Rotary District 5160 Governor:
Durham Rotary President:
March 19, 2019
The 2019 Harvest Festival will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2019
2019 Calendar for Durham Rotary
Butte County Asst. CAO Brian Ring will present Camp Fire Debris Removal
Phil Wikle from NorthState Public Radio talking about public radio
Charles Withuhn from the Chico Housing Action Team (CHAT)
Close Air Support II
No Meeting - Dave's Birthday
Michelle John, Superintendent of Paradise Schools.
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 “Take Me Out To the Ballgame” since baseball season was beginning. Jim Patterson then gave the invocation.
John Moss on the second part of Close Air Support from a F/A-18
on the second part of Close Air Support from a F/A-18 pilot's perspective
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
May 7th: K. R. Robertson
May 14th: Jim Patterson
May 21st: Hot Dog Picnic with students.
May 28th: No Meeting.
If a Tuesday is not listed above, there is no meeting that week.
The District Spring Assembly is this Saturday at Butte College.
President Dave noted again that the Rise Against Hunger packaging of meals for hungry kids is scheduled for April 27th at 8:30 am 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.
Mike Wacker reported that our two candidates for Camp Venture have been selected. They are Sara Nolind and Quinton Davis.
Larry Bradley reported that our 4 candidates for Camp Royal have been selected. They are Shawn Brannan, Nichole Luce, Allison Smith and Gabriel Owen. Spencer Johnson was selected as an alternate. Mike Wacker and John Moss assisted in the interviews.
VISITING ROTARIANS & GUESTS
Jim Patterson introduced Marc Brusie and Todd Kimmelshue of the Chico Club.
K. R. Robertson introduced his wife, Sharon.
John Moss introduced Bob Trausch and Charles Withuhn, the program for tonight.
The next meeting will be March 26th at the BCCC. John Moss will present a continuation of his last program which is the second part of Close Air Support from a F/A-18 pilot's perspective.
Paul Harris Foundation Presentation
Jim Kirks presented a Paul Harris Fellowship to Steve Plume for having donated $1,000 to The Paul Harris Foundation. Jim noted that when you make your check to the Foundation it must be to “The Paul Harris Foundation” the give it to him and he will get it to the Foundation.
Students of the Month Presentation
Larry Bradley present a Student of the Month plaque to Juan “Carlos” Hernandez for the month of March. He also had a plaque for the February Student of the Month, Joanna OroZco, but was ill and unable to attend. We will have her at a later date.
REPORTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Drive-Thru Dinner Event
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. You can buy your tickets when you arrive.
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!
District Governor 2018-19
From the District:
dates in 2019 for Rotary Fun and Fellowship
This one is at Butte College.
Glenn reminded everyone to attend.
He will be conducting the workshop for club secretaries.
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.
Jim Kirks was recognized for his picture in the ER along with an article about his getting an art display at CSUS. But was not asked for a contribution in view if his contributions to The Rotary Foundation.
No other recognitions tonight.
Glenn Pulliam introduced Bob Trausch and Charles Withuhn of the Chico Housing Action Team (CHAT). The have been building small home for the homeless. They pointed out that the homeless problem (even before the Camp Fire) is the result of the cost of housing going up much faster that income. It is actually more economical to provide the small houses than the cost of the homeless to the community. The have built 26 of such homes and are now planning 33 more in Simplicity Village. Most of these houses are little more than a bedroom, without bathrooms. The occupants will use communal bathroom facilities.
Must Be Present to Win Drawing:
Ravi Saip drew Steve Plume’s name. He was present to win.
From Rotary International
The lack of access to clean water, sanitation facilities, and hygiene resources is one of the world’s biggest health problems — and one of the hardest to solve.
Rotary has worked for decades to provide people with clean water by digging wells, laying pipes, providing filters, and installing sinks and toilets. But the biggest challenge has come after the hardware is installed. Too often, projects succeeded at first but eventually failed.
Across all kinds of organizations, the cumulative cost of failed water systems in sub-Saharan Africa alone is estimated at $1.2 billion to $1.5 billion, according to data compiled by the consulting firm Improve International.
Rotary projects used to focus on building wells, but Rotary started to focused on hygiene education projects, which have a greater impact.
Rusted water pumps and dilapidated sanitation facilities are familiar sights in parts of Africa, South America, and South Asia — monuments to service projects that proved unsustainable. A 2013 review by independent contractor Aguaconsult cited these kinds of issues in projects Rotary carried out, and the review included an focus on sustainability to help plan more effective projects.
That’s one factor in why Rotary has shifted its focus over the past several years to emphasize education, collaboration, and sustainability.
With Rotary Foundation global grants, a dedicated Rotarian Action Group, and a partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Rotary’s water, sanitation, and hygiene, or WASH, programs are achieving greater, longer-lasting change.
“All Rotary water and sanitation projects are full of heart and well-intentioned, but many of them didn’t always meet the actual demands of the community,” says F. Ronald Denham, a founding member and chair emeritus of the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group. The group, formed in 2007, stresses a needs-based approach and sustainability in projects.
In the past, equipment and facilities were usually installed properly and received well, but the local ownership, education, and sustainability were sometimes lacking. Communities often did not receive enough support to manage the projects independently for the long term.
One obstacle to sustainability: the ongoing human involvement that’s required.
Rotary members, by their nature, are volunteers. “Like everyone else, Rotarians have priorities like work and family,” says Denham, who has worked with clubs on water, sanitation, and hygiene issues for more than 30 years and led projects in Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya, and Uganda.
Speaking of the Rotary members who work to make improvements in their own communities, he says, “It’s difficult for host clubs, for instance, to manage WASH projects long-term,” especially if the projects have complex technical components. “We’re extremely dedicated, but we need help. Reaching out is essential to our success.”
Community engagement, community ownership
That success now increasingly depends on collaborations with organizations that provide complementary resources, funding, technology, contacts, knowledge of a culture, and other expertise.
Rotary members work with local experts to make sure projects fit a local need and are sustainable. Educators Mark Adu-Anning, left, and John Kwame Antwi work with engineer Jonathan Nkrumah, center, Rotary member Vera Allotey, and Atekyem Chief Nana Dorman II on a sanitation projects in in Ghana.
“Clubs need to better engage with the community, its leaders, and professional organizations,” Denham says. “More important, we need to understand the needs of the community. We can’t assume or guess what’s in their best interest.”
The Rotary Foundation has learned over time that community engagement is crucial to making long-term change. It now requires clubs that apply for grants for some projects in other countries to show that local residents have helped develop the project plan.
The community should play a part in choosing which problems to address, thinking of the resources it has available, finding solutions, and making a long-term maintenance plan.
No project is successful, Denham says, unless the local community ultimately can run it.
In 2010, his club, the Rotary Club of Toronto Eglinton, Ontario, Canada, became the lead international partner in a water and sanitation program in the Great Rift Valley of Kenya, where clean water is scarce.
When initial groundwater tests revealed high levels of fluoride, the sponsor clubs changed their plan to dig shallow boreholes. Given what they learned, rainwater collection was a safer approach.
The Rotary Club of Nakuru, Kenya, the local host club, now provides materials and teaches families how to build their own 10,000-liter tanks. Each family is responsible for the labor and maintenance. With a $50 investment, a family can collect enough water to get through the dry season.
To date, the project has funded the construction of more than 3,000 tanks, bringing clean water to about 28,000 people. Family members no longer have to walk several miles per day to collect water, a task that often fell to women and children.
As owners of the tanks, women are empowered to reimagine how their households work. And with the help of microloans they get through the Rotary clubs, mothers are running small businesses and generating income instead of fetching water.
“With ownership comes liberation, not just for the mothers but for their children, who now have the time to attend school,” Denham explains.
It takes more than installing sanitation facilities for a WASH project to succeed in the long term. It’s also important to cultivate healthy habits. Good hygiene practices can reduce diseases such as cholera, dysentery, and pneumonia by nearly 50 percent. Washing hands with soap can save lives.
More than 4.5 billion people live without a safe toilet, the U.N. says. A lack of toilets leads to disease and also keeps some girls from going to school. In Ghana, Rotary and USAID projects at schools are leading to fewer days missed due to illness or menstruation.
The Rotary Club of Box Hill Central, Victoria, Australia, facilitates Operation Toilets, a program that builds toilets and delivers WASH education to schools in developing countries including India and Ethiopia. The group constructs separate facilities for boys and girls to ensure privacy, and Rotary members teach students how to wash their hands with soap. Workers at each school are instructed in how to maintain the facilities.
The program works with the advocacy group We Can’t Wait, which raises awareness of WASH needs and promotes education to the community. Since the project launched in 2015, nearly 90 schools and more than 96,000 students have directly benefited from the program.
In another example of successful WASH education, the Rotary Club of Puchong Centennial, Malaysia, partners with Interact and Rotaract clubs in the Philippines to teach at several schools in Lampara, Philippines. The groups invited several speakers to instruct students about oral hygiene, hand washing, and the importance of frequent bathing. After each presentation, students were given kits that included toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, combs, and other toiletries.
10 years of sustainable WASH
This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the Rotary-USAID Partnership, which has brought communities and resources together to provide clean water, sanitation facilities, and hygiene education in developing countries. Rotary and USAID, the world’s largest governmental aid agency, bring distinct strengths to the effort. Rotary activates a global network to raise money, rally volunteers, and oversee construction, while USAID provides technical support to design and carry out the initiatives and build the capacity of local agencies to operate and maintain the systems.
Rotary-USAID education programs are teaching students in Ghana, like Philomina Okyere how to effectively wash her hands. More than 35 Rotary clubs are working in partnership on WASH projects in Ghana. Learn more about how our projects in Ghana will help 75,000 people in our interactive graphic.
“Rotary brings a lot of energy to the program and has the ability to create a lot of buzz,” says Ryan Mahoney, a WASH and environmental health adviser for USAID and member of the Rotary-USAID steering committee. “They have been great at leveraging their relationships with community leaders to get projects off the ground.”
In Ghana, which was a focal point when the alliance launched, 35 Rotary clubs across six regions will have implemented more than 200 sustainable WASH programs by 2020.
Fredrick Muyodi and Alasdair Macleod, members of The Rotary Foundation Cadre of Technical Advisers, visited 30 of them last September to assess and evaluate their successes and ongoing challenges.
Macleod, a member of the Rotary Club of Monifieth & District, Tayside, Scotland, was impressed with the education efforts he saw. Most of the schools he visited had built-in education components, including a dedicated WASH educator on staff. In one case, the WASH teacher and students made and distributed posters about the importance of hand washing.
“Long-term projects need to start with the younger generation,” says Macleod. He adds that students can be agents of change in their own homes and in their communities by teaching the proper technique.
Other site visits revealed unexpected challenges, such as security. When a school has sanitation resources that are otherwise unavailable in a community, for example, the risk of break-ins and vandalism increases. Muyodi, a member of the Rotary Club of Kampala City-Makerere, Uganda, says that projects can lessen the risk by expanding to include the surrounding community.
Distance is also sometimes a challenge, if project sites are too far away for the clubs involved to commit to regular site visits. To remedy this, Muyodi says, clubs should engage with more local residents and create better links with leaders on the community and district levels.
Denham, a member of the Rotary-USAID steering committee, attributes the alliance’s success in Ghana to better coordination and communication, from using WhatsApp to connect with partners to hiring full-time staff. As it enters its second phase, the partnership — a landmark public/private collaboration in the WASH field — has secured $4 million in commitments for projects in Ghana, Madagascar, and Uganda. Rotary clubs in each country are responsible for raising $200,000.
“Rotary is in the business of social and economic development,” says Denham. “Our work in WASH can be a testament to that.”
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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