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



August 24, 2021


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


2021                           Calendar for Durham Rotary



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
Dr. Andrew Mill on Vaccination
(Bruce Norlie)




1 2 3 4
5 6 7
No Meeting
8 9 10 11
12 13 14
Meeting at Durham Park - Harvest Festival Planning
Board Meeting at 5:00 PM
15 16 17 18
Harvest Festival Setup at Durham Park
Harvest Festival at Durham Park
20 21
No Meeting
22 23 24 25
26 27 28
Harvest Festival Debrief
29 30

It was another live meeting at the Butte Creek Country Club.  About 15 members were present.

Note that we are meeting again next Tuesday (1 week, not 2).



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


Aug 31st:  Bruce Norlie will present Dr Andrew Miller about vaccinations.


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


Sept 18th .  Harvest Festival Set up.

Sept 19th. Harvest Festival


Sept 28th:  Harvest Festival Debrief.



 The Meeting Opening

The meeting was called to order by President Eric Hoiland at the Butte Creek Country Club.


Eric asked Mike Crump to lead the pledge which he did.  Following that, he asked Jim Patterson to give the invocation, which he did.  Then Larry Bradley led us in God Bless America


Eric reported that K. R. Robertson had fallen and fractured his hip, so he will not be at meetings for a while.  Jim Patterson included him in has invocation.  We hope to see him back soon.


President Eric asked Steve Heithecker to introduce the guests at his table.  He introduced the three other members at his table, but had no guests.


He then asked Kristen Cargile to introduce the guests at her table.  She introduced Peggy Witman who has been a member of so many Rotary Clubs it was hard to keep them strait.  They included Durango Colorado and lastly, the Diablo Noon Club of Walnut Creek.


President Eric then asked Mike Wacker to introduce the guests at his table.  He introduced Mark Brusie of the Chico Club.


Durham Rotarian of Year Award


President Eric then called Steve Heithecker up to the podium and presented him with the Durham Rotarian of the Year for 2020-21.




Other Matters

Multi Club Gathering.  As mentioned in the last Rowel, there has been discussion between Paradise Rotary, Durham Rotary and the two Chico Rotary Clubs about a get together in October.  It is tentatively scheduled for October 6th.  The day after the District Governor visits our meeting.  Also considered is including a fund raiser for the Greenville Rotary Club.


Harvest Festival Update- Larry Bradley reported that we are getting good responses from out sponsors.  We now have about $11,850 in the bank, and are expecting more.  He is hoping to have $15,000 soon.  Kristen Cargile reports that we currently have only 11 vendors.  Vendors are reporting that there are more events this year and they cannot come to all.  President Eric passed out a tentative work schedule for the Harvest Festival prepared by Glenn Pulliam.  A copy of the schedule is at the end of this Rowel.  Please look at it.  If you have any questions, comments, input or changes to propose, contact Glenn at


District Grant Update.  Steve Heithecker reported that during the 2020-21 year we applied for and received $5,000 in District Designated Funds which added to $8,000 from Durham Rotary enabled us to buy 45 Chromebooks for the Durham Unified School District.  This year we applied for $15,000 and received $13,000 in District Designated Funds which added to $6,500 from Durham Rotary, $500 from Chico Rotary, $500 from Sunrise Rotary and $500 from Paradise Rotary which totals $21,000.  We should be able to purchase 70 to 75 Chrome Books for Durham Unified School District.


Steve says that we need to start thinking about another different project for next year.


Next Club Meeting


The next meeting will be next week, August 31st. at the Butte Creek Country Club.  Bruce Norlie will present Dr Andrew Miller who is in charge of vaccination for Enloe. He will present a program on vaccinations in the area.


Jim Kirks Memorial Service


The memorial service for Jim Kirks scheduled for August 28th in the Faith Lutheran Church in Chico, has been canceled due to Covid in the church.  It will be rescheduled. 


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.



Due to unfortunate circumstances our program could not make it.  So our visitor, Peggy Witman, agreed to talk about her experiences in many Rotary Clubs, as she had moved around.  Prior to her first Rotary Club she volunteered her assistance to many worthy causes helping people.  But she was somewhat scattered that way.  Once in a Rotary Club she had more focus on donating her time. Her last club was the Diablo Noon Club of Walnut Creek. She has recently moved to Chico, following her significant other, and needs a new club

From District Governor Kathy Suvia

Dixie Fire-Greenville

To: All Rotarians in District 5160

As you are probably aware, the horrendous Dixie fire has ravaged nearly 500,000 acres in our neighboring Plumas, Butte, and Lassen counties and it’s still going strong. The town of Greenville, located in District 5190, was essentially wiped out including the homes of two of the Greenville Rotarians. The District Governor from D5190 has asked me to share that they have set up a GoFundMe for the Rotary Club of Greenville.  Sadly, this is the fourth major wildfire, although the most severe, to hit their district this summer.

Many of you have asked what you can do. I am so proud to share that the members of the Interact Club at Fall River High School in far Eastern Shasta County immediately acted where they saw a need and have created a local effort to collect personal items and gift cards to deliver to the students impacted by the Dixie Fire.

So, for now, we’re asking that you consider a donation through the GoFundMe account to assist the Rotary Club of Greenville here: DONATE. Or, you can mail gift cards to the Interact Club of Fall River High School, 44215 Walnut Street, McArthur CA 96056.

Your gifts, in any amount, will be appreciated.

Thank you,

District Governor 2021-22
Rotary International District 5160


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.  

While there Attend the FREE District 5160 Vibrant Club Workshop on Friday, October 29th.  Held at The Resort at Squaw Creek from 1-4 pm, it’s a great way to kick off a weekend of fun and fellowship at the 2021 District Conference.  You do not need to be registered for the conference to attend this workshop.

District 5160 Director of Education, Candy Pierce provides insight on what you can expect:

Vibrant Rotary Clubs engage their members, conduct meaningful projects, and try new ideas. Like a well-maintained car, vibrant clubs have all parts working in harmony.  This workshop takes a fresh approach to provide ideas and best practices in the areas of membership, public image, and the Rotary Foundation. Looking through a different lens, you will learn how to weave them together to get your club running smoothly and up to maximum speed. 

Valuable to all members (especially club leaders!) who are looking for new and exciting ways to engage their members.  You’ll leave with practical ideas ready to be put to use and scaled for any size club. 

RSVP NOW for District 5160's Vibrant Club Workshop - Friday, Oct 29, The Resort at Squaw Valley

*The workshop is free. There is an optional $25 box lunch available when you RSVP

Speaking of the last year ….. Let’s talk COVID.

First and foremost, the health of Rotarians and their families is our priority. In response to the questions we’ve been receiving, please be assured we are monitoring the current COVID situation closely. The pandemic is in a fluid state and it is premature for us to make any decisions regarding if or how our conference will be impacted.  We will remain fully informed regarding public health guidelines and will respond accordingly as the event draws closer.

And speaking of the District conference.....  Registration is coming in at a healthy pace.  Don’t wait until we’ve sold out to register. 4 star rooms at 3 star prices, fun, fellowship, inspiration, great views … what are you waiting for? Register for the conference today!  



Larry Bradley had his 44th Anniversary in July, which was missed.  He and Nancy traveled along the California Coast.  He contributed $50 to cover the anniversary and the travel.


Daryl Polk admitted that his brother had a birthday.  He contributed $50 for the birthday of his twin and for missing meetings.


Later Mike Wacker contributed $100 because he will miss the Harvest Festival.


We are back to live meetings.  So, bring guests who you think you can interest in becoming a member.  Think of business owners or managers to bring.  Your dinner and your guest’s dinner will be paid for by the Club.  Also, bring a guest to one of our occasional social gatherings in the Durham Park.


Must Be Present to Win Drawing:



Your editor was present to win the drawing of that name.  He got $10.



Eric Hoiland then closed the meeting.



From Rotary International

Rotary projects around the globe

by Brad Webber


In Ciudad Juárez, one woman’s work to protect children from street violence has blossomed into Soles de Anapra, a center serving some 80 young people. Since 2014, the Rotary Club of El Paso, Camino Real, Texas, had been donating goods to Lourdes Contreras for the after-school program she ran out of a small house. In 2015, the club decided to find her a bigger, better space. With $25,000 donated by the 16 clubs in Ciudad Juárez and two partners in New Mexico — the Rotary clubs of Los Alamos and Silver City, frequent contributors and visitors to the center — and $10,000 raised from a 5K run sponsored by the Eaton Corporation, the club purchased a 6,000-square-foot warehouse in 2016 and went to work. In April, the club completed a refurbishment of the building, carried out even as the pandemic temporarily halted the after-school program.

United States


In October, about a dozen Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Eau Claire Morning, Wisconsin, along with some of their family members, used a product called Invisible Spray to stencil temporary, water-activated artwork on sidewalks throughout the city. Rainworks, manufacturer of the hydrophobic, nontoxic liquid spray, donated the product, which allows users to create designs that only appear when the sidewalks get wet. At a cost of about $130, 16 ounces can cover up to 110 square feet. “We thought in the difficult times of the pandemic, we could bring smiles to our community” and inspire other organizations to do the same, says Sarah Stackhouse, a co-president of the club. A “thank you” below an image of a firefighter’s hat was traced outside a fire station, while a drawing at the entrance to a theater featured musical notes and suggested “singing in the rain.”


The Rotary Club of Nice Riviera Côte d’Azur has tackled an outsize number of projects in France and beyond in recent years. It worked with a sister club, the Rotary Club of Norwich, England, to install a rainwater recovery system in Ho, Ghana, and has done fundraising for cancer research. The Rotarians also donated to a charity that purchased garden planters valued at more than $6,000 for local pediatric medical facilities in Nice. The club also raises funds for cancer research. At local grocery stores, in exchange for a donation of 1 €, club members offer tokens used to unlock shopping carts.

South Africa

When COVID-19 shutdowns heightened hunger in his country, Rex Ifechukwude Omameh turned his family’s living room into a sandwich assembly area to prepare food for those in need. Omameh, who is a member of the Rotaract Club of Blouberg and the Rotary Club of Blouberg, and his family members made the effort a Friday tradition. Fellow Rotaractors sometimes help prepare the sandwiches, and most of the food is given to the Milnerton Community Action Network for distribution. Omameh has spent more than $1,500 on food, and a bread company has also pitched in to provide some of the bread and soup. Omameh also received contributions to defray the project’s costs as a birthday present.

Sri Lanka

With 11,000 followers on Facebook and nearly 3,000 on Instagram, the Rotaract Club of Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) collects clicks when it takes on a cause. In September, the 331-member club wrapped up an initiative to use those social media platforms, as well as its YouTube channel, to promote pandemic-stricken businesses in and around Colombo, one of the nation’s two capital cities. The Rotaractors produced and posted 10 video interviews with the operators of various enterprises, including bakeries, an event-organizing company, and an auto parts supplier. “Many small business owners faced a lot of downfalls in surviving the crisis,” says Sharoni Anthony, a club member. “We hoped to make the public aware of them and their amazing products and services.”


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


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Draft 8/24/21

Durham Harvest Festival Work Assignments    


Sunday, September 19, 2021

Everybody shows up by 6:00 a.m. and everybody stays for clean up.


6:00 – 7        Food Court Set-Up ALL AVAILABLE MEMBERS     

                    Phil Price– Signage


6:00 – 7        Table Set-up                    ALL AVAILABLE MEMBERS

Chair – Phil Price                           

               Jessica Thorpe                         

               Sue Jessen                                Dave Jessen


6:00 - ?   Car Show - Bruce Norlie

               2 Exchange Club members


6:30 – 11 Breakfast               Begin Serving @ 7:00

               Chair – Glenn Pulliam               Mike Crump                                    Daryle Polk                                Larry Bradley                                            Ged Andrusitas ?? need 2 pancake flippers


6:30 – 4:00        Parking

               Chair – Ravi Saip                       6 DRPD employees

               Club Helpers???                                 

               6 Interact Club   7-11                 6 Interact Club 10:30- 2:30


6:30 – 8:30        Craft Fair

               Chair – Kristen Cargile

Eric Hoiland      Jessica Thorpe      Jen Liu

2 Exchange Club members           


7 – 3                  Condiment Table

               Chair – Phil Price                       Jessica Thorpe (Floater)

               Cindy Price                                Dave Jessen

               2 Interact  8-11                           2 Interact 10:30-2:00


10 - 3                 Entrance – Sherrif’s Posse


                                                                           Draft 8/24/21


7 – 3                 Cashiers                                   

               Chair – Steve Plume                  Kristen Cargile

               Rick Landess                             Kathy  Maxwell                                                            

8 – 4                  Ducky Derby Tickets  ??????

Larry / Colleen DHS Cheerleaders/Sober Grad Night 10 – 2


8-4          Announcing – Mary Sakuma

               Kristen Cargile (Floater)


11-4                  Beer Booth

               Bruce, Sue, Mitch Miller – Sierra Nevada booth

Jen Liu & Roland – Mulberry Station booth


Beer Booth Ticket sales - 

Sue Jessen                 Kelly Lotti              Jen Liu (part time)


9-4          Remote Soda Booth        Jon Patterson

                         Boy Scouts            Jen Liu / Steve Heithecker        


11-3                  Drink Tubs – Lunch

               4-Interact               Jen Liu / Dave Jessen     


11:30-3    Lunch                    Begin serving @ 11:30

Chair – Larry Bradley         

Glenn Pulliam                       Steve Heithecker

Bonnie Pulliam                     Tammy Goss

Mike Crump                          John Bohannon    

2 Boy Scouts


A.                                  Tri-tip, Cole Slaw       

Roy Ellis                               Barbara Ellis                   

Steve Abshier                       Chad Abshier       

Jackie Goss                                    Valerie Goss                        

3 –5                   Clean-up – ALL MEMBERS

               4- Interact



Draft 8/24/21

Harvest Festival Setup


Saturday, September 18, 2021



3:00                  -Pick up Beer at Sierra Nevada and deliver to Pro Pacific

               Glenn Pulliam (Friday)    

               -Pick up beer at Mulberry Station – Jen/Glenn

-Pick up Parking Supplies at Rental Guys – Larry Bradley  (Friday)

-Pick up Order at Costco – Larry Bradley, Jen Liu, Glenn Pulliam   (ice, drinks, hot dogs) (Sat)


8:30                  Pick up Storage Shed Items ALL AVAILABLE MEMBERS

Miller Glass Trailer- locked for storage at Park


9-11                  Parking Lot Layout – Ravi Saip

               Steve Heithecker             Dave Jessen                            

4 Interact                              6 DRPD employees

               Buy new parking directional signs


9- 11                  Pop up Tents set-up    ALL AVAILABLE MEMBERS


11:30                 Craft Fair Layout – Eric Hoiland

               Kristen Cargile      JenLiu         Jessica Thorpe      3-4 Interact


9-12                  Hang Banners - Roy Ellis

                Mike Crump  Daryle Polk  Bruce Norlie 

Mike Wacker      4 Interact


Food Pick Up – deliver to park          Phil Price- Hot dog buns

Steve Heithecker- Spiteri’s (Tri-tip, salad dressing, pans)