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




February 5, 2019


The  2019 Harvest Festival will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2019


2019                                       Calendar for Durham Rotary


      1 2
3 4 5
Dr. Ashly Kendall of CSU Chico on identifying fire victims
(Jim Kirks)
6 7 8 9B
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


      1 2
3 4 5
Butte County Asst. CAO Brian Ring will present Camp Fire Debris Removal
(Jen Liu)
6 7 8 9B
10 11 12
(Clint Guss)
13 14 15 16
17 18 19
Charles Withuhn from the Chico Housing Action Team (CHAT)

(Glenn Pulliam)
20 21 22 23
24 25 26
(John Moss)
27 28 29 30


President Dave Jessen, opened the meeting at the BCCC.  He asked Ravi Saip to lead us in the pledge, which he did.


He asked Larry Bradley to lead us in song.   He led us in singing “My Country Tis of Thee”.  Jim Patterson then gave the invocation.




February 12th:   Bob Adolf.


February 19th:  No Meeting


February 26th:  Dave Jessen


March 5th:   Jen Liu - Butte County Asst. CAO Brian Ring will present Camp Fire Debris Removal.


March 12th:  Clint Goss


March 19th:  Glenn Pulliam


March 26th:  John Moss


April 2nd:  No Meeting (Dave’s Birthday.


April 9th:  Phil Price


April 16th:  Lloyd Webb


April 23rd:  No Meeting (Easter)


April 30th:  Daryl Polk


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





Jim Kirks introduced Dr. Colleen Mulligan and Ashley Kendall from CSUS, his program for the night.


Ravi Saip’s table had no guests so each paid $1.


John Moss introduced Alex DuBois of the Chico Club and visitor Kristian Cargile.


Later, Larry Bradley introduced Lloyd Webb, Red Badge member, who arrived late.




The next meeting will be February 12th at the BCCC.   Bob Adolf will have the program.




There will be a Board Meeting next week, February 12th at 5:00 pm.






President Dave announced that the following had been nominated for the 2019-20 year:


President:  Steven Heithecker

Secretary: Glenn Pulliam

Treasurer:  Steve Plume

President Elect-Elect (2020-2021): Jen Liu


Upon vote of the members the above were elected.




Jim Kirks reported that he had attend Air Play at Chico State and that it was very entertaining.  He describe it.  See photo below.


Rotary Club of Durham, CA, New Member Posting


Roy Ellis has proposed Bruce Norlie for re-membership in Durham Rotary.  He will be coming in as “Senior Active- Excused”, formerly “Mechanical Engineer”.  He was first inducted in 1977 and later served as President.  Also, he and his wife, Peggy, gave birth to the Harvest Festival.


From the District Governor:

Dear Rotarians of District 5160:

As you know, this year’s District Conference, the Rotary 4-Way Fest is May 17-19, 2019 at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino in Reno, NV. This conference is jointly organized with 3 other Districts (5130, 5150 and 5190) and will bring together 800-1,000 Rotarians from 220 Clubs to share ideas, fellowship and fun.

Our new conference website https://rotary4wayfest.com/ will give you information on all of the activities including our pre-Conference Golf Tournament, great presenters and breakout sessions and many fun activities, some of which support Polio Plus. 

If you have already registered, please take a look at the website to ensure that you have all of the latest details. There will be more updates as we get closer to the conference so please check back to ensure that you don’t miss out on any of the activities.

The current price for all 5 meals is $199.00. The price will increase to $229.00 on March 1st so register now. There is also a link to reserve your room at the Peppermill – rooms at $159 plus tax (single or double occupancy). The conference price is available for 3 days before or after the conference subject to availability. Use group code AR5160 to get the conference rate (and make sure that we get credit for your reservation). We anticipate that we will sell out so please make your reservations soon!

At the Rotary 4-Way Fest website, you can also learn about how to sign up to display your Club’s projects, Rotary Fellowship Groups and Rotary Action Groups. It is a unique opportunity to showcase what you have accomplished and recruit new partners.

Be sure not to miss the great times at The Rotary 4-Way Fest!



Jon Dwyer
District Governor 2018-19


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 have all of the necessary information on our website:

www.ta hoecityrota ry.org

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




From the District:


Save these dates in 2019 for Rotary Fun and Fellowship

Spring Assemblies:

Chico—March 23
Fairfield—April 6
Redding—April 13


Fall Seminars:

Fairfield—October 5
Redding—October 19

As the dates get closer you will receive a personalized registration invitation.  Hope to see you there!

Training Chairs:  Patricia Bergman and Claire Roberts

 pcochranb@hughes.net or cmroberts@comcast.net






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.




Your editor was recognized for his 60th Anniversary, which he and Cindy had spent at the Peppermill in Reno.  He contributed $40 (50 – 10 over 50).


Jim Kirks talked about his granddaughter’s accomplishments at Cornell and his grandson’s accomplishments at UC, Berkeley.  He contributed $100 to become a Bell Ringer.


Lloyd Webb talked about his son at Columbia University and his daughter at med school in Boston.  He contributed $10.


James Patterson talked about a granddaughter’s accomplishments and contributed $15.

Must Be Present to Win Drawing:


President Dave drew your editor’s name.  I was present to win.




Jim Kirks presented Dr. Ashley Kendall and Dr. Colleen Mulligan of the CSU, Chico, Dept. of Anthropology, Forensic (Human Identification) Laboratory.  They talked about the general principles that they used for identifying victims of the various fires that ravaged California in 2017 and 2018.  They are the largest Forensic Laboratory in the western United States and the most experienced in fire recovery.  They do forensic work for many law enforcement agencies in northern and central agencies, but in view of the fires in California in 2017 and 2018 fire recovery and identification has become a big part of their work.  It was a very interesting program. 



From Rotary International



2019-20 RI president announces his presidential theme

By Arnold R. Grahl Photos by Alyce Henson

Rotary International President-elect Mark Daniel Maloney explained his vision for building a stronger Rotary, calling on leaders to expand connections to their communities and to embrace innovative membership models.

RI President-elect Mark Daniel Maloney announces the 2019-20 presidential theme, Rotary Connects the World, to incoming district governors in San Diego, California, USA. See video of his speech.

Maloney, a member of the Rotary Club of Decatur, Alabama, USA, unveiled the 2019-20 presidential theme, Rotary Connects the World, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s annual training event, the International Assembly, in San Diego, California, USA, on Monday.

“The first emphasis is to grow Rotary — to grow our service, to grow the impact of our projects, but most importantly, to grow our membership so that we can achieve more,” Maloney said.

Maloney believes that connection is at the heart of the Rotary experience.

“(Rotary) allows us to connect with each other, in deep and meaningful ways, across our differences,” Maloney said. “It connects us to people we would never otherwise have met, who are more like us than we ever could have known. It connects us to our communities, to professional opportunities, and to the people who need our help.”

Maloney also called on every Rotary and Rotaract club to identify segments of their community not represented in their club by creating a membership committee with diverse members.  

“Through Rotary, we connect to the incredible diversity of humanity on a truly unique footing, forging deep and lasting ties in pursuit of a common goal,” he added. “In this ever more divided world, Rotary connects us all.”

Maloney urged leaders to offer alternative meeting experiences and service opportunities to make it easier for busy professionals and people with many family obligations to serve in leadership roles.

“We need to foster a culture where Rotary does not compete with the family, but rather complements it,” Maloney said. “That means taking real, practical steps to change the existing culture: being realistic in our expectations, considerate in our scheduling, and welcoming of children at Rotary events on every level.”

Maloney said many of the barriers that prevent people from serving as leaders in Rotary are based on expectations that are no longer relevant.

“It is time to adapt, to change our culture, and to convey the message that you can be a great district governor without visiting every club individually, and a great president without doing everything yourself.”
Relationship with the United Nations During 2019-20, Rotary will host a series of presidential conferences around the world, focusing on Rotary’s relationship with the United Nations and the UN’s sustainable development goals that many Rotary service projects support. More information will be available in July.

In 2020, the United Nations will celebrate the 75th anniversary of its charter and its mission of promoting peace. Rotary was one of 42 organizations the United States invited to serve as consultants to its delegation at the 1945 San Francisco conference, which led to the UN’s charter. For decades, Rotary has worked alongside the United Nations to address humanitarian issues around the world. Today, Rotary holds the highest consultative status that the UN offers to nongovernmental organizations.

“Rotary shares the United Nations’ enduring commitment to a healthier, more peaceful, and more sustainable world,” Maloney said. “And Rotary offers something no other organization can match: an existing infrastructure that allows people from all over the world to connect in a spirit of service and peace and take meaningful action toward that goal.” 


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.