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



June 16, 2020


The  2020 Harvest Festival scheduled for Sunday, September 20, 2020 has been cancelled.


2020                            Calendar for Durham Rotary


  1 2
DACDB Review
(Glenn Pulliam)
3 4 5 6
7 8 9
No Meeting
10 11 12 13
14 15 16
2020-2021 Budget Review
(Jen Liu)
17 18 19 20
21 22 23
No Meeting
24 25 26 27
28 29 30
Demotion at Durham Park (Dave Jessen)



      1 2 3 4
5 6

(Larry Bradley)

8 9 10 11
12 13 14
No Meeting
15 16 17 18
19 20 21
No Meeting
22 23 24 25
26 27 28
(Steve Plume)
29 30 31

This was our sixth Zoom meeting.  There were 14 members present.

President Steve opened the meeting asking Jen Liu to lead the pledge, which he did, from a beach in Hawaii.  Jim Patterson then gave the invocation.




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


June 30th:  Demotion


July 7th: Larry Bradley


July 28th:  Steve Plume


August 11th: Roy Ellis


August 25th:  Dave Jessen


September. 1st:  District Governor’s visit.


September. 15th: Daryl Polk


September 29th: Glenn Pulliam


Visiting Rotarians & Guests

Sara Nolind, President of Durham Interact Club, was here as a guest of Kristen Cargile.  She was here for a presentation.  See below.

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be the Demotion meeting on June 30th. 

 President Steve had previously asked for your feedback on how and where we should hold that meeting.  There were two options:

 1) Meet at Durham Park for Prime Rib? dinner. Social distancing enforcement in place, or

2) Zoom Meeting in your living room with a frozen TV dinner in front of your computer. In all seriousness either option is fine with Steve. 

He hadn’t gotten a lot of feedback so a questionnaire was presented to the members on whether we should have the meeting on Zoom or at the Durham Park.  Most of the members present voted to have the meeting in the Durham Park with appropriate safety measures.  However, since the members present represented only slightly more than half of the club that question will be presented to all the members by email. 

So at this point where the meeting will be held is still undecided.  Stay tuned.


Kristen Cargile presented to Sara Nolind a Paul Harris Fellowship Award.  President Steve also presented her with an honorary membership in Durham Rotary.  While attending college she is welcome to join and participate in our fundraisers and any of our meetings and have a meal paid for by the club.  President Steve thanked her for all the help she had given us on our fundraisers.  She thanked Durham Rotary for all she has received, in particular for her attendance at Camp Venture. 

President Steve also presented to Dave Jessen his Paul Harris+4.  He noted that Dave embodies the words of Arch Klumph – Founder of the Rotary Foundation, and has been an inspiration to me and others to become a Paul Harris Society member.

Prior to the presentations above, a video about the Rotary International Foundation was shown.  It was the clearest explanation of the Foundation that your editor has seen.  I think it would be good to show it again, particularly when we have more members present.

The Rotary Foundation Donations

Jim Kirks said that while he had a blood transfusion last week, he is still asking for donations to the Rotary International Foundation.  As he noted at the last meeting:

It is almost the end of a record year for Durham Rotary.  The Club voted to grant points up to 500 to match donations up to $500.00 to The Rotary Foundation.  Our goal is for every Durham Rotary Club member to be a Paul Harris fellow.

When every Rotarian gives every year, no challenge is too great for us to make a difference. The minimum gift to The Rotary Foundation is $25.00.   A $100.00 gift is a sustaining member.  A gift of $500.00 matched by 500 club points will make you a Paul Harris Fellow.

It is possible to learn more about The Rotary Foundation on the Rotary web site.  Your gift can be made online or by sending me a check made out to The Rotary Foundation.  I can match gifts in $100.00 increments with 100 points for each $100.00.

Send your check to James Kirks, 1199 Diablo Ave., Apt. 246, Chico, California 95973.

Covered Bridge Donation

King Steven reported that 62% of donations to the covered bridge restoration have been received.  You will recall that 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. 

Because your donation will produce so much more, please send your check to Durham Rotary, P.O. Box 383, Durham, CA 95938 before June 30th..

 Reports and Announcements

Larry Bradley reported that his granddaughter, Logan, who is suffering from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), had received multiple rounds of blood and platelet transfusions, however she is not free of the leukemia.  So she will be starting chemo for the next two months.  She is one very sick little girl.  Keep her in your prayers.  

You may follow her on her posting on the Caring Bridge website (www.caringbridge.org).  Select “Logan Bradly” and sign in.  Also a friend has set up a Go Fund Me account the help with related expenses.  You can help by donating to that account.  You can get there from the Caringbridge web site by clicking a link that says “ways to help”.  When you open that link, it goes to the GoFund Me account information.   Or you can go directly to the Go Fund Me site and then click on “search” and enter Logan Bradley.  There is more than one but only one baby in treatment.  Currently she appears in the upper left corner.  Click on her.  After looking at the history of her treatment, go to the donate page.

Roy Ellis.  Roy recently had gall bladder surgery, but after some complications he is now home and up and about.

Eric Hoiland reported the Harvest Festival Committee has decided not to do the Harvest Festival this year.

Glenn Pulliam reported that he will be emailing the meeting schedule with the program assignments for the year.  Please get your program lined up a month ahead so we can get it in the Rowel.  If your assigned meeting is for a day you have a conflict, contact Glenn immediately, so you can be switched with someone else.  The schedule has be developed anticipating continuation of Zoom meeting every other week.  There is a shift with the September 1st meeting only one week after the August 25th meeting.  This is due to the need to accommodate the District Governor’s schedule.  Glenn notes that because we will be meeting on Zoom he urges you to think outside the box when looking for a speaker. A zoom speaker can join us from anywhere in the world and doesn't have to be local. Think BIG!

Rotary Internationl Convention

Here’s the most recent news and information regarding the June 20 – 26, 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention.

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President Steve recognized Kristen Cargile for her birthday.  She contributed $10, but didn’t want a song.

Revi Saip reported that he had sold the trailer he and his wife had to live in for three months after the Camp Fire (even though their home had survived they couldn’t live in it at first).   He contributed $40.

Steve Plume noted that his brother was recovering from a stroke, fortunatly well, and so condtibuted $100 to the Covered Bridge fund.

Jessica Thorpe reported the starting a new business with a partner providing payroll, accounting and tax assistance.  In addition she has been involved inredevelopment of property.  She contribute an amount (unnknown) to become a Bell Ringer.


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.  Along with promoting membership.


President-Elect Jen Liu showed the budget he has developed.  It contained three columns.  The first was what he had prepared before Covin 19.  The second was prepared while still expecting to have the Harvest Festival and the Crab Feed.  The third was prepare without the income from those fund raisers.  It is very limited and will dip into our reserves.  On a vote of the membership the reduced budget was approved.


President Steve concluded the meeting with two Abraham Lincoln Quotes:

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

“A house divided against itself cannot stand”


Fifteen Years Ago


This meeting was the Carnitas Feed at the Durham Park.  President Jane called the meeting to order.  At her request Glenn Pulliam to lead the Pledge.  Following the pledge Larry Bradley gave the invocation.  After that good food, prepared by Norm Larson’s crew, was had by all.  Following the Feed, Norm introduced his crew.  Then Roy Ellis, Youth Chairman, introduced all our scholarship winners, who were our guests for the evening. 

Demotion Party

The next meeting is the Demotion Party (meeting), which will be held on June 27th at the home of K. R. Robertson.  It is at 13701, Sawgrass CT, Chico.   To get there, proceed north from Chico on highway 99.  Exit to the right onto Garner.  Proceed north on Garner to Augusta.  Turn right on Augusta and then left on Sawgrass.

Harvest Festival Committee Mtg. Next Wednesday


The next Harvest Festival Committee meeting will be on July 20th 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.



From Rotary International

Italian club uses expertise to aid in coronavirus fight

Members help launch site so merchants can sell goods, organize supplies to make sanitizer, and provide food to health care workers.

by Ryan Hyland, Rotary International

While Italy has been largely locked down to fight the coronavirus, members of the Rotary Club of Morimondo Abbazia have galvanized support — and a measure of hope — for people and businesses reeling from the effects of the pandemic.

Their efforts are addressing both immediate and long-term needs: donating meals to health care workers, organizing a supply chain to get the ingredients for liquid sanitizer, and helping businesses that depend on in-person commerce move their operations online.

We are obviously in an unprecedented time. In the spirit of Rotary, we again used our network and expertise to help communities.

– Pier Metrangolo, member of the Rotary Club of Morimondo Abbazia, Italy

Italy has been hit hard by COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, with more than 183,000 cases and 24,000 deaths, mainly in its northern region. The government took sweeping action in early March, essentially prohibiting all movement of people in the northern region and closing all nonessential businesses. Soon after, it expanded those restrictions to the entire country.

Italy’s economy will be badly damaged, with small and medium-sized businesses affected the most. Club members in Morimondo, a town in northern Italy near Milan, wanted to help shops and merchants through the crisis.

Delivering lifeline for businesses

Club member Davide Carnevali, co-founder of an information technology firm, proposed an initiative that would involve the club and the company, Mitobit. They would work together to create an e-commerce platform where small and medium-sized businesses could promote, sell, and deliver their products.

In Italy, where only 10 percent of all businesses sell goods online, the website gives these merchants an important boost now and in the future. “We want to change their whole approach to their business that will be sustainable long after the shutdown,” Carnevali says.

The club and Mitobit launched the site, Consegnacasa, meaning “home delivery,” during the second week of March. Mitobit developed and designed the site, and the club members handled legal support, communication, and promotion. The site offers merchants free advertising to showcase their goods and offers customers an easy online payment system and delivery service.

One of the biggest challenges for Italy is what happens after the pandemic ends … We wanted to do our part in setting them up for success when things get back to normal.

Rotaractor Alina Dorosenco

Carnevali says the first deliveries began in early April. The club outlined safety measures for merchants to take during deliveries, including wearing masks and gloves and, if possible, avoiding in-person contact with customers.

Members also worked with the Rotaract club that Morimondo Abbazia sponsors to contact businesses that already had some online or social media presence, such as a Facebook page, even though the companies weren’t conducting business online. Rotaractors developed a social media strategy to communicate directly with these merchants. The club also created social media lessons to help business owners learn more about advertising on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other channels.

“One of the biggest challenges for Italy is what happens after the pandemic ends. No one really knows what the future holds for businesses. We wanted to do our part in setting them up for success when things get back to normal,” says Alina Dorosenco, president of the Rotaract Club of Morimondo Abbazia. “We don’t have much money, as a Rotaract club, but we have social media and technical skills that will help shops modernize their business.”

The streets of Abbiategrasso, Italy, are deserted as shops, schools, and public places were shuttered during the countrywide lockdown. Italy prohibited movement of people for much of March and April to help stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Photos courtesy of The Rotary Club of Morimondo Abbazia, Italy.

About 20 merchants have started using the site so far — businesses from Morimondo to Milan to nearly as far south as Rome. “We don’t have a limit,” Carnevali says. “We want this to grow to help as many businesses as possible. This is just the start.” He estimates that 60 percent of the merchants on the site will be food-related, 20 percent will be personal goods like clothing, and the rest will be other businesses like pet stores and jewelers.

Supporting frontline medical workers

The Rotary club of Morimondo Abbazia has been supporting health care workers as well as businesses. Member Pier Metrangolo, a professor of chemical engineering at the Polytechnic University of Milan, learned that the university was going to produce desperately needed hand-sanitizing liquid and he looked for ways the club could help. It was difficult, because of the shutdown, to find the ingredients that the World Health Organization suggests using. He and fellow club members contacted their business associates and acquaintances to create a network of manufacturers that help supply the ingredients and distribute the product.

“We are obviously in an unprecedented time. In the spirit of Rotary, we again used our network and expertise to help communities,” Metrangolo says.

The club also donated money to help the university continue producing sanitizer. The school makes up to 5,000 liters (1,320 gallons) of the liquid each day and distributes it to local hospitals, the Red Cross, police officers, and a prison. Metrangolo says the university recently received a license to produce masks. “Our club will continue to help in any way we can. This emergency needs Rotary,” he adds.

At a local nursing home, health care workers made what Metrangolo called a heroic decision, opting not to go home but to stay at the facility to try to stem the spread of the virus and keep caring for patients. The club donated nearly $3,000 to help feed the staff until it’s safe for workers to go home. Once a week they buy pizza for the staff and residents. When the Rotary Club of Helsinki –Finlandia Hall, Finland, a twin club of Morimondo Abbazia, learned about the initiative, it donated $550 toward future meals.

Members of the Morimondo Abbazia Rotary club admit that not meeting in person has been difficult, but the energy and resourceful spirit of the club have not waned. Carnevali says most of the club’s 40 members attend the weekly online meetings.

“We miss seeing each other in person, but there is a lot of enthusiasm during our online meetings because we know we have to help bring hope to those suffering,” Carnevali says. “This is a dark time for Italians, but we will persevere.”.


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