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 12, 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 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 “My Country tis’ of Thee”.  Jim Patterson then gave the invocation.




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 scheduled for April 27th   in the cafeteria at the Durham Elementary School.  Note that this is a different location from last year. 


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


Steve Heithecker reported on his attendance at PETS this past weekend, which is a requirement for incoming presidents.  He said that it was very informative.




Ravi Saip introduced guest Kristen Cargile.


Steve Heithecker introduced Phil Wilke, a new member of the Chico Sunrise Club, and also our program for the night.


Jen Liu and Jim Patterson had no guests but President Dave did not assess the usual $1 each.





The next meeting will be March 19th at the BCCC.   Glenn Pulliam will present Charles Withuhn from the Chico Housing Action Team (CHAT).





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 website: csr.givesmart.com


Drive-Thru Dinner Event

Larry Bradley reported that the Butte County Farm Bureau will be holding their 9th annual Butte County Farm Bureau Drive-Thru Dinners! All proceeds of the dinners benefit the Gerald M. Geiger Memorial Scholarship Fund. BCFB is very proud to be able to offer graduating seniors who plan to major in agriculture, the opportunity to apply for the Gerald M. Geiger Scholarship. The cost is $15.00 per dinner and includes BBQ tri-tip, rice, coleslaw and dessert all packaged for you to take home; you won’t even have to get out of the car. So enjoy a night off from cooking for a great cause!

It will be held in Chico on Thursday, March 21 at 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  The location to pick up the dinner will be Valley Truck and Tractor, 489 Country Drive, Chico


Rose Parade.


We have been asked for a donation to the Rotary float in the Rose Parade this next year.  The Club voted to contribute $50.


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.





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.  He will be conducting the workshop for club secretaries.
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.




Steve Heithecker contributed $10 for missing last week’s meeting even though his attendance at PETS this past weekend should count as a make-up.


No other recognitions tonight.




Glenn Pulliam introduced Phil Wilke, Chico Sunrise member, and the new general manager of North State Public Radio, KCHO–Chico and KFPR–Redding.  He joined the station at an exciting time as it begins its 50th year of broadcast service.  He comes to NSPR from Las Cruces, New Mexico, where he serves as the director of membership and community outreach for KRWG Public Media, which provides public radio and television to communities in Southern New Mexico and West Texas. Prior to his time in Las Cruces, he served as media manager for Kansas Public Radio.

He talked about getting the Redding broadcast tower back after it was destroyed by the Carr fire.  Problems this summer when their transmitter in Chico was damaged when the air conditioning failed and having to broadcast at a low strength.

He also talked about their programing that they originate, the programing the purchase and sell as well as the general history of NSPR since it began 50 years ago.

Must Be Present to Win Drawing:


Glenn Pulliam drew John Moss’ name.  He was present to win.


From Rotary International



Rotary clubs blanket Brazil with polio and measles vaccinations

 Members help reverse trend of plummeting immunizations by reaching 11 million children


By Luiz Renato Dantas

Rotary clubs in Brazil mobilized to help stave off a potential polio outbreak after dangerously low vaccination rates were reported by health officials last year. More than 11 million Brazilian children were inoculated during a massive two-month vaccination campaign, reversing a trend of plummeting immunization coverage. 

Brazil Rotary clubs held End Polio Now vaccination festivals, which included food, entertainment, local celebrities, games.

The government said more than 300 cities in the country had low rates of vaccination against diseases such as influenza, measles, and polio. The Ministry of Health called the situation “extremely serious.” 

Measles were spreading in an outbreak that eventually sickened more than 1,500 people in Brazil. Health officials worried that poliovirus could also re-emerge. Brazil’s massive national immunization campaign from 6 August to 28 September aimed to vaccinate at least 95 percent of children ages one to five. 

The measles cases were concentrated in the northern states where thousands of Venezuelan refugees have crossed the border to escape economic and political hardships. Many haven’t been immunized, because Venezuela’s health system is in crisis. 

Rotary leaders in Brazil found the possibility that poliovirus could resurge frightening, said Marcelo Haick, a regional coordinator for Rotary’s End Polio Now initiative. They knew they had to help health workers reach the millions of children who might be vulnerable to the paralyzing disease.

“The campaign was a success,” says Haick, a member of the Rotary Club of Santos-Praia in São Paulo state. “To our great surprise, clubs throughout the country responded in a way unlike anything we have ever seen.”

More than 11 million children were vaccinated during the initiative, reaching the government’s goal of 95 percent coverage, the target recommended by the World Health Organization. 

Rotary members went to events and high-risk communities to announce the vaccination campaign. 

According to Haick, every Rotary club in the country participated in the campaign in some way. 

Clubs and districts promoted the vaccinations. A majority of clubs, says Haick, produced leaflets and distributed them at schools and at busy street crossings. 

Some used other methods to draw attention to the cause: 

·        The International Fellowship of Motorcycling Rotarians rode through the city of Jundiaí, São Paulo, with End Polio Now banners attached to their motorcycles. 

·        Dozens of clubs held End Polio Now vaccination festivals, which included food, entertainment, local celebrities, games — and oral polio vaccine drops. Health officials vaccinated the children who attended. 

·        Clubs installed lighted signs along major highways. 

·        At a major football game, club members in District 4670 took the field during intermission to display a huge End Polio Now banner. Clubs across the country used other sporting events, including bicycle races and marathons, to promote the vaccinations. 

·        Haick and other End Polio Now coordinators encouraged clubs to adopt vaccination centers. Clubs were also encouraged to contact local politicians and health officials at these centers. 

·        Clubs used Facebook and other social media platforms to post informational ads. 

·        Districts and clubs used trucks to announce information about the vaccination campaign at major social and cultural events and in high-risk communities.  

 Pedro Durão, another End Polio Now coordinator, says Rotary’s awareness campaign was widespread. “It was a mass adoption,” he says. “It was gratifying to see the work done by the clubs and districts throughout Brazil. I’ve been in Rotary since 1991 and have never seen such great enthusiasm.” 

Rotary leaders in Brazil hope the success of this effort can inspire clubs and districts, not only in their country but also in others that are at risk of a resurgence of polio, to continue to raise awareness of the importance of polio immunization and other potentially lifesaving vaccinations.

• This story was adapted from Revista Rotary Brasil.

Rotary members, including those in District 4670, used sporting events to promote polio vaccinations.


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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