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



April , 20, 2021


The  2021 Harvest Festival scheduled for Sunday, September 19, 2021.


2021                           Calendar for Durham Rotary


      1 2 3
4 5

John Dwyer, Dist. 5160 Foundation Chair
(Steven Heithecker)

7 8 9 10
11 12

No Meeting

14 15 16 17
18 19 20
Patrick Ranch
(Phil Price)
21 22 23 24
25 26 27
No Meeting
28 29 30


2 3

Covered Bridge
(David Jessen)

5 6 7 8
9 10

No Meeting

12 13 14 15
16 17 18
100 Years of Rotary in Chico Part II
(Glenn Pulliam)
19 20 21 22
23 24 25
No Meeting
26 27 28 29
30 31

This was not a Zoom meeting.  This was a live, in person, meeting outdoors at the Patrick Ranch, in the Master Gardner area.



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


May 4th:  Dave Jessen at the Covered Bridge?


May 18th:  Carl Ochsner will present his “Rotary’s Early Days in Chico-Part 2”.


June 1st:  Steve Plume


June 15th:  Larry Bradley


June 29th:  The Demotion



  The Meeting

Past President Steve Heithecker opened the meeting.  President Jen and his wife are back in Taiwan to attend her father’s funeral service. Steve asked John Bohannon to lead the pledge, which he did.  Prior to asking Jim Patterson to give the invocation, Steve announced that member, Jim Kirks has passed away this morning. Eric Hoiland spoke briefly about Jim and all his contributions to the Club.  He also noted that a memorial service was planned for July.  Jim Patterson then gave the invocation.

It was also noted that Carolyn Edwards, wife of former member Jim Edwards had recently passed away.

I would like to personally note Jim Kirks’ help to me in preparing the Rowel.  He regularly took notes and emailed them to me, when I was absent from a meeting, so I could prepare the Rowel.  I always emailed him a copy (in an older format) of the Rowel when I emailed it to Jen to publish.  Jim would make helpful suggestions for corrections.

Larry Bradley reported that the interviews of potential Camp Royal and Camp Venture students have been conducted.  Four students have been selected for Camp Royal and one for Camp Venture


Mike Crump reports that the Rise Against Hunger packaging project will take place this Saturday, April 24th, at Durham High School with the help of Interact Club students.  The set-up will begin at 8:30 am with the packaging beginning at 9:30 am.  The following members have volunteered to assist:  Glenn Pulliam, Ravi Saip, Erick Hoiland, Kelly Lotti, Mike Crump and Dave Jessen. 


A Global District Grant of $20,000 was approve on vote of the Club for a housing project in Paradise.


Past President Steve then asked everyone to introduce themselves and any guests.  I introduced Karen Lobach, Patrick Ranch Museum Director, who arranged our meeting at the Ranch, and Kay Perkins, President of the Far West Heritage Association Board of Directors.  The Far West Heritage Association is the non-profit corporation that operates the Patrick Ranch.  Steve Heithecker and I are also on the Board.  By the way, the Board is currently in need of two members, so if anyone is interested contact Steve or me.


Past President Steve presented to Karen Lobach, Patrick Ranch Museum Director, the Club’s check for $1,000 as a contribution to the Far West Heritage Association.




The Program

Kay Perkins, President of the Far West Heritage Association is also a Master Gardner and our program for the meeting.  She first talked about the Master Gardner program and the training it requires.  Initially it involved taking coursed through the University of California Extension program regarding sustainable gardening.  Then it requires substantial continuing education annually.  It also required substantial volunteer work to take the private gardener load off of the State farm advisors so they can concentrate on commercial farming.  She then talked about plots of sustainable gardens in their location on the Patrick Ranch.


She also noted the contribution of CSUS students in building their new building on the property adjacent to the picnic tables we eat at.


At the conclusion of the program, she took us on a tour of the various gardens explaining them.




Next Meetings

The next regular meeting will be on May 4, 2021.  It will not be on Zoom.  It will be at the Covered Bridge.  I assume that food and drink will be provided, as it was at the Patrick Ranch meeting, but I don’t have the details.



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 Steve Plume a check made out to The Rotary Foundation to Durham Rotary, P.O. Box 283, Durham, California 95958


Three members were recognized for their birthdays this month.  They were Mike Crump, Mike Wacker and Steve Heithecker (self-recognition).  Each opted out of a song and contributed $10.




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.


At the conclusion of the garden tour Past President Steve the closed the meeting.



From Rotary International

The logistics of shipping and storing vaccines

by Elizabeth Schroeder

A mass, worldwide vaccination effort is crucial to defeating the COVID-19 pandemic — but the logistics of getting it done are incredibly complex. Two of the most complicating factors? Storage and transportation.  

Distributing vaccine doses is much more elaborate than simply putting vials in a box and loading them onto a truck. From the time a vaccine leaves the manufacturer to the time it’s administered to a patient, it needs to be kept in ideal and highly specific conditions. For example, Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine needs to be stored at a frigid -70° C.  That’s why the success of large-scale immunization efforts is dependent on a reliable cold chain: a system of safely storing and transporting vaccines at recommended temperatures.

What makes up a cold chain?

A seamless cold chain combines three equally important elements:

What happens if the chain breaks? 

Vaccines can only protect against disease if they’re delivered safely. Overexposure to heat, cold, or light can compromise vaccine quality. Not only does this diminish the vaccine’s effectiveness; it also leads to wasted vaccine supply and financial loss. Between spoiled vaccines, replacement costs, and administrative expenses, cold chain errors cost healthcare shippers billions of dollars a year.  

How we help 

For more than 30 years, Rotary members have been supporting the safe transport of polio vaccines to every corner of the globe. When it comes to COVID-19, we’re just as committed to bringing vaccines to all. Learn more about how we’re playing our part:

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