Rotary International


Barry Rassin

Rotary District 5160 Governor:

Jon Dwyer

Durham Rotary President:
David Jessen


Rowel Editor: Phil Price
Rowel Publisher: Jen Liu




July 24, 2018


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


2018                                        Calendar for Durham Rotary


1 2 3
No Meeting
4 5 6 7
8 9 10
Reports from Camp Royal Students 2018
11 12 13 14
15 16 17
David Little, Editor of Chico ER
18 19 20 21
22 23 24
(Steve Plume)
25 26 27 28
29 30 31
(Dayrl Polk)


 1 2 3 4
5 6 7
Camp Venture Student Presentation
(Mike Wacker)
8 9 10 11
12 13 14
Mike Pembroke on "The Thread to Exceptional Leadership"
(Jen Liu)
15 16 17 18
19 20 21
22 23 24 25
26 27 28
Mike Crump will present Dennis Schmidt, Butte County Director of Public Works
29 30 31

Your editor was not present at the meeting.  Thanks to Jim Kirks and anyone who assisted him, for putting this Rowel together on his own.


President Dave Jessen called the meeting to order.  He asked Ravi Saip to lead the pledge to the flag.  Then Pres. Dave lead Durham Rotarians in “God Bless America.”  Pres. Dave called on Rev. Jim Patterson to deliver the invocation




July 31st: Daryl Polk will present a program


August 7th:  Mike Wacker will present our Camp Venture students.


August 14th: Jen Liu will present Pembroke on "The Thread to Exceptional Leadership"


August 21st:


August 28th:


September 4th:


September 11th:


September 16th:  HARVEST FESTIVAL


September 18th: No Meeting.


September 25th:  District Governor Jon Dwyer will visit.


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






Pres. Dave asked Rev Jim Patterson to introduce the guest at his table.  Rev. Jim introduced former Durham Rotarian Mike Crump, a Past President of Durham Rotary Club.  Rev. Jim announced that Mike would be rejoining Durham Rotary.

There were no guests at the other tables.


Rotary Club of Durham, CA, New Member Posting


The following have been proposed as new members of Durham Rotary:


Mike Crump

Bob Adolf


Daryl Polk will have a program for next week. 




District Fall Seminars

As we start another Rotary year, we look forward to more great fun and fellowship with you! This year we’ll gather for our Fall Seminars in two convenient locations. Be sure to SAVE the DATE for the Fall Seminar closest to you.

Saturday, Sept. 29 - Redding, CA - Simpson University OR Saturday, Oct. 13 - Fairfield, CA - Rodriguez High School

Why should I, you ask?? :  Maybe your club wants to start hosting youth exchange students or an Interact Club.  Maybe you want to learn the secret strategies from clubs that are kicking it in membership and foundation success.  Maybe you’re ready to learn how to take & post the perfect Facebook photo or even how ONE Rotarian really can change the world.  Or you may simply want to hang out with your favorite Rotarians and get that FREE LUNCH.  Whatever your interests, we’ve got you covered! So Save the Date and watch for your personal invitation by email  later in July!

 Bev Stupek & Patricia Bergman, District Training Committee.



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.




Steve Plume volunteered $25.00 for going to visit his father in Denver.

Pres. Dave called on Mike Wacker.  Mike shared that the went with the Chico Elks RV group to Hat Creek.  The visited the SETI radio telescopes that are seeking signals from extraterrestrial life.  Mike volunteered $10.00.

Pres. Dave called on Jen Liu who did a horse back trip with the Comanche Riders in the Lake Almanor region.  Jen responded that he had already paid for the horse back trip and thought he should get a refund.

KR Robertson volunteered that he went to Washington and Oregon to visit family.  KR agreed to donate $10.00.

John Moss spent a week at Lake Almanor and missed two meetings.  John volunteered to contribute $20.00.

Glenn Pulliam missed two meetings and volunteered to give $20.00 to the Club.

Pres. Dave volunteered to donate $100.00 to The Rotary Foundation for the two week RV trip he made to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons.  They met their daughter and grandson.  He also visited Salt Lake City.  Pres. Dave drove over 3,0000 miles pulling a travel trailer.



Tuesday, July 31st, Ravi Saip will bring Ed Holahan to share pictures about the Chico Air Museum.

Tuesday, August 7th, Mike Wacker will present the Camp Venture Kids who will share the business projects.


Must Be Present to Win Drawing:


Ravi Saip was present to win $10.00.




Steve Plume’s program bailed on him and Steve became the program.  He spoke about his experience on a Kibbitz in the new State of Israel.  Zionism developed with many members becoming Socialist.  The primary goal of Zionism was to re-establish a Jewish homeland.

Steve worked his way around Europe and it was the coldest winter in 100 years.  He was freezing and met a fellow who had worked at a Kibbitz in sunny warm Israel.   Steve got on a ship to go to Haifa and then took a bus to the southern tip of Israel to find the Kibbitz.  On the bus Steve saw a woman with a number tattooed on her arm.  This was a sight that affected Steve greatly.

During the Ottoman era, Jewish immigrants to Palestine from Europe bought swampy land near the Sea of Galilee.  They drained the swamp and created the first Kibbitz.

Yiddish is the universal language for Jewish People.  Zionists promoted the learning and speaking of Hebrew.

The Kibbitz Steve joined had the purest Marxist Leninist Dialectic.  There were no wages. There was a collective dining room.  If you needed something the Kibbitz gave it to you.

There were few pubic schools.  Most schools were associated with political parties.  Military service was compulsory.  Upon graduation from high school, young men and women served two years on active duty.

Steve contemplated staying in Israel, but decided to return to the United States were there was less regulation of one’s life.



From Rotary International:


A princess, 3 prime ministers, and a former first lady join 25,000 in Toronto to celebrate Rotary’s good work and plan more of it

By Arnold R. Grahl and Geoff Johnson Photos by Alyce Henson

Toronto, the Capital of Nice, opened its arms this week to welcome 25,188 Rotarians from around the world, who came to Rotary’s annual convention looking for inspiration — and finding it.

Whether it was by seeing old friends in the hallways, making new connections in the House of Friendship, or listening to eloquent speakers at general sessions, attendees found plenty at the 109th Rotary International Convention to remind them of the fellowship that binds them and the diversity that Rotary embodies.

“Now, we are sisters forever,” said Rhonda Panczyk, of the Rotary Club of Rochester, Michigan, USA, after spotting and embracing Ijeoma Pearl Okoro, past governor of District 9141 (Nigeria). The two women had met at the West African Project Fair last year, partnered on an immunization drive, and kept in touch on Facebook.

Canadia Prime Minister Justin Trudeau thanks Rotary for its work to eradicate polio. See all videos from the convention

First-time convention goer Serge Sourou OGA from Ghana said that meeting people from all over the world was definitely the highlight of the convention for him.

During the four-day event in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, speakers praised, prodded, and partnered with Rotary. Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, expressed thanks to Rotary for taking a central role in working to eradicate polio. Former first lady of the United States Laura Bush challenged Rotarians to keep early childhood education a priority.

Helen Clark, former prime minister of New Zealand and one of the architects of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, joined RI President Ian H.S. Riseley for a discussion about gender equality and the crucial link between the environment, poverty, hunger, and peace. 

In a video message, Haitian Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant addressed the convention before the announcement of the creation of HANWASH, a collaboration between Rotary and the Haitian government’s water agency that will tackle that nation’s water and sanitation challenges. 

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, accepting Rotary’s Polio Eradication Champion Award, thanked Rotary for working with governments worldwide to eradicate polio. Rotarians play a critical role in the fight to end polio, Trudeau said. “Together we will make that happen.”

The convention got its unofficial start Friday, 22 June, with a two-day Rotary Peacebuilding Summit that featured a speech from Dr. Tererai Trent and insights into Rotary’s partnership with the Institute for Economics and Peace.

Monday’s general session included powerful personal stories from John Hewko, Rotary’s general secretary, and Caryl M. Stern, president and CEO of UNICEF USA. Both had parents who had fled Europe as refugees during wartime. In the sessions that followed, other speakers discussed various aspects of Rotary’s six areas of focus.

More than 25,000 people attended Rotary's 109th international convention this week in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 

Rotary is about service, and Rotarians had plenty of opportunities to be inspired to do bigger and better projects during the general sessions and breakout sessions.

LeapFrog co-founder Jim Marggraff, of the Rotary Club of Lamorinda Sunrise, California, USA, described the Dari and Pashto versions of the popular education tablet that his company created to teach Afghan women literacy skills. Marggraff also talked about the ways his company has been partnering with Rotary to develop virtual reality technology to advance service efforts.

Dr. Isis Mejias, a former Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and member of the Rotary E-Club of Houston, Texas, USA, stressed the importance of water, sanitation, and hygiene. And former Rotary Youth Exchange student Dr. Jane Nelson explained how Rotary can work with the business community to make a difference in economic development. 

The convention was also filled with enthusiastic young men and women who had gathered to celebrate Rotaract’s 50th birthday. 

The convention concluded Wednesday with an appearance by the Fab Fourever, who sang, in German, two early songs by the Beatles. The Beatles honed their performance skills in Hamburg, the site of next year’s convention.

John T. Blount, the 2019 Hamburg convention chair, encouraged each person at the Air Canada Centre to take a selfie with the person next to them and send it to a friend with the message, “We’re having a great time in Toronto and want to see you next year in Hamburg.”

Sixteen former Rotary presidents and their partners appeared on stage, and Rotary’s next president, Barry Rassin, motivated convention goers by speaking on his 2018-19 theme: Be the Inspiration.

And in a gracious gesture to his successor, Riseley finished his closing remarks by urging listeners: “It is vital that we be the inspiration.”

The 2019 Rotary International Convention will meet in Hamburg, Germany, 1-5 June.


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