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





November 2, 2021


January 22, 2022

2021                           Calendar for Durham Rotary


1 2
District Grant Discussion
(Dave Jessen)
3 4 5 6
7 8 9
No Meeting
10 11 12 13
14 15 16
Pampered Chef Business
(Ravi Saip)
17 18 19 20
21 22 23
No Meeting
24 25 26 27
28 28 30


2 3 4
5 6 7
Annual X'mas Party
(Ravi Saip)
8 9 10 11
12 13 14
DG Visit
(Eric Hoiland)
15 16 17 18
19 20 21
No Meeting
22 23 24 25
26 27 28
No Meeting
29 30 31

It was a live meeting at the Butte Creek Country Club.  However, there were only 12 members present.

FUTURE MEETINGS: Meetings will be at the Butte Creek Country Club, at 6:00 pm, unless otherwise noted.


November 16th at BCCC.

There will be a Crab Feed Committee Meeting before this meeting at 5:00 pm. A program on Pampered Chef Business to follow.


November 30th: at BCCC


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


December 14th:  District Governor’s visit.


There will be no more meetings in December.  January meeting dates have not yet been reported to the Editor.



 The Meeting Opening


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


Eric asked Robert Olea to lead the pledge which he did.  Following that, he asked Jim Patterson to give the invocation, which he did.  Eric then asked Larry Bradley to lead us in a song.  In view of the World Series, he led us in “Take Me Out To The Ball Game”.


Jim Patterson reported that K. R.  Robertson was home and doing good enough to complain.  There was some discussion of visiting him.



There was no program tonight, however, the members took part in a discussion of several other matters (see below) which were important.


Other Matters


Durham High Basketball Tournament:


Kristen Cargile discussed the need for volunteers for the upcoming Durham HS basketball tournament on December 2 and 3 to work the ticket table.  Looks like all times on Thursday have been taken, but the following times still need Rotary volunteers.  If you are interested in volunteering for one of these times, please let Kristen know.  Also, for those of us who volunteer, we should wear our yellow Rotary vests, which Glenn washed and returned to the storage unit.

Friday, December 3





District Grant Update.  Dave Jessen discussed a District Grant for 2022-23.  Several ideas were floated including fire suppressant equipment for the new Durham Memorial Hall kitchen and a new announcers booth at the horse arena in the Durham Park.


Safe and Sober Graduation.  Kristen discussed the Durham High School Safe and Sober Graduation Party.  There are 82 graduating seniors this year.  The location of the party has not yet been selected, but among consideration are Rare Air and Chico Sports Club.  We will contribute our usual $1500.


Crab Feed.  Kristen discussed the new format this year.  It will be held on January 22, 2022.  It will be a take-out dinner.  All the same food but people will come in the Memorial Hall to pick up their dinners.  While there they can bid on the silent auction items.  So members need to start thinking about getting donations of items to the silent auction.


District Conference.  President Eric discussed things he learned at the District Conference held on October 29th-31st.  These included membership, and how do we grow, diversity, equity and inclusion, a new international project now that we have about beat polio.  One thing discuss was delivering feminine hygiene kits to women in the third world.


Next Meeting


The next meeting will be on November 16th.  As a program, Ravi will present his wife Mary talking about the Pampered Chef business and the impact of the Camp Fire and Covid on businesses.


Prior to this meeting, at 5:00 pm, the Crab Feed Committee will meet to discuss the Crab Feed.  There will be a general discussion with all members at the November 30th meeting.




Jen Liu had a birthday.  Larry Bradley sang “Happy Birthday” to him. Jen contributed $10.


Mike Wacker had his 33rd anniversary, so he contributed $33.


President Eric also had an anniversary (17 years).  He contributed $20.


Jessica Thorpe noted that President Eric had missed her 26th Anniversary.  Also one son, who is in the Navy, won a Navy & Marine Corp Award.  Her other son got engaged.  She contributed $100.


Lastly, your editor noted that President Eric had missed the fact that he had been Cabo San Lucas the first week of October.  He contributed $50.


The Grinder was auctioned off.  There were several bids on behalf of Steve Heithecker, who was absent, and he got it for$50.


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.





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 or a Pizza place (Monday Night Football).

Must Be Present to Win Drawing:



The name drawn was Ravi Saip and he was present to win.



Eric Hoiland then closed the meeting.



From Rotary International

Rotary’s World Polio Day program looks toward polio eradication’s endgame


by Ryan Hyland

Rotary’s goal of ridding the world of polio is within reach, global health experts said during the 2021 World Polio Day Online Global Update on 24 October. The 30-minute program, “Delivering on our Promise of a Polio-Free World,” provided encouraging information about the progress and remaining challenges in the fight to end polio.

So far in 2021, only two cases of wild polio have been reported — the lowest circulation of the disease ever — with one infection each in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the two countries where polio remains endemic.

During a Q&A session, Dr. Hamid Jafari, director for the World Health Organization’s Eastern Mediterranean Region, attributed the low case count to several factors. He said these include mass polio vaccination campaigns resuming after the interruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the natural immunity induced by the wild polio outbreaks of previous years, and the restrictions on travel and population movement that also were due to the pandemic.

“This is truly unprecedented that we are seeing this decline simultaneously in the two countries,” Jafari said.

He added that the low case count provides a window of opportunity for health workers, but cautioned that a resurgence of the poliovirus is possible since summer is the high polio transmission season. “So this is the time to really press hard in making use of the opportunity that presents itself now,” he told Q&A host Jeffrey Kluger, editor at large for Time magazine.

Jafari also addressed the challenges of political change and security concerns in Afghanistan and explained that the polio program there is used to adapting operationally during uncertainty. “Currently we do see opportunities coming up as well, so that we may have access to all parts of Afghanistan for implementing mass vaccination campaigns,” he said.

According to the WHO and UNICEF, nationwide house-to-house polio vaccinations will resume in Afghanistan in early November, providing access to children in areas where campaigns had been banned for the last three years.

“You know with the evolving situation in Afghanistan, it is of course very, very important that we partners maintain our neutrality and impartiality of the polio eradication program,” Jafari added. “As always, we will continue to work with all parties.”

Mohammad Ishaq Niazmand, chair of Rotary’s Afghanistan PolioPlus Committee, echoed Jafari’s sentiments in a video address with his counterpart for Pakistan, Aziz Memon.

Niazmand said of Afghanistan, “Rotary and our partners are working with all stakeholders to ensure that polio eradication remains a top priority, even in the midst of change. Work is underway to ensure that children have access to lifesaving polio [vaccines] and other childhood vaccines.”

Memon, a Rotary Foundation trustee and chair of the Pakistan PolioPlus Committee, said Rotary continues to build trust with government, community, and religious leaders. “By bringing broader health services to children and families alongside polio vaccinations, we’re ensuring better health care and greater vaccine acceptance,” he said.

Strategies for the future

This year, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) announced a new five-year strategy for 2022-26 to end all polioviruses, including tackling the persistent transmission of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus. Rotary and our GPEI partners identified the remaining obstacles to polio eradication and developed approaches to reaching the goal. The plan aims to achieve and sustain a polio-free world through a focus on implementation and accountability while using innovative methods and tools.

This is truly unprecedented that we are seeing this decline simultaneously in the two countries.

Dr. Hamid Jafari
Director for WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region

The emphasis will be on decreasing the response time to any outbreak, increasing vaccine demand, increasing access to health care and vaccines, transitioning toward government ownership of vaccination programs, and improving decision-making and accountability.

“Some of the most polio-endemic communities are also the ones that suffer from [a] lack of basic health and civic services,” Jafari said. The goal, he said, is a “better alignment and integration with other basic health and civic services in a way that the polio program is seen as a more integrated approach to vaccination.”

He added that in some communities, children are still missed because of gaps in the way vaccination campaigns are conducted or because of vaccine hesitancy. “This new strategy speaks to engaging the communities with new approaches, new strategies, partnering with communities, [and] building new alliances with these communities,” Jafari said.

The World Polio Day program featured global health experts addressing the new strategy’s tactic of broadening distribution of a new vaccine to address outbreaks of cVDPV2, a circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus. 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, Republic of the Congo, and Sierra Leone.

This novel oral polio vaccine “is a powerful example of the polio program’s innovation to overcome the toughest challenges,” said Simona Zipursky, senior adviser to the polio director of WHO. “Partners, scientists, and leaders from around the world made nOPV2 possible. This is the kind of collaboration that will help end polio for good.”

This year’s program included a powerful video of polio health workers in Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as Rotary members sharing their World Polio Day projects and events to raise awareness for polio eradication.


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