Rotary International


Barry Rassin

Rotary District 5160 Governor:

Jon Dwyer

Durham Rotary President:
David Jessen


Rowel Editor: Phil Price
Rowel Publisher: Jen Liu




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)
2 3
4 5 6
No Meeting
7 8 9 10
11 12 13
No Meeting
14 15 16 17
18 19 20
Emergency Meeting on Camp Fire support
21 22 23 24
25 26 27
Club Assembly
28 29 30



2 3 4
Christmas Party
(Mike Wacker)
5 6 7 8
9 10 11
Crab Feed Planning
(Chris Hatch)
12 13 14 15
16 17 19
(Roy Ellis)
19 20 21 22
23 24 25
No Meeting
26 27 28 29
30 31

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

Dinner Menu

Coming Soon


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



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: 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.







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.

4-Way Fest





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


Fighting modern slavery

An estimated 40.3 million people around the world live in slavery involving either sexual exploitation or forced labor. A Rotarian Action Group and Freedom United are giving Rotarians a chance to do something to stop it.

By 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.

Joe Schmidt

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.”



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