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




May 7, 2019


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


2019                                       Calendar for Durham Rotary


    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


2 3

 Robert Kevmar
(Daryl Polk)

5 6 7 8
9 10 11
(Ravi Saip)
12 13 14 15
16 17 18
(Steve Plume)
19 20 21 22
23 24 25
Demotion Party
26 27 28 29

President Dave Jessen opened the meeting at the BCCC.   He asked Steve Plume to lead us in the pledge, which he did.  He asked Larry Braley to lead us in song.   He led us in singing “God Bless Ameriica”.  Jim Patterson then gave the invocation.




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


June 25th:  Demotion Party


If a Tuesday is not listed above, there is no meeting that week.




Jen Liu introduced our red badge member Kristen Cargile.  He also introduced Alexa Benson-Valavanis, our speaker of the evening.


Steve Plume introduced Pamela Morasch and Layne Diestel, both are red badge member from Chico noon club and both are sustaining Paul Harries fellow.


Steven Hierthecker's table has no visitor and members of that table are each assesed $1.00.




Jim Patterson will present Rian Farley.  Her program will feature about 35 slides on Durham Rotary and other service clubs in the community.  Spouses are invited to join this meeting.




Mick wacker reported that Jim Kirks is in Enloe Hospital being treated and having blood tests done.  Mike just shared the good news with this Rowel editor that Jim Kirk is being discharged at the publication of this Rowel.


Roy Ellis annouced that he still has a shipping container full of school supplies donated by his suppliers for Camp File. Please contact him if you know of students and groups that need school supplies.




Our president elect Steven Hiethecker has just became our latest Paul Harries fellow and was honored by president Dave Jessen and Mike Wacker - in place of Jim Kirks.


Larry Bradley announced that this year's Durham Mayday Parade will be held on Saturday, May 11th.  Ravi Saip, Steven Hiethecker, Jen Liu and himself have volunteered to help with parking at the Durham Park.  Please contact Larry if you can also be there to help.


Our newest member Kristen Cargile received her official red badge from president Dave Jessen.


Our domant facebook page/accout Rotary Club of Durham - California is active again! Thanks to our talented new member Kristen Cargile.  Kristen has uploaded pictures from our recent activites such as Rise Against Hunger to the page.  She encourages members to share our facebook page to family members, friends and business associates to promote our visibility.




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.






Grider was auctione off to Steven Plume for $75 by president Dave.




Larry Bradley presented Alexa Benson-Valavanis, President of the North Valley Community Foundation.  Alexa has served as president and CEO since July 2005. She was recruited to play basketball at Chico State University and graduated with a degree in journalism, then worked in business development in Shanghai, China, before starting an organization supporting nonprofit development in Guatemala. Alexa was hired to rebuild NVCF in 2005. She has overseen tremendous growth of the foundation in clients, services and revenues of more than $150 million during her tenure.



Alexa spoke on their latest effort in supporting Camp File survivors.  NVCF initiated many actions and acted as a bridge between Federal, State relief efforts and survivors.  $3.6+ Million relief funds were raised and granted to qualified recipients alone by NVCF in 6 months. NVCF thrives on efficiency and transparency.  Their administrative cost for the effort is 1% and all grants distributed are posted on their Camp Fire Grants Made page.



In order to broaden and deepen their impact, NVCF partnered with Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and the Aaron Rodgers NorCal Fire Recovery Fund and created Butte Strong Fund. This fund was set up to work alongside communities for years after the fire. It issues grants in six categories: housing, business recovery, community development, health and wellness, children and youth services, and education. Grants are approved by a committee of nine community members, several of whom lost homes in the Camp Fire. So far, the Butte Strong Fund has awarded more than $6 million in grants


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Eric Hoiland was not present to win the drawing.


From Rotary International


Australia Rotary clubs raise awareness and funds to prevent domestic violence and support its victims.

By Rotary Down Under

The statistics are sobering: Intimate partner violence is the most common type of violence against women, affecting 30 percent of women worldwide, according to a 2013 World Health Organization report. As many as 38 percent of murders of women are committed by an intimate partner.

In New Zealand, a dozen women are killed by their partners or ex-partners each year. And in Australia, a woman is killed, on average, about every week.

Recognizing the desperate need for domestic-violence services in their communities, Rotary clubs throughout Australia and New Zealand are fundraising and partnering with charities to raise awareness and work on prevention and victim support.

As one club president said: When ending polio seemed insurmountable, Rotary stepped in. Why can’t Rotary help end domestic violence?

Carlton Football Club players Simon White, Claran Byrne, and Matthew Kreuzer attended a #SayNO2familyviolence workshop with community representatives earlier this year.

Lachlan Steed, Maryborough District Advertiser

More than one approach

The Rotary Club of Maryborough, Victoria, Australia, is changing attitudes about domestic violence and generating positive community response with its multifaceted approach. What began as a social media campaign has grown to include community educational programs, publicity events that have reached millions, and the opportunity to present its SAFE program to the Royal Commission Into Family Violence (Victoria). 

The Support, Advice, Facilitation, and Early Intervention model is a collaborative approach that gives everyone in the community a role to play in addressing family violence. Garry Higgins, the club’s project manager for the campaign #SayNO2familyviolence, believes it’s the type of program that has global application.

“As an independent, apolitical organization, Rotary can do and say things others can’t,” says Higgins, who presented the SAFE program to the Royal Commission.

Getting people to talk about domestic violence — once a taboo subject in the small town — was one of the club’s biggest challenges. To start that conversation, the club launched a communication campaign, Speak Up! #SayNO2familyviolence, which included social media posts and promotional brochures and posters.

For help spreading the message, the club targeted the key cultural and behavioral influencers in the community: local sporting clubs. The harness racing club supported the campaign, and the football club recently held its third #SayNO2familyviolence championship competition.

I’ve learned a new way to deal with my ex-partner. My children will benefit from this — it’s all good now.

Men's Behavior Change Program participant

Changing behavior

An online program is helping abusive men learn new ways to deal with their anger and have more satisfying personal relationships. The Men’s Behaviour Change Program, formed by Violence Free Families, is a 13-week live, interactive program for men who can’t — or won’t — attend counseling sessions in person, because of work schedules or embarrassment.

Melbourne University evaluated the program and reported positive results for the men who took part in four trials over the past two years.

“I’ve learned a new way to deal with my ex-partner,” said one program participant. “My children will benefit from this — it’s all good now.”

The Rotary Club of Brighton, Victoria, Australia, launched Violence Free Families in 1995, after a local child’s violent death. The club has raised more than $750,000 for the program, endorsed by Rotary District 9800 and supported by all 70 district clubs and Women in Rotary. 

Family safety nets

A 2008 report by the Australian government’s Department of Social Services identified domestic violence as the principal cause of homelessness for women and their children.

The Path of Hope Foundation, a joint venture between the Salvation Army and the Rotary Club of Perth, Western Australia, provides safe accommodations for those fleeing family violence. It also offers guidance and resources to help families overcome trauma and rebuild their lives. Members of the Perth club raise funds and volunteer at the center.

“We’re hopeful that Path of Hope can become a model for Rotary clubs and Salvation Army centers around the world to adopt,” says club member Graham Peden. “It’s already achieved a great deal through improving the lives of victims of domestic violence in Western Australia.”

Rose Batty, whose son was murdered by his father, shares her story of resilience at the 2016 Rotary International Convention in Korea. 

Elsewhere, the Rotary Club of Bendigo, Victoria, held a fundraiser in May for survivors of family violence. Guests had the chance to hear 2015 Australian of the Year Rosie Batty speak about her personal experiences with domestic violence. Batty’s 11-year-old son, Luke, was murdered by his father in 2014.

The evening netted more than $16,000 for the Annie North Women’s Refuge and Domestic Violence Service. The funds will help buy new furniture for families moving from emergency housing to permanent sites.

Batty also was a keynote speaker in June for the 2016 Rotary International Convention in Korea.

Larrie Winzar, president of the Bendigo club during Batty’s talk in May, said: “When disaster strikes, most of us have insurance to replace the items we’ve lost. In situations of family violence there is no insurance, so support from organizations and service clubs such as Rotary can make a difference to someone starting over.”

We once decided we would end polio when it seemed impossible. Why can’t Rotary put an end to domestic violence?

Garry Higgins, Rotary Club of Maryborough, Victoria, Australia


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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