Rotary International


Barry Rassin

Rotary District 5160 Governor:

Jon Dwyer

Durham Rotary President:
David Jessen


Rowel Editor: Phil Price
Rowel Publisher: Jen Liu




August 14, 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 Phil Price to lead the pledge, which he did.  Dave then asked Larry Bradley to lead us in singing.  He led us in singing “America”.   Jim Patterson then gave the invocation.


It has been proposed that we assist the Class of ’71 (Rian Farley) in replacing the Bar B Que at the Durham Park.  We will consider it more formally when we have an estimate of the cost.




August 21st:   ?????


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


September 4th: No meeting 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 9th:  No Meeting due to Columbus Day.


October 16th:


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




We had none.  In fact only 10 members were present, although an eleventh showed up late. 




Hasn’t been reported to me yet, but it will be at the BCCC.


Note to members doing programs: if it does not get reported to me before the Rowel press time, it will not get reported.  Rowel press time is 9:00 am Wednesday morning, although sometimes I do not get to it until Thursday morning, like this week.  Still I received no email about next week’s program.




Harvest Festival


Larry Bradley reported that plans for the Harvest Festival were progressing.  He said that Roy Ellis had reported to him that the food orders were under control.  The problem was sponsors.  We need more.  Some past sponsors are contributing less.  We currently have only $3900 although there are some still coming, but not enough.  Glenn has been in contact with Sierra Nevada and Jen has contacted Feather River Brewing.


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.




Mike Wacker asked that the Grinder be auctioned, because he needs it for later this month.  It wasn’t present.  The last successful bidder was Chris Hatch at the June 4th meeting.  He wasn’t here tonight.  So it was auctioned in his absence.  It got into a spirited contest between Mike Wacker and Steve Plume.  Mike got it for $80.  So bring it next week, Chris.


Steve Heithecker was recognized for missing the last meeting, in the amount of $10.


It was noted the John Moss was late to the meeting, but he was not asked to contribute.


Must Be Present to Win Drawing:


President Dave asked Jen Liu to draw the name.  He drew your editor’s name, who was present.  Gee, the second time in three weeks.  How about next week?




Jen Liu’s program for the night bailed out, so Jen did a program that he said he had presented several years ago.  I didn’t remember it, but maybe I missed the meeting.  Anyway it was all about set net fishing in Ekuk, a small town in southern Alaska.  It was actually quite fascinating. 



From Rotary International:

Rotary announces US $96.5 million to end polio

EVANSTON, Ill. (August 15, 2018) — Rotary today announced nearly $100 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed hundreds of thousands of children each year. 

The announcement comes as Nigeria marks two years without any reported cases of wild poliovirus, following four reported cases in 2016.

“The fact that no new cases of wild poliovirus have been detected in Nigeria points to the improved surveillance and rapid response protocols Rotary and its Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners have established, particularly in insecure and inaccessible areas,” said Michael K. McGovern, chair of Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee. “While this progress is promising, it’s time to redouble our efforts so we can continue to maintain the political and financial support necessary to end polio for good.”

While significant strides have been made against the paralyzing disease, wild poliovirus is still a threat in parts of the world, with 10 cases in Afghanistan and three cases in Pakistan this year so far. As long as a single child has polio, all children are at risk, which underscores the need for ongoing funding and political commitment to eradication.

To support polio eradication efforts in countries where polio remains endemic, Rotary is allocating the majority of the funds it announced today to Afghanistan ($22.9 million), Pakistan ($21.7 million), and Nigeria ($16.1 million). 

Further funding will support efforts to keep 12 vulnerable African countries polio-free:

·       Cameroon ($98,600)

·       Central African Republic ($394,400)

·       Chad ($1.71 million)

·       Democratic Republic of the Congo ($10.4 million)

·       Guinea ($527,300)

·       Madagascar ($690,000)

·       Mali ($923,200)

·       Niger ($85,300)

·       Sierra Leone ($245,300)

·       Somalia ($776,200)

·       South Sudan ($3.5 million)

·       Sudan ($2.6 million)

Africa will also see $5.8 million in funding for surveillance activities and $467,800 for technical assistance. Additional funding will go to Bangladesh ($504,200), Indonesia ($157,800), Myanmar ($197,200), and Nepal ($160,500), with an additional $96,300 funding surveillance in Southeast Asia. The remainder of the funding ($6.6 million) will go to the World Health Organization (WHO) for research activities.

Rotary has committed to raising $50 million a year to be matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, yielding $450 for polio eradication activities over a three-year period. To date, Rotary has contributed more than $1.8 billion to fight the disease, including matching funds from the Gates Foundation, and countless volunteer hours since launching its polio immunization program, PolioPlus, in 1985. In 1988, Rotary became a core partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative with the WHO, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Gates Foundation later joined. Since the initiative launched, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases in 1988 to 22 confirmed in 2017. 

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