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. 17th, 2020

Crab Feed

By solicitation with drawing for prizes by Zoom on Jan 12.

2020                            Calendar for Durham Rotary


1 2



North State Manufacturing
(Ravi Saip)

5 6 7
8 9 10
Club Assembly
11 12 13 14
15 16

Arwyn Rodriguera from the Salvation Army
(Kristen Cargile)

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



Ravi Saip on Noth State Manufacturing
(Mike Wacker)

2 3 4 5
6 7 8
No Meeting
9 10 11 12
13 14

Virtual Christmas Gift Exchange via ZOOM
(Ravi Saip)

16 17 18 19
20 21 22
No Meeting
23 24 25 26
27 28

No Meeting

30 31

This was our eighteenth (the Club Assembly was our seventeenth) Zoom meeting.  This time we had 12 members.  Not a bad showing, but where were the rest of you?

The Meeting

President Jen opened the meeting by asking Kristen Cargile to lead the pledge, which she did.  President Jen then asked Larry Bradley to give the invocation, which he did. 

President Jen reported that he had received a letter from a Durham School parent who said that over the last couple of years, she has been trying to work with the Intermediate School staff, DUSD board members and superintendent to get holes put in the gym floor at the Durham Intermediate gym so that they could have a regulation volleyball net set up. Once holes are in the floor, they could purchase a high quality net system (poles, net, pads and referee ladder with platform). Currently, there is not a set up for a regulation size volleyball court, although there are lines painted on the gym  floor. The PE teachers use a side-by-side net system that does not create good tension and does not allow for a regulation volleyball court. She has secured bids for the construction costs ($3700) and the net set up ($2700).  She is soliciting donations.  Thus far she has received donations of $2,500.

Upon a motion, which was seconded, the Club approved the donation of $750.  Jessica’s husband agreed to match our donation.  That gets them $1,500 toward their goal.           



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


December 1st: Mike Wacker will present Ravi Saip on North State Manufacturing


December 15th:  Ravi and Mary Saip - Vitual Christmas Gift Exchange


January 12th:  Steve Heithecker-Crab Feed Prep?


January 26th:  Bruce Norlie


February 9th:  Eric Hoiland


February 23rd:  Brenda Sohnrey.


March 9th:   Kelly Lotti


March 23rd:   Mike Crump



Visiting Rotarians & Guests

None tonight.


None tonight

Reports and Anouncements


Virtual Christmas Party & Gift Exchange


A virtual Christmas party will be held on December 15th,, on Zoom.  Ravi and Mary Saip will host the meeting and conduct the gift exchange.  Yes, we will still have a gift exchange.  So everyone will need to purchase their usual gift (approximately $30 in value) by December 10th.  Jen will collect the gifts from everyone’s homes on December 10th.   He will then deliver the gifts to the winners after the meeting.


District Grant for Chrome Books


You will recall that by the time we got our District Grant the Durham School District for 45 Chrombooks the District thought they had enough Chromebooks, so we were trying to come up with another use for the money that would fit within the grant restrictions.  However, Steve Heithecker now reports that the School District has figured out that due to the fact that some of the Chromebooks are outdated and some students were using their own laptops, they do, in fact, need more Chromebooks.  Our grant was for 45 Chromebooks, but the price has changed.  So we may need to buy less or add money.  They are trying to get a price now, so we can determine how many we can buy.


Club Assembly and the Crab Feed


A Club Assembly was held on November 10th.  The members present were Larry Bradley, Steve Plume, Jen Liu, Glenn Pulliam, Jim Patterson, Jim Kirks, Kristen Cargile, Eric Hoiland, Mike Crump, Ravi Saip and Mike Wacker.  The purpose of the Club Assembly was to discuss the Crab Feed.


The discussion began with the suggestion that we pursue the option of soliciting donations from community members rather than trying to serve a drive-thru meal. With this in mind several suggestions followed:

-          Use our crab feed ticket sales list as a starting point for potential donors

-          Solicit former scholarship recipients and their families

-          Include some sort of raffle

-          Combine donation with raffle. Possible example: for every $25 donated, you get an additional chance at winning

-          Make crab the prize

-          Make 5 baskets for prizes including crab, wine etc.


After much discussion Kristen made a motion to proceed with idea of soliciting donations for our scholarship programs along with some sort of raffle prize(s) built in. Larry seconded the motion and the motion carried. Jen appointed Kristen as the chairperson. Kristen will begin working on the flyer/letter and the raffle items. Jen is going to look into the price of crab for the raffle.


It was discussed that we want the emphasis to be on supporting our youth programs (scholarships, Camp Royal, Camp Venture) and not the raffle. Further discussion will be ongoing.


Since the Club Assembly Kristen, Eric Hoiland and Glenn Pulliam have met and developed a flyer soliciting the purchase of tickets.  A drawing will be held on January 12th for several prizes, which will include crab, with the prizes delivered to the winners on January 16th.  Since the prizes are perishable, ticket holders will have to be present to win and to receive delivery.



Kristen Cargile presented Arwyn Rodriguera and her husband from the Salvation Army.  They explained the various missions of the Salvation Army in Butte County. 

They operate the George Walker Rehabilitation Center.  It is a 6 month program.  The Center has 50 beds.  30 for men and 20 for women,  So far they have had about 500 successful graduates.

They operate the Emmit Skinner Transitional Living Program.

They operate the Community Center and Family Services office.

They also provide disaster relief.  Recently as a result of the Camp Fire and subsequent fires.

Regarding disaster relief I became a believer in the Salvation Army during the Yuba City flood in 1955-56 when I was working Christmas vacation from college at the service station at 17th and Park Avenue (I also worked summers there).  They were running truck after truck to Yuba City and we were filling their trucks up (my boss was giving them the gas) before, as far as I could tell, the Red Cross got organized.

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be a Zoom meeting on December 1st with the program by Mike Wacker. Ravi Saip will present a short video on North State Manufacturing.

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.



It seems that some members don’t read the Rowel.  They claimed that they knew nothing about the Club Assembly last week, which was why they did not attend.  Anyway, Steve Heithecker and Kelly Lotti contributed $20 each.  Kristen Cargile and Jessica Thorpe each contributed $10.  The difference had to do with whether they raised an argument based on lack of knowledge.  Since it was both in the Rowel and in the email with the Zoom info, that argument did not fly.

Jim Patterson was recognized for his birthday.  I assume he contributed $10 but I did not hear.

On the other hand, your editor also missed the meeting, but that was because he was in Mexico.  I contributed $50.  It was well worth it.  Actually, I was in Nuevo Vallarta where the temperature was 88 in the daytime and 70 at night.  The Margaritas were great.


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.


Steve Heithecker was asked for a quote to end the meeting.  He quoted from Albert Einstein as follows:

“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.”


From Rotary International



In the face of a pandemic, the important work of fighting polio must continue

Rotary and its partners have mobilized disease-fighting infrastructure to respond to COVID-19 —while remaining dedicated to eradicating polio

by Hank Sartin

The COVID-19 pandemic has created health challenges that go beyond the disease itself. In May 2020, the World Health Organization reported that, worldwide, 80 million children under age one were not receiving routine vaccinations for a variety of diseases. Pausing vaccinations — which involve close contact between vaccinators, infants, and their families — was necessary in the face of the pandemic. But as UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore warns, “We cannot exchange one deadly outbreak for another.”

Learn more about Rotary’s work to eradicate polio, and consider donating at

Amid these challenges, Rotary’s contributions toward polio eradication are more important than ever. In January 2020, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Rotary renewed their long-standing partnership, committing to raise an additional $450 million for polio eradication over the next three years. Rotary is committed to raising $50 million each year, with every dollar to be matched with two additional dollars from the Gates Foundation. “While response to the COVID-19 pandemic is an urgent global health priority, we cannot let our progress against polio backslide,” says Michael K. McGovern, chair of Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee and a member of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) Polio Oversight Board. “Our recent success in the African region shows that a polio-free world is achievable, but renewed focus and support for ongoing efforts in the two remaining endemic countries must be prioritized in order to deliver on our promise of a polio-free world.”

In March, the GPEI helped mount a worldwide response to the COVID-19 pandemic, tapping the infrastructure created for polio vaccination and surveillance. All the while, it dedicated funds and other resources to resuming polio vaccination efforts as soon as it was safe to do so, and to adjusting the vaccination and surveillance infrastructure as needed.

Polio experience underpins pandemic response

When COVID-19 emerged, the GPEI brought decades of experience to the response. While critical functions of the polio eradication effort continued, polio workers became involved in contact tracing, testing, and educating communities about hand washing and other ways to reduce transmission of and exposure to COVID-19. In many cases, they carried out both polio eradication and COVID-19 response activities simultaneously.

The polio eradication infrastructure has proved invaluable in the pandemic: GPEI hotlines, emergency operations centers, computers, and vehicles were all enlisted to support the COVID-19 response. In Nigeria, World Health Organization field offices, which are used to coordinate polio eradication efforts, have doubled as hubs for WHO teams focused on COVID-19. In Pakistan, hundreds of polio surveillance officers have been trained in COVID-19 surveillance. In Afghanistan, volunteers who educate communities about polio have been trained to teach people about COVID-19, including hand washing and other preventive measures.

PolioPlus grants continue to fund critical work

Polio immunization activities began resuming in July, with precautions taken to protect frontline workers and communities. With funding from Rotary members, Rotary issued more than $50 million in PolioPlus grants in June to support polio eradication work in Afghanistan and Pakistan (the last two countries where wild polio remains endemic) and across Africa. In Afghanistan, communications and community outreach work (called “social mobilization”) is crucial; this has included distributing 3 million bars of soap to promote hygiene, protect against polio and COVID-19, and improve local reception of vaccination efforts. In Pakistan, the social mobilization effort has a special focus on outreach to local religious leaders, who can promote vaccinations in mosque announcements and sermons.

In June, WHO committed to funding a Subnational Immunization Day in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the first quarter of 2021. A $3 million grant from Rotary will help fund vaccinations for an anticipated 8.4 million children in that country.

The WHO Regional Office for Africa continues polio surveillance in 47 countries across the continent. A $4 million PolioPlus grant will fund lab and surveillance activities such as collecting and transporting stool samples and conducting training. It will also support procedural changes made necessary by COVID-19.

As Rotary marked World Polio Day on 24 October 2020, members knew that even in the face of a pandemic, the important work of fighting polio must continue. Now more than ever, the support of all Rotary members is needed to help win the fight for a polio-free world.


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