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 26, 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
Close Air Support II
(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 Elect Steve Heithecker, in the absence of President Dave, 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 “God Bless America”.  Jim Patterson then gave the invocation.




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.


President-Elect Steve talked about his plans for next year.

He discussed the three important things for next year which are membership, the RI Foundation and branding.  His plan is to get us up to 25 members next year.  He will expect each member to bring at least one guest.  If a member does the dinner cost will be waived.


He also will expect each member to donate to the Rotary International Foundation.


He wants to work on a grant to get Chromebooks for all students in the Durham schools.


Larry Bradley reported on his attendance at the District Spring Assembly is this past Saturday at Butte College.  He attended sessions on the Paul Harris Foundation and on membership.


Larry Bradley also reported on Rian Farley getting him to a photo opportunity at the Durham Park regarding the new grill.  The parts of the grill were delivered to the park and put in place so holes could be drilled in the concrete.  They were then returned to the shop to be powder coated.  It will be completed shortly.  Meanwhile they have raised $4290, which we have agreed to match.  We have already contributed more than half of that and will contribute the balance soon. 


Mike Wacker reported that the money raise in their Go Funding campaign has helped over 4,000 students with backpack and backpack contents that the students lost in the fire.  They still have about $60,000 left.  They are now looking for students they have not yet found, including those in charter schools or otherwise not in the Paradise school system to help.  If you know of anyone, let Mike know.




The connecting cords for the Club’s BenQ digital projector are missing.  Both the USB cord and the VGA cable.  Does anyone know what happened to them?  If so, call Phil Price 343 6165 or email to pbprice1784@gmail.com.





Mike Wacker’s and Steve Plume’s tables had no visitors, so each member at those tables contribute $1 each.


Larry Bradley introduced Kristen Cargile, guest and potential member.




There will be no meeting next week, April 2.  The next meeting will be April 9, 2019 at the BCCC.   I will present Michelle John, Superintendent of Paradise Schools.  She will talk about the problems they have had, the solutions found and the problems expected in the future.







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.




Eric Hoiland missed the last two meeting coaching.  He volunteered $15 per meeting for a total of a $30 recognition.


Steve Heithecker also missed two meetings while at Sea Ranch.  He also volunteered a total of a $30 recognition.


No other recognitions tonight.




It was suppose to be a continuation of the program John Moss had given us before.  However the BCCC had not put their digital projector out and John could not connect to the club’s old projector,  so the program was cancelled, to be given at a later date.


Must Be Present to Win Drawing:


Mike Wacker drew Ravi Saip’s name.  He was not present to win.


From Rotary International


Paul Harris


Rotary started with the vision of one man — Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on 23 February 1905, so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas, form meaningful, lifelong friendships, and give back to their communities.


Paul Harris history

After setting up his law practice in Chicago, Paul Harris gathered several business associates to discuss the idea of forming an organization for local professionals.

On 23 February 1905, Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram Shorey gathered at Loehr’s office in Room 711 of the Unity Building in downtown Chicago. This was the first Rotary club meeting.

“I was sure that there must be many other young men who had come from farms and small villages to establish themselves in Chicago ... Why not bring them together? If others were longing for fellowship as I was, something would come of it.”

In February 1907, Harris was elected the third president of the Rotary Club of Chicago, a position he held until the fall of 1908. Toward the end of his club presidency, Harris worked to expand Rotary beyond Chicago. Some club members resisted, not wanting to take on the additional financial burden. But Harris persisted and by 1910 Rotary had expanded to several other major U.S. cities.

Harris died on 27 January 1947 in Chicago at age 78 after a prolonged illness. 

His death prompted an outpouring of contributions from around the world and his name continues to evoke the passion and support of Rotarians and friends of Rotary. 


Paul Harris Fellows

The Paul Harris Fellow program recognizes individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

The honor was established in 1957 to show appreciation for contributions that support our Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant.

Paul Harris Society

The Paul Harris Society recognizes Rotary members and friends of The Rotary Foundation who elect to contribute $1,000 or more each year to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus Fund, or approved global grants.

The purpose of the Paul Harris Society is to honor and thank individuals for their generous, ongoing support of The Rotary Foundation.

Rotary districts often honor new members of the Paul Harris Society by presenting them with a certificate and chevron at a district or club event.

What your giving supports

By giving from your heart each and every year, you’ll support families and change lives. Paul Harris Society gifts have helped provide:

·        Vocational training for teachers establishing an early childhood education center in South Africa

·        Water filters, toilets, and hygiene training to prevent fluorosis, diarrhea, and other diseases in India

·        A scholarship for a medical professional in Italy to research treatments that minimize mortality rates among premature babies

·        Peace-building seminars for 200 teachers and 1,300 students in Uganda

·        Treated mosquito nets and medical services that prevent malaria in Mali



Anyone who cumulatively contributes $1,000 during any time period becomes a  Paul Harris Fellow. A person can also be named a fellow if someone else uses 1,000 Foundation recognition points to honor him or her as such. A member of the Paul Harris Society contributes at least $1,000 each year to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus Fund, or approved Foundation grants.



No, an immediate $1,000 contribution is not required at the time of enrollment. You can fulfill your Paul Harris Society commitment gradually during the Rotary year.


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


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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.