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




January 7, 2020


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


2020                            Calendar for Durham Rotary


1 2 3 4
5 6 7

Crab Feed Presentation
(Kristen Cargile)

8 9 10 11
12 13 14
No Meeting
15 16 17 18
Crab Feed
19 20 21
No Meeting
22 23 24 25
26 27 28
Crab Feed Debrief
(Kristen Cargile)
Not at BCCC-location will be announced
29 30 31



2 3 4
(Kelly Lotti)
5 6 7 8
9 10 11
(Mike Wacker)
12 13 14 15
16 17 18
No Meeting
19 20 21 22
23 24 25
(Mike Crump)
26 27 28 29

President Steven Heithecker asked Robert Olea to lead us in the pledge, which he did.  He then asked Larry Bradley to lead us in a song.  He led us in singing “God Bless America”.  Jim Patterson then gave the invocation. He specifically prayed for the events happening in the Middle East.




January 14th:  No Meeting


January 18th:  Crab Feed


January 21st: No Meeting


January 28th:  Not at BCCC, but Kristen Cargile will present the Crab Feed de-brief somewhere.


February 4th:  Kelly Lotti


February 11th:  Mike Wacker


February 18th:  No Meeting


February 25th:  Mike Crump


March 3rd:  No Meeting


March 10th:  Roy Ellis


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




Kaitlyn Sohnrey, guest and daughter of Brenda Sohnrey

Brian Gray, President, Paradise Rotary Club

Cory Busher, Paradise Rotary Club




There will be no meeting on January 14th as the BCCC is not available and the preparations for the Crab Feed are far enough along that we do not need the meeting.


The Crab Feed in January 18th will be our next meeting of record.


There will be no meeting on January 21st as the Crab Feed will be our meeting for that week.


The next meeting after the Crab Feed will be on January 28th but it will not be at the BCCC.  Location to be determined. Kristen Cargile will provide a debriefing for the Crab Feed.





Brenda Sohnrey received her Red Badge and she is looking forward to being part of the Durham Rotary Club.


Robert Olea has been away for a year. He was recognized $25 for missing meetings. He said he has been busy with the Civil Air Patrol Air Force Cadet Programs.





Brian Gray, President of Paradise Rotary announced that the Paradise Crab Feed will be held on February 1, 2020 at the Chico Elks Lodge. They are expecting 500 guests. They are looking for some big ticket auction items. The Durham Rotary will be helping by slicing and tri tip at 6:00 pm. They need 6 Durham Rotarians to help. Dave Jesson, Ravi Saip, Steve Heithecker, Jen Liu, Roy Ellis and Steve Abshire volunteered. Robert Olea will be loaning his electric meat slicer.

From Jon Dwyer, District Rotary Foundation Chair

District 5160 Foundation Day is happening soon:

Saturday January 25, 2020; 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  
Pioneer High School, 1400 Pioneer Ave, Woodland, Ca 95776

Register NOW for Rotary Foundation Day
PLEASE do not forward this email - the Register NOW link above can only be used by you to register yourself and your partner/guest.
 For Clubs that are planning on applying for a District or Global Grant for the 2020 – 2021 Rotary Year at least one person from the Club must attend for the Grants Mgt Training session on this day. This is the only time that the training will be offered.

All District Rotarians are also invited to learn more about the opportunities made available by The Rotary Foundation.    

Sessions will cover in detail areas such as Donor Recognition, District Grants, Global Grants, and Club Qualification.  Special sessions will be conducted for Area Foundation Ambassadors and Club Foundation Chairs, and prospective grantee presentations.

Jon Dwyer, District Rotary Foundation Chair 2020 – 2023
Jon@Rotary5160.org; 925-785-4664

President Steve and Jen Liu are signed up for it.  They welcome others.  Learn about applying for grants.



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






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




Kristen Cargile presented her Crab Feed planning as the program.  She promised to email a copy work schedule to all the members after it is finalized.


A copy of the work schedule is attached at the end of this news letter.




Must Be Present to Win Drawing:


Larry Bradley was present to win the drawing.


From Rotary International


World Polio Day cheers major achievements toward global polio eradication


By Ryan Hyland

Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) are celebrating a major milestone this World Polio Day: confirmation that a second type of the wild poliovirus has been eradicated, which is a significant step toward the ultimate goal of a polio-free world.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), announced the historic feat in a video address during Rotary’s Global Online Update on 24 October. He said an independent commission of health experts certified the global eradication of the type 3 strain, which hasn't been detected anywhere in the world since Nigeria identified a case of polio that it caused in November 2012. The type 2 strain was certified as eradicated in 2015.

“That leaves just wild poliovirus type 1,” Tedros said. He also commended Rotary’s long fight against polio. “Everything you [Rotary] have done has brought us to the brink of a polio-free world.”

Tedros balanced the good news with a note of caution, saying that the biggest enemy of global eradication is complacency. He encouraged Rotary members to redouble their efforts.

Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries.

“We must stay the course. Together, we can make sure the children of the future only learn about polio in history books.”

“If we stopped now, the virus would resurge and could once again cause more than 200,000 new cases every year,” said Tedros. “We must stay the course. Together, we can make sure the children of the future only learn about polio in history books.”

Rotary’s World Polio Day program this year was streamed on Facebook in multiple languages and multiple time zones around the world. The program, which was sponsored by UNICEF USA and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, featured TV presenter and Paralympic medalist Ade Adepitan, supermodel Isabeli Fontana, science educator Bill Nye, and actress Archie Panjabi.

The program also featured never-before-seen footage of three Rotary members working to protect children from polio in their home countries of India, Pakistan, and Ukraine. In Pakistan, Rotarian Tayyaba Gul works with a team of health workers to educate mothers and children about the importance of polio vaccination. Dr. Hemendra Verma of India encourages his fellow Rotary members and our partners to make sure health workers and volunteers reach every child. And Ukrainian Rotarian Sergii Zavadskyi oversees an advocacy and awareness program that uses social media and public events to educate people who are reluctant to have their children vaccinated. These three heroes of the polio eradication effort show what it means to be a dedicated volunteer, and represent the efforts of Rotarians all over the world.

Rotary members and heroes in the fight to eradicate polio, from left, Tayyaba Gul, Dr. Hemendra Verma, and Sergii Zavadskyi.

Adepitan, a polio survivor who contracted the disease as a child in Nigeria, praised the efforts in that country, which hasn’t reported finding wild poliovirus in more than three years. “This is massive news,” Adepitan said.

Nigeria’s milestone clears the way for the entire WHO African region to be certified wild poliovirus-free next year. Adepitan reminded people just how far the continent has come, saying that even a decade ago, Africa reported nearly 75 percent of all polio cases worldwide.

“Today more than a billion African people are at the cusp of a future where wild polio is a disease of the past,” he said. “We’re not done. We’re in pursuit of an even greater triumph — a world without polio. I can’t wait.”

Scientist Bill Nye talked about some people’s reluctance to use vaccines, which he called a dangerous issue around the world. “As the conversation around vaccines becomes more hostile, we’re seeing an increase in outbreaks of preventable diseases. It’s not just measles. It’s rotavirus. Tetanus. Even polio,” he said. However, he said: “The science on vaccinations is settled. There is no dispute.”

Look even just at what Rotary and its partners have achieved since 1988, when the GPEI was formed, Nye said. Three decades ago, the disease affected 350,000 children in one year. Because of massive vaccination campaigns around the world, the number of polio cases has decreased by more than 99.9 percent.

“That’s about as concrete as evidence gets for preventative medicine,” Nye said.

Rotary's 2019 World Polio Day Global Online Update highlights the frontline workers who make polio eradication possible and the milestones that the program achieved this past year.

2019 proves that challenges remain

Despite these accomplishments, polio cases are rising in areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan that face tremendous challenges: They are difficult to get to and travel in, they are often not secure enough for vaccinators to do their work, and people are highly mobile. In all of 2018, these two countries reported just 33 wild poliovirus cases. The 2019 case count is so far 88, and health experts predict more cases to come.

Michel Zaffran, director of polio eradication at WHO, discussed the increased number of cases in Afghanistan and Pakistan. “At its core, polio eradication is very simple: If you vaccinate enough children in given areas, then the virus has nowhere to hide and eventually disappears,” Zaffran said.

It gets more complicated, he said, when thousands of children are not being vaccinated in some areas. “The reasons vary greatly, district to district, in both countries,” he added. “It could be because there is hampered access due to insecurity, lack of infrastructure, lack of clean water supply, inadequate planning of campaigns, community resistance, and other reasons.”

To combat any further spread of the disease, Zaffran says health workers are evaluating each area to understand why a child is missed and making customized plans to overcome the area's specific challenges.

This approach is similar to how health experts overcame the last hurdles in India, which was declared polio-free in 2014.

“I encourage Rotary members everywhere to stick with it and stay optimistic,” Zaffran said. “Keep raising funds and awareness, advocate with governments. We truly are on the cusp of eradicating a disease for only the second time in human history.”

If it is eradicated, polio would follow smallpox as the second human disease eliminated from the world.

Rotary has contributed more than $2 billion to polio eradication since it launched the PolioPlus program in 1985, and is committed to raising $50 million a year for polio eradication activities. Because of a 2-to-1 matching agreement with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, that means that $150 million a year goes toward fulfilling Rotary's promise to the children of the world: no child will ever again suffer the devastating effects of polio.


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. 












Durham Rotary Crab Feed 2020 Work Schedule
  Everyone meets Saturday, January 18th  
  at 11:30 am at the storage unit to help 
  move tables and supplies to the hall.
Setup Committee Saturday at Noon
  Jessica Thorpe
  Kristen Cargile
  Brenda Sohnrey
  Kelli Lotti
  Phi Price
  Jim Patterson 
Wash utensils, bowls etc.. Washing crew arrives at noon
  Eric Holland
  Interact kids (2)
Registration/Drink Tickets Kristen Cargile
  Steve Heithecker
  Mike Wacker
  Jessica Thorpe
Kitchen Committee Arrive Saturday @ 4:30pm
  Larry Bradley
  Bruce Norlie
  Dave Jessen
  Spiteri Deli- Nicole
  Mike Crump
  Eric Holand- Help with Interact in Kitchen area
  Robert Olea
Serving Committee Daryl Polk
  Kelli Lotti
  Eric Holland
  Interact students
Bar Committee Steve Heithecker
  Jen Liu
  John Moss
Cashiers Steve Plume
  Mike Wacker
  Kristen Cargile
  Jessica Thorpe
  Jessica Libby
Silent Auction Roy ellis
Pull Sheets at 8:30pm Jessica Thorpe
  Kristen Cargile
  Brenda Sohnrey
  Kelli Lotti
Cleanup Everyone stays to help clean up.
Interact Contact Glen Pulliam 
  Eric Holland
  Approx 30 students
Garbage control Eric Holland with Interact student