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 12, 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 Glenn Pulliam to lead us in the pledge, which he did.  He asked Larry Bradley to lead us in song.   He led us in singing “God Bless America”.  Jim Patterson then gave the invocation.




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. His speaker will be Charles Withuhn from the Chico Housing Action Team (CHAT).


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.


President Dave had a $50 gift certificate from Spiteri’s left over from the Crab Feed Silent Auction.  He auctioned it to club members.  Steve Plume got it for a bid of $50.


At the Board Meeting before the Club meeting the Board approved $20,000 in scholarships to Durham High School seniors.  The also approve $9,000 to help Ponderosa School student who currently attend school in temporary class rooms in Durham.  They also approve recognizing a Durham community member this year.




Larry Bradley’s table and Steve Plume’s table had no guests or visiting Rotarians.  Each member at those tables contributed $1.


Jim Patterson had a visiting Rotarian and a guest.  Bob Smith was visiting from the Villa Park (Illinois) Rotary Club.  He had with him Chip Marchbank from Huntington Beach, CA.  They are attending a conference in Monterey on Wednesday but wanted to visit Paradise first.  Bob has been following it in the newspaper since it began.

Bob                                                                Chip




There is no meeting next week, February 19th due to Presidents Day.


The next meeting will be February 26th at the BCCC.   Dave Jessen will have the program.




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.


Corning will hold their Wine, Food and Art Festival on March 2nd





It’s time for Corning Rotary’s annual Wine Food & Art Festival, to be held at Rolling Hill’s Event Center on March 2, 2019 from noon to 6:00 PM.

A big part of the festival is the clam chowder cook-off.

Please consider this our invitation for your club to participate in the cook-off.

There is no entry fee and the basic ingredients will be provided. The cook-off rules and the products list are attached. Each team will be given six entry tickets to the festival and this year the cook-off time will be from noon to 4:00 pm.

Besides having fun and bragging rights for first place, cash prizes will be awarded, based on people’s choice: 1st Place - $500 | 2nd Place - $300 | 3rd Place - $200

Lastly, every club that would like to sell tickets can retain 50% of its sales.


Should you have any questions, need additional information or want tickets, please contact Tony Cardenas at tonycardenas@comcast.net

or by phone at (530) 624-5086.


Note:  For members wanting to participate in the Cook-Off both President Dave and I have the Rules and the Product List (provided by Rolling Hills)




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.




Glenn Pulliam talked about his three weeks in Costa Rica, hence his missed meetings.  He noted that he had apparently acquired the Grinder for $75, in absentia, which should protect him.  However, he didn’t have possession of it.  President Dave actually did.  President Dave delivered it to Glenn for an additional $25 making him a Bell Ringer.


Must Be Present to Win Drawing:


Ravi Saip drew President Dave’s name.  He was present to win.




The first part of the program was Larry Bradley recounting Sheriff Honig’s program at the Colusa Farm Show Tuesday morning fund raiser breakfast.  Sheriff Honig mentioned that the experience they had gained in the Oroville Dam evacuation two years ago helped.  Evacuations like the Oroville Dam evacuation and the Camp Fire evacuation is not something they teach you in sheriff’s school.  He told many stories about the Camp Fire evacuation.  When he saw the smoke he headed up the Skyway, noting that he was the only one going uphill.  When he got to the top and saw someone standing where the Skyway split.  He gave him a sheriff’ vest and they started sending downhill traffic down the uphill lanes.  He left the person there to continue directing the traffic down all 4 lanes.  He continued up the skyway.  He came upon his daughter, a Paradise police officer, hugged her and continues uphill wonder whether he would ever see her again.  He noted that 47 members of the Sheriff’s Department lost their homes.  The nightly press conferences were very difficult for him, but necessary.


The second part of the program was guest Chip Marchbank, from Huntington Beach.  Chip Marchbank was born in 1949, but his future was cast in the year 1952. Then, at the age of two, he was rushed to a Southern California hospital paralyzed by the effects of Polio, a disease considered by experts to be the most feared and catastrophic epidemic in history. This was six months before the first vaccine became available.  He is now beginning to suffer from Post Polio Syndrome.  {For those of you who don’t know about it is a return of the weakness and paralysis suffered when you originally got polio.  Starts generally when you are in your 60s or 70s.  I am familiar with it because my sister-in-law suffers from it and is pretty much disabled}.  Chip now has to use crutches.  Anyway, after he recovered and grew up he wanted to get into the sports medicine field. He became an athletic trainer.  He did this in high schools, at North Western University and for the LA Rams.  He trained the 1984 Olympic Boxing team.  The he got into helping stroke victims, but that work was generally in the afternoons.  So he started programs to help poor children to get into athletic programs and into school.  He then added mothers without husbands and foster youths.  To raise money for these programs he put on Variety Shows.


Chip also wrote a book “Written Tears” which is his humbling story about how he overcame this devastating event (polio), soared beyond his dreams and inspired others along the way.


From Rotary International



Female surveillance officer for WHO pushes through gender-related obstacles to help end polio in Pakistan


By Ryan Hyland

Dr. Ujala Nayyar dreams, both figuratively and literally, about a world that is free from polio. Nayyar, the World Health Organization's surveillance officer in Pakistan’s Punjab province, says she often imagines the outcome of her work in her sleep.

In her waking life, she leads a team of health workers who crisscross Punjab to hunt down every potential incidence of poliovirus, testing sewage and investigating any reports of paralysis that might be polio. Pakistan is one of just two countries that continue to report cases of polio caused by the wild virus. 


Dr. Ujala Nayyar, surveillance officer for WHO, talks about polio eradication efforts in Pakistan. 

In addition to the challenges of polio surveillance, Nayyar faces substantial gender-related barriers that, at times, hinder her team's ability to count cases and take environmental samples. From households to security checkpoints, she encounters resistance from men. But her tactic is to push past the barriers with a balance of sensitivity and assertiveness.  

"I'm not very polite," Nayyar said with a chuckle during an interview at Rotary's World Polio Day last year in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. "We don't have time to be stopped. Ending polio is urgent and time-sensitive."

Women are critical in the fight against polio, Nayyar says. About 56 percent of frontline workers in Pakistan are women. More than 70 percent of mothers in Pakistan prefer to have women vaccinate their children. 

That hasn't stopped families from slamming doors in health workers' faces, though. When polio is detected in a community, teams have to make repeated visits to each home to ensure that every child is protected by the vaccine. Multiple vaccinations add to the skepticism and anger that some parents express. It's an attitude that Nayyar and other health workers deal with daily. 

"You can't react negatively in those situations. It's important to listen. Our female workers are the best at that," says Nayyar. 

With polio on the verge of eradication, surveillance activities, which, Nayyar calls the "back of polio eradication", have never been more important. 

Q: What exactly does polio surveillance involve?

A: There are two types of surveillance systems. One is surveillance of cases of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP), and the second is environmental surveillance. The surveillance process continues after eradication. 

Q: How are you made aware of potential polio cases?

A: There’s a network of reporting sites. They include all the medical facilities, the government, and the hospitals, plus informal health care providers and community leaders. The level of awareness is so high, and our community education has worked so well, that sometimes the parents call us directly.

Q: What happens if evidence of poliovirus is found?

Dr. Ujala Nayyar, the surveillance officer for the World Health Organization in Punjab, Pakistan, navigates through barriers to hunt down cases of polio.

Monika Lozinska/Rotary International

A: In response to cases in humans as well as cases detected in the environment, we implement three rounds of supplementary immunization campaigns. The scope of our response depends on the epidemiology and our risk assessment. We look at the drainage systems. Some systems are filtered, but there are also areas that have open drains. We have maps of the sewer systems. We either cover the specific drainage areas or we do an expanded response in a larger area.

Q: What are the special challenges in Pakistan?

A: We have mobile populations that are at high risk, and we have special health camps for these populations. Routine vaccination is every child’s right, but because of poverty and lack of education, many of these people are not accessing these services. 

Q: How do you convince people who are skeptical about the polio vaccine?

A: We have community mobilizers who tell people about the benefits of the vaccine. We have made it this far in the program only because of these frontline workers. One issue we are facing right now is that people are tired of vaccination. If a positive environmental sample has been found in the vicinity, then we have to go back three times within a very short time period. Every month you go to their doorstep, you knock on the door. There are times when people throw garbage. It has happened to me. But we do not react. We have to tolerate their anger; we have to listen.

Q: What role does Rotary play in what you do?

A: Whenever I need anything, I call on Rotary. Umbrellas for the teams? Call Rotary. Train tickets? Call Rotary. It's the longest-running eradication program in the history of public health, but still the support of Rotary is there. 



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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