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




October 20th, 2020

CRAB Feed?
Maybe Jan 16, but yet to be determined.

2020                            Calendar for Durham Rotary


1 2 3
4 5 6
Colleen Cecil - Executive Director of Butte County Farm Bureau
(Jessica Thorpe)
7 8 9 10
11 12 13
No Meeting
14 15 16 17
18 19 20
Reflections on 75 years of Durham Rotary Club
(Jim Patterson)
21 22 23 24
25 26 27
No Meeting
28 29 30 31



1 2

North State Manufacturing
(Ravi Saip)

4 5 6 7
8 9 10
No Meeting
11 12 13 14
15 16

(Kristen Cargile)

18 19 20 21
22 23 24
No Meeting
25 26 27 28
29 30

This was our fifteenth Zoom meeting.  This time we had 16 members plus one guest.

The Meeting

President Jen opened the meeting asking Steve Plume to lead the pledge, which he didn’t.  Rather, he had students at a meeting at the other end of his office.  He asked Kylee to lead the pledge, which she did, with the help of Reagan.

President then asked Larry Bradley to give the invocation, which he did.



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


October 27th:  Chicken in the Park at 5:30PM


October 29th:  Board Meeting at 6:00PM


November 3rd:  North State Manufacturing-Ravi Saip


November 17th:  Kristen Cargile


December 1st: Mike Wacker


December 15th:  Jim Kirks


January 12th:  Steve Heithecker-Crab Feed Prep?


January 26th:  Bruce Norlie



Visiting Rotarians & Guests


We had one visitor tonight.  It was Dan Davis, former member and past president of Durham Rotary.  He left the club when he moved to Arizona.  He is a member of the Prescott, Arizona club.  He was introduced by Jim Patterson, who recounted his accomplishments, which were many, while in Durham Rotary.


None tonight


Jim Patterson personally presented the program tonight.  Noting that this was the 75th anniversary of Durham Rotary, it having been founded in 1945 with 27 members.  Jim has been a member for 43 of those years. He talked about many of the outstanding members and their accomplishment for Durham Rotary.  He mentioned particularly Bruce and Peg Norlie who started the Harvest Festival and ran it for 25 years.  He noted that three District Governors have been members of our club.  I actually knew most of those he mentioned.  Amazingly I have apparently been a member for 30 years.

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be a Zoom meeting.  It is supposed to be on Tuesday, November 3rd.  However, that being election day, the meeting has been rescheduled for the next day, Wednesday, November 4th.  Ravi Saip will present the program.  It will be a North State Manufacturing video.

Chicken in the Park

There will also be a Chicken gathering in the Park on October 27th at 5:30 pm.  Bring your family and prospective members.  This is a social gathering.  It'll feature barrel chicken, water, beer and Costco cookies.  Jessica volunteered salad last time, maybe she will again.  We'll observe all social distancing advice.  Bring your own plates, utensils and drinks if your feel more comfortable that way.

Board Meeting

There will be a board meeting on Thursday, October 29th by Zoom, at 6:00 PM.  Among things to be discussed is what to do with the Crab Feed.  All are welcome. 

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

Harvest Festival:

Steve Heithecker showed the “thankyou” letter he had prepared to send to the Harvest Festival sponsors, who have, in absence of the Festival, contribute $10,450 to date.  It was published in the ER this last Sunday.  He is working on getting it in the Durham Forum.  Larry Bradley reports that there is another $2750 promised.  Upon receipt the total from the sponsors will be $13,150.

Pass president Ace Hiethecker shared with us the Thank You Ads. ran on Enterprise Record last Sunday, Oct. 18th.  It was noted that one of our sponsor, 'Midway Mini Storage - Durham' was missing from the Ads. however; a change has been made and it will appear on the next issue of FORUM in Durham.  The revised version is shown below:

From the District Governor:

Fellow District 5160 Rotarians:

After consultation with District Nominating Committee Chair PDG Gary Vilhauer, it has been confirmed that there were no challenges to the nomination of Claire Roberts from the Rotary Club of Lamorinda Sunrise to serve as District Governor  during the 2023-2024 Rotary year.

Accordingly, Claire Roberts is now the District Governor Nominee-Designate. Please join me in congratulating her and wishing her well as she begins to prepare for her year of leadership of our District.

Best Rotary regards,

Mark Roberts
Rotary Club of Lamorinda Sunrise
District Governor 2020-2021
Rotary District 5160


None tonight.


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 Steven Heithecker to recite a famous quote.  Steve recited two quotes including this one from Abraham Lincoln, which seem appropriate in this election year.  Lincoln said:

“Elections belong to the people. It's their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.”



From Rotary International

Rotary History

Rotary becomes intercontinental

On 1 August 1912, the Rotary Club of London, Greater London, England, became the first Rotary club in Europe. Although Rotary had already become international in April of that year with the chartering of the Rotary Club of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, the club in the United Kingdom earned Rotary the distinction of being an intercontinental organization.

After the London members organized the club, it took a year to receive its charter. Correspondence between General Secretary Chesley R. Perry and charter member Arthur P. Bigelow reveals some of the club members’ questions about joining and paying dues to what was then the National Association of Rotary Clubs, made up of only U.S. clubs.

Perry encouraged them to “forget that the word ‘national’ is in the name,” noting that if Winnipeg, London, and others were to join, the association would “simply have to change its name to the Inter-National Association.”

Beyond London

The London club, along with four U.S. clubs chartered on the same day, increased the worldwide club total to 50. Within a short time, Rotary grew to have eight clubs in England, Ireland (including what is now Northern Ireland), and Scotland. The seven clubs after London and their RI charter dates were:

Rotary’s presence didn’t extend to mainland Europe until the Rotary Club of Madrid, Spain, received its charter in January 1920.

A unique approach

R.W. Pentland, of the Edinburgh club, used his appointment to the 1913-14 Rotary Board of Directors as an opportunity to improve connections among clubs. He gathered club officers in Liverpool in October 1913, seeking to enhance camaraderie and unity and to standardize practices among the Rotary clubs in the United Kingdom. The following May, club representatives met in London and created the British Association of Rotary Clubs (BARC).

Pentland reported on the new association to 1913-14 Rotary President Russell F. Greiner, who supported its creation. At the 1914 Rotary Convention, delegates approved a resolution to recognize the British association and its efforts to promote Rotary interests.

Clubs could become members of both BARC and the International Association of Rotary Clubs (now Rotary International) through two separate processes, and BARC clubs were actively encouraged to apply for affiliation with the International Association, but that wasn’t required for several years.

After more than a year of discussions between the two associations, delegates at the 1922 Rotary Convention in Los Angeles, California, USA, changed the RI Constitution to make provisions for national or territorial units that would operate as administrative units of Rotary International. In particular, they would be empowered to approve applications and issue charter certificates for clubs in the designated territory.

The clubs of Great Britain and Ireland, through the BARC, applied for and received such status. After only five years, delegates again changed the constitution to stop creating territorial units but allowed existing units to remain. Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) is the only territorial unit that remains in Rotary today.

Members of the Rotary Club of London, Greater London, England — with family, friends, and entertainer Harry Lauder of the Rotary Club of Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland (front row, second from right) — gathered in London before traveling to the 1922 Rotary International Convention in Los Angeles, California, USA.


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