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





October 5, 2021


January 22, 2022

2021                           Calendar for Durham Rotary




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
Monday Night Football at Woodstock Pizza at 5:30PM
(Larry Bradley)
20 21 22 23
24 25 26
No Meeting
27 28 29 30


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3 4 5 6
7 8 9
No Meeting
10 11 12 13
14 15 16
17 18 19 20
21 22 23
No Meeting
24 25 26 27
28 28 30

This was a live meeting at the Butte Creek Country Club.  Thanks to Glenn Pulliam for taking notes at the meeting as your usual Rowel editor is vacationing in Mexico.


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


October 19th:    Monday Night Football at Woodstock's Pizza (240 Main St. Downtown Chico) at 5:30 PM


November 2nd: at BCCC


November 16th at BCCC.


November 30th: at BCCC


December 7th:  at BCCC.  It will be the Holiday Party


December 14th:  District Governor’s visit.


Next Club Meeting


The next meeting will be Monday, October 18 at Woodstock's Pizza at 5:30PM  for a Monday Night Football meeting. They are located at 240 Main St in downtown Chico.


The Meeting Opening

The meeting was called to order by President Eric Hoiland.


Eric asked Bruce Norlie to lead the pledge which he/she did.  Following that, he asked Jim Patterson to give the invocation, which he did.  Then Larry Bradley led us in singing ‘America the Beautiful’.



-Steve Plume introduced our speaker, Dr. Andy Miller and visitors Peg Norlie, Bruce’s wife and Joe Thorpe, Jessica’s son visiting from San Diego.

-Jen Liu introduced our newest member Peggi Witman.

-Larry Bradley introduced student visitors Thomas Husa, Brady Webb, Jonah Badie and Brady’s parents.

-Mike Wacker introduced visitor Sharon Robertson student Kira Montgomery and her parents.

Camp Royal Students:

-Larry introduced Camp Royal attendees Jonah Badie, Thomas Husa and Kira Montgomery. The shared a few of their takeaways from their virtual Camp Royal experience. All three stated they enjoyed it and were very appreciative of the opportunity to attend. Things that stuck out to them were being aware of personality traits and how people of different traits interact. Also, the importance of goal setting and intentions versus actions.

Students of the Months:

-Larry introduced the September Student of the Month Brady Webb and the October Student of the Month Kira Montgomery. Each Student received a plaque and a $50 gift card.


Club Social:

-Eric reminded the club of the 4 club social being held tomorrow evening from 5-7 at the Chico Elks Club patio area. Chico Noon, Chico Sunrise, Paradise and Durham are invited. It is BYOB and there will be food trucks.



-Sharon Robertson told the club that KR will be coming home on Friday. He is feeling well and is very anxious to get home.

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 bought the grinder for $100.


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.


Bruce Norlie introduced Dr. Andy Miller. Dr. Miller talked about Enloe Hospital’s Covid Vaccination effort. The effort consisted of 4 phases beginning in Dec of 2020 and continuing today. He discussed the many challenges of getting the clinics up and running and keeping them running. Over 90,000 doses have been given to date. He credited the ongoing success to a number of volunteer partnerships. These partners included Butte County Public Health, Enloe Volunteers, Community Volunteers and Health Students. His main message, the vaccine works.


Must Be Present to Win Drawing:


-Steve Heithecker won the Must Be Present To Win drawing.


Eric Hoiland then closed the meeting.



Multi-Club Gathering

On the next day we met with members of the Chico Club, the Chico Sunrise Club and the Paradise Club behind the Elks Club in Chico for multi-club get together.


From Rotary International


Guyana Rotary Club Brings Covid-19 Vaccine to Remote Communities


Members and government health officials use boats to reach villages

 deep in the rainforest

by Ryan Hyland

Members of the Rotary Club of Demerara, Guyana, are using their decades of experience in fighting disease while delivering COVID-19 vaccines and aid to a remote region of the South American country. The Indigenous communities there would not otherwise have access to the vaccine and would remain vulnerable to the virus.

The club’s members have conducted crucial medical expeditions that penetrate the densely forested interior of Guyana for nearly 30 years. In doing so, they’ve developed detailed knowledge of the area and the particular needs of the villages in it. The treks have earned the Demerara club a nickname among nearby Rotary clubs: “the bush club.”

When COVID-19 vaccines became available early this year, the club quickly took action, relying on members’ familiarity with the region to plan logistics and coordinate delivery efforts. Focusing on the primarily Indigenous villages of Muritaro and Malali, the club collaborated with the local Ministry of Health and the Civil Defence Commission to immunize villagers. The vaccination teams — made up of club members, doctors, and local nurses — reached the villages by boat, tracing an 8 km (5-mile) stretch of the Demerara River.

Bhageshwar Murli, 2020-21 president of the Demerara club, says that supporting the equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to underserved communities was a natural fit for the club.

“Our club was highly motivated and excited to be involved in the particular effort, since it coincided with what we frequently do as a club,” Murli says.

Members of the Rotary Club of Demerara, Guyana, and government health officials use boats to vaccinate villagers deep in the country’s rainforests.

Photo by Indira Mattai

Because of pandemic travel restrictions, villagers couldn’t go to nearby towns to buy food, clothing, medicine, and other basic necessities. So the club collected and distributed these items as part of the initiative.

The vaccination teams administered COVID-19 shots to 24 residents of Malali and 16 residents of Muritaro. The results may seem modest, but they were hard-won: Lancelot Khan, the club’s service projects chair and the coordinator of the project, says that vaccine hesitancy is an obstacle in these communities.

The club had visited the region in March 2020, when COVID-19 was beginning to spread in South America, to deliver masks and hand sanitizer, Khan says. But it was also Rotary’s historical work in the global effort to eradicate polio that proved to the villagers that it is committed to fighting disease. “Our linkage to these communities and history with our polio efforts gave residents the confidence that Rotary wouldn’t leave them behind when COVID-19 vaccines became available,” he says. “Rotary’s global standing on polio was a big plus.”

During the most recent trip, team members appealed to the village captains (residents who are elected to represent the communities) to be vaccinated. “The captains taking the vaccine showed the confidence necessary to convince others to take it as well,” Khan says.

The team members distributed educational materials about the vaccine, explained its side effects, and answered residents’ questions. They also showed photos of club members getting the shot to demonstrate its safety.

Murli hopes his club’s continued involvement in vaccination campaigns will boost the numbers of people who agree to get the shot.

“We believe that a compelling picture is painted when it is seen that Rotarians are involved with COVID-19 vaccination drives,” Murli says. “We think our efforts can engender an increase in vaccinations and trust.”


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