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 18, 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 our twenty-ninth Zoom meeting.  There were 13 members present.

    The Meeting


President Jen Liu opened the meeting.  He asked Steve Plume to lead the pledge, which he did.  Following that, he asked Jim Patterson to give the invocation, which he did.

President Jen thanked Glenn Pulliam for organizing our Club’s participation in the May Day Parade and traffic control for the Parade.



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


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



I arranged for Carl Ochsner, a member of the Chico Sunrise Club, 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 I was arriving from Mexico the day before and Glenn Pulliam presented and introduced him in January, he did it again.  This time Carl told us a little about the original founding members of the Chico Club.  They were Harry Nichols, Charles Osenbaugh, Allen Ramsay, Roy Rankin, Sherman Reynolds, Fredrick Rose, Harry Roth, Stansmore Stillers, Arthur Smith, Edward Vadney, William Walker, Allison Ware and Dr. Archibald Water.  He told us a little about each of them, how they got to Chico and what they did here.  Along with the history he showed photographs of various buildings then in Chico.  (Actually, I remember when Broadway looked like those pictures.  I must be getting to be historic).

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be on June 1, 2021.  It will be a live meeting at the Durham Park.  Steve Plume will have all our scholarship winners, Camp Royal students and the Camp Venture student at the meeting.  We need a good turnout for the students.


Reports and Anouncements

Kelly Lotti and Larry Bradley reported on the scholarship interviews.  They had 19 applicants.  They decided to give all a $1,000 scholarship, except the Interact scholarship to Mary Mills will be $2.000.  So that is a total of $20,000 in scholarships this year.

Glenn Pulliam reported on the progress of the award of the new Clint Goss Scholarship.  There needs to be further discussion with his family.

Larry Bradley then reported on the Teacher of the Year award.  Two teachers were mentioned this year, Matthew Plummer and Mark Pisenti.  After some extensive discussion no decision could be made between the two, so the Club agreed to make them co-teachers of the year and split the $500 award between them at $250 each.

Regarding Matt Plummer the difficulties he has had as the Band teacher should be noted.  In view of Covind-19 all wind instruments were eliminated.  He could have percussion instruments only.  Some of his wind instrument students had to learn a percussion instrument to say in the band.  Other quite, reducing the size of the band this year.


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



Recognitions occurred all over the meeting, so I hope I have all of the correctly. 

Anyway, I was recognized in the amount of $50 for my birthday.  I assume the amount was because I had it in Mexico, on Mexican Mother’s Day, which is always on May 10th.

Glenn Pulliam was recognized for his birthday in the usual amount of $10.

Ravi Saip was recognized for his Anniversary in the amount $50.

Larry Bradley was recognized in the amount of $20 for a mistake he made in his Teacher of the Year report.

There was some discussion between President Jen and Steve Heithecker about a failure to recognize Mike Crump’s birthday at the last meeting.  Jen first recognized Steve in the amount or $70.  He then agreed to split it with Steve at $35 each to the Durham Rotary Foundation.  Meanwhile Mike had brought a check for $100 to the last meeting, which he did contribute.



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 closed the meeting, after asking Steve Heithecker for a quote, which he came up with. It was as follows:

“The money flows evoke a key lesson of the digital age: If something is free, then you’re not the customer—you’re the product being sold.”


From Rotary International

Rotary members in Italy apply expertise to assist in COVID-19 vaccinations

“We End COVID” initiative draws on volunteers’ diverse skills to support vaccination campaign in Italy’s Verona region

by Ryan Hyland

Riccardo De Paola knew that as Italy’s supply of COVID-19 vaccine doses increased, more people would be needed to administer the shots and staff vaccination sites. He started contacting medical directors in the Verona region about how Rotary clubs could be ready to help — and began mobilizing a volunteer force that has since become a critical government partner.

De Paola, a past governor of Rotary District 2060 (Italy), says the dozen medical directors he talked to in late 2020 all echoed the same refrain: They desperately needed volunteer help to get vaccination sites up and running. De Paola coordinated with the current district governor, Diego Vianello, to recruit volunteers from the region’s 91 Rotary clubs.

“Our members work in so many professions, with deep and diverse expertise. We wanted our volunteers to use their skills in the best way possible,” says De Paola, a founding member of the Rotary Club of Marco Polo Passport D2060, which was chartered in July 2020 with the specific purpose of carrying out coronavirus-related service.

Rotary District 2060 (Italy) created a COVID-19 task force and coordinated hundreds of members to volunteer and use their expertise at dozens of vaccination sites. “We Stop COVID” campaign has been adopted by other Italy Rotary districts.

Within a week of the initial call for volunteers in January 2021, more than 150 Rotarians and Rotaractors had stepped forward. The group included several current and retired doctors, nurses, and paramedics. The volunteers were vaccinated and trained in specific health protocols, which vary from city to city.

Some volunteers had to purchase insurance to be able to administer the vaccine. A task force De Paola and Vianello set up worked with insurance brokers to obtain coverage for four retired doctors at a cost of about $300 each. The task force also established a group of volunteer lawyers to review agreements between various municipalities and the volunteers, providing legal support as needed.

“We even had a member who was a professional notary who could notarize the insurance papers and documents,” De Paola adds. “We weren’t just providing volunteers, we were providing our organization, our resources, our experience, and our reliability.”

“Our members work in so many professions, with deep and diverse expertise. We wanted our volunteers to use their skills in the best way possible.”  --- Riccardo De Paola, Rotary member

Members typically teamed up in groups of four to work a morning or afternoon shift, logging patient names in a database, coordinating with other volunteers and, if they were qualified, administering shots.

Impressed with how quickly and efficiently the Rotary members had mobilized, medical authorities in Verona put the Rotary district in charge of all COVID-19 vaccine volunteer activities in the region, including scheduling patients, assigning shifts, and reporting data.

De Paola says the sanitary director for the city of Treviso credited Rotary with making it possible to increase the number of vaccinations and lauded Rotary members for helping officials reach an incredibly important goal.

The task force’s volunteer roster has grown to more than 400 people, representing thousands of hours worked, and more than 100,000 people in the region have been vaccinated as a result, De Paola says. Those numbers are expected to increase sharply when Italy ends its current lockdown, which was triggered by a deadly spike in COVID-19 cases in early February.

These efforts have been adopted by all Rotary districts in Italy. Inspired by Rotary’s “End Polio Now” campaign, De Paola and Vianello call their initiative “We End COVID.” All volunteers at the vaccination sites, including nonmembers, wear “We End COVID” badges and pins with Rotary branding.

Vianello says Rotary’s involvement in this historic effort has greatly increased the public’s awareness of the organization.

“‘We End COVID’ has been a great boost for us. Communities are seeing the impact Rotary is having,” he says. “Our clubs have a new energy.”


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