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



February 1, 2022


The  2022 Harvest Festival scheduled for Sunday, September ??, 2022.


2022                                       Calendar for Durham Rotary


(Kristen Cargile)
2 3 4 5
6 7

No Meeting

9 10 11 12
13 14 15
(Steve Plume)
16 17 18 19
20 21 22
No Meeting
23 24 25 26
27 28


MRIdian Linear Accelerator at the Enloe Hospital

(Robert Olea)
2 3 4 5
6 7

No Meeting

9 10 11 12
13 14 15
Kamie Loeser, Butte County Director of Water and Resource Conservation
(Mike Crump)
16 17 18 19
20 21 22
No Meeting
23 24 25 26
27 28 29
(Jessica Thorpe)
30 31

The Meeting Opening

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


Eric asked Glenn Pulliam to lead the pledge which he did.  Following that, he asked Jim Patterson to give the invocation, which he did.  Then Larry Bradley led us in God Bless America.

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


February 15th:   Steve Plume


March 1st:  Robert Olea


March 15th:   Mike Crump


March 29th:  Jessica Thorpe.


April 12th:   Jim Patterson


April 23rd :  Rise Against Hunger at Durham HS


April 26th  Jen Liu


May 10th: Daryl Polk


May 24th: John Bohannon




The only visitor was our program for the night, Game Warden Tyson Hulse, so President Eric had each of us introduce our selves to the Game Warden.

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 also reported that we will have two Students of the Month at our next meeting.


Crab Feed

Kristen Cargile and Jessica Thorpe reported on the Crab Feed.  It was a success.  Jessica reported that the total income (before expenses) was $40,861.00.  Of that ticker sales totaled $24,465.00, Silent Auction totaled $11,412, Interact Collection totaled $1,860 and Drinks totaled $3,124.  Expenses for putting on the Crab Feed totaled $12,871.59.  That produced a net income of $27,989.41.  Congratulations to all who helped putting on this event and particularly to Kristen who remolded it.

Kristen had a basket from Sohnrey Farms, filled with many things, left over from the Silent Auction.  She auctioned it off.  Larry Bradley got it for $100.


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 meeting is February 15th.  Steve Plume will present a program.


Board Meeting

Prior to the next meeting there will be a Board Meeting at 5:00 pm



There were none tonight (President Eric overlooked my anniversary the day before).

Jessica Thorpe did auction off the Grinder.  After spirited bidding, John Bohannon, in absentia, got it for $75.

The Program

Kristen Cargile introduced Tyson Hulse a Game Warden for South Butte County.  He initially gave us a brief history of Game Wardens, which were initially keepers of large estates in England.  In 1851 in California an act was passed to protect oysters by the State employing wardens for that purpose.  Later, in 1871 an act was passed to protect fishing in San Francisco Bay and the Tahoe area.   It expanded from there to the current Game Wardens who protect fish from overfishing and animals from over hunting.  Although he is assigned to South Butte County, unlike other law enforcement officers his jurisdiction is not limited to that area.  Further, his right to search a vehicle is not as limited as other law enforcement officers, as long as he sees fishing or hunting equipment in the vehicle.



Must Be Present to Win Drawing:



Kelly Lotti was not present to win the drawing of that name.  



Eric Hoiland then closed the meeting.




From Rotary International


Rotary Projects Around the Globe

January 2022

by Brad Webber

United States


In September, the Rotary Club of Novato, California, celebrated the opening of a community center, the culmination of an effort that began in 2007 with a bequest of $5 million by longtime member Bill Jonas. The club worked with the College of Marin to construct a 15,600-square-foot complex on the college’s Indian Valley campus. The center houses a banquet space with the capacity for hundreds of guests, a kitchen, and a stage equipped with the latest audiovisual equipment. The club, whose contribution covered about one-third of the project’s total cost, obtained a 75-year lease as well as naming rights for its benefactors, the late Bill and Adele Jonas, and now holds its meetings at the center. “It was a long-term challenge, but we didn’t give up,” says Sonia Seeman, a co-chair of the project’s planning committee.

Antigua and Barbuda


The pleasant climate in the Leeward Islands might delight sun-seeking vacationers, but for residents, severe drought in recent years has led to rationing and a reliance on desalinated water. To make the most of the water that is available, the Rotaract Club of Antigua embarked on a project to install 12 water harvesting tanks at an association for people with disabilities. “In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this will encourage handwashing and proper hygiene,” says past club president Ti-Anna Harris of the effort, which cost about $1,850. The club, which has 34 members, carries out an active schedule of projects. In September, members picked up trash at a local beach as part of the Save Our Shores cleanups that were carried out in conjunction with the Rotaract clubs of Mémorial des Gonaïves, Haiti, and Freetown Sunset, Sierra Leone. Other club projects include free HIV testing, professional and vocational training, a Christmas celebration, and a spelling bee.


United Kingdom


In a Rotary-supported initiative, thousands of tents that help provide protection from the elements have been distributed to people in the UK who are homeless. The lightweight one-person tents, which cost about $40 each, are intended as a short-term solution for vulnerable people in cold and wet weather. “The very first time we showed the Sleep Pod to anyone outside our small circle was when we showed it to Rotarians,” says Justin Devereux, who co-founded the Sleep Pod charity with two friends. The Rotary Club of Erdington and other District 1060 clubs provide financial support, and hundreds of Rotarians and other volunteers joined a push during the pandemic to assemble pods at home to increase the available stock. “While people still die on our streets and in our fields from hypothermia and exposure, Sleep Pod will do all we can to support people as they sleep underneath the stars,” says Devereux, “for whatever reason they find themselves there.”




In 2019, intrigued by a pair of kestrels that were nesting across from her apartment balcony, Georgina Cole began documenting her sightings on the eBird online database. “I realized I had to learn more about all the birds around me,” says Cole, a member of the Rotary Club of Red Sea-El Gouna, which is located in a resort community on the Gulf of Suez in a region that is a stopover point for more than a million birds migrating between Europe and Africa. When a local school asked her to speak to its students, Cole created bird identification cards in English and Arabic.

Encouraged by her work, which is supported by her club, the town constructed a viewing hut overlooking a wetland area. The project has expanded to educate local hoteliers about which birds can be spotted at various times of the year. “The Red Sea region thrives on tourism through marine life, with scuba diving and snorkeling,” Cole says. “Why not also birds?”



Since the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Rotary Club of Eastern Seaboard has played a key role in more than 30 food drives. Rodney Charman, a past president, says the club is a go-to player in Pattaya, a seaside community that has been hit especially hard by lockdowns. “Without tourism,” says Charman, “taxi drivers, hotel workers, and bar staff are all out of work, and some are living on the streets or in shelters.” The club coordinates with a local food bank and social services organizations and works with police to distribute needed items. To prepare for a large distribution event in August, five club members spent three days shopping for, transporting, and packaging grocery items into 400 kits consisting of a cooked meal of chicken and rice, and bags containing items such as rice, eggs, water, tins of fish, cooking oil, and face masks. The team reprised the effort in subsequent months.


This story originally appeared in the January 2022 issue of Rotary magazine.


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