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 19, 2020


The  2020 Harvest Festival may be held on Sunday, September 20, 2020 Depending on Social Distancing & Public Gathering suggestions from the State.


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
DACDB Review
(Glenn Pulliam)
17 18 19 20
21 22 23
No Meeting
24 25 26 27
28 29 30
Demotion at BCCC
(Dave Jessen)

s our fourth Zoom meeting.  There were 16 members present.

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

President Steve then showed a video entitled “Be The Inspiration”, which was about varous Rotary projects around the world. Actually, the video was shown after the program, which we did first.




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


June 2nd: Patrick Ranch presentation.  Box Dinner will be prepared by the club but bring you own drinks


June 16th:   Jen Liu/Glenn Pulliam - Zoom and DACdb Tutorial (Zoom Meeting)


June 30th:  Demotion


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




Jen Liu introduced Connie Rowe, RN, who is the vice president of Patient Care Services (formerly known as vice president of Nursing Services) at Enloe Hospital.  She is responsible for all aspects of patient care, policies, procedures and quality at Enloe Medical Center.

She spoke about Enloe Hospital and the current Covid-19 crisis.  While they initially had a problem, as a result of many gifts, they have enough masks. 

During the crisis they put elective procedures on hold and laid off many employees with and without pay.  But they have made the hospital a very safe place, if you need to be there.  They have also developed a virtual ER.   All patients are tested before surgery.  But testing is a problem.  She noted that there are many Corona viruses and the tests may be positive, even though what is detected is not Covid-19.

She also noted that they have been able to get nursing students through their clinical requirement so they can graduate.

She said that there were 2 cases of Covid-19 in the hospital, but both came from out of the area.  No one has contracted the disease in the hospital.  In fact, many of the cases detected in Butte County are people that contracted the disease elsewhere.

They are not prepared should there be a resurgence of the disease next year.

Visiting Rotarians & Guests

While she was not recognized as such, Jan Ellis was a guest of Roy.

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be on June 2nd.   We are hoping that it will be a live meeting outdoors at Patrick Ranch.  If so, we will probably have boxed dinners so each will have their own.  Each one attending will be asked to bring their own drinks in their own ice chests.  Dinner will be followed by a tour of the UC Butte County Master Demonstration Garden lead by Master Gardener Kay Perkins.

If we do this, spouses and guest are invited.

Also, if we do this, a head count ahead of the meeting will be necessary to know how many boxed dinners need to be purchased.

So stay tuned.  You will receive an email to advise you whether we will be doing this or having the meeting on Zoom.  It we are doing this, the email will be asking for a response advising whether you are coming and how many you will be bringing.

We also have 4 Students of the Month yet to recognize.  We may try to bring them to this meeting or to our June 16th meeting.  That meeting will be conducted by Jen Liu and Glenn Pulliam and will be a tutorial on both Zoom and DACdb (District web site).  That meeting we may try to conduct in the Durham Park.  More info to come.

Covered Bridge Donation

Last week King Steven issued a decree regarding donations to the covered bridge restoration.  It is as follows:  Durham Rotary will match dollar for dollar up to $2,500 for any Rotary member or community donation until June 30th, 2020. Walt Schafer will match dollar for dollar up to $5,000 and Paradise will match up to $50,000. If you are following the math $2,500 + $2,500 + $5,000 + $10,000 = $20,000 (No this isn't some Ponzi scheme). Wow - Durham Rotary can have a $20,000 dollar impact for a national historical site that will be enjoyed for many years to come.

The reason for the June 30th deadline is that President Steve has reserved $10,000 dollars in matching funds from the Paradise foundation in fear of the grant drying up. Initially he wasn't too worried about this but an anonymous donor from Chico Rotary gave $25,000. If you can support this project it would mean a lot to President Steve and more importantly the community. So if you are financially able to help please dig deep. Make your checks out to the Rotary Club of Durham Foundation.  Note in the memo line “HRCBA”.  Stands for Honey Run Covered Bridge Association.  Send the check to Durham Rotary, P.O. Box 383, Durham, CA 95938.

 Reports and Anouncements


President Steve  noted that the first meeting of Durham Rotary was held on May 18, 1945 making the club 75 years old.

President Steve reported that nothing had been heard yet regarding the District Grant Application, but he doesn’t expect any problem.

Larry Bradley reported that the scholarship committee (Larry, Roy Ellis & Jessica Thorpe) has reviewed the approximately 30 scholarship applications.  He noted that there are only about 62 graduates this year so the applications the applications were from about half of the graduating class.  He expects that we will give $20,000 in scholarships.

In addition we will give a “Teacher of the Year” award this year.  It will go to Kayla Hall who was a new ag department teacher this year.  She was the unanimous recommendation of those consulted.

Larry Bradley had previously reported that his son’s family had contracted Covid 19.  However, his granddaughter, Logan, was found to be suffering from something worse.  Following hospitalization and many tests and surgery it has been determined that she suffers from Acute Lymphoblast Leukemia (ALL).  The good news is that no leukemia was detected in her spinal fluid. She has receive multiple rounds of blood and platelet transfusions.

You may follow her on her posting on the Caring Bridge website (www.caringbridge.org).  Select “Logan Bradley” and sign in.

Jen Liu reported that at the time our Rise Against Hunger packaging of food was cancelled, we had already donated approximately $3,451.68 to Rise Against Hunger to purchase the food to be packaged.  We have determined to make that a donation to Rise Against Hunger, which will constitute an international project for the club.  This is recommended by the District.


President Steve recognized Ravi Saip for his 33rd anniversary in the amount of $33.  He also recognized Glenn Pulliam in the amount of $10 for his birthday.


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 or bring him or her to our Patrick Ranch meeting, if we have one.


President Steve concluded the meeting with a quote from Winston Churchill:  Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.”

Fifteen Years Ago

Next Harvest Festival Committee Mtg.


Steve Greenwood will have a Harvest Festival Committee meeting on June 22nd  at back at the Italian Cottage on the Skyway at 7:00 a.m.  All committee chairpersons must be present and all other members are invited to take part and help plan this year’s Festival.


Carnitas Feed


The Carnitis Feed is now scheduled for June 20th, in the Durham Park.  Tickets have been distributed.  Bring friends and prospective club members.






The program was Roy Ellis’ barbeque at the Durham Park with Interact members, Camp Royal students (none were there) and Students of the Month.


Roy introduced Kayla (I didn’t get her last name), president of the Durham High School Interact Club who spoke about the club’s projects this year.


Roy presented Student of the Month awards as follows:


Shannon Suschil for January

Kirsten DeBusk for February

Daniella Caspers-Armstrong for March


Roy also presented an award to Colleen Couts for her work at Durham High School assisting Rotary with the Student of the Month program, Camp Royal and scholarships.


He presented an award to Michelle Eaton for become the Interact Advisor this year.


Kent Jackson was taking photographs of the meeting:


From Rotary International


Rotarians in Lithuania and the United States promote the use of bubble helmets to help patients avoid mechanical ventilators

by Arnold R. Grahl

Rotarians in Lithuania and Chicago, Illinois, USA, are using their influence to promote the use of “bubble helmets” and potentially lessen the need for mechanical ventilators for COVID-19 patients who struggle to breathe on their own.

The Rotary Club of Vilnius Lituanica International, Lithuania, participated in Hack the Crisis, an online event in March that brought together innovators in science and technology to “hack,” or develop solutions to, issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the Lithuanian club, along with members of the Rotary Clubs of Chicago and Chicagoland Lithuanians (Westmont), joined a team to brainstorm ways to help COVID-19 patients breathe without using mechanical ventilators.

Bubble helmets come in various designs and are noninvasive, supplying oxygen without the need for intubation.

“Traditional ventilators used with intubation are a painful intervention into the body and require trained medical staff,” says Viktorija Trimbel, a member of the Vilnius Lituanica club, who was a mentor during Hack the Crisis. “There’s also a shortage of the drugs used for sedation. But you don’t have to be sedated with helmets.”

Bubble helmets are noninvasive and supply oxygen without the need for intubation, a procedure where a tube is inserted down a patient’s throat. A helmet fits over a patient’s head with a rubber collar that can be adjusted around the neck. The collar has ports that can deliver oxygen and air.

Before the pandemic, doctors typically used noninvasive devices to help patients breathe if their oxygen levels dropped below a certain level. If the noninvasive devices don’t boost those levels enough, mechanical ventilators are used to push oxygen into the lungs through the tube at a preset rate and force.

Benefits of bubble helmets

But some critical care physicians are becoming concerned that intubation and mechanical ventilators are being used unnecessarily on COVID-19 patients and suggest that more patients could benefit by remaining longer on simpler, noninvasive respiratory support.

Helmetbasedventilation.com connects researchers, manufacturers, medical professionals, and funding sources to increase the supply of bubble helmets.

“Being a Rotarian, I have in my network people from all over the world,” adds Trimbel, governor-elect of the district that covers Lithuania. “This pandemic has moved like a wave, first in Asia, then Europe, and then the United States. Yet countries like Mexico, Brazil, and India aren’t yet as impacted. We’re trying to get word out in time for the information to help.”

Beginnings of an idea

The idea to promote helmets actually began around a kitchen table in Chicago three days before the hackathon when Aurika Savickaite, a registered nurse and member of the Chicagoland Lithuanians (Westmont) club, discussed the crisis with her husband, David Lukauskas, who is Trimbel’s brother. Savickaite recalled a clinical trial she participated in that involved the helmets a few years earlier.

The three-year study found that using these kinds of helmets helped more patients with respiratory distress avoid intubation than masks, another noninvasive method. The patients’ overall outcomes were also much improved. The helmets can be used in any room equipped with a wall oxygen supply, not just an intensive care unit.

“You want to avoid intubation for as long as you can, because generally the mortality rate on intubation is fairly high,” said Savickaite.

“Through Rotary, we’re able to connect so many people around the world. It’s a great way to collaborate in this battle.”

Lukauskas was surprised that more people weren’t talking about helmets and called Trimbel, who had already signed up as a mentor for Hack the Crisis. Together they enlisted more than a dozen Rotary members from their clubs to explore noninvasive ventilation options and how to expand the use of helmets.

The group worked with intensive care unit clinicians, healthcare leaders, helmet manufacturers, technology professionals, and marketing managers. They developed a short questionnaire for clinicians and hospital leaders worldwide, gathered practice-based knowledge on noninvasive ventilation for COVID-19 patients, devised an online platform to connect suppliers with demand, and pursued funding to finance the production of more helmets.

Spreading the word

Trimbel, her brother, and Savickaite launched their website to encourage collaboration and link manufacturers, clinicians, and funding sources. Trimbel says they’ve also spoken with media outlets in the United States.

The website posts news such as the mid-April announcement by Virgin Galactic that it was teaming up with the U.S. space agency NASA and a U.S. hospital to develop their own version of bubble helmets to supplement scarce supplies of ventilators in hospitals in southern California and beyond.

“Because of trade restrictions and borders being closed, most countries are on their own,” says Trimbel. “There’s a Facebook group where people are designing their own helmets using balloons and plastics. Some may think it’s funny, but it’s also inspiring. The helmet part is not rocket science, as long as it works with the connectors. We believe this has very big potential.”

The problem-solving team also worked on how to improve the isolation of patients who think they may have the virus, and how to match the supply and demand for medical equipment with available funding. Another team at the hackathon developed a digital platform that helps family physicians find up-to-date medical information on the virus for their patients.

Savickaite feels Rotary is in a strong position to find solutions to problems caused by the pandemic.

“Through Rotary, we’re able to connect so many people around the world,” she said. “It’s a great way to collaborate in this battle.”

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.