Rotary District 5160 Governor:
Durham Rotary President:
The 2019 Harvest Festival will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2019
2018 Calendar for Durham Rotary
Cali-Jane who is the executive director of the butte county fire safe council.
Crab Feef Presentation
Dr. Ashly Kendall of CSU Chico on identifying fire victims
The meeting was opened at the Durham Memorial Hall. This was our Crab Feed. Jim Patterson gave the invocation and Larry Bradley lead us in singing “God Bless America.
January 22nd. No Meeting
January 29th: Eric Hoiland will present a Butte College update on initiatives & Measure J Bond
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.
VISITING ROTARIANS & GUESTS
There were nearly 300 visitors.
There will be no meeting January 22nd due to the Crab Feed.
The next meeting will be January 29th at the BCCC. Eric Hoiland will present Les Jauron, Butte College Vice of President for Planning, Research and Organizational Development, with an update on initiatives and the Measure J Bond.
NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF DURHAM FOUNDATION AND ELECTION OF TRUSTEE.
Notice is hereby given that the annual meeting of members of the Rotary Club or Durham Foundation will be held during the next Club meeting on January 29, 2019.
The 3 year term of current Trustee James Patterson will expire June 30, 2019, consequently, at this meeting an election will be held to elect a Trustee of the Foundation for the 3 year term beginning July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2022
REPORTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Updating the District Webpage.
Glenn Pulliam sent emails to members about the District 5160 online database called Dacdb. This database stores information for all the clubs in our district and is connected to the Rotary International database. He is encouraging you to check it out if you haven't already. While you are checking it out, please look at your personal information and correct anything that is incorrect and add anything that is missing.
-Go to He sent this information to many of you yesterday. Let me know if you need me to send you your login information. and type in your username and password.
-Once on the website, click the tab "My DATA" and look at your profile.
-To add a picture or update any information, click on "Edit Member" on the left column.
-The tabs across the middle of the page will allow you add or update any information. (You might want to change your login information.)
-To add a photo, click the "Photo" tab and then upload a picture from your computer.
When you are done, make sure to click the yellow "Update" button in the top right corner of the page to save your changes.
Please upload a photo of yourself if you haven't already and look around on the site because there is a ton of information there. Let know if you need any help.
From the District Governor:
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
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 . 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
From the District:
dates in 2019 for Rotary Fun and Fellowship
As the dates
get closer you will receive a personalized registration invitation. Hope
to see you there!
Training Chairs: Patricia Bergman and Claire Roberts
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.
The program was the Crab Feed.
The story is in the following pictures:
From Rotary International
Vanessa Glavinskas Alyce Henson
Eladio Montalvo faced a stark choice: risk drowning in his one-story home or climb through a window into the house next door. It was under construction but had a second floor where he could escape the rising floodwaters. He boosted his dog through and scrambled in after him. The two huddled inside an upstairs bathroom for 22 hours while Hurricane Maria raged over Puerto Rico. With 155 mph winds and torrential rains, Maria was the strongest hurricane to hit the island in more than 80 years.
After the storm, Montalvo went out to see what was left of the home he had lived in since 1958. The walls were standing, but the water inside had risen chest-high. Everything was destroyed. Without any family nearby, he had nowhere to go. He moved into his car.
“But after the storm came the calm,” he says. “Good people came.”
Rivera greets Eladio Montalvo, who was forced to live in his car before the Mayagüez club helped him rebuild his home.
Faustino Rivera pats Montalvo affectionately on the shoulder. It’s September 2018, a year since Hurricane Maria, and Rivera and several other members of the Rotary Club of Mayagüez have stopped by to visit. Montalvo lives in a fishing town called El Maní outside the city of Mayagüez on the island’s west coast. He invites his guests inside to see the progress he has made adding a shower to his bathroom. There’s a pile of tiles that he plans to lay soon, and he has started painting the walls a light shade of blue. The home is neatly but sparsely furnished: a bed, a TV, and a few plastic bins, including one labeled camisas that has shirts and shorts tucked inside.
“He’s become my friend,” says Rotarian Orlando Carlo, who checks in on Montalvo almost every week.
The Mayagüez club paid $4,200 for the materials Montalvo used to add a second story to his home. Made of concrete, outfitted with hurricane shutters, and built high enough off the ground to avoid flooding, the new addition contains a small kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom. Montalvo did much of the work himself, calling on friends and neighbors skilled in construction when he needed help.
To find people like Montalvo who needed help but didn’t qualify for reconstruction aid from the U.S. government’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Mayagüez club members worked with community leaders and screened each family. “We are trying to help those who really need help,” Carlo explains. “Those who can’t get it from anyone else.”
By the time Carlo met him, Montalvo had been living in his car for nearly six months. A local church leader introduced the two, hoping Rotarians could help Montalvo find permanent housing. “I could tell immediately that he was severely dehydrated from staying out in the sun and sleeping in his car,” Carlo says. “He seemed stunned and needed guidance on how to start rebuilding. We assured him we were there to help him.”
After the hurricane, Carlo was also living alone. His wife had gone to stay in Florida while he remained behind to run his construction business. But the lack of electricity and reliable communication meant his work projects were stalled, so he mostly spent his days volunteering. “It gave me a lot of time to help,” he says. His home survived the storm, but the shortage of gasoline meant he had to plan his trips carefully. He rationed bottled water and food, eating what he calls a “hurricane diet” of canned pasta or sausage and rice.
“We didn’t have power back until the end of October,” says Christa von Hillebrandt-Andrade, president of the Mayagüez club. “We could use one bucket of water per day. My teenage daughter learned that water is the No. 1 thing you need. She could live without electricity and even without her cellphone, but not without water.”
Antonio Morales spreads a message of hope and resilience to at-risk youth through theater. His project, Teatro Por Amor, is now supported by a Rotary global grant. “I like coming here because it’s an escape from my life,” says 16-year-old Annie, above left. Student Kelvin Tirado, right, sits next to actress Anoushka Medina, who runs the Santurce Teatro Por Amor group.
Mayagüez is home to 75,000 people and to the island’s second-oldest Rotary club after San Juan. In the past, the club carried out smaller projects, but the massive devastation caused by Maria motivated members to do more to help their neighbors, especially the very poor.
“I’ve been a Rotarian for 40 years, and I’ve never seen so much help come from other Rotary clubs,” Carlo says. After Hurricane Maria, clubs across the United States wired the Rotary Club of Mayagüez about $50,000 directly; more than half of that money came from the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle in California and a group of clubs in New York. As club treasurer, Rivera keeps track of every receipt and sends updates back to the donor clubs. A year after Maria, the club had helped 22 families repair their homes, mostly replacing roofs that were blown off by the hurricane.
Scanning the horizon from a hillside neighborhood nicknamed Felices Días — “Happy Days” — Carlo points out a less-than-happy sight: the many blue FEMA tarps that still stand in for permanent roofs. “There is still a lot of need here. This is not over,” he says. “But we are willing to continue to help as long as it takes.”
And for Montalvo’s part, he has remained optimistic in spite of all he went through. “Hurricane Maria gave me more than she took,” he says.
When Ken McGrath became president of the Rotary Club of San Juan in July 2017, he thought his most arduous task would be planning the celebration of the club’s centennial in 2018. Three months after he took office, Hurricane Maria hit.
“While Maria was a major disaster,” McGrath says, “it had the beneficial effect of invigorating our club to show those in need the real meaning of Rotary.”
By the time he was able to get an internet connection and check his email, McGrath had received 200 messages from clubs around the world offering to help. Rotarians in Puerto Rico started distributing food and water every Saturday. Working with other clubs, they coordinated the distribution of 300,000 pouches of baby food. They even put dog food out for animals that had been left behind.
Once the immediate needs were under control, they started to think about long-term relief.
San Juan club members distribute mattresses in Villa Santo.
“So much of the damage isn’t only to the infrastructure; it’s to the spirit,” says John Richardson, a member of the San Juan club and a past district governor. To address mental health after the hurricane, fellow member Bob Bolte suggested the club do something unconventional: apply for a grant to support youth theater.
Bolte had met Antonio Morales in 1995 when the San Juan club installed a library in the housing project where Morales grew up. He was impressed to see that Morales, who was just 14 at the time, was running a theater group for other kids living in his tough neighborhood.
“Theater saved my life,” says Morales, now a 37-year-old actor and director. “My father was a drug lord. My mother was a victim of domestic violence.”
Even though his father had forbidden him to pursue acting, Morales persuaded his mother to secretly take him to an audition at the public performing arts school. “Everything I learned at school, I brought back to the projects,” he says.
Eventually his theater group became an unlikely alternative to gangs in his neighborhood. “When boys reach a certain age, it’s very easy for them to join the drug gangs,” Morales says. “We told them, ‘Come join our club, not them.’ Even the leaders of the gangs supported me. They didn’t want their little brothers to follow in their footsteps.”
After the hurricane, Morales, who now runs the San Juan Drama Company and stars in a TV series called No Me Compares, started visiting housing projects with other actors to spread a message of hope and resilience to young people. “People were desperate. They were bored. They were depressed,” he says. “We decided to go into these communities to give love. We didn’t have aid kits, food, or water to give — but we had our theater experience. So we said, ‘Let’s go and make these people happy.’” With schools closed and the power out, teens turned out in droves.
When Bolte learned what Morales was doing, he suggested Rotary could help. “These theater groups provide almost a second family to a lot of the kids,” Bolte says. “I wanted to help him do this on a wider scale, across multiple neighborhoods.” A $99,700 global grant has allowed Morales to expand the project to four theater groups so far and to pay a stipend to the facilitators of each group. Funding for the grant came from Bob Murray, a former San Juan club member who now lives in Arizona, where he’s a member of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale. In December 2017, Murray gave $1 million to The Rotary Foundation for the recovery effort.
Morales calls the project Teatro Por Amor, or Theater for Love.
Every Wednesday, the Santurce Teatro Por Amor group meets on the second floor of Federico Asenjo school. The sounds of laughter and cheering can be heard from down the hall as students, ranging in age from 11 to mid-20s, perform an improv exercise. Five members of the group squat down in the front of the room, and when the director yells “arriba,” whoever stands up has to improvise a routine together. One boy stands up alone, so he takes off his shoe to pretend it’s a phone. He tells off the friend who “called,” and the room erupts in laughter and applause.
“You come here and you’re not in the streets,” says 18-year-old Nandyshaliz Alejandro, who lives in the same housing project where Morales grew up. This is her first theater experience. “This is one of the few things I actually look forward to.”
Yolimar Feliciano and her younger brother walk along the only road in Rubias to fill containers with free, clean water at the local community center.
The Rotary Club of Yauco supplied the town with a solar-powered water filter.
Maritza Osorio rests on a new mattress furnished by the San Juan club after her home flooded.
Orlando Carlo shows what the house behind him looked like before the Rotary Club of Mayagüez supplied the family with a new roof.
Faustino Rivera reviews what the club has provided homeowner Sandra Acevedo.
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Yolimar Feliciano and her younger brother walk along the only road in Rubias to fill containers with free, clean water at the local community center.
Felix Juan Osorio lifts the corner of his mattress. The underside is rippled with brown water stains, and it smells of mold. One year after Hurricane Maria flooded the family’s home, the mattress is still wet, but they can’t afford a new one.
“I never thought mattresses would be the No. 1 request,” says Armand Piqué, a member of the Rotary Club of San Juan.
Piqué has been working in Loíza, a town not far from San Juan where the Osorio family lives, since he learned people in the area weren’t getting the help they needed.
“There are certain areas where it is difficult to get in if you don’t know someone,” Piqué explains, adding that drug trafficking can make it dangerous for strangers to enter certain parts of Loíza. The Villa Santo neighborhood is one of those areas. So Piqué worked with a community leader, Ángel Coriano, to find out what families needed. Coriano, who grew up in the area and now works for the Puerto Rico Department of Health, is the type of person who knows everyone.
“I was listening to what all these people were asking,” Piqué says. “And I thought, our club cannot provide everything that’s on this list. I need to find the thing that is most pressing, something that they really need.” Again and again, people brought up mattresses. Unlike other furniture, mattresses, once wet, don’t dry out. So far, Rotarians have distributed hundreds of mattresses across the island.
Before receiving her new mattress, Felix Juan Osorio’s neighbor, Maritza Osorio, had been sleeping on a damaged mattress, the springs poking her ribs. She suffers from pulmonary hypertension, and the lack of rest took a toll on her already fragile health. “I could hardly sleep,” she says. “Now I’m comfortable. I’m able to sleep, and I’m feeling better.”
It’s a bright, sunny morning in Rubias, a picturesque farming village in the mountains about 35 miles east of Mayagüez. In a few hours, that sun will begin to power a new water filter, providing the 100 families who live here with access to clean drinking water for the first time.
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