Rotary International Theme 2021-2022




Rotary Club of Durham

Rotary International President:

Shekhar Mehta

Rotary District 5160 Governor:

Kathy Suvia

Durham Rotary President: Eric Hoiland


Editor: Phil Price

Publisher:  Jen Liu



September 14, 2021


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


2021                           Calendar for Durham Rotary




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




1 2
3 4 5
DG Visit
(Eric Hoiland)
Multi-Club Gathering at the Elks Club in Chico
7 8 9
10 11 12
No Meeting
13 14 15 16
17 18 19
Harvest Festival Debrief
20 21 22 23
24 25 26
No Meeting
27 28 29 30

This meeting was at the Durham Park.  It was intended as a working meeting in preparation for the Harvest Festival.  The food was from Pueblito’s in Durham.

(There was also a Zoom meeting on September 7th which essentially covered what was intended to be covered at the aborted August 31st meeting regarding the Harvest Festival all of which was updated at tonight’s meeting).


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


Sept 18th.  Harvest Festival Set up.   8:30 am at the storage shed.

Sept 19th. Harvest Festival at 6:00 am at Durham Park.


Sept 28th:  Harvest Festival Debrief.


October 5th: District Governor’s visit at BCCC.


October 6th:  Multi-Club Gathering at the Elks Club.


October 19th: Harvest Festival Debrief



The Meeting Opening


The meeting was called to order by President Eric Hoiland at the Durham Park..


Eric asked Daryl Polk 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 singing “My Country Tis of Thee”.


Jim Patterson reported that K. R. Robertson, who was in the hospital for a fractured hip, contracted Covid.  Since he had had his shots, apparently his symptoms are not too bad.  Jim included K.R. in his invocation.  We hope to see him back soon.


Other Matters

Multi Club Gathering.  President Eric reported that the multi-club gathering is scheduled for October 6th.  The day after the District Governor visits our meeting.  It will be in the picnic area behind the Chico Elks Club.  It will be in the evening, but the exact has not yet been determined.


District Grant Update.  Steve Heithecker had previously reported that this year we applied for $15,000 and received $13,080 in District Designated Funds which added to $6,500 from Durham Rotary, $500 from Chico Rotary, $500 from hico 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.


Glen Eaton, Assistant District Governor, attended our meeting.  His purpose was to present a check for $13,080 for the District’s part of this year’s grant.




Harvest Festival Planning


Harvest Festival Update- Larry Bradley reported that we are getting good responses from out sponsors.  We now have about $13,800 in the bank, and are expecting another $4,250 in pledges. All sponsor banners have been prepared.


Glenn spent some time discussing his latest draft of the work schedule for the Harvest Festival.  Based on comments his final work schedule is attached hereto (I have re-arranged it slightly by putting Saturday before Sunday).


Kristen Cargile reports that we currently are low on vendors. 


Bruce Norlie reported that he expects more old cars for the car show than ever before.


There was a long discussion with Ravi, Bruce and others regarding parking including parking for the car show and the band.


There was a discussion of placement of tables including those required by the Condiments Committee.


Next Club Meetings

Prior to the next meetings, we will have the Harvest Festival Setup at which all members are to meet at the storage shed on Saturday, September 18th at 8:30am.  This will be followed by the Harvest Festival at which all members are to be at the Durham Park by 6:00 am on September 19th.  See the work schedule attached hereto.


The next meeting will be September 28th, at the Butte Creek Country Club.  It will be the Harvest Festival Debrief.


The following week, on October 5th we will meet at the Butte Creek Country Club.  It will be the visit of District Governor, Kathy Suvia.


The next day, October 6th will be the multi-club gathering at the Elks Club.


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 Jessica Thorpe a check made out to The Rotary Foundation to Durham Rotary, P.O. Box 283, Durham, California 95958.



None Tonight

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.  

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!  



President Eric admitted to having had a birthday.  He contributed $57 on condition that there would be no song.  Apparently, it was his 57th birthday.


Jen Liu admitted to having had an anniversary on September 11th but has not celebrated that day since 9/11 so he has had only 21 anniversaries.  He contributed $41 anyway.  He also reported that his new grandson is growing fast.


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:



None tonight.


Eric Hoiland then closed the meeting.



From Rotary International

Words for the future

Rotary is forging a path to full literacy in India

by Vanessa Glavinskas

Long before he became Rotary International’s president, Shekhar Mehta was known for setting ambitious goals.

His reputation for successfully tackling difficult problems is why, in 2014, former RI president Kalyan Banerjee asked him to lead an effort to make India fully literate — a goal that has eluded the Indian government as well as many NGOs.

“I realized making a country literate is no easy task,” says Mehta, who defines full literacy as an overall rate of 95 percent or above for those aged 7 and up. (The government of India estimates India’s current literacy rate among that group at 78 percent.) “But I strongly believe in Gandhi’s view that if you find the goal, the means will follow.’”

An accountant and real estate developer, Mehta didn’t enter the endeavor with any experience in education. “I had no clue, no background in education at all,” he says. He spent about nine months learning from experts before founding the Rotary India Literacy Mission (RILM), a nonprofit that aims to strengthen and standardize Rotary clubs’ literacy initiatives across India.

To accomplish this, RILM created a program of service projects that it encourages clubs across India to take on with the nonprofit’s support and mentorship. The projects are built around the acronym TEACH, which stands for teacher support, e-learning, adult literacy, child development, and happy schools (which focuses on infrastructure improvements). “We think every school should be a school where our own children would be happy to study,” says Kamal Sanghvi, who was an RI director from 2019 to 2021 and chairs RILM now that Mehta is RI president.

"Rotarians understand that for any nation to achieve greatness, you need a high literacy level."

Following the model that made India’s polio eradication campaign a success, coordinators promoted the TEACH program in Rotary zones and districts in the country. RILM staff created manuals and organized trainings, and now nearly every club in India works on a project to support at least one aspect of the TEACH program. “The momentum picked up so beautifully,” Sanghvi says. “Rotarians understand that for any nation to achieve greatness, you need a high literacy level.”

The combined efforts of hundreds of Rotary clubs, plus their partner organizations, have added up to large-scale results. To date, an estimated 7 million children are benefiting from RILM’s teacher training component alone. The program’s overall reach is enormous.

“Training, standardization, and developing partnerships — these are the three things that make the program work,” Mehta says.




Rotary members in Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh are all working on literacy programs modeled on the Rotary India Literacy Mission. (Members in Togo also recently expressed interest in the program.) “This is something that can be replicated anywhere,” Shekhar Mehta says.

Photos courtesy of Rotary India Literacy Mission (RILM).

Due to its impact, Rotary India Literacy Mission gained name recognition, which recently led to its largest initiative yet — working with the Indian government to create and distribute free e-learning content to children who were out of school because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Where are literacy programs needed?

The following countries have adult literacy rates below 50 percent:

* Source: UNESCO

“In a lot of areas in India, internet penetration is very poor,” explains Biswajit Ghosh, RILM’s chief operating and strategy officer. “And the government was struggling to provide online education for the masses.” That’s when Ghosh says Rotary “put up its hand” and offered to facilitate the creation of high-quality multimedia content for grades 1-12.

RILM worked with a video production company to create the content, covering the cost through donations and sponsorships so that e-learning would be free to the nation.

In 2020, India’s government began broadcasting the Rotary-sponsored content on several TV channels — one per grade — in both English and Hindi. The lessons were available to about 100 million students across India, Ghosh estimates.

The goal now is to get the same multimedia curriculum translated into more of India’s languages and to provide the software to every public school in India. “The level of education in the villages is far lower than in the cities,” explains Sanghvi. “In the city, they simply have better access to technology and knowledge.”

But while a large-scale rollout of e-learning could help lessen this disparity, it will only work if teachers know how to use the software. That’s where the “T” in TEACH comes in. “We’re training teachers across India,” Sanghvi says, adding that the urgency to do so became apparent as soon as India went into its pandemic lockdown. “Many teachers didn’t know how to start a Zoom,” Sanghvi says.


Increased literacy is especially important for women and their communities. Educated women have a better chance of escaping poverty and improving the standard of living for their families and communities.

Photo courtesy of Rotary India Literacy Mission (RILM).

The nonprofit works with partner organizations to provide the e-learning training and also offers an award to teachers who excel — as judged by their students and the school principal. It works like this: Rotary clubs survey local students, and that feedback is the basis on which a teacher is selected to win a Nation Builder award. Teachers who score poorly are targeted for future club-sponsored training programs. “We learn which teachers are outstanding and who needs to get their skills upgraded,” Sanghvi says. “It’s a win-win for us.”

Despite RILM’s success in improving literacy among children, India will not be able to achieve total literacy without addressing its estimated 287 million illiterate adults, who make up about one-third of the world’s illiterate-adult population.

Sanghvi says that illiterate adults have not been served well by government efforts to increase India’s literacy rate. So RILM facilitated the publication of a small workbook and primer that will help adults take the first step toward “functional literacy” — being able to read street signs and write their name, among other basic skills.

The E9 is a group of nine countries — Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, and Pakistan — that represent more than half of the world’s population and large education systems, and 70 percent of the world’s illiterate adults. Their collective efforts considerably influence the success of global education initiatives.

Local clubs distributed this primer to students, and asked that “each one, teach one” — in other words, a child with a family member who cannot read or write could use this primer as a tool to teach them the basics. “The schoolchildren were excited,” Sanghvi says. “They’d say, ‘Oh gosh, I’m going to become a teacher!’”

RILM’s goal is to make every Indian citizen at least functionally literate — able to engage in the everyday activities in their community that require basic literacy. The pandemic forced RILM to extend its deadline by two years. The group now hopes to achieve this goal by 2027.

It’s an ambitious goal, Mehta concedes, but “Rotary is thriving in India,” he says. “So, we need to dream.”

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


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Final Draft 9/15/21

Durham Harvest Festival Work Assignments    

Harvest Festival Setup

Saturday, September 18, 2021


Thurs.      -Pick up Beer at Sierra Nevada and deliver to Pro Pacific

                  Glenn Pulliam (Thursday)           

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

Sat                        -Pick up Order at Costco – Larry, Jen, Glenn

                  (ice, drinks, hot dogs, buns)

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                                   Eric, Jen, Glenn

                  Buy new parking directional signs

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

9- 12                Craft Fair Layout – Eric Hoiland

               Kristen Cargile JenLiu       Jessica Thorpe  2 Interact

9-12                     Hang Banners - Roy Ellis

                  Mike Crump                         Daryle Polk             

Bruce Norlie                              4 Interact     

Food Pick Up – deliver to park        Jen, Roy - Hot dog buns

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


Harvest Festival

 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                                 Dave Jessen

6:00 - ?    Car Show - Bruce Norlie 2 Exchange Club members

                  Don Bollerud                                   David Heath

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

                  Chair – Glenn Pulliam                   Mike Crump                                           Daryle Polk                                      Larry Bradley                                                    Mark Brusie

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 - ?    Traffic Flow             Steve Heithecker & Eric Hoiland

6:30 – 8:30         Craft Fair

                  Chair – Kristen Cargile

Eric Hoiland       Jen Liu

2 Exchange Club                       Casey Sohnrey        Doug Benz         

7 – 3                     Condiment Table

                  Chair – Phil Price                            Jessica Thorpe

                  Cindy Price                                       Dave Jessen

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

10 - 3                   Entrance – Sherrif’s Posse

7 – 3                    Cashiers                                           

                  Chair – Steve Plume                      Kristen Cargile

                  Kathy  Maxwell                              Rick Landess                                                     

8-4                        Announcing – Mary Sakuma

                  Jessica Thorpe (Floater)

7-11                     Car Show fee collection/ Interact contact - 

Kelly Lotti                      

11-4                     Beer Booth Ticket sales

                  Kelly Lotti                 Jen Liu (part time)

11-4                     Beer Booth

                  Bruce, Sue, Mitch Miller – Sierra Nevada booth

Jen Liu & Roland – Mulberry Station booth

9-4                        Remote Soda Booth          Debbie Llukowicz

                              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                               Todd Kimmelshue

2 Boy Scouts

8-4               Tri-tip, Cole Slaw    

Roy Ellis                                      Barbara Ellis                       

Steve Abshier                           Chad Abshier          

Jackie Goss                                            Valerie Goss                             

3 –5                      Clean-up – ALL MEMBERS

          4- Interact