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



August 18, 2020


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


2020                            Calendar for Durham Rotary


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
David Bielby, Exec. Dir. from Thirst Relief International
(Dave Jessen)
19 20 21 22
23 24 25
No Meeting
26 27 28 29
30 31



DG Mark Roberts Visit
(Jen Liu)
2 3 4 5
6 7 8
No Meeting
9 10 11 12
13 14 15
Mary Sakuma, Superintendent of Butte County Schools
(Glenn Pulliam)
16 17 18 19
20 21 22
No Meeting
23 24 25 26
27 28 29
(Daryle Polk)


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



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


September. 1st:  District Governor’s visit.


September 15th:  Glenn Pulliam - Mary Sakuma, Superintendent of Butte County Schools


September 29th:  Daryl Polk (see Next Meeting below)


October 6th:  Jessica Thorpe


October 20th:  Jim Patterson.


November 3rd:  Ravi Saip


November 17th:  Kristen Cargile



This was our tenth Zoom meeting.  We had 12 members at one point in this Zoom meeting.  Where are the rest of you?  Zoom is not that hard.  After all, two of our oldest members are on at every meeting.

So here is a refresher course on Zoom:

Basically there are two ways to join a Zoom meeting.  You do need a computer, laptop, phone or pad that has a video camera and speakers or ear buds.  My Dell laptop has both built in.  Most phones, laptops and pads do.  Most older desktops do not, but they can be added.  Down load Zoom on your computer (just put Zoom app in your search engine to find a free download), phone or pad. After it is installed, find Zoom listed in your list of programs and click on the down arrow.  Then click on “Start Zoom” when it appears.   After it is running, you click on “Join a Meeting” when it appears.  It will then ask you for the meeting ID.  Put the meeting ID Jen has given you, in an email, in in the screen that pops up.  [If he set up a password and gives that to you in the email, a screen pops up to enter that (thus far neither Steve nor Jen has set up a password, so that screen does not pop up)]. A screen then appear asking whether you want to join with video.  Click “Yes” on the screen.  At this point you are in, although you may have to wait until someone else joins before you see others on your screen.  At some point it will then ask you if you want to join with audio.  Click “Yes” on that.    The other way is, after you have downloaded the Zoom app, to click on the meeting link Jen has given you in the email, rather than inserting the meeting ID.  I have never done it this way, but assume I am correct.


Sometimes boxes with everyone appearing will be vertical in the middle of the screen.  Just click on the box in the upper right corner to get it to go to full screen.


There are detailed instructions on the Zoom website, but they spend most their time in setting up a Zoom meeting, which you do not need to know.   I found the instructions at WikiHow Zoom to be more succinct on how to join a Zoom meeting. 


So none of you have any excuse not to appear at the next meeting.  Now that that is over with, let’s get on with the meeting.

Visiting Rotarians & Guests

There were no visitors tonight.


There were no presentations tonight.


The program was to have been David Bielby, Executive Director of Thirst Relief International.  He was to talk about various Clean Water projects.  However, he could not get to a computer until after 7:00 pm, so we had no program.  We will attempt to reschedule him for a later date.

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be by Zoom on September 1st.  President Jen will then present the District Governor, Mark Roberts.  Everybody should be on at that meeting.

Following that, on September 15th Glenn Pulliam has arranged to present former member Mary Sakuma, Superintendent of Butte County Schools, who will update us on Butte County Schools. 

Board Meetings

Note that there two Board meetings coming up.

The first will be Tuesday, August 25th at 6:00 pm by Zoom.  The purpose will be to discuss membership strategies, future projects and fund raisers.  Non-board members may attend, particularly if you have any ideas on these matters.

The second Board meeting will be the usual one with the District Governor, at 5:00 pm on September 1st before his meeting with the club at 6:00 pm.  Both will be by Zoom but they will be different Zoom meetings, requiring different Zoom logins.  Members will receive 2 separate emails with the information for logging in to each meeting.

The Rotary Foundation Donations

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 Announcements

Steve Heithecker reported that the Far West Heritage Association (Patrick Ranch) will be holding a Drive Through Tri-Tip Dinner in Wednesday September 23, 2020.  The dinner may be picked up between 4:30 pm and 6:00 pm at the Patrick Ranch.  The dinner will cost $45 and will feed 4.  You may get tickets at Tri Counties Bank in Durham or from Steve Heithecker or Phil Price.  You may also get them on the Patrick Ranch website, which is

Larry Bradley and Steve Heithecker are working on letters to our Harvest Festival sponsors to solicit contributions of what they would normally contribute for their sponsorships.

Mike Crump updated us on his progress regarding our long proposed street project in Durham.  The County has about $50,000 budgeted for a street project in Durham.  We have had North Star Engineering develop plans for the work we were proposing, which doesn’t seem to quite match what the County is considering.  Anyway it is a little confusing now.

Steve Heithecker, for Kirsten Cargile, also updated us on our District grant for Chromebooks for the Durham School District.  The $13,035.38 is in a separate Durham Rotary bank account.  However, it appears that after we got the grant, the School District may not need it.  The have received an award from the government for sufficient money to buy all the Chromebooks they need.  However, they must spend that money by December 31st or lose it.  There are no Chromebooks available to purchase now.  If not become available they may lose the money and will need our grant money.  But if not, we need to be thinking about another school related project that we can amend our grant to.

Larry Bradley presented a follow up report on his granddaughter, Logan, who is suffering from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), is currently receiving chemo.  She has developed an infection that due to chemo her body cannot fight off.  She had been returned to UC Davis Children’s Hospital.  She has apparently also developed a kidney stone.

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.


President Jen recognized Daryl Polk for his twin brother’s birthday, in the amount of $13.

Mike Crump missed two meetings.  He said the his neighbors had invited him for a Bar-B-Que dinner on one meeting night.  On the other he was at a picnic dinner up Deer Creek.  He contribute $25 to the Durham Rotary Foudation.

Erik Hoiland reported that he missed a meeting because he went to In and Out Burgers to get dinner for his family, but the line was so long that our meeting was nearly over by the time he got home.  He contributed $15.

Kelly Lotti missed a meeting because she got so involve doing working on her rental property she just forgot.  She contribute $20.

Ravi Saip missed a meeting spending two days at Lake Davis.  However, he didn’t shut his cell phone off, so he spend a lot of time working.  He contributed $20.


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 Steve Heithecker to recite a famous quote.  He recited:

‘Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.…’

Winston S Churchill, 11 November 1947




From Rotary International


Holger Knaack

President, 2020-21

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Greetings, fellow Rotarians and Rotaractors!

I am so honored to serve as your president this year. We have important work ahead of us at Rotary, and we are going to have a lot of fun as we do it.

Last year, we launched our five-year Action Plan to build a stronger future for Rotary. We are working to increase our impact, expand our reach, enhance participant engagement, and increase our ability to adapt. The last several months have shown that we — as Rotarians and Rotaractors — can realize these goals as we forge a new path for the future.

Without question, COVID-19 has posed new and previously unimaginable challenges for Rotary. But within every challenge is perhaps an even greater opportunity. And while I could not have known what lay ahead when I selected my theme for the year, Rotary Opens Opportunities has even greater relevance as we begin our new Rotary year.

I am incredibly inspired by how our members have adapted and responded to COVID-19. This global pandemic has made it difficult for many of our clubs to operate as usual, but we persevered, and over the past few months, I’ve enjoyed connecting with my fellow Rotarians and Rotaractors in a new way: by visiting hundreds of clubs from my home. It’s been fun to attend so many meetings virtually. If you haven’t already, I encourage your club to try an online meeting or add an online component, like hosting a guest speaker from a Rotary or Rotaract club located in a different part of the world.

As we build a stronger future for our organization, it’s good that we are reaching out to new people and introducing them to Rotary. It’s important that our clubs reflect the communities we serve. More diverse voices in our clubs and in our leadership will help Rotary stay in touch with a changing world.

So let’s find every opportunity to show we value each and every member. Let’s seize this moment to build on what we’ve learned, to embrace our new reality, to welcome new faces, and to find additional ways to shine. This is how we will have a continuing impact on the world. And if you need assistance along the way, Rotary offers many resources that can help you reach your goals.

Rotary means different things in different parts of the world, but we are all united by our core values and by The Four-Way Test. Rotary may change, but our values remain constant.

I look forward to hearing about how you’re finding new opportunities to engage and make an impact in your club and community. Rotary Opens Opportunities, both for the people we serve and for ourselves.

Thank you.

Holger Knaack
RI President, 2020-21

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