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 27, 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.  This week your editor did not attend (Cindy had a heart ablation treatment in Sacramento).  Thanks to Jessica for taking notes.

 The Meeting Opening


The meeting was called to order by Past President Steve Heithecker at Butte Creek Country Club.  President Hoiland is apparently still on vacation.


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


At this point the Club unanimously nominated Eric Hoiland as a two term Club President.


Only guest was the evening’s speaker, Tod Kimmelshue.



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


Aug 10th:  Kelli Lotti has the program.  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


Sept 18th .  Harvest Festival Set up.

Sept 19th. Harvest Festival



Other Matters

·    Harvest Festival Update- September 18 will be a work day, and the event will be held on September 19. Roy will be in charge of purchasing the tri tip. Sponsor letters have been sent. There are several corporate sponsor letters that are awaiting hand delivery. Please contact Steve Plume or visit him at Napa Auto to pick up your sponsor letters. Contact Steve Heithecker for additional letters and forms for new sponsors.


·    Annual Membership Dues- A motion was made and passed to set annual Durham Club dues at $164 for the year, to be billed semi annually. Amount was based on the annual invoices received from Rotary International and District 5160, and on the basis of 25 members.


·    The District 5160 August Newsletter has just been published.  It should be in your email.  I will no longer copy it to the Rowel because it has become too big.  If you did not get it in your email, contact me and I will forward it to you.



Here is a Thank-You letter we received from one of the 2020-2021 scholarship recipients:


Next Club Meeting & Board Meeting


The next meeting will be on August 10th at the Butte Creek Country Club.  Kelli Lotti has the program.


Prior to the meeting there will be a Board Meeting at 5:00 pm


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.


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.



Tod Kimmelshue, Butte County Supervisor, was our honored speaker of the evening. He started by thanking Durham Rotary for all Rotary does in the community. Tod gave a brief update on the following items:

Midway Bridge- should be finished by the end of the year.

Butte County influxes of cash-

·       PG&E Settlement for Camp Fire of $254 million, which the county netted $205 million. Most of this money will be used to repair items damaged in the Camp Fire.

·       American Rescue Plan (ARP) gave $43 million to Butte County. This is federal government money with strings attached. County will be putting funds towards Behavioral and Public Health issues arising as a result of COVID.

·       The County has unfunded mandates (PERS pension program) that they have been able to put $20 million towards.


Dixie Fire- Tod has been attending the daily Cal Fire briefings at 7am at Silver Dollar Fair. The main priorities are people and property. The fire is burning in Jonesville and Butte Meadows. A back fire was done in Butte Meadows.


Homeless Situation- Hwy 99 homeless camps have been moved. $1.5 million of the American Recovery Plan funds have been allocated to City of Chico for the homeless. They are looking for a place besides Park Avenue for the homeless.


Drought- There is a Drought Task Force in place.


Census- In the next 5 months the results of the census should be final. Butte County supervisor district lines will change, partly due to less people living in Paradise. Tod mentioned that Butte County is the most “purple” county in the state. There is less than a 500 person difference in our county in the number of registered democrats and republicans.


Tod opened it up to questions:

1)   Steve Plume- Is it a state responsibility to pay for the current fire? Yes, and Silver Dollar Fair grounds is getting $8000 per day for Cal Fire using the site.

2)   Steve Heithecker- What is the percentage of democrats, republicans, and other registered voters in Butte County? It is close to 40-40-20, but said to check the statistics page on the BC Election Office website.

3)   Steve Heithecker- How is the county prioritizing the ARP (COVID) funds? There have been 30 different items identified at the last supervisor meeting. Any requests can still be brought to the county board of supervisors.

4)   Roy Ellis- What is the likelihood of getting money spent on rural roads and bridges? It is a good outlook for that.

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!



Roy Ellis was recognized $27 for his 27th wedding anniversary and $53 for selling his downtown Chico building.

Jen Liu was recognized $100 for his “prestigious honor” of joining the Comanche Rider Association.

The Grinder resurfaced. Steve Heithecker had the winning bid of $150.  It will be good until October 1st.




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.


Steve Heithecker then closed the meeting.


From Rotary International

Rotary’s second virtual convention highlights accomplishment in polio, progress toward ending COVID-19

by Ryan Hyland

Thousands of people experienced friendship and fun at Rotary International’s second straight virtual convention. The event, held 12-16 June 2021, was conducted online after the convention originally planned for Taipei, Taiwan, was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

More than 11,000 people registered for the robust program that included more than 20 guest speakers, informational and inspiring breakout sessions, the interactive House of Friendship, and a variety of engaging virtual activities and entertainment. 

During the opening general session, Rotary International President Holger Knaack acknowledged that he was worried about how successful his presidency would be, since he couldn’t visit clubs and projects and provide encouragement and support due to travel restrictions. “But what seemed like a problem turned out to be an advantage,” he said. “By visiting clubs online, I could be everywhere, every day.”

Knaack talked about how rewarding it was to be able to visit clubs and districts around the world in just one day. “In a virtual environment, I could visit a dozen Rotary clubs a week and participate in their projects. It was exciting and rewarding. And I was so proud of the work you did in such difficult times,” he said. 

“The pandemic continues to bring great devastation and, for far too many, a very sad ending for people important to us,” Knaack said. “We must continue to honor those who have passed and do whatever we can to bring this devastation to an end as soon as possible.” 

Despite the challenges of the past year, Knaack also highlighted successes, including the historic announcement that the World Health Organization’s African region had been declared free of the wild poliovirus. He encouraged Rotary to build on that positive news by staying focused on our commitment to ending polio worldwide. Until early May of this year, he said, just two cases of wild poliovirus were reported worldwide. Wild poliovirus is still circulating in only two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan. 

WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus gave a video address to online attendees, crediting Rotary for continuing to focus on polio. “When COVID-19 struck, you didn’t abandon your vision of a polio-free world,” he said. “You redoubled your efforts.” 

“In a virtual environment, I could visit a dozen Rotary clubs a week and participate in their projects. It was exciting and rewarding.”  — RI President Holger Knaack

“The pandemic has highlighted that unprepared and underserved communities anywhere are a threat to health everywhere. Rotarians know this,” Tedros added. “And I want you to know that your investment in public health will inspire future generations to live up to your motto of Service Above Self.”

Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, gave an update on COVID-19 vaccines and spoke about the importance of restoring access to routine vaccinations that were disrupted by the pandemic. 

Berkley said 14 COVID-19 vaccines have been approved around the world and more than 1.4 billion people have been vaccinated in the “largest and most complex vaccine development deployment in history.” Gavi is co-leading COVAX, a worldwide initiative aimed at establishing equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. By the beginning of next year, Berkley said, more than 1.8 billion doses of the vaccine should be available to people living in the 92 lowest-income countries that otherwise would have limited or no access to the vaccine. 

But COVID-19 vaccines aren’t the end of the story.

“Now with COVID-19 vaccines flowing, it’s going to be critical to maintain hard-won gains in immunization,” Berkley said, “to recover from the disruptions caused by COVID-19 and achieve even more by leaving no one behind in any situation or at any stage of life.” 

He added, “As a valued partner of Gavi, Rotary International will play a key role in all this.”

Other convention guests and speakers included: 

The general sessions were hosted by Mark Wright, a news anchor and Rotary member. 

Entertainment included performances by The Filharmonic, an a cappella group featured in the hit movie Pitch Perfect 2; the Hiplet Ballerinas, a hip-hop and classical ballet fusion group; Idris Goodwin, a breakbeat poet and a United States Artists Fellow; and DDC Breakdance, a Germany-based dance group. 

Convention attendees participated in virtual activities that included a cooking class, a trivia challenge, a dance party, a virtual photo booth, and a 5K walk to raise funds to end polio. 


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