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




January 8, 2019


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


2018                                        Calendar for Durham Rotary


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



      1 2
3 4 5
Dr. Ashly Kendall of CSU Chico on identifying fire victims
(Jim Kirks)
6 7 8 9
10 11 12
(Bob Adolf)
13 14 15 16
17 18 19
No Meeting
20 21 22 23
24 25 26
(Dave Jessen)
27 28

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 “God Bless America”.  Jim Patterson then gave the invocation.




January 15th:  Crab Feed Preparation and Steve Heithecker.will present Chuck Sheely regarding Smoke Jumping.


January 19th:  Crab Feed


January 22nd.  No Meeting


January 29th:  Eric Hoiland


February 5th:  Jim Kirks will present  Dr. Ashley Kendall the CSU, Chico, Dept. of Anthropoly, Human Identification Laboratory to  talk about the general principals that they used for identifying victims of the various fires that ravaged California in 2017 and 2018


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 4,000.   They have raised approximately $32,000 through Go Fund Me and another approximately $64,000 by direct donations.  They are now working on classroom supplies which they will need members to deliver.  Many volunteered.


Chris Hatch updated us on the Crab Feed.  There are approximately 37 tickets unsold.  If you have any, you must deliver them to Daryl Polk at Tri-Counties Bank in Durham, by Friday, otherwise they are sold, to you.  The work schedule for the Crab Feed as again at the end of this Rowel.


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


He also reported that we received $1608 from the Ducky Derby.  However, this was the last Ducky Derby.  They are working on a replacement for next year.


Larry Bradley reported that we have contributed $2,200 to the Durham Recreation and Park District for the new Bar B Que but have raised only $1,425 in donations.





Jen Liu’s table had none so all contributed $1


Bob Adolf introduced Connie Brown, a co-worker of his.


Mike Crump introduced Lloyd Web, Durham Superintendent of Schools and Calli-Jane DeAnda, our program for the night.




Steve Heithecker.will present Chuck Sheely regarding Smoke Jumping.


New Member Induction


Two new members were inducted tonight.  Lloyd Webb, Durham Superintendent of Schools was inducted by his sponsor, Larry Bradley.





Then Connie Brown was inducted by her sponsor, Dave Jessen.



Welcome new members.




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.




Phil Price was recognized for his 60th Anniversary at the end of this month.  That would amount to $40.00.


Must Be Present to Win Drawing:


Jen Liu’s name was again drawn.  He was present to win.




Mike Crump presented Cali-Jane DeAnda Executive Director of the Butte Fire Safe Council. 


The Council, located in Paradise, works with agencies and landowners regarding forest thinning, creating defensible space, escape roads, etc.  She noted that the first thing to consider in fire planning is to maintain five feet around your building with nothing burnable in it.  Many buildings burn, not from the fire initially going through but from the embers the fire leaves next to the building.



From Rotary International


Rotary clubs in Canada invest in the PACT program, an urban peace initiative that aims to break the cycle of youth crime

By Ryan Hyland Produced by Andrew Chudzinski

Akeem Stephenson wanted to go to jail. He believed it was the only way he could free himself from a life of crime — a life he desperately wanted to change. 

After being arrested for a fourth time more than 10 years ago, for aggravated robbery, the teenager in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, was set to go to prison. But the judge saw something in Stephenson that suggested that he could redeem himself. So he gave Stephenson a choice: participate in an 18-month youth program, or serve the six-month sentence. 

Akeem Stephenson used the PACT program to turn his life around and launch his music career. 

For Stephenson, the choice was clear. He decided to transform his life through the PACT Urban Peace Program.

PACT, which stands for Participation, Acknowledgement, Commitment, and Transformation, is a Toronto-based, award-winning charity supported by Rotary clubs in Canada. It works with at-risk young people and those who have committed crimes to change their direction in life. Entrepreneur and Toronto Rotary member David Lockett co-founded the program more than 20 years ago. 

The intensive, step-by-step program aims to break the cycle of poverty and criminal behavior. Its goal is to determine what the participants need and develop strategies “to put them on a positive path in their life, so they can enrich not only their own lives, but their community,” says Lockett, a member of the Rotary E-Club of Social Innovators D7090. 

Lockett says PACT builds peace in urban communities. “It’s all about looking at the impact of violence and criminal behavior, and understanding the dynamics of the problem, and creating highly effective solutions to make investments for at-risk youth at an early stage,” he says. “It’s really quite simple. If you want to help at-risk youth, you really have to understand the simple needs they have.”

He acknowledges that young people who commit crimes should be held accountable, and for many of them, that includes serving jail time. But for some, those he says come from “squalid and deplorable backgrounds” with very little parental guidance, PACT is a resource that can change their lives and reduce the likelihood that they will commit more crimes. 

The organization works with the judicial system to identify repeat offenders ages 12-19 who may benefit from the program. After a young adult is convicted of a crime, the judge or judicial official refers them to PACT as part of a probation order. 

Judges in Canada see how the PACT program can reduce youth crime and help offenders stay out of the judicial system. 

Central to PACT’s success is its LifePlan Coaching program, an intense intervention system that pairs a participant with a certified life coach. The two meet each week for 12-18 months to set goals in six key areas: education, employment, health, relationships, contributing to the community, and staying out of the criminal justice system. Life coaching is a conversational process that provides structure and acknowledgement, builds capacity and self-awareness, and fosters self-directed learning and action. This ultimately helps the young person get from where they are to where they want to be in the future. 

PACT’s LifePlan Coaching differs from the traditional model of therapy or counseling in that it does not focus on the person’s past but rather concentrates on the present and future, says Lockett. The innovative program boasts a 65 percent success rate, with success meaning that the young person completes the program without re-offending. 

It was the relationship with his life coach that gave Stephenson the insight and confidence to reshape his future. “The PACT program will change your mindset,” he says. “They’ll give you the blueprint, but it’s up to you to run with it.”

Stephenson has since obtained his high school equivalency certificate and has been working at a call center. He also honed his passion for music through PACT’s Life & Job Skills Community Service Programs, in which participants learn through practical exposure to activities like music and film production, cooking, gardening, and entrepreneurship. 

Rotary brings compassion

To date, nearly 30 clubs in the Toronto area have supported PACT, many with annual commitments of $3,600 or more to fund the program, according to Lockett. 

PACT participants can hone their skills and passions through the program's Life & Job Skills Community Service Programs, which gives them practical exposure to activities like music, film production, cooking, gardening, and entrepreneurship.

But Rotary clubs are also playing a more in-depth role in PACT. The two organizations created the PACT/Rotary Youth Mentoring Program, which allows members to connect directly with participants. 

Liz Bosma-Donovan, a social worker and member of the Rotary Club of Wellington in Ontario, is the first Rotary ambassador to PACT. She works with Rotary clubs to find members who are willing to become mentors. 

“After learning about PACT and working with David [Lockett] on projects, I saw there was a missing opportunity for Rotary to create a more meaningful connection,” says Bosma-Donovan. “We want to enhance their sense of belonging, to make them feel more a part of the community. Rotary is uniquely positioned in the community to bring about these connections.”

For instance, members can help a PACT participant find volunteer opportunities, get a driver’s license, or secure job interviews. 

“Our members are caring and compassionate,” says Bosma-Donovan. “Those things are crucial to bring about change and to rebuild their lives.” 




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


The Rowel Editor may be contacted at: pbprice1784@gmail.com


The deadline for the Rowel 6:30 am on Wednesdays.


The Editor’s photographs published in the Rowel are available, upon request, in their original file size.  Those published were substantially reduced in file size.