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
Club Secretary - Glenn Pulliam
Club Treasurer - Steve Plume
Club Program - Eric Hoiland


Rowel Editor: Phil Price
Rowel Publisher: Jen Liu



May 5, 2020


The  2020 Harvest Festival will be held on Sunday, September 20, 2020


2020                            Calendar for Durham Rotary


          1 2
3 4 5
ZOOM Meeting
Mary Sakuma on Butte County Education & COVID-19
6 7 8 9
10 11 12
No Meeting
13 14 15 16
17 18 19
ZOOM Meeting
Janet Ellis on Local Health Care & COVID-19
20 21 22 23
24 25 26
No Meeting
27 28 29 30



  1 2
Patrick Ranch Presentation
3 4 5 6
7 8 9
No Meeting
10 11 12 13
14 15 16
17 18 19 20
21 22 23
No Meeting
24 25 26 27
28 29 30
Demotion at BCCC

There were 13 members present.  They were:  Steve Heithecker, Jen Liu, Larry Bradley, Jim Kirks, Jim Patterson, Roy Ellis (actually I saw Janet), Kristen Cargile, Glenn Pulliam, Ravi Saip, Steve Plume, Dave Jessen, Jessica Thorpe and your editor.

President Steve opened the meeting asking Jim Kirks to lead the pledge, which he did.  Jim Patterson then gave the invocation.

President Steve then showed a video entitled:  Rotary, We’re Communities”, which was about Rotary in various communities around the world.




All meetings at BCCC are cancelled until further notice.  But there will be meetings on Zoom as follows:


May 19th:  The program will be Connie Rowe, chief nurse at Enloe.


June 2nd: Patrick Ranch presentation.  Hopefully the meeting will be at the Ranch.


June 16th:  Still need a program.


June 30th:  Demotion


I do not have Jen’s calendar of meetings yet, but I presume his first meeting will be on July 14th.


Visiting Rotarians & Guests

We had Mark Roberts, District Governor Elect, visiting us. He mentioned that his official visitation of our club is scheduled for September 1st.

Also visiting was former member, now member of the Chico Rotary Club, Mary Sakuma.  She was here as our program for the night.


Next Meeting

The next meeting will be a Zoom meeting on May 19th.  The program will be Connie Rowe, Chief Nursing Officer at Enloe.  She will give an update on the pandemic and Enloe’s preparedness.


President Steve then gave an accounting of where we are moneywise, as follows:

$76,895 Balance in operating account 5/3

$4,845 funds accepted from community earmarked for Putney

$3,000 unspent funds from previous years earmarked for Putney



$7,845 Long Term Liabilities


$1100 Rotary International dues 7/1/20

$1200 District 5160 dues 7/1/20

$1000 Mini-Storage 7/1/20

$130 Website 7/1/20

$300 State Farm officers & directors liability insurance 7/1/20



$3,730 Short Term Liabilities


$10,000 Seed money for Harvest Festival

$18,000 Scholarships

$8,000 Chrome Books

$1,000 Patrick Ranch



$37,000 future planned expenditures









$28,320 President's Slush Fund


Basically it has been a good year.  However, if the Harvest Festival and/or the Crab Feed are cancelled, we may have a real problem this next year.  Larry Bradley suggested that since we are not spending $20 a week for our meals at the BCCC, we each should consider donating that amount to the Club.  It should be noted that we did receive a refund from the District in the amount of $575 because the training conferences were not held.

Covered Bridge Donation?

Having the above in mind we discussed a request by Walt Schafer of the Honey Run Covered Bridge Assn for a contribution toward their efforts to rebuild the historic Honey Run Covered Bridge (destroyed in the Camp Fire).

The following is from the December 17th Rowel on the program Walt gave about the bridge and the efforts to rebuild:

“He talked about the history of the bridge originally build in 1887 (without cover), it’s covering in 1902, its damage from an out of control truck and repair in the 1960s and its burning distruction  in the Camp fire.  The County owns it but cannot afford the $2,700,000 it will take to rebuild it.  FEMA won’t contribute until the County has spent the money to rebuilt it.  At this point the plan is for the County to give it to the Honey Run Covered Bridge Association and for the Association to raise the money to repair it.  It is expected to start on the construction of the foundations and pillars in March 2020 and complete that phase by June 2020.  They need donations to get beyond that phase.  You can send checks to the Honey Run Covered Bridge Association (a 501 (c) 3 corporation) at P.O Box 5201, Chico, CA 95927.”

Apparently the Paradise Club has agreed to contribut up $50,000 in matching funds contributed by others.  Project organizer, Walt Schafer pledged a dollar to dollar personal matching to our contricution.  It has been suggested that we contribute $5,000 which will amount to $20,000 when matched by Paradise. 

While we have funds left over in our budget this year, concern was raised about next year, when we do not know whether we can have the Harvest Festival this year or the Crab Feed next year.  Without those fund raising events we will have problems even contributing the scholarships we normally give.  The consensus was that we need to wait to see what happens to our fund raising events before making any further contributions.

{Your editor does think this is a worthwhile thing, due to its historical significance.  However he may be a little biased due to his family connection to Centerville (the first two teachers at the historic Centerville School were his great aunts, and the husband of one built the school)}

Reports and Anouncements

Clint Goss is doing much better and is at home.

Steve Heithecker reported that the District Grant Application was submitted on May 1st.  They may request further information.  It will probably be later in the summer before we hear on whether it is granted.  District Governor Elect, Mark Roberts said that our application was well done and its purpose (Chromebooks for Durham High School) is a timely project.

Larry Bradley reported that he has 23 scholarshop applications.  The committee will be reviewing them on Wednesday.  He expects that we will be giving between $18,000 and $22,000 in scholarships.

From Brian Gray, Paradise Rotary: 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. 


The only recognition tonight was your editor.  It was his 85th birthday.  Actually the birthday is on Sunday, which is Mother’s Day this year and Mexican Mother’s Day every year.  And this is the first year he has not spent it in Mexico in 25 years.  Anyway, he contributed $10.  But, President Steve will not be getting a contribution out of him for spending his usual 2 weeks in Mexico.  The resort is closed.  The airlines are not flying.  In fact the international terminal at Los Cabos Airport is closed.


When we have live meetings again, 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.  Actually, you can have guest sit with you during one of our Zoom meetings.


Jen Liu introduced Mary Sakuma, Superintendent, Butte County Office of Education.  She was formerly a member and a president of Durham Rotary.  She spoke about Butte County Schools and their response to COVID-19.  She noted that this was Teacher Appreciation Week.  In addition to continuing education at a distance, they are still serving 8000 breakfasts and 8000 lunches daily.

Their mobile teaching kitchen is still operating.  She also discussed other things they are doing.


Fifteen Years Ago


Roy Ellis, Jen Liu and Andy Farrar, as members of the Scholarship Committee, were interviewing students in another room of the Veterans Hall.

Pres. Jane announced that she had reviewed available scholarship funds with Roy Ellis and Mike Wacker. The Club may consider giving one year scholarships rather than four year scholarships.



Glenn Pulliam paid $10 for Rotarians not singing him Happy Birthday.

Joe Nock was recognized for 42 years of marriage at $1 per year. Joe said that it was OK.

Phil Price’s new badge was being held hostage until he returns.

Jim Kirks was fined $10 for having his picture in the local paper practicing Tai Chi.

Bruce Norlie was recognized for traveling to Italy. Bruce found Sienna most interesting and told the Club about the Palio. Bruce paid $65.00 to become a double bell ringer.

From Rotary International

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads uncertainty and hardship around the world, Rotary members and participants are innovating, caring for those affected, and showing that even at a distance, there are ways to help.

As people of action, Rotary members are engaged in their communities — gathering for projects and offering help to those in need. But in many areas, life is changing drastically. Health experts are urging people to maintain distance from others or even isolate themselves in order to slow the spread of the highly contagious virus. 

Fighting disease is one of Rotary’s main causes, so members already support efforts to promote proper hand washing techniques, teach people other ways to stay healthy, and supply training and vital medical equipment to health care providers. Now they’re helping health authorities communicate lifesaving information about COVID-19 and donating protective gear and other supplies to clinics and hospitals that are under strain because of the pandemic. 

These are just some of the ways that members are supporting their communities right now:

Using technology to address the crisis

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.