanking us for our donation of $1,000 to the Far West Heritage Association (Patrick Ranch) from Karen Lobach, Director of the Patrick Ranch.  We will have a banner on entry driveway.


President Larry gave the photo he received of Brandon Moss’ pig that we had purchased at the Silver Dollar Fair to John Moss for a $25 contribution.


Mike Wacker reported that we need to work out transportation of our Camp Venture students.


Also, we may need to pickup one of our Camp Royal students returning home.


President Larry asked Sharon Robertson to present Jim Kirks with his Paul Harris Society Pin since she has been assisting him with his doctor’s visits.




Mike Wacker introduced his wife, Jan. 

Ravi introduced his wife, Mary.

K. Robertson introduced his wife, Sharon.

All members who did not bring their wife were assessed $1.




The June 19th meeting will be at the BCCC.  Our speaker for the evening member John Moss who will talk about his experiences in the Marines.


The following week, June 26th will be the Demotion party.  It is a ladies night so invite your wife or significant other.




Sidewalk Project


Steve Plume reported that he had had a discussion with the Durham Community Foundation about the money they had donated to us for the Sidewalk Project.  In view of our inability, due to the County, to do the project the Durham Community Foundation suggests that we let their donation ride until we find 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




Jim Patterson reported that his grandson was Class Valedictorian and the top Calculus student.  He contributed $100 in honor of his grandson.


Roy Ellis, K. R. Robertson and Mike Wacker had missed a meeting, but I didn’t hear where they were assessed the usual $10


Must Be Present to Win Drawing:


Jen Liu drew the name tonight.  He drew Robert Olea’s name.  However, Robert was not present to win.




Our speaker this evening William "Bill" Sims Curry.  Bill Curry has a long and varied career in government contracting.  He managed the sub-contract for two parts of the Hubble Space Telescope. He has conducted workshops on contracting and ethics based upon books, research papers and articles he has authored. The focus of Bill's talk was on managing subcontracts for the Hubble Space telescope and interactions he had with an astronaut.


He showed photos of distant nebula, galaxies and stars taken by the Hubble Space telescope



From Rotary International:


International Rotary convention brings 24,000 people to Toronto 


Most multi-cultural convention to be held in the city


TORONTO – The 109th annual international Rotary convention will take place in Toronto on June 23–27, and is expected to bring 24,000 Rotary club members from over 175 countries to the city – injecting an estimated $48.5 million CAD into the local economy. 

Accredited journalists are invited to cover the Rotary convention and events (June 23-27).  Media Passes are required to gain access to the exhibit hall and general session speeches. To apply for a Media Pass, please fill out the registration form. You may also request a Media Pass onsite upon presenting valid media accreditation at the Press Center at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (Room 401) starting on June 23.   

Often described as a “mini-United Nations,” Rotary’s fifth convention in Toronto will transform the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and Air Canada Centre into a cultural mosaic as the organization’s global network of volunteers gather to exchange ideas on how to improve lives and bring positive, lasting change to communities around the world. 

Registrants will engage in workshops and hear from a lineup of world-class speakers, including Helen Clark, former prime minister of New Zealand, former administrator of the United Nations Development Programme; Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general, World Health Organization and Caryl Stern, president and CEO of UNICEF. 

Organized by Rotary International in conjunction with the Toronto Host Organizing Committee of local Rotary members, registrants of the convention will also get to experience Toronto’s hospitality with visits to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada and the historic Distillery District.  Highlights will include:

Monday, June 18

·       Rotary Photo Exhibit (Nathan Phillips Square; June 18-27): Free and open to the public, this exhibit will showcase 26 images of Rotary members improving communities in Canada and around the world.   

Friday, June 22

·       9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Peacebuilding Summit (Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, Level 100, 105-107): The peace conference is an event open to the public that will explore how to create peace and inspire others to take action. 

·       10 a.m. Dr. Tererai Trent, Oprah Book Club author and founder, Tererai Trent International Foundation   

·       2 p.m. Positive Peace Breakout Session - local students will learn what positive peace means and how to incorporate it into their lives.  

·       3:30 p.m. The Pink Shirt Movement Breakout Session - One in five kids are affected by bullying according to Pink Shirt Day. This breakout session will raise awareness about the effects of bullying and teach students how to identify, peacefully confront and end bullying. 

Saturday, June 23 

·       8–9 a.m. Positive Peace Mapping (Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Olympic Park): 300-500 participants will display what positive peace looks like through an interactive outdoor activity at Olympic Park.

·       9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Peacebuilding Summit (Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, Level 100, 105-107): 

·       9 a.m. David Morley, President & CEO, UNICEF Canada

·       10 a.m. House of Friendship Grand Opening (Metro Toronto Convention Centre Level 800, Halls D&E, South Building): Hundreds of humanitarian projects will be on display from June 23-27. Photo-Op: Crowds of Rotary members will gather in their traditional cultural attire – from Indian Saris to West African Kente

Featured booth: Virtual Reality Booth (House of Friendship): Three immersive virtual reality experiences put you at the centre of polio immunization drives, and with a child growing up in a conflict zone. 

“I Dream of an Empty Ward” tells the inspiring story of Alokita, one of the last children in India to be paralyzed by polio. We journey with her as she takes her first steps in 11 years. Actress and Rotary polio ambassador Archie Panjabi introduces the film.

“One Small Act” takes us on the journey of a child whose world has been torn apart by conflict. We see the powerful impact that small acts of kindness can have on the life of one little girl.

See before it's available: “Two Drops of Patience” follows Rotary members and health workers on a special journey to see what it takes to immunize some of the hardest to reach children in Uganda. 

Sunday, June 24

10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Opening General Session (Air Canada Centre): 

·       10:40 a.m. The ceremony features a flag presentation of the 200 countries and regions where Rotary clubs serve their communities. 

·       11:20 a.m. Red Sky Group will perform a First Nations Cultural Ceremony 

·       11:40 a.m. Ontario Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell will welcome Rotary members to Toronto

·       12:00 p.m. Rotary International President Ian H.S. Riseley will deliver the keynote address

·       3:30-6 p.m. Second Seating of the General Session with a special guest  

Monday, June 25

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. General Session (Air Canada Centre):  

·       11:00 a.m.  Dr. Tedros   Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization

·       11:18 a.m.  Ann Gloag, Founder, Gloag Foundation and Freedom from Fistula Foundation

·       11:30 a.m.  Caryl Stern, President and CEO, UNICEF USA

Tuesday, June 26

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. General Session (Air Canada Centre):

·       10:13 a.m.  Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States (2001-2009)

Wednesday, June 27

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. General Session (Air Canada Centre): 

·       11:00 a.m. Helen Clark, Former prime minister of New Zealand, former administrator of the United Nations Development Programme

·       5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Closing Plenary Session (Air Canada Centre)


“Toronto is a perfect fit for our convention. Rotary, much like the Queen City, is made up of people from different cultural backgrounds and walks of life,” said Ian H.S. Riseley, president of Rotary International. “We are honored to be hosted in a city that values and celebrates diversity.”

“Toronto is honoured to host 24,000 Rotarians this summer,” said Johanne Bélanger, President and CEO of Tourism Toronto. “The Rotary International Convention will bring an estimated $48.5 million in economic impact to the region, but more than that, Rotary will be bringing the world to Toronto with more than 175 countries taking part. This reflects Toronto sense of welcome, diversity and inclusion.” 

“We are honoured to host the Rotary International Convention”, said Barry Smith, President and CEO of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. “Our Centre is committed to making a positive impact in the community and we look forward to welcoming delegates from around the world who take action to create lasting change in communities across the globe.”


For video footage and still images of past Rotary International conventions and humanitarian efforts go to

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact: 

Amanda Federchuk: +1 (416) 355-7410, 

Chanele Williams: +1 (847) 866-3466, 

About Rotary: Rotary brings together a global network of community leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. We connect 1.2 million members from more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in almost every country in the world. Their service improves lives both locally and internationally, from helping those in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. Toronto’s first Rotary convention took place 94 years ago, with subsequent conventions in 1942, 1964 and 1983. 

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