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




March 5, 2019


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


2019                                       Calendar for Durham Rotary


      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
Phil Wikle from NorthState Public Radio talking about public radio
(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



1 2
No Meeting - Dave's Birthday
3 4 5 6
7 8 9
Michelle John, Superintendent of Paradise Schools.
(Phil Price)
10 11 12 13
14 15 16
(Lloyd Webb)
17 18 19 20
21 22 23
No Meeting
24 35 26 27
28 29 30
(Daryl Polk)

President Dave Jessen, opened the meeting at the BCCC.  He asked your editor to lead us in the pledge, which I did.  He asked Larry Bradley to lead us in song.   He led us in singing “America”.  Jim Patterson then gave the invocation.




March 12th:  Clint Goss will present Phil Wikle from NorthState Public Radio talking about public radio.


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 will present Michelle John, Superintendent of Paradise Schools.


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 reported that the Rise Against Hunger packaging of meals for hungry kids is tentatively scheduled for April 27th


The service for former member Dar Meyer is scheduled at 1:00 pm on March 22nd at St. John’s Episcopal Church.


President Dave also reported that The District Nominating Committee reported that there have been nominated 4 members from our area to serve on the District Governor Nominating Committee. They are:


·       Julie Kinchebe of Corning Rotary

·       Steve Barrett of Corning Rotary

·       Arne Gustafson of Orland Rotary

·       David Vodden of Willows Rotary


Our club is entitled to 1 vote to be cast for one of the candidates listed above.  The club voted in favor of Arne Gustafson of Orland Rotary.




Jen Liu introduced Larry Smith, his guest.


Jim Patterson introduced Phil Wilke, a new member of the Chico Sunrise Club, and Mark Brusie, of the Chico Club.


Ravi Saip’s table had no guests or visiting Rotarians.  Each member at that table contributed $1.




The next meeting will be March 12th at the BCCC.   Clint Goss will present Phil Wilke talking about public radio.




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.


Chico Sunrise Club Fundraiser


Phil Wilke, visiting from the Chico Sunrise Club asked us to join them on Saturday March 16th for their annual fundraiser. This year’s event will still focus on helping youth, specifically those affected by the Camp Fire.

It’s a battle of the smartphones for the silent auction, beer & wine and dancing. New location: The BMU!

Find more info and purchase tickets at our event websitecsr.givesmart.com


Durham Parade


The Durham Park and Parade Committee has asked us to assist in parking at the Durham Community Park during their post parade events.  It will occur on May 11th.


Camp Venture


Mike Wacker reported that we have two slots at Camp Venture and the fees have been paid.  The students will be selected shortly.


Camp Royal


Larry Bradley reported that we have 4 slots at Camp Royal.  The interviews to select the four students to attend will take place on Thursday, March 14tth at 8:30 am at Durham High School.




It was also reported that we have contributed $9,000 to the Ponderosa School PTO.






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


From the District:


Save these dates in 2019 for Rotary Fun and Fellowship

Spring Assemblies:

Chico—March 23.  This one is at Butte College.  Glenn reminded everyone to attend.
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 auctioned the Grinder which he has no recollection of bidding on in the first place.  Daryl Polk got it for $95. He is going to Hawaii.

No other recognitions tonight.




Jen Liu presented Brian Ring, Assistant Chief Administrator Office for Butte County.  He updated us on the progress in the Camp Fire cleanup since he talked to us in December.  He explained that FEMA was why people cannot put a mobile home on their property until it has been cleaned up.  Those that had done so, but had to move, are priority for cleanup.  PID still has water contamination problems which may take a long time to fix. 


Must Be Present to Win Drawing:


Larry Bradley drew Norm Larson’s name.  He was not present to win.


From Rotary International



Rotary clubs harness international connections to tackle U.S. opioid crisis

Clubs in Mexico, India, and Canada help members in New York launch community project


By Ryan Hyland

New York Rotary members used support from international partners to help them fight a major U.S. problem: opioid addiction. 

After attending a wrenching funeral for a young man who died from an opioid overdose, Lana K. Rouff, a member of the Rotary Club of Binghamton, New York, USA, knew she had to do something. 

“It was awful,” says Rouff. “I was so shaken by the shock and sadness at the funeral. The experience really stuck with me but also sparked me to do something.”

Rouff immediately talked with her fellow members, as well as other local clubs, about how they could alleviate the crisis in their communities in central and southern New York. 

After months of doing research and consulting with health officials, substance abuse experts, educators, and media professionals, they had a plan: a Rotary Foundation global grant project, totaling more than $107,000. 

The project’s initiatives would support those directly affected by the epidemic, educate communities about preventing and treating opioid addiction, and prevent drug abuse among local young people by training them in leadership skills and healthy decision making. 

130+ people die every day from opioid-related drug overdoses in the U.S.

11 million people have abused prescription opioids in 2016

47000 people died from overdosing on opioids in 2017 

9,000+ people died in Canada between 2016-18 from opioid-related deaths

But they still needed one more thing to meet The Rotary Foundation’s requirements and secure the funding — international partners.

Rouff again turned to Rotary's 1.2 million members in 35,000 clubs around the world. She found the support they needed. 

A Rotary club in Mexico was the first to volunteer, and then a Rotary club in Canada. Also the Rotary clubs of Coimbatore Central and Madras Coramandel of India donated significant funds to keep the project going. 

Harnessing international support

Finding people outside of the U.S. to help with a predominantly American problem wasn’t easy, says Rouff.

“It wasn’t out of indifference to a problem in the U.S.,” says Rouff. “There just isn’t a strong understanding outside the country of how bad the opioid crisis really is.”

It took six months of searching before Rouff’s club connected with the Rotary Club of Tijuana Oeste, Baja California, Mexico. Sofia Sotomayor Magana rallied her fellow members to be the project’s international sponsor because she believed it was important to show support for their northern neighbors. 

Some in the Mexican club were hesitant, telling Sotomayor Magana that their resources and money should be allocated to local issues such as poverty and poor health care. But Sotomayor Magana persuaded them that it’s sometimes better to give than to receive. 

“We have an opportunity to help clubs in the U.S. make an impact on this horrible epidemic,” she says. “We know that this crisis can happen anywhere and can devastate any community. We see how bad it’s gotten. I’m proud we were able to get this important project off the ground.” 

The Rotary Club of Mississauga-Meadowvale, Ontario, Canada, also contributed funds and support to the project. Member Claudine LaRochelle says that the opioid crisis isn’t confined to the U.S.; provinces in Canada are also affected. Opioid-related overdoses killed 9,000 Canadians from 2016 to 2018. These overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Canadians ages 30-39. 

“When thinking of international assistance, we often think of countries far away from us, but help is also well-used when the crisis hits close to home,” says LaRochelle. 

Providing information and tools

Today’s opioid crisis is the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that each day more than 130 people die from opioid-related drug overdoses, and millions more struggle with addiction. Since 2011, drug deaths in the U.S. have outpaced those caused by firearms, motor vehicle crashes, suicide, or homicide. In New York, it’s the leading cause of accidental deaths. 

Children and teens are not exempt from the crisis — nearly a quarter of U.S. high school seniors have had some exposure to prescription opioids — but they are the best targets for education and prevention, Rouff says. 

Over the past year and a half, the global grant funded a series of weekend seminars that brought together nearly 50 high school students from 11 schools. They gathered at the Heart of New York Teen Institute in Syracuse, New York, to gain the knowledge and confidence that will help them lead drug-free lives and the leadership skills to educate their peers about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.  Jo Ann Wickman, Rotary Club of Cortland, New York, USA

Hope for the future 

In their research for the project, Rouff and Wickman went on a “listening tour” across central and southern New York, visiting Rotary members who have been affected by opioids. 

The first lesson from the harrowing stories they heard: The epidemic affects families of every ethnic background and socio-economic standing. “Rich or poor, we saw it all,” says Rouff.

“I must admit that this hasn’t been my favorite experience,” Wickman says. “We worked with folks who have lost children and other family members. It was really heartbreaking.”

The two project leaders did some talking, too, recruiting members to get involved with their initiatives. Given the stigma associated with drug use, Wickman expected to encounter some resistance. “But just the opposite is happening,” she says. “They are eager and willing to get involved. It gives me hope that projects like this can happen across the country. Rotary has the resources and know-how to tackle this problem. Nothing is too big for us.”

Rouff acknowledges that the opioid addiction epidemic has no simple solutions. “But if the project can save one life, it’s worth it.”


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. 












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