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 25, 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


If anyone finds an error in this Rowel, please email me.  I can do a corrected Rowel within in the first day or two.

This was our thirtieth Zoom meeting, although it was a Club Assembly, not a regular meeting.  There were 14 members present.

    The Meeting

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

As noted above this was not a regular meeting.  This was a Club Assembly.  The topic to be covered was the Harvest Festival.



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


Next Meeting

The next meeting will be on June 1, 2021.  It will be a live meeting at the Durham Park.  It is a spouse and/or significant other night.  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.


The following meeting, on June 15th, will be at Rancho Esquon.  A Taco wagon that works out of Rancho Esquon will provide dinner.  Note, that we will meet at the Durham Park at 5:45 pm.   We will car pool to the Rancho together, arriving at the same time.


Reports and Anouncements

It was reported that the 9,000 meals we packaged for Rise Against Hunger on April 24th became part of 285,000 meals delivered to children in Vietnam.

Larry Bradley then reported on the awarding of the Clint Goss scholarship.  It was down to four students, one of whom is planning to attend welding classes at Butte College and the other of whom is planning to attend the heavy equipment classes at Butte College.  Clint’s family decided to award Anton Heithecker and Matt Vanella each with $1,000.  Remaining fund will be made available next year for the same purpose.

The Harvest Festival

Following extensive discussion, it was agreed that we will proceed with a Harvest Festival this year.  It is scheduled for Sunday, September 19th.   The Durham Park has been reserved for Saturday (set-up) and Sunday (the Festival).  The Captain Bob has been reserved.  Required deposits will need to be paid.

It was noted that the car show, which is a big draw to the Festival, may be a problem.  The car group that has done it in the past several years is no longer together.  We are looking elsewhere.

We will be looking into asking another club (Durham Exchange Club) to handle the parking for us in exchange for a part of our proceeds.  But Ravi will need to consult with whoever does it to explain how to do it at the Durham Park.

Although we have no idea how many will come, we are shooting for the usual amount, foodwise.

Kelly Lotti, Eric Hoiland, Kristen Cargile, Steve Heithecker, Glenn Pulliam and Larry Bradley will meet at Larry’s house at 6:30pm on Tuesday, June 8th to continue more detailed planning.

There will be another Club Assembly for the Harvest Festival at 6:00 pm on June 22nd.  


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


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 recited his own quote as follows:

“I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”

I am not sure that this is exactly as Jen quoted it but it is what the original quote was on the internet.  It is attributed to more than one person.


President Jen then closed the meeting.



From Rotary International


How to talk to someone who is vaccine hesitant

Tips to have that talk

by Elizabeth Schroeder

As COVID-19 vaccinations are administered around the globe, you’ve probably seen your social media feeds fill up with joyful vaccine selfies and excited appointment updates. Chances are, you also have someone in your life who’s skeptical. Most of us do — and that has public health officials concerned.

Vaccine hesitancy is often fuel for heated public debate, but conversations about vaccines don’t have to be contentious. In fact, being willing to have them is one of the most impactful ways we can influence global health. As with many emotionally-charged topics, knowing how to start the conversation can be the hardest part. These tips may help you open up a dialogue and get your loved ones thinking differently about being vaccinated.

Find shared values. We all want similar things — healthy families, thriving communities, and a sense of control over our health. Demonizing vaccine-hesitant individuals only creates further division and exacerbates an “us vs. them” mentality. Try explaining why you choose vaccinations. Is it to protect the most vulnerable members of your community? To shield your children from preventable disease? Relatable motivations like these can help forge a human connection and get to the emotional heart of the issue.

Seek to understand. Just as there are many reasons to be vaccinated, there are many reasons a person might feel dubious. A prevalent one is misinformation, which is more contagious than ever in our digital age. Others are more complicated and riddled with an ugly history. Marginalized communities have spent centuries being mistreated by the medical establishment. Expecting these communities to immediately trust the same institution to have their best interest at heart is unfair and dismissive of historic trauma.

Know your “C’s.” The World Health Organization (WHO) has outlined three “C’s” that contribute to vaccinate hesitancy: complacency, convenience, and confidence. We could also add a fourth: culture. Rates of vaccine hesitancy, as well as contributing factors, vary widely based on a person’s location, background, and community. Being cognizant of these differences can prevent us from making incorrect assumptions. If someone is skipping recommended vaccines due to religious beliefs, opening a conversation with safety statistics may not be helpful or relevant to them.

Lead with facts. Mythbusting can be tempting, but did you know that repeating misinformation can actually give it more weight? Instead of focusing on why that meme or blog post is incorrect, stick to simple statements of fact. For example: “large-scale scientific studies find no link between the HPV vaccine and auto-immune symptoms.”

Be the voice of the majority. Social norms are an incredibly powerful force, but the key is to keep it positive. If you try to convince someone that not enough people are receiving vaccines, they may feel that their hesitancy has been validated by others. A more effective approach is to focus on how many people are choosing to vaccinate and why. Remind them that large-scale inoculation is a group effort and we want them on the team.

Identify the problem and the solution. If you’ve ever stood at the edge of a diving board, unable to move, you know that fear can be paralyzing. Fear of severe illness can have similar effects. When we talk about vaccine-preventable disease, simply scaring someone is likely to backfire. Instead, it’s important to acknowledge two facts simultaneously: these diseases are serious and being vaccinated is a simple and effective countermeasure. Help put power back into their hands by identifying an action they can take — being vaccinated!

Vaccines bring us closer to a world where everyone thrives, but it’s a team effort. By having conversations, you can bring your friends and family along on our global health journey.


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