Rotary International


Barry Rassin

Rotary District 5160 Governor:

Jon Dwyer

Durham Rotary President:
David Jessen


Rowel Editor: Phil Price
Rowel Publisher: Jen Liu




July 31, 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

President Dave Jessen opened the meeting, at the BCCC.  He asked K. R. Robertson to lead the pledge, which he did.  Dave then asked Larry Bradley to led us in singing.  He led us in singing “My Country Tis of Thee”.   Jim Patterson then gave the invocation.




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


August 14th:  Jen Liu will present Mike 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.






Ravi Saip introduced Ed Holohan, his program for the night.  He also introduced Mike Crump, former member and soon to be member.




Mike Wacker will have our Camp Venture students here to tell us about their experiences at Camp Venture.


Rotary Club of Durham, CA, New Member Posting


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


Mike Crump

Bob Adolf


Notice of Foundation Election of Chairperson


There will be a meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Rotary Club of Durham for the purpose of electing the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Rotary Club of Durham held at the during the meeting of the Club on August 7, 2018 at 6:00 pm.  The current Chairperson is Roy Ellis. 


All members of the Board of Trustees need to be present.  They are:


Roy Ellis (term expires 6/30/21)

Jim Patterson (term expires 6/30/19)

Mike Wacker (term expires 6/30/20)

Dave Jessen (Club President)

Steve Plume (Club Treasurer)

Glenn Pulliam (Club Secretary)




Harvest Festival


NOTE:  There will be a Harvest Festival Committee Meeting and 5:00 pm before next week’s meeting.


Steve Heithecker reports that we are way behind in getting sponsors, so get to work.  Also some of the past sponsors are donating less.


Eric Hoiland reported that vendors are coming along.  He has 16-18 now, with more coming.


Larry Bradley reports that Butte 211 Assist wants a table.


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.




Phil Price donated $10 for missing the last meeting.

Eric Hoiland contributed $50 for missing meetings while spending 3 weeks in Costa Rica.

Larry Bradley missed a meeting while in Monterey Bay.  He admitted that he had had his 41st anniversary.  So he contributed $61.  President Dave offered to pay the $1.  He also contributed $10 for failing to recognize Larry’s anniversary.

Steve Heithecker missed meetings visiting Hearst Castle and next week’s vacation.  He contributed $100 to become a Bell Ringer.


Must Be Present to Win Drawing:


President Dave asked Steve Heithecker to draw the name.  He drew your editor’s name and I

was present.




Ravi Saip introduced Ed Holohan who the volunteer at the Chico Air Museum and very involved in getting airplane donations to Chico and in figuring out how to display them.  




From Rotary International:


Since 1993, Rotarians in Chile and the United States have teamed up to provide life-altering reconstructive surgeries

By Diana Schoberg Photos by Daniela Prado Sarasúa

Ricardo Román was shopping with his wife at a department store in Chile in 2012 when a woman in her early 20s approached him. He didn’t recognize her, he confesses through an interpreter, but there were two good reasons: He had last seen her more than a decade earlier – and her smile had changed drastically.


Surgeons Lena Pinillos, left, and James Lehman, talk with a father about his child.


The team evaluated 250 potential patients; the team selected patients based on need and the complexity of each surgery.


Román, a member of the Rotary Club of Reñaca, Chile, is the national coordinator of a  program that has helped thousands of children in Chile with cleft lips, cleft palates, and other birth defects – including this stranger who now wanted to give Román a hug.

“She told me, ‘This is my Rotarian smile,’” he recalls, his voice full of emotion. “It was a very gratifying moment.”

The project got its start in 1993 when San Francisco (California) Rotarians, led by Peter Lagarias and Angelo Capozzi, sponsored a medical mission that performed reconstructive surgeries in Chile. That was the beginning of Rotaplast, a program that evolved into a nonprofit organization that has since sent teams to 26 countries.

In 2004, Rotarians in Chile assumed leadership of the program in their country. Over the years, Chilean doctors became more involved and eventually the program expanded to include breast reconstruction for cancer patients.

“It’s a great commentary on Rotary that you’ve got people in a Spanish-speaking country and people in an English-speaking country working together to get things accomplished,” says James Lehman, a plastic surgeon who joined the Rotary Club of Fairlawn, Ohio, USA, after working with Rotarians in Chile.

She told me, ‘This is my Rotarian smile.’ It was a very gratifying moment.

Ricardo Román
Rotary Club of Reñaca, Chile

In February, Lehman and a team of U.S. surgeons, anesthesiologists, and nurses visited Iquique, a Pacific port city and tourist hot spot about 80 miles south of Chile’s northern border. With financial help from the nearby Collahuasi copper mine, local Rotarians coordinate and pay for the medical team’s food, lodging, and in-country transportation. (Visiting doctors pay for their flights between the United States and Chile; an Ohio-based nonprofit funds the travel of some support staff.)

More than 250 potential patients lined up early on a Saturday morning outside Ernesto Torres Galdames Hospital to try to get a spot on the team’s schedule. They had come from all over Chile, including a family who had traveled from Concepción, 1,400 miles to the south. About 600 children are born each year in Chile with cleft lips and palates, and though the government established eight centers to treat those abnormalities, the long wait list means corrective surgery can lie years in the future. “The demand exceeds the supply of people to take care of the patients,” Lehman explains.

Using four operating rooms – one for cleft lip or palate, one for ear reconstruction, one for breast reconstruction, and one for other issues – the team got to work. Patients were chosen based on need and on the complexity of the surgery. By the end of their stay, the surgeons and their staff had operated on 82 patients. In many cases, however, the complete reconstruction may take multiple surgeries, and some patients return several years in a row to complete the procedure.

But the final surgery doesn’t always signal an end to the relationship between a patient and Rotary. Román, who has coordinated the program since 2004, recalls an occasion involving the young woman he encountered in the department store. At Román’s invitation, she described her transformational cleft lip and palate surgeries at a Rotary district conference in Chile in 2012. Moved by her story, many in the crowd of 300 broke into tears, dazzled by her Rotarian smile.

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