Rotary International Theme 2020-2021




Rotary Club of Durham

Rotary International President:

Holger Knaack

Rotary District 5160 Governor:

Mark Roberts

Durham Rotary President: Jen Liu


Editor: Phil Price

Publisher:  Jen Liu



Mid-January, 2021


News Letter


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


2021                           Calendar for Durham Rotary



1 2
3 4 5
No Meeting
6 7 8 9
10 11


13 14 15 16
17 18 19
No Meeting
20 21 22 23
24 25

(Bruce Norlie)

27 28 29 30



1 2
No Meeting
3 4 5 6
7 8 9
(Eric Hoiland)
10 11 12 13
14 15

No Meeting

17 18 19 20
21 22 23
(Brenda Sohnrey)
24 25 26 27



All meetings at BCCC are cancelled until further notice.  But there will be meetings on Zoom as follows:


January 26th:  Bruce Norlie


February 9th:  Eric Hoiland


February 23rd:  Brenda Sohnrey.


March 9th:   Kelly Lotti


March 23rd:   Mike Crump


April 6th:   Jen Liu


April 20th:    Phil Price



This is not the usual Rowel following a Club meeting Rowel.  Rather it is an interim Rowel to report on the Crab Feed Drawing and the Chrome Book Distribution.

Chromebooks for Durham High School

As Steve Heithecker previously reported the Chromebooks had arrived and were delivered to the High School. 


A check presentation ceremony was held on Thursday, Jan. 14th, 2021 in front of Durham High School.  This check in the amount of $13,421.81 includes a grant from Rotary District 5160.  It is made out to Durham Unified School District to cover for the 45 Chromebooks donated to Durham High School by our Club.

The shortage of Chromebooks in Durham High School was first brought to our club’s attention in March 2020 by Kristen Cargile, one of our club members.  Steven Heithecker, then president of the club sprang into action and passed a motion for our club to fill in the gap.  Dave Jessen, also a member of our club worked with Steven Heithecker to fulfill Rotary District Grant requirements.  With support and guidance from Walt Schafer, chairperson of Rotary District 5160 Grant Committee, a grant was issue to us to supplement the procurement cost of these 45 Chromebooks.

See the presentation below:


2019-2020 Club President Steven Heithecker (left) and DUSD Superintendent John Bohannon

Past President David Jessen (left) and and DUSD superintendent John Bohannon


Let to right: Kristen Cargile,  Steven Heithecker, David Jessen, DHS Principal Robbin Pedrett, John Bohannan and Walt Schafer



Gift Basket in lieu of Crab Feed


As previously reported the drawing of the tickets for the Virtual Crab Feed as was conducted by Kristen Cargile.  Her husband drew the winning tickets. The winners were Jolie Webb, Mike Wacker, Susan Murphy, Ken Thorpe and Liz Cox.


Kristen reported that we had received $2,100, for sales of tickets at Tri-Counties Bank in Durham, and $1,480 for sales through Eventbrite.


Crab gift baskets were prepared and delivered to raffle winners on January, 16th, 2021.

As to the preparation and what was delivered, see below:

Contents of the meal package


5 of these packages 

Gift basket prepared by Brenda Sohnrey and Kristen Cargile

Gift baskets delivered to raffle winners by Mike Wacker and Kristen Cargile



Next Meeting

The next meeting will be on January 26, 2021, with Bruce Norlie.  It may be a field trip, but if not, then a Zoom meeting.


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 Jim Kirks a check made out to The Rotary Foundation.  Send your check to James Kirks, 1199 Diablo Ave., Apt. 246, Chico, California 95973.


When we have live meetings again, bring guests, who you think you can interest in becoming a member, to meetings.  Your dinner and your guest’s dinner will be paid for by the Club.  In the meantime, please invite Durham business owners and/or managers to one of our Zoom meetings.  Actually, you can promote membership by having a guest sit with you during one of our Zoom meetings.  Also, bring a guest to one of our occasional social gatherings in the Durham Park.


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The Durham Rotary Club site is:


The Rowel Editor may be contacted at:


The deadline for the Rowel 6:30 am on Wednesdays.


The Editor’s photographs published in the Rowel are available, upon request, in their original file size.  Those published were substantially reduced in file size.