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



May 4, 2021


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


2021                           Calendar for Durham Rotary


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
ZOOM Meeting
Harvest Festival Discussion
26 27 28 29
30 31


In-Person BBQ in Durham Park w/ DHS Students
2 3 4 5
6 7

No Meeting

9 10 11 12
13 14

Touring of Rancho Esquon
(Larry Bradley)

16 17 18 19
20 21 22
ZOOM Meeting
Harvest Festival Discussion
23 24 25 26
27 28

Demotion Party at BCCC

30 27 28 29

This was another live meeting.  It was outdoors at the Covered Bridge.  Many thanks to Jessica Thorpe to taking and sharing her notes.

  The Meeting


Metting was called to order and led by Steve Heithecker at the Honey Run Bridge picnic area.

Reverend Patterson led the group in a word of prayer. Pueblitos carnitas was the dinner.



Larry Bradley, with wife Nancy                                 Mike Wacker, with wife Jan

Glenn Pulliam, with wife Bonnie                                Kelly Lotti

KR Robertson, with wife Sharon                                Bruce Norlie, with wife Peg

Mike Crump                                                             Jessica Thorpe

Jim Patterson, with wife Nancy                                 Kristen Cargile, with husband Dennis

Ravi Saap                                                               Eric Hoilland, with son Callan

Dave Jessen, with wife Sue                                      Walt Schaffer, Guest Speaker

Steve Heithecker



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 - Walt Schafer at the Covered Bridge.


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


May 25th: ZOOM meeting - Harvest Festival Discussion


June 1st:  Steve Plume - BBQ with DHS Students in Durham Park


June 15th:  Larry Bradley - Tour of Rancho Esquon

June 22nd: ZOOM meeting - Harvest Festival Discussion


June 29th:  The Demotion in BCCC





Rise Against Hunger – Mike Crump reported that 9,000 bags were prepared on April 24th. There were 16 Interact students from Durham High School that participated along with Colleen Coutts.


May Day Parade – Scheduled for May 8th. Glenn Pulliam has organized Rotarians to assist Durham Exchange Club with traffic control.


Scholarship Interviews – Roy Ellis, Kelly Lotti and Larry Bradley will be meeting on Thursday, May 6th, to review Durham graduating senior scholarship applications. There is approximately $20,000 available to be awarded, along with the Clint Goss Scholarship for a student attending a welding program.


District Grant Update – Dave Jessen reported that Durham High School is in need of Chrome Books again. The Chrome Books are the same cost as last year. Dave suggested the Chrome Book project again for applying for the District Grant, applying for approximately $14,000. A motion was made by Larry Bradley to move forward with the Chrome Book project. Second motion was made by Eric Hoilland. Motion passed.




The program was the Covered Bridge organized by Dave Jessen.


Walt Schaffer was a wealth of information on the Honey Run Covered Bridge, past, present and future. The original Bridge was built in January 1887. It was covered in 1901 when weather was damaging the floor of the bridge. The Honey Run Covered Bridge Association was formed in 1967. In January 2019 the group began meeting to begin the Covered Bridge Project, the rebuilding of the Bridge after the Camp Fire destruction on November 8, 2018.




The group began raising funds to start the engineering of the project. A team was put together to move forward with the project:


·    A firm out of Rancho Cordova was hired to engineer the project. This same firm has engineered the Midway Bridge, currently under construction, and the Ord Ferry Road Bridge, future construction.


·    Q & D Construction – Construction company out of Sparks, NV to build the Bridge.


·    Chris Sauder – Head of the Chico State Construction Management Department. Chris is volunteering his time and expertise in helping with the project with soil testing, hydrologic studies, and environmental studies.


·    Permits – Coordination with CA Water Board, US Army Corps, Dept of Fish & Game, and Butte County Public Works was necessary for project approval.


     Phase 1 of the project was completed in November 2020. This included new abutments, the foundation under the abutments, and columns to support the Bridge. The columns extend 41 feet underground. Concrete for the pillars was donated by Mathews Concrete. The care takers cottage was assembled by Chico State Construction Management students. $1.2 million has been spent to date on the cost of Phase 1, operations since the fire, the care takers cottage, and insurance.


The group hopes to start Phase 2 of the project this summer. This is contingent on receiving money from the PG&E settlement. Phase 2 will include the flooring of the bridge and trusses. Cost for this phase of construction is budgeted at $1.1 million. When funds are available, Phase 3 will include the siding and roofing of the bridge. That cost is estimated at $600,000.


The Association is still actively fund raising. Walt had pictures of the Honey Run Covered Bridge available for sale at a cost of $50. This particular picture is the last picture taken of the bridge before it burned. It was taken Nov 8, 2018 and the glow of the fire can be seen in the background. There is also a golf tournament scheduled for August 7th at Bailey Creek in Lake Almanor. A flyer was provided with registration information. Visit to register. Joanne Hall can be reached for questions at or 916-548-4390.


Pictures taken by Kristen are shown below:











The next regular meeting will be on May 18, 2021.  It will be a Zoom meeting.  Phil Price arranged for Carl Ochsner to present his “Rotary’s Early Days in Chico-Part 2.  You will recall that Glenn Pulliam introduced him in January when he presented Part 1.  Since Phil will be arriving from Mexico the day before and Glenn did the introduction in January, he will do it again.


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



There were no recognition at this meeting.


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.


Past President Steve closed the meeting.




From Rotary International

The $2 million grant goes toward Rotary club-led Partners for a Malaria-Free Zambia

 program; an additional $4 million contributed by partners the Bill & Melinda Gates

Foundation and World Vision USA

by Ryan Hyland Illustrations by Gwen Keraval

The Rotary Foundation is giving a significant boost to the fight against malaria in Zambia with a new $2 million Programs of Scale grant that will scale an already successful program model. Partners for a Malaria-Free Zambia is a Rotarian-led effort that will use a community health worker model proven to effectively respond to cases of malaria and prevent transmission. The program aims to help reduce malaria cases over time by 90% in 10 target districts in two of the country’s provinces.

Malaria, a preventable disease caused by a parasite spread through the bites of infected mosquitoes, continues to be one of Zambia’s leading causes of illness and death, especially infant and maternal deaths.

The grant will allow Partners for a Malaria-Free Zambia to strengthen the country’s health system by working with Zambian health officials at all levels and training 380 health facility staff members, as well as training and equipping more than 2,500 new community health workers. This will increase access to malaria diagnosis and treatment for the more than 1.3 million people in heavily affected areas in the Central and Muchinga provinces and greatly contribute to the national effort to eliminate the deadly disease.

Rotary club-led Partners for a Malaria-Free Zambia program will help reduce malaria cases by 90% in 10 target districts in two of the country’s provinces.

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Federal Way, Washington, USA, the program brings together local Rotary members and partner organizations who share a goal to combat malaria in Zambia. In addition, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and World Vision USA will co-fund the program with $2 million each, bringing total funding to $6 million. 

“This project complements and builds upon the leadership of the government of Zambia in working to eliminate malaria from the country,” says Philip Welkhoff, director of the Malaria Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “We are thrilled to expand on our longstanding partnerships with Rotary and World Vision to advance progress in hard-to-reach communities and to realize the goal of ending malaria for good.”

To diagnose and treat community members, health workers will be supplied with rapid diagnostic test kits, anti-malaria medicine, lancets for finger pricks, and educational materials. They’ll also receive bicycles and mobile phones, allowing them to reach communities and regularly report cases and share malaria data within the national health system. Making sure local and national information is integrated and providing ongoing support for the community health worker network are essential to the program’s goal of strengthening provincial health services for long-term success fighting malaria.

By empowering these volunteers, who are selected by their fellow community members, the project connects people in areas with limited access to health care with trusted members of their community, says Bill Feldt, a member of the Federal Way club.

This proven health care delivery model is effective and financially sustainable and will bring lasting protection by reducing and eliminating this disease at the local level.

— Bill Feldt, member of the Rotary Club of Federal Way

"This proven health care delivery model is effective and financially sustainable and will bring lasting protection by reducing and eliminating this disease at the local level,” says Feldt, who has been involved in Rotary’s efforts to control malaria in sub-Saharan Africa for more than 10 years. 

John Hasse, World Vision’s national director in Zambia, says it’s leveraging the strength of local community health workers that’s most appealing about the program. 

“We’ve learned from our experience the importance of bringing healthcare closer to those who need it,” says Hasse

Hasse adds, “Such an effective, proven and local strategy is exactly what is needed to reduce the dreaded disease of malaria and move us closer to malaria elimination in Zambia.”  

With COVID-19 still a health threat around the world, the program’s leaders are prepared to ensure a safe environment for health workers and community members. Training of community health workers will follow COVID-19 protocols, including social distancing. Training class sizes will be limited according to guidelines from the World Health Organization and Zambian government. Personal protective equipment will also be provided. And when a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available in Zambia, community health workers will be well-positioned to mobilize communities to receive the vaccine.

Scaling proven methods

Partners for a Malaria-Free Zambia is the first recipient of the Foundation’s Programs of Scale grant. Programs of Scale will award $2 million annually to expand a well-developed service program that is led by a Rotary club or district and has demonstrated success in effecting change. The funding enables evidence-based programs that align with one of Rotary’s areas of focus to scale over three to five years to help larger populations of people and foster policy development to increase sustainability. Programs of Scale will expand Rotary members’ ability to implement large-scale, high-quality programs with experienced partners — and share their program knowledge and results with other Rotary clubs.

“Rotary’s Programs of Scale is encouraging our members to think big and to work with other organizations to find comprehensive solutions to large-scale issues,” Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair K.R. Ravindran says. “The power of Rotary is greatly magnified when we partner with like-minded organizations.”

Fighting malaria has long been a priority for the Federal Way club. For more than 10 years, club members have been building relationships and working with international partners, including Zambian Rotary clubs, Malaria Partners Zambia, Malaria Partners International, PATH’s MACEPA project (Malaria Control and Elimination Partnership in Africa), the Ministry of Health’s National Malaria Elimination Centre, provincial health leaders, World Vision, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and other nongovernmental organizations. 

Since 2011, the Federal Way club has worked with its partners and several Rotary clubs to distribute tens of thousands of mosquito bed nets, drug treatments, and testing kits across Zambia’s Copperbelt province. In recent years, clubs in the U.S. and Zambia used Rotary Foundation global grants to train and deploy more than 1,500 community health workers in target Copperbelt districts, after seeing this model help reduce malaria cases in Zambia’s Southern province.

Building on this evidence and their experience and commitment, Federal Way members saw Programs of Scale as an opportunity to work with The Rotary Foundation to make an even greater impact in Zambia. Using the latest research in malaria and combining the strengths and resources of each partner organization, they developed Partners for a Malaria-Free Zambia to bring lifesaving care to more communities.

Martha Lungu, a member of the Rotary Club of Ndola, Zambia, and executive director for Malaria Partners Zambia, says volunteer community health workers are paid small stipends and work long hours. The driving force behind their dedication is knowing that they are making a difference. 

“They are well-respected in their community,” Lungu says. “It’s prestigious to be trained. If you ask them why they really stay on, they talk about the people they’re helping, the mothers and children. They are looked up to by their community.” 

She thanks her fellow Rotary members for their commitment to the program and role in facilitating trainings and building relationships with rural health centers and government leaders. 

“Every day I witness firsthand the effects of malaria,” says Lungu. “This program demonstrates that Rotary members are true partners in our communities and focused on supporting community health workers to help loosen the grip malaria has on the Zambian people.” 


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