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





December 14, 2021


January 22, 2022

2021                                       Calendar for Durham Rotary


1 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


2 3

No Meeting

5 6 7 8
9 10 11
Kristen Cargile)
12 13 14 15
16 17 18
 Crab Feed Discussion.
19 20 21 22
Crab Feed
23 24 25
No Meeting
26 27 28 29
30 31

It was the District Governor’s Visit.


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


January 11th:  Kristen Cargile will present a program


January 18th:  Crab Feed Discussion.


January 22nd:  Crab Feed


February 1st:  Phil Price


February 15th:   Steve Plume


March 1st:  Robert Olea


March 15th:   Mike Crump


March 29th:  Jessica Thorpe.





The Meeting Opening

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


Eric asked Jessica Thorpe to lead the pledge which she did.  Following that, he asked Jim Patterson to give the invocation, which he eventually did.  Eric then asked Larry Bradley to lead us in a song.  He led us in singing “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”.


Because we had the District Governor present President Eric asked all members at each table to introduce themselves as well as visitors. 

The visitor’s introduced were Sharon Robertson, who was accompanying K. R., and our December Student of the Month, Sydney Porter and her mother, Allison.  Larry Bradley introduced them.

Also introduced were District Governor Kathy Suvia, and her husband, Bill (the two in the middle), and (on the left) Glenn Eaton, Assistant District Governor (a member of the Chico Noon Club).  You know who the guy on the right it.

The Rotary Foundation Donations

You can make a difference in this world by helping people in need. Your gift can do some great things, from supplying filters that clean people’s drinking water to empowering local entrepreneurs to grow through business development training.

The Rotary Foundation will use your gift to fund the life-changing work of Rotary members who provide sustainable solutions to their communities’ most pressing needs. But we need help from people like you who will take action and give the gift of Rotary to make these projects possible.

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.

Crab Feed

We need items for the silent auction.  It is the big money maker and an important part of the Crab Feed.  In fact, the success of the Crab Feed depends on us all getting 4-5 items for the Crab Feed Auction.  This is an important part of our fundraising efforts.  Please send an email to Kristen or Eric regarding auctions items you has secured.


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).


Student of the Month

Larry Bradley introduced our Student of the Month for December, Sydney Porter.

Sydney is President of the Interact Club and Vice President of the Student Body.  She attended Camp Royal this past year.  She intends to go to the University of Arizona and study to be a vet.

Larry then presented her with her Student of the Month plaque.

She talked about her virtual attendance at Camp Royal and how much she got out of it.

Back to the Future Award,

President Eric presented, in absentia, a Back to the Future pin to Bruce Norlie.

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be on January 11th.    Kristen Cargile will present the program.



Steve Plume was recognized for his 24th Anniversary.  He contributed $24.

Jim Patterson was recognized for his 57th Anniversary.  He contributed $43 (50 minus 7).

Dave Jessen confessed to missing 3 meetings, including the Christmas Party.  He contributed $1,000 to the Rotary International Foundation.  The Bell was rung 10 times.

The Program

The program was District Governor Kathy Suvia.  She talked a lot about the Polio Plus program of Rotary Intentional and her visit to a 3rd world country regarding polio.  She urged giving to the Rotary Foundation.  She wants every club in the district to end the year with at least one new member.  She talked about the need to increase the ability to adapt.

She also talked about donating to a joint project of the Rotary Clubs District 5160 and the clubs of Davis and of Nakuru Kenya to provide kits containing reusable pads for school girls in Kenya so they won’t have to miss a week of school every month.


Eric Hoiland then closed the meeting.


From Rotary International


Women and Polio


Why it’s important to consider gender at all levels of eradication work

by Heather Monnet, External relations officer and gender focal point for polio eradication, World Health Organization

How do issues surrounding gender create barriers to polio eradication?

Our ultimate objective is to reach every last child with a polio vaccine. The role of the mother and father in reaching those children is very important, and we must understand the dynamics between them in order to achieve our goal. For example, a mother may want to have her child vaccinated, but that would require her to spend a day walking to a health center or market — and she might not be able to do that unless she gets permission from her husband. Or if her child falls ill and experiences paralysis in the arm or leg, the mother might have to seek permission from her husband to take the child to the health center. There could be a delay of several days that would affect our ability to take stool samples and determine whether that child has polio or not.

Do more boys than girls receive vaccines?

On a global level, there is very little discrepancy between reaching boys and girls. You also see a more or less equal distribution of cases of polio between boys and girls. But the global statistics can mask disparities at the local level. We know that we have communities that are not being reached; we need to understand why we’re not reaching them. Gender plays a huge role in both supply of and demand for immunization. Who is providing the immunization — a man or a woman? Who is the decision-maker — mom or dad? And how do the immunizer and the decision-maker work together?

What are the key points in the gender strategy you helped develop for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI)?

The polio program has typically engaged women as frontline health workers because in some cultures, mothers are more likely to open the door to a female vaccinator. But women should not just be part of the delivery of the program. They should also be part of its design; they should be supervisors and team leads, and hold positions at the district level to make sure we are meeting the needs of communities. We also need to understand why we have trouble retaining female vaccinators. We want them to keep working with us.

We must look at our data in a way that allows us to understand the program better and to see where there may be gaps. Collecting and analyzing sex-disaggregated data will help us to understand if gender-related barriers are preventing us from reaching zero-dose children — children who have not received any vaccines — and to refine the way we plan campaigns in those countries.

The GPEI’s new strategy places a huge focus on community engagement. We’re looking at the supply and demand sides in communities. How do we create a demand that ensures that parents want to take their children to be immunized? We need to make sure that the offered immunization services are acceptable to parents.

Besides gender, are there strategies that focus on other types of diversity?

We’re also looking at engaging people with disabilities. And gender also covers economic status: A lot of gender disparities are much more pronounced at different economic levels as well as in different ethnic and age groups. For example, the decision-making power of women in developing countries who are not educated is more limited, which will impact their ability to make health care decisions for the family. All of those things interact.

In the last mile of eradication, we need to leave no stone unturned to understand which children we are missing and why. Looking at gender is one more way to make sure that we’re reaching all children. Fathers have just as much of a role to play as mothers. How do we overcome barriers, so that men are engaged in the decision-making process and so that they allow their children to be immunized?

Rotary is so well-positioned to be a lead on gender. It isn’t a women’s issue — it’s everybody’s issue.

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



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