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




April 16, 2019


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


2019                                       Calendar for Durham Rotary


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
Harvest Festival Meeting at Durham Memorial Hall
(Lloyd Webb)
17 18 19 20
21 22 23
No Meeting
24 35 26 27
28 29 30
CHP Community Relations Officer
(KR Robertson/Steve Plume)


    1 2 3 4
5 6 7
Alexa Benson-Valavanis, President of the North Valley Community Foundation
(Robert Olea)
Board Meeting
8 9 10 11
12 13 14
Rian Farley
(Jim Patterson)
15 16 17 18
19 20 21
Hot Dog Picnic with DHS students at the Durham Park
22 23 24 25
26 27 28
No Meeting
Memorial Day
29 30 31

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.




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.




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.


From 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 earlyThe 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!!

Yours in Service,

Jon Dwyer
District Governor 2018-19

Claire Roberts
District Conference Chair 2018-19




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:


None tonight.


From Rotary International


Profile: A vine idea

Heidi Kühn
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.

Photo by Ian Tuttle

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


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.