Rotary International Theme 2021-2022




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



July 13, 2021


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


2021                           Calendar for Durham Rotary



1 2 3
4 5 6
No Meeting
7 8 9 10
11 12 13
Northern Recon Group
(Glenn Pulliam)
14 15 16 17
18 19 20
No Meeting
21 22 23 24
25 26 27
(Steve Plume)
28 29 30 31


1 2 3
No Meeting
4 5 6 7
8 9 10
Board Meeting at 5:00 PM
11 12 13 14
15 16 17
No Meeting
18 19 20 21
22 23 24
25 26 27 28
29 30 31

It was a live meeting at the Butte Creek Country Club, and the first meeting of the new President’s year, however, keeping with a recent tradition, he was not there.

 The Meeting Opening


Larry Bradley opened the meeting.

He asked Steve Hiethecker to lead the pledge, which he did.  Following that, he asked Jim Patterson to give the invocation, which he did.

Then he led us in singing “God Bless America”,



All meetings will be at the Butte Creek Country Club, at 6:00 pm, unless otherwise noted.



July 27th:  Program will be Todd Kimmelshue.


Aug 10th:  Program unknown.  Board Meeting at 5:00pm


Aug 24th:  Program unknown


Aug 31st:  Program unknown


Sept 14th: @Durham Park – Harvest Festival Planning.  Board Meeting at 5:00pm




Larry then asked the following members to introduce the quests at their tables:

Jim Patterson introduced Diana Selland of the Chico Club, and Sharon Robertson.  He contributed $5 for incorrectly mentioned Diana’s name.  Sharon noted that her birthday was the end of the month.  She volunteered $100 to the Durham Rotary Foundation.  The Club sang “Happy Birthday” to her.

Steve Plume introduced Rick Farley and Bill Campbell, who were here to present the program for the evening.  He also introduced Todd Kimmelshue, Butte County Supervisor.

There were no guests at Steve Heithecker’s table.

Todd Kimmelshue spoke for a few minutes about public works projects in Butte County.

Next Meeting


The next meeting will be on July 27th at the Butte Creek Country Club.  The program will be Todd Kimmelshue speaking about the County and projects within the County.


Jim Kirks Memorial Service


There will be a memorial service for Jim Kirks on August 28th at 2:00 pm in the Faith Lutheran Church in Chico.  The Church is located at 667 East 1st Avenue, Chico.  A luncheon is to follow.  There will be more information in later Rowel’s.



Other Matters

We received two more thank you notes from scholarship winners:



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.



Rick Farley and Bill Campbell presented the program.  They are members of the Northern Recon Group.  The Group is an Affiliate of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association.


The mission and purpose of the Northern Recon Group is to promote the history and use of military vehicles, equipment, uniforms and accoutrements of all periods and all nations to all interested persons, groups, and the general public through activities established from time to time by the members of the Northern Recon Group. 


Bill Campbell (left) spoke about the history of the Group and Rick Farley (right) spoke about the old military vehicles owned by members of the group and the preservation of those vehicle.  They had brought a WW II jeep for Club members to view, following the conclusion of the meeting.


Along the way they mentioned helping other groups with parking at their events.  It appears they may have volunteered to assist us in parking at the Harvest Festival.

From District Governor Kathy Suvia

to: all in Rotary District 5160

Dear friends,

It's July 1st!  I am honored, excited and truly inspired by all of you as we begin this new year of Rotary in District 5160. My journey to becoming your District Governor has been filled with numerous wonderful experiences. I’m sure you have many of your own in your Rotary career. I am reminded of a quote by a Past President of Rotary International, Sir Clem Renouf, “Rotary takes ordinary men and women and gives them extraordinary opportunities to do more with their lives than they ever dreamed possible.”

What are the extraordinary opportunities we have in Rotary? With no hesitation, most of us would answer “helping to eradicate polio.”  I’m so proud of our collective and collaborative work in reducing endemic polio from hundreds of countries down to two. As a young girl growing up in a small rural timber town in Northern California, I remember the sadness when one of my school friends died from polio. I could never have dreamed that I would eventually be in Nigeria with a group of Rotarians and give drops to babies to protect them from polio. Whether you have vaccinated babies, contributed to Rotary’s Polio Plus campaign or simply helped to raise awareness that yes, polio does still exist, you have made a difference.

The past year gave Rotarians throughout our District many opportunities to step-up in ways we could not have imagined. You collected food for local food banks, you made masks for essential workers and you assisted in COVID vaccine events. I doubt that any of us imagined the extraordinary opportunities in which we found to serve last year.

A Rotary Club is a collection of relationships, District 5160 is a collection of relationships and Rotary International is a collection of relationships – all built on friendships and a common set of values. In the past year, we gave up handshakes and hugs, but we didn’t give up our core values. We will have questions and decisions to make as our Rotary Clubs create a new normal this year. Let’s take this opportunity to create Rotary Clubs that meet the needs of each community, but most importantly, of the members and the relationships we hold dear.

I am humbled by traditions that are greater than us but inspired by a vision we share for the world. That brings me to our District Theme for the year: Honor the Past; Act for the Future.

I look forward to visiting, learning, planning, and laughing with you as we move through 2021-22 and discover the extraordinary opportunities, we never dreamed possible.

All My Best,

Kathy Suvia

District Governor 2021-22
Rotary International District 5160


Also From District Governor Kathy Suvia

To: All in Rotary District 5160

Great Scott! Dr. Emmett Brown aka “Doc” was right. When one puts their mind to it (and with a little help from science) they can accomplish anything - that includes attending the first in-person District 5160 Rotary conference in nearly 2 years!

With an adventure packed theme of Back to the Future, you’ll enjoy the three things critical to a memorable experience:  

  1. Inspiration.   The lineup of speakers will leave you feeling motivated and ready to tackle anything (hint: One was featured in the Rotary Magazine January of 2021!)
  2. Conversation.  Breakout sessions have been re-imagined into Conversations where you’ll have the opportunity to listen, share and grow in fresh, new ways. Nature lover? Check.  Project lover? Check Check.  Plenty of Convos to choose from.
  3. FUN!  Did we mention the conference is located in the beautiful Olympic Valley near lake Tahoe?  Oh, and that we have MANY opportunities for fun to enjoy throughout the weekend?

·        Hikes/Walks for Polio

·        Family friendly “Rotary Olympics” activities, like Cornhole & Giant Jenga

·        Golf Tournament

·        Kids Pizza Party

·        A 1950’s themed Homecoming party (break out those poodle skirts and wingtips, folks)

·        Gorgeous valley views

·        Spectacular 4-star resort at 3-star prices

·        Incredible food and even better company

·        Fellowship!!!

Excited yet?  Register NOW for District 5160 Goes Back to the Future - District Conference October 29-31, 2021

Join us the last weekend in October (29-31) at the Resort at Squaw Creek! Fall is gorgeous in Olympic Valley, spirits will be high, the hotel is spectacular (limited rooms at a discount so book NOW) and Olympic-caliber FUN will be had.  

Register by June 30th and you have the chance to win not one, not two, but THREE free registrations.

See you there!



None tonight, other than mentioned above.



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.


Larry Bradley then closed the meeting and we proceeded out to look at a World War II Jeep.


From Rotary International

Rotary projects around the globe

by Brad Webber

United States

After hundreds of Rotary clubs in Zones 33 and 34 provided millions of meals to community members in need during the inaugural year of their Feed 10 Million initiative in 2019-20, District 6910 in northern Georgia is serving up a generous portion in the food drive’s second year. As of late April, the district had provided more than 2 million meals. District 6910 coordinated with the Farmers to Families Food Box program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which was designed to address the waste of produce that was left to rot in fields as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, says Randy Redner, a past president of the Rotary Club of Duluth, Georgia. “The food is paid for by the government. We provide the organization, the volunteers, and the connectivity in the local community to make sure it goes to the people who need it.”


Nicaraguans estimated to have been added to the poverty rolls in 2020

In the city of Chinandega, impoverished children scavenge at a garbage dump in search of items to resell. Frank Huezo, now a member of the Rotary Club of Kingwood, Texas, introduced his former club, the Rotary Club of Lake Houston Area, to the work of a local nonprofit called Fundación Chinandega 2001, which helps the children. Rotary members helped build a trade school, which trains students in practical skills such as woodworking, metalworking, welding, digital photography, and sewing. Funding from an expanding network of Rotary members in Texas and elsewhere also supported a hospital, a shelter for pregnant women, and a group home that helps blind children transition to mainstream schools.




To lift the spirits of health workers responding to the pandemic, members of the Rotary Club of Vilniaus sv. Kristoforo treated the staff of Vilnius City Clinical Hospital with pastries “to make them feel appreciated and, hopefully, make them smile a little more often,” says club member Giedrius Sulnius. Over the course of 10 Fridays concluding in late March, the club ordered 600 pastries, at a cost of $825, from a local bakery. “We cannot visit medics, but we can help them feel appreciated,” Sulnius says, while noting that documenting the “Smiles for Doctors” project proved to be a challenge. “As soon as someone tried to take a photo, the pastries were already gone.”


The Rotaract Club of Kie is devoted to helping schoolchildren. The club, which has raised money for the Rwandan unit of SOS Children’s Villages through T-shirt sales and a charity walk, heard about pupils whose families were having a hard time meeting the expenses of public school; although education in Rwanda is ostensibly free, costs still add up. The club donated books, pens, a mathematics set, and a schoolbagfor each of 15 students at the GS Gahanga I School, and covered fees and school uniforms, says Musa Kacheche, club president. The club also does smaller projects, such as street cleaning and building toilet facilities for senior citizens.


The Rotary Club of Amman Jordan River is making beautiful music. Club member Rana Rizkallah, maestro of the Youth Orchestra at the National Music Conservancy, assembled talented musicians for a Rotary-sponsored orchestra. For musicians who do not read music but can play by ear, the orchestra offers special classes in music reading, which Rizkallah notes might open up career opportunities. For the time being, all the members are Rotaractors, but Rizkallah hopes to open the orchestra to non-members in the future. Socially distanced rehearsals began in early 2021. With its repertoire of both Western and Arabic pieces, “the goals of the orchestra include offering in-house entertainment for all events and activities we organize, to save the cost of getting outside entertainment,” says Rizkallah.

This story originally appeared in the July 2021 issue of Rotary magazine.

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