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





January 18, 2022


January 22, 2022

2022                                       Calendar for Durham Rotary


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No Meeting

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Kristen Cargile)
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 Crab Feed Discussion at Mulberry Station Brewery
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Crab Feed
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No Meeting
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(Phil Price)
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No Meeting

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(Steve Plume)
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The Meeting Opening


Around 6:45 the meeting was called to order by President Eric Hoiland, at the Mulberry Station Brewery





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


January 22nd:  Crab Feed


February 1st:  Phil Price


February 15th:   Steve Plume


March 1st:  Robert Olea


March 15th:   Mike Crump


March 29th:  Jessica Thorpe.


April 12th:   Jim Patterson




Jen Liu introduced Mary Sakuma and her husband.  She is currently the County Superintendent of Schools (an elected position) and is running for re-election.  She is a former member and president of Durham Rotary.


Jen also reported that member Norm Larson while having dinner with Roy Ellis suddenly felt bad and was taken to the hospital.  He eventually had one or two stents put in his heart.  He is doing fine as far as his heart is concerned, but a routine checkup at Enloe found cancer in his colon.  He is scheduled to visit UC Medical Center in Sacramento sometime next week for further evaluation.  He wants member to know that he is doing great and is up beat.


Steve Heithecker talked about his daughter having Covid and he and his wife being quarantined because of it.  She has recovered and neither Steve or his wife got it.


President Eric reported that Paradise Rotary is having their Crab and Tri-tip dinner on February 12th and would like some volunteers from our club to assist, probably in slicing the tri-tip as they have in the past.  Anyone interested in volunteering, contact President Eric. 


President Eric reported that another multi-club gathering is in planning.


Peggi Witman mentioned that she is getting married on April 30th.


Crab Feed

The remainder of the meeting involved Kristen Cargile discussing the Crab Feed this coming Saturday.

First, we still need items for the silent auction.  Please send an email to Kristen or Eric regarding auctions items you has secured.

There are 4 tickets remaining, however, Brian Grey of the Paradise Club expressed an interest in coming to the Crab Feed.  President Eric will be offering two tickets to him and two to the president of Chico Rotary.

Kristen will have the Memorial Hall open at 8:00 am for deliver of items to the hall.

At 8:30 several of us will meet at the storage shed to deliver needed items to the Hall.

As soon as everything it delivered members will set up the tables and chairs.  Other members will wash the dishes that need it.

At 10:00 I, along with 2 or 3 other members and Interact members will put the table cloths and place settings on the tables.

At 4:00 all member needs to be at the Memorial Hall.

Kelli Lotti will pick up the cakes from Costco.



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).

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.

Next Meeting

The next scheduled meeting is January 18th.  However, President Eric has learned that the BCCC will be closed that day.  He is looking for another location or may cancel the meeting.  Stay tuned.  The Crab Feed will be on the following Saturday, January 22nd.  The next meeting after the Crab Feed will be on February 1st .    I will present the program which will be Kristen’s program which was scheduled for this meeting.



None tonight.

The Program

None tonight.


Eric Hoiland then closed the meeting.


From Rotary International

PolioPlus is engaging reluctant communities by addressing basic needs

by Diana Schoberg

Khadim Solangi Goth, a community on the outskirts of Karachi, Pakistan, sits in one of the last remaining polio reservoirs on the planet. More than 40,000 people live in improvised dwellings made of earth or other found materials. For some, a cotton sheet is all that protects them from the hot sun and monsoon rains. “The poorest of the poor are living in this area,” says Asher Ali, the project manager for the Pakistan PolioPlus Committee.


In Pakistan, 53,000 children under age 5 die each year from diarrhea caused by contaminated water.

Polio is especially resilient in this community, which has been one of the most resistant to eradication efforts; the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) has designated Khadim Solangi Goth one of its highest-priority areas. And the Pakistan Polio Eradication Initiative classifies Gadap Union Council 4, the administrative district that the community is a part of, as “super high risk.”

What makes polio thrive in this place? The piles of trash and open sewers are one reason; the poliovirus gets transmitted through contaminated water. But another major factor is the area’s low vaccination rate. In a community whose basic needs aren’t met, residents see the polio vaccine as a low priority. “The refusals are not for the sake of religion but because civic amenities are missing,” says Aziz Memon, chair of the Pakistan PolioPlus Committee. “They ask us, ‘What are you doing here? You come again and again and again to give us polio drops. You never tell us how you’re going to help us with electricity, roads, or clean water.’”

Still, the polio eradication program has seen a boost to its credibility in the past couple of years, thanks to the installation of water filtration plants in Karachi and several other areas of the country, including in Khadim Solangi Goth in December 2020 — part of the GPEI’s effort to install a total of 36 such plants in Pakistan. Since 2012, Rotary members have been working to install plants through a variety of channels, including a partnership with Coca-Cola Pakistan, Rotary Foundation global grant projects, PolioPlus Partners grants, and partnerships with Rotary districts or other entities. More construction is in progress or in the planning stages.

Since 2012, Rotary members have helped install 36 water filtration plants in Pakistan.

“Now that the community has access to clean water, polio workers are giving us feedback that when they are going to homes, the mothers bring their children to be vaccinated. The workers now have easy access to get into the area,” says Ali.

Reaching Khadim Solangi Goth had been a challenge because of security concerns. But the polio workers persevered. Rotary members met with elders, women, and other stakeholders in the community to find out what they needed most and how Rotary could help. “Once we gained their confidence, then we moved forward,” Ali says.

Safe drinking water was a high priority among Khadim Solangi Goth residents, so Coca-Cola Pakistan and Rotary in Pakistan — whose decade-long partnership has brought clean water to tens of thousands of people in the country — installed a water filtration plant in the community. Rotary members also trained residents to operate and maintain the equipment, and worked with the community to provide education in hygiene and handwashing. “We gradually gained the respect of the people and gained success,” Ali says.

The work ties into the GPEI’s new strategic plan, which launched in June 2021. One of the objectives is to speed progress toward polio eradication by integrating that work with efforts to address other community needs — “in other words, not just focusing on polio alone,” explains Michael K. McGovern, chair of the International Polio-Plus Committee.

Polio is spread through contaminated drinking water. Providing clean water to communities helps stop polio’s spread, improves people’s health, and builds goodwill for the polio program. “We need to do more than just give polio drops in order to get to the finish line,” says International PolioPlus Committee Chair Michael K. McGovern.



Local residents, trained by Rotary members, operate and maintain the equipment. "Sustainability is embedded in community participation," says Asher Ali, the project manager for the Pakistan PolioPlus Committee.

In a report issued the same month, the Independent Monitoring Board, a group of experts who assess progress toward a polio-free world, highlighted the slow progress toward improving water and sanitation in parts of Pakistan deemed “super high risk.” The board called directly on Rotary to help bridge the gap between the polio program and other programs and funders. “Rotary International is greatly respected as having a ‘can-do’ capability in advancing practical action of this kind,” the report stated.

While the improvement of water and sanitation in these areas helps stop the spread of polio, the new infrastructure helps build goodwill for the polio program. “It all ties together,” McGovern says.

Hence the “plus” in PolioPlus, Rotary’s program that provides communities with benefits beyond vaccination — such as clean water, medical treatments, bed nets, and soap. In northern Nigeria, for example, Rotary and its partners sponsored more than 30 solar-powered boreholes, which helped develop trust among the vulnerable residents. The strategy worked: Nigeria reported its last case of polio in 2016, and the World Health Organization certified the Africa region free of wild polio in 2020.

In Pakistan, Memon says, Rotary members complement the water projects with health camps that assist families with other medical needs. “Health camps also send a very positive signal,” he says. “It shows that our main focus is not polio alone, it’s PolioPlus.”

By the numbers

1.    40 million

Number of Pakistani children under age 5 immunized each year

2.    63

Percentage of polio cases in Pakistan in 2019 that involved zero-dose children, who had never received any essential immunizations

3.    70

Percentage of Pakistani households that drink contaminated water

In Hassan Brohi Goth, another community in the Karachi metropolitan area, many people make their living by producing bricks in kilns. A smoky haze envelops the area, exacerbating breathing difficulties among health-challenged residents. The community lacks medical facilities. Its drinking water comes from a pipeline — which is broken, making the water unsafe to drink — or from vendors who charge more than many people can afford.

Rotary members worked with a kiln owner to provide a site for a water filtration plant. The plant, installed as part of a Rotary Foundation global grant sponsored by the Rotary clubs of Karachi and Maysville, North Carolina, went online in August.

“Through this water filtration plant, we’ve gained credibility and the confidence of the people,” Ali says. “The people know us. It gives me a lot of happiness. The polio teams, whether from WHO or the government, all are welcomed.”

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


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