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 21, 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
Jenny Fales from Habitat for Hunanity
(Steve Plume)
22 2314 24 25
26 27 28
No Meeting
29 30 31



2 3 4
Brian Ring, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer of Butte County
(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

 This was our eighth Zoom meeting.  We had 10 members at this Zoom meeting.

President Jen opened the meeting asking Ravi Saip to lead the pledge, which he did.  Jim Patterson then gave the invocation.

At this point my sound went bad and I could not hear most of what was said for the rest of the meeting.  Actually, after further investigation it was neither my computer nor my internet connection.  Both worked fine when playing a “how-to” video on line.  One thing that can do it on Zoom is if someone was listening to their sound on their phone.



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


August 4th: Roy Ellis - Brian Ring, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer of Butte County


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.


November 3rd:  Ravi Saip


President Jen then caused to be shown a video from Rotary International about the 4-Way Test.

Visiting Rotarians & Guests

Steve Plume introduced Joanna Villegas Orzco who was with him.  She is our Dar Meyer $2,500 scholarship winner for 2019-20.

Also present, for our program, was Jenny Fales, Development Manager for Habitat For Humanity of Butte County. 


Jenny Fales, Development Manager for Habitat For Humanity of Butte County, talked about the organization and what it does in Butte County.  Established in Chico, California in 1993, Habitat for Humanity of Butte County is one of the more than 1500 local Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the United States that work with local volunteers to build safe affordable homes for hardworking families. They have built more than 34 Habitat homes and have revitalized many Butte County neighborhoods, creating safe and vibrant communities where families can prosper and children can thrive.

Essentially they believe that each of us can do something to help build a safe and affordable home for another family and create a thriving community for us all.  Their vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live.  They have served 170 people and build 34 houses in three cities in Butte County.  Chico, Oroville and Paradise.  Since 1993 they have had the help of 3000 volunteers.  They build about 2 homes per year.

They are self-governed and responsible for raising the funds they need to build homes for local families. Sales in their ReStore and generous donations from individuals and organizations provide the resources we need to construct Habitat homes.

The families who partner with us work side by side with volunteers to build their homes. Swinging hammers and wielding paint brushes, they are involved in every aspect of construction. Once settled into their new homes, Habitat for Humanity home owners quickly become active and valued members of the community, caring for their homes and joining their neighbors to create a friendly and safe environment for everyone.

You wonder how I got all of this when I couldn’t hear.  I took if off their web page.

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be by Zoom on August 4th.  Roy Ellis will present Brian Ring, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer of Butte County.  He will speak on "Economic Issues Facing Butte County". 

The program of Dave Jessen will be on August 18th. 

Social Gathering

Jen Liu will host a Social Gathering (not a meeting) at the Durham Park on Tuesday, July 28th.  It'll feature barrel chicken, water, beer and Costco cookies.  Jessica volunteered salad.  It'll start at 6:00PM.  We'll observe all social distancing advice.  Bring your own plates, utensils and drinks if your feel more comfortable that way.


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.

Reports and Anouncements

Larry Bradley reported that his granddaughter, Logan, who is suffering from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), is currently receiving chemo.  She is expecting to be test again on August 13th.   She is one very sick little girl.  Keep her in your prayers. 

You may follow her on her posting on the Caring Bridge website (  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.  Click on her.  After looking at the history of her treatment, go to the donate page.

There was also a discussion of raising money for scholarships for next year by going to our Harvest Festival sponsors.  I heard very little of this, but apparently $4,400 has already been committed.  A letter is being developed to be sent to sponsors.


President Jen again complained about there being no birthdays or anniversaries to recognize in the month of July however; Larry Bradley pointed out to him that July, 30th will be his 43rd anniversary and graciously offered $43 to the coffer.

Eric Hoiland discussed his backpacking, hiking, kayaking at Tahoe with his family.  He volunteered $75.


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 during my absence, while I was trying to work on my computer connection (which, it turned out, was not the problem)


Fifteen Years Ago


Next Harvest Festival Committee Meeting


Steve Greenwood reported that the planning for the Harvest Festival is going well.  He will have a Harvest Festival Committee meeting on August 17th (third Wednesday this time) 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. There is only a month after this meeting.


Harvest Festival Shirt and Banner Sponsors


Glenn Pulliam asks that all who has volunteered to contact sponsors that time was running short.  The need to be contacted now!  The T-shirt printing needs to be done in one week.  This is it. Now or never.  Get out and get it done before the next meeting, please.


Camp Royal


Roy Ellis introduced Jordan Hansen and Robert Hauser who are two of the three students we sent to Camp Royal. Jordan thanked Rotarians for selecting them for Camp Royal. Robert found Camp Royal to be one of the top experiences of his life. They both wished that every one at Camp Royal would attend Durham High School–it would make it much better as there were no jerks at Camp Royal.




El Jefe recognized Larry Bradley’s 28th anniversary. Larry will be celebrating by having a family day. He paid $28 for the years of wedded bliss.

Jim Edwards said that he had been around horses and worked as a Doc on the Comanche Ride. The Comanche Riders were in Nubeiber. Jim was fined $25.00.

Norm Larsen was fined $20 for the Comanche Ride.  Roy Ellis was fined $25.

El Jefe announced that is was Grinder auction time. Dar asked to tell a fishing story before auctioning off the Grinder. This year in Alaska he had the best fishing he ever had. He had all the beautiful fish fileted and packed and flash frozen. The Dar held forth on his adventures with Alaska Airlines. Somehow Dar’s fish caught a plane to Phoenix where it was 115 degrees. Dar caught a plane to Sacramento. Since Dar wasn’t present in Phoenix to claim his package of fish, the package was thrown in the dumpster.

Then Jim Edwards started the bid at $35. Steve Greenwood bought the grinder for $100, when Jen Liu dropped out of the bidding.



From Rotary International

Philippine club mobilizes transportation for frontline

 coronavirus health workers

COVID-19 forces lockdown on public transportation in Manila.

 Members bring vans, accommodations for hospital and lab workers.

By Ryan Hyland

It didn’t take long for members of the Rotary Club of Makati West to take action once the deadly coronavirus entered the country. Shortly after the local government announced the first case of COVID-19 in January, the club in Makati City, Philippines, called a series of emergency meetings to quickly assemble resources and direct aid.

"The pandemic was a battle cry for our club,” says club president Enrico Tensuan. “We are Rotary, and with that comes problem-solving. We focused our efforts on how to bring immediate assistance to frontline health workers.” A surge in cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, led to a government-mandated lockdown starting 15 March. On the island of Luzon, home to half of the Philippines’ population, the new rules closed most businesses and shut down public transit.

As a result, many health workers and other essential employees faced daunting commutes to their jobs — up to two hours each way on foot, Tensuan says.

In response to the need for safe transportation, club member Elmer Francisco — chief executive and chair of Francisco Motor Corp. and 1111 Empire Inc., which manufactures jeeps and other vehicles — donated 10 vans to transport frontline health workers to hospitals in and around Makati and the capital city, Manila. Francisco coordinated with officials at the Department of Transportation to obtain permits to operate the fleet and plan the most convenient routes for riders.

Since March, the vans, which carry up to 30 passengers each, have operated 24 hours each day from four designated pickup spots and local hospitals, including the Philippine General Hospital, one of the country’s biggest health care facilities.

The club paid for the fuel, and members handed out snacks to exhausted passengers. In addition, the initiative paid the salaries of 17 drivers, all of whom had temporarily lost their public utility jobs because of the transit shutdown. The club expects the project to operate at least until the end of May.

“The dedication of these frontline workers and our drivers is awe-inspiring,” Francisco says. “Walking two hours each way is simply unforgiving. They are already risking their lives fighting COVID-19. This was necessary to keeping them safe.”

Hospital workers in the Philippines are being transported for free to and from work thanks to an initiative by the Rotary Club Makati West, Philippines.

Helping lab employees shelter near work Members of the Makati West club also worked to provide lodging for medical professionals. They helped secure 30 days of accommodations at area motels for nearly 50 lab technicians and workers at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, which conducts COVID-19 tests. The employees work long hours and the nearby facilities provide much-needed relief, Tensuan says.

The club planned to pay for the rooms, but local officials, inspired by the club’s actions, funded the workers’ monthlong stay. Members prepared bags of toiletries and snacks for institute workers and motel employees. “They were small bags with just a few things, but they brought big smiles. At times like this, even the smallest of gestures can make a big difference,” Tensuan says.

The club also raised funds for Fashion for Frontliners, an effort by a group of fashion designers in the Philippines who have produced thousands of items of much-needed personal protection equipment (PPE) for hospital workers. And club members have donated thousands of dollars’ worth of PPE, including masks, gloves, and gowns, using Francisco’s fleet of vehicles to deliver the equipment to hospitals. Tensuan, who leases properties, personally donated three laundry machines to the Philippine General Hospital so that workers can wash their clothes and PPE.

“I’m proud of how our club responded so far,” Tensuan says. “But we have a long way to go. We will use our club’s resources for as long as the virus is a threat.”


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