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



September 1, 2020


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


2020                            Calendar for Durham Rotary


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
Barrel Chicken Picnic at the Durham Park
23 24 25 26
27 28 29
(Daryle Polk)



1 2 3
4 5 6
No Meeting
7 8 9 10
11 12 13
(Jessica Thorpe)
14 15 16 17
18 19 20
No Meeting
21 22 23 24
25 26 27
(Jim Patterson)
28 29 30 31

This was our eleventh Zoom meeting.  We had 16 members at one point in this Zoom meeting plus two guests.  Where are the rest of you?  Zoom is not that hard.  After all, three of our oldest members are on at every meeting.

So none of you have any excuse not to appear at the next meeting.

The Meeting

President Jen opened the meeting asking Larry Bradley to lead the pledge, which he did.  Jim Patterson then gave the invocation.  In his invocation he mentioned Logan Bradley, who had better test results, and Cynthia Plume’s mother, who passed away.



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


September 15th:  Glenn Pulliam will present Mary Sakuma regarding Butte County Schools.


September 22nd:  Chicken in the Park


September 29th:  Daryl Polk


October 6th:  Jessica Thorpe


October 20th:  Jim Patterson.


November 3rd:  Ravi Saip


November 17th:  Kristen Cargile



Visiting Rotarians & Guests

We had two visitors tonight.  The District Governor, Mark Roberts, and Assistant District Governor, Leanne Christman, former President of the Chico Club.


The District Governor symbolically presented Paul Harris pins as follows (Jen delivered them the following morning):

Phil Price, Paul Harris +1

Jen Liu, Paul Harris +4, noting that he is also a Paul Harris Society member (committed to $1,000 per year)

Steve Plume, Paul Harris +5.  Steve also thanked Jim Kirks for pushing the Paul Harris Foundation donations.


The program was the District Governor, Mark Roberts.  Mark Roberts joined the Rotary Club of Lamorinda Sunrise in April 2009.  In the late 1970s, he was a charter member and second president of the University of San Francisco Rotaract Club where he enjoyed attending meetings of Rotary Club #2.


Mark served as Lamorinda Sunrise club service director. He was named club Rotarian of the Year before becoming president in 2012-13. He has served District 5160 as Assistant Governor. He is a “charter member” of the district’s Training Cadre.


In 2017-18, Mark was Rotary Foundation Committee Paul Harris Society and Major Gifts Chair. He is a Triple Crown member: Paul Harris Society, Major Donor and Bequest Society.


Mark has over 25 years of fundraising experience working for several Bay Area higher education and other non-profit institutions before retiring last year.


Mark’s wife, Claire, also a past president of Lamorinda Sunrise, was co-chair of the Rotary 4-Way Fest Multi-District Conference in Reno in 2019. Claire remains active in Delta Sigma Pi (which is how they met), being recognized nationally for her many accomplishments.  


Mark and Claire are residents of Orinda.


Mark noted the Rotary International theme this year:  “Rotary Opens Opportunities”.  He noted that we have opportunities to find ways of doing things, such as the care of members and the growth of membership.  He pointed out that membership in this country and this District has been declining and we need to work on growing membership, particularly of younger people, both men and women.  We are no longer a club of older men having dinner together.  We must have younger people to promote our projects.


Mark mentioned the virtual District Seminar scheduled for October 3, 2020.  All members should attend.  To attend you need to register.  Go to the District 5160 home page on “District And Club data base” (DACab).  Then navigate to the District Calendar and the event. Once you are registered you will receive the Zoom meeting information two days before.


Mark also mentioned the 2021 District Conference which is currently planned for April 30 to May 2, 2021 at the Holiday Inn in Downtown Sacramento (near Old Sacramento).  You can register for it at the same District Calendar.


A word about the relatively new District And Club data base (DACab).  The Districts and Clubs are moving their web sites to this data base for security reasons.  Our club roster is on it and can only be accessed through it.  But you do have to have a user name (email address) and password.  If you have not signed up for that you need to do so now.  The problem is that simply putting District 5160 it to you search line will not get you there.  What appears to work is accessing which gets you to the sign in page.  Also simply putting dacab into your search line will get you to a list of web sites, the first of which is  This is not what you want (well, you can eventually get there through this website, but it is far more complicated).  The second one listed is This is the one you want.  The third on says something about login, but that is not it.  Apparently, logging it will take you to your district’s page.


Next Meeting

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. 

Chicken in the Park

President Jen will be hosting barrel chicken picnic in the Durham Park on Tuesday, September 22, 2020.   Bring your family and prospective members.  This is a social gathering., not an official club meeting  It'll feature barrel chicken, water, beer and Costco cookies.  Jessica volunteered salad last time, maybe she will again.  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.

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 Anouncements

It was reported that Logan Bradley’s latest tests have shown improvement.

You may follow her on her posting on the Caring Bridge website (  Select “Logan Bradley” 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 Jessica Thorp for her 25th wedding anniversary and her son’s promotion to E4 in the Navy.  She contributed $100.

Steve Heithecker contributed $19 for his 19th anniversary.

Jen contributed $40 for his 40th anniversary.

Erick Hoiland contributed $56 for his birthday.

Jim Kirks requested a song so Larry Bradley sang “Happy Birthday” to him.  Jim contributed $100.

Mike Wacker was recognized for his sister’s book about their father and Siskiyou County.  He contributed $100.  (As I have mentioned before, I knew Mike’s father long before I knew Mike.  Early in my days representing Siskiyou  County in litigation his father was a member of the Board of Supervisors and owned I small grocery store in downtown Yreka).


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.  Also, bring a guest to one of our occasional social gatherings in the Durham Park.


President Jen concluded the meeting by asking Steve Heithecker to recite a famous quote.  He recited a quote from Arthur Ashe:

 “From what you get you can make a living. From what you give you can make a life.”


From Rotary International


Rotary and its GPEI partners celebrate a monumental achievement, say global eradication of wild polio is possible with the continued dedication and persistence of Rotarians

The World Health Organization (WHO) on 25 August announced that transmission of the wild poliovirus has officially been stopped in all 47 countries of its African region. This is a historic and vital step toward global eradication of polio, which is Rotary’s top priority.

After decades of hard won gains in the region, Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) — WHO, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Gavi, the vaccine alliance — are proclaiming the milestone an achievement in public health. They offer it as proof that strong commitment, coordination, and perseverance can rid the world of polio.

The certification that the African region is free of wild poliovirus comes after the independent Africa Regional Certification Commission (ARCC) conducted thorough field verifications that confirmed no new cases and analyzed documentation of polio surveillance, immunization, and laboratory capacity by Cameroon, Central African Republic, Nigeria, and South Sudan. The commission had already accepted the documentation of the other 43 countries in the region.

The last cases of polio caused by the wild virus in the African region were recorded in Nigeria’s northern state of Borno in August 2016, after two years with no cases. Conflict, along with challenges in reaching mobile populations, had hampered efforts to immunize children there.

Now that the African region is free of wild poliovirus, five of WHO’s six regions, representing more than 90 percent of the world’s population, are now free of the disease. Polio caused by the wild virus is still endemic in Afghanistan and Pakistan, in the WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean region.

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The African region’s wild polio-free certification was celebrated during a livestream event. Speakers included Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, Bill Gates, Rotary International President Holger Knaack, Nigeria PolioPlus chair Dr. Tunji Funsho, and representatives of other GPEI partners. The celebration was followed by a press conference.

In the program, Knaack spoke about people needing good news during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “The challenges ahead are formidable,” Knaack said. “That’s why we must recognize this great achievement and commend all the people who played important roles in reaching this milestone. It took tremendous effort over many years.”

An achievement decades in the making

Not detecting any wild poliovirus in Africa is in stark contrast to the situation in 1996, when 75,000 children there were paralyzed by the disease. That year, at a meeting of the Organization of African Unity in Cameroon, African heads of state committed to eradicating the disease from the continent.

To bolster the effort, also in 1996, Rotary, its GPEI partners, and South African President Nelson Mandela launched the Kick Polio Out of Africa campaign. Using soccer matches and celebrity endorsements, the campaign raised awareness of polio and helped more than 30 African countries to hold their first National Immunization Days. Mandela’s call to action helped mobilize leaders across the continent to increase their efforts to reach every child with polio vaccine.


Children in Cote d’Ivoire receive oral polio vaccines during an immunization campaign.


Volunteers and health care workers set out to administer oral polio vaccines to hundreds of children during an immunization campaign in Cote d’Ivoire.

Since 1996, countless Rotary members from across Africa and around the world have raised funds, immunized children, and promoted vaccinations, enabling the GPEI to respond to and stop polio outbreaks. More than 9 billion doses of oral polio vaccine have been provided throughout the region, preventing an estimated 1.8 million cases of paralysis. Each year, about 2 million volunteers help vaccinate 220 million children against polio multiple times in the African region.

Rotary members have contributed nearly $890 million toward polio eradication efforts in the African region. The funds have allowed Rotary to issue PolioPlus grants to fund polio surveillance, transportation, awareness campaigns, and National Immunization Days.

Dr. Tunji Funsho, chair of Rotary’s Nigeria PolioPlus committee, noted Rotarians’ tremendous contributions to polio eradication efforts in Africa: “From raising funds and immunizing children, to providing ‘polio plusses,’ such as soap and health kits, Rotary members have shown resilience and steadfast dedication to our top priority of ending polio.”

Rotary members have helped build extensive polio infrastructure that has been used to respond to COVID-19 and, in 2014, the Ebola crisis, as well as to protect communities from yellow fever and bird flu.

Challenges still ahead

The GPEI’s challenge now is to eradicate wild poliovirus in the two countries where the disease has never been stopped: Afghanistan and Pakistan. Additionally, routine immunization in Africa must also be strengthened to keep the wild poliovirus from returning and to protect children against circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus, which is rare but continues to infect people in parts of the African region.

To eradicate polio, multiple high-quality immunization campaigns must continue to be given priority. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s necessary to keep children vaccinated against polio while also protecting health workers from COVID-19 and making sure they don’t contribute to its transmission.

Global health officials and experts say that sustained fundraising and advocacy are still crucial, not only to protect gains in Africa, but to reach the ultimate goal of a world without polio. Rotary members still have a critical role to play in keeping the African region free of wild poliovirus and eliminating the virus in the two countries where polio remains endemic.

As Knaack said, “This is a big step in our journey to a polio-free world, but the fight is not over yet. We still need the support of our Rotary members, donors, and heroic effort of health care workers to finish the job.”

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