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 28, 2021


January ??, 2022

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
Dr. Andrew Miller
(Bruce Norlie)
Multi-Club Gathering at the Elks Club in Chico
7 8 9
10 11 12
No Meeting
13 14 15 16
17 18 19
A Tour of Mulberry Station Brewery
(Larry Bradley)
20 21 22 23
24 25 26
No Meeting
27 28 29 30

This was a live meeting at the Butte Creek Country Club. 



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


October 5th.   Board Meeting at 5:00 pm.  Meeting 6:00 pm

Bruce Norlie present Dr. Andrew Miller.


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


October 19th:  A tour of Mulberry Station Brewery on 175 E 20th St, Chico, CA 95928. 


November 2nd: at BCCC


November 16th at BCCC.


November 30th at BCCC



The Meeting Opening

The meeting was called to order by President Eric Hoiland.


Eric asked John Bohannon 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”


Before his invocation Jim Patterson reported on K.R. Robertson.  While K.R. tested positive for Covid, while in the hospital for his fractured hip, he has not suffered the symptoms of Covid (vaccination works).   However, he has been isolated and his wife can visit only 30 minutes a day.  But the good news is that he may be released on Friday after next Friday.


Other Matters

Four member of the Durham High School FFA appeared at our meeting, with their advisor, Ag teacher Makenna Luce.  The students were Hunter Haslem, Kelsey Swearinger, Sean Gallagher and Emily Aldean.  Each student spoke briefly about their interest in Ag and attending this year’s FFA Conference in Indianapolis.  Actually, they were seeking a donation toward the expenses of traveling to the conference.  On a motion by Larry Bradley, seconded by Kelly Lotti, the club approved a donation of $1,000.




Next Club Meeting

The next meeting will be next week, October 5th 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. 


Our first Student of the Month of the year will also appear at this meeting.


Prior to this meeting, at 5:00 pm there will be a Board Meeting.


Following this meeting, on October 6th our club will be participating in a joint club get together.  Participating will be Durham Rotary, Chico Rotary, Chico Sunrise Rotary and Paradise Rotary.  It will in the picnic area behind the Elk’s Club, beginning at 5:30 pm.  Spouses, family members and significant others are invited.  Food will be provided by food trucks from Smokin’ Mo’s and Mi Taquito.


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 383, Durham, California 95958.



Steve Plume was recognized for his birthday.  He asked for a song with all members singing.  They did.  He contributed $25.

Larry Bradley was recognized for his 72nd birthday.  He did not want a song.  He contributed $10.


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.


The program was a discussion (debrief) of the Harvest Festival.  Based on preliminary numbers total income was $36,966.71 and we netted $29,734.01.  A big part of that was sponserships, which totaled $20,700.  This is the best we have ever had.  However, breakfasts and lunches were down.  Lunch income, including beer, totaled $9,300.  Costs directly related to lunch were $4,564.  Total expenses were $7,232.70.  Note that these are preliminary numbers and are expected to change some.

There was a long discussion about parking and the different way we did the car show this year.


Must Be Present to Win Drawing:



Norm Larson was not present to win the drawing.



Eric Hoiland then closed the meeting.


From Rotary International


African region marks one year since being certified wild polio-free


by Ryan Hylan

Rotary joined its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) to mark the first anniversary of a historic public health milestone: the World Health Organization’s African region being certified free of wild polio.

The anniversary was celebrated on 25 August during a WHO Regional Committee for Africa meeting, which also addressed current challenges to eradicating polio and new tactics to achieve a polio-free world.

Africa’s milestone has already benefited children’s health and public health across the continent. The infrastructure and innovations that helped the African region become free of wild polio are playing an important role in the COVID-19 pandemic response and are available to use in future public health emergencies. Polio workers also now conduct other routine immunizations, deliver medicines, and provide other health care services.

The achievement in Africa is the result of a decades-long effort by millions of Rotary members, health workers, government officials, religious leaders, and parents. Since 1996, when wild polio paralyzed an estimated 75,000 children across Africa, health workers have administered more than 9 billion doses of oral vaccine, preventing 1.8 million wild polio cases.

Rotary members have contributed nearly $920 million toward eradicating the virus in the region, advocated for support from their governments, mobilized communities around National Immunization Days, and conducted events to raise funds and public awareness.

Five of the WHO’s six regions, representing more than 90% of the world’s population, are now free of the wild poliovirus.

Africa’s success in eliminating wild polio proves that the virus can be eliminated under complex circumstances and provides a blueprint for eradicating wild polio in the last two countries where it’s endemic: Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Dr. Tunji Funsho, chair of Rotary’s Nigeria PolioPlus Committee, says the certification of the African region is a monumental public health achievement, but the ultimate goal of global eradication remains.

“Our job is not done,” says Funsho, a member of the Rotary Club of Lekki Phase 1, Nigeria. “Africa still has a vital role to play in ending polio globally and must continue to reach children everywhere with polio vaccines.”

“We also face a final hurdle in ridding Africa of all forms of polio,” he adds, citing outbreaks of the circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) variant. These outbreaks, he says, “continue to harm under-immunized communities across the region and paralyze children.”

Health officials confirmed 609 cases of cVDPV2 across 20 countries in Africa in 2020, a sharp increase from a year earlier. One factor in the increase in polio transmission was the unprecedented pause in polio vaccination campaigns from March through July 2020 in more than 30 countries in order to protect communities from COVID-19. According to the WHO and UNICEF, 23 million children missed out on basic vaccines in 2020, including polio vaccinations.

Although the African region’s anniversary is evidence of what can be achieved, the two countries where wild polio remains endemic are evidence that as long as polio exists anywhere, it is a threat everywhere.

The GPEI’s new 2022-26 polio eradication strategy aims to overcome the remaining hurdles and finish the job by introducing innovative tools and tactics to reach more children with vaccines. The strategy includes the broadening distribution of a new vaccine to address outbreaks of cVDPV2. This novel oral polio vaccine type 2 (nOPV2) protects children against polio while being more genetically stable and less likely to regain strength and cause the vaccine-derived polio. It has already been introduced in several African countries, including Benin, Chad, Liberia, Niger, Nigeria, the Republic of Congo, and Sierra Leone.

The new strategy will expand the regional rapid response teams that quickly start work in areas with outbreaks. Health workers will also have more access to electronic surveillance technologies, which expedite the detection of cVDPV2.

The program will broaden an initiative that has helped more than 250,000 health workers access digital payments for their work in as little as two days. And the program calls for digitization with real-time data and automated dashboards that will help health workers plan more effective campaigns.


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