Durham Rotary Club.  P.O. Box 383 Durham Ca. 95938

Rotary International


Barry Rassin

Rotary District 5160 Governor:

Jon Dwyer

Durham Rotary President:
David Jessen


Rowel Editor: Phil Price
Rowel Publisher: Jen Liu




December 18, 2018


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


2018                                        Calendar for Durham Rotary


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



No Meeting
2 3 4 5
6 7 8
Cali-Jane who is the executive director of the butte county fire safe council.
(Mike Crump)
9 10 11 12
13 14 15
Crab Feef Presentation
(Steve Heithecker)
16 17 18 19
Crab Feed
20 21 22
No Meeting
23 24 25 26
27 28 29
(Eric Hoiland)
30 31

President Dave Jessen, opened the meeting at the BCCC.  He asked Bob Adolf to lead the pledge, which he did.  He then asked Larry Bradley to lead us in song.   He led us in singing “Deck The Halls”.  Jim Patterson then gave the invocation.




December 25th:  No Meeting


January 1st:  No Meeting


January 8th:  Mike Crump will present Cali-Jane Ex Dir. of Fire Safe Council


January 15th:  Crab Feed Preparation.  Steve Heithecker.


January 19th:  Crab Feed


January 22nd.  No Meeting


January 29th:  Eric Hoiland


February 5th:  Jim Kirks


February 12th:   Bob Adolf.


February 19th:  No Meeting


February 26th:  Dave Jessen


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

Mike Wacker updated us on the backpack/school supply project.  So far they have delivered 3,000.  Fair Oaks Interact Club wants to help.  Much of what has been obtained has been obtained for cost or very cheaply.  Staples have been the primary supplier.


Chris Hatch updated us on the Crab Feed and circulated the work schedule, which is attached hereto.


Roy Ellis is seeking silent auction items.  If you can get donation contact him




Jim Patterson introduced Sharon Robertson.  Steve Heithecker introduced Red badge member bob Adolf.  Ravi Saip introduced Jan Ellis.



Rotary Club of Durham, CA, New Member Posting


Connie Brown, has been proposed as new member of Durham Rotary.  Dave Jessen is her sponsor.




The next meeting will be at the BCCC on January 8th.  Mike Crump will present Cali-Jane who is the executive director of the Butte County Fire Safe Council.




From the District Governor:


Dear Phil,

Please see the information below. I can personally vouch for this organization and the accompanying process. We donated a vehicle a couple of years ago and another one recently. Only requires a phone call / e-mail notification of where it is to be picked up (running or not). If you watched any of the news coverage of the fires, there were many photos of what remained of a vehicle, so to say there is a need, is pretty evident.

Rotary International – Concord / Clayton Sunrise Club

Clunkers4Charity.org & Cars2ndChance.org

Phone: 925-326-5868

Contact: Dave or Mary Kemnitz, D&H Enterprises/D&H Auto Repair


Northern California Vehicle Donation Program Expands to Assist Victims in Paradise, CA

Proceeds of vehicle donations go to victims of the Camp Fire in Butte County


Concord CA: In response to the most devastating fire in California history, Cars2ndChance.org, a non-profit 501c3 will be donating proceeds of donated vehicles from anywhere in Northern California. Running or not, Cars2ndChance (for running vehicles) and Clunkers4Charity have been accepting vehicle donations for Rotary International since 2013. Over 3,000 vehicles have been donated during that time period.


According to Mary Kemnitz, a founder of the organization, “Our hearts go out to those who suffered loss of home, property and loved ones in Paradise and Butte County. We supported victims of the Santa Rosa fires and are reaching out to those with running vehicles that are not being used or are not in top running order to donate them so the proceeds can be gifted to the fire victims in Paradise.” Bob Irvine, of the Paradise Rotary and Executive Director of California Vocations of Paradise, CA said “we are thrilled that the Concord Clayton Rotary would use their website and resources to help the victims here. Our Paradise Rotary family has been affected as well. Many of our Paradise Rotarians have lost their homes.”


Those interested in more information or to donate a vehicle should visit the Cars4Paradise.com website . Donated vehicles and proceeds from donations are already making their way to Paradise fire victims. There is no charge for towing and pickup is free. A tax write-off is typically available.


About Clunkers4Charity.org and Cars2ndChance.org: Cars2ndChance and Clunkers4Charity are supported by the Rotary Club of Clayton Valley/Concord Sunrise which was chartered in May 1987 and locally serves the Town of Clayton and the Clayton Valley area of Concord. The club is involved in many projects around the world but and projects in the local community as well.




4-Way Fest


What: Foundation Day

When: Saturday  January 19, 2019 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Where: Pioneer High School (Woodland), 1400 Pioneer Ave, Woodland, CA 95776

Cost:  FREE

Program Offerings Include:

Grants Management Training - clubs must have at least one member attend this training to apply for grants in 2019-20. (this will be the only offering for the 2019-20 Rotary Year)

Grant Project Planning and Implementation - at the conclusion of the program attendees will have learned grant application techniques.

Project Promotion- the session will include time for clubs to promote their projects to clubs and Rotarians who are potential project participants and donors.

Special Giving Opportunities - learn how giving to The Rotary Foundation can serve you now and in the future.

Build a Stronger Team - learn how a strong Foundation program can build a stronger club.

Presenters Include:

Renee Reiling, TRF, Evanston, IL - Regional Grants Officer assigned to District 5160

Steve Lewis - District 5190, Carson City, NV - Zone 25 Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator

Richard Clarke - District 5020, Comox, BC - Zone 25 Endowment Major Gifts Advisor (EMGA)

Seating is limited to the first 300 people who register, so  http://www.directory-online.com/Rotary/Images/point.gif Register NOW for The Rotary Foundation Day
If you need assistance registering contact Rene Duddy at reneduddy@yahoo.com

Please send questions to kddiekman@aol.com

Looking forward to seeing you on January 19, 2019,

Karl Diekman
Rotary Club of Woodland
District Rotary Foundation Committee Chair 2013-16 and 2017-20
District 5160 Governor 2010-11
E-mail: kddiekman@aol.com
Phone: 530-574-4470


Tahoe Rotary Ski Challenge



WHEN:  March 1, 2019



WHERE: Northstar  at California



The day includes a continental breakfast during registration, dual giant slalom tandem courses with individual  and team awards.  It is a fun day of skiing with fellow Rotarians, apres ski food (chili, salad & sandwiches, 2 drink tickets and awards.



We will have all of the necessary information on our website by


December 1, 2018. www.ta hoecityrota ry.org

For more information email:   mdc.gary@gmail.com




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.




Ravi Saip got mentioned in the Chico ER again when he was interviewed about his house surviving, but he failed to mention Durham Rotary, so contributed $20.00.


Steve Heithecker apparently signed up for a Rotary event, related to his becoming president next year, for which the club would reimburse him.  He contributed the reimbursement to the Foundation and got to ring 8 bells. 


Must Be Present to Win Drawing:


Larry Bradley drew Jim Patterson’s name.  He was present to win.




Roy Ellis presented Brian Ring, Butte County Assistant Administrative Office.  He presented a lot of interesting information about the County’s efforts relating to the Camp Fire, property clean-up and housing refugees.


From Rotary International


Resources for refugees

Rotary peace fellow helps refugees fleeing Myanmar

Since August 2017, nearly a million Rohingya Muslim refugees have crowded into the Cox’s Bazar region of Bangladesh, fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. Women and children face particularly difficult challenges in the massive refugee camps, including lack of adequate shelter, health care, and educational resources, and an increased risk of sexual violence.

Sakun Gajurel worked in Italy and in her native Nepal with United Nations agencies before studying international development policy at the Rotary Peace Center at Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a part of her Rotary Peace Fellowship, Gajurel spent the summer of 2018 working in Cox’s Bazar with an organization called UN Women that provides direct aid to women in the refugee camps.

Illustration by Viktor Miller Gausa

Q: What are the greatest challenges in getting aid to Cox’s Bazar?

A: Close to 900,000 refugees crossed the borders in less than a year’s time. In monsoon season, things got worse. Tents built with a bamboo frame and tarpaulin cannot resist heavy rain or minor landslides. A few thousand shelters were destroyed every week in the aftermath of heavy rains. 

For humanitarian agencies, reaching everyone is another challenge due to poor road conditions. The sheer number of refugees makes effective support problematic.

Q: What problems do women and girls in particular face? 

A: Women and girls are more vulnerable to violence. In some crisis settings, more than 70 percent of women have experienced gender-based violence. Women often report challenges accessing sanitation and hygiene facilities at night or when they are menstruating. They face heightened risks as well as increased care-related tasks such as providing food and water for their families and caring for the sick.

Q: How do tradition and culture affect the ways assistance is provided?

A: Gender segregation is generally common among the Muslim Rohingya population. It is closely connected to the practice of purdah, or preventing women from being seen by men other than their husbands. Women and girls are expected to stay in the home and be close to their family, whereas men and boys are more present in the public sphere. 

Through multipurpose women’s centers, UN Women engages and empowers women. Women and girls can come to a center like the one in Cox’s Bazar and get information about the services and opportunities in the camps. About 20 women serve in the center in Cox’s Bazar as outreach workers. These are Rohingya women who talk to other women and bring their issues and challenges to the center as well as to meetings with camp officials.

Q: What kind of assistance is most needed?

A: Education is one of the greatest needs. The education partners in Cox’s Bazar have set up learning centers that provide three shifts of two-hour lessons. However, it is not enough. Men and women often express a desire to learn new skills. 

The UN has already announced that the Rohingya refugee crisis will be a protracted issue. History shows that once a refugee crisis becomes protracted, refugees often spend decades in the settlement camps. A long-term solution is necessary to ensure that a whole generation does not end up without education or opportunities to better their lives.

— Nikki Kallio

2019 Durham Rotary


Crab Feed Work Schedule


January 19, 2019



Chairman: Chris Hatch


Co-Chairman:         Steve Plume


Committees  and Chairs:


1)       Kitchen Committee: set up 5:00pm, pick up food 4:30pm


a)    Larry Bradley- Chair


b)   Chris Hatch- Co-Chair


c)    Committee Members:


1) Clint Goss


2)  Mike Crump


3)   Dave Jessen


4)   Spiteri Deli


5)  Robert Olea




2)       Serving Committee: set-up 5:00pm


a)    Ravi Saip- Chair


b)   Committee Members:


1)   Daryle Polk


2)  Bob Adolf


3)  Eric Hoiland


4) Interact  Club

3)       Set up Committee: Decorations/theme, order Rotary Brochures for 1at each place. Have cards made indicating Rotary's value to Durham. Set up tables at 4:30pm

a) Phil Price - Chair


b) Jim Patterson- Co-Chair c) Committee  Members:

1)  Jim Kirks


2) Interact Club-  4



4)       Bar and soft drink Committee: Set up at 4:30pm


a)   Jen Liu- Chair


b)   Steve Heithecker


c)   John Moss


5)            Ticket  Sales Committee: Could  possibly  hand  the  Rotary  Brochures  and  Scholarship donation here. Set up at 5:00pm

a)   Steve Plume- Chair I Cash Boxes


b)   KR Robertson- Co-Chair


c)         Committee Members:


1}   Jim Kirks


2}   Jim Patterson


3}  Mike  Wacker





Roy Ellis and Interact  to set up silent  auction.  This is a very, very important aspect of our success.

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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