Rotary District 5160 Governor:
Durham Rotary President:
November 27, 2018
The 2019 Harvest Festival will be held on September 15, 2019
2018 Calendar for Durham Rotary
Foundation Dinner in Paradise (in place of November 6th meeting)
Emergency Meeting on Camp Fire support
Crab Feed Planning
Past President Larry Bradley, in Dave Jessen’s absence, opened the meeting at the BCCC. He asked Steve Heithecker to lead the pledge, which he did. He then led us in song. Jim Patterson then gave the invocation.
Larry has been purchasing wheelbarrows (30 to date) for Camp Fire survivors to use.
Larry announced that the proceeds of the Crab Feed Silent Auction will go to Camp Fire relief. Also, tickets will be signed out to members to sell. 300 tickets have been printed, each with a number, so we can keep better track of those sold and not over sell.
December 4th: Christmas Party
December 11th: Chris Hatch
December 18th: Roy Ellis
December 25th: No Meeting
January 1st: No Meeting
January 8th: Mike Crump
January 15th: Crab Feed Preparation. Steve Heithecker.
January 19th: Crab Feed
January 22nd. No Meeting
January 29th: Eric Hoiland
If a Tuesday is not listed above, there is no meeting that week.
The next meeting will be Christmas Party on December 4th.
Durham Rotary Christmas Party
6:00 PM Tuesday December 4th, 2018
Butte Creek Country Club
$26 per person
Caroling led by Larry Bradley
Jan Ellis’ Rotary Rotating Gift Exchange
(Participation optional) Bring one gift ($20 -$25 value) for each couple or single
This is a great opportunity to bring guests to a fun evening and to introduce them to Durham Rotary.
PLEASE RSVP today (No, Yes & how many) if you did not sign up at the meeting. Mike Wacker 891-6828 or email Mike@MikeWacker.com
VISITING ROTARIANS & GUESTS
Daryl Polk’s and Glenn Pulliam’s table had no guests so each member at the table contributed $1.00. Ravi Saip’s table had one of our Students of the Month, Dominic Griffith, and his grandfather Steve Lowe.
Student of the Month
Past President Larry Bradley told us a little about Dominic Griffith and then presented him with a Student of the Month certificate for October.
The Camp Fire
Here is a communication from District Governor John Dwyer:
This e-mail is going out to all Rotarians in District 5160.
About 10 days ago a communication was sent out asking for donations of backpacks and school supplies for the kids from Paradise that have lost everything. At the time we were told that the need was for 500, and we just went with what we were told. The response was amazing and in just few days the 500 goal was met. A group of folks spearheaded by Durham Rotarians got that first 500 stuffed with school supplies, etc, and they are ready to be distributed. Most of those 500 will be going to kids that will be attending schools in the Durham school District.
Now that everyone has had a little more time to get organized it has been determined that the need is for more in the range of 2500 - 3000 kids !!
We have a group of Rotarians that have found a source of backpacks and school supplies in large quantities and at a substantial discount. Even so they have estimated that the cost will be approximately $60,000, in effect about $ 20 per student.
A gofundme site has been established: https://www.gofundme.com/campfire-students As of a few minutes ago the total is approximately 12,000 or 20% of the goal. The site also contains photos of the folks involved in the original 500 backpacks.
We know a lot of individuals have already contributed to the fire relief via the Paradise Rotary Foundation as well as some Clubs from their foundations, etc. For those that have not or that have their contributions "ready to go", I'd ask that you consider directing them to this specific area of need.
If you were at your Club meeting when we did our Governor visit you heard me talk about how $18 changed the life of a child and family in El Salvador. Here's an opportunity for just about the same amount (~ $20 / student) to help kids right here in our own backyard.
I'm not sure that there could have been a better Rotary Theme for us this year. Everyone of you is Being the Inspiration !!!
See the flyer attached hereto. Print out multiple copies and distribute them to your friends and at work. Some employers have already matched the contributions of their employees.
REPORTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Glenn Pulliam in now the program chairperson. He passed around a program schedule for the balance of the year. It is also attached hereto. Check it for the date you have the program. If you have a problem with the date, contact Glenn.
Mike Wacker contributed $30.00 for his 30th wedding anniversary.
Jim Patterson celebrated a birthday in November. He contributed $10 for a song, so Larry led us in Happy Birthday.
Jen Liu missed two meeting while in Taiwan so he was assessed $25.00.
Ravi Saip contributed $20 for the newspaper report of his rejected offer of 3 planes to the CDF at the start of the Camp Fire. He also described the survival of his home in Paradise.
President Dave was assessed, in absentia, $10 for a mix up in the special meeting last week.
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.
Must Be Present to Win Drawing:
Daryl Polk drew his one name.
Was a general discussion of our Camp Fire relief efforts. Mike Wacker explained making donations to the student back pack project. See the attachment.
From Rotary International
Arnold R. Grahl
Dave McCleary was volunteering at a youth conference in 2012 when a young woman named Melissa explained how she had ended up in the sex trade.
She was living in a nice suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, USA, when a young man knocked on her door and offered her a job as a model. The man turned out to be a pimp, who lured her into prostitution through a combination of drugs, threats, and coercion.
“She was from my town, and was living in an apartment where my wife used to live before we got married,” remembers McCleary, a member of the Rotary Club of Roswell. “After the presentation, a member of my club gave her a big hug. I asked how he knew her, and he said she used to babysit his kids when she was 12. That’s when I realized this wasn’t someone else’s problem. This is happening all around us.”
McCleary is now co-chair of the Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery, which has been coordinating Rotary clubs’ efforts to fight slavery since 2013. A big challenge for the group has been motivating clubs to act. The immense scale of the problem can be daunting.
The Global Slavery Index estimates that, worldwide, 40.3 million people are subject to some form of slavery: bonded labor, forced labor, child slavery, sex trafficking, or forced marriage.
“I think many people ask, ‘What can I do? What impact can my small club possibly have?’” McCleary says.
One answer could come from the group’s recent collaboration with Freedom United, a nonprofit organization that has mobilized millions of partners, activists, and advocates through online campaigns to convince governments and companies to end slavery.
Through Freedom United’s website, Rotary clubs of any size can sign up to form “freedom rings,” which raise community awareness of slavery while sharing information with one another through an online platform. Freedom United helps the club plan a two-hour community event by arranging speakers that can include experts, survivors, and representatives of local nonprofits that are already fighting modern slavery. At the end of the event, people are invited to join the ring. The core team this creates then selects yearly projects to commit to.
“These rings are inspired out of a Rotary club but also pull from the larger community,” says Joe Schmidt, CEO of Freedom United. “We have a series of things they can choose to do. We ask them to keep it pretty simple and laser-focused on one particular project.”
Schmidt, who advises Delta Airlines on its anti-trafficking strategy, met McCleary through Delta’s involvement with Georgia Rotarians, including during the 2017 Rotary Convention in Atlanta.
Freedom United Executive Director Joanna Ewart-James and Advocacy Assistant Miriam Karmali hand out fliers at a flower show being held in London discussing the link between modern slavery and the sponsor of the flower show.
Rotary and community members gather for an education and engagement event called a Freedom Forum in Raleigh, North Carolina, to learn more about fighting modern slavery.
“Dave and I started to talk, and we recognized that there are maybe 200 to 400 groups just in the U.S. working on modern slavery topics. However, they are all disjointed with no common platform,” Schmidt says. “It sparked in us a connection between Freedom United’s interest in taking our massive online community down to the grassroots level and Rotary’s ability to provide hundreds of groups all over the world who would be foot soldiers in this fight.”
According to Schmidt, a ring in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, is planning an annual gala fundraiser, and one in Raleigh, North Carolina, is working on a walk/run to raise awareness. Another ring is organizing a “red sand project,” where volunteers sprinkle red sand in the cracks of city streets to represent all the people in the world who are enslaved.
Ian Rumbles, president-elect of the Rotary Club of Clayton, North Carolina, heard Schmidt speak at his district conference in April. His club is in the beginning stages of forming a ring.
“What resonated with me was hearing about the amount of domestic slavery and the number of people forced to work in farm fields in my own state,” says Rumbles. “The fact that people in our country were modern slaves made me think that I can only imagine the amount of slavery around the world.”
Schmidt says Rotary’s experience with polio eradication shows the ability of Rotary members to tackle tough issues.
Rotary’s patience in committing to a cause and its track record with polio have shown that Rotarians are willing to take mature, committed action toward long-term global change, even if it doesn’t give immediate gratifying results.
CEO of Freedom United
“Rotary’s patience in committing to a cause and its track record with polio have shown that Rotarians are willing to take mature, committed action toward long-term global change, even if it doesn’t give immediate gratifying results,” he says.
Rotary clubs have been supporting anti-slavery organizations for over a decade. In one of the larger efforts, 14 Rotary clubs led by the Rotary Club of Dunbar, Lothian, Scotland, opened a vocational training center for trafficking survivors in Kalimpong, India, in 2015. The project was funded in part by a Rotary Foundation grant. The group plans to add a home for women and girls freed from slavery.
McCleary is hoping that working with Freedom United will better lead to more.
“The great thing about Rotary is that even though we are international, we are community-based,” he adds. “So if there’s a need in a community, we have Rotary clubs there to make it happen.”
The Rotary International web site is: www.rotary.org
District 5160 is: www.rotary5160.org
The Durham Rotary Club site is: www.durhamrotary.org
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