Rotary International


Barry Rassin

Rotary District 5160 Governor:

Jon Dwyer

Durham Rotary President:
David Jessen


Rowel Editor: Phil Price
Rowel Publisher: Jen Liu




November 13, 2018


The  2019 Crab Feed will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2019


2018                                        Calendar for Durham Rotary


1 2
Club Assembly on Harvest Festival
(Larry Bradley)
3 4 5 6
7 8 9
No Meeting Due to Columbus Day
10 11 12 13
14 15
Monday Night Football at Round Table Pizza
17 18 19 20
21 22 23
Club Assembly
24 25 26 27
28 29 30
No Meeting



Foundation Dinner in Paradise (in place of November 6th meeting)
2 3
4 5 6
No Meeting
7 8 9 10
11 12 13
No Meeting
14 15 16 17
18 19 20
No Meeting
21 22 23 24
25 26 27
28 29 30

Since our next meeting is not until November 27th I thought I should publish a Rowel in the hiatus between the meetings.




November 13th.  No Meeting


November 20th:  No Meeting


November 27th:   Meeting


December 4th:  Christmas Party


December 11th:   Meeting


December 18th:   Meeting


December 25th:  No Meeting


January 1st:  No Meeting


January 8th:  Meeting


January 15th:  Crab Feed Preparation.


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





In the place of the November 6th meeting President Dave moved our meeting to November 1st at the Paradise Club’s FOUNDATION DINNER on Nov 1 in Paradise.  The only information I received about the Foundation Dinner was from Jim Kirks who reported that there were seven Rotarians and one Rotary Spouse at the Dinner.  He remember the following being present:  Glenn Pulliam, Ravi Saip, Pres. Dave Jessen and his wife, Mike Wacker, Steve Plume and Jim.


After Pancho gave an excellent talk about the value of performing service above self via Rotary Foundation projects, Paradise Rotary President and the District Governor presented a number of Paul Harris awards to Paradise Rotarians.


At the end of the awards presentation, the District Governor gave Jim a Paul Harris Society Member Certificate and a metal ribbon to attach to my Paul Harris pin.




There will be no meetings November 13th or 20th.  The next meeting will be on November 27th, after Thanksgiving.  It will be at the BCCC.

At the meeting Larry Bradley will be inducting a new member . After a club vote .  The new Durham school superintendent ,Lloyd Webb .   Perhaps we can all vote ahead of time via email or text to me . or text 5305202133.


The Camp Fire


Little did they know at the Foundation Dinner in Paradise that a week later the town of Paradise would not be there.


Ravi reports that his house escaped the fire.  My sister and my niece were not so lucky.


My niece’s home.


My sister’s home



Here is a communication from Immediate Past District Governor Gary Vilhauer

In the last couple of years, we have had the privilege of enjoying the lovely town of Paradise, its businesses and especially the people. We are devastated by their loss.

Our first adventure began on the Chico Wildflower Century Bike Ride and a climb up the narrow, twisting, lovely Honey Run Road, across town, a Sag stop at the Paradise Elementary School, and a spectacular ride down Pentz Road to Butte Valley.

As District Governor, return trips began with a drive across Butte Valley, sometimes covered in wildflowers, little streams of water and the twisting Clark Road into town. A trip down Skyway into Chico is rewarded with the spectacular overlook (our Facebook photo) and incredible Sunsets.

We have always looked forward to a night at the beautifully landscaped setting of the Ponderosa Gardens Motel and looked forward to a time when we could enjoy the setting under the trees and not rush off to some meeting. A walk to breakfast at the Kalico Kitchen with all the locals and an expresso at the Juice and Java started our days. Also, recently discovered was Joy Lyn’s Candy and the garden lover’s Mendon’s Nursery.

We have celebrated with the Paradise Rotary Club, women’s role in Rotary and heard Dr. Sylvia Whitlock, the first female President of a Rotary Club at a dinner at the Elks Lodge. We had a delicious Rotary Crab Fundraiser at the Community Center and won a bid on a basket of Joy Lyn’s Candy. We had a great meeting with the Rotary Leadership team and Club members at the Paradise Lutheran Church where they took their official Club photo.

And we have met some great Rotarians. We are overwhelmed by the challenges now facing Lauren Gill, Paradise Town Manager and Immediate Past Paradise Rotary President. While preparing and serving as Club President, Lauren was there at her Club and at District events passionately doing her Rotary job and at the same moment on her phone following all the latest crises in her town. The town and Rotary are lucky to have her.

We are especially thankful for the hospitality, camaraderie and sharing for District members at Taco Dinners hosted by Pam and Bryan Gray at their home. Past District Governor Pam has been instrumental in keeping the “friendship” strong in our District. Paradise Rotary President Bryan and Paradise Rotarians played an important role earlier this Fall in supporting our fellow Rotarians devastated by the fire in Redding.

And to the vibrant Rotary Club of Paradise this is a tribute to all you have given to your community, your District, and the world. We are so sorry for your personal and community loss. We know you will be together through this because this is who you are.

Thank-you Paradise for the joy you have given us. You are good people.

The Paradise Rotary Club is accepting donations to be used to assist people in the short and long term via The Paradise Rotary Foundation.

Donations should be made out to The Paradise Rotary Foundation and mailed c/o Scheer Memorial Chapel, 2410 Foothill Blvd, Oroville, Ca 95966. This is PDG Pam Gray’s Oroville business location.

Immediate Past District Governor and Governor Advisor

Gary and Leslie Vilhauer

The following is from President Dave:

I’m seeking support from the Durham Rotary Club in the amount of $5,000 to the Paradise Rotary Foundation for the Camp Fire 🔥 victims. Please let me know your view and Vote.  Thank you.       Dave

Please submit your vote to approve this donation to Dave at



Rotary Club of Durham, CA, New Member Posting


Lloyd Webb, Superintendent of Durham Schools, has been proposed as new member of Durham Rotary.  Larry Bradley is his sponsor.


4-Way Fest





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.


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.


A mother finishes paperwork for her son's surgery.


Lehman wears fanciful scrubs to get the kids to smile.


Preparing for surgery.


An anxious father waits on the floor in a hospital corridor; with so many surgeries, there are often more people than chairs. 


Cleft lip and palate have a hereditary component, but their precise cause is unclear.


During the February session, 82 patients underwent surgery. 


A mother comforts her child.


The team includes surgeons, nurses, an anesthesiologist, and a speech pathologist, as well as Rotaractors and Rotarians who handle logistics and translation.


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

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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