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



June 1, 2021


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


2021                           Calendar for Durham Rotary


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



1 2 3
4 5 6
7 8 9 10
11 12 13
14 15 16 17
18 19 20
21 22 23 24
25 26 27
28 29 30 31

This was not a Zoom meeting. It was a live meeting at the Durham Park with scholarship winners and award recipients together with their families and members spouses.




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


June 15th:  Larry Bradley.  A tour of Rancho Esquon. Car Pool from Durham Park.


June 22nd: Club Assembly on Zoom to discuss the Harvest Festival


June 29th:  The Demotion


July 6th:  ??????????????


July 20th: ??????????????




 The Meeting Opening


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.

He then asked Larry Bradley to lead us in a song.  He led us in singing “God Bless America”.  How long has it been since we had a song to open a meeting?

We had Bar B Que hamburgers and hot dogs for dinner, which occurred between awards.


Next Meeting

The next meeting will be on June 15th, and 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.




The Scholarships and Awards


Here are the winners of scholarships and awards:

Clint Goss Scholarship

Matt Vanella
Anton Heithecker

Scholarship Students

Rielly Brannan
Jace Buck
Macy Cooper
Hailey Corona
Victor Hernandez
Andrew Holman
Kylie Jones
Bridget McCabe
Mary Jane Mills  - Interact
Jacob Wohlford
Claire Patterson
John Rollo
Maddox Schweitzer
Nyla Stamy
Skylar Smith
Abigail Thorpe
Lexi Vanella
Liam Parrott 
Victor Bordin

Student of the Month





























Camp Royal Students

Kira Montgomery
Sydney Porter

Thomas Husa

Jonah Badie

Teacher of the Year

Matt Plummer

Camp Venture Student

Grace Boeger

Not all were present at the Park, but those that were were recognized, either by being asked to stand or by coming up to the front to be presented with their scholarship check or award.

The Presentations

Larry Bradley asked Jackie Goss and her family to come to the podium. There she was presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship.

Then he asked Anton Heithecker and Matt Vanella to come to the podium and join Jackie and her family.  There they were each presented with one half of the new Clint Goss scholarship, which Clint requested be directed to students learning trades.  One is attending welding and the other heavy equipment classes at Butte College.



Next Roy Ellis called up the students present who were receiving scholarship from Durham Rotary and each were presented with their scholarship check.

Then Larry Bradley presented the “Teacher of the Year” award.  This year it was split between two teachers, Matt Plummer and Mark Pisenti



Larry also recognized our Students of the Month asking each to stand as he read their names (only 4 were present).  See the names above.


Then Collen Coutts was recognized for her work with the students. She is the Durham High School Student Councilor and Interact adviser.  She also assists our scholarship committee in scheduling interviews of the student for scholarships.




It was also noted that we have in our club two students who came back to Durham.  Steve Heithecker graduated from Durham High School in 1985 and John Bohannan in 1988.



Other Matters

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 then closed the meeting.



From Rotary International

Volunteers work to keep the community of Kingston, Ontario, healthy and safe

by Arnold R. Grahl

Rotary and Rotaract members in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, have been volunteering at the region’s largest COVID-19 vaccination center, helping to facilitate the process of immunizing hundreds of people per day.

If ever there was a time for Rotary to step up and take initiative, this was certainly it.

Paul Elsley
Rotary Club of Kingston

Shortly after COVID-19 vaccines became available to the province in March, Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health converted a hockey rink in the INVISTA Centre into a vaccination site. Local health workers have been vaccinating about 300 people a day and are preparing to inoculate up to 2,000 a day when more vaccine become available.

Appointments were initially open to medical workers, people who are at least 80 years old, and residents of nursing or retirement homes. But appointments will expand to people in other demographic groups when the supply increases.

Mike Moore, a member of the Rotary Club of Kingston-Frontenac, was watching news coverage of mass COVID-19 vaccination sites in the U.S. when he realized local Rotary clubs could be of use at the site near them.

“It’s directing traffic or directing people or assisting in any non-technical way,” says Moore. “This is what we do — we volunteer for stuff like this all the time. Our public health authorities aren’t usually dealing with a pandemic, and I knew they would need help.”

Number of volunteers from Rotary and Rotaract clubs, including friends of Rotary

Average daily number of vaccinations at the INVISTA center

Daily goal of vaccinations when supplies of vaccine increase

Moore contacted KFL&A Public Health officials to offer two volunteers for each of the three, three-hour shifts every day. The 42 total volunteers are from the four Rotary clubs and two Rotaract clubs in the greater Kingston area, and some are friends of Rotary. Their work has consisted mostly of greeting, ushering, and screening clients.

Moore went further and compiled a longer list of volunteers who are on standby for when the clinic expands its hours. The list includes Sarah Beech, a member of the Rotaract Club of Kingston, whose schedule has prevented her from filling a daytime or weekend shift.

“I’ve been a part of Rotary for more than 10 years now, starting with Interact and now Rotaract,” she says. “We have a huge network of people willing to coordinate and make things happen. The fact that we could jump into action and assist this large clinic and get the vaccination process going has been exciting.”

Alternate centennial plans

Local Rotary members were making plans to celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Kingston when the pandemic hit in March 2020. Paul Elsley, a member of the Rotary Club of Kingston, said members quickly shifted focus from planning centennial celebrations to filling a huge service gap they saw emerging as other service groups and government agencies went into emergency mode.

“It became clear to us that Kingston was in great need,” says Elsley. “If ever there was a time for Rotary to step up and take initiative, this was certainly it.”

Elsley runs a local chapter of the nonprofit Blessings in a Backpack, which provides food to schoolchildren who otherwise might go hungry on weekends. During the week, the kids received food at school. But when the schools closed, Elsley and his team partnered with the in-school meal program run by the Food Sharing Project to deliver large boxes of food directly to the families’ homes.

Rotary members Mike Moore and Darlene Clement visit the INVISTA Centre in Kingston on 1 March to assess the number of volunteers needed for the vaccination effort. Photo by Daniel Geleyn.

“We’ve been doing it every single week since April 2020,” says Elsley. “We’re at just under 3,000 families that we are feeding.”

In addition, the Kingston club made protective masks for recipient families. They also contacted isolated senior residents, calling them on the phone, delivering groceries, and taking them to appointments.

All of these activities put Rotary in the public eye and positioned Rotary members as an obvious resource for health officials when mass vaccinations began.

“I think it’s about being visible,” Elsley said. “Once we were engaged in supporting the community and the community recognized Rotary is coming to the table, a lot of other discussions happened. Mike reached out to KFL&A and got everything organized.”

Moore says the reactions from members and those they are serving have all been positive.

“It’s not complicated work, and all the people are happy we are there,” says Moore. “People have such a sense of relief when they receive their vaccine.”



The Rotary International web site is:


District 5160 is:


The Durham Rotary Club site is:


The Rowel Editor may be contacted at:


The deadline for the Rowel 6:30 am on Wednesdays.


The Editor’s photographs published in the Rowel are available, upon request, in their original file size.  Those published were substantially reduced in file size.