Rotary District 5160 Governor:
Durham Rotary President:
April 16, 2019
The 2019 Harvest Festival will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2019
2019 Calendar for Durham Rotary
No Meeting - Dave's Birthday
Michelle John, Superintendent of Paradise Schools.
Harvest Festival Meeting at Durham Memorial Hall
CHP Community Relations Officer
(KR Robertson/Steve Plume)
Alexa Benson-Valavanis, President of the North Valley Community Foundation
Hot Dog Picnic with DHS students at the Durham Park
Past President Larry Bradley, opened the meeting at the Durham Community Hall. He had a Mexican dinner set out on a table. He got it at Pueblito Mexican Grill in Durham. It was very good. A lot better than the usual pizza we get when meeting away from the BCCC. He suggest that those of us who were there start eating while we waited for other members. He did ask Jim Patterson to give the invocation before we began eating.
Later, after more members had arrived, before the meeting began, he asked Steve Plume to lead us in the pledge, which he did.
April 23rd: No Meeting (Easter)
April 30th: K.R. Robertson/Steve Plume will present CHP Community Relations Officer.
May 7th: Robert Olea will present Alexa Benson-Valavanis, President of the North Valley Community Foundation.
May 7th: Board Meeting at 5:00 pm
May 14th: Jim Patterson will present Rian Farley.
May 21st: Hot Dog Picnic with students.
May 28th: No Meeting.
June 4th: Daryl Polk will present Robert Kevmar
June 11th: Ravi Saip
June 18th: Steve Plume
If a Tuesday is not listed above, there is no meeting that week.
Induction of New Member
Past President Larry Bradley then inducted Kristen Cargile as a new member of Durham Rotary. She is the librarian at the Durham Elementary School. Welcome Kristen.
VISITING ROTARIANS & GUESTS
We had no introduction of visiting Rotarians and guests, but then we had none.
Pay attention: There is no meeting next week, April 23rd.
The next meeting will be on April 30th at the BCCC. K. R. Robertson, with the assistance of Steve Plume will present a CHP Community Relations Officer.
There will be a board meeting at 5:00 pm, before the May 7th meeting, not next week.
REPORTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Rise Against Hunger packaging of meals for hungry kids is scheduled for the morning of April 27th in the cafeteria at the Durham Elementary School. Note that this is a different location from last year. The school kids are conducting a car wash at the same time, so come and get your car washed. Also, about 20 Paradise Rotarians are coming so it should be done in a short time.
New BBQ at Durham Park
The new BBQ construction at Durham Park has completed. Here are the pictures from Larry Bradley.
the District Governor:
Dear District 5160 Rotarians:
The Rotary 4-Way Fest is just over four weeks away and registrations are coming in fast!
As a result, we expect to sell out and have to close registrations early. The Conference has great speakers, breakout sessions and fun activities for all. If you want to be part of this amazing event, you should register while there is still space.
Under the ‘Register’ tab you will find hotel information – the room block at the Peppermill will be released on April 25th. There is also information about back-up hotel space at the Hyatt Place Hotel.
To learn more about the Rotary 4-Way Fest and register for the conference, visit our website at: www.rotary4wayfest.com
Under the ‘Events’ tab you can also register for the following:
Registering for the Activities below can be done on-site at the Conference:
Hope to see you at #Rotary4WayFest!!
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.
Past President Larry did recognize several members for birthdays and one anniversary
Steve Heithecker volunteered $26 (half his age) for his birthday, without a song.
Dave Jessen was recognized in the amount of $10 for his birthday, without a song.
John Moss, in his absence, was recognized in the amount of $10 for his birthday, without a song.
Mike Crump elected to have a song so contributed $7.
Daryl Polk contributed $38 for his 38th anniversary.
Your editor was recognized in the amount of $10 when his phone rang, even though he has to have it on to take photos at meetings, such as those of this meeting below:
Past President Larry Bradley talked about planning for the Harvest Festival. He concentrated on two elements. Sponsors and Parking.
Regarding Sponsors, this is an important part of the moneys we get. A list of past sponsors and the member who is responsible for contacting them was passed around. It will be attached to a future Rowel when I get it from Larry. Please start contacting those sponsors who are your responsibility.
A long discussion took place regarding parking, the problems faced last year and plans for changes this year. Also discussed was possible sources for help.
Must Be Present to Win Drawing:
From Rotary International
Rotary Club of San Francisco
Heidi Kühn arrived in Utsunomiya, Japan, in 1975, a few months after the end of the Vietnam War. She was a Rotary Youth Exchange student, and what she saw and experienced in Japan led her to reflect on the post-World War II reconciliation between that country and her native United States. “The idea of former enemies bridging borders for peace left an impression in my heart,” she says.
Heidi Kühn, of the Rotary Club of San Francisco, founded a nonprofit called Roots of Peace to remove land mines and revive farmland.
More than 20 years later, Kühn had become a successful television journalist. She was asked by the Commonwealth Club of California, a well-known public affairs forum, to host an event featuring Jerry White, a land mine survivor who had escorted Princess Diana on her last humanitarian mission in 1997. It was a short time after the death of Diana, whose efforts to ban land mines had inspired Kühn. “That night, I made a prophetic toast,” she recalls. “‘May the world go from mines to vines.’”
Kühn decided to act on those words and founded a nonprofit called Roots of Peace that has worked to remove hundreds of thousands of land mines and other unexploded ordnance from farmland and replace them with productive fields, such as orchards and vineyards.
In Afghanistan, the organization has helped restore fields in the Shomali Plain north of Kabul, which had been a thriving agricultural region until the Taliban burned vineyards, cut down fruit trees, and laid land mines. Since 2003, Roots of Peace has connected growers with supermarket chains in India.
Roots of Peace is also partnering with the Rotary clubs of San Francisco and Bangkok Klongtoey, Thailand, which received a $197,000 global grant from The Rotary Foundation to remove land mines and plant black pepper vines and taro in Vietnam’s Quang Tri province, and help farmers market the high-value crop.
Kühn and her husband and Roots of Peace partner, Gary Kühn, visited Afghanistan in 2018 to see the fruits of their labor. They flew out of Afghanistan on a cargo plane carrying the harvest.
“To me, that was the greatest inspiration, the greatest moment in my life, to know that we can turn dreams into reality,” Kühn says. “Not just for ourselves, but for countless farmers and families around the world.”
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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