Rotary International


Barry Rassin

Rotary District 5160 Governor:

Jon Dwyer

Durham Rotary President:
David Jessen


Rowel Editor: Phil Price
Rowel Publisher: Jen Liu




August 7, 2018


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


2018                                        Calendar for Durham Rotary


 1 2 3 4
5 6 7
Camp Venture Student Presentation
(Mike Wacker)
8 9 10 11
12 13 14
Set Net Fishing in Alaska

(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


2 3 4
No meeting due to Labor Day
5 6 7 8
9 10 11
Harvest Festival Planning Meeting at Durham Community Park
12 13 14 15
Harvst Festival Field Preparation at Durham Community Park
Harvest Festival at Durham Community Park
17 18
No Meeting
19 20 21 22
23 24 25
Jon Dwyer, District Governor Visit
26 27 28 29

President Dave Jessen opened the meeting, at the BCCC.  He asked Steve Plume to lead the pledge, which he did.  Dave then asked Mary Sakuma (visiting from Chico Rotary) to led us in singing.  She led us in singing “My Country Tis of Thee”.   Jim Patterson then gave the invocation.


President Dave reported at training session to be held in Redding on September 29th.  See the information under Reports and Announcements below.


President Dave also asked for a motion to donate $1,000 to fire victims.  The motion was made and passed.  See the email from Johnathan Dwyer in Reports and Announcements below.




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


August 21st:


August 28th:  Mike Crump will present Dennis Schmidt, Butte County Director of Public Works.


September 4th: No eeting due to Labor Day


September 11th:  Harvest Festival Planning Meeting at Durham Community Park


September 15th:  Harvst Festival Field Preparation at Durham Community Park


September 16th:  HARVEST FESTIVAL


September 18th: No Meeting.


September 25th:  District Governor Jon Dwyer will visit.


October 2nd:  Club Assembly regarding the Harvest Festival


October 7th: 


October 16th:


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


Paul Harris Fellowship Presentation


Larry Bradley present a second Paul Harris Fellowship to Dave Jessen.  He noted that when you donate $100 a year you become a Paul Harris sustaining member.  When you have donated $1,000 you become a Paul Harris Fellow.


Ducky Derby


Roy Ellis passed around Ducky Derby tickets to buy and/or sell.  They are $5 per duck.  Our club gets $4 from each duck sold.  We use it to support the High School Sober Grad Night.  Each ticket can be used for as many ducks as you want to mark on the ticket and pay for.  You get a duck for each duck you pay for.  The Derby will be held September 30th, when members of the Redding East Club will dump all the ducks into the Sacramento River in Redding.




Ravi Saip introduced Mary Sakuma, from Chico Rotary.  Eric Hoiland introduced former member and member to be, Mike Crump since Ravi didn’t.  Ravi thought he was already a member.

Jim Patterson had no visitors at his table.

Mike Wacker introduced Camp Venture students, Adin DuBose and Anna King.  He also introduced Beri Kasper the organizer of Camp Venture and a member of the Concord-Diablo Club. 

Glenn Pulliam introduced Jennie DuBose, mother of Adin DuBose and Thomas Davis, father of Anna King. 




Has not been reported to me, but we will have a meeting at BCCC.


Foundation Election of Chairperson


Following this meeting there was a meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Rotary Club of Durham.  At the meeting the Board elected Glenn Pulliam as the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Rotary Club of Durham.




Harvest Festival


There was a Harvest Festival Committee Meeting before this meeting. 


Larry Bradley reported that the Car Show is set.  We have 15-16 vendors and more coming.  The problem remains getting sponsors.  As Steve Heithecker reported last week we are way behind in getting sponsors, so get to work.  Also some of the past sponsors are donating less.


Email from Jonathan Dwyer about the Fire.


Some of you may have seen either on the D-5160 Facebook page or the lower left corner of the Main District 5160 Website front page a photo of a garden with the caption “A Rotary Club is like a garden, to learn more look for next month’s newsletter”. This was posted 2 or 3 weeks ago and our (Bonnie’s and my) intent was to start a string of notes every couple of months or so highlighting how the basics that lead to a garden thriving and being productive are not unlike the basics of a thriving Rotary Club.

The events of the past ten days or so in Redding have caused me to put the garden discussion on the shelf for a bit. Instead I’d like to offer some thoughts.

I have never in my life been more proud of a group of people than of what I have witnessed over the past week or so. I especially want to recognize three of the Redding Club Presidents for their tireless efforts: Maureen Gaynor (Redding West), Greg Dunbar (Redding), Joe Chimenti (Redding East). Not sure exactly, but at the most they had presided over maybe 2 or 3 Club meetings of the new Rotary year before having their well thought out plans for the year be completely upended. Now they were being asked to help organize a way for Rotarians to provided support to those that were displaced or experienced significant losses. It seemed to me that I got the note with the links to the funds only a few minutes after the note confirming the meeting time. I have no doubt that there are dozens of others involved in the process as well because that is what Rotarians do.

I also want to give a shout out to my DG classmate Barb Spangler from District 5130 (Sonoma County to Oregon border). She was one of the first people to call me to ask “what can we do to help?”. She has pointed us to a number of folks in her District that went thru the Santa Rosa (and other) fires and have been very helpful as much with “what did not work” as the “here’s what did”. Knowing what their folks went thru, she calls me every couple of days to ‘check in’. The rest of my classmates from here in Zones 25 & 26 have also reached out as has our Director John Matthews. Links to the places to donate have been placed on our District website and have been communicated to all the Districts in our two Zones.

Pam & Brian Gray; Pam was DG when the Boles fire in Weed happened. Probably the most helpful comment: “In a few months when all the urgency of the immediate responses and focus goes away or moves on to the next thing, help and support can be even more critical.”

I’m pretty sure that I have overlooked folks that I’ve communicated with and I also know that there are many more involved that I’ll never cross paths with. Apologies for the ones I have left out and sincere, sincere thanks to all that have rolled up the sleeves and pitched in. I’m also confident however, that the healing and recovery process will take a long time, and that Rotarians will need to be and will be there for as long as it takes.

Rotary President Barry’s theme for this year is “Be the Inspiration”. I cannot adequately express how the Rotarians in Redding and in the rest of District 5160 and surrounding Districts are being an inspiration for me and everyone that they come in contact with.

Take care and be safe.




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.




Glenn Pulliam contributed a total of $50 for his 37th anniversary and missing the last meeting while attending a Chico Heat game with his church.

Ravi Saip had a song for his birthday, which the club sang led by Mary Sakuma, so contributed $7.

K. R. Robertson also elected a song for his birthday, which the club sang, so contributed $7.

Daryl Polk announced that his twin brother had a birthday.  He paid $10 for his birthday 3 minutes earlier.


Must Be Present to Win Drawing:


President Dave asked Ravi Saip to draw the name.  He drew Robert Olea’s name, who was not present.




Mike Wacker introduced our Camp Venture students.  They were Anna King and Adin DuBose.  Each spoke about their entrepreneurial projects at Camp Venture and the elements that go into developing a project and turning it into a successful business.




Mike also introduce Bari Kasper from the Concord-Diablo Club.  She runs Camp Venture having been part of the group that started the camp in the mid-1990s.  She spoke about Camp Venture and the beginning of it.  She thanked us for sending two students.  Most of the clubs (about 20) that participate send one, although there is one club that sends 4 (they have 2 high schools and send 2 from each).



From Rotary International:


Gladiator’ stars reunite at End Polio Now event

By Ryan Hyland



Actor Russell Crowe and Italian soccer star Francesco Totti attend a special screening of the Oscar-winning movie "Gladiator" inside the Colosseum in Rome, Italy. Proceeds of the event went to End Polio Now. 

Courtesy of CineConcertsMusacchio&Ianniello


Co-stars of "Gladiator" Russell Crowe and Connie Nielsen walk the red carpet in Rome for a special End Polio Now fundraising event. 

Courtesy of CineConcertsMusacchio&Ianniello


A 65-foot HD screen was erected in the Colosseum to show "Gladiator" to more than 300 people. 

Courtesy of CineConcertsMusacchio&Ianniello


An End Polio Now blimp circles the Colosseum during a special screening of "Gladiator"

Courtesy of CineConcertsMusacchio&Ianniello


Italian actress and director Maria Grazia Cucinotta walks the red carpet at the End Polio Now fundraising event inside the Colosseum in Rome, Italy. She is also a Rotary polio ambassador. 

Courtesy of CineConcertsMusacchio&Ianniello


A "Gladiator" fan walks the red carpet for a special screening of the movie inside the Colosseum in Rome, Italy. Proceeds of the event went to End Polio Now. 

Courtesy of CineConcertsMusacchio&Ianniello


Cast and crew of "Gladiator" reunite on the red carpet at the Colosseum in Rome, Italy. 

Courtesy of CineConcertsMusacchio&Ianniello


Co-stars of "Gladiator" Russell Crowe, Connie Nielsen, and Tomas Arana reunite on the red carpet in Rome, Italy, during a special screening their hit movie. 

Courtesy of CineConcertsMusacchio&Ianniello

Actor Russell Crowe and co-stars of the Oscar-winning movie “Gladiator” gathered 6 June for a special End Polio Now fundraising event inside the Colosseum in Rome, Italy. 

Produced by CineConcerts and presented by Forum Music Village, Gladiator in Concert: Live at the Colosseum, showed the 2000 movie on a 65-foot HD screen to more than 300 people. 

During the screening, conductor Justin Freer led the Italian Cinema Orchestra with vocal soloist and co-composer Lisa Gerrard in performing the entire soundtrack live to picture with the images, dialogue, and special effects preserved. Guests included, Italian actress and Rotary polio ambassador Maria Grazia Cucinotta, celebrity chef Cristina Bowerman, local Rotary members, Italian dignitaries, and “Gladiator” fans who purchased tickets to support Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign. The event was spearheaded by Rotarian Alberto Cecchini, a member of the Rotary Club of Roma Nord-Est, Italy.

More than $500,000 was raised for polio eradication efforts.  

Crowe, who won an Academy Award for his performance, was joined by fellow castmates Connie Nielsen and Tomas Arana. Italian soccer star Francesco Totti and some of his AS Roma teammates attended the event and signed jerseys that were auctioned off. 

“The event is not just about reuniting with Russell and other cast members … but also to raise awareness about Rotary International’s work in ending polio forever,” Nielsen said during the event. “I believe we all have the collective power and responsibility to help empower those around the world, and promoting health care is essential.” 


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