Rotary International


Barry Rassin

Rotary District 5160 Governor:

Jon Dwyer

Durham Rotary President:
David Jessen


Rowel Editor: Phil Price
Rowel Publisher: Jen Liu




August 28, 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 Jim Kirks to lead the pledge, which he did.  Dave then asked Larry Bradley to lead us in singing.  He led us in singing “God Bless America”.   Jim Patterson then gave the invocation.


Roy Ellis again talked about the Ducky Derby tickers.  For our club it is really a fundraiser for Sober Grad Night.  We get $4 of every $5 ticket sold.  So sell them or buy them




September 4th:  No Meeting


September 11th:  Harvest Festival Preparation at the Durham Park.


September 15th:  Set up in the 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.






Jim Kirks introduced visitor Bob Adolf, a prospective member.


Steve Plume introduced Mark Brusie, of the Chico Club


Mike Crump introduced Dennis Schmidt, Butte County Director of Public Works.


Larry Bradley introduced Hailey Corona, Durham 4-H member, and her mother Stacy Corona.  He also introduced Hunter Haslem, member of Durham 4-H and her parents, Marshal and Felicia Haslem.





Hailey and Felicia then spoke about 4-H in Durham.  The two separate clubs are combining.  But they need financial help and projects.  They are willing to help us during the Harvest Festival.





There will be NO meeting on September 4th due to Labor Day.   


The next meeting will be September 11th IN THE PARK.  It will be Harvest Festival preparation.


The Harvest Festival will be Sunday, September 16th with set up in the Park on Saturday, September 15th.  All must be present.



Harvest Festival


Larry Bradley reported that plans for the Harvest Festival continuing to progress.  The problem has been sponsors.  That is picking up.  So far $7950 to date with several commitments.  However, we need more.  Some past sponsors are contributing less.  Eric Hoiland reported that he has 22 vendors so far, with more to come.




Paradise Rotary Airplane and Car Show


The GREAT Rotary Club of Paradise is having an event coming up QUICK!!


On Saturday, Sept 8 we are having our annual (this is our second one) Airplane and Car show!! We have 3 different style caterers! We have 4 bars – BEER, Wine (some are good), Margarita, and Martini!! We have 3 BANDS too!! One is an old time “Letterman Sisters” type, 40’s and 50’s – very entertaining. One is DECADES, a well-known dance band that perform a lot around this area. And Holly – a quiet folk type singer.


The FLY IN is just $10 per CAR LOAD and that will be noon to 3 pm. We will have water, soda, and probably a food truck for snacks. At 3 pm we clear them out.


Then, at 6 pm is the PARTY and the rest on the event. Cost is just $50 per person – such a DEAL! And if you know anyone that has a great car they want to show, the car, and the driver get in for FREE!! Still time to get a few GOOD cars in.


So, please come to this GREAT event! Bring some friends!! Announce to your CLUB! If there is a cool plane that you know of, they can still register as well!! Past District Governor George Chaffey will be coming up from Concord to show his prized plane!!! Possibly 3 helicopters! A BI PLANE, with possible BI PLANE rides!!


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 reported that his family has spent their anniversary at Lake Tahoe, but since he had already be recognized for his anniversary, he was not asked for a further contribution.


Jen Liu confessed that his anniversary will be the day of our next meeting.  President Dave is apparently going to wait until then to request a contribution.


Larry Bradley reported that his daughter had a baby girl last week.  Her name is Logan Jane.  The usual hat was passed and collected $160 which Larry will match for the child.


Must Be Present to Win Drawing:


Steve Plume drew Roy Ellis’ name.  He was present to win the drawing of that name.




Mike Crump introduce Dennis Schmidt, Butte County Director of Public Works.  Dennis spoke about the various projects the County is working on or which are in the planning stages.  He also spoke about Proposition 1 which is providing a lot of the funding for these projects and the effect of Proposition 6, which, if approved by the voters this year, will remove most of the funding for these projects.


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 million 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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