Durham Rotary Club.  P.O. Box 383 Durham Ca. 95938

Rotary International


Mark Daniel Maloney

Rotary District 5160 Governor:

Tina Akins

Durham Rotary President:
Steve Heithecker


Rowel Editor: Phil Price
Rowel Publisher: Jen Liu




November  19, 2019


The2020 Crab Feed will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2020


2019                                       Calendar for Durham Rotary


1 2
3 4

District Governor, Tina Atkins at Durham Memorial Hall
(Steve Heithecker)

6 7 8 9
10 11 12
No Meeting
13 14 15 16
17 18 19
Crab Feed Planning
20 21 22 23
24 25 26
No Meeting
27 28 29 30


1 2 3
Christmas Party
(Mike Wacker)
4 5 6 7
8 9

No Meeting

11 12 13 14
15 16 17
(Phil Price)
18 19 20 21
22 23 24
No Meeting
25 26 27 28
29 30 31
No Meeting

President Steven Heithecker opened the meeting at the BCCC.† †He asked Steve Plume to lead us in the pledge, which he did.He then asked Larry Bradley was ask to lead us in a song.He led us in singing God Bless America.Jim Patterson then gave the invocation




November 26th: Interim Crab Feed meeting at Jen Liu's house (636 Jardin Way, Chico)


December 3rd: Christmas Party


December 10th:No Meeting


December 17th: Phil Price will present Walt Schafer speaking about the Honey Run Covered Bridge Assnís efforts to rebuild the bridge


January 7th: Glenn Pulliam


January 14th:Crab Feed preparation.


January 18th:Crab Feed


January 21st: No Meeting


January 28th:Kristen Cargile will present the Crab Feed de-brief.


February 4th:Kelly Lotti


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


Since we had no meeting last week, the day after Veterans Day, President Steve recognized the veterans in our Club, Steve Plume and Jim Patterson.


President reported that members (actually Steve, Jessica, Bruce and Kristen) of Durham Rotary manned the beer and wine booth at the Sohnrey Farms Harvest Party on November 9, 2019, which Cindy and I attended.We get to keep all the proceeds which amounted to $505.00.These proceeds we will assigned our first District Grant project.


Mike Wacker reported that they are in the process of developing a distribution plan for the $60,000 remaining of the funds collected to help paradise students rebound.





Larry Bradley introduced Keaten Denlay from the Butte County Elections Office, who was here to give us a short program


Jessica Thorpe introduced Brenda Sohnrey, a prospective member.


Jen Liu introduced Red Badge member, Kelly Lotti.



New Member Posting


Speaking of Sohnrey Farms and Brenda, Brenda Sohnrey had been proposed as a new member of Durham Rotary.She is sponsored by Jessica Thorpe.





An interim Crab Feed planning meeting will be held at Jen Liu's house at 5:30PM on November 26th. Dinner will be provided.  His address is "636 Jardin Way Chico, CA 95926"


The next meeting will be on December 3rd which will be our Christmas Party. Please RSVP to Mike and bring guests we can interest in Rotary.


Durham Rotary Christmas Party

6:00 PM   Tuesday   December 3rd, 2019

Butte Creek Country Club

$26.00 per person (Includes tax and gratuity)


Dinner Menu

Seasonal Salad

Mixed greens, cranberries, blue cheese, Pecans, shaved

 carrots served with balsamic & ranch

Roast Turkey

Whipped Mashed Potatoes

Seasonal Vegetables

Squash, zucchini, parsnips and carrots

Cranberry Sauce

Bread Rolls with Whipped Butter

Assorted Homemade pies



Durham High Jazz Band

Caroling led by Larry Bradley


Raviís Rotary Rotating Gift Exchange

(Participation optional)

Bring one gift ($20-25 value) for each couple or single


This is a great opportunity to bring guests to a fun evening

and to introduce them to Durham Rotary.


Please to RSVP your space ASAP, Thanks.

Call: Mike Wacker @ 891-6828 or email Mike@MikeWacker.com





Jen Liu has returned from his long trip.He was recognized in the amount left to make him a Bell Ringer, although no one knew what that amount was.


Jim Patterson was recognized for his birthday with a song and a contribution of $10.00.


Glenn Pulliam was recognized for his tardiness tonight when President Steve was waiting for him to set up the audio-visual equipment.He explained that his golf game ran late.His contribution was $20.00








From Brian Gray, Paradise Rotary


  • Rebuilding of Paradise NEWS



The most destructive fire in US history. We need your help to bring back the Town of Paradise California. The fire was Nov 8, 2018. Many good things are happening.


The latest GRANT opportunities, and other things YOU can do to help Paradise recover from the Nov 8, 2018 deadly fire that wiped out 19,000 structures.


Fun in Paradise!

  1. We have donated $50,000.00 USD to build sheds for those living in their RV's. Just imagine trying to rebuild your house...from a motor home! Where do you put your tools and material?
  2. Donating to the annual Gold Nugget Queen contest for high school girls. A bit of normalcy in these trying times.


Today, Nov 8 2019, is the 1 year mark of the devastating fire.

We are just beginning to know where the real needs are in town.
Please send us your unused DDF funds. Send us proceeds from a fund raiser for us. We need a lot of help, and for a long, long time. Things are getting better, but that is relative.





Also from Brian Gray of the Paradise Rotary Club:


So, Feb 1, 2020 the Paradise Crab Feed will be held at the Chico Elks Lodge, like last year. 


With a combined effort, we raised over $40,000 with a lot of Rotary Clubs pitching in and attending. 


But, more importantly, we showed Rotary unity, and that Paradise would be renewed. 


Can you, your Rotary friends, your family, your employees all help us this year? 


Our Foundation 501c3 # is 26-2754805

Mailing address is:

The Paradise Rotary Foundation

45 Jan Court # 170




It is NOT too early to be planning to attend the Rotary International Convention in Honolulu Hawaii June 6-10, 2020! And, this is not something that can wait. While in Hamburg, Rotarians will get to register for next year's Convention in Honolulu, and now you can too.

Registration for the Honolulu 2020 Rotary Convention will open on June 1, 2019.

Rotarians everywhere can take advantage of this lowest rate at www.riconvention.org. To assist Rotarians in registering, attached is a description of how to complete registration for Honolulu 2020. Please note that you must have a My Rotary account to register, and that is easy to do with the instructions attached to this message. I've also attached a chart that shows pricing. This is the lowest, folks! I think I've attached enough info to help you to take advantage of this.


Tina Akins
District Governor 2019-2020
Rotary International District 5160





The program was primarily a planning session for the Crab Feed.However, Larry Bradley first introduced Keaton Denlay, who gave us a quick presentation about changes to the Butte County Voting Process. 


The remainder of the meeting was in regard to our upcoming 17th annual Crab Feed, January 18th. The committee co-chairs for the event are Kristen Cargile and Jessica Thorpe. Chris Hatch, our retired chair, has agreed to serve as a senior advisor and work with Roy Ellis on silent auction items. 

Kristen spoke about the biggest change to the event which is that tickets will be on sale through Eventbrite, starting November 30th. This is the same website that the Paradise Rotary has successfully used for their crab feed for the past few years. In time this will streamline ticket sales. In addition, data will be collected so that emails can be sent to save the date and remind participants to purchase tickets on-line in future years. Please note that members will still be able to sell tickets to interested parties.

Durham Rotarians have the ability to pre-purchase their tickets, $65 for individual, $575 for a table of 8, up through December 6th (must be paid by this date also).  A few things have changed with Eventbrite.  Buyers will no longer have to pay a fee when making their purchase on the website.  If people contact you regarding buying tickets, please either refer them to the Eventbrite website (see the cards that Kristen handed out) or have them email us at durhamrotaryca@gmail.com.


If attendees don't receive an email from the Eventbrite system, this means they do not have a ticket and should check in with Kristen.


To get to the Rotary Crab Feed on Eventbrite go to: www.durhamcrabfeed.eventbrite.com.Or you can go to: www.eventbrite.com and the put the date of the event in the upper right space for it and it will get you there. (This is based on my experimentation).






Bring guests, who you think you can interest in becoming a member, to meetings.Your dinner and your guestís dinner will be paid for by the Club.In the meantime please invite Durham business owners and/or managers to one of our meetings.





Must Be Present to Win Drawing:


President Steve drew Erick Hoilandís name.He was present to win.



Ten Years Ago


This was the Crab Feed.


President Mike called the meeting to order and led the pledge of allegiance.After that everyone enjoyed crab, shrimp, pasta, etc.The report is in the pictures below.Oh, and as you will notice from some of the photographs, Congressman Wally Herger assisted with the serving.Before we get to that there are a few business matters.





Rotary Foundation receives highest rating from Charity Navigator for 12th consecutive year

By Rotary International

For the 12th consecutive year, The Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating ó four stars ó from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.


The Foundation earned the recognition for demonstrating both strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. Only one percent of the organizations Charity Navigator evaluates have received 12 consecutive 4-star evaluations.

"Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that The Rotary Foundation exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in your area of work", says Michael Thatcher, president and chief executive officer of Charity Navigator. "This exceptional designation sets the Foundation apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness."

The rating reflects Charity Navigator's assessment of how the Foundation uses donations, sustains its programs and services, and practices good governance and openness.

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 Editorís photographs published in the Rowel are available, upon request, in their original file size.  Those published were substantially reduced in file size.