Rotary International Theme 2020-2021




Rotary Club of Durham

Rotary International President:

Holger Knaack

Rotary District 5160 Governor:

Mark Roberts

Durham Rotary President: Jen Liu


Editor: Phil Price

Publisher:  Jen Liu



July 7, 2020


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


2020                            Calendar for Durham Rotary


      1 2 3 4
5 6 7
Kelley Parsons, Dist. Mgr. of DP&RD
(Larry Bradley)
8 9 10 11
12 13 14
No Meeting
15 16 17 18
19 20 21
(Steve Plume)
22 2314 24 25
26 27 28
No Meeting
29 30 31



2 3 4
(Roy Ellis)
5 6 7 8
9 10 11
No Meeting
12 13 14 15
16 17 18
(Dave Jessen)
19 20 21 22
23 24 25
No Meeting
26 27 28 29
30 31

From your editor:  I have been experimenting with different rowels in the heading above this past year.  Yet, no one has commented on it.  I sort of like this one.

This was our seventh Zoom meeting.  We have a new president.  He appeared on Zoom with Immediate Past President Steve Heithecker siting at his side.  We had 13 members at this Zoom meeting.

President Jen opened the meeting asking Glenn Pulliam to lead the pledge, which he did.  Larry Bradley then gave the invocation.




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


July 21st:  Steve Plume


August 4th: Roy Ellis


August 18th:  Dave Jessen


September. 1st:  District Governor’s visit.


September 15th: Daryl Polk


September 29th: Glenn Pulliam


October 6th:  Jessica Thorpe


October 20th:  Jim Patterson.


President Jen then caused to be shown a video from Rotary International about the Rotary Italia project.  In this project Rotary clubs in districts across Italy worked together to procure state-of-the-art equipment needed to combat the deadly coronavirus disease for 26 hospitals around the country.

The pandemic has devastated Italy, with more than 32,000 deaths and nearly 226,000 confirmed cases by mid-May. The Italian Rotary club project, funded by global grants, is providing thermal scanners, COVID triage units, and bio-containment stretchers that allow medical staff to safely assess, monitor, and transport patients. Valued at more than $1.4 million, the equipment will address current urgent needs and be useful for the future, helping to reduce the spread of disease and protect public health.

Visiting Rotarians & Guests


Kelley Parsons, District Manager of the Durham Recreation and Park District.  She was here at Larry Bradley’s request to present our program for the night.


Because of our program’s time constraints, we moved directly into the program for the night.  Larry Bradley introduced Kelly Parsons, District Manager of the Durham Recreation and Park District.  Kelley is a 2001 graduate of Durham High School.  She has worked for the last 11 ½ years at the Little Red Hen in Chico.  She is happy to be back in Durham doing something she likes.  She noted that unlike other communities in Butte County, Durham Recreation and Park District never shut down their parks.  Their parks and playgrounds are not normally as crowded as those in other Districts.  Their pool has been opened on a limited basis.  When asked about what the District needs we got into a discussion of upgrading the kitchen at the Memorial Hall that we might be able to help with.

Next Meeting

First, note that the meeting dates have changed since the last calendar was sent out.  A new one will come shortly.  Originally, this meeting was to have been next Tuesday, with meetings following at two week intervals.  However, Kelley was not available to present a program next week, so the meeting was moved up one week.  That would have left 3 weeks before the next meeting.  But the District Governor’s visit on September 1st was going to be one week after the last meeting in August.  The meetings had already been reset to follow two weeks after the DG’s visit.  So by resetting the second July meeting and the August meetings a week earlier we are now back at every two weeks.  This solved my problem of not being available to take meeting notes and do the Rowel on August 25th , which is why I suggested the change to President Jen.  So blame me.

So the next meeting will be July 21st.  Steve Plume will present the program.

The programs of Roy Ellis and Dave Jessen will now be on August 4th and August 18th. 


There were no presentations tonight.

The Rotary Foundation Donations

It is a new year for donations to the Rotary Foundation.  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.   An annual $100.00 gift is a sustaining member.  Once your donations accumulate to $1,000 you become 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 Jim Kirks a check made out to The Rotary Foundation.  Send your check to James Kirks, 1199 Diablo Ave., Apt. 246, Chico, California 95973.

Covered Bridge Donation

Deposed King Steven reported that with the gifts from the Chico, Durham and Paradise Clubs and/or their members, after matching funds were applied, $100,000 was raised to be applied toward phase 1 of the Covered Bridge project.  Phase 1 includes the engineering necessary to re-build the bridge, the bridge footings and the caretaker’s cottage.

Reports and Anouncements

President Jen reported that he had recently received a request from the Paradise Rotary Club to help them with a Rotary International Grant application. This grant will be a part of a bigger project named "Paradise Rebuilt & Renewed".

We are all familiar with Rotary International Project that benefits communities outside our country but this one is in reverse. It supports and affected an area in our own neighborhood.  A $500 or more contribution from our club will amplify the matching fund they may receive from Rotary International. It will also boost their chances of success as our contribution turns it into a multi-club endeavor.

Since this contribution and the amount of the contribution are not part of the 2020-2021 budget approved by the club, President Jen asked for a vote in favor of a contribution of $500.

Actually before that vote President Jen asked for the establishment of a contingency fund in the amount of $2,500 so that he can, in his discretion, make such contributions without waiting for a vote at a meeting.

On a hand vote, both proposals were approve by a unanimous vote of the club.


President Jen moaned about there being no birthdays or anniversaries to recognize then contributed $100 towards the Harvest Festival Fund.

As a great gesture of support, Jim Patterson, Steve Plume, Steve Heithecker, Phil Price, Kelly Lotti and Jim Kirks each contribute $50 toward the Harvest Festival Fund.

Steve Plume also contributed $100 in recognition of the anniversary of his purchase o his autoparts store in 2005.

Steve Heithecker was also assessed by President Jen $10 for a poem he read at the end of the meeting.


Our newest old member Bruce Miller, sponsored by Roy Ellis will be at out next meeting on July 21st.  Lets give him a rousing welcome.

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 Zoom meetings.  Actually, you can promote membership by having a guest sit with you during one of our Zoom meetings. 


President Jen concluded the meeting by asking Immediate Past President Steve to read a poem that he had found in, I believe, the movie version of “Hamilton”.  He had, however taken great liberties with it (for which he was assessed $10 above). 

"You'll Be Back" - Based on the song by King George in the musical "Hamilton" to the American Colonies when they wanted independence from Great Britain.  Adapted for Durham Rotary as a response to King Steven being demoted.
Durham Rotary you'll be back soon you will see.
You'll remember you belong to me.
You'll be back. Time will tell. You'll remember I served you well.
Jen oceans rise & empires fall. 
Durham Rotary and I have seen each other through it all.
Now your gone I have gone mad with too much time on my hands.
So don't throw away this thing we had.
We raised a lot of money and I probably spent more than we had.
You'll be back like before.
For your love. For your praise. I have been demoted to a lowly Ace.
However, I will love you until my Rotary dying days. You'll be back. You will see
Number 2
"What is a legacy? It is planting seeds in a garden you never get to see."
John Hamilton

By the way, the play, the book and, I assume, the movie presents the most fascinating insight into the beginning of this country.  What went on between politicians then is no different from now.


Fifteen Years Ago


The Club’s computer guru, Jen Liu, objected to last week’s new look, with the header on the side, rather than the top.  It seems that it interferes with the calendar he adds to the top of the web version of the Rowel.  Actually since he published last week’s Rowel without the side header, only those of you who received it in the mail saw it.  Its gone in favor of the above version this week, which may get changed again.

Anyway, about the meeting last Monday night, it was opened by President Jane Ziad.  The pledge was led by Penney Chennell and the invocation was given by Jim Patterson.

Dave Jessen, Andy Farrar, Richard Wilber and Larry Bradley were asked to introduce the visiting Rotarians at their tables.  Introduced were Pete Mannerino, Rick Shanks and Dave Rush of the Chico Club.  Also introduced were Kathy Maxwell, Mike Viale and Jerry Laskey of the Paradise Club.  Andy Farrar’s table got away with introducing Anne Adams as a member of the Coos Bay, Oregon Club, which she was a member of until her return to this area, and arguable was still a member of until her re-induction into the Durham Club later in the evening.  Speaking of which…


Dan Davis inducted former member Anne Adams as a new member of Durham Rotary.  She has returned to the area directing Kelly Services.  Her classification is “Employment Services”.  She was sponsored by Jim Patterson.  Welcome back, Anne.  Just in time for working on the Centennial Project and the Harvest Festival.


From Rotary International


Rotary’s first virtual convention inspires members to innovate and stay connected

Rotary’s first-ever virtual convention attracted more than 60,000 registrants and 175,000 viewers during its weeklong program. The robust participation shows that Rotary members are finding ways to experience fellowship and fun, key parts of Rotary’s annual international convention, despite the COVID-19 pandemic that forced the cancellation of the in-person convention planned for Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, this year.

The first general session was 20 June. Virtual attendees made nearly 19,000 chat comments during the 75-minute session, showing that members used the opportunity to engage and stay connected with each other.

RI President Mark Daniel Maloney acknowledged that canceling the convention in Honolulu was a difficult decision but said he was inspired by how members worldwide have stayed connected, adapted to their changing circumstances, and helped those in need during the crisis.

Maloney said that unusual times have forced Rotary to adapt and look for different ways to grow Rotary.

“Now we are experiencing in real time how important it is to create new club experiences,” he said.

Maloney also said, “We had hoped to hold the most environmentally friendly convention in Rotary history [in Honolulu]. Guess what? We succeeded. We are holding a Rotary Convention like no other, with no air travel, no hotel rooms, leaving a remarkably small carbon footprint.”

We all have a better understanding of growing Rotary by extending our reach beyond regular meetings.

— RI President Mark Maloney

In a reflection of that fact that the environment is increasingly important cause to Rotary’s members, just after the convention, Rotary announced that it had adopted supporting the environment as one of its areas of focus.

He added that, at the beginning of his term a year ago, Rotary was promoting the importance of increasing our ability to adapt, one of the goals of Rotary’s strategic plan, known as the Action Plan. “We are putting that plan into action out of necessity,” Maloney said. “We all have a better understanding of growing Rotary by extending our reach beyond regular meetings.”

In addition to Maloney, a number of world leaders and partner organizations spoke about how we are all coming together to help each other through the pandemic. In a video address, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said we need to work together to find solutions to the problems that are weakening our societies.

“Your [Rotary’s] efforts have made a significant difference — in eradicating polio, in strengthening communities around the globe, in alleviating the suffering of vulnerable populations, and in building a safer, healthier, and more peaceful world,” Guterres said.

A panel of global health experts also discussed how the infrastructure that Rotary and its partners use for polio eradication has helped communities tackle the needs that have emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Christopher Elias, president of the Global Development Division of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said the polio eradication effort has incredible assets, including laboratory testing capabilities, surveillance, and hundreds of thousands of health workers.

“In pretty much every country where the polio eradication initiative is active, which is over 50 countries, those assets have been dedicated to the COVID-19 response,” Elias said. “The world is benefiting, particularly in the poorest countries where we’ve been chasing down the last cases of polio; we’re greatly benefitting from the infrastructure that the polio initiative has built over the last three decades.”

Panelists included Henrietta H. Fore, executive director of UNICEF; Rebecca Martin, director of the Center for Global Health at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and Dr. Bruce Aylward, senior adviser to the director-general at the World Health Organization.

Emmy Award-winning television journalist Alisha Davis introduced a video collage of Rotary members around the world taking action against COVID-19 in their communities. She also interviewed members on how they’re adapting to meeting online.

RI President-elect Holger Knaack, who became Rotary’s president on 1 July, said that clubs must continue to respond and innovate during these uncertain times.

“[Responding and adapting] brings many new opportunities for us, to innovate and to learn from our experiences,” Knaack said. “Let us seize this moment and value it for what it is, the opportunity for Rotary to build on what we’ve learned, to embrace this new reality, to embrace new faces, to find new and better ways to shine and to have a continuing impact on the world.”

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