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




Nov. 4th, 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 sixteenth Zoom meeting.  This time we had only 9 members.

The Meeting


President Jen didn’t exactly open the meeting.  He was having trouble seeing due to recent eye surgery, so he left it to Glenn Pulliam to conduct the meeting.  Anyway, Eric Hoiland led the pledge.

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

Jim Kirks showed a photograph of himself and a young lady.  Jim reports that she is a cousin, from Gainesville, Florida, he just met while she was traveling in California.



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


November 10th:  Club Assembly


November 17th:  Kristen Cargile


December 1st: Mike Wacker


December 15th:  Virtual Christmas Gift Exchange via ZOOM


January 12th:  Steve Heithecker-Crab Feed Prep?


January 26th:  Bruce Norlie



Visiting Rotarians & Guests

None tonight.


None tonight

Board Meeting Report

A Board meeting was held last Thursday, September 29th by Zoom.  There were three topics of discussion:  Donation to Habitat for Humanity, The Crab Feed and the Christmas Party.

Habitat for Humanity

Regarding Habitat for Humanity, the Board authorized a donation of $1,000.

Crab Feed

There was discussion of whether we could do a “Drive By” Crab Feed.  A lot of questions were raised.  These questions included but were not limited to the following:

- Is the high school available for us to use?

- Are there any Covid restrictions/guidelines that we don't know about?

- Would Interact students be available and/or willing to help?

- How soon do we have to order crab?

Board members working to get answers to these questions.


But can we do this in the time we have and what happens if there is a surge in Covid 19 after Christmas?

Much of tonight’s meeting was taken up discussing this. 

John Bohannon suggested that the Junior High might work better because of its circular driveway.  Then it was suggested that a “Virtual Crab Feed” might work better.  I thought Jim Kirks first suggested this but later someone else got thanked for the idea.  Anyway, we would simply sell tickets as a donation.  All this will be discussed at the Club Assembly next Tuesday (see below) so be there.


Christmas Party/Gift Exchange


The Christmas Party was to have been on December 15th.  But that won’t happen.  Between Ravi and Jen they are working on an idea where each of us buy a gift as usual.  Then Jen collects them all.  Ravi then will conduct the gift exchange on Zoom.  Once it is all done, Jen will deliver the gifts to those who got them.  I am not sure how members will select a gift or take a gift from someone else.  He may have to put big numbers on each gift and then have some way to show which gift have been selected.  Maybe have cards with members names that get put on a gift the member has selected.



We never really got to Ravi’s program.  Maybe next meeting.

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be a Zoom meeting on November 17th with the program by Kristen Cargile, unless Ravi’s video gets substituted in.

However, prior to that meeting we will have a Club Assembly, on Zoom next Tuesday, November 10th regarding the Crab Feed.  See above. 

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

From the District Governor:

Over the past eight weeks or so, I've had the pleasure of meeting -- usually via Zoom but sometimes in person -- with 43 of the 73 clubs in our district. I've really enjoyed every one of them and look forward to meeting with the other 30 clubs in the weeks to come.

Since the clubs in the North State are in counties (Shasta, Siskiyou and Trinity) that were in the less restrictive orange tier on the COVID scale, I have driven up and back I-5, to and through Redding, four times in the past six weeks to meet with most of them in person. Music on Sirius XM has been my constant companion in the car on those drives. (But I do need to give a special shoutout and thanks to Assistant Governor Amelia Ward who joined me on my visits to all eight clubs in her area, the North State Great Eight.)

Music has played a big part in my life since the 60s. These days, I'm often listening to Classic Rock -- because I remember and can sing along to a LOT of songs. But I also enjoy 60s and 70s Soul and R&B and, if I'm in the mood, Disco. (Hey, I was in college then.) Claire has helped me develop an appreciation for country music, and I get a yen for Mozart or Tchiakovsky every so often.

Classic Rock these days includes many 80s titles from Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet period -- and yes, I sing along to "Livin' on a Prayer" but don't have a prayer of hitting the high notes anymore. I saw and heard good reviews about the band's new album, simply titled 2020, and watched several interviews with Jon Bon Jovi on TV. I was really impressed by what Jon and his family have been doing to help people with food insecurity in New York and his native New Jersey: a rock star stocking shelves and sweeping floors when the COVD quarantine prevented other volunteers from helping him. I thought to myself, "This guy could make a good Rotarian."

Then I heard and read the lyrics to one track from the new album, "Do What You Can," an ode to people surviving the pandemic, which include --

When you can't do what you do
You do what you can.

That made me think,"That's exactly what the clubs and Rotarians in District 5160 are doing!" While we can't engage in the big, in person, all hands on deck service projects that so many of us love right now, we find other ways to do what we can: Increase our support of and participation in projects that fight food insecurity, like Meals on Wheels or Blessings in a Backpack; participate in blood donation drives -- one unit may not seem like a lot but when 20, 50 or 100 club members all donate, it sure is; or serving as virtual tutors to young students who are having trouble keeping up with distance learning.

These may not be the types of projects that Rotary clubs and members are best known for doing, but they are the type of projects that we CAN do right now. And I am very proud of -- and grateful to -- all the clubs in our district that are doing just that!

Please continue to think about the types of individual or small scale projects that you can do in your community until the COVID restrictions are lifted. Let's keep on doing what we CAN! Thanks!

Best Rotary regards,

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


Glenn Pulliam recounted his recent trip with his wife in his new van to Virginia to visit his son, then to Brooklyin to visit another son.  Then on to New Jersey  and back through Missouri to visit cousins.  He contributed $100 to the Rotary Intetnational Foundation.


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.


I think the quote below was the quote from Abraham Lincoln Steve Heithecker was reciting at the end of the meeting.  He reads them too fast for me to write them down, so I look them up on the internet and try to match what I find to what I did write down.  This just seems a little longer that what he read, but it has matching words, so here it is:

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

This was last meeting’s quote which I thought remained appropriate for this week:

“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


Rotex fills the gap after Rotary Youth Exchange

After returning home, many students miss their lives abroad. Rotex helps keep the international connections going

by Diana Schoberg Illustration by Viktor Miller Gausa

Riikka Muje had a fantastic time when she lived in Brittany, France, in 2011-12 as a Rotary Youth Exchange student. “At the beginning it was hard,” she recalls. “I didn’t speak the language. I didn’t know anyone. But then it’s amazing how you can form a life in another place.”

After her exchange, adjusting back to life in her hometown of Rovaniemi, Finland, was just as hard — until she joined a Rotex alumni association, Rotex for short. Rotex alumni associations are groups of Rotary Youth Exchange alumni who act as intermediaries between Rotarians and Youth Exchange students. They provide mentoring and organize events with exchange students in their home country as a way to give back and keep their international connections alive.

Now Muje is a fifth-year medical student at the University of Turku and president of Rotex Finland, which has more than 80 members across the country’s five districts.

Rotex gives you a chance to continue interacting with people from other countries, and to get to know people who have had the same experience as you.”

Are Rotex clubs everywhere?

It depends on the area. In Germany, Taiwan, Brazil, and Finland, for example, Rotex is well established. There are other places where it is just getting started. And there are some countries where Rotex alumni associations have yet to be founded or chartered with Rotary International.

Rotex alumni associations have organized four international conventions in different host cities. We founded Rotex International four years ago to spread awareness about Rotex. We have five board members from different countries. And last year, Rotex International was chartered as a Rotary alumni association, which gave us official standing in the Rotary family.

What’s the role of Rotex in Rotary Youth Exchange?

In Finland, when someone applies for Rotary Youth Exchange, the Rotex members are there for the interviews to help the Rotarians choose the students who will go on exchange. When Rotarians host educational events for outbound students, we are there as well, to tell about our own experiences. And after the students come back home, we send them an email to invite them to join. Rotex is a good way to give back after a really good experience.

How else do you work with Rotarians?

Rotarians ask us to help with many local Rotary Youth Exchange events. In Finland, we help organize language and culture camps that are held at the beginning of an exchange. There are always 10 to 15 Rotex members who work as camp leaders. When Rotarians in Finland host tours for Youth Exchange students — the EuroTour or Lapland tour, for example — they also invite us to help with organization and practical things. We do smaller Rotex events as well, every month or two by district. We help promote exchanges by visiting schools and doing social media campaigns. And in some countries, such as Germany and the United States, Rotex members do fundraising events. As president of Rotex Finland, I also take part in Finnish Youth Exchange meetings to provide a youth opinion as they develop their programs.

Why did you join Rotex?

I had a good Rotary Youth Exchange experience in France, and when I got back I felt so empty. Rotex gives you a chance to continue interacting with people from other countries, and to get to know people who have had the same experience as you. It helps you readapt to your old life, which can be surprisingly difficult.

I joined Rotex in my hometown of Rovaniemi, which is in the north of Finland, on the Arctic Circle. When I moved to Turku in the south to attend university, I didn’t know people outside of those I met at school. Rotex has helped me to make friends who do things in life other than medicine. I think that’s really valuable.


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